Chicago's Big Leagues

Where to enjoy being a sports fan during spring's game season

The Bulls, the Bears, the Cubs, the Sox. Any day in Chicago is game day. Our city’s love of sports runs so deep we even have our very own Chicago Sports Museum. Located on Level 7 of Water Tower Place, it features memorabilia, a fan zone and a special Hall of Legends. Here are more of our favorite home bases.

Wrigley Field

Everything changed in November 2016 as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, ending an impenetrable 100-plus-year championship drought. Wrigley Field has been electric ever since. The Friendly Confines is one of the most historic, original ballparks in the country and today it offers even more modern conveniences including an outdoor green space known as Gallagher Way that hosts movies, farmer’s markets and concerts both on game days and away days. Tours are available during the season too, which kicks off this year on April 8. 1060 W. Addison St.

United Center

The Chicago Bulls basketball team and Blackhawks hockey squad are still in season this month, which is good news since it offers multiple chances to not only catch a game but make you a fan of the new food offerings, too. Chicago’s Plate offers a range of local foodie goodies from Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Giordano’s and Mindy’s Hot Chocolate while Chicago Pours beverage program has craft beers and cocktails from Ina Mae. 1901 W. Madison St.

Impact Field

The Chicago Cubs aren’t the only ones playing ball in this city. Head over to Rosemont to catch a game from the indie minor league team, the Chicago Dogs, at Impact Field. The team is managed by former Boston Red Sox Manager, Butch Hobson, and offers tons of family-friendly fun including mascot races, fireworks displays, actual dog days when your pets can tag along and so much more. 9800 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont

Guaranteed Rate Field

One of the best parts of this ballpark, home to the Chicago White Sox, is the Xfinity Kids Zone, a 15,000-square-foot playground to create the sports stars of tomorrow. Sox Academy coaches are on hand to teach fundamentals on a youth-sized wiffle ball baseball diamond where little ones can practice base running and participate in games. There’s also batting and pitching cages and swing boxes. The zone stays open during games. 333 W. 35th St.

Seat Geek Stadium

As the home of the Chicago Fire, Seat Geek Stadium is bringing soccer fever to Bridgeview, just south of the downtown area. In addition to a home zone in the bleacher area, there's also enhanced concessions and ample parking.

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