Windy City Fun

The city of Chicago’s busies Arena; the United Center is once again the center of activity for events in the Windy City as it revealed several big announcements early in the week about important city wide events. Of course, as many fans know this weekend will be the highly anticipated showing of “Barbara Live!’ which will bring legendary signer Barbra Streisand to the city of Chicago in a once in a lifetime concert opportunity and a rare public performance from the talented singer and actress. As many are gearing up for the big Barbara Streisand concert set to take place at the United Center on October 26th other big news has hit the United Center. The venue announced that there are tickets currently still available for the highly anticipated December concert of the Dave Matthews Band and that fans who act quickly will be able to still get tickets to the big event.

While the Chicago music scene is excited to see both of these big acts come to the city, one of the biggest announcements for the city and for the United Center came this week from the sports world. The NHL recently announced that they would be officially canceling all of the games of the 2012-2013 regular season through November 1st. Although fans were understandably disappointed to hear that the cancellation of Blackhawks games would be extended an additional week, there was some silver lining for fans.

This means tentatively, one of the first NHL games of the season will be taking place right in Chicago and will feature the city’s beloved Blackhawks taking on Nashville in what is sure to be one of the most watched games of the season. The Blackhawks are set to finally kick their season off, weeks after their scheduled opening and will be taking the ice in their home arena of the United Center to play in front of thousands of adoring fans who have been waiting anxiously for the team to return. This first big game will take place Friday evening November 2nd at 7:30 PM at home. Tickets are already selling fast so those who want to see the Blackhawks for the first time this season in their highly anticipated home game will want to act quickly.

Cubs sinking fast, may have hit rock bottom

The Cubs have been reeling so bad that they haven’t lead a game in the last 50 innings. It’s safe to say that the Cubs have hit rock bottom. Most of the games have been close or they had a legitimate shot to win them, but this last weekend at Wrigley was the exception. Their rivals from the south the White Sox beat them up pretty good. It was is always a very competitive crosstown classic the Sox came in and took it to them. Wrigley Field tickets this past weekend were very disappointing.

You could see blocks of open seats all throughout the ballpark all weekend & Friday was especially gaudy with the Cubs drawing a very embarrassing 35,000. Usually Cubs tickets for the crosstown classic are in very high demand. In fact all three games failed to sell out, a Wrigley first. With the Cubs ticketing gurus introducing their dynamic pricing meaning they set the prices at a price they deem responsible they seemed to have priced themselves out of reality.

Chicago Sports and Concerts

Over the weekend, many Chicago sports fans, turned to the city’s division leading soccer team as the majority of the city’s professional sports teams were on hiatus. With the Chicago Bulls gearing up to start their regular season games, and the Bears on break until Monday Night football, and the Hawks still facing NHL lock outs, many turned to the Fire for the boost Chicago sports fans needed. The Fire were coming off a two week break and were gearing up enter the post season over the weekend when they traveled to play the New England Patriots on the road in Boston. The team suffered a devastating loss 0-1, but after the game promised fans around the city that they would be pulling it together for one of their final season games and working on improving their defense and finding new ways to score goals as they care up for one of their last home games of the season.

This home game will take place next weekend on October 27th and will mark the first time in a month that the Chicago Fire will be back home. The Fire will be taking on D.C. in an important game that is essential to their playoff success. There are a few tickets available for the event, but fans will want to hurry and get tickets while they can as they prepare for one of the biggest Chicago Fire games of the season. As Fire fans wait with bated breath for this important end of season home game, there is still plenty for Windy City residents to do for entertainment around the city until the weekend game.

The popular rapper and soon to be first time father Wiz Khalifa will be attending the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and while tickets are nearly sold out there are still a few available for fans who are looking to see the artist live. The following evening the Arie Crown Theater will be holding another rap and r&b legend; R. Kelly, who will take the stage to an already packed crowd of adoring fans. The United Center will also be brimming with activity this week, as the Bulls take on Oklahoma City in their last home preseason game on October 23rd. Of course as many fans know, Friday October 26th will also be a momentous occasion for the city of Chicago as the United Center hosts Barbara Streisand live and in concert. The event will take place on Friday at 8:00 PM and there are a limited number of tickets available for the must see event, but fans will need to act quickly to get in on the action.

Cubs, Bears, and White Sox in Chicago

It has been a long week of preparations for the Chicago Bears as they plan to take on
the St. Louis Rams this weekend in a home game at Soldier Field. There has been a
great deal of attention surrounding the Bears’ view on Jay Cutler and his performance
last week against the Green Bay Packers. However, as the Bears prepare to redeem
themselves after last weeks loss on their home field, more attention than normal has
been placed on the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox may not have been at home this week, but they still managed
to hold the interest of Chicago sports fans from all over the country as they continued
on their bid to win the American League Central. A series of road wins this week that
the Sox are looking to translate into a weekend of road wins, hasn’t been the only
thing getting the attention of White Sox fans. During the Sox’s end of season away
stretch while all eyes are currently focused on current general manager Ken Williams.
According to reports issued from USA Today, Richards will be making a move to the
team’s president and assistant general manger Rick Hahn will be taking of Williams’
current managerial duties.

