Chicago is one of the best sports cities in the country and it regularly ranks in the tops five sports cities in America overall. The city of Chicago is fortunate to have franchises (including two in baseball) in each of the top four professional sports leagues in North America: NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. In alphabetical order the five major professional teams in Chicago are the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Bulls, the Cubs, and the White Sox. In addition, Chicago has the Sky in the WNBA and the Fire in the MLS.
The Bears are the professional American football team in Chicago. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bears have won nine NFL Championships and one Super Bowl and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more regular season and overall victories than any other NFL franchise. The Bears were founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919, and moved to Chicago in 1921. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season; they now play at Soldier Field on the Near South Side, next to Lake Michigan. The Bears have a long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.
The Chicago Blackhawks (spelled Black Hawks before 1986, and known colloquially as the Hawks) are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup championships since 1926, and they are the current Stanley Cup Champions (2015). The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club plays their home games at the United Center. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball. They are a member of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded on January 16, 1966. The team play their home games at the United Center, an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s. They are known for having one of the NBA's greatest dynasties, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Coach Phil Jackson.
The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team located on the North Side. The Cubs play their home baseball games at Wrigley Field. The team is currently owned by Thomas S. Ricketts, son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. The team played its first games in 1876 as a founding member of the National League (NL), eventually becoming known officially as the Chicago Cubs for the 1903 season. Officially, the Cubs are tied for the distinction of being the oldest currently active U.S. professional sports club, along with the Atlanta Braves, which also began play in the NL in 1876 as the Boston Red Stockings. The Cubs have a major rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Chicago White Sox are an American professional baseball team based on the South Side. The White Sox play their home games at U.S. Cellular Field. The team is currently owned by Jerry Reinsdorf. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Chicago team was established as a major league baseball club in 1900. The club was originally called the Chicago White Stockings, but this was soon shortened to Chicago White Sox. The team played home games at South Side Park before, in 1910, moving to Comiskey Park for the next eight decades.
List of Chicago’s five professional sports teams: