Baseball is a controversial issue in our household. I grew up a Chicago White Sox fan and my husband is a Cubs fan. Total House Divided. When it came to raising our son we knew a decision must be made. This isn’t our only sports team controversy (Go Buckeyes!). We decided our son would be raised exclusively a Cubs fan and he gets my college football team.
So how is that that I’m writing about attending a Chicago White Sox and not a Cubs fame?? Because as much as he is a fan my husband never goes to Cubs games and we have countless opportunities to attend White Sox games. Our first opportunity to attend a Chicago White Sox game with my son was when he was 10 months old. The Chicago White Sox go above and beyond to make children have the best fan experience.
Children under 3 or shorter than 36 inches don’t need a ticket to enter but must sit on a parent’s lap. The White Sox have great ticket pricing options for different days and at different seating levels. You can make it affordable for your family budget.
What I love about Guaranteed Rate Field (Come on it’s Comiskey) is the plentiful parking. Parking is $20 Monday – Saturday and $10 on Sundays. The roads get congested at the exists off the Dan Ryan so give yourself enough time to navigate through traffic. All the parking lots are within reasonable walking distance and they do a good job at traffic control.
Public transportation is a great option for getting to the Field. The red line is a short walk away.
The park is large and involves a lot of walking depending on which gate you enter and the section of your seats. Check out the seating chart when selecting seats. Look into seats that are in the shade or on the end of aisles.
I believe that the Chicago White Sox have the best stadium food in all of Chicago. When you walk in you smell those grilled onions. My favorite are the elotes. You can get your regular stadium favorites in addition to some unique gourmet food options. I usually do a lap around the concourse and map out what I’m going to eat in between innings.
There is a great Xfinity Kidz Zone for kids 13 and under. It is an interactive area to learn fundamentals from real training instructors. Children can throw pitches, practice batting, and test their skills. You must wear athletic shoes to participate.
If it is your child’s first Chicago White Sox game, you can sign up for the Kids Club. You get a lanyard that they will use at all future games to get prizes. Stop at Guest Relations on any level and get a certificate commemorating their first game.
The sensory room is in Suite 460 and is a space to give your little one a safe environment to explore. They also have a Kulture City sensory bag filled with noise canceling headphones and other items. You can pick the bag up at Guest Services. Be mindful that there are fireworks after home runs and after some games.
The nursing room is in Section 352 which includes changing stations and outlets for pumping. Every bathroom has a changing station. There is a family bathroom near section 107.
Since the park is ADA accessible it is workable for strollers. However, the corridors get very crowded so be ready to get tripped up with people not paying attention. The elevators are spread out and might require walking to the other side of the park. There are a lot of ramps so have your arm strength ready for going uphill. The usher may be able to stow your stroller behind the last row of seats. Even though the prefer you not store them in the accessible seating areas. I prefer to baby wear.
Coca-Cola Family Sundays
On select Sundays the first 125 kids ages 5-13 that enter through the Chicago Sport Depot entrance will be able to receive autographs. Check the calendar for available dates. Tickets and parking are available at a discount. Plus plenty of special family focused activities with the opportunity to run the bases after the game. Kids can line up behind Section 120 starting in the 8th inning
I love the tailgate environment at “Comiskey”. The parking lot opens 2 hours prior to the game. Bring your table, chairs, and portable grill. For fun have your blue tooth speakers for music and a bag set for games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, and sandwiches go along with chips and side salads. Alcoholic drinks are permitted. Guest are permitted to bring in plastic bottles of sealed water. Also permitted are small clear bags 16x16x8 of food. Perfect for toddler snacks.
My son is still decidedly a Cubs fan but we had a great time with him and the family. I chose to babywear which was perfect for getting around. It was a hot September day so I would frequently go to a shaded area to get him cooled off. A Chicago White Sox game is a perfect opportunity for family fun no matter which team you root for.
Check out the Chicago White Sox Schedule
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Guaranteed Rate Field
333 W 35th St., Chicago, IL