Chicago is a great city to visit, but even more so if you’re a sports fan and especially if you’re a sports fanatic. So much athletic history happened within this city that it makes it incredibly worthwhile to spend some time checking out some of the sites. No matter whether you’re into baseball, basketball or hockey, we’ll find something you can really sink your teeth into.
Let’s start with the obvious Wrigley field, right smack in the middle of the Lakeview neighborhood. Home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark in the United States, closely followed by Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Chicago celebrated Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday in 2014, and in 2016 the Cubs finally won a World Series after a century-long drought. Catching an evening game? Check out some nearby sports bars, our favorites being Sluggers and Redmond’s, to get your pre-game drink on. Not much of a Cubs fan? Not to worry, you can head over to the home of the Chicago White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field and enjoy great eateries and cheap drinks in the nearby Bridgeport area.
Visiting Chicago in the winter? This is the perfect time to watch some top quality hockey or legendary basketball. Six-time Stanley Cup winners Blackhawks share the United Center with the Bulls. Take a look at the iconic statues of Blackhawk legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mitka that stand proud right outside the arena, and take a peek inside for a replica of Michael Jordan.
Less well-known basketball venue Wintrust Arena is just as much worth visiting. Home of the Chicago Sky, this WNBA team fills their house with fired-up fans during each and every home game. This team is notorious for its frequent playoff appearances and Olympic presence.
Extremely involved in the community, the Blackhawks often partake in conventions, festivals and store events, so try to catch them while you’re in town. The Blackhawks convention, held at the end of July every summer, is an excellent opportunity to catch a few autographs, snap pics of players and coaches, and participate in Q&A sessions with the team.
Autumn leaves and crisp weather means only one thing in the minds of Chicagoans: the NFL. Home of the Bears, Chicago is a great place to catch a game. Not only is the team performing well this season, but the tailgating experience is one to remember. The stadium itself is a fascinating place that you can tour provided that you’re in town on a weekday. Soldier Field also serves as a landmark that honors the men and women who served in the United States military. Completely renovated in 2002, Soldier Field boasts the fastest construction of a stadium in history, having only broken ground 20 months prior.
After a more low key athletic experience? The Chicago Sports Museum is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon checking out iconic memorabilia including some of the most important moments in Chicago sports history, including the Bartman Ball and Sammy Sosa’s corked bat. The high tech interactive experiences make for a good time for your whole family, but its the hands-on aspect that’s the most entertaining. Are you up for the challenge of hitting, shooting, and throwing like a real sportsman? This is the place to be.
Regardless of your sports interests, you will find something to get excited about in Chicago. Enjoy the Windy City to its fullest, and don’t forget to grab a slice of deep-dish pizza on your way to your architecture tour!