Justin Kaufmann
Mar 24, 2023 - Sports

Readers crown 1996-98 Bulls Chicago's best sports team ever

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Michael Jordan raises his NBA Finals Most Valuable Player hardware, and former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy on June 14, 1998. Photo: Jeff Haynes/AFP via Getty Images

This is a Bears town, but Michael Jordan and the '90s Bulls captured the world's attention.

Justin Kaufmann
Mar 23, 2023 - Sports

Best Chicago sports team tournament: The championship

Bracket: Axios Visuals
Bracket: Axios Visuals

Are we ready for the final matchup in our journey to choose the best Chicago sports team of all time?

The big picture: These two juggernauts were tested but survived for this ultimate Chicago competition.

Chicago's cricket players go national

Calvin Savage (left) will play for Texas' Major League Cricket team. Photo: Courtesy of Major League Cricket

Cricket has been popular among Chicago's immigrant communities for generations, but our local talent will finally play on the national stage this summer, writes Axios' Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi.

Driving the news: Calvin Savage and Saad Ali from the Chicago area were drafted by the Texas Super Kings and DC Freedom over the weekend to compete in the new Major League Cricket.

Justin Kaufmann
Mar 22, 2023 - Sports

Best Chicago sports team tournament: Final 4

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Members of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews, sit in with "The Tonight Show" band in 2010. Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

We are down to the final four champions in our quest to name the best Chicago sports team of all time.

Most lopsided win: The '85 Bears continued their march toward the finals by blitzing the '63 Bears with 92% of the vote.

Justin Kaufmann
Mar 21, 2023 - Sports

Best Chicago sports teams tournament: Elite 8

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Chicago White Sox fans cheer during the victory parade on Oct. 28, 2005. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Editor's note: The tournament has advanced since this story was published. See the latest round.

The first round of our tournament to crown the best Chicago sports team is complete.

No surprise: All the champs moved on.

Justin Kaufmann
Mar 20, 2023 - Sports

Vote for Chicago's best sports team in history

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The final out of the 2016 World Series. Photo: Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Editor's note: The tournament has advanced since this story was published. See the latest round.

In honor of March Madness, this month's tournament involves sports. But not just any sports, the best Chicago sports teams of all time!

  • You may think that's easy, especially with the 1985 Bears in the mix, but Chicago has other noteworthy championships — including the 1996 Bulls, the 2005 White Sox, the 2010 Blackhawks and, of course, the 2016 Cubs.
Justin Kaufmann
Mar 16, 2023 - Sports

What the Illini should expect ahead of Arkansas March Madness matchup

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Coleman Hawkins reacts after making a basket during the Big Ten tournament. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

Today, both the Northwestern and Illini men's basketball teams play in the Midwest region of the NCAA tournament.

Why it matters: It's always nice to have a rooting interest in March Madness.

Justin Kaufmann
Mar 13, 2023 - Sports

Chicago Bears' offseason starts with a bang

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Head coach Matt Eberflus and Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles. Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Today, NFL teams are allowed to start negotiating with players before the free agency period officially starts on Wednesday.

Why it matters: This offseason is off to a fast start, thanks to a blockbuster trade Friday night.


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