Welcome to baseball on Chicago’s South Side. Since 1901, the Chicago White Sox have called this working-class Bridgeport/Armour Square neighborhood home. As a founding member of the American League, and originally known as the White Stockings, their loyal fans have stuck with them through thick and thin for more than 100 years. From the World Champion “Hitless Wonders” in 1906 to the “Black Sox Scandal” of 1919 to the “Go Go White Sox” of 1959 to the “South Side Hit Men” of 1977 to Ozzie’s Small Ball and the World Series title in 2005, the Chicago White Sox have remained a fixture on the South Side. The days of Disco Demolition are long gone but baseball here is still explosive.
Chicago White Sox Baseball
The team's original elongated name was the White Stockings, named after the white stockings the players wore. It was later abbreviated, thus the White Sox. The team was inaugurated in 1900 and entered their first season as a Major League franchise one year later under the ownership of Charles Comiskey.
They won the league championship that first year and won the national championship in 1906 by defeating the Cubs four out of six games. In 1917, the Chicago White Sox made history again as they won the World Series against the New York Giants.
In 1919, however, the White Sox became the only team to ever attempt to throw the World Series. Eight players from the team were accused of "fixing" the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for payoffs from gamblers. Players included "Shoeless" Joe Jackson; pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude "Lefty" Williams; infielders Buck Weaver, Arnold "Chick" Gandil, Fred McMullin and Charles "Swede" Risberg; and outfielder Oscar "Happy" Felsch. In 1920, the players were charged with conspiring to fix the outcome of the World Series and were banned from Major League baseball ever since. After the scandal, the White Sox were branded with the nickname the Black Sox.
The White Sox scandal that plagued the reputation of the team didn't spoil the enjoyment of future games to come, though, as fans flooded Comiskey Park. The new addition was added in 1927 and seated 23,200 more fans.
Shortstop Luke Appling and pitcher Charlie Robertson made their mark, enacting two of the team's greatest performances in 1922. Robertson made ChicagoWhite Sox history throwing a perfect game and Appling had a .388 batting average with a 27-game hitting streak that landed him into the Hall of Fame in 1964.
The White Sox have quite the history behind them and a promising future as they broke the curse of the Black Sox scandal in 2005, but so does the field in which they play.
The White Sox called the 39th Street Grounds home until 1910, when they moved their playing field to Old Comiskey, where they played until 1990. The team moved again to New Comiskey Park, which was re-named U.S. Cellular Field--the current home of the White Sox--in 2003. The stands of U.S. Cellular Field--are where avid White Sox fans of all ages can go to enjoy the atmosphere and support their team.
Cheering on the White Sox throughout the season is fun at home while sitting back on your recliner, but nothing beats actually being in the bleachers with a Chicago-style hotdog in hand while mingling with more than 40,000 other White Sox fans.
By Train: The “L” CTA Red Line stops at White Sox/35th Street. From there it’s a short walk to Gates 4 and 5 where you can purchase tickets and enter the park.
By Car: Public parking for $23 in Lots F, L and G. And believe it or not....tailgating is permitted before every game in Lots G and L starting 2 hours prior to the game (when the lots open) and concludes when the game starts. Small grills are ok, but no kegs.
By Cab: Taxi’s are plentiful downtown. Jump in and tell the driver you want U.S. Cellular Field, Sox Park, The Cell or Comiskey Park. It’s all the same place, it’s a quick ride and they will let off right in front. Or get down there early and grab some grub at a local watering hole.
U.S. Cellular Field
The Chicago White Sox call beautiful U.S. Cellular Field home and believe it or not, it is the 8th oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball thanks to a frenzy of building the past two decades. But baseball history has been omnipresent at the corner of 35th & Shields since the turn of the last century. The Old Comiskey Park stood here from 1910-1990 in what is now Lot B.
