Chicago’s historic Soldier Field football stadium dates back to 1924 – making it the oldest NFL stadium in operation today. Cheer on the Chicago Bears (or their opponents if you dare), see national and international musicians in concert, or watch a live professional soccer match at this Chicago landmark. Completely renovated in 2003, the venue is now one of the most modern and fan-friendly arenas in the country. Conveniently situated in Grant Park just steps from the chic and contemporary Hotel Essex Chicago, Soldier Field is open year-round. Obviously, this is the perfect place to take in a game, but there are also plenty of other events and things to do here.
Trace the exciting history of this fabulous football stadium from its beginnings in 1924 through its modern 21st century renovation through film and then explore the stadium itself. See the South Courtyard, a gathering place for fans before and after events, offering concessions in a garden terrace setting. Benches lining the South Concourse wall feature relief images of leaves that represent fallen soldiers and have real Medals of Honor embedded into them to memorialize these veterans.
Stop by The Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, depicting a World War I infantryman as he advances across No Man's Land through barbed wire and tree stumps, rifle held firmly in one hand and grenade in the other. Your behind the scenes tour also includes the Visitor’s Locker Room, the Skyline Suite, and the Colonnades - iconic original columns from 1924 that have been preserved during every renovation. They are beautifully lit up with multi-colored LED lights each night.
For an extra special treat, take the VIP Tour, which allows you to enjoy field level views as you walk along 100 yards of the stadium’s Kentucky blue grass. Tours run year-round.
Cirque Du Soleil VOLTA
If you’ve never experienced Cirque du Soleil live for yourself, this is the perfect way to start. Held under the Big Top in the South Parking Lot, this high-energy, contemporary urban masterpiece is an enchanting voyage of discovery showcasing never-before-seen acrobatics. The story is set within a visually striking world and highlighted by a stirring melodic score. Inspired by the adventurous spirit fueling the street sports culture, VOLTA is a story of finding yourself and launching your own personal power. Runs May 18 - June 23, 2019.
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This is just a taste of the many diverse events and activities you’ll find at Soldier Field. Looking for a fabulous new place to stay in Chicago? The stylish and hip Hotel Essex Chicago has ideal downtown accommodations just minutes from Soldier Field. Stay with us when you head in to the city for your next event.