Sports in Chicago

Sports in Chicago include many professional sports teams. Chicago is one of ten U.S. cities to have teams from the five major American professional team sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer). Chicago has been named as the Best Sports City by Sporting News three times in 1993, 2006, and 2010.

Chicago was a candidate city for the 2016 Summer Olympics but lost to Rio de Janeiro.[1] Chicago also hosted the 1959 Pan American Games, the 2006 Gay Games, as well as the 1968 and 1970 Special Olympics Summer World Games. Chicago was the host of the 2017 Warrior Games.

Wrigley Field - by Kaczmarczyk
Wrigley Field is the home of the Chicago Cubs.

Major league teams

The following is a list of active, professional major-league Chicago sports teams, ranked by attendance:

Club League Sport Venue Attendance Founded Championships Last Championship
Chicago Bears NFL Football Soldier Field 61,142 1919 1 Super Bowl, 8 prior Championships 1985
Chicago Cubs MLB Baseball Wrigley Field 38,793 1870 3 World Series wins 2016
Chicago Blackhawks NHL Ice hockey United Center 21,653 1926 6 Stanley Cups 2015
Chicago Bulls NBA Basketball United Center 20,776 1966 6 NBA Championships 1998
Chicago White Sox MLB Baseball Guaranteed Rate Field 20,110 1900 3 World Series 2005
Chicago Fire MLS Soccer Toyota Park 14,806 1997 1 MLS Cup, 1 Supporters Shield 1998
Chicago Sky WNBA Basketball Wintrust Arena 6,358 2006 2014 Finals N/A
Chicago Red Stars NWSL Soccer Toyota Park 4,004 2006 2015, 2016, and 2018 Semifinals N/A

Baseball (MLB)

Chicago is one of four metro areas in the United States that has two Major League Baseball teams, the other three being Los Angeles, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and is one of only two, along with New York, which has both teams in the central city. The city has two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the Chicago Cubs of the National League (NL), who play in Wrigley Field on the North Side; and the Chicago White Sox of the American League (AL), who play in Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side. Chicago is the only city that has had more than one MLB franchise every year since the AL began in 1901 (New York only hosted one between 1958 and early 1962, and Los Angeles has only done so since 1961).

The Chicago Cubs of the National League play at Wrigley Field, which is located in the north side neighborhood of Lakeview, the western part of which is commonly referred to as "Wrigleyville."[2] The Cubs' rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals is one of the most bitter in North American professional sports. The Cubs are the oldest team to play continuously in the same city since the formation of the National League in 1876.[3] The Cubs are the oldest Major League Baseball team to have never changed their city, one of nine out of the sixteen teams to predate expansion that have not changed cities. They have played in Chicago since 1871, and continuously so since 1874 due to the Great Chicago Fire. They have played more games, have more wins and scored more runs than any other team in Major League baseball since 1876.[4] They have won three World Series titles and are fifth among National League teams with 16 pennants. In 2016, the Cubs broke the two longest droughts in professional sports: They won their sport's title for the first time since 1908 a drought of 108 years, and participated in a World Series for the first time since 1945 a drought of 71 years, both records in their respective rights.

The Chicago White Sox of the American League play at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is located in the South Side neighborhood of Armour Square. They have played in Chicago since the formation of the American League in 1900. The White Sox have played on the South Side continuously since 1901, with all three of their home fields throughout the years being within mere blocks of one another. They have won three World Series titles (1906, 1917, 2005) and six American League pennants, including the first in 1901. The Sox are fifth in the American League in all-time wins, and sixth in pennants.

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The United Center is the home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks.

Basketball (NBA, WNBA)

The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association is a professional basketball team. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the Bulls to six NBA championships in two "threepeats" from 1991–1993 and again from 1996–1998.[5][6] The new generation of Bulls, known as "The Baby Bulls", emerged in 2005.[7] In 2007, they swept the defending champs, the Miami Heat. In 2011, led by league MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls made it to the Eastern Finals, losing to the Miami Heat.

