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Guide To: U2 At Soldier Field

July 3, 2011 6:00 AM

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Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.
Chicago, Il 60605
7:00 pm
Price: $30-$250
Purchase Tickets Here
www.u2.com

Bono is not Jesus. I would never say he was. It’d be inappropriate and possibly offensive to some. Even if I wanted to say it, someone would probably stop me.

You can’t stop me from thinking it though.

See Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. when U2 plays soldier field on July 5th. Opening for them is Interpol, an international sensation in their own right. To ensure that you get the most out of your night, we went ahead and wrote a guide for the show.

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Travel & Parking

For those of you driving, you can plan to park in Soldier Field’s parking lot for the hefty fee of $46.00 (a number that was hard to find and not clearly stated when I first looked a few weeks ago on their website). Though the lot seems huge, it does run out of space on occasion. You can buy a guarantee for a spot here for those of you worried the gigantic lot might sell out.

If you feel like taking public transportation, you can get to Soldier Field by taking the ‘L’ to the Roosevelt red line. Hop on the 146 bus towards Museum Campus from there, or simply walk if it’s nice out. Not the shortest walk, but it’s healthy for ya! You can also take the Metra Electric District (ME) train to 18th street, which should let you off right beside Soldier field. For help with the confusing Metra, check out this handy Metra guide.

Food

While stadium food is superb (who doesn’t love nachos?), why not go downtown early and eat dinner before the show?

Tapas Valencia
1530 S. State St.
Chicago, Il 60605
www.mesonsabika.com

If you’re not in the mood for “classic American” food (whatever that means), try some Tapas (pronounced tah-pahs, which I only point out because SOME people, coughMikecough, have fought with me over the pronunciation) at Tapas Valencia. Treat yourself to a martini while there. It’s okay, Bono would approve.

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Il 60605
www.mainstayhospitality.com

Once an actual firehouse, The Chicago Firehouse is now a restaurant (obviously). Their classic American menu appeals to just about any palette. The decor, kept as close to the original design when it was first built as a firehouse in 1905, is really what makes The Chicago Firehouse stand out. Go and see it for yourself!

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Tips for the Show!

Don’t forget to bring your lighter to hold up in the air during the show.

But don’t set anyone’s hair on fire by accident… Or on purpose, for that matter.

It’s a faux pas to wear a band shirt of the band you’re seeing to the show. Similarly, if you buy a shirt at the show, it’s a faux pas to put it on there.

But who wants to carry it around? Just put the shirt on. Wear one there too if you want, who cares.

It’ll get dark during the show, despite the sweet lighting rig, so make sure you’re not wearing sunglasses. It’s not cool.

Unless you’re Bono.

And, most of all, have fun. You can’t afford not to. (Especially if you got the expensive tickets.)

Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago
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