United Center | Chicago, IL

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United Center | Chicago, IL
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Everything you need to know about visiting the United Center (1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612).

When the Bulls and the Blackhawks aren’t playing home games at the United Center, this sports arena hosts concerts headlined by some of music’s biggest superstars. You’ll find hordes of cheering fans no matter what event you attend in the cavernous venues, where the acoustics were designed to amplify the roar of the crowd. Whether you’re rocking a jersey or coming to see acts like U2, Kanye West or Madonna, a trip to the United Center is an epic way to cap off any evening.

Arrive hungry for local eats

While the stars on the court, rink or stage are the main attractions at the United Center, the refreshments are definitely a close second. Instead of serving generic hot dogs and nachos, the arena has partnered with local restaurants like Big Star, Leghorn Chicken and Lillie’s Q to provide dishes and drinks that handily outclass typical stadium fare.   

Pay tribute to His Airness

If you’re making a trip to the United Center, you’ll probably want to snap a selfie with one of the most famous names the arena has ever hosted. A towering bronze statue of Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan (called “The Spirit”) resides in the venue’s the public atrium, which is typically open from 10am–6pm each day. Statues of Blackhawks players Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull can be found near Gate 3-1/2.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. United Center was most recently updated with new tips on June 30, 2017.


Venue name: United Center | Chicago, IL
Address: 1901 W Madison St

Cross street: between Wood St and Damen Ave
Transport: El stop: Blue to UIC/Halsted. Bus: 19, 20, 50.
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  • Pop Tuesday March 27 2018 - Friday October 5 2018
  • Rock and indie Thursday April 26 2018
  • Pop Friday May 18 2018
  • Rock and indie Tuesday May 22 2018 - Wednesday May 23 2018
  • Rock and indie Saturday July 7 2018
  • Rock, Pop & Hip-hop Wednesday August 15 2018

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Great stadium with ok food. This place holds the Bulls, The Blackhawks, and a bunch of concerts. Best to go for sports game. I didn't enjoy musical performances here too much. If you sit near the 120s, you can leave the stadium quickly because it's right by the door, but the tshirt throwers will never be able to reach your area since that's right behind where the teams sit.

The United Center is the largest NBA and NHL arena which makes it easier for the Bulls and Blackhawks to lead the league in attendance every season. This creates unobstructed sight lines throughout the stadium but you will be quite far away in the 300 level. 

Often referred to as the "Madhouse on Madison" it can't reach the levels of noise of the Chicago Stadium that held the nickname before. 

It is a clean and nice place to see a game or concert but it is has become outdated in a mere 22 years. It is a completely symmetrical building and lacks character. The scoreboard needs updating as even cities like Indianapolis and Oklahoma City have better screens.