Boasting names like NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane, Chicago is a sports fan's nirvana.
Beloved unconditionally by a loyal and passionate Chicago following, ‘da Bears are nine time NFL Champs (eight pre-1970 merger and one Super Bowl) and hold the NFL record for the most players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with 27 members. The Bears play at Chicago's Soldier Field, which is located right on Lake Michigan off Lake Shore Drive, recently modernized to make stadium amenities state of the art, while also preserving the historic Chicago structure. To truly experience the joy of being a Bears fan, get to Soldier Field a few hours before kickoff to partake in the tailgating tradition throughout the parking lots, and once inside the stadium be sure to get a simmered all-beef dog in a steamed poppy seed bun - but no ketchup, of course. And don't just go for a Bears game - tour Soldier Field and see what history and traditions lie within.
With two Stanley Cup championships within four consecutive seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are one of the oldest NHL teams to have a total of five Cup victories since their debut to the NHL in 1926. Chicago pride runs deep for this team which continues to create legends in the wake of every season, and was awarded the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the most points in one season. To catch a Hawks game, head down to the United Center for some Chicago hockey and a Maxwell Street Polish sausage, or start at WestEnd (1326 W. Madison St) sports bar for some pre-game fun, cold beer and a free shuttle to the United Center.
The Chicago Bulls are a team that has six championship titles over the span of just eight years from 1991 to 1998 with an NBA record of 72 games won during the 1995-96 NBA season. The team has yielded such icons as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and today has a roster brimming with talent with Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and MVP Award-winner Derrick Rose tearing up the court at the United Center. Come experience the legend of the Chicago Bulls and cheer along with a dedicated Chicago-wide crowd, ham it up with the beloved mascot Benny the Bull, and grab some grub with the hardcore fans downstairs that prefer it to the food on the upper levels.
Known by fans everywhere as the "Lovable Losers," the Chicago Cubs do hold one major record: the Cubs haven't won the World Series in 104 years, boasting the longest championship drought of any major North American professional sports team. But this distinction doesn't keep the Cubs from drawing dedicated crowds every game to the historic Wrigley Field located in the Wrigleyville corridor of Lakeview. The Cubbies are one of the two oldest active teams in major league America sports, attending a game at Wrigley with the ivy-clad brick walls and the old-fashion charm is absolutely a must for any visiting baseball - or sports fan. For baseball buffs, be sure to hop on a tour of Wrigley Field, which houses over 98 years of history.
The division of Chicago baseball fans cuts right across the middle of the city, with loyalty given to either the north side or the Southside. And the South Side is strongly represented in black and white by the Chicago White Sox. Dating back to the turn of the century (as in turn of the twentieth century) the Sox played at Comiskey Park up until the opening of U.S. Cellular Field in 1991. Having last won the World Series in 2005, the White Sox shattered an 88 year drought, leaving their Cub kin across town to keep up the fight to do the same. Come on down to 35th and Wentworth and before entering the south side ballpark, check out Bacardi at the Park to wet your whistle with a variety of beers and drinks.
Named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Chicago Fire won the MLS Cup their very first league season in 1998 and are historically the most successful team in the U.S. Open Cup, winning championships in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. The team is made up of both internationally experienced players and young American talents that cement the Fire as one of the league's most distinguished teams. The Fire never fails to put on a great game for crowds at Toyota Park just outside Chicago in Bridgeview.
Officially the youngest team on the Chicago sports scene, the Chicago Sky was founded in 2005 and debuted in the 2006 WNBA season. Although the Bulls play across town, the Chicago Sky franchise holds the distinction of being unaffiliated with any NBA counterpart. Catch a Sky game at the Allstate Arena, located just outside Chicago city limits in Rosemont, and watch young stars like Elena Delle Donne, Epiphany Prince, Swin Cash and Sylvia Fowles tear up the court.
This NASCAR venue is a 1.5 mile tri-oval speedway located just southwest Chicago in Joliet, IL. Since its opening in 2001, it annually hosts the opening event in the Chase for the Spring Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Dollar General 300 among others, and until recently has hosted the IZOD IndyCar Series. Owned by International Speedway Corporation, the speedway is located directly next to Route 66 Raceway. Easily accessible from the city, Chicagoland Speedway is an exciting outing for family fun and diehard NASCAR fans.
Chicago's American Hockey League team will be the minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Blues for the 2013-2014 season. The Chicago Wolves have never had a losing season including four league playoff championships. Though they share this metropolitan area with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Wolves' biggest rivalry is in fact with the Blackhawks affiliate minor league affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. You'll find the Wolves out at the Allstate Arena for all regular season home games, as well as broadcast on Comcast cable.