College football is as much a part of fall as raking leaves and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Chicago area fans are fortunate to have three teams-Northwestern, Illinois and Northern Illinois-within a (long) Hail Mary pass of the city limits. However, football is not just for the men of the house; these three schools have made spending a Saturday on the gridiron a true family experienceYou might also like:
Northern Illinois Huskies
The reigning MAC champion Huskies enter the 2012 season riding a nine-game winning streak-the longest active run in the FBS. Glenview resident Sean Progar ranks among the top defensive linemen in the nation.
Fans of all ages can enjoy the free pregame fan fest located just west of the stadium that includes inflatables, a visit from the cheerleaders and a new theme for each Saturday home game. Kids 2 and younger are free to all games on campus. For $35, eighth-graders and younger can join the NIU pup club. Membership includes free admission to all regular season home athletic events, a membership card, a T-shirt and more.
For $60 per person, fans can buy a Huskieland Plan, which includes a ticket to three pre-determined home games, a $15 gift card to each of the program's three participating sponsors and reserved seating in the special Huskieland section.