Professional Independent and Minor League Sports in Chicago


How about seeing a team in the area you haven’t seen before? Where tickets are cheap. Where the players aren’t paid millions. Here’s a list of professional indepedent and minor league teams in Chicago. Since these teams play at different times of the year, you can look up in this chart which teams are playing this month.

Sport TeamMonths Played123456789101112
National Women’s Basketball LeagueChicago BlazeJan – Mar
X
X
X
         
National Lacrosse League (Indoor Lacrosse)Chicago ShamroxJan – Apr XXXX        
Arena Football League (Indoor/Arena Football)Chicago RushJan – Jun
X
X
X
X
X
X
      
International Basketball League (Men’s Basketball)Elgin RacersMar – Jun   XXXX      
International Basketball League (Men’s Basketball)Chicago Heights SoldiersMar – Jun   XXXX      
Continental Indoor Football League (Indoor/Arena Football)Chicago SlaughterMar – Jul   XXXXX     
RacingChicagoland SpeedwayMar – Sep  
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
   
Independent Women’s Football LeagueChicago ForceApr – Jun   
X
X
X
      
International Basketball League (Men’s Basketball)Windy City DawgsApr – Jun   
X
X
X
      
Major League Soccer (Outdoor Soccer)Chicago FireApr – Oct   
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
  
Major League Lacrosse (Outdoor Lacrosse)Chicago MachineMay – Aug     XXXX    
Women’s National Basketball Association (Women’s Basketball)Chicago SkyMay – Aug     XXXX    
Minor League BaseballKane County CougarsMay – Sep    
X
X
X
X
X
   
Minor League BaseballSchaumburg FlyersMay – Sep    
X
X
X
X
X
   
Minor League BaseballWindy City ThunderBoltsMay – Sep    
X
X
X
X
X
   
Minor League BaseballJoliet JackHammersMay – Sep    
X
X
X
X
X
   
National Pro Fastpitch (Women’s Softball)Chicago BanditsJun – Aug     
X
X
X
    
Junior HockeyChicago SteelSep – Apr
X
X
X
X
    
X
X
X
X
Major Indoor Soccer LeagueChicago StormOct – Apr
X
X
X
X
     
X
X
X
Minor League HockeyChicago WolvesOct – Jun
X
X
X
X
X
X
   
X
X
X
American Basketball Association (Men’s Basketball)Chicago SoldiersNov -Mar
X
X
X
       
X
X
WrestlingWindy City Pro WrestlingAll Year
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Sport TeamMonths Played123456789101112

Other resources:
Chicago Athlete (running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, skiing, triathalon)
Chicago Independent and Minor League Sports on oursportscentral.com

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lwells
lwells
17 years ago

this is an excellent resource! thanks i wanted to go see the force play, i guess they are done with their season now though….

unlikelymoose
15 years ago

what is the best Chicagoland sports team name? I can’t decide. I like Dawgs, Slaughter, Machine, and JackHammers. Though including Joliet on this list is a stretch. If you’re including Joliet, then you need to include Rockford. Are there any teams in Rockford?

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