Located in Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan Ave), Chicago Sports Museum has curated even more Chicago sports memorabilia. For just $5 — or free after dining at Harry Caray's — see and experience some of the greatest moments of sports history. From Mike Ditka's playbook to Benny the Bull's suit, these 8 new exhibits will take you on journey through Chicago sports' history. [more]
1. Michael Jordan's "Last Shot"
Remembered as one of the greatest shots of all time, Michael Jordan won game 6 the 1998 NBA championship with a 17 footer with only 5.2 seconds left. His play clinched a 6th championship for the Bulls and defeated the Utah Jazz 87-86. Now, the very same basket which received Jordan's famous and final shot is on the floor of the Chicago Sports Museum.
2. Interactive Chicago Fire Game
Growing the "Hall of Legends", the museum's collection of Chicago sports-themed games, Chicago Sports Museum has created an interactive soccer video game. Similar to the games featuring Scottie Pippen and Patrick Kane, the video game characters are designed after the real life Chicago Fire players. Test out your soccer skills in this motion detecting Xbox One game exclusive to the museum's exhibit.
3. Photo Opps with New 3D and Life Size Figures
Visitors can take pictures with their face in the place of some Chicago's greatest athletes including NHL's 2013 MVP and 3-time Stanley Cup Winner Patrick Kane. Other realistic figures include former Cub Kerry Wood plus former Bulls players Will Purdue and Richard Dent.
4. New Memorabilia
The sports museum is constantly seeking out even more sports memorabilia to add to their collection. Latest additions include the football Chicago Bear Walter Payton scored his final touchdown with in 1987, Ditka's Chicago Bears jersey worn during a 1964 game, Hall of Fame baseball player Ryne Sandberg's 1981 Philadelphia Phillies jersey and 1982 Gold Glove Award belonging to Hall of Famer and Chicago Cub Andre Dawson.
5. Da Playbook
Among the new additions to the Chicago Sports Museum is Mike Ditka's handwritten playbook. While the book is in a glass case, the pages have been scanned to an iPad. Visitors can scroll through the plays, notes and motivational speeches that led the 1985 Chicago Bears to their Super Bowl XX title.
6. Schwarber's Windshield
Cubs fans, remember the windshield shattered by Kyle Schwarber during 2016 Spring Training? Well, that smash windshield in now gracing the walls of this Water Tower Place museum. With the help of Schwarber (after he replaced the windshield), the car owner/Cubs fan auctioned off the broken windshield to benefit Cubs charities.
7. Benny the Bull
Benny the Bull, Chicago Bulls' beloved mascot, has been added to the exhibits at Chicago Sports Museum. Well, the suit has anyways. Dan LeMonnier wore this costume from 1985 to 2003 and cheered on the Bulls to 6 NBA championships. In 2013, Forbes named Benny the Bull as the most popular mascot in sports.
8. Jimmie Johnson's Suit
Jimmie Johnson won his first NASCAR race back in 2001 at the Chicagoland Speedway. The racing star has since gone on to win a total of 6 NASCAR Sprint Championships. See one of Johnson's racing suits in the Chicagoland Speedway's Victory Lane exhibit and satisfy your need for speed in the race car simulator.
The Essentials: Chicago Sports Museum
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 7
Open daily from 11:30 a.m.
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