List of athletes from Chicago

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The following list includes notable athletes who were born or raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Baseball[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Doe Boyland Jan 6, 1955 Major League Baseball Player Born in Chicago [1]
Cesar Carrillo Cesar Carrillo 02.jpg Apr 29, 1984 MLB player Born in Chicago! [2]
Charles Comiskey Charles Comiskey.jpg Aug 15, 1859 Oct 26, 1931 MLB player and team owner, namesake of Comiskey Park Born in Chicago [3]
Josephine D'Angelo Nov 23, 1924 Aug 18, 2013 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [4]
Irene DeLaby Aug 12, 1922 Oct 6, 2012 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [5]
Dave Dombrowski Jul 27, 1956 baseball executive Born in Chicago [6]
Chick Fraser Chick Fraser.jpg Aug 26, 1873 May 8, 1940 MLB player Born in Chicago [7]
Barbara Gates May 4, 1934 Dec 1, 2000 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [8]
Philomena Gianfrancisco Apr 20, 1923 Jan 10, 1992 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [9]
Florence Hay May 24, 1982 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [10]
Arlene Kotil May 22, 1934 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [11]
Irene Kotowicz Dec 10, 1919 Jan 24, 2002 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [12]
Herman Long Herman Long Baseball.jpg Apr 13, 1866 Sep 17, 1909 MLB player and minor league manager Born in Chicago [13]
Alex McCarthy May 12, 1889 Mar 12, 1978 MLB player Born in Chicago [14]
Wally Pipp Wally-pipp.jpg February 17, 1893 January 11, 1965 First baseman for the Detroit Tigers (1913), New York Yankees (19151925), and Cincinnati Reds; World Series champion (1923); American League home run champion (1916, 1917)(19261928) Born in Chicago [15]
Kirby Puckett Mar 14, 1960 Mar 6, 2006 MLB Player, MLB Hall of Famer Born in Chicago [16]
Larry Rothschild Mar 12, 1954 Major League Baseball pitcher and coach Born in Chicago [17]
Gloria Schweigerdt Jun 10, 1934 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Born in Chicago [18]
Stan Wasiak Apr 8, 1920 Nov 20, 1992 Minor league manager, King of Baseball Born in Chicago [19]
Phil Weintraub Oct 12, 1907 June 21, 1987 Major League Baseball first baseman & outfielder; 11 RBIs in one game Born in Chicago [20]

Basketball[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Nick Anderson Nick Anderson 2012.jpg Jan 20, 1968 NBA guard Born in Chicago [21]
Patrick Beverley Patrick Beverley 2011-03-19 (2).JPG Jul 12, 1988 NBA player, plays for the Los Angeles Clippers Born in Chicago [22]
Quinn Buckner Aug 20, 1954 NBA player and coach, NCAA, NBA and Olympic basketball player [23]
Will Bynum WillBynum.jpg Jan 4, 1983 NBA player Born in Chicago [24]
Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Feb 2014.jpg Mar 11, 1993 NBA player, plays for the New Orleans Pelicans Born in Chicago [25]
Gene Dyker Feb 17, 1930 Jan 1, 1966 NBA player [26]
Larry Friend Apr 14, 1935 Feb 27, 1998 NBA player Born in Chicago [27]
Tim Hardaway Sep 1, 1966 NBA player Born in Chicago [28]
Johnny Kerr Jul 17, 1932 Feb 26, 2009 NBA player Born in Chicago [29]
Mike Krzyzewski 20131203 Mike Krzyzewski.jpg Feb 13, 1947 Basketball coach and player; coach at Duke University, known as "Coach K" Born in Chicago [30]
Ray Meyer Dec 18, 1913 Mar 17, 2006 Men's basketball coach at DePaul University Born in Chicago [31]
George Mikan GeorgeMikan.jpg Jun 18, 1924 Jun 1, 2005 NBA player, NBA Hall of Famer Attended Quigley Prep in Chicago [32]
Nazr Mohammed Nazr Mohammed.jpg Sep 5, 1977 NBA player Born in Chicago [33]
Jabari Parker Jabari Parker Bucks.jpg Mar 15, 1995 NBA player for Washington Wizards Born in Chicago [34]
Jack Phelan Nov 6, 1925 NBA player Born in Chicago [35]
Cappie Pondexter Pondexter3-20180520.jpg Jan 7, 1983 WNBA All-Star for the New York Liberty; Olympic gold medalist (Beijing 2008) Raised in Chicago [36]
Quentin Richardson Quentin Richardson.jpg Apr 13, 1980 NBA player Born in Chicago [37]
Doc Rivers Doc Rivers.JPG Oct 13, 1961 NBA player and coach Born in Chicago [38]
Derrick Rose Derrick Rose 2.jpg Oct 4, 1988 Player for the Minnesota Timberwolves, 2011 NBA MVP Born in Chicago [39]
Isiah Thomas Isiah Thomas.jpg Apr 30, 1961 NBA player, NBA Hall of Famer Born in Chicago [40]
Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade.jpg Jan 17, 1982 NBA guard for Miami Heat Born in Chicago [41]
Antoine Walker Antoine Walker Miami Heat.jpg Aug 12, 1976 NBA player Born in Chicago [42]

