The village of Rosemont is a pretty busy place of late, and during the summer months, things are heating up on the west side of I-294. Anchoring the expansion of the entertainment district to the other side of the Tri-State Tollway is Impact Field, which opened in 2018 for the inaugural season of Chicagoland's newest professional baseball team — The Chicago Dogs.
Until recently, we'd only driven by the park — happening to catch the post-game fireworks on a few occasions as we clipped by at a brisk pace. The modern ballpark benefits from its visibility, including the double-sided digital scoreboard that's absolutely unmissable for the millions of drivers who pass by annually.
During a recent media night (which also happened to be superhero night), we finally had a chance to check out everything that this new ball club — part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball — has to offer, and for families, it's a lot. It's not only tremendous fun, but it's affordable, with single game tickets starting at just $9 for bleachers, and topping off at $25 for the Wintrust Home Plate Club.
On a beautiful Friday night, The Chicago Dogs clobbered the Sioux City Explorers 9-2, but the game was just a piece of the overall experience. Fan engagement was high, and the laid-back vibe of the ballpark was evident from the get-go. From the moment you enter the main gates on the park's right field corner, it's apparent that this is a different type of ballpark. It's very open, with a 360-degree concourse that offers a great view that's free of obstructions.
For kids, there's activities in left field — inflatables that include are set up to give little ballplayers a taste of the action with pitching and batting. One of the most popular activities is one that really gets kids moving — a running contest that clocks kids' speed as they run from "third base" to home plate.
Throughout the park, families will find plenty of great food options — and for grownups, there's quite a few fine beverage options as well. Keep an eye out and you'll spot The Dogs' mascot, Squeeze, and his nefarious counterpart, Ketchup. A reminder, especially for those not in Chicago: #NoKetchup. Never, ever put ketchup on a hot dog — NEVER!
On Friday nights, kids run the bases post-game, and there's special events throughout the season, which runs through August. Check out the official site for schedule and tickets!
Bonus: The Chicago Dogs have a great merch store. Now, the merch isn't cheap, but it's completely worth it. We bought The Rock Daughters™ plush versions of Ketchup and Squeeze, while I couldn't resist the New Era fitted Chicago Dogs on-field cap.
With Summer "officially" here in just a few weeks, The Park at Wrigley – Wrigleyville’s new town square and year-round gathering place for neighbors, families, fans and visitors – has revealed their full schedule of free summer programs that will begin on June 12. Their Summer Signature Programs are now complemented by a Summer Fitness Series, offering a rotating running club, interval training, yoga and Pilates sessions helping neighbors stay fit and active. Check out all the details below, including the Music Box Theatre’s Movies at the Park, and live chef demonstrations at Green City Market at the Park, presented by Crate and Barrel. Old Town School of Folk Music will also be presenting a family music concert series...
Baseball season is in full-effect, and here in the Chicago area, there's some rumbling coming out of the South Side. Guaranteed Rate, the eighth largest retail mortgage lender in the nation, and the Chicago White Sox recently announced the Guaranteed Impact contest, which will honor kids and teens who are making a positive difference in their communities or schools. The Guaranteed Impact winners will be recognized at a home White Sox game with a shout-out from announcers with their photo on the videoboard and provided a suite including food and beverages to enjoy the game at Guaranteed Rate Field with up to 15 friends and family members. There will be 10 winners throughout the 2017 season, all celebrated at different home games.
On my trip to The Step2 Company's home offices in Streetsboro, Ohio last year, one of the items that really caught my eye was something that was still in the prototype stage, and not quite greenlit for production just yet. Fast-forward a couple of seasons, and that unique toy has just hit the streets as the Step2 Home Run Baseball Trainer - something a little bit different in this space, and certainly different for Step2. Having coached my oldest daughter's Pee Wee Baseball team last year, I would've loved to have had one of these on-hand to help the little ones build their "batting eye," honing their skills with a bat as they got their hand-eye coordination completely locked-in.
THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/
A few weeks into Spring and there's much to be considered. I've been thinking about baseball a lot (and writing about it on occasion), especially since we've been playing in the yard quite a bit (lots of "balls over the fence" to be retrieved). We've also begun some gardening activities - plotting the plan for the months ahead, while getting the post-winter clean-up all taken care of. There's also some "rocking" to take place, and with that comes a list of five important items when it comes to spring at Rock Father HQ. You could call them "The Indisposable" items of spring...
"Spring is here again..." Those words, from NIRVANA's "In Bloom" are the perfect stage-setters for this week, as we close the books on Easter and welcome to start of Major League Baseball season here in the U.S. The tulips are finally starting to emerge... the kids are playing outside... it's a great time all around. To celebrate the season, I've teamed with my friends at PEANUTS Worldwide as part of my gig as a PEANUTS Brand Ambassador, to bring all of you a chance to score a fantastic Spring Prize Pack from Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang!