Chicago Blackhawks owner William Wirtz and Chicago Bulls majority owner Jerry Reinsdorf established a partnership in 1988 to construct an arena as a 21st century venue for sports and entertainment in the city. Known as United Center, the arena was completed in 1994 and is the largest such structure in the country.
Located west of the Chicago Loop on a 46-acre parcel of land, the United Center covers 960,000 square feet, and its exterior resembles the Chicago Stadium that it replaced. The arena can seat 19,717 for hockey games, 20,917 for basketball games and 23,500 for concerts, and these figures do not include standing room. The Blackhawks have had attendance as high as 22,077, and the highest Bulls attendance has been 23,028. A renovation completed in 2010 added 169 executive suites on three levels. The arena floor is 85 feet wide and 280 feet long and has inserts available for multiple uses. The famous Michael Jordan statue is just outside the east side of the building along Madison Street.
The United Center hosts more than 200 events every year, including the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls home games. Other sporting events at the arena have been Illinois College Basketball, Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament and Great Eight Classic. The United Center hosted the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Champions on Ice and Disney on Ice. Some of the famous entertainers who have appeared at the arena are Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, The Who, U2 and The 3 Tenors. More than forty million guests have enjoyed the performances at United Center since its 1994 opening date.
Concessions located throughout the building include 46 permanent stands and 7 portable stands featuring Mexican, Italian, deli, grill and other typical fare.
Levy Restaurants provides a variety of food and beverage options in the United Center. Some of the establishments are for members only, and others serve the public. Levy Restaurants will host large banquets or small dinners in the facility as well.
Gates normally open 60 minutes before family shows begin and 90 minutes before major events start. For guests’ convenience, the center provides 48 public restrooms, focusing on an increased capacity for women. Seven passenger elevators and eight escalators make it easier to get around in the huge facility, and television monitors in strategic locations throughout the building allow guests to keep up with the action while away from their seats. Four automatic teller machines in the building make a trip to the bank before an event unnecessary.
The United Center website features seating charts designed to help customers locate seats for different events.
· The 100 Level is the Lower Level.
· The 200 Level is the Club Level.
· The 300 Level is the Upper Level.
· Rows A through M are Main Floor Baseline seating.
· Rows 1-19 are included in all Lower Level seating.
· Rows 1-8 are included in all Club Level seating.
· If the seller does not specify that tickets are Courtside or Main Floor, the seats may map to a section that is less premium.
· To map properly, Suite tickets must specify that they are Level I, Level II or Level III.
Rental suites are available for groups of 20, 40 or 80, and package prices include event tickets, VIP parking, food and beverage packages, catering attendants and more.
United Center Schedule
United Center Seating Chart
Parking Information for United Center
The parking lots located around the United Center have more than 5,500 spaces to park vehicles, and parking for certain family shows is free in all the lots. You can park without charge for those shows whether you buy your tickets when you arrive, have tickets held for you or already have your tickets. You can access the parking lots from Washington Street, Monroe Street, Wood Street, Warren Boulevard, Adams Street, Madison Street or Damen Avenue.
Lot H has VIP guest parking, and Lot B has bus, RV and limousine parking. The front curb of Lot H and the south half of Lot G have handicap parking.
Executive Suite holders get four parking passes for Bulls and Blackhawks playoff, regular season and preseason games. You can use two of the passes in Lot C or K and the other two passes in Lot A, B, D, E, F, J or MCX. Traffic police will direct you to the lots according to traffic conditions. Executive Suite holders receive two parking passes for Lot C or K for all special events and have the option to purchase four extra passes in Lot C or K for those events as well. Under certain guidelines, limousines or busses may park with Suite Holder parking passes.
When they have two to four tickets, Lexus Club Seat members receive one reserved space in a paved, closed-in parking lot for Bulls and Blackhawks playoff, regular season and preseason games. If Lexus Club Seat members have five or more seats, they receive two parking passes for those games.
