The Fighting Illini are coming to Soldier Field to play a Chicago Homecoming game vs. the Washington Huskies. The game takes place at 5pm on Saturday Sept 14th. Fighting Illini Athletics, along with the University of Illinois Foundation and University of Illinois Alumni Association, will be hosting a free “Illini Fest” tailgate in the southeast lawn of Soldier Field starting a 1pm. Students, alumni, and fans of all kinds will enjoy live music, food, as well as appearances from the Marching Illini band, cheerleaders, and past Illini greats.
Tickets are still available for the game and start at just $30! Many travel options are available for those looking to make the daily round trip from central Illinois to downtown Chicago including a motor coach and a fan bus. Traveling will make for a late night, however, with the game kicking off at 5pm. If any fans would prefer to stay the night, we’ve discounted rates on September 14th, and if you book now, you can save an additional 20% off our already low rates! And don’t forget, we are just 2 blocks and a pedway from Soldier Field. There isn’t a more convenient place to stay for the Illinois Football Chicago Homecoming!