The Chicago sports calendar gets a lot more crowded this weekend, as the Chicago White Sox finish up their preseason, the Chicago Cubs start their regular season, and both the Bulls and Blackhawks continue their playoff pushes.
This weekend will be a busy one in the Chicago sports world, as the Bulls and Blackhawks continue their playoff pushes, the Fire begin a three-game homestand, and the Chicago Cubs begin the defense of their World Series championship.
nWith that in mind, here is what you can look forward to over the weekend to come.
The Cubs will play one final tuneup game before the regular season when they take on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Expect the starters to get an at-bat apiece before they begin their journey north to St. Louis.
The White Sox are done training in Arizona and will play a pair of games at Miller Park. The team will open their 2017 regular season on Monday, so these are the final tune-up games for Todd Frazier and company.
After a blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blackhawks will look to keep the momentum going against the high-flying Blue Jackets. The Hawks have a seven point lead in the Central Division race with just five games to go in the season.
The White Sox take the field one more time before their opener as they battle the Brewers at Miller Park.
The Men in Red return to the pitch for the first match of a three-game homestand as they welcome the Montreal Impact to Toyota Park. Bastian Schweinsteiger will likely make his Fire debut in the game as they look to get their offensive issues sorted out.
After sweeping the season series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo and the Bulls will try to keep their playoff hopes alive as they welcome the Hawks to the United Center.
The NCAA Final Four takes place this weekend, and the semifinal games feature some surprising teams, as Gonzaga and South Carolina will each make their first ever Final Four appearances, while North Carolina will hope to continue their march through March Madness vs. Oregon in the nightcap.
In a marquee game, two Original Six franchises will do battle as the Bruins travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. The Bruins are scratching and clawing their way for playoff positioning, and the Blackhawks will look to close out their home schedule with a bang.
A tough back-to-back for the Bulls comes to a close over the weekend as they travel to New Orleans to take on DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and the Pelicans.
The big finale of the weekend sees the Cubs open a season as World Series champions for the first time since 1909 when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a nationally-televised showdown at Busch Stadium.