A Soccer Fans Guide To Chicago

The soccer community of any given city doesn’t just exist within the walls of their club’s stadium. As we visit cities around the United States, KICKTV plans to profile the entire experience of a soccer fan within a given community.

For the first installment, KICKTV was in Chicago for MLS opening day. We grabbed a coffee, an empanada, and even a record or two before making our way to Toyota Park for the Fire’s 2016 home opener against Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and NYCFC.

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If you’re in need of some new threads wear on your first away trip with your crew, Mildblend will not disappoint.
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They specialize in Japanese denim and can customize a pair for you right there on the spot. You’ll be looking like a Casual from Huddersfield in no time.
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Chicago may be home to some of the greatest sports teams of all time, but they’re also not too shabby when it comes to the music scene. Do yourself a favor and check out Reckless Records which has been standing since 1989. They’ve got something for anyone and everyone, from that obscure 60’s french record your mom always used to spin, to that Clash cassette tape your dad always rocked out to in his ’87 Ford. You won’t walk away disappointed and it’s always a cool thing to support a long standing local business.
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If you’re having late night in Wicker Park and need a quick and easy fix, hit up 5411 who serve authentic Argentinian empanadas and local Chicago beverages late into the night. Maradona would approve.
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Stop into one of the coffee landmarks of Chicago, Intelligentsia.
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Powered by an uber-strong espresso called Black Cat, all Intelligentsia locations serve up a variety of cool drinks and treats coupled with a sleekly designed cafe and soundtrack that will undoubtedly have you nodding your head.
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Looking to watch some early morning Euro football? Swing by the Globe in North Center.
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Primarily an Arsenal and Manchester City Supporters bar, it is decorated as such. However, everyone is very friendly and respectful and anyone stopping by is made to feel welcome especially by the bartenders and staff. They love their out of town fans, so stop in and check out your club on an MLS off day.
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If you’ve got the itch to actually PLAY some footy while your in Chicago so you can work off all the donuts and pizza, try and link up with the Kick It Social league, who’ve got pick up games multiple days of the week.
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Fire fans embracing their last place finish last season with the honorary wooden spoon.
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Chicago’s starting lineup featuring loads of new faces.
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The man, the myth, the legend.
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David Villa celebrates with the day’s first goalscorer Tommy McNamara
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Michael Harrington took one for the team.
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Mix Diskerud scored NYCFC’s fourth which turned out to be the winner.
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David Accam buries a penalty to make it 4-3 NYCFC, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
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The Sector Latino section of Chicago’s home supporter’s, sing their creative songs and power Chicago through the second half of a wild game.
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NYCFC away support makes their presence known.

Photos courtesy of Marwan Shousher