To help you plan out your spring in the sports world, your friends at NBC have come up with a list of events that you need to check out over the next few months as the weather, and the competition, heats up.
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The start of spring in Chicago brings with it the hope of warm temperatures, days on the Lake Shore, and the start of all of the festivals that give the Windy City its character, but it also brings with it one of the busiest times on the entire sports calendar.
nTo help you plan out your spring in the sports world, your friends at NBC have come up with a list of events that you need to check out over the next few months as the weather, and the competition, heats up.
The defending World Series champions will start out their season against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, and theyu2019ll be hoping that the game will be the start of another march to a title.
The White Sox went through a lot of changes in the offseason, but with a new menu of food options available at Guaranteed Rate Field and with some young talent on the way, the team is hoping that the future will be bright even if 2017 is a bit rough.
For the first time ever, the NCAA hockey tournament will hold its championship at the United Center, and with Notre Dame in the mix, local Chicago fans will have a team they can root for to hoist the championship trophy.
For the first time since winning the World Series, the Cubs will return home to Wrigley Field, and theyu2019ll unveil their championship banners before their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Chicago Blackhawks have clinched a playoff spot for the ninth straight season, and with home ice advantage all but sewn up for the Western Conference playoffs, the team will hope to make another deep run into the postseason as they chase their fourth Stanley Cup in the last eight years.
The Chicago Bulls are on the border of the playoff race at the moment, but if they get in, they will likely face either the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round, and theyu2019ll be hoping to mount an upset.
The Chicago Wolves are in a tight race with the Grand Rapids Griffins for the top spot in the AHLu2019s Central Division, but even if they donu2019t quite get that championship under their belts, it appears that the team will indeed make it into the Calder Cup playoffs this season after a strong campaign.
With American stars like Julie Ertz and Christen Press, the Red Stars will try to get their season off to a rip-roaring start when they welcome Kansas City to Toyota Park for their first home match of the campaign.
The one event not taking place in the Chicago-area, this yearu2019s NFL Draft still holds special significance for the Bears, as theyu2019ll own the third overall pick, the highest theyu2019ve selected in the first round in 45 years.
The Sounders are the defending MLS champions, and with newly acquired midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and scoring threat David Accam, the Fire will hope to make a big statement against one of the premier clubs in the league.
The Sky will hope to get the post-Elena Delle Donne era off to a good start when they welcome the Atlanta Dream to the Allstate Arena, and it will be fascinating to see what the team will look like without one of the biggest stars in its history on their roster.