The Great American Tailgate


When my friend who moved to Ireland came back to visit with her new boyfriend, one of his "must do" list items was to experience at tail gate here in Chicago. Lucky for him he came during the Bears v Packers weekend and he got to have a fantastic time and see the city in rear form. This weekend, it will be an epic opportunity to show some Aussie's how we throw another shrimp on the bar-b, and tail gate with every club and team in the city. The weather is suppose to be amazing, and it will definitely be a great way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend! So who should you tail gate with, watch the game if you're not in town, or how to start and end the day? Here's a little list of what is going on.

Lincoln Park RFC will be having a pre and post game social at the Celtic Crown. The full party package includes drinks, food, and bust. If you already  are on this side of the city, hang out with the Lincoln Park Club and get pumped up with them! The team is excited to support the USA Eagles and have a great crowd to celebrate the weekend with. info

The Chicago Riot will also be hosting a pre-game  social at their sponsor bar, Mahoney's. Saturday's Mahoney's has $5 Bloody Mary's and Mimosas and has a lot of space to get your pre-game dancing on. You can also partake in the $35 wristband deal for well drinks, Coors and Michelob drafts, which will take place from 2-5pm. From there you can walk over to Lake and grab the Green Line and head to the game or use you favorite ride service.

10410511_10101386959249645_653109427621646434_nThe Chicago Dragons will be hosting a tailgate party in the Solder Field South Lot. They will have their flags flying high and have a pretty sweet package deal. $20 wristbands for all you can drink and eat, from 3:00pm-5:30pm. Last year they had an amazing turn out and this year are hoping for just as large of a crowd. Cash or card will be accepted at the event.  info

The Chicago Lions are getting ready to set up another tailgate, much like the one they had for the USA v All Black's game. If you are planning on partying with the  Lions you may want to stop what you're going and RSVP NOW as they want to finalize their count by Wednesday.  (  , For a donation of $20.00 dollars, the team will be hanging out under their flags, in The Waldron Lot , The Lion's will be set up and ready to go 3.5 hours before kickoff, a.k.a. 3pm, with food, booze, free for kids, music and lots of dancing.

Chicago North Shore will also be hosting a tailgate party as well as celebrating their 20 year anniversary this weekend. $30 includes beer and food on in the tailgate area on the Waldon Deck. Lot opens at 2:30pm, should be set up by 3pm. Kick off for the match is 6:30pm. Can rejoin the group following the match to finish off the left

The Chicago Blue, which is made up of the city's finest Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMT, Military, and members of other service professions, will host a tailgate with the location being posted to their Facebook Page once they are in the lot.  Like all they will be ready to go about 3pm, $20 for food, beer, soft drinks and water. $5 for food, soft drinks and water. You can also see them Friday night, when they play the Chicago Frogs with a 5:45 kick off, Match takes place at the open field south of Altgeld Park and Quest Multisport on the northeast corner of Washtenaw and Polk.

Another pre and post game party will be taking place at Reggie's Rock CLub on 22nd and State, hosted by Beach Rugby America. Last year before the USA v All Blacks game, over 400 people rocked Reggie's. The Reggies Buses will be making complimentary pick ups at several local hotels before heading back to Reggies. The bar opens at 11am in the Music Joint with an All You Can Eat Buffet and Rugby contests in the Music Joint, including Jeopardy, Armwrestling, Boat Races and Food Eating and Flippy Cup! RSVP to to join any of the contests! To get you ready for the game in the Rock Club at 2pm, Brothers Revival will be jamming. Bus shuttles to the USA vs Australia Wallabies Rugby game at Soldier Field from Reggies will start at 4pm. Come back after the game for the Social Olympics Trophy Ceremony at Reggies with live music! The event is free, Reggie's also has $5 Bloody Mary's on Saturdays and their buffet has all the best of tail gating foods. info

The Australian, New Zealand, American Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a tail gate if you don't want to stick to the local clubs. For $20, you will get beer, wine, finger foods, and get up and close with some local business people and some fresh Aussie's. The pregame event is at 1201 S. Prarie, in the function room and terrace at The Grant in One Museum Park West.  The building is located right next to Soldier field.  Drinks and snack will be available starting at 2:00pm until approximately 4:45pm to have time to walk over to the stadium. info

With whom ever, and where ever you pre-party make sure to stay hydrated, as it's going to be around 90 degrees this weekend and you have to make it until a 6:30pm kick-off!

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