The Chicago White Sox will open the 2017 season today, and many will be lucky enough to attend today’s ballgame, or one of the next 80 home games at Guaranteed Rate Field this season, so here’s a guide to eats, drinks, and entertainment in and around the ballpark, as well as some useful ticket information. Enjoy, and Happy Opening Day White Sox fans!
Individual Game Tickets
Individual game tickets can be purchased online at whitesox.com, or at the ticket box office at the ballpark at anytime. Single game tickets range anywhere from $7 dollars (Upper Corners) to $290 dollars (Magellan Scout Seats), for most games. Premium games, such as Opening Day, and Crosstown Classic games are priced higher, starting at $30 per seat.
Partial Season Tickets
The “Pick 7” and “Pick 14” partial season ticket plans are back for the 2017 season, with prices ranging from $55 dollars per seat (Upper Corners) to $300 per seat (Lower Box) for the “Pick 7” plan, and $112 dollars (Upper Corners) to $602 dollars (Lower Box) for the “Pick 14” plan.
In the “Pick 7” package, you get your choice of either Opening Day, or a Sox versus Cubs game plus six other games (one per month), and in the “Pick 14” package you will get both Opening Day and one Sox versus Cubs game in addition to 12 other games of your choice (two per month).
For the 13 Sunday home games this season, the White Sox will once again offer discounted pricing so that the whole family can take in a ballgame, with tickets starting at $5 dollars in the upper level and $15 dollars in the lower level, with parking passes for only $10 dollars. As always, kids can enjoy the opportunity to run the bases after the game every family Sunday.
The White Sox have other options available to suit your needs including split season plans, group outing packages, and the White Sox Kids Club for the 2017 season. Head to whitesox.com for more information on all of the offerings this season.
Ballpark Eats, Drinks and More
The Chicago White Sox struck a deal with Modelo as their new official beer, a change that will offer fans a much larger selection of adult beverages moving forward. In honor of the deal, the White Sox have opened a new bar with the Modelo namesake in the left-field corner of the 100 level concourse.
The White Sox also introduced a craft beer heaven in the form of the newly renamed “Craft Kave”, that will feature 75 craft beers from 38 different breweries, as well as an array of tasty premium food items that are simply mouth watering to say the least.
The team will have an employee on hand to answer all of your craft beer questions as you make your choice, and will offer 12-ounce cans for $8.75 and 16-ounce cans for $10.75. The Craft Kave will still feature the domestic beer lineup, with 16-ounce cans available for $8.75.
Goose Island, Belles, Founders, and Three Floyds are just a few of the options in the teams massive new beer selection.
The club also introduced a new suite, called Suite 134, a few rows behind home plate that will cost between $4,000 and $6,000 a game to rent. The fee includes a food and beverage package for up to 25 people and four parking spots. For 25 people to attend, the individual cost would breakdown to roughly $160-$240 dollars, which if you could get enough people on board to make it happen, is actually a very good deal considering all that is included.
Kids can have a great time at the ballpark as well, with the Xfinity Fundamentals Zone returning this season. The White Sox have batting cages, races, giveaways and plenty more for the youngsters to take part in at every home game this season.
Around the Park
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat before or after the game, or even take in the game on television, here are a few excellent neighborhood options.
Cork & Kerry at The Park – 3258 S. Princeton Ave
Cork & Kerry at the park is conveniently located on the corner of 32nd & Princeton, one block from the Guaranteed Rate parking lot where the old home plat stands. They offer domestic, and craft beer options on tap, and excellent food. 670 The Score often does their shows live before Sox games, in the front of the bar.
35th Street Red Hots – 500 W. 35th ST.
35th Street Red Hots is located a couple blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field, and offers the traditional Chicago Style hot dog and fries among other menu items. It’s been a staple in the neighborhood for decades, just don’t ask for Ketchup! You’ve been warned.
Morrie O’Malley’s Hot Dogs – 3501 S. Union
Speaking of Bridgeport staples, Morrie O’Malley’s Hot Dogs has been a neighborhood favorite since 1989, featuring seats from the old Comiskey Park in front of the building. As a kid who grew up in the Bridgeport neighborhood, I love O’Malley’s, and try to stop there before games as often as I can.
They have been featured on WGN’s “Chicago’s Best”, as well as inducted into the Vienna Beef Hall of Fame. If an excellent hot dog and fries, or their award winning strip steak sandwich sounds like something your looking for, head over the the corner of 35th & Union before the ballgame.
Buffalo Wings & Rings – 3434 S. Halsted
If a traditional hot dog stand isn’t quite what you’re looking for, head over to Buffalo Wings & Rings on Halsted St. They offer a variety of Burgers, and Chicken, as well as a large selection of domestic and craft beers on tap with a multitude of screens to watch as well.
Grandstand – 600 W. 35th St
If you’re looking for an extensive selection of White Sox of Chicago sports memorabilia, then Grandstand, located three blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field is the place to be. They offer the most extensive selection of White Sox, and Chicago sports apparel and memorabilia in Chicago.
Grandstand of course supplies apparel and memorabilia for all of your favorite Chicago sports teams in addition to the White Sox. Another neighborhood staple for years, the Grandstand will have exactly what you need to show your White Sox colors before the ballgame!