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Paul McCartney brings his Out There tour to the United Center, July 9, 2014.

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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.


1901 W Madison St
Cross street:
between Wood St and Damen Ave
El stop: Blue to UIC/Halsted. Bus: 19, 20, 50.
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Spring Awakening

  • Music festivals

After hosting an autumn edition of its yearly music fest last October, Spring Awakening Music Festival returns to a summer slot for 2022 (albeit in July instead of June). The 10th anniversary iteration of the electronic fest moves from Addams-Medill Park to the United Center, bringing three days of performances from artists like Zedd, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Dillon Francis and more. Keep an eye out for afterparties throughout the weekend, too!

Windy City Smokeout

  • Folk, country and blues

Spend enough time basking in the smell of barbecued meat, the twangy strains of country music and the sweltering heat at Windy City Smokeout and you might feel like you've been transported to Texas. Taking place in a parking lot outside of the United Center, this annual festival brings together some of the nation's most talented pitmasters and a stacked lineup of Nashville-approved musicians. Headliners for this year's edition of the four-day fest have already been announced, with country stars Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt topping the bill alongside the legendary Willie Nelson (and his family band). Come for the delicious smoked meats and stick around for the music.

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