Catch Chicagoâ€™s Sensational Sports
A world-class sports destination, Chicago is home to Major League Baseballâ€™s Chicago Cubs and World Series Champions Chicago White Sox, the NBAâ€™s Chicago Bulls, the NFLâ€™s Chicago Bears, the NHLâ€™s Chicago Blackhawks, and MLSâ€™ Chicago Fire.
Chicago Sports Teams
Established in 1876, the Chicago Cubs became one of eight charter members of the National League and went on to become one of baseballâ€™s first dynasties, winning six of the first 11 titles. The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 1907 and followed up with a second consecutive World Championship victory. In 2004, Cubs excitement peaked when Greg Maddux became the 22nd pitcher to win 300 games, Sosa became the clubâ€™s all-time home run leader, and the Cubs boasted four 30-home run hitters for the first time in the teamâ€™s history. Catch the Chicago Cubs round the bases at historic Wrigley Field.
Chicago White Sox
The American League’s Chicago White Sox â€“ the 2005 World Series Champions â€“ swing into action at US Cellular Field. Founded in 1900, the White Sox captured their first World Series Crown in 1906, defeating the Cubs, their second title in 1959, and third in 2005, and have hosted the All-Star Game 4 times, including the inaugural contest in 1933.
Since the Chicago Bulls joined theNBA for the 1966 season, the franchise has dominated professional basketball putting tough teams and players on the court, including superstar Michael Jordan. In the early 1990s the Bulls won three consecutive NBA titles, becoming only the third franchise in history to string together a trio of crowns. Jordan led the Bulls to NBA titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998, the Bulls’ second three-peat of the decade and their sixth NBA championship trophy. Catch the Bulls shoot, dunk and slam the boards at the United Center.
Since 1922 the NFLâ€™s Chicago Bears have been hailed as one the most exciting professional football teams in history. See the Chicago Bears attack the gridiron at newly-renovated Soldier Field, where they have battled footballâ€™s best since 1970. The 2006 Chicago Bears continue to prove they are a legitimate contender to reach the Super Bowl with a move to 7-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl victory of 1985. Chicago’s football history goes back to the 1930’s and is played at the newly renovated Soldier Field located
Major League Soccerâ€™s Chicago Fire play 30 regular-season league games per year. The Chicago Fire plays in the Village of Bridgeview (71st St. & Harlem Ave.) in a new $70 million, 20,000-seat sports and entertainment stadium. Starting in the spring of 2006, the venue houses the Fire permanently in Chicago’s Southland area. The Chicago Fire plays April through the MLS Cup in November.
Chicago Sports Stadiums
Wrigley Field Experience a Chicago Cubs baseball game at historic Wrigley Field, a legendary ballpark andone of the most famous attractions in Chicago. A few miles from the Best Western River North, Wrigley is the second-oldest ballpark in the Majors, built in 1914, making it one of the classic pillars of Chicago sports. The 2006 season marks the Cubs 91st year at Wrigley Field. One of Wrigleyâ€™s historic moments was Babe Ruth’s “called shot” homer during the 1932 World Series. Wrigley Field is accessible by subway at the Addison stop on the Howard line. Call (773) 404-2827 or visit www.chicago.cubs.mlb.com.
U.S. Cellular Field – U.S. Cellular Field is home to the American League’s Chicago White Sox â€“ the 2005 World Champions. The new version of this historic Chicago attraction opened in 1991 next to the old Comiskey Park. Located 5 miles from the Best Western River North Hotel on the cityâ€™s south side, U.S. Cellular Field has a special atmosphere that baseball fans will want to experience. For tickets, call (312) 674-1000.
The largest arena in the US, United Center is home to the NBAâ€™s Chicago Bulls and NHLsâ€™ Chicago Blackhawks. Located 2 miles from the Best Western River North Hotel on W. Madison, the United Center is a tourist stop if only to view the life-sized bronze statue teams or photos of Bulls superstar Michael Jordan. Pro hockey and basketball games begin in the fall and playoff games extend in to the spring. For tickets, call (312) 455-4000 or got to www.nba.com/bulls.
Since the 1930’s, the Chicago Bears has played world-class football at the renovated Soldier Field on the shore of Lake Michigan just south of downtown
The Bears season opens the first week of September and continues through the end of December. Located 2 miles from the Best Western River North Hotel, Soldier Field is a part of Chicago sports history.