So I was amused to find this article about Tim Shanley in the Chicago Tribune where he describes his weekend tailgate preparation. Shanley apparently has a bus, featured in the attached Tribune article, that he customized for tailgating. We have never seen his bus because he doesn't tailgate in the official lots - he goes to the McCormick place lots south of the stadium.
This guy's preparation for the game is intense. First of all, he doesn't even LIVE in Chicago - he flies up every weekend for the game (Dan drives down from Madison, which is nuts, but this guy takes it to another level). Here is the menu, from the article:
One day's menu: 20 pounds of Buffalo wings, 40 pounds of chicken thighs, 15 pounds of pork loin, 7 pounds of beef roast, 6 pounds of bacon, 20 pounds of pork chops and 3 beer can chickens, along with potato chips, a giant chocolate chip cookie and three pre-made sub sandwiches.
WOW. It doesn't say how he funds all of this in the article, but presumably people are chipping in or paying him as a business, because purchasing all of this must cost hundreds of dollars every game.
The CRAZIEST part, however, is this part of the article:
While about 50 people dig in, Shanley doesn't. In fact, he barely eats anything... about half the time, I end up eating a turkey sandwich inside Soldier Field.
I hope that he is bringing in that turkey sandwich (don't know if that is allowed or not, but it never occurred to me to try to bring food IN to Soldier Field, because I usually am so stuffed from eating in the parking lot) and not eating something prepared in Soldier Field, because the concessions at Bears' games are vile.
A funny part of the article describes how he cleans up after his bus in the McCormick lots because he doesn't want the park district to ban tailgating there.
Shanley is concerned that if the parking lot isn't left clean, McCormick will stop allowing tailgating, which would mean he and the other tailgaters would have to move to the Adler Planetarium lot. "And no one wants that" he said. "It's the hellhole tailgate spot in the NFL".
I had to laugh at this. In 2009 Dan and I were moved over to the Adler lot for the first time. On the one hand, snaking your way there across the stadium sucks, but it certainly has a nice view and isn't bad overall (easier to get out afterwords, too). I guess he means that the area where the buses are (see photo below) isn't so great, but it isn't a "hellhole" by any means. Old Soldier Field before renovation qualifies as a "hellhole", but not the Adler lot.