Having A Blast with the Chicago Dogs

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to attend the Chicago Dogs game for this post. All thoughts, opinions, and good times had are our own. 

Baseball season is in full swing and it is always a great way for families to spend time together. With the local teams in the city, it can be a little costly to attend one of those games. Especially if you are a family of four with two children that like to eat a lot, you have to find an alternative to the big league games. While the big league games are pretty fun to attend the real action is at the minor league games like the Chicago Dogs. Last weekend the Fandads were invited to attend a Chicago Dogs game and it was a great time for our family.

On the night that we went, it was Superhero night. I was going to dress up with my son, but the afternoon was really hot and I thought my son would be uncomfortable with a costume on at the game. We decided to ditch the costumes and just wear superhero shirts, but as we arrived at the game the temperature had dropped a little and I was regretting the decision of leaving out costumes at home. Maybe we can dress up for the next one.

If you have never been to a Chicago Dogs games I highly recommend it. The atmosphere is so chill and relaxed that you really get to enjoy yourself there. It is not as crowded as the local teams and you do not really have to worry about squeezing through big crowds just to get from one location of the field to another. Other than it being superhero night, our children received free Chicago Dogs T-shirts that night too. Walking around before the game, my children enjoyed the games in the kid’s zone (I don’t remember if that was the official name of it.)

One of the great things about attending the Chicago Dogs game was the fun games and activities that they had between innings. Before the game started they had a “Superhero parade’ which involved taking all the kids that dressed-up and walking them around the field. Between the innings, they had an “underwear” 6-legged race, sumo wrestling, and an inflatable ball joust-type game. The winners of each game won vouchers to the team store or tickets to an upcoming game.

The Chicago Dogs games are a fun alternative to the major baseball teams we have in Chicago. The stadium is not that far from the city and the parking is only $3. That’s another thing about seeing this team is that the prices are not that bad.

Single-Game Ticket Pricing:

Bleachers: $9
Outfield Reserve: $12
Infield Box: $16
Wintrust Home Plate Box: $25

Other than the great pricing there are a lot of great specials and themed nights for families to attend. Check out their deals below and I bet by looking at the themed nights, you can guess which nights we will be attending next.

Daily Specials:

Season-long daily specials for 2019 Chicago Dogs home games are outlined below.

  • Wiener Wednesdays:$2 hot dogs
  • Thirsty Thursdays:$2 domestic drafts; Village of Rosemont fireworks
  • Fan Fridays:best giveaways in baseball for the first 1,500 fans including a Squeeze bobblehead; children invited to run the bases post game
  • Saturdays:best post-game fireworks in Chicago
  • Family Sundays:$3 bottomless popcorn; $3 bottomless fountain drinks; pre-game autographs

Celebratory themed games include:

  • Teacher Appreciation Night: June 14
  • Father’s Day and Family Sunday Presented by Coca-Cola: June 16; Pregame, enjoy catch on the field with Dad and autographs from your favorite players. Enjoy $3 bottomless popcorn and $3 bottomless fountain drinks. 
  • Bark at the Ballpark: July 10; bring your dog and celebrate with a double header on Wiener Wednesday
  • First Responders Night: July 27
  • Squeeze’s Birthday: August 3; celebrate the birthday of the Chicago Dogs mascot on National Mustard Day
  • Fantastic Friday and Star Wars Night: August 23; First 1,500 kids (14 & under) will receive a backpack courtesy of Coca-Cola. Post-game kids run the bases.
  • Hispanic Heritage Night: August 31
  • Bark at the Ballpark: September 1; bring your dog and celebrate family Sunday
There are a lot more themed nights, but these are just a few of them. Check out their website for the full schedule. 

The night we attended the Dogs won 9-2 and it was exciting to see the team celebrate and hear the “Hot Dog” song blaring out of the speakers in the stadium. (Hearing that song reminded me of watching the Mickey Mouse Show with my children when they were younger.) After the team cleared the field our children ran the bases which is one of the highlights from attending a Friday night game. It was also great to hang out with fellow dads from Daddy’s Grounded and The RockFather.

So the next time you are looking to get the big league feeling, but have a minor league budget, check out the Chicago Dogs and have a fantastic time with your family. Visit the Chicago Dogs website to start planning your visit and let us know if you attend a game in the comments below.

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