Guaranteed Rate Field | Chicago White Sox

Guaranteed Rate Field

333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
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Quick Facts About Guaranteed Rate Field

Year Opened

1991

Capacity

40,615

Home Club

Chicago White Sox (1900)

Team Colors

Black, Silver, White

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Guaranteed Rate Field | Ballpark Info

Accommodations for Disabilities

The Chicago White Sox aim to provide the best possible experience to all fans visiting Guaranteed Rate Field. If we haven’t answered your question below, contact the White Sox at 312-674-5225 or fanfeedback@chisox.com.

Parking: Accessible parking can be found in Lot B, which is on the north side of the park, at 35th Street and Shields. Lot B is close to Gate 5, which is closest to the elevator bank.

Gates: All gates are accessible so feel free to enter wherever makes the most sense for your ticket. There is only one elevator bank in the park though, with is located near Gate 5.

Elevator: There is only one elevator bank at Guaranteed Rate Field, near Gate 5.

Ramps: If you prefer to use the ramps, those are located at Gates, 2, 3, 5, & 6.

Restrooms: All restrooms in Guaranteed Rate Field include accessible stalls and washing areas. You can also find family and companion restrooms near section 106. You’ll need to get a key for this restroom from the guest services representative in the section.

Seating: Guaranteed Rate Park offers accessible seating on all levels, so you can choose your seats based on where you like to watch the game.

Wheelchair Service: If you’d like a wheelchair escort to your seat, just ask a security or guest services representative as you come through the gate.

ATMs

If you prefer cash for walking vendors, you can find ATMs in the following locations:

  • Section 130
  • Section 100
  • Section 109
  • Section 533
  • section 540
Bags

You can bring a small soft-sided bag that is 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller. If you need to check a bag that you are not allowed to carry into the park, you can check your bag at bag check trailer on the corner of 35th and Shields.

Batting Practice

You can catch batting practice at Guaranteed Rate Field. Gates open 90 minutes before first pitch, so you’ll likely miss the home team. You can still watch the visitors bat, though!

Bring Your Own Food

You can bring outside food into the ballpark. Just make sure that it is in a clear plastic bag. Sealed bottles of water that are 1 liter or smaller are allowed as well.

Charging Stations

Low on phone juice? You can find charging stations at the following locations:

  • Section 109
  • Section 137
  • PNC Diamond Club
  • Section 312
Guest Services

If you have any issues or questions while at the ballpark, please utilize Guest Services. Each MLB team has this department, and they are solely focused on making sure each fan has a safe and memorable time at the ballpark.

Guest Services booths are located behind home plate on the 100 level, club level, and 500 level. If you need help once you are in the ballpark, you can text RISEABOVE to 69050.

Gates

All gates at Guaranteed Rate Field open 90 minutes prior to first pitch.

Promos

The White Sox will occasionally run giveaways and promotions. To see if your game is included, check the White Sox site here. Be sure to get to the ballpark early to make sure you get a giveaway!

Sunday home games at Guaranteed Rate Field are Family Sundays. Kids will have a chance to run the bases after the game. Watch the video board for instructions on getting down to the field after the game.

Radio Broadcast

If you prefer to listen to the radio broadcast from within the ballpark, tune to WMVP 1000 AM. A Spanish broadcast can be found on WRTO 1200 AM.

Restrooms

Men’s and women’s restrooms are located on each level throughout the entire park. A family and companion restroom can also be found in section 106. You’ll need to get a key from the guest services representative in the section to use the family restroom.

Retired Numbers

The White White Sox have retired 11 numbers, which can be found on the facade of the upper deck directly behind home plate. Their retired numbers are:

  • #2 – Nellie Fox (1976)
  • #3 – Harold Baines (1989)
  • #4 – Luke Appling (1975)
  • #9 – Minnie Minoso (1983)
  • #11 – Luis Aparicio (1984)
  • #14 – Paul Konerko (2015)
  • #16 – Ted Lyons (1987)
  • #19 – Billy Pierce (1987)
  • #35 – Frank Thomas (2010)
  • #42 – Jackie Robinson (Retired throughout all of MLB in 1997)
  • #56 – Mark Buehrle (2017)
  • #72 – Carlton Fisk (1997)
Tailgating

Tailgating is permitted in all official lots. Gates to parking lots open 2 hours before first pitch. Small grills and discreet alcohol are allowed. Kegs are not allowed.

