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Chicago Loses an Icon: RIP 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks dine like a local

On Jan. 23, Chicago lost one of its finest.

Ernie Banks passed away late on a Friday night, with news breaking around 9 p.m. local. The news exploded on social media and overwhelmed the sports conversation on a night that saw the NHL host their annual All-Star Game fantasy draft and an NBA player - Klay Thompson - break a league scoring record.

That's because people respected Mr. Cub.

Four Unique Chicago Ice Skating Rinks

ice skating

Skating figure eights is always fun, but skating at one of Chicago's new, unique ice rinks is the cherry atop this winter's cake. From a sky high rink to a lazy river like ribbon of ice, there's an ice skating rink to fit your every whim. Grab your mittens, scarf, sweetheart and a thermos of hot cocoa and head to one of these four unique Chicago ice skating rinks for a fun night of skating.

Weekend Alert: October 31-November 2

Halloween Parade

Happy Halloween Chicago! Everyone's favorite costumed holiday takes over Chicago this weekend, but don't forget to also check out the other amazing events going on all over the city. From the USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks rugby match to the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series kick-off, you're sure to have a full schedule.

Chicago to Become Rugby City in Preparation for USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks Match, Nov. 1

The USA Rugby Eagles will take on the defending 2013 Rugby World Cup champion New Zealand All Blacks in just over two weeks on Nov. 1 at Soldier Field. This historic matchup marks the first time the All Blacks have played on U.S. soil since 1980.

In preparation for this iconic match, the Windy City will transform into Rugby City for the week prior to the match, hosting several lead-up events that will not only get Chicago into the rugby spirit, but also provide opportunities for

Blackhawks Return!

Blackhawks - Celebration - Blog

For hockey fans, it feels like Christmas. 

The 2014-15 NHL season is about to begin, and the Chicago Blackhawks are once again at the top of everyone's list of favorites to bring home the Stanley Cup.

Top NCAA Programs Coming to Chicago For The Inaugural CBS Sports Classic

United Center

On Dec. 20, the United Center will host an exciting afternoon of basketball featuring four of the most prestigious college programs in the country.

The inaugural CBS Sports Classic features a doubleheader taking place on Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at noon with North Carolina taking on Ohio State followed by UCLA facing Kentucky at 2:30 p.m.

USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks Tour Chicago, Take Over Choose Chicago Social Media

USA Eagles New Zealand All Blacks

In anticipation of their historic Nov. 1 rugby match at Soldier Field, members of the USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks toured Chicago this past weekend, a whirlwind of attractions, local cuisine, and even a chance to take over the Choose Chicago Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Chicago Bears football returns!

Bears - Blog

Finally the time has come! The Chicago Bears will return to the gridiron for the 2014 season with high hopes and a lot of anticipation for what could be a special season.

Jackie Robinson West Visits Wrigley Field to Kick Off the Cubs' 2000s Themed Homestand

Cubs 2008 home uniforms

Who better to kick off the Chicago Cubs' 2000s themed homestand on Labor Day than the Little League World Series U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars! These young ballplayers who captured the nation's hearts during the 2014 Little League World Series will be on hand at Wrigley Field to meet the Cubs during batting practice, throw the ceremonial first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch from the field.

A Trifecta of Perfection - Celebrate the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration This Weekend

Beer Brewing

Come to Union Station this Saturday August 23rd for the Bacon, Beer & Sports Celebration. Need I say more? Seriously, do I?

Although chances are most readers just cleared their Saturday schedules and closed out of this window, I'll go on to explain a little more about Bacon, Beer, & Sports for those of you who are still with me.

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