The White Sox’s newest addition to their ballpark on the South Side is something worth checking out. The Goose Island, in the right field bleacher area at Guaranteed Rate Field, is one of my favorite recent developments in Chicago sport teams upping their beer game.
The Chicago White Sox added the Craft Kave and the Revolution Social Tap in previous years, and The Goose Island is on par with these recent ventures. The White Sox had me up recently to enjoy a home game in these posh white leather seats basically in the right-field bullpen.
I brought my wife, Sam, and daughter, Penelope, to watch theBoston Red Sox take on the White Sox on May 5. We had been up the past season to check out the Revolution Social Tap, which was fantastic, and spent a lot of the game in the Craft Kave because it was wildly hot that particular home game.
This year’s visit was much better weather, and we enjoyed watching the game from these excellent seats. We had a ton of extra room for Penny to be able to run around, and bathrooms were just a walk back through the Craft Kave. Tickets for these particular seats cost $100, but $20 is given back to you as credits on your account to order food from a waitress who takes your order at your seat and brings the food straight to you.
There is a generous menu of excellent food options. I got the Italian Beef. There were gourmet burgers and the like, mixed drinks, craft beer and more available with $20 credit.
As well as the spectacularly comfy seats, plenty of legroom, and built-in entertainment center in front of you, there is a big-screen TV for you to watch the action or some other channel. There was only one row of these seats in the bullpen level.
There were four or five other rows where the right-field seats used to be. Now, the walkway is wood with a trough in the middle of running water simulating the “island” sort of idea. As you are walking to your seats, there is a Goose Island installation on the concourse that pours beer out of a single train car from the famous Chicago “L” system with the White Sox red line stop permanently emblazoned on the top.
We had a blast with these seats and amenities, and now I don’t want to see a White Sox game any other way. Go to mlb.com/whitesox/tickets/the-goose-island for more information.
The White Sox are putting on another beer event, the Sox Crawl, during which game day attendees can get early access to the ballpark to crawl from bar to bar inside the stadium.
Tickets include early entry from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., a lower-level ticket to see the Chicago White Sox take on the New York Yankees, a White Sox Hawaiian shirt, drink specials and Beggars Pizza specials as well. There also is entertainment, raffle prizes and giveaways for these ticket holders. Tickets for the next Sox Crawl start at $60.
The White Sox fired another volley in the arms race to be the best craft beer ballpark in Chicago, and in my estimation, they are taking a commanding lead here.
Natural Villain from Goose Island Beer Company
ABV: 4.7 percent
Notes: A light, bready quality balanced by a mild hop character
Where to buy: Meijer and Jewel in Bourbonnais in 12-ounce, 15-pack cans for less than $14. It’s a great deal for a great beer.