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“The other baseball park in Chicago”

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“The other baseball park in Chicago”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Everyone knows the shrine on the north side of Chicago aka Wrigley Field. Well the better bang for the buck might just be on the south side of Chicago. Ticket prices are on approx avg. $40 cheaper at the Cell. Parking is easy access and moves pretty well for a sports venue.

I don't believe there is a bad view anywhere in this park. Maybe, a feeling of being off the action a bit, but the work done on this park since its awful opening has been great. Going to the green colored seats, adding seats to the foul pole area, changing the layout of the bullpens have helped make this a easier view. Allowing fans to stand and stretch in the outfield lets fans focus more on the game instead of another party's chat. The Fundamentals area in left field allows kids to get some of that energy out of their system, provides coach'n tips from instructors, etc.. The statues of Sox legends are a really neat idea. Right field bar is a great idea with added seating right on the action.
The food choices seemed never ending. There is, like in every park, the hamburgers, hotdogs, beer popcorn, etc. The Cell took it to the next level offering Hooters Chicken Wings, Cuban Sandwiches, tasty nachos in Sox batting helmets (best deal in park btw), imported and domestic beers, etc etc.. By far the best tasting food in a Chicago sports venue and possibly tops in stadiums throughout the U.S. A little inside hint/tip.. The Sox do let you bring in outside food which can really help the budget. FYI they only let in un-open bottles of water (but no complaints, I think this is great and not practiced much in MLB). Tailgating is still allowed.. They also usually offer a pre-game deal in the "patio" area of right field 2 hours open bar all you can eat and drink.
The staff of the Cell is very friendly from the ticket takers to even the security personnel (they were actually friendly, fun, and the police..wow). Plenty of vendors walk'n the stands.. All seemed genuinely happy to help.. Children also get a neat certificate to show their 1st trip to the Cell.
I'll now explain the Very Good review compared to it being excellent. There is no neighborhood atmosphere (ex: a place to go to let traffic subside).. No bars, restaurants, etc.. Bacardi At The Park is a very expensive place and personally average. Options in the park should = options outside, plus this might help with walk up. Attendance is horrible for such a nice park, but as someone told me the team has floped each of the last 3 Septembers and this is a neighborhood of working class poor ( I like that example haha).. The outfield (right field) seemed to attract a crowd that made it un-family oriented (dressed like gang bangers, foul language, etc).. Security always seemed to be moving out there and did a good job curbing disturbances.. I guess you can't always pick the crowd that show up for a game..

Visited September 2012
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Calumet City, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Free tickets to the game”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is the worst trip I've ever been on. I enjoyed the game, because the sox won. I hated climbing those ramps to get to my floor and seat. I will never ever visit again. The food and drinks were extremely high. Luckily for me, we had a tailgate party before we went in the park.

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Even more fun when the Sox are winning!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We went to the Sox-Yankees game and it was DE-LIGHT-FUL. Recall that I grew up in Cleveland (Indians) household where Damn and Yankees were one word. So it was especially great to be seated with my son among all the Yankee fans as White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was unbelievably powerful. Our seats were in the "bleachers" which is more or less over a bit from the first base line so the balls come towards you into the outfield. But how are you supposed to catch them with a beer and hotdog? Leaving the park, Chicago had just passed a new ordinance making marijuana possession a misdemeanor and the clouds on the exit were laden.

Visited September 2012
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Glenview, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Chicago White Sox play here”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Considered Chicago's 2nd class baseball team (for what reason I will never understand), the Chicago White Sox play at "the cell". It's a great park for watching a game. you can walk all the way around the field and find numerous great spots for food and drinks. Fireworks nights happen often and whenever our home team boys hit a home run, fireworks shoot out above center field. They do a nice job of providing a good, clean venue and a nice baseball experience. No great views of the skyline from the park is all that's missing.

Visited August 2012
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170 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Beautiful modern park with lots of food choices and great sitelines”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Attended fan appreciation day 9/30/2012. It was our first visit to this park. Easy access from 90/94. Parking was $23. Lots of tailgating going on in the parking lot. The ramps into the park were extremely wide, you never felt claustrophobic even with thousands of people leaving the park after the game. We sat in the lower reserved sections, 20 rows up from first base. Each row had a small number of seats, so it was easy to get in and out whenever you wanted to get up for something. Lots of food choices -- tex-mex, pizza, burgers, chicken, and even an authentic deli-style sandwich. Just very clean, spacious, and modern -- even though this one was built in 1993 it looks comparable to Milwaukee's Miller Park and has all the amenities of Minnesota's Target Field. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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