Chicago for Sports Fanatics

You might love one team, or five. Or perhaps you follow so many different sports, there's only one word for you: a fanatic. A complete sports geek—an oxymoron, if you will, of the jock stereotype. And in Chicago, you are definitely not alone. Sports run through the city's culture and pride, whether you're North or South side. Here is a complete guide of where to watch, buy the best fan gear, learn more about sports history, or even dine at a sports hero's restaurant. 

Chicago Sports Museum

This interactive museum commemorates the world of sports using simulated experiences, relics and stats. The museum engages visitors to measure up against players like Blackhawk Patrick Kane and Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Relive the glory of the Cubs' historic win at the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit.

Ditka's

Located just off the Mag Mile, this classy spot is the creation of legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka, whose career memorabilia lines the walls. The fare is fine dining, all-American style; the decor is upscale and football-inspired. Live music. Valet parking. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).

Wrigley Field

Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Famed for its brick exterior and ivy-covered outfield walls, Wrigley is the site of numerous historic moments. On non-game days, you can attend farmers markets and catch movie nights.

Blackhawks Store

It’s always the right time to pick up another piece of Chicago Blackhawks' gear. At the Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue, fans stock up on tees, anoraks, hats, sweaters and limited edition products, memorabilia and autographed collectibles.

United Center

This massive arena is the home of the Chicago Bulls for basketball and the Chicago Blackhawks for hockey. When the teams aren't playing, famous artists set up stage to put on unforgettable concerts. 

Harry Caray's Tavern

The beloved downtown Italian steakhouse dedicated to preserving the Cubs announcer’s memory also runs this classy waterfront tavern featuring memorabilia-covered walls, dozens of HDTVs and a tempting bar menu of salads, oven-fired pizzas and burgers (choose beef or turkey, toppings, buns, cheeses and sauces).

The Globe Pub

This decidedly British pub has a real neighborhood feel complete with dartboards and actual globes. Expect pub faves like fish ’n’ chips and shepherd’s pie, plus more than 20 premium beers on tap. Open Su-F 11 am-2 am; Sa 10 am-3 am (opens early on soccer-match days).

Soldier Field

Located next to the Museum Campus, this iconic stadium is home to the Chicago Bears. When a game isn't going on, the world's best artists sell out concerts for an outdoor arena, and festivals take the field to show off the best food and drink in the city. Tours offered.

Clark Street Sports

Chicago sports fans can find gear for all the home teams at this goods and apparel store right near Wrigley Field. Items with the Chicago flag emblazoned on them are also for sale. 

WhirlyBall

What do you get when you combine lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars? This crazy, made-up game called WhirlyBall. Luckily, your five-person team will get a little help from the professional referee, but that doesn't mean you'll master this the first time out.