Tours

The White Sox don’t offer traditionally ticketed tours. Instead, you can call them at 312-674-1000, ext. 7182 to arrange a tour. They’ll ask for a donation which will benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.

Guaranteed Rate Field| Must Do

Find Old Comiskey’s Home Plate

In a nod to their history, the White Sox opted to mark home plate and the batter’s boxes of Old Comiskey — Guaranteed Rate Field’s predecessor. You can find them near Gate 5 in parking lot B.

Visit the Champions Monument

As you walk up on the park, stop by gate 4 to see a monument celebrating the White Sox’s 2005 World Series Championship. The centerpiece sculpture highlights the key moments of that postseason.

Walk the White Sox Legends Sculpture Plaza

In the outfield, you’ll find several statues of past White Sox greats. You can start in the concourse near section 160, near the Xfinity Kids Zone and work you way towards center field. You’ll find the following statues:

  • Minnie Minoso – section 164
  • Carlton Fisk – section 164
  • Billy Pierce – section 164
  • Charles Comiskey – section 100
  • Luis Aparicio – section 100
  • Nellie Fox – section 100
  • Harold Baines – section 105
  • Frank Thomas – section 160
  • Paul Konerko – section 160

While you’re in the outfield, take a moment to find the Jim Thome Plaque. It marks where Thome hit a baseball onto the Fan Deck in 2008.

Xfinity Kids Zone

If you’re bringing kids to the ballpark, stop by the Xfinity Kids Zone in left field. Kids 13 and under will have a blast in this multi-level activity section. Make sure they bring their sneakers, because sandals are not allowed. Some of the available activities include batting cages, base running, and pitching areas.

Stop By the Outfield Shower

One of the most popular amenities at Old Comiskey Park was the outfield shower. So, the White Sox moved it with them. Located on the main concourse near section 161 is a functioning outdoor shower where you can cool off on hot summer days.

Keep an Eye on the “Exploding Scoreboard”

The scoreboard at Old Comiskey Park was the first to shoot fireworks. The brainchild of White Sox Owner Bill Veeck, the scoreboard had many lights, sound effects, and of course fireworks! He claimed to have gotten the idea from watching a pinball display when a player hit a jackpot. When the Sox moved to their new home, they brought the scoreboard with them. It has since been modernized and replaced. New pinwheels were included and the scoreboard still “explodes” when a White Sox player hits a home run.

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Guaranteed Rate Field | Transportation and Parking

Guaranteed Rate Field is located on Chicago’s Southside off of I-90/I-94, and is pretty easy to get to by car or public transportation.

Official Guaranteed Rate Field Lots

There are 8 official lots near Guaranteed Rate Field. The cost to park is the same for each of them: $25 on gameday and $20 ahead of time when purchased from the White Sox website. All parking for Sunday games is $10. The lots will be easy to find. Just take the 35th Street Exit or the 31st Street Exit. You’ll see signs leading the way for whatever color of coupon you’ve pre purchased from the Sox. If you plan on paying on gameday, choose any lot. Just be mindful that you can only pay with cash in Lots F, L, or G.

You can tailgate in all official lots, which open 2 hours before first pitch.

Off-Site / Free Parking Options Near Guaranteed Rate Field

There are a few unofficial lots around the area, but they’ll be sparse. You can also head East towards some of the surrounding neighborhoods. Be sure to check for signage though, as many of the surrounding streets require special permits for parking. If you are driving, you may need to fork over the cash to park in one of the official lots, or find a shuttle from a nearby restaurant.

Some local bars and restaurants will allow you to park in their lots and shuttle you to the ballgame. This can be a good option. Spend your $20 on beers instead of parking! Buffalo Rings & Wings, Reggie’s, and Ricobene’s all offer shuttles.

If you’re staying close to the area, don’t forget to ask your hotel if they have a shuttle that can run you to the game!

