There’s not much that Chicagoans can all agree on, but on Sundays (and sometimes Monday or Thursday nights) we are ALL on the same team and sing “Bear Down” as one. And since the Chicago Bears have been stepping up their play, Soldier Field is becoming packed with blue and orange clad fans of all ages. Heading to see the “Monsters of the Midway” soon for some football fun? Then here are tips for taking kids to a Bears game:
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What to Bring & NOT Bring to Soldier Field When Taking Kids to a Bears Game
–Strollers are not allowed INSIDE the stadium but you can check them at Gate 8 through October. Once October is over, you cannot check your stroller there. Like at most sporting events, baby wearing is easiest and most convenient. Check out these recommended baby carriers for the big game.
–NFL stadiums including Soldier Field have a VERY strict bag policy. Be sure to check their website for specific restrictions and remember that packing LESS is best. Snacks are ok, but do not bring items such as bottled water, spray sunscreen, or umbrellas.
-While there may be some sign making stations set up for kids, keep in mind that any signs brought into the game must meet certain restrictions. Click here for more details.
-The Bears now use virtual tickets, so take a screen shot of each ticket to make life easier when the usher is asking to see your ticket yet you are holding tons of drinks and snacks.
What to Wear to Soldier Field When Taking Kids to a Bears Game
–Layers, layers, layers! The wind can get nasty based on where your seats are, so be sure to protect you and your kiddos with as many layers as possible. Thankfully there are tons of great options at the NFL shop, from thick socks to leggings, sweatshirts, coats, hats…and of course, jerseys.
–Warm shoes! As tempting as it might be to wear cute shoes for all of your Instagram photos, leave the heels at home and prepare your feet for walking, stomping when intimidating the opposing team’s offence, and keeping them warm enough to go into overtime. Our favorite Fall and Winter boots? Kamik’s, of course!
How to Get to Soldier Field When Taking Kids to a Bears Game
–If you are going to drive, expect EXPENSIVE and far away parking. Other options include using the Park Whiz app, carpooling, or utilizing the free shuttles from Millennium Park to Soldier Field.
–If using public transportation, buses are your best bet and have convenient stops near the L and Metra stations.
–The most fun option is if you take advantage of the eat, drink, and travel packages that many local restaurants host. For one price, you get food, drinks, and a ride to and from the game from the restaurant—even some out in the burbs!
Family Friendly Amenities at Soldier Field To Use When Taking Kids to a Bears Game
–Nursing moms are encouraged to bring in their medical devices for pumping purposes and utilizing either the “Nursing Pod” at Gate 25 or the nursing stations at First Aid Gate 17. United Club members can go to either the 100 or 300 level for nursing stations.
–Family bathrooms are located throughout the entire stadium at Sections 121, 146, 154, 320, 354, 435, 437, 439, 202, 216. United Club members have family bathroom access at the 100 level.
–Kids under 32″ tall will receive a complimentary “lap pass” for the game. Child must be present and the pass needs to be picked up at the Gate 10 Ticket Office on game day to be measured.
Bears Game Freebies at Soldier Field for Taking Kids to a Bears Game
–Designated driver? Take the “Miller Lite Designated Driver Pledge” at Fan Services for a complimentary soft drink or bottled water at one of Soldier Field’s concession stands. A definite perk for expecting mamas!
–Get your kiddos a commemorative “My First Bears Game” certificate at Fan Services (Gates 0 & 19 or Sections 119, 138, 320, 332, 350, 444).
-Have your kids join the FREE Chicago Bears Crib Club (under five years old) or the Chicago Bears Kids Club (ages 5-12) for exclusive access to newsletters, contests, prizes, and discounts.
-Stop by the kids’ area on the main concourse for fun activities like writing letters to Staley, giant lite-brite boards and other fun Bears themed activities.
The Midway at Soldier Field
–New this season, the Midway is perfect if you are looking for a more relaxed (and warm) spin on a Bears Game. For an additional $50, anyone with a ticket for that game can access the Midway (wristbands required).
-We love it for its fireplaces, leather couches, four different bars, delicious specialty food stations (tacos/brats/pizza…but with a twist!), private restrooms and to eat and watch sports coverage on multiple TVs before, during, or after the Bears game.
–The admission price is discounted after the 3rdquarter, which makes it a great spot to unwind after the Bears game (the Midway Club is open one hour after the game ends).
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, LEARN THE WORDS TO BEAR DOWN!!!
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