Sports in Chicago
Chicago Cubs – The Chicago Cubs had long been known as the lovable losers…that is until they took home the World Series trophy in 2016. Located in Wrigley Field, on the north side of Chicago, that win marked the end of a drought that saw the team win their first title since 1908. 108 years is a long time to go without winning it all, and many believe the Cubs didn’t make it because of a curse placed on the team in 1945 by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis. Whatever the reason was, the curse was broken when team won it all in a dramatic 7 games to bring the title home to Chicago.
Chicago Bulls – The Chicago Bulls are an iconic franchise. One that is recognized across the globe by its trademark red bull logo and ferocious winning legacy. The team joined the NBA in 1966 and hasn’t looked back since. Currently calling the United Center home, the Bulls have won 6 championships and produced a legacy that includes one of the greatest teams to ever suit up. The 1996-97 team set a then NBA regular season record of 72-10 that stood for many years. They also went on to win their 6th title, their second 3-peat in seven years. Through all the ups and downs the Bulls have a fan base and electricity to them that makes you love to cheer for them.
Chicago Blackhawks – Hockey may not be the most popular sport in America, but you would never know it if you went to a Blackhawks game. The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional hockey team…and one of the best to do it. The team was founded in 1926 and are one of the “Original Six” NHL teams. Together with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers they represent both history and success in the league. They boast 6 Stanley Cups and many legendary players among their ranks such as Bobby Hull, Chris Chelios and Stan Mikita.
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox, the other baseball team, are located on the south side of the city. Guaranteed Rate Field, previously known as U.S. Cellular Field (but among hardcore fans it will always be Comiskey Park) is their home field. They were first known as the White Stockings, but the name was quickly changed to its current, White Sox. The Sox play in the AL Central division of MLB and are owned by Jerry Reinsdorf. They were formed in 1900 and are one of the eight charter franchises of the American League. They have gained notoriety from teams such as the 1906 “Hitless Wonders” to the 1919 scandal laden “Black Sox”.
Chicago Bears – The Chicago Bears have the honor of being one of the charter members of the National Football League, having played in all 97 seasons. They were founded in 1919 by the A.E. Staley food company of Decatur, IL as a company team. In that time the Bears have built a legacy, one that extends across the league. They have won nine NFL championships and left their mark on a league that continues to grow in popularity. Calling Soldier Field home the Bears hold the record for most wins all-time, most jerseys retired and most players entered into the NFL Hall of Fame.