Chicago had one of it's most memorable sports years in 2015. The Blackhawks won their sixth Stanley Cup in six years, the Cubs won 97 games in Joe Maddon's first season, the Bears made significant changes at the top and Patrick Kane was an everyday conversation on Sports Radio for two very different stories. There was never a lull in the sports conversation this year in Chicago.
The list of ten did not include many Chicago Sports Stories that would have had a good chance to make the list in a less eventful year. It could have been far more extensive.
The Cubs and the White Sox both lost their icons within six weeks of each other at the beginning of the year. Minnie Minoso and Ernie Banks will be hard faces of their franchises to replace.
The Bears first round pick Kevin White never saw the field in 2015 because of foot problems.
The Cubs 2015 off-season got off to a resounding start with Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant and Jake Arrietta winning postseason awards. They followed that up by signing John Lackey and Jason Heyward away from the Cardinals.
The White Sox have also been busy since the end of their 2015 season. They traded for Brett Lowrie from Oakland and All-Star 3B Todd Frazier from Cincinnati.
The Blackhawks also had to make moves of their own to get under the salary cap for 2015-16. They traded three time Stanley Cup winner Patrick Sharp to Dallas. Two time winner Johnny Oduya left via free agency also to Dallas. After not being able to reach a contract agreement, the Hawks also had to trade Brandon Saad. Saad was considered a cornerstone of the team.
DePaul re-hired Dave Leitao as their head coach and broke ground on their new arena at McCormick Place that is supposed to be ready in 2017.