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Spectator Sports

No Question, Chicago is a big time sports town. You haven’t seen baseball until you’ve caught the Cubs at Wrigley Field, one of the most recognizable and historic parks in the Major League. Not a Cubs fan? Head across town to U.S. Cellular Field and catch the White Sox—duly noting that in this city, it’s either one or the other, so pick your pub accordingly!

ItAmerica’s favorite pastime is certainly a favorite in Chicago, but while you don that baseball cap don’t disregard Chicago’s other loveable teams, like “da Bears.” After Saturday Night Live’s famous skit with the sunglass-clad mustachios, who could forget the city’s NFL football team! Da Bears have moved into their new, ultra-modern stadium that was plopped right onto the historic colonnades of the landmark Soldier Field. Said by some to look like a spaceship parked on the lakefront, the architectural oddity is well worth the visit!

Over at another new, state-of-the-art sports arena, fans can catch a Bulls basketball game or Blackhawks hockey match at the United Center, which commemorates Chicago’s star player, Michael Jordan with a bronze statute outside the gates. In the off season, the arena is used for concerts, shows on ice, and the circus.

A listing of all professional sporting teams in Chicago, along with ticket information follows:

  • Cubs (MLB, Wrigley Field, 773.404.2827)
  • White Sox (MLB, U.S. Cellular Field, 866.SOX.GAME)
  • Bulls (NBA, United Center, 312.455.4000)
  • Blackhawks (NHL, United Center, 312.455.7000)
  • Bears (NFL, Soldier Field, 847.615.BEAR)
  • Wolves (IHL Hockey, Allstate Arena , 1.800.THE WOLVES)
  • Fire (MLS Soccer, Toyota Park, 888.MLS.FIRE)

In addition, Chicago is home to the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and many college athletic teams.

Outdoor Activities

Once the winter passes, Chicagoans emerge from their homes ready to welcome the sun. With that in mind, it is no surprise there are so many great ways to spend the day outside. Whether you are looking for a workout or just a relaxing experience, you are sure to discover a world of fun sporting and recreational activities right here.

Just look what you can find within Chicago’s 551 parks!

  • 791 Baseball Diamonds
  • 975 Basketball Backboards
  • 33 Beaches
  • 6 Forest Preserves
  • 180 Gymnasiums
  • 210 Football/Soccer Fields
  • 6 Golf Courses (many more just outside the city!)
  • 7 Harbors
  • 7,147 Harbor Slips
  • 275 Softball Diamonds
  • 2 Swimming Lagoons
  • 90 Swimming Pools
  • 704 Tennis Courts
  • 2 Zoos

Not enough for you? How about getting out the bicycle! Chicago has over 100 miles of bicycle lanes, over 22 miles of lakefront trails, more than 15 miles of off-road tracks and an additional 10+ miles of paved bike paths.