Chicago is home to the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association.

Football (NFL)

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Soldier Field is the home of the Bears.

The Chicago Bears of the National Football League play at Soldier Field. The Bears' history includes many NFL personalities, including owner George Halas, players Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, and coach Mike Ditka. The Bears are one of the original teams of the NFL, founded by Halas in 1919 in Decatur, Illinois. They currently have the most players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with 26.[8] In 1985, the Bears won Super Bowl XX 46-10 over the New England Patriots.[9] In the 2006 season, the Bears once again made it to the Super Bowl, but lost 29-17 to the Indianapolis Colts.[10] They were led by coach Lovie Smith.

The Bears' rivalry with the Green Bay Packers dates back the 1920s, and is one of the most intense in American professional sports.[11] The Bears have other regional and divisional rivalries with the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.[12]

The Bears play their home games at Soldier Field, named after "The men and women of the armed forces". It is located next to the shores of Lake Michigan, on Lake Shore Drive. Soldier Field was an aging stadium and was in dire need of renovation by the end of the 20th century. In 2003, the stadium re-opened after an extensive renovation, which increased the number of luxury boxes and dramatically improved the game day experience for Bears fans. However, because of this renovation, the stadium lost its National Historic Landmark designation on February 17, 2006.

Ice hockey (NHL)

The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League is the city's professional ice hockey team, and are an Original Six team. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013,[13] and again in 2015.[14] The Blackhawks receive national attention for the intense rivalries with the Detroit Red Wings, also an Original Six team.[15] Other rivalries include the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues (former Norris Division rivals), and the Nashville Predators. Some well-known players include: Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Keith Magnuson, Glenn Hall, Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Chelios, Ed Belfour, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marián Hossa, Corey Crawford and the current captain, Jonathan Toews.

Soccer (MLS, NWSL)

Soccer in Chicago, IL can be traced back to Chicago Sparta. Founded in 1917 by immigrant Czechs, Sparta competed in several leagues during its existence.[16] The club's achievements include: winning the National Soccer League of Chicago; winning 9 titles in Chicago's International League, of which the team was a member 1926–1936; and winning the National Challenge Cup twice.[17][18] In the 1950s, the Chicago Falcons operated. They won the National Challenge Cup in 1953.[19] The Chicago Sting operated 1974–1988. The club competed in the North American Soccer League 1975–1984 and the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1984 until the team's eventual folding. The Sting were the only club other than the New York Cosmos to win multiple titles in the NASL.[20]

The Chicago Fire, a member of Major League Soccer, have won one MLS Cup and four U.S. Open Cups since they entered the league in 1998. The Fire won their sole MLS Cup in 1998, their inaugural season, led by head coach Bob Bradley, who later went on to coach the U.S. national soccer team.[21] The Fire have played since 2006 at Toyota Park, a soccer-specific stadium located in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview near Midway Airport. The Fire have historically drawn an attendance average of over 15,000 fans per game.[22] The Fire originally played at Soldier Field,[23] also spending parts of two seasons at Cardinal Stadium in Naperville. Some notable former players include Cuauhtémoc Blanco from Mexico, Brian McBride from the USA, and Peter Nowak from Poland – a demonstration of the team's international flavor.

Chicago is also home to the Chicago Red Stars, currently playing in the National Women's Soccer League. The Red Stars began their second stint at Toyota Park in 2016, having played there previously as a member of the now-defunct Women's Professional Soccer.

