It’s not easy to create an top sports city. Huge crowds of fans cheering unison at the ballpark on hot summer evenings. The camaraderie among the local bars, tailgating spots and sports bars prior to an bears start. Sing-alongs throughout the stadium of the celebration song after every Blackhawks score. The willingness of a city to be a part of their team.
There is no doubt that Chicago is an energetic and enthusiastic sport city with an unrivaled history. Many of the most famous and well-known teams in sports thrive in Chicago and no trip could be complete without a visit to an elite match. However, if watching isn’t your sole thing you’re looking for, Chicago has a plethora of activities for you to pick from that will keep you active and sweating throughout the year.
Sports for summer and spring
Chicago Cubs baseball
Two of the most storied teams that are part of Major League Baseball, no trip to Chicago during the spring and summer is incomplete without tickets to watch”the “ole ball games.”
In the Lakeview neighborhood is the second-oldest baseball stadium in America -it’s Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The year 2014 was the time that Chicago commemorated Wrigley’s centennial anniversary and in 2016 the Cubs were victorious in their first World Series, ending a century-long drought (and breaking the curse according to the local legend).
Improvements to the ballpark has taken the fan experience to a whole new level. Before you head to this adored place to watch a gameor even for a trip around the stadium make sure you get your drink of choice at the bars for sports which line Clark, Addison, and Sheffield avenues in Wrigleyville. When you arrive, make sure to you can visit Gallagher Way, a lively entertainment complex located from the ballpark. And you must take that iconic shot featuring the vibrant red marquee.
Chicago White Sox baseball
In the Chicago’s South Side sits another one of the most well-known teams within Major League Baseball and winner of the 2005 World Series — the Chicago White Sox. It is the home field for Chicago White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field is situated close to the north of the Loop within the Bridgeport neighborhood. Local stands serve great food and affordable drinks.
Before the game, go at Ricobene’s and prepare to eat the sandwich that has been called “The best sandwich of the World” by USA Today -the sandwich made of breaded steak. Drink at trendy gathering spots such as Reggies Chicago (a mix bar/music venue that also has the convenience of a Sox shuttle) or Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar for a chance to mingle with locals prior to heading over.
Chicago Fire soccer
Soccer is among the most played games in the world which is why no city can playing without a professional soccer team. Chicago Fire Chicago Fire was named after their involvement in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 was the team that took home their first MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup during their inaugural season, in addition to winning the U.S. Open Cups in 2003, 2000 and the 2006 season. They’re famous for their enthusiastic fans who will be cheering and standing in their direction. In 2020 Chicago Fire Chicago Fire launched their historic debut season in the city’s famous Soldier Field.
Sport and recreation during summer
If you’re hoping to get off the bench and involved in the action downtown, take a rock climb in Maggie Daley Park or get on your mat to stretch during a free yoga session during the summer months on Millennium Park. To have more sun-soaked fun make use of the city’s 18-miles of lakefront trails, ideal for jogging, biking or rollerblading, with the vast Chicago skyline in the background. On the Lakefront Trail you’ll find many sandy beaches that line the shoreline. Hire a volleyball net and gather a group of players for a game of beach volleyball in North Avenue Beach or hire jet skisor kayaks or flyboards to have a blast in the water on Lake Michigan with Chicago Watersport Rentals.
Winter and fall sports
Chicago Blackhawks hockey & Chicago Bulls basketball
There’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Chicago Blackhawks…you know that six-time NHL Stanley Cup Champions? Are you familiar with that Six-time NBA World Champions Chicago Bulls?
Once we’ve got the talk over our regional sports powerhouses out out of the way, lets discuss about the best ways to watch our successful NHL as well as NBA teams. It’s no secret that both the Blackhawks and Bulls are the teams that call The United Center home, and its easy Near West Side location near downtown has plenty of locations to enjoy the action. If you’re a ticket holder for this game, or don’t have tickets at all make sure to go for “the UC” early to take pictures with the famous sculptures of Blackhawks famous players Bobby Hull and Stan Mitka in front of the arena. Inside there is the renowned statue of the former Bulls superstar Michael Jordan, one of the most well-known basketball players around the world.
Find other fans within the vicinity Find other fans in the area at The Ogden, Kaiser Tiger, The Crossroads Bar & Grill and the famous Billy Goat Tavern. Following the match, you can make sure to make a an appearance at Goose Island Taproom for a unique craft beer selection you can’t find elsewhere in the city. Or enjoy a drink on Restaurant Row, the hip section in Randolph Street packed with lounges, bars, and award-winning restaurants.
Chicago Sky basketball
If you’re in the market for more basketball, then you’ll need to visit Chicago Sky. Chicago Sky. Its WNBA team is based at the Wintrust Arena located in the South Loop and is awash with excited fans for each home game. The team is known for their long-running streaks of hot streaks, including the four playoff appearances over four years, as well as sending players to Olympic games all over the world.
Chicago Bears football
The summer season is beginning to fade and the leaves turn to red and gold, there’s one thing that’s on the minds of everyone Chicagoan soccer player. American football which is one of the league’s recognizable franchises is beginning to fill the stadium in Soldier Field quicker than every other team in the league.
If you’re lucky enough get a ticket and you’re not disappointed, you’ll be glad you did. Be sure to enjoy a tailgate prior to the game’s start inside the Soldier Field parking lot -it’s a tradition on weekends for fans who are super-fans. There will be the crowds cooking up hotdogs, swigging beer, and lowering their cans towards their favorite “Monsters of Midway” also known as da Bears! If you’re visiting on an off-day you could go on an behind-the-scenes visit to Soldier Field and discover the history of the modern “stadium in an area” which also functions as an icon dedicated to the women and men who served in the American military.