UNITED CENTER ANNOUNCES UPDATES AHEAD OF THE 2021-22 SEASONS
Together with the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls and hospitality partner Levy, the United Center today announced a series of building updates and food and beverage offerings that fans and concertgoers can expect in-arena this upcoming season.
New to the arena this season is the 1800 Market, which offers a variety of ice cold beers, seltzers, canned cocktails and wine to pair with your favorite snack foods like Garrett's popcorn, movie theater candy, chips, ice cream treats, and more.
Located via the East Atrium’s South portal or Section 107, 1800 Market is powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, enabling an effortless, convenient and checkout-free retail experience that gets fans back to their seat faster. After guests enter the market with their credit card, the technology detects what they take from or return to the shelves in the store. When guests have completed their shopping experience, they will be able to simply leave the store and their credit card will be charged for the items they left with.
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND ARENA POLICIES
To ensure a safe environment and seamless experience for all guests at the United Center, there are five key things every fan needs to know before attending an event.
Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Required
All guests over the age of 11 coming to the United Center will need to show either proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test prior to the event. For Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks games, the negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test must occur within 48 hours of tipoff or puck dropand be time stamped. Please visit the United Center’s Know Before You Go pagefor full details and frequently asked questions.
Your Phone is Your Ticket
Fans are required to enter home games and concerts using a mobile ticket. Step-by-step instructions and frequently asked questions can be found in the following Mobile Ticketing Guides: Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, United Center.
Leave Your Bags and Purses at Home
With the exception of medical or diaper bags, bags and purses are not permitted inside the United Center. Guests entering the arena are limited to a wallet no larger than 4" x 6" x 1".
Wear Your Mask
All fans entering the United Center over the age of two are required to wear a face mask that completely covers their nose and mouth, except when actively eating or drinking.
Cashless Payments Only
United Center is a fully cashless arena, ensuring contactless options for food, beverage, and merchandise purchases. Cash will not be accepted. Mobile Orderinghas also expanded in availablity across concessions. Fans can access menus and order food and beverage for pick-up using the United Center, Blackhawks or Bulls mobile apps.
ARENA AIR QUALITY
The United Center has taken a proactive approach to health and safety protocols using state-of-the-art technology to ensure the safest possible environment for guests.
The arena exceeds the recommended industry standards for outside air flow based on the most up-to-date guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and referenced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The United Center’s fresh air flow is 2.3 times higher than the industry standard and well over recommended requirements for grocery stores, airplanes, airport terminals, bars and restaurants.
All systems and protocols have been approved by the Chicago Medical Society’s team of infectious disease specialists which places the United Center as the gold standard for arenas and the safest indoor venue in Chicago.
Learn more by viewing the Arena Air Quality video.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Chicago’s Plate, the United Center’s acclaimed food and beverage program featuring the city’s favorite restaurants and the arena’s own signature dining destinations returns with several new dishes:
This Little Goat went to the Taqueria(sections 114 and 230): The exclusive dining experience from renowned Chicago chef Stephanie Izard debuts new Short Rib Tacos and Nacho Average Nachos (topped with Hong Kong Beef Short Rib, Pickled Red Onion, Pickled Peppers and Queso Fresco).
Lillie’s Q(section 119): Charlie McKenna’s essential BBQ destination now features the LQ Sampler Platter (Pulled Pork, Brisket, Hot Link, Fries, Pickles, Onions), a Pimento Dog, and Loaded Brisket Fries.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken(section 115): Co-owners and chefs Josh Kulp and Christine Cikowski bring their Homemade Corn Muffins and Honey Butter to complement the iconic OG Chicken Sandwich and Fried Chicken Strips.
Garrett Popcorn(Mad West, 1800 Market, concourse concessions): Garrett now offers its Garrett Buttery, Garret Mix, S’mores, Matcha, and Strawberry selections.
Additional offerings for guests following plant-based diets have also been added:
Chicago Dish(sections 104, 222, 305 and 322): The new Field Roast Stadium Dog provides a plant-based version of the classic Chicago Dog.
Legacy Burger(sections 108, 213 and 313): Lightlife Plant Based Burger is now available, topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and secret sauce.
Queenie’s Supper Club & Cocktails, the full-service restaurant open before Blackhawks and Bulls games and other United Center events, also reopens with a new seasonal menu including Pan-Seared Sea Scallops, Queenie’s Lazy Susan, Amish Chicken Vesuvio and more. For hours and reservations, visit www.queeniessupperclub.com.