Minor league teams

The following is a list of active minor league, semi-pro, and amateur Chicago sports teams, ranked by year of establishment:

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Chicago Lions RFC RSL Rugby union Lions for Hope Clubhouse and Field[24] 1964 0
Chicago Griffins RSL Rugby union Schiller Park 1973 0
Chicago Wolves AHL Ice hockey Allstate Arena 1994 2 Turner Cups, 2 Calder Cups
Chicago Force WFA Women's football Evanston Township High School 2003 1 IWFL Eastern Conference Championship (2008)
Windy City Rollers WFTDA Roller derby UIC Pavilion 2004 0
Chicago Bandits NPF Softball The Ballpark at Rosemont 2005 4 World: 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016; 3 Reg. Season: 2005, 2006, 2008
Chicago Outfit Roller Derby WFTDA Roller derby Windy City Field House 2007 0
Chicago Red Stars NWSL Soccer Toyota Park 2007 0
Chicago Swans USAFL Australian Rules Football 2008
Chicago Cardinals CIFL Indoor football Odeum Expo Center 2009 0
Chicago Bliss LFL Women's football Toyota Park 2009 4 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Chicago Carnage MLRH Inline Hockey Salt Creek Sports Center 2010 0
Chicago Stockyarders Rugby league 2010 0
Schaumburg Boomers Frontier Baseball Schaumburg Baseball Stadium 2011 3 (2013, 2014, 2017)
Chicago Wildfire AUDL Ultimate Village of Lisle-Benedictine University 2013
Chicago Mustangs MASL Indoor Soccer Sears Centre 2012 1
Chicago Red Hots USARS Roller Derby Cicero Stadium 2013 0
Windy City Bulls NBA G League Basketball Sears Centre Arena 2016

Baseball

Non-affiliated baseball teams include the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Chicago Dogs, members of the independent American Association, and the Schaumburg Boomers, Joliet Slammers and Windy City ThunderBolts (based in Crestwood), members of the independent Frontier League.

Hockey

The Chicago metropolitan area is also home to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. The Chicago Wolves have been successful, making numerous playoff appearances and winning the Turner and Calder cups many times. Playing in suburban Geneva are the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, a Tier One Junior Hockey league, the only tier one junior league in the United States.

Arena football

The Chicago metropolitan area was also home to the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League, who played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The Rush won its first championship in 2006, ArenaBowl XX.[25] Chicago was also home to the Chicago Bruisers from 1987 to 1989, an original team in the AFL's inaugural season in 1987. The Bruisers hosted ArenaBowl II.[26][27]

The Chicago Rush has been a member of the Arena Football League since 2001, and won ArenaBowl XX, playing in suburban Rosemont, although they now played in Rockford, as of 2013. The team has been defunct since 2013.

The Arena Football League front office is based in Chicago.

Rugby

The Chicago Griffins and Chicago Lions both play in the Rugby Super League

Chicago Stockyarders rugby league team played in 2010's AMNRL's War at the Shore in a 7s match against the Northern Raiders.[28]

The most historically significant event in Chicago's rugby history, however, did not involve a local team. In international rugby union, Soldier Field was the site of the first-ever victory by Ireland over New Zealand, with the Irish defeating the All Blacks 40–29 on November 5, 2016.[29]

Other sports

Chicago is home to the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. Chicago is home to the Chicago Force of the Independent Women's Football League, as well as the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League.

The Chicago area has also played host to the WWE's WrestleMania multiple times, most recently for WrestleMania 22.[30] Five-time world champion CM Punk is a Chicago native who still lives in the city. Chicago has also hosted major professional wrestling matches, including WrestleMania 22, and several other pay-per-view events, such as Money in the Bank in 2011, Extreme Rules in 2012, and WWE Payback in 2013.[31][32][33] The northwest suburb of Hoffman Estates hosted All In in 2018, the first U.S. wrestling event not sponsored by WWE or the now-defunct WCW in 25 years to have sold more than 10,000 tickets.

Starting just off Navy Pier is the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, a 333-mile (289 nmi; 536 km) offshore yacht race held each July. It is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. 2015 marks the 107th running of the "Mac".[34]

Chicago is home to two all-female roller derby leagues; Chicago Outfit Roller Derby and Windy City Rollers of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[35] As of November 2013, Windy City is ranked 8th worldwide out of over 175 WFTDA members,[36] hosted the WFTDA Championship in 2010,[37] and play their home games at UIC Pavilion.[38] The Chicago area is also home to the Chicago Red Hots, an amateur roller derby club affiliated with USA Roller Sports under the US Olympic Committee,[39] who play at the Cicero Stadium. The Red Hots participated in the 2013 National Championship where they placed 4th in the nation.[40]

The city is also home to the Chicago Patriots Gaelic Football Club.

