ND Football Central


Welcome to the ND Club of Chicago Football Central page. This page contains information on how to get football tickets, where to watch football games in Chicago, and important Game Day information.


09/01/12 vs. Navy Dublin, Ireland 8:00 a.m. CST
09/08/12 vs. Purdue Notre Dame, Ind. 2:30 p.m. CST
09/15/12 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. CST
09/22/12 vs. Michigan Notre Dame, Ind. 6:30 p.m. CST
10/06/12 vs. Miami Chicago, Ill. 6:30 p.m. CST
10/13/12 vs. Stanford Notre Dame, Ind. 2:30 p.m. CST
10/20/12 vs. BYU Notre Dame, Ind. 2:30 p.m. CST
10/27/12 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 7:00 p.m. CST
11/03/12 vs. Pittsburgh Notre Dame, Ind. 2:30 p.m. CST
11/10/12 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. TBA
11/17/12 vs. Wake Forest Notre Dame, Ind. 2:30 p.m. CST
11/24/12 at USC Los Angeles, Calif. TBA
04/20/13 vs. Blue-Gold Spring Game Notre Dame, Ind. TBA


A benefit of being a dues-paying member of the Club is the great online ticket & parking pass exchange. You can use the ticket exchange to post messages about buying, selling or trading tickets & parking passes. You can only post a message if you are a dues-paying member of the Club and plan on selling tickets and parking passes at face value. If someone tries to sell for more than face value please report such activity to the Club office immediately.

You must be a dues-paying member of the Club to gain access to the Ticket & Parking Pass Exchange discussion group.


The ND Club of Chicago is pleased to partner with the following locations as Official Game Watch Locations!

  • River North: Citizen Bar
    364 W. Erie, Chicago, IL
    - $18 Domestic Buckets
  • Lincoln Park: Racine Plumbing
    2642 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
    - $12 Bud Light Pitchers
    - $4 Guinness
    - $4 Jameson shots
  • Wrigleyville: O’Malley’s Liquor Kitchen
    3551 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657
    - $5 – 22 oz. Stadium Cups for Domestic Drafts ($4 refills)
    - $7 – 22 oz. Stadium Cups for Guinness($6 refills)
    - Free hot dog buffet at half-time
  • Prospect Heights: Player’s Pub and Grill *
    1250 S River Rd, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
    - 20% off of any bill (Food or Beverage) to anybody of the Notre Dame Family*Food 

    1. Fighting Irishman—Rubenettes w/ spicy 1000 island  $7.95
    2. Touchdown Cheesus—spicy cheese dip served with fresh, soft pretzels  $7.95 
    3. Irish Nachos—$7.95
    4. Fighting Irish Stew—$8.95
    5. The Rudy—Beer Brats served with sauerkraut and homemade potato salad  $8.95


    1. South Bender—Melon liqueur, apple juice, peach schnaaps and sprite  $5.00
    2. Guiness pint  $4.00
    3. Beer Bucket Special—Domestic-5 for $10.00 / Import-5 for $15.00
    4. Golden Domer Shot  $5.00
    5. Irish Car Bomb Shot  $6.00
    6. Leapin’ Leprechaun Shot  $3.00

    Halftime promotional raffle/giveaways




Racine Plumbing: Bus trips from Racine Plumbing will run for all home games unless otherwise specified by the venue. The Bus will depart from Racine Plumbing six (6) hours before each game (earlier for the Michigan night game). Bus leaves South Bend 30 minutes to an hour after end of game. Details will be provided to all bus trip guests by Racine Plumbing.

Cost per person: $120 and includes bagels, coffee, bloodys, mimosas, beer at the bar. Full tailgate with burgers, brats, dogs, music, bags and plenty of beer will also be provided upon arrival in South Bend.

To sign up or ask questions please email Chris at racineplumbing@gmail.com.


