The Bears, Bulls, Sky, Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox and Fire. Throngs of die-hard fans whose cheers echo throughout our stadiums and sports bars every day of the year. A time-honored passion for the game and pride for our favorite players, past and present.
Chicago is one of the all-time greatest sports cities. Here are six epic sporting events to watch for this year:
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regional
March 25 & 27, 2016
The Big Ten Conference, as official host of the NCAA Men's Basketball Regional, in collaboration with the Chicago Sports Commission and the United Center will welcome some of the nation's top collegiate basketball teams to Chicago March 25 and 27 for this year's tournament.
NFL Draft 2016 & Draft Town
April 28-30, 2016
After a successful NFL Draft 2015 in Chicago, which attracted more than 200,000 fans, the Draft will return to downtown Chicago April 28-30. The Draft will once again feature the highly popular Draft Town, a free, three-day outdoor interactive fan football festival in Grant Park.
June 10-12, 2016
The world of international sailing will witness the first America's Cup freshwater race in the event's 164-year history when Chicago hosts The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series at the newly reimagined Navy Pier June 10-12. Guests can watch the best sailors in the world up close as they compete in this qualifying event for the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda. The east end of the Pier will transform into a massive outdoor stadium for spectators looking to experience the excitement of watching AC45 catamarans racing at speeds of up to 40 mph on beautiful Lake Michigan.
Copa America 2016
June 22, 2016
Futbol fans from across the Americas are preparing for the Centennial Copa America event this year, and Chicago will be part of the 100-year anniversary celebration as hosts of preliminary group stages (June 5, June 7, June 10) and a semifinals event June 22 at Soldier Field. This will be the first Copa America held in the U.S., 16 teams will participate, and Chicago is one of 10 U.S. cities to be part of this momentous occasion for the CONMEBAL and CONCACAF federations and their fans.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 9, 2016
The 39th annual Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park. Athletes from across the United States and around the world come to Chicago to run the iconic streets as the 26.2-mile course weaves through 29 fantastic neighborhoods. The marathon kicks off downtown in The Loop and takes runners on an amazing architectural and cultural tour of Chicago.
In 2015, an astounding 37,459 runners crossed the finish line and an estimated 1.7 million spectators lined the streets from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. The Chicago Marathon assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes.
The Rugby Weekend November 4-5, 2016 The greatest stars in professional rugby will return to Chicago for “The Rugby Weekend.” Two separate international rugby matches will feature the Rugby World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks facing the Irish National Team at Soldier Field and the USA Rugby Eagles taking on the Maori All Blacks at Toyota Park. The day-two match will be played on Saturday, Nov. 5 at historic Soldier Field. Tickets for “The Rugby Weekend” go on sale April 1.