The Chicago White Sox are known for a few things – history, championships, loyal fans, and most of all, the food. Food at US Cellular Field exemplifies that of what you would find at most street corners on the south side of Chicago. Hundreds of concession stands line the concourse as loyal fans partake in these ball park specialties. Aside from their homemade goodies, they also have several chain restaurants with food stalls in the park like WOW Bao and Hooters. The Cell has the most diverse food selection you will find at any sports venue in the country.
Most sports venues serve tortilla chips with cheese wiz and pickled jalapeno slices, and call them nachos. At Comiskey, they do have that too, but the best nachos are at the Tex Mex stand. Nachos at Tex Mex are served in a White Sox batting helmet. For $11.50, you can get carnitas, barbacoa, black beans, pinto beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, jalapenos, and onions.
Churros are another south side favorite. A churro is basically a deep fried cinnamon pastry and makes a great finisher to any dish. As you walk the streets on the south side, churro vendors wheel around large food carts full of this Mexican dessert.
Surrounding the corridor, food stands like Appling’s All Star serve up all the ball park classics with some extras. Of course they have your basic hot dogs, brats, Italian beef, Italian sausage, burgers, fries, and pizza. They also have some unusual ball park foods like an Italian sausage sandwich, garden burgers, cheese curds, corned beef, Irish nachos, and deli sandwiches.
Italian ice is another south side dessert favorite, and The Cell has food stands and vendors walking around selling them. The vendors walk around the stands with cups of premade Italian ice while the stands make it from scratch. Italian ice is pretty simple. It’s just ice, sugar, and fresh lemon juice.
One of the newest additions to the culinary scene at US Cellular Field is the loaded baked potato stand. For $7.50, you can get a baked potato with any topping you could possibly think of. You can get butter, sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, and lots more.
Elote is one of my personal favorite south side foods. Elote is basically just corn cut freshly off the cob with your choice of toppings. At The Cell, they cost around $4.50 each. You can get salt, butter, pepper, chili powder, mayonnaise, sour cream, and lime.
Last but not least, it wouldn’t be a Chicago sports venue without a hot dog. Hot dogs and Polish sausage are a little different here. They cook them over a griddle with sauerkraut, grilled onion, and mustard. All franks are made by either Vienna or Bobak’s, and cost $5.25 each.
These are just some of the many concession stand foods available at US Cellular Field. Instead of chowing down on disgusting food at Wrigley Field, make a trip down to Comiskey in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood to get a real sampling of Chicago style foods. When Opening Day at The Cell rolls around, the food is one of the biggest things worth looking forward to.