Sports Fest 2009 

Two-day sports event features tournaments, fitness, and special performances.

December 07, 2009

The weather outside might be a little frightful and cold this winter, but there’s one indoor event that’s sure to keep you and your kids warm and active at the same time.


Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Festival takes place this month from Sunday, December 27, to Monday, December 28, at McCormick Place in Halls A & B, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.


Admission is free. Activities take place between 10 a.m. –  4 p.m. Interactive zones include martial arts, golf, climbing walls, football, chess, an obstacle course, tot’s zone, bowling, table tennis, inflatable tumbling, tennis, badminton, boxing, a pitching zone, fishing ponds, footbag, a giant slide, the 40-yard dash, a skateboarding area, wrestling and more.


The two-day event is packed with activities for kids of all ages. View a sample list of activities below:


  • Sports tournaments. CPS is hosting an all-ages chess tournament, a 7th and 8th grade boys and girls basketball tournament, and tennis clinics. Tournament hours vary and include volleyball and floor hockey. Sanctioned tournaments require pre-registration and there may be a nominal fee.
  • Get fit. This year’s event features an expanded fitness area for both adults and children. Certified fitness instructors will lead classes in cardio kickboxing, salsa aerobics, Pilates, and yoga. There are also fitness demos, lectures on nutrition, bike safety, and family fitness. Essential health screenings are also available, including body fat composition measurements. Personal trainers can also teach you how to develop a personalized fitness regimen.
  • Put your thinking cap on. The WTTW Chill Out Zone gives kids a break from the physical activities and challenges them to exercise some brain power.  Activities include coloring, board games, and reading. 

  • Dance party. On Sunday, Pepsi is sponsoring a “Get out there and dance party.” The Chicago Dance Institute will be teaching attendees dance moves from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” And later that day attendees can show off what they learned by participating in a flash-mob style dance party. 

  • Health checkups. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will have a CareVan mobile clinic at the event. Attendees can get a free flu shot.


Discounted parking is available in Lot A for $9. Transportation is also available via the CTA.


Learn more about Chicago Sports Fest or call 312-744-3370. 



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Article written by C. Payton.