The South Shore Line trains run directly from the Chicago Loop (corner of Michigan and Randolph) to South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend (about a two-hour trip). From the airport, the Notre Dame campus is approximately a 15-minute ride by car. Various transportation methods are available (e.g. taxi, rental car, limo). To view the train schedule visit http://www.nictd.com/

Amtrak runs from downtown Chicago to South Bend but not the South Bend airport. The Amtrak station in Chicago is Union Station located at 225 S. Canal St, Chicago, IL 60661. The South Bend Amtrak location is 2702 W. Washington Ave, South Bend, IN 46628. To view train schedules visit http://www.amtrak.com/


From the north: The University is located just south of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90). Exit I-80/90 at Exit 77 and turn right onto Indiana 933. Make a left at the fourth stop light (Angela Boulevard), then turn left at the second stoplight (Eddy Street). Follow signs to visitor parking.

From the south: Take U.S. 31 north, which becomes Indiana 933 just south of the city of South Bend. Stay on Indiana 933 through downtown South Bend to Angela Boulevard. Turn right onto Angela, and then turn left at the second stoplight (Eddy Street). Follow signs to visitor parking.

From O’Hare: Take I-190 east out of the airport, merge onto I-90 east (the Kennedy Expressway) toward downtown Chicago and merge with I-94 south (the Dan Ryan Expressway). Take the Skyway exit off the Dan Ryan and remain on I-90 to the Indiana Toll Road, which merges with I-80. From the Illinois border, it is about 75 miles to Exit 77 (the South Bend/Notre Dame exit).

From Midway: Take S. Cicero Ave./I-50 S toward W. 59th St., making a U-Turn at W. 59th St. onto I-50 N/S. Cicero Ave. Merge onto Illinois 55 N/Stevenson Expressway North. Merge onto I-90 E/I-94 south (the Dan Ryan Expressway). Take the Skyway exit off the Dan Ryan and remain on I-90 to the Indiana Toll Road, which merges with I-80. From the Illinois border, it is about 75 miles to Exit 77 (the South Bend/Notre Dame exit).

Football Weekend Lodging

South Bend/Mishawaka

Once you’re in South Bend, you might need a place to stay. Let South Bend/Mishawaka help you plan your stay. Act fast though! Available rooms sell quickly.

Rent Like A Champion

Seven years ago, 3 students at the University of Notre Dame were fed up with the lack of affordable hotel rooms for their parents to rent for the big Notre Dame football weekends. South Bend is a smaller city and did not have enough hotel rooms for the 100,000 fans that showed up for home games. The students thus created a website, www.RentLikeAChampion.com for local homeowners near campus to be able to list their homes for rent for the football games and quickly the site grew to list over 120 homes, all in perfect locations right near the ND stadium.

This past year, the website www.RentLikeAChampion.com generated more than $500,000 in revenue for the local homeowners, catering over 300 rentals, a record year! Our website, www.RentLikeAChampion.com, has plenty of great homes still available for rent for this upcoming season, promising to offer an inexpensive, convenient, and in general better weekend experience for our returning alums. Check out their listings today!

Rent Like A Champion Alumni Club Matching Program:  Rent Like A Champion offers all alumni club members a discount code that saves them $25 on a home rental for an ND football game. Each time the code is used, it earns our local club $25 for our general scholarship fund. Rent Like A Champion knows which alumni club to send the check to by matching the renter’s billing zip code with that of the local Alumni Club. This year’s discount code for all alums is Alumni2012.


For complete gameday information visit http://gameday.nd.edu/

For that latest campus visitor information, including ND maps, visitor checklists and upcoming campus events visit http://www.nd.edu/visitors/


Visit http://gameday.nd.edu/campus/parking for current gameday parking information.


Please come out and support the Fighting Irish as they prepare to have a great season. For complete pep rally information please visit http://gameday.nd.edu/experience/pep-rally/


Notre Dame Stadium, maybe the most renowned college football facility in the nation, now qualifies as one of the most up to date as well, thanks to a major addition and renovations that boosted its capacity to more than 80,000 beginning with the 1997 campaign. For more information on the history of Notre Dame Stadium visit http://www.und.com/facilities/nd-stadium-history.html


Play a round of golf on the University’s two public courses. For more information about the Warren Golf Course, immediately to the north of campus visit http://www.warrengolfcourse.com/

For the Notre Dame Course on campus, please visit http://recsports.nd.edu/facilities/notre-dame-golf-course/


We appreciate the support of our alumni and fans. We ask, however, that you also help to keep Notre Dame’s tradition of athletic integrity intact by following NCAA regulations.