I had purchased two tickets to attend this rooftops' James Taylor concert. I was not really aware of what the experience would look like or be like, so I did search on Trip Advisor for information. Unfortunately, I only got depressed reading what was available. So, I wanted to update everyone on this experience. They let you in thirty minutes prior to the concert. I was first in line. Getting in was not a problem. I just had to show my ticket and my ID. I quickly walked up to the very top, as I figured that I would get the best view from there. Based on past reviews, I knew that the right field Jumbotron would block any view of the field/stadium. In addition, I guess I was not totally surprised that I couldn't see the front of the stage, either. The stage was in centerfield almost all the way back to the wall/bleachers. The sides were canvassed as was the back of the stage. All I could see was the side...which was completely covered. I could see the first seven rows of people on the field. That was about it. For this particular performance, there was nothing projected on the big left field Jumbotron and of course, there was nothing shown on the television screens at this venue. So, do not go to this rooftop in hopes of seeing your favorite artist. The sound was okay....we were able to hear Bonnie Rait pretty clearly. The drinks were good. They had several different brands of beer on tap, six different types of wine and two different flavors of frozen margaritas! You were only allowed one drink at a time. You could not get a drink for your friend. For food, there was a hamburger, a veggie burger, a chicken sandwich, nachos, elotes, a pasta salad and a strawberry salad. The line for food could be long, but there were three very efficient workers managing the area, so it was not so bad. You were allowed two different items per visit. We had terrific weather and sat on this very comfortable couch. On the very top level, there were tall tables with high seated chairs, some stadium seating and some standing room. On the level just below the rooftop was where they served the food. There was seating available, but I did not check that area out. On the floor below that, there was indoor seating and a bar....but for this concert, no one was using that area. There were television screens at this level and they were showing the Chicago Cubs game. When we left, we asked the guy at the door how many people had bought tickets for the rooftop this evening and he said 200 and that 180 people had shown up. We did not feel like it was over crowded, we were able to enjoy some great drinks and some pretty good food. There were washrooms on the top level and on the level two floors below (the one with the indoor seating). Never had to wait for a restroom...and they were kept clean. The only thing we did not enjoy was the view. As much as we love James Taylor...and his music was good...not being able to see him or anything that they were showing on the two screens connected to the stage as well as the screen behind the band (we had friend who were inside the park who told us that) made the evening disappointing. I feel like this venue should be more forthcoming on what you are likely to see or not see as well as hear.
So, if you just want to hang with your friends, enjoy unlimited wine, draft beer and food, and listen to your favorite group (and also get a good price via Groupon)....give it a try. If you want to see your favorite artist...and pay a lot of money for food and drink...then you need to be inside the park!
Crossing this off my bucket list!
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