Restaurants near United Center
Viaggio Ristorante & Lounge, 1330 West Madison Street
This classy restaurant has a romantic atmosphere, but most of the diners dress casually. The authentic Italian food is superb, the ambiance is homey, and the service is fast, friendly and knowledgeable. The famous meatball salad is a hit with most patrons, and diners say that one meal can easily serve two people.
Sinha Elegant Brazilian, 2018 West Adams Street
Located in the owner’s home, this unique restaurant features communal dining at tables in the home’s dining room after guests enjoy BYOB drinks in the upstairs living room. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes a wide variety of tasty foods, and the owner explains each dish and carves the meat according to your wishes.
La Luce, 1393 West Lake Street
Some patrons believe the pasta served in this quaint, family-owned Italian restaurant is better than the pasta they have eaten in Italy. Original detailing, like a collection of antiques and a tin ceiling, welcomes guests to the restaurant, but they keep coming back because of the wonderful food and friendly, attentive service.
Church’s Chicken, 1755 West Jackson Boulevard
Church’s features fast food like fried chicken and biscuits. Some of the menu items include spicy chicken, chicken tacos, chicken strips, chicken wings, chicken sandwiches, French fries, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, apple pie and strawberry shortcake.
The Ogden, 1659 West Ogden Avenue
The Ogden is a sports bar with gourmet food and fantastic deserts. However, the lovely atmosphere featuring a warm, wooden ceiling and soothing fireplace can sometimes be quite noisy.
La Lagartija, 132 South Ashland Avenue
This restaurant features delicious, authentic Mexican meals, and many people say the shrimp tacos are the best they have ever tasted outside of Mexico. The modern atmosphere is upbeat and resembles an upscale taqueria. Prices are very reasonable, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
Uncle Mike’s Place, 1700 West Grand Avenue
This casual café serves generous portions of breakfast and lunch to diners seated at the counter or in booths. Patrons rave about the huge, steak-and-egg meals and friendly service at Uncle Mike’s.
Hotels near United Center
Marriott Hotel Medical District Chicago, 625 South Ashland
Less than one mile from United Center, Marriott Hotel has 113 rooms and suites on four floors. Features include a fitness center, restaurant, lounge and a complimentary shuttle service that will take you to any location within one mile of the hotel. There is a fee for Internet service and valet parking, and the Marriott does not allow pets.
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, 733 West Madison
Located one-and-one-half miles from United Center, the Crowne Plaza has 398 rooms and 43 suites on 17 floors. The hotel features all the amenities you expect to find in a fine hotel, and pets can stay for a pet fee. ATM banking, dry-cleaning service, fitness equipment, health club, free access to the Internet, restaurants, handicap accessibility, safe-deposit box, nearby parking, valet parking, meeting rooms, bar, lounge and beauty service are just some of the conveniences offered by the hotel.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Downtown Chicago, 506 West Harrison Street
Less than two miles from United Center, Holiday Inn has 172 rooms and suites on six floors. There is a fee for pets as well as for parking, and the outdoor, rooftop pool is open only in the summer months. Some amenities at the hotel include a fitness center, restaurant, lounge and free access to the Internet.
Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Chicago, 720 North LaSalle Street
Just slightly more than two miles from United Center, Howard Johnson has 70 rooms on two floors and offers free access to the Internet and free parking. The restaurant at this reasonably priced hotel serves only breakfast and lunch. Pets that weigh 25 pounds or less are welcome to stay at no additional charge.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown Chicago, 1 South Franklin
Two miles from United Center, La Quinta Inn has 241 rooms and suites on nine floors. The hotel is clean and modern, with a fitness center, heated, indoor pool and free access to the Internet. Pets are welcome, and there is no additional charge for them. A free breakfast with a variety of choices like biscuits and gravy, sausage, waffles, bagels, oranges, apples and coffee comes with your room.