Illinois Sports & Outdoors

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Illinois Sports & Outdoors

  • MLB - Chicago Cubs

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    On our last visit to Chicago, we decided to take in a Cubs game because LJ had never been to a professional baseball game. Knock another thing off the bucket list!!! Was a wonderful day with lots of sun and a cool breeze. Sets were perfect and all has a great time.

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  • Football - Chicago Bears

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    such irony that Soldier's Field is home of both versions of football. The Major League Soccer Team of the Chicago Fire up to 2005 (Soccer is known as FOOTBALL all over the world ok and is the most popular sport in the WORLD! and it the ORIGINAL football while American Football was copied from it and rugby and modified by Walter Camp and is Just...

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  • Hockey - Chicago Blackhawks

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    I had never seen a live ice hockey game so when my husband's cousin mentioned he had season tickets I said "hey if you are ever looking to get rid of a couple of those tickets..." and sure enough one day he dropped off a couple for April 1st (I did look in the paper to see if he was pulling an April's Fools Day joke!). The Hawks play at the United...

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  • MLB - Chicago White Sox

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Last visit June, 2012 The White Sox started playing at the new Comiskey Park in 1991, renamed US Cellular Field or the Cell in 2003. Many Chicagoans still refer to it as Comiskey, frequently mispronounced as ComiNskey, or Sox Park. My interest, along with many other Chicagoans, was renewed when playoff fever spread in 2005 and the Sox chewed up...

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  • Basketball - Chicago Bulls

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    The United Center where Michael Jordan Era of the Chicago Bulls with his crew of Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen in the 1990's made their Chicago Bulls an NBA dynasty and worldwide fame! unfortunateley, the present mainstays of the Chicago Bulls are a ghost of their former selves. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Blackhawks of the...

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  • Biking

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Sunday August 25, 2013, in 2010 the starting location changed from the University of Chicago Campus in Hyde Park to the University of Illinois-Chicago campus at Morgan and Taylor streets, in 2011 renamed from the Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT) to the Four Star Bike Tour, renamed again in to the 2013 Four Star Bike & Chow 2013 was the 7th time...

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  • Marathon - Triathalon

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Every year, in the second half of February, the American Lung Association puts on a fund raising event called "Hustle up the Hancock". I've personally done it three times! With starting intervals of 10 seconds, several thousand people will race the stairwell from the basement to the observatory (some 94 floors, 1200ft/365m). Or alternatively there...

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  • Kayaking

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Chicago, with its large calm river flowing through downtown, offers you a great opportunity to kayak through an urban canyon. Heading into the northern end of the city, rent a kayak and drop in ... it is possible to go all the way to Michigan Ave, going under bridges, past skyscrapers, and other river traffic. It is a calm area, easy paddling, and...

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  • ESPN Zone - Closed

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    ESPN Zone in Chicago closed for good in June 2010, there are still locations in California ESPN Zone and Dave & Buster's are similar entertainment venues that are filled with young kids and us old folks who like to pretend we are young kids. Both visits we went with my niece and nephew, EPSN Zone back in 2005 and more recently in December 2008 to...

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  • Soccer - Chicago Fire

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Ever been to a pro soccer game? No matter your answer, I definitely recommend a trip out to see the Chicago Fire. The new stadium just opened last year (2006), so the Fire no longer have to share with "Da Bears." Toyota Park is a great facility, and MLS soccer is a lot of fun. The Fire definitely have the best (and most entertaining) fan section in...

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  • Bowling

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Let's go bowling! And a place you'll always remember is Southport Lanes and Billiards. It's got to be one of the very few remaining genuine bowling bars anywhere in the US - and it is certainly the last such in Chicago. It's tiny - just four lanes - and you get to set your own pins. Buy a pitcher of Goose Island brew and have an old fashioned...

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  • Hockey - Chicago Wolves

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Hockey fans - if you're looking for a game to go to when you're in Chicago and cannot get your hands on Blackhawks tickets, my recommendation would be the Chicago Wolves (AHL). The Wolves do a good job of entertaining the fans, and the atmosphere is very family-friendly. But not so much so that it loses the hockey atmosphere (hockey fans know what...

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  • Beaches

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Oak Street Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Chicago. It sits just north of the Magnificent Mile along Lake Shore Drive. It is a sandy beach with plenty of room for sunbathing, beach activities, and volleyball. There are concessions and bathrooms. The picture is a view of the beach from the Hancock Observatory.

