The Bears may still be a disappointment, but there are plenty of great teams to watch this weekend. Here are three sporting events you don’t want to miss.
2017 Cubs Convention
Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 East North Water Street
The Chicago Cubs did what for a century seemed impossible by winning the World Series last year. Fans can kick off the new season and the hope of a repeat at the 2017 Cubs Convention. Get a chance to meet Cubs superstars past and present along with executives, staff, and broadcasters. In addition, enjoy autograph and question-and-answer opportunities, activities for young Cubs fans, and an opportunity to take pictures with the World Series trophy. Expect to see Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Hendricks, Kris Bryant, along with other current players and Cubs alumni.
Jan. 15, 6 p.m.
United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.
Although the Chicago Blackhawks experienced their earliest playoff exit since 2012 last year, they are still a force in the NHL and this season is no different. First in the Western Conference and second in the league, the Blackhawks are holding on strong and ready for the playoffs. Catch them this weekend as they face the Minnesota Wild who are right behind the Blackhawks in the Western Conference.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL
The Professional Bull Riders Chicago Invitational is here to to make 8 seconds feel like an eternity as the top 35 bull riders in the world mount some extremely ornery bulls and hold on for dear life as part of the Built Ford Tough Series. Results from the Chicago invitational will help for rankings at the Professional Bull Riders World Championship where riders will compete for the championship belt and a large cash prize.