Illini Fan Events Surround Chicago Homecoming

The Stadium Green area just SE of Soldier Field will host the FREE Illini Fest Tailgate event.
The Stadium Green area just SE of Soldier Field will host the FREE Illini Fest Tailgate event.

Sept. 11, 2013

Chicago Homecoming Central | Illini Fest Tailgate (Map) | Tickets | Promo Video | Gameday Central

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fighting Illini fans will be able to enjoy several events surrounding the Illinois-Washington Chicago Homecoming football game Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

1-4:30 p.m. - Illini Fest Tailgate
Fighting Illini Athletics, along with the University of Illinois Foundation and University of Illinois Alumni Association, will be hosting a FREE "Illini Fest" tailgate event prior to the Sept. 14 Chicago Homecoming game at Soldier Field.

     Illini Fest Tailgate Timeline
     • 1 p.m. - Illini Fest opens at Stadium Green just southeast of Soldier Field - FREE admission (MAP)
          Food and beer for sale, FREE cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, air brush & caricaturist for fans
     • 1-2:30 p.m. - Live Music: 97Nine (classic rock)
     • 1-2:30 p.m. - Illini Fest big screen showing Nebraska/UCLA game
     • 2:30-3 p.m. - Illinois student groups The Other Guys and The Girls Next Door perform at Illini Fest
     • 2:30 p.m. - Illini Fest big screen showing Alabama/Texas A&M game
     • 3-3:45 p.m. - Former Illini QB Juice Williams and the 2013-14 Illini men's basketball team autograph signing (DIA booth)
     • 3-4:30 p.m. - Live Music: Suburban Cowboys (country)

2:45 p.m. - Illini Walk
Cheer on the Illini, along with the Marching Illini, cheerleaders, Illinettes and Illini Dance Team, as they come right through Illini Fest on their way into Soldier Field.

4:55 p.m. - Jim Cornelison performs National Anthem
Chicago icon and fulltime national anthem singer for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will perform the Star Spangled Banner.

4:59 p.m. - Dick Butkus honorary coin toss
Illinois and Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus will conduct the coin toss at midfield prior to kickoff.

5:01 p.m. - Chicago Homecoming game | Game Notes | Gameday Central
     Illinois (2-0) vs. No. 19/23 Washington (1-0)
     Television: Big Ten Network | BTN Gamefinder
     Radio: Fighting Illini Radio Network | Affiliates

Tickets for the Chicago Homecoming game start at $30 and are on sale now.