Chicago is a massive hub for Nebraska alumni and Chicagoans for Nebraska always put on a big show when Nebraska makes the trip up to Evanston every two years. Here's a quick guide for Husker fans who want to make the most out of their trip to Chicago this weekend.
Event: Football Friday
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Directions: Click above for a link to Google Maps. This event is within walking distance from multiple stops on the L (metro). Merchandise Mart (Brown/Purple), Grand (Red), Clark/Lake (Blue/Green/Orange/Pink).
Details: Husker Sports Nightly will be broadcasting live from this location so expect it to be a crowded yet family-friendly atmosphere. The Husker Spirit Squad, pep band and mascots (hopefully not Little Red) will be making an appearance along with former Husker players, coaches and special guests (I met Johnny Rodgers at the Miami pre-party last year).
Event: Nebraska vs. Northwestern Tailgate
Time: 2:00pm - 6:30pm (kickoff time)
Directions: The tailgate is located a short walk from Ryan Field and right next to the Central (Purple) stop on the L. Walk west after exiting the metro station and look for signs to the tailgate.
Cost: $55 (WHITE TICKET includes entry, food buffet and non-alcoholic drinks) or $75 (RED TICKET includes entry food buffet and alcoholic drinks). If you don't buy a ticket, you can still use cash to purchase an alcoholic beverage. You can purchase tailgate tickets here. Use the promo code NECHICAGOFAN to get $5 off (for a limited time only).
Details: This tailgate looks awesome! There will be a football combine set up along with flip cup, beer pong and cornhole game stations. Alcohol will be flowing, HD TVs will be showing other college games and a local DJ playing music. More information about the tailgate can be found here.
Here is some important information in regards to parking at the stadium.
As of this season, Ryan Field has a Clear Bag Policy.
If you can't make it to the game, here is a list of Husker Bars in Chicago.
I will be attending the Football Friday and Tailgate events so hopefully I will get to meet some of our lovely readers. Cobby may or may not show up. Hopefully, some of you will find this information helpful. GO BIG RED!!!