UIC Pavilion 525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL

Stadium Review
The UIC Pavilion opened in 1982 and seats 6,958. Its main tenants are the UIC Flames Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. In addition to these teams, the Windy City Rollers began hosting their events at the arena for the 2009 season.

The UIC Pavilion has played host to other professional teams. Most notable were the Chicago Sky (WNBA) who played at the arena for the 2006-2009 seasons but are moving to Allstate Arena for the 2010 season. Lower level leagues such as the Chicago Storm (MISL 2004-2006) and the Chicago Rockers (CBA 1994-1996) also played at the UIC Pavilion.

The arena also hosted the AIBA 2007 World Boxing Championships.

From the South: Exit the Dan Ryan (I-90/94) Expressway at Roosevelt Road. West (left) on Roosevelt Road to Halsted Street. North (right) on Halsted Street to Harrison Street. West (left) on Harrison Street to Racine.
From the North: Exit the Kennedy (I-90/94) Expressway at Eisenhower (I-290) Expressway West. West (right) on Eisenhower (I-290) to Morgan Street (first exit). South (left) on Morgan Street to Harrison Street. West (right) on Harrison Street to Racine.
From the West: Exit the Eisenhower (I-290) Expressway at Racine. South (right) on Racine to Harrison Street.
From the East: Exit the Eisenhower (I-290) Expressway at Ashland Avenue. South (left) on Ashland to Harrison Street. East (left) on Harrison to Racine.

UIC Pavilion has their own parking lots where I would recommend parking especially during the winter ($13 for WNBA or Windy City Rollers and $5 for UIC Flames basketball).

The only free parking in the area is located on S. Lytle St. (on the corner of W. Cabrini St. and S. Lytle St.) but the walk is a few blocks and probably not worth the effort.

Public Transportation
CTA buses (#7) stop on Harrison Street, west of Racine. If taking the CTA train, take the Blue Line to the Racine stop. Walk about 3 minutes (0.1 miles) to the arena.

Location of Ticket Scalpers
There are usually no scalpers working UIC Pavilion events. I normally wait outside the arena for 15-20 minutes before either receiving a free ticket from a fan who has an extra or buying tickets from the box office.

Recommended Restaurants
A. Tufano's Vernon Park Tap (0.3 miles) 1073 W Vernon Park Pl, Chicago, IL 60607, (312) 733-3393
serves Italian
B. RoSal's (0.4 miles) 1154 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607, (312) 243-2357
serves Italian
C. Athena Restaurant (0.8 miles) 212 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661, (312) 655-0000
serves Greek
Recommended Bars
D. BeviAmo Wine Bar (0.6 miles) 1358 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607, (312) 455-8255
Wine Bar


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