Now comes the Taylor Swift Chicago hangover.
This past weekend, more than 190,000 Swifties — not counting those without tickets — flocked to Soldier Field for three unforgettable nights.
“Woke up at 7 without any alarm,” said one fan, Annie. “I was like today, I go see Taylor today. He jumped out of bed and he was ready.”
And from a special guest star, to a special message for Pride Month, the singer certainly delivered. With Chicago fans back in action and Swift moving to another city, here are five Soldier Field moments to relive.
Swift delivers a message of pride during the Chicago Soldiers field parade
As Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” in Chicago premiered Friday night at Soldier Field, the icon wished fans a Happy Pride Month, which kicked off on June 1, celebrating those who “live authentically and beautifully.”
“One of the things that makes me proud is being with you, watching you, interacting with you, being so loving, so thoughtful, so caring,” she said.
Swift also stated that “we can’t talk about Pride Month without talking about pain.”
“…now and recently and in recent years, there’s been a lot of harmful legislation that puts people in the LGBTQ and Queer community at risk,” said Swift.
The singer, who has been involved in political activism in the past several years, urged fans to vote in the election, as she previously did, and also encouraged others to stand with the LGBTQ+ community after Pride Month.
“…we can support as much as we want during Pride Month, but if we don’t do our research on these elected officials, are they advocates? Are they allies? Are they protectors of equality?” she asked.
Ticketless Taylor Swift fans hold their own party outside Soldier Stadium
In a park outside Soldier Field, hundreds of ticketless fans gathered Friday to create their own musical experience, despite a stadium call to stay away.
“We tried and tried and tried to get tickets, and earlier this week my husband said, ‘You know it’s going to be a once in a lifetime atmosphere,'” Kelly Kennedy, 40, told NBC News. Maybe you can sit outside and still be part of the experience.”
Countless posts across Chicago Facebook groups echoed these sentiments, with one comparing the experience to the outdoor Ravinia Music Festival in Highland Park.
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A participant in the group “North Shore Mom’s Spot Chicago Suburbs” says if you are one of the unlucky people who didn’t get tickets, there is still hope!!! “We went last night with no tickets after doing legit all the stuff for days…but…you can listen out on the field and hear the songs really well!”
“We were strategic with our situation and it was honestly like Rafinha – it exceeded my expectations,” the post continues. You can also get the goods outside… Huge XS sweatshirts by the way. I think I’ll mention them in case anyone else is in the same boat. I’m so glad we went..even without tickets! Good luck!!
Special guest appearance by Country Star Maren Morris
Country star Maren Morris took to the stage in a surprise appearance Saturday that led Morris and Swift to perform their collaboration “You’re All Over Me” from Fearless (Taylor’s version) for the first time ever.
Fearless, originally released in 2008 when Swift was known as a country star, has been re-recorded and re-released in 2021 with several new songs, including her collaboration with Morris.
Swift stated that “You’re All Over Me” was a 2008 single “from the vault” that she hasn’t released yet. She told the crowd that the re-recording meant she was given the chance to have “one of her favorite artists” sing over one of the tracks, before letting the crowd in for a surprise.
“And we’re so lucky in Chicago, so lucky, because this artist didn’t just say yes, Maren Morris is actually here!”
Taylor Swift swallows wrong
Stars are just like us, even Taylor Swift.
During Swift’s third and final performance in Chicago at Soldier Field Sunday night, the singer revealed a bug flew into her mouth as she sang — and she had no choice but to swallow it.
“Oh yummy…any chance none of you will see that?…it’s fine. I gulped it down,” Swift says, adding, “That was fun.”
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Also on Sunday night, Swift found herself screaming into her “beloved microphone,” only to find that it made no sound.
Eventually the mic was replaced with a plain old one – but at least it worked.
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