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The home of the Chicago Bears football team is Soldier Field a stadium that was built in 1924. The blue collar fans in Chicago have made tailgating in this city one of the best in the NFL and not even the icy winds in January can dampen the spirit of these fans. No matter what time of year you come to Soldier Field, you will have a great time tailgating here.


Parking is very hard to find in Soldier Field on game day if you do not show up very early, although many lots around the stadium, but not all of them, allow tailgating. The price is very reasonable at $25 but the two ways to get a parking pass is to either be a season ticket holder or be a lucky winner in a lottery held in the offseason. Large vehicles including RVs and busses pay $124 per vehicle per game and cash lots charge anywhere between 40 to 60 dollars.

The South, Waldron, 31st and Alder Planetarium Lots allow tailgating but the North Garage and lower level of the Waldron lots do not. The parking lots and garages open four hours before game time and shuttles are available for lots that are further away from the stadium.


The tailgating rules for the Chicago Bears football team are very fan friendly and the prohibited items are in place to ensure the safety of the tailgaters. The policy applies to all the parking lots and garages and the following items and practices are not allowed:

  • Deep fryers, frying or oil-based cooking
  • Saving parking spaces
  • Tents or canopies
  • Uncovered fire pits
  • Tailgating during the game
  • Loud amplified noise

The lots around Soldier Field are getting stricter regarding tailgating. Make sure you can tailgate whether you have a pass or you are on a cash lot before you make preparations for tailgating. Lost or stolen passes will not be replaced and you cannot park without a pass.


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The home of the Chicago Bears football team is probably the only place where tailgaters occasionally eat bear meat. Beside this exotic meat, Chicago is known for great sausages and BBQ, as well as:

  • Venison chili
  • Stews
  • All manner of kielbasa
  • Slow roasted pork loin
  • BBQ chicken, beef and pork

Chicago is famous for having some of the best deep-dish pizza in the world and fans who tailgate bring pizza from the most popular restaurants around the city. During the cold winter months, soups, stews, chili and hot chocolate are part of almost every grill on the lots.

Tailgating in the Cold

During the winter the temperature at Chicago Bears football team games can go down dangerously low to readings of -20 or lower with the wind chill factor. However, this does not deter anyone from tailgating. If you happen to be here during this type of weather make sure you have the right clothing, glasses or goggles, gloves and lip balm. Bring waterproof clothing because the weather changes dramatically in Chicago.

If you are a visitor, talk to one of the local tailgating crews for some pointers to withstand the worst of the extreme cold in order to enjoy the Chicago tailgating experience.


The games at the Chicago Bears football team parking lots include catch football, table games, beanbag toss and retelling great Bears games. Some of the locals have games that are unique to the Chicago area including giant Jenga game with huge pieces. If you are playing games in a parking lot full of people that are tailgating make sure you are very careful and respect everyone’s space and boundaries.

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