This proposed switch has been garnering a great deal of attention for the entire White
Sox franchise and while Chicago fans anxiously await to see the official inauguration of
Williams as president, the White Sox are staying focused on winning a championship
and finding success through their current long road stretch. While the Sox have been
finding luck on the road the Cubs have been holding down the fort back at Wrigley Field.
However, their recent home game efforts haven’t been without issues.

While the Cubs have had a ten day stay at home they have struggled against the
Cincinnati Reds and actually delivered the Reds the win they needed to secure the first
playoff spot of the year. However the Cubs have little time to dwell on their past issues
of the week as the defending World Series champions, the Saint Louis Cardinals are
making their way to Wrigley Field. This series promises to be one of the biggest of the
season as the Cubs desperately try to get their act back together and to overcome their
recent issues with taking on the Reds. The series against the Cardinals starts on Friday
and lasts through the weekend, do you have your Cubs tickets to this home series yet?

Big Weekend Coming

With a big weekend approaching in the Chicago sports world, both for the city’s MLS soccer team and for the NFL Chicago Bears, some of the biggest stories involving this weeks preparations involve injuries. With a few days left until either the Fire or the Bears take the field, both teams are finding key players will be missing or questionable for their weekend matches.

As the Chicago Fire prepare to take on the Columbus Crew at their home stadium of Toyota Park this weekend, they will be without a few key players. After last weeks matchup featured a roster without Daniel Paladini and Pavel Pardo, the Fire felt the pressure of playing without some of their key stars, despite putting forth a strong performance. While their September 15th matchup without the two players was undoubtedly difficult for the Fire to overcome, it seems as though their upcoming Sept. 22nd game will give the Fire similar issues. According to recent mid-week reports Cory Gibbs will be out of the game for right knee meniscus repair and Steven Kinney will be questionable as he deals with groin pain. Dan Gargan on the other hand, is listed as questionable for the upcoming Eastern Conference match up.

However, the Chicago Fire aren’t the only ones preparing for a home matchup that may be plagued by injury. It was revealed this week that the Bears’ star running back Matt Forte who fans thought was suffering from a high ankle sprain, actually has more serious of an injury than many assumed. It has been revealed that the running back is dealing with an actual ankle sprain and one that could have him struggling for longer than expected. Although it is unclear how long Matt Forte will be out, there is no denying that his absence will greatly impact the Bears’ already suffering offense.

It is currently unclear if Matt Forte will be able to play at all in the Bears’ week three game against the Saint Louis Rams. However, whether Forte is limited in his minutes or rides the bench the whole game, there is no denying that this injury means fans will be seeing more depth from the Bears in this upcoming home game. The Bears will be taking on the Rams Sunday at Soldier Field, so fans will want to get their tickets soon to find out who will be performing as the team’s running back.

Chicago Fire Plus

The weekend the Chicago Fire will be playing in their last regular season home game against the Revolution The team is already playoff bound and is looking to add some additional wins to their record as they gear up to enter the post season. The Fire will be taking on the New England Patriots on the road and are coming off a two week break from earlier in the month. After taking on the New England Patriots on the road, the Chicago Fire will return home on the 27th after a nearly a month away from their home stadium to take on D.C.

While the Chicago Fire continue their hiatus from the Windy City, the other Chicago football team, the Chicago Bears will be taking the weekend off in order to get ready for their home Monday night game. This will be the second time the Chicago Bears will be on the Monday Night football stage this season and this weeks matchup will have them facing off against rivals; the Detroit Lions. This home game will be a major event for sports fans throughout the city who will get to see the division leading Chicago Bears playing at one of the biggest events in professional sports. Fans will be looking to quarterback Jay Cutler to take on the strong defense of the Detroit Lions in this Soldier Field matchup which will take place Monday evening at 7:30 PM.

Most people in the city of Chicago know that the United Center is the current home of the Chicago Bulls. Next week, the Chicago Bulls are going to be hosting one of their last preseason games of the season and gearing up for their upcoming regular season games as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. The team is hoping to add to the string of successful preseason games they hosted over the week and bring their preseasons endeavors to an end on a high note. This will be the last big preseason game before the Bulls season gets underway . The game will be taking place next Tuesday October 23rd at 7:00 PM; this is one game Bulls fans won’t want to miss. Do you have your tickets for the event yet.

 

Bears, Hawks and Concerts

This week proved to be a big one in terms of Chicago city announcements as good news was abound for residents of the Windy City. The city’s Bears fans sat through a quite week as the team was on a bye. During this period, the Bears announced that they were rested, minor injuries had been attended to and that they were ready to take on the Detroit Lions in a Monday Night Football event. The game, scheduled to take place on October 22nd, will be at their home stadium of Soldier Field.

Meanwhile, as the city of Chicago’s beloved NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks gathered for a charity tournament earlier in the week that had fans longing for the return of the hockey team; reports released Monday showed that there may be more hope for a Blackhawks reunion in the future. On Wednesday the NHL released the full details of their proposal to the NHL Players’ Association, which if accepted could end the NHL lockout for good and have the Blackhawks reunited in Chicago’s United Center much sooner than anticipated.

