I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I got of the plane and was walking through Midway airport wearing my Steelers t-shirt – it was not the usual sea of black and gold that you find at the Pittsburgh airport. I took the train from the airport to the Dark Horse and I was relieved to sit down across from a Steelers fan. These girls were headed to the game. She is not from Pittsburgh but she is a die hard fan and commented that she was nervous because she had changed her Steeler gear outfit from the week before.
I arrived at the Dark Horse just in time to take the bus to the game – those who had tickets to go to the game had met at the Dark Horse earlier in the day for some pre-game festivities and then chartered their own party bus to head to Soldier Field.
Then we made our way over to the Steel City Mafia/Iron City Beer Tailgate that was wrapping up – Bears and Steelers fans were peacefully coexisting in the parking lots.
Then it was back to the Dark Horse to watch the game. Interviewing some Steelers fans – everyone at the Dark Horse was dressed in black and gold, some are native Pittsburghers, others had attended school in Pittsburgh – one guy we talked to was a dancer who had attended Point Park – most had moved to Chicago for work.
The Dark Horse has a great back patio that was set up for game watching – televisions and projectors – you could see the screen from every seat on the patio (plus there were more tvs inside)
Then the rain started – thankfully the Dark Horse brought out umbrellas for all of the tables – and those who wanted to be closest to the television screens by the bar stood together and took turns holding the umbrella for the crowd by the bar.
Here are a few photos of the inside of the the Dark Horse