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Guide To Allstate Arena

October 3, 2010 8:29 PM

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Allstate Arena DePaul

(credit: Allstate Arena)

Allstate Arena DePaul

(credit: Allstate Arena)

Address:
6920 N. Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847)635-6601

Box Office Hours of Operation:
The box office offers walk-up service only. It is open 3 hours prior to events and one hour after the start of each event.

Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed (open on event days)
–Note—Doors open one hour prior to event.

Capacity
– Concerts: 18,500
– Basketball: 17,500
– Ice Hockey: 16,692
– Arena Football: 16,142

Allstate Arena

(credit: Getty)

Facts/History

Allstate Arena has had quite the run over the past 30 years serving as one of the most iconic and largest indoor entertainment venues in the Chicago area…
First opened as the Rosemont Horizon in May of 1980, Allstate Arena was originally intended to be the home of the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association, but the Cougars franchise folded in 1975.

No Chicago Cougars? No Problem.

Many others have called Allstate Arena home throughout the years. Past tenants included: the Chicago Horizon of the Major Indoor Soccer League (1980-81), the Chicago Sting of the Major Indoor Soccer League (1984-88), the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena Football League (1987-89), and the Chicago Skyliners of the American Basketball Association (2000-02).

Today, the multi-purpose Allstate Arena is synonymous with the DePaul Blue Demons Men’s Basketball program, the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, and the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

Along with the Blue Demons, Rush, Wolves, and Sky, Allstate Arena has also hosted professional wrestling’s biggest event, WrestleMania, three times (tied with Madison Square Garden for the most all-time): WrestleMania 2 (1986), WrestleMania 13 (1997), and WrestleMania 22 (2006). It has also played host WWE’s Survivor Series (1989), Backlash (2001), No Mercy (2007), Judgment Day (2009), Night of Champions (2010), and Money in the Bank (2011).

Other notable Allstate Arena events include:
– UFC 90 (the first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship event ever held in the state of Illinois)
– Professional Bull Riders “Built Ford Tough Series” in both 2006 and 2008
– The Harlem Globetrotters,
– Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey
– Concerts by the world’s biggest musical acts for over 30 years.

With so many events to see at Allstate Arena, you are probably wondering where to sit? Everyone has different preferences and budgets, so to help you find the seats that best suit your needs, please visit allstatearena.com/seating-charts.

Driving Directions:

From Downtown Chicago (ETA: 30 minutes): West on I-90 to Northwest Tollway. Exit Northwest Tollway at Lee St. (first exit after first toll booth). The Allstate Arena will be on your right after the exit.

From O’Hare International Airport (ETA: 5 minutes): Head East on I-90 to Mannheim Road North exit. Proceed North on Mannheim Rd. (roughly 1.5 miles).

From I-294: Exit at Northwest Tollway (I-90): Take Northwest Tollway to Lee Street exit (first exit after first toll booth). Allstate Arena will be on the right.

From Eastbound Northwest Tollway (I-90): Exit at O’Hare International Airport exit (I-190 West). Proceed on I-190 to Mannheim Road North exit. Take Mannheim Road north about 1.5 miles to Allstate Arena parking.

allstatetransport Guide To Allstate Arena

(credit: Allstate Arena)

Public Transportation:

CTA from Downtown Chicago: Take CTA Train Blue Line (O’Hare) to Rosemont Stop. Walk East to PACE Bus Stop. Take PACE Bus 223 to Higgins/Mannheim Stop (1.6 miles). Transfer to PACE Bus 250 and exit at Mannheim/Lunt/Allstate Arena stop. Arrive at Allstate Arena. (Please Note: CTA Service is separate from PACE service, so you will need to separate tickets.)

–Note—there is an Allstate Arena Express (Route 222) from the CTA’s Rosemont Station that starts 1 hour prior to the beginning of an event, with additional trips leaving every 20 minutes. The last express bus leaves at the start time of the scheduled event. Return service to the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station departs Allstate Arena 20 minutes after the conclusion of the event.

PACE Suburban Bus Service: If you are not heading to Allstate Arena from the Rosemont CTA Blue Line Station, you will want to take PACE Bus 221 to the Touhy/Mannheim stop. Once you reach the Touhy/Mannheim stop, walk east from E. Touhy Ave. and turn RIGHT at Mannheim Rd/US-45/US-12.

To help plan your trip to cater to your specific travel needs no matter where you are in the Chicago area, please follow the link provided: http://www.goroo.com

Parking/Tailgating:

Parking is available onsite at Allstate Arena. Fees range from $11-$20 (Buses and Limos are extra). Allstate Arena parking is open TWO HOURS prior to the beginning of events.

NO tailgating is permitted.

Food & Drink At The Stadium:


Lower-Level Concessions:

Exchange Street Sausage Company: Chicago Dogs, San Antonio Dogs, Atlanta Dogs, New York Dogs, Milwaukee Dogs, Maxwell St. Polish, Nachos, Popcorn, Hot Pretzels, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Draft Beer, Water.

Bull Sherman’s Grill: Cheeseburgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Philly Cheesesteak, Chicken Tenders, Fries, Onion Rings, Nachos, Hot Pretzels, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Draft Beer, Water.

Windy City Confections: Popcorn, Ice Cream Cones, Ice Cream Sundaes, Ice Cream Cups, Milk Shakes, Arctic Freeze, Hot Pretzels, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Water.

Ike’s Pie Shop: Thick Crust Pizza, Jumbo Hot Dogs, Italian Sausage, Nachos, Popcorn, Hot Pretzels, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Draft Beer, Water.

Lexington Tavern: Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Premium Bottled Water, Double Mixed Drinks, Premium Mixed Drinks, Wine, Frozen Margaritas, Pepsi Products, Water, Hot Pretzels.

Terminal Lounge: Draft Beer, Mixed Drinks, Wine, Frozen Margaritas, Pepsi Products, Water, Hot Pretzels.

Cantina Rosa: Carnita Burrito, Chicken Burrito, Tacos (Carnita & Chicken), Nachos, Churros, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Premium Bottled Beer, Domestic Draft Beer, Water.

East Food 1: Nacho Cubano, Cuban Sandwich, Nacho Grande, Nachos, Chicago Dogs, Chili Cheese Dogs, Maxwell St. Polish, Pizza, Popcorn, Hot Pretzels, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Draft Beer, Water.

East Food 2: Nacho Italiano, Italian Sausage & Beef Combo, Italian Beef, Italian Sausage, Nacho Grande, Nachos, Chicago Dogs, Chili Cheese Dogs, Pizza, Popcorn, Hot Pretzels, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Draft Beer, Water.

Bar Metropole:
Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Water, Mixed Drinks, Wine, Margaritas, Mai Tai’s, Pepsi Products, and Hot Pretzels.

Upper-Level Concessions (Sections 202-203, 205, 208, 210-211, 213, 216)

All Sections Serve: Jumbo Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, Nachos, Jumbo Popcorn, Hot Pretzels, Pizza, Candy, Cookies, Pepsi Products, Bottled Soda, Draft Beer, Wine, Water.

Food and beverages are also served in the seating area via vendors.

It should be noted, however, that the locations of all food and beverage stands are subject to change.

Neighborhood:

Just because the game has ended, it doesn’t mean the night is over! Rosemont, IL has a wide array of restaurants and lodging available to meet all of your needs. For more details about the village of Rosemont, and the various hotels, dining, and entertainment options in the area, please visit: http://www.rosemontchamber.com and start planning your next trip today!

Shawn Muller / 670 The Score

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