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.

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 Sports October

As the Chicago baseball season came to a close for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, after both teams missed the 2012 playoffs, Chicago baseball fans began to focus on the teams other sports. Unfortunately for hockey fans there was still little news to be excited over as minimal progress was made regarding the current NHL lockout.

As NHL negotiations resumed in Toronto on Monday there was still no sign of a conclusion, meaning Chicago Blackhawk fans will still have some waiting to do before the season can resume. Although this has many worried about the Hawks’ season, there was some good news for Blackhawk fans over the weekend as reports revealed Hossa, after battling injuries, had returned to the ice for a workout. This left many Hawks fans inspired for the upcoming season, whenever it will return.

There was also great news for Chicago Fire fans over the weekend as the city’s soccer team headed on the road to battle the New York Red Bulls. In a very important matchup for the tam, the Fire pulled out a 2-0 victory, and will head into a much needed two week break that will resume on October 20th during their road matchup with New England. As the fire settle in to their short rest period on a high note, a different type of Chicago football also had fans cheering over the weekend. This of course came in the form of the Bears’ matchup with the Jaguars.

Although the game got off to a slow start after an impressive interception from the Bears defense, the team found their strive, crushing the Jaguars on the road in a massive road win. Although the Bears were only favored by 6, they pulled off a 41-3 victory in Jacksonville, cementing themselves as a team to be contended with. This victory lead the Bears to a 4-1 record and has them tied for first place in the NFC North. The Bears hope to continue this streak over next weekend when they will be pitted against rivals the Detroit Lions. Another win could cement the Bears in the top spot in their division, and they will be facing off at their home Soldier Field. The kickoff for this big game is this Sunday and Bears fans are sure to be excited after the team’s recent rankings news, do you have your tickets yet for the big game?