College sports

Seven NCAA Division I athletic programs reside in the Chicago metropolitan area. The DePaul Blue Demons, Loyola Ramblers, Chicago State Cougars, and UIC Flames, none of which sponsor football, are all within the city limits. All play their main revenue sport of men's basketball in the city; only DePaul does not play on its campus, instead using Wintrust Arena at the McCormick Place convention center on the Near South Side.

The Northwestern Wildcats, Northern Illinois Huskies, and Valparaiso Crusaders are all programs that play in the surrounding area. Northern Illinois is a Division I Bowl Subdivision school along with Northwestern, which is the only Power Five school in the Chicago area. Although the Illinois Fighting Illini are located two and a half hours south, far outside the metropolitan area, they have a huge following in Chicago, as does the football program of Notre Dame, which is located in South Bend, Indiana, which is an hour and a half to the east.

The Big Ten Conference is headquartered in Rosemont after relocating from another suburb, Park Ridge, in 2013.[41]

Olympic bids

After a months' long process that saw the elimination of several American and international cities, Chicago was selected on April 14, 2007, to represent the United States internationally in the bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[42] The International Olympic Committee eventually shortlisted four of the seven applicant cities, where Chicago remained, before Rio de Janeiro was elected as the host in 2009.[43] Following Chicago's loss in the race for the 2016 Olympics, the USOC bid for the 2024 Olympics with Los Angeles which result in a deal where Los Angeles secured the right to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. Chicago had previously hosted the 1959 Pan American Games. Chicago was selected to host the 1904 Summer Olympics, but they were transferred to St. Louis to coincide with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.[44]

Motorsports

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A view of Chicagoland Speedway

The area is home to the Chicagoland Speedway, which is based in Joliet.[45] The track currently hosts four NASCAR races (GEICO 400, STP 300, Dollar General 300, American Ethanol 225). The track formerly held the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300.[46]

The Route 66 Raceway is also located in Joliet. The track hosts drag racing events.

Former teams

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Lacrosse

Soccer

Tennis

See also

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2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League

The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League will be the second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League, an annual international men's volleyball tournament contested by 16 national teams. The competition will be held between May and July 2019 and the final round will take place in the Credit Union 1 Arena, Chicago, United States. This will be the first edition of the World League or the Nations League to have the Final Round hosted in North America.

Following the results of the 2018 Nations League and 2018 Challenger Cup, South Korea will be replaced by debutants Portugal in this edition.

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame (formerly Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame) is an institution founded in 1991 to honor persons and entities who have made significant contributions to the quality of life or well-being of the LGBT community in Chicago. It is the first city-sponsored hall of fame dedicated to LGBT people, organizations and community in the United States.

Chicago Sports Museum

The Chicago Sports Museum is a 23,000-square-foot museum located along the Magnificent Mile at the Water Tower Place mall in Chicago. The museum, which was opened on April 1, 2014—by Harry Caray's Restaurant Group and CEO Grant DePorter—features interactive skill challenges, unique sports memorabilia, and a collection of game-used artifacts well known to fans of Chicago sports.

Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

The Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was an unsuccessful bid, first recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 14, 2007. The IOC shortlisted four of the seven applicant cities—Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Chicago, United States; over Baku, Azerbaijan; Doha, Qatar; and Prague, Czech Republic—on June 4, 2008, during a meeting in Athens, Greece. This was followed by an intensive bidding process which finished with the election of Rio de Janeiro at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009.In Chicago's bid, the games would have been held from July 22 to August 7, with the Paralympics held between August 12 and 28. The bid plan emphasized use of Chicago Park District parks to host the games, but other existing facilities such as Soldier Field and McCormick Place would have hosted events. The bid included a plan for North Side, Downtown Loop and South Side celebration locations that would have had high-definition LED screens for unticketed visitors. The bid noted that there was a very high concentration of event locations and training facilities close to each other and that the majority of event sites were clustered together. Thus, the vast majority of athletes would have been close to their competitions.

