List of professional sports teams in Illinois

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The following is a list of professional sports teams in Illinois.

Professional sports teams[edit]

ClubSportLeagueFoundedNote
Chicago CubsBaseballMajor League Baseball1875
Chicago White SoxBaseballMajor League Baseball1894Based in Chicago since 1900
Kane County CougarsBaseballMidwest League1991
Peoria ChiefsBaseballMidwest League1983
Gateway GrizzliesBaseballFrontier League2001
Joliet SlammersBaseballFrontier League2002
Normal CornBeltersBaseballFrontier League2009
Rockford AviatorsBaseballFrontier League1993
Schaumburg BoomersBaseballFrontier League2012
Southern Illinois MinersBaseballFrontier League2007
Windy City ThunderBoltsBaseballFrontier League1995Formerly the Cook County Cheetahs
Chicago BullsBasketballNational Basketball Association1966
Chicago SkyBasketballWomen's National Basketball Association2005
Chicago SteamBasketballAmerican Basketball Association2008
Kankakee County SoldiersBasketballIndependent Basketball Association2007
Chicago BearsFootballNational Football League1919
Bloomington ExtremeFootballIndoor Football League2006
Chicago SlaughterFootballIndoor Football League2006
Chicago BlackhawksIce hockeyNational Hockey League1926
Chicago WolvesIce hockeyAmerican Hockey League1994
Bloomington PrairieThunderIce hockeyInternational Hockey League2006
Peoria RivermenIce HockeySouthern Professional Hockey League2013
Rockford IceHogsIce hockeyAmerican Hockey League1991
Quad City MallardsIce HockeyCentral Hockey League2009
Chicago FireSoccerMajor League Soccer1997
Chicago Fire PremierSoccerUSL Premier Development League2001
Chicago Red StarsSoccerNational Women's Soccer League2007
Chicago BanditsFastpitch softballNational Pro Fastpitch2005

Former professional sports teams[edit]

ClubSportLeagueSeasonsNote
Chicago BlazeIce hockeyAll American Hockey League2009
Chicago BlitzFootballUnited States Football League1983–1984
Chicago BruisersFootballArena Football League1987–1989
Chicago CardinalsFootballNational Football League1898–1959Moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL), moved again to Tempe, Arizona and are now the Arizona Cardinals
Chicago CondorsBasketballAmerican Basketball League1998
Chicago CougarsIce HockeyWorld Hockey Association1972–1975
Chicago EnforcersFootballXFL2001
Chicago ExpressIce hockeyECHL2010-2011
Chicago HoundsIce hockeyUnited Hockey League2006–2007
Chicago HustleBasketballWomen's Professional Basketball League1978-1981
Chicago MachineLacrosseMajor League Lacrosse2006–2010
Chicago Packers/Chicago ZephyrsBasketballNational Basketball Association1961–1962 (Packers)
1962–1963 (Zephyrs)
Moved to Baltimore, Maryland and became the Baltimore Bullets, moved again to Washington, D.C. and are now the Washington Wizards
Chicago PowerSoccerAmerican Indoor Soccer Association (1988–1990)
National Professional Soccer League (1990–1996)
1988–1996
Chicago RockstarsBasketballAmerican Basketball Association2006–2007
Chicago RushFootballArena Football League2001-2008, 2010-2013
Chicago ShamroxLacrosseNational Lacrosse League2006–2008
Chicago SkylinersBasketballAmerican Basketball Association2000–2001Moved to Nevada and became the Las Vegas Slam
Chicago StagsBasketballNational Basketball Association1946–1950
Chicago StingSoccerNorth American Soccer League (1975–1984)
Major Indoor Soccer League (1984–1988)
1975–1988
Chicago TigersFootballAmerican Professional Football Association1920
Decatur StaleysFootballNational Football League (1920–1921)1919–1920 (Decatur)
1921 (Chicago)
1922–present (Chicago Bears)
Moved to Chicago to become the Chicago Staleys and then changed their name to the Chicago Bears
Lake County FieldersBaseballNorthern League (2010)
North American League (2011)
2010-11
Peoria Rivermen (AHL)Ice HockeyAmerican Hockey League2005-2013Moved to Utica, New York to become the Utica Comets.
Peoria PiratesFootballAF21999–2009
Peoria PrancersIce hockeyInternational Hockey League1982–1984
Quad City FlamesIce hockeyAmerican Hockey League2007–2009
Quad City MallardsIce HockeyUnited Hockey League1995–2007
Quad City ThunderBasketballContinental Basketball Association1987–2001
Rockford LightningBasketballContinental Basketball Association1986–2006
Rockford PeachesBaseballAll-American Girls Professional Baseball League1943–1954
Rockford RampageSoccerMajor Indoor Soccer League2005-2012
Rockford ThunderFastpitch softballNational Pro Fastpitch2007–2009
Schaumburg FlyersBaseballNorthern League1993–2010