Illinois Sports Betting Giant FanDuel Brings FanFest To Chicago

Written By Dave Briggs on August 9, 2022 - Last Updated on September 8, 2022
The FanDuel FanFest on Sept. 10 at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field features music stars Wiz Khalifa and Alesso with sports legends Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester and Charles Tillman.

As one of America’s greatest sports and music cities, Chicago is the perfect choice to play host to the 2022 FanDuel Fanfest.

The Illinois sports betting giant will throw the all-day party on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Guaranteed Rate Field from 2 – 9 p.m.

The FanDuel FanFest will feature musical performances from rapper Wiz Khalifa and world-renowned DJ Alesso. The event also promises “unique sports experiences” with Chicago sports legends Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester, Charles Tillman, and more.

“Between the amazing musical performances featuring Wiz Khalifa and Alesso, and the legendary athletes like Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester who will be in attendance, this event will have something for all and is just another way for us to do something extraordinary to celebrate our customers and sports betting in the state of Illinois,” said Andrew Sneyd, senior vice president of brand, FanDuel Group, in a release.

The event is open to those 21 or older.

Free tickets are available to new FanDuel customers in Illinois that sign up and place any “real-money wager of $25 or more between July 12 – Sept. 9.” For a limited time, existing FanDuel customers who place a bet of $25 or more in that same timeframe can grab tickets for $15. Non-FanDuel customers can buy tickets for $40.

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Watch Chicago sports legends compete in Superstar Showdown

Throughout the day, Chicago sports legends will compete against each other in FanDuel’s Superstar Showdown. Urlacher, Hester, Tillman and more will battle each other in ax throwing, connect 4 basketball, a quarterback challenge, H-O-R-S-E and more.

Guests will be able to predict who they think will win via FanDuel’s Free-2-Play game.

The event will also feature several other fun activities, including:

  • Over a dozen local food trucks
  • A pop-up FanDuel Sports Bar and Lounge
  • Brand activations
  • Trophy photo ops
  • Free chances to win over $10,000 in prizes.

Take batting practice on the field

There are also a few VIP packages available, including one that will allow fans to take batting practice on the field that is home to the Chicago White Sox.

VIP package #1 is $199 and includes:

  • Access to a private viewing area to watch the live concert.
  • Free food and drinks within the VIP area.
  • Premium restrooms.
  • Skip-the-line access through a private VIP entrance.
  • Access to exclusive VIP meet & greets and autograph sessions with Chicago sports legends.
VIP package #2 is $399 and includes everything in VIP package #1 and the ability to:
  • Take batting practice inside Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Get your picture taken with the Chicago White Sox’s World Series trophies, and more.

Chicago is the third FanDuel FanFest city

The FanDuel FanFest festival first debuted in Denver in August of 2021. It featured a live performance by The Chainsmokers and featured appearances by former Broncos Champ Bailey, Aqib Talib and Jake Plummer.

A second FanFest was held in Arizona last December. It featured hip-hop star Nelly and musician/DJ Gryffin and the stars of the movie American Underdog about Kurt Warner.

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Dave Briggs is a managing editor and writer for Catena Media. His expertise is covering the gambling industry in North America with an emphasis on the casino, sports betting, horse racing and poker sectors. He is currently reporting on the gaming industries in Illinois and Canada.

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