The end of summer in Chicago brings crisp fall temps, autumn colors, and the start of the NFL season. If you’re coming into town for game, be sure to plan ahead to get the best game day experience and to make the most of your visit to the Windy City.
Where to Eat/Drink
- Pre- and post-game options: Check out Weather Mark Tavern for a chill pre-game meet up, Eleven City Diner for diner fare and floats with house-made root beer, or Vice District Brewing for craft beer and food ordered in.
- Chicago staples: Giordano’s, Gino’s East, and Lou Malnati’s all serve Chicago-style deep dish in the South Loop and Loop area. Or try an Italian Beef. There are options all over the city but Portillo’s Hot Dogs serves up a great option alongside its famous Chocolate Cake.
- Restaurant Row: If you’re looking to explore more of the city, check out the West Loop’s Restaurant Row. Home to some of Chicago’s best including the legendary Au Cheval burger. Arrive early to put your name in and grab a drink at a nearby bar.
Where to Stay
- Hilton Chicago: less than a mile from Soldier Field; stay at the Hilton Chicago for easy access to downtown attractions and Soldier Field.
- Hiltons at McCormick Place: less than a mile from Soldier Field; stay at 1 of 3 brands at this South Loop hotel and enjoy the views from their rooftop restaurant.
- Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown South Loop: less than a mile from Soldier Field; walk to and from the game from this South Loop hotel featuring 2 brands.
- Plus, make game day even sweeter with game day packages at some of the nearby hotels. Enjoy everything from Chicago snacks to your room stocked with local craft beers.
Where to Play
- Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: open November – March, stop by Millennium Park for a spin on the ice rink. Skates can be rented on-site. Swing by the Bean after for a must-have Chicago photo op.
- The Skydeck at Willis Tower: take in the incredible city views from 103 floors up at the Willis Tower’s “The Ledge”, glass boxes that extend out from the iconic skyscraper.
Live Like a Local
- There’s so much going on in Chicago’s Loop area, it can be hard to make time for the neighborhoods. However some of the best food, music, and shopping can be done outside of Downtown. Check out Wrigleyville to see the home of the Chicago Cubs, Pilsen for incredible Mexican food & art, Wicker Park for a fun night out, and many more.