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Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

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Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

I'm going to a concert in July at Soldier Field and I'm not familiar with the area at all. I'm coming from the far West suburbs (Aurora area). There seems to be so many options and I don't know what to do. Can someone tell me the easiest, least stressful way to make this experience enjoyable, as far as traveling, and also won't break my bank acct? Should I take the train, then catch a cab, or will that cost a fortune? Should I drive there, and back home afterwards? And if so, what is parking like? Is it expensive? Is it easy to get out of there afterwards (organized with traffic guys helping), or is it a mad house getting out? Or, should I book a hotel, and drive there, park at the hotel, and walk -or- catch a cab to and from the concert? If I walk, is the neighborhood safe to do this at 11:00pm (and please, I mean no disrespect). So many questions, I know, but as I said, I'm not familiar at all, and know nothing about the area. Thanks.

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1. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

Welcome to TA.

If you don't plan to spend the night in Chicago - commuting via train or driving are your only options. Closest Metra station would be in Aurora - metrarail.com/metra/… - You need to insure that the Metra schedule is going to be convenient for you.

soldierfield.net/content/directions-transpor… - There will people to guide you in and out of the parking lot.

If you'd rather spend a night in Chicago - you can access SF using CTA bus from just about anywhere downtown.

Personally, I'd take Metra in from Aurora and spent a night in Chicago. Use Hotwire or Priceline for an inexpensive hotel in the Mag Mile or River North area.

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2. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

I'm going to bump this back to the top, as I have the same question. Other than the fact that we DO plan to spend the night somewhere! Option one is to stay at a hotel within walking distance (any recommendations?). Option 2 is to stay at a casino hotel (Ameristar in East Chicago, Blue Chip in Michigan City, Harrah's in Joliet) and take public transportation in. But that's where our idea falls apart, because we have no idea how the train system works in Chicago and around Soldier Field and any of the aforementioned hotels.

Suggestions?

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3. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

The Chicago Hilton or Blackstone Renaissance are walking distance, but a good distance from other attractions. Other hotels in The Loop or River North are only a short bus or cab ride from Soldier Field. River North/Magnificent Mile would be your best option. You can check www.transitchicago.com for a trip planner, maps and how to track buses and trains.

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4. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

Getting to a casino hotel in Indiana involves this train - http://www.nictd.com/

Train to Joliet - metrarail.com/content/…map.html

IMO - stay downtown.

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5. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

When major events let out at Soldier Field, getting a cab or bus near the stadium can be really difficult. So it's best to plan to stay at a hotel within walking distance. There are a number of hotels within 1 mile of Soldier Field. As noted above, the Blackstone and Chicago Hilton are the closest. Only a few blocks further, you will find the Wyndham Blake. And, if you walk just a few blocks further, north of Congress Parkway, there are the Palmer House, JW Marriott, Club Quarters (on Adams St., there's another further north), W (also on Adams), and Silversmith. As you progress further north through the Loop, towards the river, there are many more hotels.

And, to answer the question of the original poster, walking back towards downtown from Soldier Field immediately after an event lets out is very safe, as you will be accompanied by literally thousands of others who were in attendance.

Edited: 6:41 pm, March 12, 2013
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6. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

As noted above, buses and cabs are almost impossible to get on Michigan Ave after an event at Soldier Field. If you are not staying in a hotel within walking distance (those already mentioned above) and you have a car, I recommend parking in one of the lots along Wabash one block west of Michigan Ave. You can follow the crowds along the very nice sidewalk north and west of the stadium until you get back to the Michigan Ave and 11th St area. You can easily see the walk/paths if you use Google Earth. https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&q=michigan+ave+balbo&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ei=E0FCUYmdBuz_yQGOlYDwAg&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAg

It's a fun walk unless it's raining!

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7. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

Going to a concert this summer. The limo place said they can only pick us up at the Chicago Hilton after the event. Is it safe to walk from Soldier field to that hotel at night after the concert. If it rains how would we get there, taxi? I guess the limo cannot pick us up at Soldier field but can drop us off there.

Has anyone walked this mile to the hotel? Is the Chicago Hiton really only around a mile walk, how many blocks? Any information is appreciated. Thanks.

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8. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

It's a little over a mile walk between SF and the Hilton. Catching a taxi after a SF concert can be daunting.

The walk is relatively safe. There will be lots of others doing the same thing. As in any other major city - common sense prevails.

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9. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

Check this website to see if your event offers shuttle service. http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/

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10. Re: Help! - Traveling to & Parking at Soldier Field for Concert

The best thing to do is park as far away from SF as possible. The crowds- people and cars, buses- Make it impossible to get out except on foot. It's safe to walk around with 50,000 other concert goers and there is always a heavy police presence for these events. The original OP asked about taking Metra trains in from the suburbs. That's a great idea BUT... Check the schedule of the last outbound train and figure that it will take you 1/2 hour+ to walk across the Loop to the train station in a crowd. The Loop is safe at night. Besides the other people at your concert there will be 6,000-7,000 theatre goers walking around at the same time.