The Foodie Arena Of Chicagoland
With tons of sports teams and an immense population of entertainment seekers in the Chicagoland area, there are quite a few amazing Chicago stadiums and arenas featuring the biggest games, events, and let's not forget, food options in the country.
Our first stop will be Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, one of two Major League Baseball teams within the city. Wrigley Field is located on the north side of Chicago and was built in 1914, but didn't obtain its name until 1926, having been called Weeghman Park and Cubs Park before being deemed Wrigley Field. And if you are looking for a true Chicago experience at Wrigley, the food will certainly give you that. From the Wrigley Field Smokey, a Vienna Beef hickory-smoked sausage with a secret blend of seasonings, to Giordano's deep dish pizza, Wrigley Field is bound to provide the frequent visitor, or out-of-town tourist with what is to be a Chicagoan. (And do not forget Wrigley's Decade Dog, a featured footlong dog from a particular decade of Wrigley's existence.)
Next we hit up U.S. Cellular Field, a 47,000 person stadium built in 1991 and home to none only than the White Sox. Two hot 'foodies' to catch at U.S. Cellular include the Bacon-Cheddar Pretzel Dog and Merkt's Cheesy Beef Sandwich, thin-sliced ribeye steak grilled and tossed with Merkt's cheese on a hoagie roll topped with "Chi-Town" pico. A similar item can be found at The United Center, where basketball and hockey are played. This 21,000 seat arena houses both the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, as well as the Loaded Dog. Yup, a dog loaded with the very best Chicago has to offer including jalapeno peppers, mac & cheese, and all the pico in the world. The United Center also contains Sweet Baby Ray's Smokehouse & BBQ, where one can enjoy Sweet Baby Ray’s pulled pork sandwich, smoked turkey sandwich, brisket sandwich and their famous baby back ribs.
Football fans, meanwhile, can enjoy a heart-thumping game and delicious dog at Soldier Field, a 61,000 seat stadium that’s home to the Chicago Bears. Built in 1924, this massive field was recently delisted as a National Historic Landmark due to a recent renovation in 2002. In Its earliest configuration, Soldier Field was capable of seating 74,280 spectators and was in the shape of a U. However, all the renovations provide it with some of the most modern updates available to stadium structures and technologies. While at Soldier, hit up the Bacon mac & cheese dog, a plump Vienna wiener is topped with ooey-gooey homemade mac 'n' cheese and salty bacon and stuffed inside a soft pretzel bun. Another tasty option is the Midway Monster, a Chicago dog topped with stone ground mustard, tender corned beef and super-salty bacon caraway kraut. Meat on Meat, basically.
All four sports arenas also feature major events and concerts. Soldier Field hosts massive shows, as does The United Center, having hosted major performers including, U2 and Dave Matthews to Madonna and Justin Timberlake. The United Center has also hosted big-time events like Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil.
With so many options for sports, music and food, arenas in Chicago provide for non-stop entertainment all year-round. The food, especially, will give you a true glimpse into what it is to live in Chicago!