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A GUIDE TO CHICAGO SPORTS TEAMS

Experience the best of our city’s sports and root for the home team!

Chicago is at its core a sports town, with everyone from Sporting News to Men’s Fitness naming us one of the top sports cities in the country. With six major championship teams, you’ll want to cheer during your next trip to the city. 

 

Basketball: CHICAGO BULLS

Bulls Season: October through April

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The Chicago Bulls keep the tradition of great basketball alive in the city at the United Center, located on the Near West Side. Visit the soaring five-story atrium and snap a selfie with the statue of legendary Bulls player Michael Jordan, now located indoors. 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. The Chicago

 

Hockey: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks Season: October through April

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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 effortlessly converts from basketball court to 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

Chicago Wolves

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 adrenalin rush at Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont.

 

Football: CHICAGO BEARS

Bears Season: August through December

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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 catch a tailgate party before the game, which takes place no matter how cold the winter weather. You’ll find Bears fans set up with smoking grills and ice-cold beers 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. The

 

Baseball: CHICAGO CUBS

Cubs Season: April through September

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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. And although Wrigley Field has held on to many nostalgic elements (like its original scoreboard and the whole crowd singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the 7th-inning stretch), 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 perch for die-hard Chicago Cubs fans.

The fun actually begins before the game at Gallagher Way (formerly The Park at Wrigley), a new outdoor destination 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

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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 season tickets, when the White Sox play against the North Side Chicago Cubs for hometown bragging rights.

 

Soccer: CHICAGO FIRE

Chicago Fire Season: March through October

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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. You can catch all of the exciting soccer action at Toyota Park, located roughly 12 miles southwest of downtown Chicago in suburban Bridgeview.

A Pub to Pitch round-trip bus service that departs from several city bars makes it easy to get to and from matches. Before the match check out Fire Fest, located inside Gate B in Toyota Park, where fans play games, listen to music and get in on giveaways.

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