IL's Top Sports Venues
From the pros to the college ranks to the minor leagues, Illinois is a haven for great sports teams and thrilling sporting events year round.
So perhaps it’s no surprise the Land of Lincoln is also home to some of the country’s most premiere and beloved sports venues and facilities. Do yourself a favor – check out our list and catch a game during your next Illinois excursion.
1. Wrigley Field
Yes, come for a baseball game in the summer, stay for the historic atmosphere and sight seeing at Wrigley Field. Don’t forget to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch.
2. United Center
Reserve a Seat at the United Center
When the Bulls aren’t head-butting the competition in the Eastern Conference, the United Center hosts some of Chicago’s premiere events, including concerts, professional wrestling, and NCAA basketball events.
3. Soldier Field
One of the oldest football stadiums in America, Soldier Field was built all the way back in 1924, and has been the loud and proud home field advantage of the Chicago Bears ever since.
Drop in during the NFL season – it typically runs from early September through early January – and cheer on Da Bears as they take on their hated NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packer.
4. US Cellular Field
The American League counterpart to Wrigley, US Cellular Field – formerly Comiskey Park– in south Chicago is home to the Chicago White Sox.
Catch the White Sox in action this summer; the MLB season runs from April through September. Be there when the Sox take on AL Center foes the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers.
5. Peoria Civic Center
Ivy-Covered Walls at Wrigley Field
The PCC is actually three venues in one; the Carver Arena is home to both the Bradley University Braves and the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey league.
6. iWireless Center
Today, the arena is home to the Quad City Mallard of the ECHL, on top of hosting professional wrestling, concerts, and several NCAA marquee events, like March Madness.
7. Dozer Park
Also in Peoria, baseball fans can get their fix at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs, the Class A farm club of the nearby St. Louis Cardinals.
The stadium seats over 7,500 fans. Check out a Chiefs game this season and keep your eyes peeled; you just may be watching future MLB All Stars in action.
8. UIC Pavilion
Sunny Day at US Cellular Field
Ever think about going back to school? Yeah, didn’t think so. But if you want to catch some exciting college sports in IL, check out a game at UIC Pavilion on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.
Apart from hosting the UIC Flames, the arena also provide a raucous home field advantage for the Windy City Rollers and the Chicago Eagles. Make some plans to explore the UIC campus before or after the game.
9. Allstate Arena
Opened in 1980, Allstate Arena in Rosemont is a versatile venue, hosting tons of excellent sporting events, including arena football, pro wrestling, hockey, and basketball.
The primary tenants at Allstate Arena include the DePaul University Blue Demons, the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, and last but certainly not least, the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.
10. SIU Arena
Located in Carbondale, the arena has become a mainstay for city-wide events since its opening in 1962; past big-name events include Peter Gabriel’s “Plays Live” concert, two NCAA tournament games, an NBA game, and rapper Drake’s first-ever live performance in 2010.