The Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Football’s never really been your thing. And neither has basketball for that matter. And in a city dominated by da’ bears and da’ bulls what’s a soccer fan to do? Let’s face it — the World Cup doesn’t happen every day. Or every year for that matter. So, where do you turn? The Chicago Fire.
The Chicago Fire is Chicago’s Major League Soccer team, hosted by Bridgeview, Illinois, a south-western suburb. The soccer club was founded on October 8, 1997, the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, giving the club their name. The team’s logo closely resembles the Chicago Fire Department’s crest. The club originally played at Soldier Field, but when the field went under extensive renovation in 2002, they were forced to move around until finally finding their home at Toyota Park, which also hosts outdoor concerts in the summer months.
In the past 12 seasons, the Fire have won five domestic titles, four U.S. Open Cups, and an MLS Cup Championship. The team is currently led by coach Carlos de los Cobos and chairman Andrew Hauptman.
So if you’re looking for something fun to do this spring and summer grab a group of friends, put on some red and white, and head to Toyota Park. A day supporting “the men in red” will be full of rowdy cheers and dedicated fans, evoking the enthusiasm found in a European or South American soccer stadium. Tickets are available on the Chicago Fire website or Ticketmaster.