Chicago teams listed: Which is the best pro team from the Windy City and why is it the best?

Chicago teams listed: Which is the best pro team from the Windy City and why is it the best?

Steve Njuguna
April 17, 2023 at 8:57 AM

Chicago's status in the world of sports is legendary. Many great teams and players have emerged from Windy City over the years. Join us today as we have the Chicago teams listed from worst to best.

Today we find out which is the best Chicago team
Wrigley Field is one of the oldest stadiums in America. Photo by Quinn Harris/MLB Photos
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Chicago is known as the Windy City because of the cool breeze that floats over the city from nearby Lake Michigan. The city is one of only ten US cities that have at least five different major sporting franchises.

Major Chicago teams and their championships

The city is home to multiple professional and amateur teams. Here is a list of the major sports franchises situated there.



Number of Championships won

Chicago Cubs

Major League Baseball


Chicago Bears

National Football League


Chicago White Sox

Major League Baseball


Chicago Blackhawks

National Hockey League


Chicago Bulls



Chicago Fire FC

Major League Soccer


Chicago Sky



Chicago Red Stars

National Women's Soccer League


8. Chicago Red Stars

The women's soccer franchise Red Stars is relatively new in the town compared to the other teams, as it was established in 2006. They play their home games at the SeatGeek stadium.

7. Chicago Sky

The Sky was also founded in 2006. They made history in 2021 by winning their first-ever WNBA championship.

Chicago teams win a lot of Championships.
The Sky celebrate their 2021 WNBA triumph. Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE
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6. Chicago Fire FC

The Fire play in Major League Soccer (MLS). The team is named after the great Chicago Fire of 1871. They last won the national title in 1998.

The team is named after the great Fire of 1871.
Fire Striker Kacper Przybyko celebrated a goal. The Fire is one of the founding members of the MLS. Photo by David Jensen
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5. Chicago Bears

The Bears are the city's only NFL team. They won the Superbowl in 1985 but had previously won 8 more national titles in the Pre-NFL era.

4. Chicago Cubs

The Cubs is the city's oldest sports franchise, founded in 1876. They have won a total of 3 World Series titles.

The Cubs are constantly at war with their neighbours the White Sox
Cubs pitcher Derby Swanson waits to go on the field. The Cubs play their games at Wrigley Field. Photo by Michael Reaves
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3. Chicago White Sox

The White Sox were established in 1900. They are also three-time World Series Championships.

The White Sox rival their neighbours, the Cubs.
White Sox players Andrew Vaughn and Reynaldo Lopez celebrate an inning. The White Sox play their games at the Guaranteed rate field. Photo by Bob Levey
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2. Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks were established in 1926. They have won 6 Stanley Cup trophies. They sustained a period of dominance between 2010 and 2015, winning three out of the available five trophies during that period.

The Blackhawks are very beloved in the city.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010,2013 and 2015. Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI
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1. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are arguably the most successful Chicago team. In the 1990s, the team won 6 NBA titles with a star cast of players such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, among others.

The Bulls lead Chicago teams in achievements.
Michael Jordan led the Bulls to unprecedented success during his time there. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE
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Chicago teams nicknames

Each team has its nickname based on something related to its past.



Nickname Origin



The City is known for being a meatpacking area.


The Hawks

The team was named after a prominent native American community leader named 'Blackhawk'.

White Sox

White Sox

Their Original name was the White Stockings. White Sox was adapted as a shortened version.


The Orphans

They adapted that name in 1897 after cutting ties with their original owner Cap Anson.


The Monsters of Midway

That moniker was taken up by the cubs in the 1940s after it was dropped by the local university.

Fire FC

The Fire

The name came from a devastating fire that ravaged the city in 1871


The Sky

Their name signifies the beautiful city Skyline.

Red Stars

The Red Stars

Each Star on their logo signifies a different event in the history of the city.

Chicago teams logos

The teams base their logos primarily on their names. Here is a visual illustration of all of them.

Chicago teams logos
Team logos from top left to right: Fire FC, Sky, Cubs, Red Stars, Bulls. Blackhawks, White Sox and the Bears. Courtesy: Various/Getty
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Why are Chicago teams named after bears?

The Bears and Cubs share a unique history. The baseball side Cubs allowed the NFL side Bears, who were then named the Staleys, to use their stadium, Wrigley Field, in 1922. Team owner George Halas renamed the Staleys to the Bears as tribute.

Chicago's rich history and pride in its sports teams have led to undying fan support over the years. It was only fitting that we had the best Chicago teams listed to illustrate that history.

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Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.