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  • Horse Racing

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Arlington Race Track is great for spending a day of fun with family and friends in the sunshine. If you're lucky you might win a little money as well. Bring a picnic basket with some sandwiches, wine and cheese. There are many tables with a great view of the track where you can enjoy a good picnic while watching the races. This is much preferable...

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  • Skating

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    During the winter Millennium Park opens up a ice skating rink that is free and open to the public. It is called the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and is located on Michigan Ave. between Washington and Madison Streets. So take your skates and go ice skating in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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  • Minor League Baseball

    Chicago Sports & Outdoors

    Yeah there's the Cubs, and the Sox, but who wants to spend $200 or more for a family of four to watch a baseball game? Here the best tickets in the house are $10.50 each! This is a great place to watch a great game, for an affordable price. Most days they also have promotions for free hats, bats etc. Take Interstate 90 West to Route 53 South....

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  • Chicago - Cycling

    Chicago is on the right track to increase its cycle-friendly popularity. As a cycling advocate I wanted to test it myself by taking a 50 Km (32 mi.) ride along the Lakefront Trail and a few shared roads.I had my own bicycle but those in need could rent one or take advantage of the recently introduced (June 2013) "Divvy" bike sharing system with...

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  • U.S. Cellular Field

    Home of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field was designed by the architectural firm of Populous and constructed between 1990 and 1991. It replaced the original Comiskey Park which was home of the White Sox from 1910 to 1990, and was demolished to make way for the new Comiskey Park. It had been the oldest ballpark in...

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  • Wrigley Field

    Home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field was designed by architect Zachary Taylor Davis and built in 1914. It is the oldest ballpark in the National League and the second-oldest in baseball, after Fenway Park in Boston.Wrigley Field was originally called Weeghman Park and was home of the Federal League's Chicago Whales baseball...

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  • Soldier Field

    Originally called the Municipal Grant Park Stadium, Soldier Field is now home of the National Football League's Chicago Bears. With a seating capacity of 61,500, it is the smallest stadium in the National Football League.The stadium was built between 1922 and 1924 in the Greco-Roman style of architecture. It is perhaps best known for its Doric...

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  • Arlington Park

    Located in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Arlington Park is a race track that has hosted many of the great thoroughbred race horses, including Secretariat (1973), Spectacular Bid (1980), and Cigar (1996).Arlington Park was founded by California businessman Harry Brown. The track opened in 1927 and drew a crowd of over 20,000 to experience...

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  • The United Center

    Home of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls and the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks, the United Center was built between 1992 and 1994. It was designed by Populous, an architectural firm that specializes in designing sports arenas and stadiums. The United Center replaced the antiquated Chicago Stadium which was...

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  • Cubbies!!!! Chicago Cubs Baby!

    Those Cubbie Fans are so so loyal. You'll never see anything like it. Regardless of the Chicago Cubs record, there will be a ton of fans at the ball park. They love the sport. They love the beer. They love the neighborhood. They love the bars like hanging out at the Cubbie Bar across from Wrigley Field.Easy transportation in from the Burbs or...

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  • Wrigley Field

    The further adventures of trying to visit every Major League Baseball stadium...I have not yet been able to attend a game at Comiskey Park, or whatever the heck they're calling it nowadays but I have seen it from the outside and it looks nice and has a cool bridge from the parking over to the stadium so I look forward to visiting some day soon.As...

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  • Before going in

    get a map, navigate first and note warning signs. We didnt know that a bouey with a + sign inside a diamond meant: "BOATS KEEP OUT". Needless to say, our prop got chewed pretty bad we had to replace it.

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  • Antioch Golf Club, A Real Value

    When we lived in Antioch, Illinois, our home was on the golf course, which, at that time, was called Harbor Ridge Golf Course; today, it is called Antioch Golf Club. The course has been revamped and a brand new brick club house and restaurant have been recently completed after demolishing the old frame facility.This golf course was built in 1954 on...

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  • Three Golf Courses in One Small...

    For a town of only 7,000 people, Robinson has more than its share of golf courses! 1. Deer Run Golf Course 700 North Prairie Street Robinson, IL (618)544-2350Deer Run, a par 3 course with a twist...It is lit for night play! It has narrow, rolling, tree-lined fairways, & there are many beautiful & colorful flowers. It's an easy course with short...

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