Chicago earned a general score of 7.0 during the Applicant phase, after a detailed study of the Applicant Files received by the IOC Working Group on January 14, 2008. Between April 4 and 7, 2009, the IOC Evaluation Commission, led by Nawal El Moutawakel, arrived in Chicago to assess the conditions of the city. The Commission attended technical presentations, participated in question-and-answer sessions about the Candidature File, and made inspections in all the existing venues across the city. Though considered a favorite entering the voting process, and despite personal appeals from such high-profile Chicagoans as U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey, Chicago was eliminated on the first ballot in IOC voting on October 2, 2009, with 18 votes in a three-round exhaustive ballot of the IOC.The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Chicago over Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco as its candidate city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics on April 14, 2007. This is the city's third failure, after two failed attempts for the 1952 and the 1956 Summer Olympics (and fourth overall attempt, as Chicago won the 1904 Olympics, but they were moved to St Louis as the World's Fair was there and threatened to host a competing competition if the Olympics were not moved). Numerous Olympic Games in North America, including the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, hurt Chicago's bid. It would have been the ninth Olympics hosted in the United States, after the 1904, 1932, 1984 and 1996 Summer Olympics; and the 1932, 1960, 1980 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

Extreme (2009 TV series)

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FSN Chicago

FSN Chicago was an American regional sports network that was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and was owned by Cablevision for most of its history (from 1987 to 2005). News Corporation acquired a minority ownership interest in the network in 1997, which Cablevision bought out in 2005. The network was affiliated with SportsChannel from 1987 to 1997, when it became an affiliate of Fox Sports Net.

The network carried games from most of the Chicago area's major league sports teams including the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball franchises; the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks; the NBA's Chicago Bulls; the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer; and the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush. The network also aired local and national collegiate sports, including teams sourced from its sister network Fox Sports Detroit.

George Halas

George Stanley Halas Sr. (; February 2, 1895 – October 31, 1983), nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was a player, coach, and owner involved with professional American football. He was the founder, owner, and head coach of the National Football League's Chicago Bears. He was also lesser known as a Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees.

Halas was one of the co-founders of the National Football League (NFL) in 1920, and in 1963 became one of the first 17 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Ravisloe Country Club

Ravisloe Country Club is a golf course located in Homewood, Illinois.

Rookie of the Year (film)

Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan Hedaya, Eddie Bracken, Amy Morton, Bruce Altman, John Gegenhuber, Neil Flynn, Daniel Stern (who also directed) and John Candy in an uncredited role.

Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church (Merrillville, Indiana)

Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church (Serbian: Црква светог Саве; Crkva svetog Save) was originally established February 14, 1914 in Gary, Indiana and is now located in Merrillville, Indiana since the consecration of the new church building in 1991. It is the church-school congregation where Saint Varnava, the first American-born Serbian to be proclaimed an Orthodox saint, was baptized, served as altar boy, and was first recognized as a youthful prodigy in reciting Serbian folklore and old ballads.It is recognized as being among "10 Beautiful Region Cathedrals and Churches" in Northwest Indiana and one of the Midwest's oldest parishes, founded in Gary, Indiana, by early Serbian settlers in the United States seeking to establish their local community with the building of a church to help maintain their traditional customs.Through its religious and nationalistic endeavors, it earned the renowned name of "Srpska Gera." It is now among the churches in the Northwest Indiana region that enjoy the status of institutional landmarks.

The Sportswriters on TV

The Sports Writers on TV was a sports talk show produced by John E. Roach for the Chicago-based SportsChannel and syndicated to most of the other regional outlets across the SportsChannel America network. Bill Jauss, Bill Gleason, Ben Bentley and Rick Telander were the usual panelists discussing the topical sports issues of the day, usually Chicago-oriented, but also frequently national in scope. Joe Mooshill and Lester Munson also appeared semi-regularly, sometimes as fill-in panelists.

