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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 known as a major sports town, with everyone from Sporting News to Men’s Fitness naming us one of the top sports cities in the country. And who can blame us, with six major winning Chicago sports teams to follow? From hockey to baseball and everything in between, you’re sure to find a sport you’ll want to cheer during your next trip to the Windy City. Check out these exciting Chicago sports teams experiences.

 

CHICAGO BULLS

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 new five-story atrium and snap a selfie with the statue of legendary Bulls star Michael Jordan, now located indoors. The atrium is a gathering place for fans before, during and after Bulls games.

Also new is the Madhouse Team Store, a 10,000-square-foot Bulls and Blackhawks retail store on the atrium’s ground floor where you can snag souvenirs and team jerseys. A cool feature is the 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 Bulls season runs from October through April.

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

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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 from October through April, 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 a history of team photos and videos on a giant interactive touch screen. Be sure to keep an eye out for Tommy Hawk, the Blackhawks’ official mascot, who makes an appearance at all home games and entertains the crowds with everything from goofy dancing to showing off some mean hockey moves himself.

 

CHICAGO BEARS

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Historic Soldier Field 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 all of 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 Chicago Bears football season runs from August through December.

 

CHICAGO CUBS

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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 much of its beloved 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 of die-hard Chicago Cubs fans. The fun actually begins before the game at 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).

 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

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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 beverage (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. One of the hottest season tickets is the summertime Crosstown Classic, when the White Sox play against the North Side Chicago Cubs for hometown bragging rights.

 

CHICAGO FIRE

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Chicago’s own 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, along with taking home the U.S. Open Cup an astounding four times. The Chicago Fire season runs from March through October, and you can catch all of the exciting soccer action at Toyota Park, located roughly 12 miles southwest of downtown Chicago in suburban Bridgeview.

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

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