Chicago takes its sports seriously, especially if it’s in the “B” trifecta – the Bulls, the Bears, the Blackhawks. If you’re looking to catch a Chicago Bulls game (six-time NBA champions!), these tips will help you with some practical pointers.
1. WHICH WAY IS RIGHT? You can get to the stadium easily enough either by car or public transportation. The United Center is west of the Loop, so though you could go by foot it’s a pretty long walk from downtown Chicago and our hotel. We recommend taking public transportation (CTA) with the #20 Bus. Ask one of our hotel’s concierges for directions.
2. COME EARLY. Well…not too early. You can’t get in more than an hour and a half before the game. But you do want to get in when you can so you can enjoy the pregame shows and hype. Plus you’ll have time to walk around before finding your seat.
3. EXPECT AN INSPECTION. You probably won’t have to go through any sort of inspection upon entering the arena, but the United Center does reserve the right to inspect your person and any bags you bring. Just be prepared for this and it will go more smoothly if they give you the ol’ once-over.
4. GRAB GEAR DURING PRE-GAME. Who doesn’t want to remember their trip to a Bulls game with some fan gear? But as with any game, the stands and shops get crowded once the game starts. If you purchase what you want before tipoff, you’ll not only avoid lines but you’ll be able to choose from a full stock of merchandise.
5. DINING FOR GOLD. The stadium has all your Chicago favorites – Chicago dogs, deep dish, you name it. But in addition to the standard fare there are also some cool bars and restaurants. There’s a Budweiser Brew Pub, Stadium Club ,and Ketel One Club, as well as an upscale restaurant, Bar One. If you’re looking for specialty concession stand food, check the corners of the arena.
6. THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY. There are plenty of acts and attractions for fans of all ages, including jugglers, dancers, a dunk team, face painters, and more! Check the concourse for kid-friendly booths but not during the half-time show! You don’t want to miss their featured act or the mascot, Benny the Bull.
7. POINT ME TO THE EXIT. When the game is over, there are plenty of exits. It does tend to get jammed up around the escalators, but once you’re through you’re really home free. If this will be a problem for you then arrange your exit time accordingly.