Chicago: A Sports-Friendly Destination for All Seasons
With the famed Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and two legendary baseball clubs -- the White Sox and the world champions, Cubs – Chicago is known far and wide as an incredible sports-friendly town. In fact, in August 2017, the city will host the MLS soccer all-star game. So, Windy City visitors can catch games and cheer for the hometown favorites – no matter what season it is!
Baseball: Cubs and White Sox
The ultimate destination for vacationing baseball fans is Wrigley Field, the iconic park that’s home to the Cubs, who won the World Series in 2016. In fact, in 2016, the Cubs successfully broke one of the longest droughts in professional sports: They won the World Series for the first time since 1908.
With its classic red marquee above the entrance and ivy-covered outfield wall, Wrigley Field is located in the city’s residential Lakeview neighborhood and still features a hand-turned scoreboard. Built in 1914, the baseball park has undergone recent renovations, yet still, offers local neighbors excellent views of the games from their rooftops. Unique venue highlights include delights such as the pop-up chef’s series, as well as delectable baseball fare: chicken sandwiches, tacos, burgers, hot dogs – including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. For those who wish to have a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium, tours of are offered on both game and non-game days.
On the south side, the White Sox team plays at Guaranteed Rate Field. With a newer style of ballpark than the iconic Wrigley Field, the White Sox team offers fans a more modern baseball experience. As one of the first “retro” fields built in the US, the park has undergone several renovations since it opened in 1991. Today, the park provides excellent site lines and an array of amenities, including the local plates at ChiSox bar and grill along with a variety of concessions.
Another Chicago classic, Soldier Field is where the famed National League Chicago Bears football team plays. Originally opened in 1924, the world-famous stadium features neoclassical architectural style, but the venue has been updated in recent years, providing fans with contemporary amenities, a wide selection food offerings and a number of ticket packages.
Bears fans are known for being a hearty bunch, especially during the cold Chicago winters, and visitors can embrace the chilly temperatures by joining loyal fans at the sold-out games. For a more upscale experience, participants can purchase access to suites and upgraded experiences with great food and of course, some local pizza and brews. Soldier Field also offers tours for fans, and advance booking is required.
Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks
For avid basketball and hockey fans, watching the Bulls and Blackhawks teams play at the United Center is always a major highlight -- and a true Chicago experience. As the largest arena in the United States, this venue hosted over forty million guests since its opening and is shared by the city’s basketball and hockey teams, both providing fans with fun and exciting games -- whether on the ice or on the court. For enthusiastic Bulls’ fans, the venue is known as the home of renown player Michael Jordan, considered the best basketball greats of all time, a 14-time NBA all-star.