Chicago is one of the top sports cities in the country, attracting fans from all over the world to come cheer for our teams. Here’s a rundown of Chicago’s major sports teams.
Baseball: Chicago Cubs
Cubs season: April through September
For many Chicago sports fans, April is the most exciting month of the year. That’s when baseball season kicks off, and Chicago is lucky enough to have two winning Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. No longer the lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs finally took home the World Series championship in 2016, more than 100 years after their last win in 1908.
The Chicago Cubs play at historic Wrigley Field, the second-oldest MLB ballpark in the nation, in the heart of the Wrigleyville neighborhood. And although Wrigley Field has held on to many nostalgic elements (the original scoreboard is still operated by hand), upgrades in the past few years have included the installation of huge state-of-the-art video screens and the expansion of the Budweiser Bleachers, a favorite spot for die-hard Cubs fans.
The fun actually begins before the game at Gallagher Way, an outdoor community space that hosts everything from live music to movie nights, and is home to a growing number of restaurants like the Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern (named for legendary sportscaster Jack Brickhouse).
Baseball: Chicago White Sox
White Sox season: April through September
The Chicago White Sox are the city’s South Side baseball heroes, taking home the coveted MLB World Series trophy in 2005. Home base is Guaranteed Rate Field, located just south of the Loop in the Bridgeport neighborhood. According to a 2017 J.D. Power survey, the Chicago White Sox ranked number one in offering the city’s best sports fan experience, thanks to factors like superior seating, food, and beverages (including the ChiSox Bar & Grill), and ease of game arrival/departure.
Tailgating is a White Sox tradition, with fans setting up grills in select parking lots and creating their own parties before the game. Another fun tradition is the fireworks that light up the sky after every White Sox home run. The summertime Crosstown Classic is one of the hottest tickets, when the White Sox play against the Cubs for hometown bragging rights.
Basketball: Chicago Bulls
Bulls season: October through April
The Chicago Bulls keep the tradition of great basketball alive in the city at the United Center, located in the West Loop. Visit the soaring five-story atrium and snap a selfie with the statue of legendary Bulls player Michael Jordan. The atrium is a gathering place for fans before, during and after Bulls games.
At the Madhouse Team Store, a 10,000-square-foot Bulls and Blackhawks retail store on the atrium’s ground floor, you can snag souvenirs and team jerseys. A cool feature is an actual CTA train car outfitted with green screens where you can snap a photo of yourself with images of your favorite players or watch game clips and record your own play-by-play calls.
Basketball: Chicago Sky
Sky season: May through September
In 2017, the Chicago Sky turned what many thought would be “a rebuilding year” into a record-breaking year in individual and team career-highs and milestones. General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks joined the Sky and her winning ways and competitive edge brought a contagiously exciting atmosphere.
Football: Chicago Bears
Bears season: August through December
Historic Soldier Field, located on the lakefront, is home turf for the Chicago Bears football team, a founding franchise of the NFL and winner of Super Bowl XX. Make like a local and tailgate before the game — it doesn’t matter how cold the winter weather is. You’ll find Bears fans set up with smoking grills and ice-cold drinks throughout the surface parking lots and atop the Waldron Deck.
The team hosts the free Chicago Bears Ultimate Tailgate on the Stadium Green on select game days, featuring live music, games, autograph signings by Bears players, a party bar, and food for sale.
Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks
Blackhawks season: October through April
The Chicago Blackhawks hockey team has been a local sports institution since 1926 (it’s one of the “Original Six” NHL teams), winning their sixth Stanley Cup championship in 2015. The Blackhawks also play at the United Center, where the stadium floor converts from a basketball court to an ice hockey rink.
Check out the giant Stanley Cup replica stationed in front of the Madhouse Team Store and browse through archival team photos and videos on a giant interactive touch screen. Keep an eye out for Tommy Hawk, the Blackhawks’ official mascot, who makes an appearance at all home games, showing off some mean hockey moves of his own.
Hockey: Chicago Wolves
Wolves season: October through April
The Chicago Wolves were a smash hit from the moment they took to the ice in 1994. The team started as an International Hockey League franchise and captured the Turner Cup championship in 1998 and 2000. When they shifted to the American Hockey League for the 2001-02 season, they made an immediate mark by claiming the 2002 Calder Cup. Head coach John Anderson and Kevin Cheveldayoff capped a remarkable run of four championships in 11 seasons with the 2008 Calder Cup title. As the Wolves approach the quarter-century mark as a franchise, they’ve earned more than 1,000 regular-season wins. You can catch your hockey adrenaline rush at Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont.
Soccer: Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire season: March through October
Chicago’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team exploded onto the scene in 1998, named in honor of the Great Chicago Fire. Since that time, the team won the MLS Cup Championship in its debut year, and has taken home the U.S. Open Cup an astounding four times. The Chicago Fire play at SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview through 2019. Currently, they’re looking to relocate to a stadium closer to downtown Chicago, so stay tuned.
Soccer: Chicago Red Stars
Chicago Red Stars season: April through September
The Chicago Red Stars are the city’s professional women’s soccer club. The team was formed in 2006, much to the excitement of local soccer fans, and have been gaining momentum ever since. They play their home games at SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview, a major hub for soccer events in the Midwest. The Red Stars made the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs every year from 2015 to 2018, making them the first and only team to do so for four consecutive years.