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City Guide

Chicago

Chicago, Illinois. Known for its food, its people, and its unique and diverse culture. The Windy City will play host to USA and Costa Rica, Argentina and Panama, and one of the tourney’s semi-final matches. The country’s third largest city has a growing thirst for soccer fueled by its large European and Hispanic contingent, and will surely be a great host for this year’s COPA games.

WHERE TO HANG OUT

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The Globe The Globe is one of the country’s best soccer bars. There will surely be shuttles running from the pub to the stadium on matchdays, as that is what they did during the Chicago Fire matches for the MLS. They’ve even got FIFA tournaments in case you’d like to go for virtual glory. Follow their Twitter, where they love to update patrons about what’s on tap.

AJ Hudsons AJ Hudsons Public House features 25 screens to satisfy whatever sports craving you may have. Its laid back atmosphere means that you can enjoy a good meal in their outdoor area. Perfect for the summer. Magnificent, even. Like them on Facebook ASAP.

The Atlantic Bar Resting in Lincoln Square, The Atlantic Bar has authentic Irish food to accompany you while you watch all of your Copa America matches. It’s an official Chicago Fire Bar and offers “Pub to Pitch” services so you can get to the match safely while “pregaming”.

WHERE TO GET GEAR

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Chicago Soccer Chicago Soccer has had a lock on the City’s merchandise since 1994 and have established relationships with various schools and academies in the region. They have all the latest gear, so be sure to visit their 11,000+ square foot location before attending Copa America. Check their Instagram to see what’s in stock.

adidas Who’s having a hotter run than adidas right now? The three stripes are the official kit supplier for Copa America participants Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and more, and if you want to pick up a jersey or warm up before the tournament. There’s no better spot.

Nike Official vendor for the USMNT, Niketown Chicago will make sure you’re taken care of. We don’t think there will be any self-lacing kicks available when you get there. But if they are, get a pair for us. Follow Nike Chicago on Twitter today.

WHERE TO PLAY PICKUP

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Jackson Park Jackson Park rests right along Lake Michigan off Stoney Island, and features grass fields for both full and small sided games.

Haas Park A new turf field was added to Haas Park in 2012 and funded by English Premiere League Giant Manchester City and the United Arab Emirates. Located in Logan Square, Haas Park is great even if you want to hang with friends or family.

WHERE TO BE A TOURIST

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John Hancock Building The John Hancock Building one of the tallest buildings in the country. Named after one of our founding fathers, you can take a trip up to the observatory and get a 360º view of the City. Breathtaking.

The Bean If you’ve seen Chicago, you’ve seen The Bean. Cloud Gate is a perfect photo opp spot that opened in 2006 by Indian-English artist Anish Kapoor. Search #TheBean on Instagram for breathtaking photos.

The Field Museum One of the largest and oldest natural history museums in the world, The Field Museum of Natural History is a great getaway if you plan on visiting Chicago for Copa America. Check out the Terracotta Warriors exhibit showing through next year while you’re at it. They’ve got an excellent Youtube channel that is great for all ages.

WHAT TO DO ON MATCH DAY

The Copa America matches will be held at Chicago’s famous Soldier Field. Redesigned and renovated in the mid-2000’s, Soldier Field features old school sensibilities with new technology. Be sure to find out if there is a Pub-To-Pitch service going on so you can pregame without worrying about getting to the stadium and back. The folks in Chicago tailgate heavy, so be prepared to try some Malort, eat some good food, and take in great vibes.

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