The most common seating layout at Wintrust Arena for concerts is an end-stage setup with the stage located near sections Section 112, Section 113 and Section 114. For many concerts there are also slight variations to the layout, which may include General Admission seats, fan pits and B-stages.
On the Floor: Sections Floor 1, Floor 2, Floor 3 and Floor 4 are Floor Seats, which offer some of the closest views of the performers. For many concerts, floor sections are added or removed. These performer-specific adjustments may alter the floor layout and the views from each floor section.
To the Side of the Stage: For close views of the stage with a little bit of elevation, consider seats to the side of the stage in Section 106, Section 107, Section 108 and Section 109. The view is not head-on like on the floor, but many of the seats are closer to the stage, provide better elevation and are actual stadium seats.
Head-on to the Stage: Seats directly across from the stage, like those in Section 102, Section 202, Section 203 and Floor 1 provide the most comfortable looks of the performance. Even upper level sections offer unobstructed sitelines. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to see as much detail from these seats as you would if you sat closer to the stage.
Consider the Following When Buying Concert Tickets
Seats behind the stage are occassionally sold: Unless your main objective is to just get in the building, you'll want to completely avoid anything behind the stage - like those in/near or above sections Section 112, Section 113, Section 114 and Section 115. It's unlikely the performer will turn around to salute you - and you're more likely to be completely blocked out from seeing the show.
If you're on the shorter side (or bringing kids), consider floor seats only in the first few rows: The most common complaint amongst floor ticketholders is that they can't see the stage because of taller people in front of them. As an alternative, consider side sections near the stage that will still have you close and high enough to see.
Lower level side sections are not created equal: While the side sections closest to the stage are top-notch, side sections farther from the stage may leave you with a cramp in your neck. Sections 106 and 126 are not well-angled towards the stage - leaving you to turn your head for an ideal view. Instead, consider head-on sections in the lower level or even close side seats in the upper level like Sections 224 and 225.
100 Level Corner seats are similar to 100 level side but slightly further away. If you prefer a less crowded section and don't mind being in the corner, these sections are a great option for concerts at Wintrust Arena.
100 Level End (Concert) Seating
Although furthest away, 100 Level End seats are another great option on the 100 level concourse. The biggest advantage here is the forward-facing seats, which means you won't have to turn your head like you would in other sections. Located directly behind floor seating, the 100 level end sections provide a comfortable viewing experience.
100 Level Side (Concert) Seating
With possibly the best sightlines in the stadium, 100 Level side seats at Wintrust Arena provide an optimal viewing experience. Although you're above the floor level, the proximity of these side sections is top notch. Currently, Wintrust Arena is only used for basketball games (not hockey), so these seats are much closer to the stage than they would be in other arenas.
100 Level Side seats at Wintrust Arena are well worth the price. For a great, elevated view of the show, go with one of these side sections for an awesome view from your seat.
200 Level Corner (Concert) Seating
Like the 200 Level Side sections, the 200 Level Corner seats have a similarly intimate view. Be aware that these sections are steep and very dark during the show, so those who have trouble with stairs may want to avoid the 200 level entirely.
200 Level End (Concert) Seating
The furthest seats away from the stage come in the 200 Level End sections. These 200 Level End sections have some of the most rows of any area in the stadium. However, having the forward-facing view of the stage is an advantage, and being a small venue, there's really no bad seat at Wintrust Arena.
Be aware that the stairs are very steep, and during the show, it can get very dark. Be careful walking around these sections, and those that have trouble with stairs may want to avoid the 200 level entirely.
200 Level Side (Concert) Seating
Located directly above the 100 Level Side sections, the 200 Level Side sections provide a similarly great view. Being a smaller venue, the proximity of these seats is impressive. You not only have a good view, but you'll be close to the show as well.
There are some DePaul banners hanging from the ceiling that may be a slight annoyance while sitting here. Also, be aware that these sections are very steep, and the venue is very dark. Those who have trouble with stairs may want to avoid the 200 level completely as it can be difficult to handle.