Walking approximately 2 miles; city streets/sidewalks.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll be joined by a local expert who will tell us about the local history of America's favorite pastime. The first recorded baseball game played here was in 1851! We’ll also learn about the rivalry between Chicago’s two major league teams: the Cubs (National League) on the North Side and the White Sox (American League) on the South Side. As Ron Kittle, a former White Sox outfielder put it, “There’s a huge difference in the fan bases. Cubs fans have iPhones and send text messages during the games. White Sox fans watch the games.” By the end of the program, we’ll be able to decide if it’s true. We will hop aboard a motorcoach and ride to our first stop of the day, Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox. A staff member will give us a behind-the-scenes look of the park including the home dugout, the press box, the field, the suites, and the Stadium Club. Once known as Comiskey Park for famed player-manager-owner Charles Comiskey, it has gone through different names as corporate sponsorship changed. The new ballpark opened in 1991 across the street from the old stadium that also bore the name Comiskey Park.
Lunch at a local restaurant
We’ll then head to the nearby Chicago Sports Museum for a field trip. It has been called one of the “coolest, weirdest, and best” museums in the city. In addition to an impressive collection of sports memorabilia and a hall of local sports legends, the museum has interactive, high-tech exhibits including skill challenges and simulated experiences. After, we’ll take the motorcoach to Lincoln Park where coaches from Lincoln Park Baseball Academy will lead a baseball clinic to practice our skills. We’ll then divide up into teams and play a scrimmage game.
We’ll attend the White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field!