Since U.S. Cellular bought the naming rights, the White Sox have continued to make improvements upon the first new ballpark of the 1990s. A multi-tiered concourse beyond center field was added, seats were removed and improved, and a unique translucent wall now connects the roof to provide protection from weather. Another unique feature - a replica of the old park's famous exploding scoreboard is over the centerfield bleachers.
There are multiple bronze statues of ex players throughout the park. A life size statue of once owner Charles Comiskey is behind Section 100, and there's one of Minnie Miñoso and Carlton Fisk behind 164 for example.
Check out the Comcast Fundamentals area for kids in the left field concourse, as well as the Speed Pitch Machines near Sections 162 and 546 on the Upper Level. On hot summer days, stop by the Rain Rooms (Sections 105 and 546) - an area that provides a cool mist.
Food and Drink:
There's a pretty good variety of food inside the park. You 'll have no problem finding hot dogs and other standard fare at numerous All-Star Stands. You can get Brats and Sausages at certain stands - each one named for a different ex-player which is pretty cool. (There's Beltin Bill Melton's Brats and Sausage for example). Triple Play Cafe (Sec 110) serves up great deli style sandwiches, in addition to quesadillas and mini tacos.
For the vegetarian fan, Lollar's Guard the Plate Grill (Sec 524) and South Side Hitmen Grill (Sec and 544) offer veggie burgers. Veggie dogs can be found at the All-Star Stand at Section 529.
For the younger fan -The Rookie's Club (Sec 101 and 540) offers food for kids.
The Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar on the field level, right field side is a decent place to hit up. Outdoor seating is on a first-come first-serve basis and comes at a small fee. If you're holding a ticket for a not-so-great seat, try getting in there early and for not much more money, you'll get a much better view of the game.
As for beer in general - Miller Lite and MGD prevail. They're sold at every vendor, but aren't that much cheaper than some imports found at say, the Beers of the World stands. You can find brews like Stella Artois or Guinness there, but in a bottle, not on draft. You'll also find different varieties of Leinenkugel throughout - on draft and in a bottle. Look for other small draft beer stands that are easy to miss - there's Blue Moon (Sec 104 and 540) or Heineken (Sec 116) for example if the MGD just doesn't do it for you.
The White Sox have put into place what they call the Upper Level Policy, meaning if you're holding tickets for the Upper Level, you will not have access to the Main floor. So not only will you probably have a fairly lousy view on the upper deck, but you are confined there for the entire game.
Formerly Comiskey Park, U.S. Cellular Field is on the South Side of Chicago in the Armour Square neighborhood, not far from Bridgeport and Chinatown neighborhoods. The area doesn't have a great reputation, but it's improving. Some people will tell you it's still unsafe, but after a game the area is swarming with fans anyway, so don't be too afraid to take public transportation or walk in the neighborhood at night if you're on the hunt for some post-game drinks or food. Squeaky clean suburbs it is not, but it's no worse than any other urban area in our opinion.
Directly across 35th Street and practically sitting on the site of the old ballpark is the newly opened Bacardi at the Park. Entrances to Bacardi at the Park is can be found at the North end of Gate 5 Plaza as well as from inside the field at the bottom of the infield Gate 5 ramp. Over 50 TVs, walls adorned with White Sox memorabilia, and an outdoor seating area make this a great spot to hit up pre-game for drinks or food, as well as a good place to hang out while waiting for the train at the new 35th Street Metra station post-game.
There are quite a few neighborhood bars and restaurants within walking distance, and some draw quite a good postgame crowd. Buffalo Wings and Rings on Halsted offers a free shuttle to and from the fieldand they have their own parking lot, and other spots like Cobblestone'sBar and Grill or Schaller's Pump will let you leave your car in their lot when you spend a certain amount pregame. Check out our "Before & After the Game" map for more info on these and other bar and restaurant suggestions.
Parking in White Sox lots is $23, and if you are worried about safety, this is the way to go. There a few privately owned lots for less money and you can find them on our exterior map. The links will take you to our affiliate Parkwhiz, where you can find additional information.
It is possible to find street parking, but there are several restrictions, so be sure to read signs before you park. There is a lot of residential only parking nearby. Tailgating is allowed in lots A-G and L, and lots open 2 hours before game time.
Public Transportation is pretty easy and highly recommended to avoid traffic. You can take the CTA "L" train on the Red Line to Sox/35th. If you're coming from the south suburbs or downtown you can ride Metra's Rock Island train to the new 35th St/"Lou" Jones station. For CTA information: transitchicago.com. For Metra information: metrarail.com.
Be sure to also check out our "Info Inside the Stadium"" section for some great suggestions once inside the park.