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Soldier Field

Events center, NFL stadium and historic landmark all in one, this waterfront field is one of Chicago’s most popular destinations.

Soldier Field has been one of Chicago’s most well-known landmarks since its construction in 1924 and is the oldest NFL stadium in the country.

Check the program of events before you arrive to catch an NFL match or see some of the biggest names in music who regularly perform here. The venue’s events calendar is packed with shows and performances.

If you are visiting during the NFL season, don’t miss the chance to watch the Chicago Bears play at their home ground. Look out for the Bear’s official mascot, Staley da Bear, named after the man who founded the team. 

Originally named to honor the armed forces, Soldier Field is as much a memorial as it is an events center. Take a seat in the Grand Concourse to admire the plaques that honor fallen soldiers. Stroll along the Memorial Waterfall, which commemorates different branches of the armed services. This is an ideal place to visit to enjoy a quiet moment amidst the activity. The South Courtyard features the famous Doughboy Statue, which was erected by sculptor E.M. Viquesney. It honors the soldiers who fought in World War I. 

In 2003, a massive renovation was completed that modernized the stadium and the surrounding area. Chicago natives have slowly adapted to the changes and still class Soldier Field as one of the city’s most important landmarks. 

Guided tours are offered on selected days throughout the week and provide insight into nearly a century of architectural and sports history. Step into the Visitors Locker Room and stand where some of the country’s greatest athletes have prepared for games. Walk up to the Colonnades to enjoy views of the stadium and Lake Michigan. Make sure to have your camera ready for the end of the tour, where you can pose on the turf. 

The cheapest option to get to Soldier Field is to take the bus or metro. Both options have stations that are right next to the stadium entrance. After exploring the stadium, walk to nearby Alder Planetarium or take a walk along the waterfront.  


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Lodging Near Soldier Field

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Hilton Chicago- Michigan Ave Cultural Mile

Hilton Chicago- Michigan Ave Cultural Mile

720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 1,583 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking Grant Park in downtown Chicago, this landmark Hilton hotel is within walking distance of Buddy Guy's Legends, Millennium Park, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, and the Loop business and shopping district.

$129
Best Western Grant Park Hotel

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
4.0
of 5, from 85 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Favored for its location across from Grant Park, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Northerly Island, the Best Western Grant Park is also 1 mile from Millennium Towers and Chicago's theater district.

$164
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago
4.3
of 5, from 834 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Connected via enclosed skybridge to the McCormick Place convention complex, the Hyatt Regency is adjacent to a Metro station, with easy access to Chicago's downtown hub. Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears, is a 15 minute walk away.

$134
Travelodge Hotel Downtown

Travelodge Hotel Downtown

65 E Harrison St, Chicago
3.2
of 5, from 1,201 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located a half-block from Grant Park and 4 blocks from South Loop Shopping, this downtown Chicago hotel is a half-mile from the Field Museum.

$143
Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
3.4
of 5, from 386 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.

$116
Chicago's Essex Inn

Chicago's Essex Inn

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
3.6
of 5, from 1,351 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Across from the greenery and attractions of Grant Park, the Essex Inn is 3 blocks from the Loop business district and Lake Michigan, 4 blocks from the Art Institute, and a mile from Loop theaters.