It was known as the Baseball Palace of the World when it opened and has hosted some of the greatest moments the game has ever seen. The exact spot of where the old home plate sat is marked and you can see fans doing their best Babe Ruth & Ted Williams impressions every day. And why not, it was on that very spot that the Great Bambino himself hit the first home run in the very first All-Star game way back in 1933. The first Major League All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. That same year the first Negro League All-Star game was played here and 50 years later, California Angel Freddy Lynn hit the first and only grand slam in All-Star history at the 50th Anniversary Game in 1983.
Inside The Park
U.S. Cellular Field is known for its exploding scoreboard but the food isn't too bad either. The smell of the ballpark fills your senses before you can even see the perfectly manicured field. Whether you are sitting in box seats on the main concourse or nose bleeds in the upper deck, it matters not. You can’t walk 10 feet without finding something to eat at U.S. Cellular Field. There’s Chicago-style pizza from Connie’s, hamburgers, hot dogs, build-your-own burritos, deli sandwiches, turkey burgers, calzones, elotes or “corn on the cob,” ice cream, churros, cheesecake, nachos, cookies, steak pita’s, margarita’s, fajitas…you get the picture!! Here’s a tip: true insider’s grab a polish sausage, a brat or a dog from the stand-alone grills that back up to the last row of seats. The food on the Club Level is amazing, but you have to have a Club level seat to get up there. Walk the main concourse (100 level), stop in center field and hike up to the Fan Deck for a unique view and great photo op.
Food And Beverage
The Stadium hosts a number of venues and concessions in the arena to satisfy any acquired hunger pains throughout the game. Places to eat are spread out in different sections like the Triple Play Café in Section 110 and the Go Go Sox Grille in Section 120. For the coolest bar in town check out the Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar in right field. Get a field level view from right behind the right fielder in this two-tiered, open-air section. Step out to the fence & see if you can snag a home run ball. Entrance is free but reserved for adults 21 & older.
If money is no object when it comes to your favorite baseball team, you can wine and dine while watching the game at the Stadium Club or at the Diamond Suites that you can reserve for special events. The two-tiered Fan Deck also provides you with food to eat and a panoramic view of the playing field above center-field concession stands. On the Fan Deck you can root on the White Sox in private with your own White Sox posse.
For The Kids
Check out the Comcast Fundamentals section above the left field seats for baseball clinics, batting cages, base-running and practice pitching areas. Great for kids 3-13, have your future big leaguer bring their glove and take infield practice or race a Sox player 90 feet to first base. Kids must have closed-toe athletic shoes to race.
The Majestic Custom T-shirt Shop offers various White Sox items from t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts to memorabilia and souvenirs. You can even design your own one-of-a-kind White Sox shirt!
Visit the website. You can also purchase tickets at Gates 4 and 5 on game day. Ticket prices range from $10 to $100.
• Cork & Kerry at the Park 3258 S. Princeton Ave. The long time South Side fixture has a new spot one block from the ballpark. The menu has something for everyone...even fish tacos!
• Rocky’s 234 W. 31st St. Best beer garden in the neighborhood. Try the homemade meatball sandwich. Walking distance from the park.
• Connie’s Pizza 2373 S. Archer Ave. Authentic Italian, Chicago style. The deep dish pizza is legendary but the menu is a grand slam top to bottom. Extra large dining room and plenty of parking. The lines get long on the weekend so give yourself plenty of time.
• Buffalo Wings and Rings 3434 S. Halsted St. Sports bar extraordinaire. Cold beer, hot wings and TVs everywhere.
• Schaller’s Pump 3714 S. Halsted St. Step back in time to the days of Al Capone. This former speak easy from the roaring 20’s has been in this location since 1885. If the walls of this de facto Sox headquarters and den of political intrigue, could talk, it would take 125 years to tell it all. Be sure to try their famous butt steak.
• Cobblestones Bar & Grill 514 W. 39th St. A classic Chicago neighborhood bar and grill. Brass rail, dark wood, black and white photos, and their own parking lot.
• Mitchell’s Tap 3356 S. Halsted St. If you’re thirsty. We'll see you here. Huge beer selection.
Don’t forget about the fireworks! Friday’s nights, stick around for a free, fantastic post-game fireworks display.