Join loyal Chicago White Sox fans for some Major League Baseball action in a town that takes its sports seriously. From game-winning hits and stellar pitching matchups to home run fireworks and beloved ballpark foods, this is baseball at its finest and it's definitely an experience not to be missed.
As one of only a few U.S. cities with two MLB teams, Chicago and it's baseball diehards divide their loyalties between the Chicago White Sox on the South Side and the Chicago Cubs on the North Side.
U.S. Cellular Field (known as "The Cell" or just "Sox Park" to its fans) is one that's earned its bragging rights, after the Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series in 2005 and made another postseason appearance in 2008. Last season, the team held first place in the Central Division for 117 days and this season, the Sox are looking to come out on top again.
SCHEDULE & TICKETS
The start of baseball season is a sign of spring's arrival in Chicago and in the summertime, there's nothing like sitting outside and taking in a game. With a regular season that runs generally April to September, there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on the home team. Check out our Events Calendar to see if the Sox are playing while you're in town or get the full schedule at whitesox.com.
Individual game tickets are available online at whitesox.com/tickets and can also be purchased at the stadium box office or by phone 866-SOX-GAME (1-866-769-4263). Most ticket prices range between $7-79, with "Family Sundays" and "Sox Save of the Week" specials offering even more discounts so look out for the latest deals online.
The hottest ticket in town? The Crosstown Classic. When the Sox go against the Chicago Cubs for some interleague action, it isn't just another baseball series. It's a chance to secure the ultimate hometown bragging rights... at least until they play again next year. Check out who will come out on top this season as South Side battles North Side in this epic rivalry.
GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
Tailgating is the perfect way to get in the spirit. This longstanding and encouraged tradition starts two hours before games in select parking lots outside of the ball park. On a summer night, fans can be seen sitting around a grill, tossing bean bags, enjoying a few beverages and gearing up for the game.
Be sure to also check out Bacardi at the Park. A crosswalk away from the stadium, it's a great rum-focused restaurant and bar to meet up with friends before the game or to watch the game if you don't have tickets.
For food and drinks, fill up on Chicago favorites like hot dogs and grilled brats paired with cold beers. Or go gluten free or vegetarian-you're sure to find what you're craving with all the unique concessions on the menu. Before and after the game, check out the local restaurants and bars in the surrounding Bridgeport neighborhood.
In center field, you'll find the PrivateBank Fan Deck, an open area that allows fans to watch the game from a unique, panaromic perspective. In right field, bring your group over to the new Miller Lite Bullpen Party Porch where food and drinks are included with your ticket. And on hot summer days, fans of every age enjoy the Rain Room, an area where sprinklers provide some relief.
If you're bringing kids, head over to left field where they can step up to the plate themselves.The Comcast Fundamentals area is 15,000 sq. feet devoted to your soon-to-be baseball stars and provides coaching clinics and skills instruction on the full youth-size wiffle ball diamond. There are even speed-pitch machines with radar guns and batting cages.
Adding to the fun, watch the sky light up with fireworks that are set off before every game, after Sox home runs and after every Sox victory. Larger fireworks shows are also held after designated games.
In true Chicago spirit, humor is often a part of the game. The White Sox offer a number of special theme nights, including Elvis Night, ‘70s Night, and the all-time favorite: Mullet Night. So get ready to strut your stuff!
On every level of the seating area, whether it's the upper deck, behind the plate or in the bleachers, you'll enjoy a classic Chicago experience so explore The Cell using the ballpark guide. From the sculpture plaza of White Sox legends to great souvenir shops, it covers all the highlights.
GETTING TO THE GAME
Getting to U.S. Cellular Field (333 W. 35th St.) is easy whether driving or taking public transportation. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers convenient and cheap options by train and bus, while drivers will find plentiful parking around the stadium and close proximity to the highways.
Get details on directions and transportation on the Chicago White Sox website. **Note the May-October 2013 closure of CTA Red Line train stations for track rebuilding between the Cermak-Chinatown and 95th/Dan Ryan stops. For details on shuttle options and alternate rail service (which will affect visitors going to Chinatown and Chicago White Sox games), visit transitchicago.com/redsouth.
See the schedule of home games on our Events Calendar and get the inside scoop on Chicago sports on our blog Chicago Like a Local.