ARMOUR SQUARE — Heading to the South Side Wednesday night to catch the college gridiron matchup between Northern Illinois and Toledo?
Before you make the journey to Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St., here's everything you need to know.
Can I still get tickets?
Yes, tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. game. The stadium's ticket windows will be open before the game. They'll cost you anywhere from $45 to $65.
How do I get to the game?
There are plenty of ways to get to the ballpark.
The Red Line's Sox-35th is just a block west. To get to the Sox-35th stop from downtown or on the north side, take the Red Line toward 95th. From the south, take the train toward Howard.
The 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stop on the CTA Green Line is three blocks west. To get there from the north side, take a Green Line train toward Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove. From the south, take a Green Line train toward Harlem/Lake.
A cluster of CTA buses will also get you to the game:
• No. 1 Bronzeville/Union Station
• No. 4 Cottage Grove
• No. 24 Wentworth
• No. 29 State
• No. 35 35th (connects with Orange Line and Green Line)
• No. 39 Pershing (connects with Orange Line and Green Line)
• No. 44 Wallace/Racine
Guaranteed Rate Field is serviced by Metra’s Rock Island Line. Get off the train at Metra’s 35th Street “Lou” Jones Station and walk to the park.
Pace offers express bus lines to the ballpark from six suburban locations: Bolingbrook, Palos Heights, South Holland, Tinley Park, Burr Ridge and Oak Lawn.
Where can I park?
But if you decide against paying to park, be careful.
Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th) recently changed neighborhood parking laws to require drivers to display a residential parking sticker on their parked cars during all events at the ballpark — and not just for White Sox games. If you park in the residential areas around Guaranteed Rate Field without a sticker, you'll get a ticket.
What can I bring to the game?
Make sure you've got a handle on ballpark rules. They're the same ones that apply at White Sox Games.
• If you bring a bag, it can be no larger than 16-by-16-by-8 inches. Security guards will search the bag before letting you into the game.
• Every guest can bring one sealed plastic bottle of water that's 1 liter or less in size. No other beverages are allowed.
• Bottles, cans, hard-sided coolers or other liquid containers are not allowed in the ballpark.
• Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.
Where can I eat?
There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat before or after the festival. Check out what some neighborhood experts have to say about grub options around Guaranteed Rate Field here.
Where can I grab a drink?
There's no shortage of spots to grab a beer or cocktail. Check out this list of neighborhood watering holes.
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