Home to the Chicago Bears and host to numerous concerts, festivals, and other blockbuster events throughout the year, Soldier Field is one of Chicago’s major athletic and entertainment venues. Built in 1924 and named in honor of fallen soldiers, the stadium has hosted the Windy City’s National Football League team since 1971.The Basics
One of the oldest and smallest stadiums in the NFL, Soldier Field has been a major Chicago landmark for nearly a century. Formerly listed on the National Historic Register, its interior was modernized and updated in the early 2000s. Over the decades, it has hosted banner events ranging from the inaugural Special Olympics and World Cup games to performances by artists like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, and Madonna.
Sports fans won’t want to miss a visit to Soldier Field, and the stadium can be seen on numerous Chicago itineraries, including helicopter, Segway, and bike tours. In addition to attending games and special events, you also can book stadium tours.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Free, stadium-wide Wi-Fi is hosted on site.
- Soldier Field is fully accessible to wheelchair and stroller users and those with limited mobility; wheelchair seating is available on an individual game basis.
- The arena hosts numerous parking lots, as well as electric vehicle charging stations and bike racks.
- For all events at Soldier Field, visitors must use small, clear bags or clutches exclusively; backpacks and larger bags are prohibited.
Soldier Field is located in Chicago’s Museum Campus, just steps from the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, and the Adler Planetarium. To reach the stadium, take the Red, Orange, and Green transit lines to Roosevelt station, or ME and SSL trains to Museum Campus / 11th Street. Alternatively, use bus lines 130 or 146.
When to Get There
Booked tickets online or over the phone in advance of your visit. Venue hours vary depending on the event. For tailgating before a Chicago Bears game, the parking lots typically open four hours prior to kickoff time, and close roughly six hours after kickoff for afternoon games and three-and-a-half hours after kickoff for nighttime games.Soldier Field Stadium Tours
Soldier Field hosts regular and VIP paid tours, available for both private groups and public groups of up to 10 individuals. Stops include the famed “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue, the field, player locker rooms, and more. Tour dates vary, and typically are limited to weekdays; reserve your place in advance via the online application form hosted on the stadium’s website.