Trevor Stuart loves traveling and currently writes for the auto insurance website CompleteInsurance.ca
If you’rere a sports fan, then Chicago is the place for you. This city has been voted “Best Sports City” three times by Sporting News in the past ten years due to all the sports teams and events here.
Several professional sports teams call Chicago their home, and Chicago is also particularly noteworthy due to the fact that it is one of the few American cities that has teams from the five major American professional team sports.
Here are five places and events to check out in Chicago if you’re a sports fan, including both traditional American sports and other alternative sporting events.
1 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac
Although not a traditional American sport, boat racing is still a sport nonetheless and a welcome reprieve for family members sick of baseball and football. The Race to Mackinac is the longest fresh-water race in the world.
Hundreds of boats participate in this race each year. Sailors race through the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the Round Island Channel. Seeing the race start at the mouth of the Chicago River is a grand event, or you can attend the Mac Stories Night dinner held before the race.
2 Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field is the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs. Although this field is the tenth smallest actively used ballpark, it’s an incredibly popular field at that. Every year, more than three million fans come to visit. During baseball season, games are almost totally sold out every time.
So many people come to Wrigley Field that parking is outrageously expensive, with some spots going for $100. In addition to attending a game at the field, you can also take a tour – there are daily tours where you can see what goes on behind the scenes at the field.
3 United Center
This indoor sports arena is home to two sports teams – the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. There are several statues on the premises, of Michael Jordan and various Blackhawks.
United Center is well known for its acoustics, which are designed in such a way as to amplify the shouts and screams of the people watching the game. The sports arena is also known for using an Allen Organ during hockey season.
In addition to hosting sports games, United Center also hosts things like music concerts and wrestling events.
4 Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
Located close to Chicago, this is a must visit for any sports fans. The Hall of Fame honors sports figures associated with Chicago and local areas. You can attend an induction ceremony where you can witness a sports legend becoming part of the Hall of Fame.
5 Chicago Marathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place every year in October. The day of the race is quite exciting for everyone (except those people affected by closures due to the race!). The marathon starts and ends in Grant Park and passes through places like downtown and LaSalle Street.
There are plenty of places alongside the route where you can watch and cheer on the runners.