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Located along the inside wall of the South Courtyard are panels with falling leaves paying homage to the soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. Along the wall are benches to provide seating and moments of reflection. The benches contain notable quotations regarding the efforts of those who serve our country. Actual Military medals, representing the various branches of the armed forces are cast into the backrests.
The South Courtyard is a gathering place for fans before and after an event, with concessions and a garden terrace setting.
Benches line the South Concourse wall with relief images of leaves to represent fallen soldiers. They also have real medals of honor embedded into them. The Doughboy statue, entitled "The Spirit of the American Doughboy", which once stood in Garfield Park, has been restored and given a place of honor in the new Soldier Field. The life-size Doughboy, sculpted in the early 1930's of sheet metal and cast bronze, according to its sculptor E.M. "Dick" Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana, represents "a World War I infantryman advancing through No Man's Land through stumps and barbed wire entanglements, his rifle in one hand and a grenade held high in the other".
For the first time in recent history, Soldier Field's colonnades are open and accessible to the public year-round. The colonnades are available on a daily basis on non-event days for the public to stroll, enjoy their lunch or simply take pleasure in the magnificent view of the city and Lake Michigan. Public and private parties will also be held in this area offering a one-of-a kind special event venue.
A 280-foot long wall of polished green granite with eight medallions honoring the different branches of the armed services, flanks the walkway that leads into the north entrance of the stadium. A veil of water continuously flows over the sculpted memorial.
This monument stands on the North end of the stadium. The front side of this Memorial pays homage to various branches of the military and their families. The back side is the John F. Kennedy War Memorial with a JFK inscription and was dedicated to veterans at a ceremony on Veteran's Day 2003.
The Children's Garden provides families with unique entertainment. This captivating area offers wonderful learning experiences with its various earth, space and science motifs. Imagination and interaction is all that’s required to enjoy the Children’s Garden.
The Sledding Hill
Built as part of the new parkland landscaping plan, to the southeast of Soldier Field is a unique feature (there is only one other sledding hill, Montrose Hill, within the Chicago city limits). The 33-foot tall hill with a slope of 220 feet, besides offering wintertime entertainment, will also provide breathtaking views of the city and the lakefront. In the warmer months, it will be carpeted with wildflowers. And-although this seems less than a likelihood in Chicago, in the event of a sparsity of snow, the Park District will maintain snowmaking equipment to ensure season-long use of the sledding hill.
The Doughboy statue, entitled "The Spirit of the American Doughboy", which once stood in Garfield Park, has been restored and given a place of honor in the new Soldier Field. The life-size Doughboy, sculpted in the early 1930's of sheet metal and cast bronze, according to its sculptor E.M. "Dick" Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana, represents "a World War I infantryman advancing through No Man's Land through stumps and barbed wire entanglements, his rifle in one hand and a grenade held high in the other".
South Parking Lot
Bordering Soldier Field and the Parkland area is available year-round for festivals, automotive events, and other public or private special events.
Since its original opening in 1924, the hallowed stadium field has hosted sold out sporting events, concerts, festivals, commercials and even dinner for two. Most recently, U2 opened their North American 360 Tour, Northern Illinois Football opened their 2008 season and the Chicago Bears won the 2006 NFC Championship.
Stadium Green and Great Lawn
The parkland provides an ideal location to host a festival, concert, corporate event or lavish wedding while overlooking the splendor of Lake Michigan.
Areas both inside and outside the South end of Soldier Field (Gate 0) provide and exciting atmosphere for hosting a festival, sporting event or memorable ceremony. The Doughboy bronze statue greets visitors as the most prominent military tribute just inside the South Gate.