It was no surprise when Sporting News named Chicago the Best Sports City. We have passionate fans, personable players and a 2010 Stanley Cup victory to top it all off. Here's what you need to know about Chicago's sporting standouts.
When the weather starts to cool, Bears fans bundle up and head to Soldier Field. With more regular-season and overall wins than any other NFL team, the greatest number of past players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and adored personalities like Payton, Ditka and Sayers in its back rosters, 'da Bears have a loyal and passionate following. The Bears have won nine league championships: Super Bowl XX and eight pre-Super Bowl championships.
On ice since 1926, the Blackhawks are one of the oldest NHL teams. Accordingly, they have a lot of records and legends to their name, like the Presidents' Trophy for finishing a season with the most points and four Stanley Cup victories. The team has played home games at the United Center - built near the site of the original Chicago Stadium - since 1994.
Like deep-dish pizza and improv comedy, the Chicago Bulls have transcended city borders while still remaining pure Chicago. With six NBA Championships to their name, the team is known for putting on one of the best shows in basketball. Carlos Boozer, Jaokim Noah and MVP Award-winner Derrick Rose tear it up on the court, and beloved mascot Benny the Bull hams it up on the sidelines. Find out why "seeing red" is a good thing.
THE CHICAGO CUBS
The Chicago Cubs call Wrigley Field home. It's the second-oldest MLB ballpark in the U.S. and is located in the heart of Chicago in a neighborhood aptly called Wrigleyville. This neighborhood comes alive on game day and gives off an absolutely contagious energy - a fever pitch - to which no one is immune.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
The 2005 World Series Champions, the Chicago White Sox, rock the spectacular U.S. Cellular Field and their fans throughout the season. This is baseball at its finest,and it's definitely an experience not to be missed.Tailgating is the perfect way to get in the spirit. This longstanding and encouraged tradition starts two hours before the game in the parking lots outside of U.S. Cellular Field and gives you the chance to join locals grilling it up before game time.
Catch the blazing action of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club at Toyota Park, southwest of downtown. The wildly enthusiastic fans will get you singing your heart out, and the hot action on the field will keep you on the edge of your seat!