Chicago is the capital of American sports. As one of the largest cities in the country, it has a concentration of teams and fan-base with very little competition in comparison – both in quality and scale.
Chicago is home to some of the most famous sports clubs in the US. Here we are going to take a look at just a few of those that are actually competing in the major league.
Chicago is notable for being one of just of the four metropolitan areas in the country that has not one but two major league baseball teams. Those are of course The White Sox and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are playing their home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city's North Side. The team was founded in 1876, as the White Stockings. They were among the founding members of the Baseball League and changed their name to the Chicago Cubs in 1903. Because of the location of their home stadium, they are most often referred to as “The Northsiders”. The other club, The White Sox, is based in the south side of the city. The club was established in 1900 and moved to their current home grounds in Comiskey Park in 1910. The White Sox is one of the most famous sports clubs in the country and they are often referred to in popular culture, including on film, television, novels etc.
While the White Sox are famous all throughout the US, there is one sports team, this time a basketball one, that is based in Chicago and it is actually known throughout the whole planet. This is of course the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls came into prominence in the 1990s, when they saw their greatest success too. Their name is often associated with that of Michael Jordan, the legendary player who make them a household name throughout the planet. The Bulls managed to win as many as 6 championships in the period between 1991 and 1998, and all championship teams were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. For this feat all three of them were inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. Sports teams are known for their rivalries with other teams in the same divisions and leagues, and the Bulls have had their fair share of those. Their greatest enemies used to or currently are The Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and of course the New York Knicks.
If there is a sport that is truly and wholly American – one that describes the fighting spirit of the nation, that would be football. There is little surprise to the fact that Chicago, being one of the biggest and most important metropolitan areas in the country, has also one of the most famous and beloved (or hated, depending on your allegiance) football teams out there. Those are, of course, the Chicago Bears. Decatur, Illinois was the founding place of the Bears in 1919, and two years later, in 1921, they moved to Chicago. They have a long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, which is very well documented too. The current home ground to the Bears is Soldiers Field on Lake Shore Drive. They moved here in 1971, and the stadium was majorly reconstructed at the turn of the 21st century too.
With 6 Stanley Cups under their belts (the last one won in the 2015 season), the Blackhawks is one of the best NHL teams in the US today. The Hawks were founded in 1926 as one of the original six hockey teams of the National Hockey League, along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Their current rink is at the United Center. The current owners, Rocky Wirtz who became the Hawks boss in 2007, is credited with the revival of the team which has gone through a period of considerable demise in the couple of decades before the turn of the 20th century. His new management style and branding experience revived the interest in hockey in Chicago, and today the Blackhawks are not only among the most successful, but also the best loved sports clubs in this magnificent city of ours.
Now, this might not be the most popular or American sport of them all, but soccer plays a great role in the sports scene of Chicago, especially in the past decade or so. The Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Star are the two major league soccer teams that are based in the city. The former was founded in 1997, while the latter nearly a decade later – in 2006. Both teams play at Toyota Park, but in different leagues. The Fire is part of the Major League Soccer, while the Red Stars are part of the National Women's Soccer League, - for reasons that are quite easy to deduce.
As you can see, Chicago has a lot to offer to you in terms of sporting events. Getting season tickets to the White Sox games is a dream come true for many locals for example. Even if you are not such a huge fan yourself, dropping your home cleaning chores every once in a while to go see a game will definitely have a good effect on you. So, check what games are being played near you in the next couple of weeks and just pick one up – we can guarantee that you are not going to regret this decision.