Big announcements came for the city as far as concert announcements go as well. Sports aren’t the only big events coming for those living in the Windy City. Two of musics icons have recently announced they will be paying a visit to the Windy City in the next few months. Lady Gaga announced that she would be visiting the Windy City on Valentine’s Day, February 14th at the United Center. This announcement from the pop diva came shortly after her concert for February 13th at the arena sold out.

In addition to the singer’s announcement; one of the original pop divas in music; Madonna also revealed she would be making a stop in Chicago for two nights; the Wednesday and Thursday before Lad Gaga’s performances. Madonna’s concert dates for the 11th and 12th of February have gone on sale as has the newly announced February 14th concert for Lady Gaga. Tickets for both of these concerts are expected to sell out quickly, so despite the events being months away; fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now. Tickets are on sale and a limited number of seats are still available; have you gotten your  concert tickets yet?

Chicago Baseball Update

Fans of Chicago baseball had a big weekend as both the White Sox and the Cubs started placing themselves in important positions for their respective end of season pushes. The White Sox were on the road against Cleveland in a three game series against the twins. This series proved to be a huge turnaround for the White Sox who were coming off a two game loss against the Detroit Tigers. This game was lead by the superior performances of pitcher Chris Sale who struck out five of the six innings he pitched. After sweeping the entire series on the road, the team moved up three spots to the ninth position.

However, the Sox had very little time to celebrate this big victory as they needed to head back home to play a very important make up game against the Detroit Tigers. Monday afternoon the White Sox were back home at Wrigley Field in the afternoon to take on the Detroit Tigers and make up for their two losses earlier in the week. During this important game, the White Sox delivered Chicago fans an exciting performance with two important runs in the fifth inning that would seal the victory for the Sox. This excitement of the Chicago fans could be heard around all of Wrigley Field; and echoed the same sounds of cheers that were heard all weekend from Wrigley when the Cubs hosted their home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After the weekend got off to a slow start for the Cubs and they faced a one run defeat against the Pirates with a close 7-6 loss that had fans biting their nails all game long. However, the Cubs were ready to make a comeback to close the weekend out. On Sunday the Cubs’ match up against the Pirates was all about the performances of Anthony Rizzon and Alfonso Soriano. Rizzon had two home runs during the game while Alfonso hit an RBI single during the game that would be his 100th RBI of the season. The Cubs went on to win this game 13-9 in a victory that had Chicago fans on their feet. When the series comes to an end on Monday, the Cubs will need to make a quick transition to get ready to take on the Reds on Tuesday in what promises to be an exciting home match up. The three game Reds series begins Tuesday September 18th in the evening, do you have your Cubs tickets yet?

Bulls Playoffs Right around the corner

Playoffs are right around the corner & teams are solidifying their rotations & getting everybody healthy. Except that’s not the case for the team with the leagues best record, the Bulls. They seem to be regressing. Derrick Rose has missed a third of the games with various injuries & Rip Hamilton who they signed in the off-season has missed just as many as Rose and now Luol Deng is out again with a rib injury he sustained in the last week.

People are still buying Bulls Playoff tickets rapidly, but if the Bulls are going to make a deep playoff run & challenge Miami for supremacy they need to get healthy and start playing together.

If they think they can figure it out on the fly they are sorely mistaken. There are veteran teams like the Celtics who have been through the playoff wars & are chomping at the bit to take down an unprepared upstart Bulls team.

Happening Chicago

As the city of Chicago settles into its break as the sports world transitions between seasons and the NHL Blackhawks continue to stay on lockout, there is still great news for music fans who are looking for some great live entertainment in the Windy City. This is because the city of Chicago is preparing to host some of the biggest names in music throughout the month to help keep Chicago fans entertained.

At Chicago’s Allstate Arena, fans of the legendary music superstar and the most iconic Mexican ranchero singer of all time, Vincente Fernandez, will have the rare opportunity to see this iconic signer live. Fernandez only does a limited number of performances in the United States and they are known for selling out quickly. However, the good news is thanks to the fact that the performers show for Saturday October 20th for 8:00 pm, has already sold so many tickets the singer is adding an additional show to make sure all of his fans will be able to see him live. Now fans can also catch this act on Sunday October 21st also at the Allstate Arena at 7:00 pm.

However, one of the biggest announcements for music fans revolves around the fact that one of the most legendary signers of all time is not only heading out on a nation-wide tour but is stopping in the city of Chicago during the month of October. This of course, is Barbara Streisand and the music legend will be making her way to Chicago on October 26th at the United Center arena. This widely anticipated concert tour will have the iconic legend up close and personal with her Chicago fans as she performs some of her biggest hits of today and some of her biggest hits from her last few decades in the industry. There are very few opportunities like this one to see such a legendary performer live so fans won’t want to miss out on the action.This Friday evening show is sure to sell out quickly so fans will want to act fast and make sure they get their tickets to this once in a lifetime life show spectacular as soon as they are able to. Tickets are on sale now; do you have yours yet?