The show was a forerunner of sportswriter TV shows that are more common now (The Sports Reporters, Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, etc.), and also presaged the rapid expansion of the sports-talk radio genre in the 1980s and 1990s. The weekly program also featured occasional guest appearances by longtime baseball owner Bill Veeck and rock musician Billy Corgan of Chicago-based Smashing Pumpkins.

The show was a video adaptation of The Sportswriters, a long-running radio program on Chicago's WGN. The first airing of Sportswriters on TV was on WFLD in 1985. The set remained the same over the next 15 years of existence. The panel of three sportswriters (usually Jauss, Gleason and Telander) and moderator Bentley (a former public relations executive with the Bulls and before that a longtime boxing promoter) would sit around a poker table, littered with newspapers, and talk sports (frequently veering onto other topics as well).

Unlike most other shows of this nature, the background was usually dark while the table, and the sportswriters sitting around it, was lit. Gleason and Bentley would constantly smoke cigars, and the sportswriters would wear casual clothes (although Bentley normally wore a tie). It was not uncommon to see Jauss wearing a faded pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt with the name of an area bar.

Adding to the informal nature of the show, they would often call each other by their surnames (e.g., "Jauss," "Gleason") as guys sitting around a bar might do. Although the show was meant to evoke the banter of a sports bar, the panelists did not drink beer on camera. While Bentley was introduced as the 'moderator' of the program, and usually did introduce the first topic, individual panelists would introduce topics as part of the flow of conversation, and Bentley usually participated in the discussions, offering opinions along with the others.

The show offered generational variety: Bentley was born in 1920, Gleason 1922, Jauss 1931 and Telander in about 1949-50. Telander often assumed the role of young iconoclast on the show.

After a year on WFLD, it moved to SportsVision, the precursor to SportsChannel Chicago. When the Fox Sports Network purchased SportsChannel in 1997, the show continued until 2000, when Fox decided not to renew the show.

Tourism in Chicago

Chicago tourism recorded 55 million visitors in 2017.

In 2016, Chicago saw 54.1 million visitors; a 2.9% increase from 2015. In 2015, it was estimated that 50.1 million visitors came to Chicago, which was a 4.5 percent increase from 2014. From 2010 through 2014, the tourism and hospitality industries have added 9,800 jobs, generating $13.7 billion in direct spending by visitors and $871 million in total tax revenue.

In 2017, Millennium Park was the top tourist destination in Chicago and the Midwest, and placed among the top ten in the United States with 25 million visitors that year.

USL Chicago

On November 21, 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported that developer Sterling Bay had bought a USL Championship expansion team to play in its planned sports and entertainment stadium along the Chicago River, with the goal of beginning play in the 2021 season. The stadium was previously mentioned as part of Sterling Bay's bid to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Chicago. A spokesperson for Sterling Bay confirmed that the stadium being built is not contingent on Amazon coming to Chicago, it will happen regardless. The stadium would be located in the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods on the north side of Chicago, approximately two miles from Wrigley Field, on the former site of the A. Finkl & Sons Steel Plant.According to the Tribune's story, the stadium would seat 20,000 and feature a retractable roof, in order to attract other events such as international soccer matches, college football, college basketball and concerts. Rugby and lacrosse were also named in documentation sent by Sterling Bay. Sterling Bay has also yet to present formal plans and still needs to gain zoning approval.

In May 2018, the league announced that Chicago Cubs owner and chairman Tom Ricketts would take majority ownership of the franchise. Alderman Brian K. Hopkins, in whose ward the Lincoln Yards stadium was to be constructed, blocked the approval of the venue, which led to the removal of the planned stadium from the master plan of Lincoln Yards. Subsequent to this, Ricketts abandoned his involvement with the team.

Xavier Fulton

Xavier Allen Fulton (born April 18, 1986) is a Canadian football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.

Fulton has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins. He was the starting left tackle, converted from a defensive end, for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team for which he also played in the 2008 Rose Bowl.

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