Chicago Sports Calendar: 2020 Edition

Chicago Sports Calendar: 2020 Edition

If you’re looking to make your sports plans for 2020, then NBC 5 has you covered, as we’ve put together a list of all the important dates for all of your favorite teams.

Whether it’s the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, the Cubs-White Sox series at the city’s ballparks, or the start of Bears training camp at their facility in Lake Forest, we have all the dates you need to know covered in this handy roundup.

Jan. 30: NBA All-Star Game Reserves Announced

With one of the NBA’s biggest showcases
coming to Chicago for the first time since 1988, the league will announce the
reserve players for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star squads.

The big question for Bulls fans will be whether or not Zach LaVine will make the cut as a reserve in the Eastern Conference. He finished strong in fan voting but came up just short of making the starting lineup, but his stats are certainly worthy of consideration to be included in the squad.


Feb. 6: NBA Trade Deadline

Will the Bulls be buyers or sellers at the deadline?
The club isn’t currently in playoff position, and President John Paxson has a
lot to mull over as he considers the future of a team that still isn’t living
up to expectations.

Feb. 11-12: Cubs, White Sox Report to Camp

Baseball season may feel like it’s still
far away, but pitchers and catchers will report to Arizona in mid-February for the
start of spring training.

Feb. 14-16: NBA All-Star Weekend

For the first time since 1988, the NBA’s
biggest stars will join forces in Chicago for the NBA All-Star Game. LeBron
James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as the captains for the main event
on Sunday, while the skills competition will take place on Saturday at the
United Center.

Feb. 22: Cubs, White Sox Open Cactus League Play

The Cubs will host the Oakland A’s at Sloan Park in Mesa, while the White Sox will welcome the Los Angeles Angels to Glendale’s Camelback Ranch for their first games of the spring season.

Feb. 24: NFL Combine Begins, NHL Trade Deadline

The NFL’s next generation of stars will
gather in Indianapolis for the league’s annual combine. The Bears currently own
two second round picks, but could potentially look to move up in the draft
order after an 8-8 season.

Meanwhile, the NHL trade deadline is also
set for this date, and the Blackhawks find themselves in an interesting
position as they decide whether to go for a playoff berth or make cost-saving moves
in anticipation of a restructuring of the team over the offseason.

Blackhawks fans can get their hockey fix on NBC 5’s Chicago Hockey page

March 16-18: NFL Legal Tampering, Free Agency Begin

The Bears’ first real crack at changing up
their roster will come as free agency gets underway in mid-March. The team has
needs all over the field, and G.M. Ryan Pace has historically been very
aggressive early in the free agency window.

March 26: MLB Celebrates Opening Day

The Cubs’ will open the 2020 regular season
at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, taking on the Brewers under the dome.

Meanwhile, the White Sox will open their
season at home, taking on the Kansas City Royals.

You can keep up with all the latest news and analysis of Chicago’s MLB teams with NBC 5’s Chicago Baseball

March 30: Cubs Mark Home Opener

After a brief sojourn northward, the Cubs
will open their 2020 home season at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh

April 23-25: NFL Draft

The NFL will celebrate the Las Vegas Raiders’ move to Sin City by hosting the NFL Draft amid the glitz and glamour of the city.  

May 19: NBA Draft Lottery

The annual draft lottery will be held in
Chicago and could hold the fate of the Bulls if they aren’t able to get back
into postseason contention.

June 25: NBA Draft

Who will go first overall? Where will the
Bulls be picking? We’ll find out as the NBA Draft takes place in Brooklyn.

June 26-27: NHL Draft

The Blackhawks will be on the clock in late
June as the NHL Draft takes place at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Last year the
Blackhawks got a huge break as they moved all the way up to third overall in
the draft lottery, allowing the club to take Kirby Dach.


July 1: Free Agency Frenzy Begins

The Blackhawks and Bulls both hope to be
active in their respective free agencies this season. The Blackhawks will be
able to sign players on July 1, while the Bulls will have to wait until July 8
to make any signings official.

July 7-8: Cubs at White Sox

The crosstown rivals will play the first
two of four total games at Guaranteed Rate Field in early July. Where will the
teams be in the standings? Will Dylan Cease and Eloy Jiménez feast against the
team that traded them away?


July 14: MLB All-Star Game

Baseball’s best will gather in Los Angeles
for the All-Star Game, where the Cubs and White Sox will hope to be well

July 20-21: White Sox at Cubs

Wrigley Field will take its turn to host
the crosstown series.

Late July: Bears Training Camp

For the first time, the Bears will hold their training camp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. While it’s unclear how many fans will be able to attend the camp after the team moved from Bourbonnais, there will be plenty of intrigue and roster battles on the practice field.


NBC 5’s Chicago Football page will keep you up to date throughout the offseason on the wheelings and dealings of the Chicago Bears.

July 24-26: Blackhawks Convention

The Blackhawks will host their annual fan
convention in late July, giving fans a taste of hockey during the offseason. Fans
will get to meet the newest Blackhawks, participate in interactive exhibits and
games, and much more.

July 26: Baseball Hall of Fame Induction

Legendary White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson will be enshrined in Cooperstown on the final Sunday in July, and we are willing to bet his speech will be incredible.

July 31: MLB Trade Deadline

While the Cubs historically have tried to get their moves done before the deadline, the team could be very active in the final days they’re allowed to make trades. The White Sox could also be in a position to make some serious additions if they’re in the thick of the American League Central race.

Aug. 13: MLB “Field of Dreams” Game

The White Sox will head to the cornfields
of Iowa to take on the New York Yankees in a game paying tribute to the iconic
baseball movie.

Field of Dreams SOX vs NYY

Sept. 13: Bears’ First Regular Season Game

The Bears will once again look to reign
supreme in the NFC North when they open their 2020 season, and although we don’t
know who they’ll be playing yet, the team has some really good home games on
its schedule for the coming year, including games against the Indianapolis
Colts, Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints.

Mid-September: Blackhawks Training Camp Begins

It may be a new-look Blackhawks team gathering
in the middle of the month as players begin their preparations for the 2020-21

Sept. 29: MLB Postseason Begins

Will the Cubs and White Sox be playoff-bound? If they are, then their journey could begin in late September, as the National and American Leagues hold their wild card games.

Published at Tue, 28 Jan 2020 20:30:13 +0000