What do you get when you combine the love of Chicago, hot dogs, and baseball? The Chicago Dogs, of course! As a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, the Chicago Dogs pay tribute to the deliciously iconic Chicago hot dog. We had a blast last year when we visited and our second game proved to be even more fun! Read on for reasons why you’ll want to spend the day out with the family enjoying the Chicago Dogs.
Disclosure: Although my family and I were given complimentary tickets. our opinions expressed are those of our own.
Why you’ll want to go to a Chicago Dogs baseball game with the family
A day dedicated to families
Bring your crew on Sundays to take advantage of Family Sundays. Buckets (and I mean HUGE) buckets of popcorn are only $3 with free refills and large sodas are also $3 with unlimited refills. Stop by before the game to get autographs from the players. Can’t make it on a Sunday? No worries – they offer other days of fun: On Saturdays they have fireworks; on Fridays, kids can run the bases after the game. Thursdays also showcase fireworks a well as $2 domestic cans; Wednesdays are Wiener Wednesdays with $2 hot dogs.
Since it’s basically a brand new stadium, we found that it was clean (even the bathrooms!)
Every seat is great
There isn’t a bad view in the house. Choose from infield, outfield, and bleachers. We were lucky to snag seats behind home plate, but as we walked around we found that all the seats were great.
Fun games for the kids
Kids can stay entertained at the Kids Zone with a few games. They also have a track to run and see how fast you can go.
Fun between innings
Plenty of entertainment to keep everyone entertained from dancing on the Floss cam or watching people battle it out on the field in bubble balls. See if you can spot Squeeze, the mustard mascot, and his silly antics throughout the stadium.
Ketchup and Squeeze are a real hoot with their silly antics.
You can’t go to a Chicago Dogs game without trying a hot dog. Wiener Circle even has its second location at the stadium. Although they do promote #NoKetchup, you will find ketchup stations here.
Take a walk
If you have restless kids and can’t sit still, take a walk! Impact Field offers 360-degree viewing if you walk around the perimeter of the stadium.
Tip: Shade is hard to come by sitting down on the seats. Head to the back of the stadium to find a little shady reprieve.
See the “Big Z”
If you’re a Cubbies fan, you’ll be excited to find Carlos Zambrano in the Chicago Dogs lineup. What a surprise when we found him pitching on the mound!
Parking is a cinch
After parking, you can exit right to the stadium. Kids and parents will love the easy in and out.
Tips to Enjoy a Chicago Dogs baseball game:
- Impact Field gates open 60 minutes prior to game time. Head there to get food, explore the stadium, or get player autographs.
- Outside food and coolers are not permitted in the stadium.
- If you go on a sunny afternoon game, bring a hat, sunscreen, and stay hydrated. Since the stadium is a 360-degree open concourse, there are essentially no shaded seats and it does get HOT. We found shady spots when we walked around the walkway towards left field (by the highway).
- Splurge and enjoy one of the 7 private seating experiences including the Rivers Stadium Club with a premium buffet and all the beer, wine, and soda you can handle.
- You’ll have to try a Chicago-style dog for sure.
Fun Facts about Chicago Dogs Baseball:
The team is managed by former Boston Red Sox Manager, Butch Hobson.
- The stadium has 6,300 seats.
Address: Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Avenue, Rosemont
Parking: 850 spaces available in their parking garage for only $3. Enter this address in your GPS for the parking garage: 5505 Pearl Street, Rosemont. It’s also adjacent to the stadium, so easy in and out.
Cost: Tickets are very affordable and start at $9 a seat. Kids 2 and under are free.
I love the affordability for the family!
We love “minor” league teams! They are so fun! This one looks fantastic too! The affordability and family friendly atmosphere is perfect!
We’ve gone to only one Chicago Dogs game so far but it was a lot of fun! It was last summer and it was HOT, so I definitely recommend following your advice on bringing sunscreen, etc.