Public Transportation

Public transportation is going to be the easiest and cheapest way to get to the ballpark. You can take the Red or Green Lines of the L-Train. The Red Line will drop you off at Sox Station on 35th St, and the Green Line will drop you off at Bronzeville Station on 35th (just a block away). Alternatively, you can also hop on the Pace Bus if you’re coming from one of the suburbs to a weekend game. Check their official site for details. Fare is $4.50 each way, and you can park your car in their lots for free.

Uber & Lyft

Uber is the official rideshare partner of the Chicago White Sox. The official pick up zone is located in Lot A. We’re not sure if this means that Lyft drivers won’t be able to access the area or not.

If you’re new to Uber, you can use this link to get a discount on your first few rides.

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Guaranteed Rate Field| Best Seats

Best Seats for History

The White Sox won a World Series in 2005, and Game 2 was a wild one. With the Sox down 4-2 in the 7th, Paul Konerko smacked a grand slam that landed in left field. It would put the sox up 6-4. The ball landed in section 159, row 7, seat 4, where you’ll see a blue seat.

The Astros would come back to tie the game in the 9th inning. That’s when Scott Podsednik hit a walk off home run straight to right field. A blue seat marks the spot this ball landed in section 101, row 1, seat 13.

The coolest thing about these seats is that they are the original seats in the ballpark that evening. The White Sox swapped out the original blue seats of the ballpark with newer forest green seats. All except for these two.

Best Seats for Game Views

Our favorite seats at this park are the club level (300 level), especially along the 1B side. This location will give you great views of the playing field and the entire ballpark, and are reasonably priced (in the $20s-$30s) unless the White Sox are playing a bigger market team that will draw tons of visiting fans. You’ll also get shade first on the 1B side, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on the time of year. The White Sox rarely sell out a ballgame, so after a few innings you can usually get up and move seats.

Where not to Sit

The biggest obstruction to be aware of at Guaranteed Rate Field is the batter’s eye in center field. It’s beautiful, but it’s also large. For some reason, the Sox sell seats wrapping around it that are completely obstructed from half of the field. Be especially cautious of sections 100, 101, 164, and 163. If you end up sitting in these sections, aim to be in the first couple of rows so you can see around the batter’s eye.

Guaranteed Rate Field has one of the most distant upper levels in professional sports. The architects apparently set the upper section back in order to avoid overhangs on the lower levels. But this means that not only are you high up, you’re far back. In fact, the original upper deck was so steep and high that it was scary. So scary that fans refused to sit there and management had to renovate the entire upper deck. They removed over 6,000 seats to reduce the rise of the sections, so it’s less scary to sit up there. But, you’ll still feel a million miles away from the game, especially if you are sitting in the corners.

Best Seats for Shade

Depending on the time of year, shaded seats in Chicago can be something to pursue or avoid. If you are looking to cool down in the summer, you’ll want to sit along the 1B side. If you’re attending a day game, it’s going to be hard to find shade, unless you want to sit in the last few rows of the 500 section of the park. If you need a break from the sun, your best bet may be to find some standing room in the concourse where you can still see the ballgame. For night games, the 1B side will get shade first, and the last few sections of the 100 and 300 levels will also start to get some shade (from the upper level’s overhang) as the sun sets.

Best Seats for Foul Balls

According to foulballz.com, your best bets for catching a foul ball at Guaranteed Rate Field are in sections 137-144 on the 3B side and 127-119 on the 1B side. With the extended netting mandated by MLB, the odds of line drives will be less likely, but you may still catch a pop-up, or get a toss-up in these sections.

Guaranteed Rate Field | Ballpark Food

Beer!

In right field near gate 2, you’ll find the Craft Kave which offers around 75 craft beers. As a bonus, they also have a craft burger menu which will pair nicely with one of your selected brews. There is also a Craft Kave Express in section 542, which doesn’t offer food. Goose Island calls Chicago home, so we suggest one of their offerings, or one of Revolution’s brews, which is another local favorite.

