January 8, 2019

City Officials Encourage Fans to Enjoy the Chicago Bears Playoff Game Safely

Expect traffic impacts and security screenings on Sunday as fans prepare to watch the Bears playoff game


As the 2018 NFC North Division Champion Chicago Bears begin the playoff games at home, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is planning for a safe event as Chicago cheers on the Bears. City of Chicago and Chicago Bears officials are reminding fans heading to the 3:40 pm. Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday, as well as residents and motorists in the area, to be mindful of security measures and traffic impacts around Soldier Field.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow for security screening, so they are seated by the 3:40 pm. kick-off time. Gates open at 1:40 pm. Parking lots are open at 11:40 am. - four hours prior to kick-off. Parking lots close at 9 pm.

As always, OEMC will monitor events throughout the city, including weather conditions and traffic control aides will be deployed to facilitate traffic. Everyone is advised to call 9-1-1 immediately and/or notify on-site security to report suspicious activity for the safety of all.

Fan Safety

  • Those attending the game are strongly urged to see the list of prohibited items allowed in the stadium as well as the acceptable bags approved for entry, including bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”x 6”x 12”. All items subject to search. All other bags will be denied. For a complete list of Prohibited Items, see “Prohibited Items” at https://www.chicagobears.com/game-day/az-guide
  • Officials are advising fans to purchase tickets and parking passes only from verified sources. The official ticketing partners of the Bears and the NFL are Ticketmaster and the NFL Ticket Exchange. For more information about game day parking and to securely purchase parking passes, please visit soldierfieldparking.com or call the Soldier Field Parking Hotline at (312) 235-7724. Purchases through unauthorized third-party sources cannot be verified and may turn out to be counterfeit or tickets/parking not valid for entry.
  • Fans should be aware that unruly behavior will not be tolerated before, during or after the game, or anywhere in the City of Chicago. Chicago Police and Soldier Field security will be present to maintain order. Fans at the game can alert stadium security of unruly behavior by phone or text message. See the Bears website for details.

Public Transportation

  • CTA is providing additional bus and rail service before and after the Bear’s playoff game.
  • For bus customers, CTA will be providing additional articulated buses both before and after the game. Buses will be staged for ‘load and go’ operation after the game has ended, with CTA buses (#128 and #146) waiting to accommodate passengers.
  • Those taking public transportation can get Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) updates on changes in service through informational displays at rail stations and select bus stops; through social media (Twitter and Facebook), the CTA’s web site or customers can sign up for notices at www.transitchicago.com.


  • Fans driving to the game are encouraged to arrive early to allow for coupon/payment processing and vehicle screening if parking in the North Garage.
  • Residential Parking is in effect. Parking in the area near Soldier Field is residential "zone" parking and is subject to citation for violators. Call the Standard Parking Customer Service Hotline at (312) 235-7724, review the Chicago Bears Parking & Transportation Guide, or visit www.soldierfieldparking.com for additional information.

Ride Share/Taxi Drop-Off

  • Rideshare Uber/Lyft pick up is designated at Balbo and Columbus.
  • Drop off is only allowed at the 18th Street turnaround.

ADA Drop-Off / Pick-Up Area

  • Disabled patrons may be dropped-off on the circle drive (southeast side of stadium) on Museum Campus Drive outside Gate 10.
  • An ADA placard or ADA license plate must be visible to the police and parking attendants, and the person to whom the placard or license plate is registered must be an occupant of the vehicle in order to access the Gate 10 drop-off.

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