Recently, my family had an opportunity to visit Impact Field in Rosemont for a Chicago Dogs baseball game on “Family Sunday”. While I expected everything to be clean and shiny at Chicago’s newest ballpark during its inaugural season (and it was!), I was pleasantly surprised by what a stress-free and truly family-friendly experience the day turned out to be.
Chicago Dogs Baseball Features Family Sundays
Pre-Game Activities at Impact Field
On Chicago Dogs Family Sundays, the stadium opens about an hour before game time, so plan to arrive early to take advantage of special pre-game festivities, including autographs and photos with most of the team lineup — a cool perk for adoring young baseball fans.
There’s also a “KidZone” featuring both batting and pitching games for kids. My 4- and 6-year old sons really enjoyed both! Since there was no wait for any of the activities, we had plenty of time to roam the stadium at our leisure, checking out the field from different vantage points (as we fielded lots of questions from the kids) and taking a few photos.
Half an hour would have been plenty of time for us to make all the stops, but our slower pace gave us some extra time to get a few snacks and hit the restrooms before the main event.
The Chicago Dogs Game
Throughout the game, there was plenty of on- and off-the-field action to keep the kids entertained in between plays. Mine especially enjoyed watching other kids participate in all aspects of the game. The highlights were two older boys wearing giant inflatable baseballs battling it out on-field between innings, and kids of all ages doing their best “Floss Dance” on the big screen.
They were also totally amused by the antics of “Squeeze,” the Chicago Dogs’ lovable mustard-bottle mascot (whose ketchup companion was working the other side of the stadium for most of the game).
In a smaller stadium like this one, younger kids can really follow the baseball action and keep up with the crowd’s cheers.
Post-Game Family Fun
There’s post-game fun for families, too! Every Sunday, Chicago Dogs fans ages 8–15 get to participate in the Top Dog Youth Skills Showcase and compete in the Home Run Derby, Golden Arm Throwing Challenge or Roadrunner Base Running Challenge. All families are invited to stay and watch the competition. Register here for your kid’s chance to compete at an upcoming game.
Chicago Dogs Tickets
Kids under 2 receive free admission. Bleacher seats are just $9; Outfield Reserve seats are $12; and Infield Reserve seats are $12. ADA/Wheelchair Accessible Seating is also available. Single-game tickets, season tickets, eight-game packages and group tickets can be purchased online or by phone at (847) 260-2544. Ticket prices are current as of 7/10/18; check website to confirm current pricing.
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Parking at Impact Field
Parking in the garage adjacent to Impact Field is just $3 per vehicle. If needed, additional parking is available in the nearby Rosemont Entertainment District.
On Family Sundays, ballpark guests enjoy $3 Bottomless Popcorn and Bottomless Fountain Drinks . . . which is a welcome treat on a sweltering hot summer day like the one we had! During the game we attended, the staff announced that they would also be serving complimentary bottled water to help fans cool off and enjoy the game.
The lines at concessions were short or non-existent, which is also a major bonus when you’ve got a bunch of hungry kids in tow. Concessions available include typical baseball fare: hot dogs (of course!), pizza, burgers, nachos, popcorn and more. Entree prices range from $3.50 for a kids hot dog to $9 for a cheeseburger and fries, snacks start at $3.50 for popcorn or peanuts, and desserts range from $4.50–$6.50. (Prices updated 7/10/18 and may change.)
According to the Chicago Dogs website, there is handicap accessible seating at the top of sections 104, 106, 107, 110, and 113 along the main concourse.
The Chicago Dogs staff was friendly and helpful as we navigated our way through the stadium and found our seats. Like most parents, we also appreciated the clean, fully functional bathrooms and plentiful stalls — no wait times! Though we didn’t have time to browse, there’s also a Chicago Dogs fan shop located just near the entrance to the stadium so you can stock up on souvenirs.
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