The Must Have: The Comiskey Dog

You’re in Chicago so enjoy a Chicago Dog. This one is somehow even more special because it is named after the White Sox beloved old ballpark — which was also Guaranteed Rate Field’s first name. Find it in sections 114, 152, and 544.

Something Special: Elote Nuggets

Poppable fried corn fritters with queso cotija and cayenne pepper, drizzled with cilantro-lime aioli. What could be better than that? Sections 104, 127, 142, and 528.

Something Sweet: Sweet Potato Dessert Fries

Sweet potato fries covered with powdered sugar, chopped pecans, and whipped cream. Drizzled with chocolate and Nutella. Section 110.

The Challenge: The Pierogi Platter

Bring a support team for this one. A half-pound Polish Kielbasa sausage and the choice of three loaded baked potato or onion pierogies piled on top of sauerkraut and caramelized onions. Topped with house-made mustard of course. Section 126.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options at Guaranteed Rate Field

You have a few options for vegetarian and vegan fare at Guaranteed Rate Field. There is a Garden Burger (Vegan with no cheese/mayo) in sections 122, 140, the Fan Deck, 524, and 544. The Xfinity Carvery in section 109 also offers a Deluxe Vegetarian Sandwich, which can be made vegan. We’re not sure if the veggie dog is vegan or just vegetarian, so it’s best to ask. Those can be found in sections 122, near the Fan Deck, and section 538.

Fun Fact: The White Sox were the first professional baseball team to sell veggie dogs on June 19, 2000.

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Guaranteed Rate Field | Surrounding Area

BallPark Pub

This favorite watering hole for Sox fans has some of the best burgers in Chicago.

ChiSox Bar & Grill

Bar and Grill attached to Guaranteed Rate Field, does not require a ticket.

35th Street Red Hots

Seriously delicious Chicago Dogs at reasonable prices.

Buffalo Wings & Rings

Typical wing restaurant serving cold beer and a fun atmosphere. Free shuttle to Sox games!

Bars and Restaurants

We believe that in order to fully experience a ballpark, you should spend some time in the nearby area. We’re also big believers that pre and post game rushes are awful. We suggest you spend some time at these local establishments instead of sitting in traffic or rushing to the train.

BallPark Pub | 514 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609 | Website | Menu | Click to Call
Known as having some of the best burgers in Chicago and for being the local watering hole for Sox fans, BallPark Pub is the place to grab a couple of cold beers before or after a game. Aside from their delicious burgers, they offer ribs, brisket and chicken wings, all smoked in-house. They have an outdoor patio area if the weather is nice, friendly bartenders and it’s only about a 10 minute walk from the ballpark.

ChiSox Bar & Grill | 320 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616 | Website | Menu | Click to Call
Located at the north end of Gate 5 Plaza, this bar and grill is technically attached to Guaranteed Rate Field but it opens its doors to all fans, with or without a ticket. It’s a great option if you want to stay super close to the ballpark and everyone will be able to find something to eat and/or drink here. They open three hours before first pitch on day games and weekday games, and four hours before first pitch on the weekends. They’re not open on non-game days.

35th Street Red Hots | 500 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616 | Click to Call
If you’re jonesing for a hot dog but aren’t interested in paying ballpark prices for one, this spot is super convenient to stop at on your way into the game. It’s nothing fancy, but they serve a seriously delicious Chicago dog and really good fries to boot. And just trust us, don’t ask for ketchup with your order unless you want to be publicly shamed and humiliated.

FYI: They are cash only!

Buffalo Wings & Rings | 3434 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608 | Website | Menu | Click to Call
Buffalo Wings & Rings is your typical chicken wing restaurant, serving cold beer, good food and a fun game-day atmosphere. They have lots of TVs to watch any game that may be on, a few vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free menu items and are kid friendly. The best part is they offer a free shuttle service to Guaranteed Rate Field on game days.

Local Attractions

Guaranteed Rate Field is surrounded by highways, train lines and parking lots so there just isn’t much to do immediately around the ballpark. And some would argue that it’s not the safest area to explore, so if you’re traveling with a family or just trying to make the most out of your trip to the Chicago area, we’d recommended checking out some of the nearby attractions listed in the Wrigley Field guide.

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