Boxing[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Jesús Chávez Nov 12, 1972 World boxing champion Raised in Chicago [43]

Football[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Flozell Adams Flozell Adams - Offensive Tackle - Cowboys.JPG May 18, 1975 NFL offensive lineman Born in Chicago [44]
Norm Amundsen Sep 28, 1932 NFL guard Born in Chicago [45]
Dick Barwegan Dick Barwegan.jpg Dec 25, 1921 Sep 3, 1966 NFL offensive lineman Born in Chicago [46]
Ed Bell Sep 20, 1921 Dec 6, 1990 NFL guard and tackle Born in Chicago [47]
Dick Butkus Dickbutkus.jpg Dec 9, 1942 NFL linebacker, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Bears Born in Chicago [48]
Bill Callahan Bill Callahan (American football).jpg Jul 31, 1956 Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys Born in Chicago [48][49]
Larry Canada Dec 16, 1954 NFL running back Born in Chicago [50]
Joe Carey Nov 14, 1895 NFL guard and tackle Born in Chicago [51]
Sean Cattouse Oct 4, 1988 NFL safety Born in Chicago [52]
Steve Collier Apr 19, 1963 NFL offensive tackle Born in Chicago [53]
Larry Coutre Larry Coutre - 1950 Bowman.jpg Apr 11, 1928 May 19, 2008 NFL halfback Born in Chicago [54]
Dick Evans Dick Evans (Iowa).jpg May 31, 1917 May 26, 2008 NFL player Born in Chicago [55]
Fred Evans Nov 6, 1983 Defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins Born in Chicago [56]
Dick Fencl February 24, 1909 June 25, 1972 NFL end Born in Chicago [57]
Tom Finnin Tom Finnin - 1954 Bowman.jpg Sep 28, 1927 NFL defensive tackle Born in Chicago [58]
Ray Frankowski Sep 14, 1919 Nov 27, 2001 NFL guard Born in Chicago [59]
Chuck Gelatka January 28, 1914 May 23, 2001 NFL end Born in Chicago [60]
George Halas GeorgeHalasBaseball.jpg Feb 2, 1895 Oct 31, 1983 Coach and owner of the Bears [61]
Napoleon Harris Feb 25, 1979 NFL linebacker Born in Chicago [62]
Arnold Horween Jul 7, 1898 Aug 5, 1985 Harvard Crimson All American football player and NFL football player Born in Chicago [63]
Ralph Horween Ralph Horween 2.jpg Aug 3, 1896 May 26, 1997 Harvard Crimson All American football player and NFL football player Born in Chicago [64]
Tony Ippolito Sep 19, 1917 Nov 12, 1951 NFL guard Born in Chicago [65]
Clarence Janecek Apr 1, 1911 Jan 16, 1990 NFL offensive guard Born in Chicago [66]
Johnny Karras January 29, 1928 NFL halfback Born in Chicago [67]
John Kenerson Born in Chicago March 18, 1938 December 6, 1995 NFL, AFL and CFL player Born in Chicago [68]
John Kropke January 3, 1966 CFL defensive lineman Born in Chicago [69]
Larry Lauer Aug 27, 1927 NFL center Born in Chicago [70]
Marv Levy Aug 3, 1925 Coach of Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Blitz of the USFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Born in Chicago [71]
Marc May Jan 1, 1956 NFL tight end Born in Chicago [72]
John McGarry Nov 24, 1963 NFL guard Born in Chicago [73]
Donovan McNabb McNabb cropped.jpg Nov 25, 1976 NFL quarterback, current analyst on NFL Network and Fox Sports Born in Chicago [74]
John Meyer Feb 20, 1942 NFL player and coach Born in Chicago [75]
Ed Mieszkowski October 14, 1925 February 15, 2004 AAFC tackle Born in Chicago [76]
Ray Nitschke Nitschke packers.jpg Dec 29, 1936 Mar 8, 1998 NFL linebacker for the Packers, NFL Hall of Famer Lived in Chicago [77]
Bill O'Neill Apr 25, 1910 Oct 27, 2000 NFL back for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Rams Born in Chicago [78]
David Petway Oct 17, 1955 NFL defensive back Born in Chicago [79]
Jim Psaltis Dec 14, 1927 NFL defensive back Born in Chicago [80]
Simeon Rice Feb 24, 1974 NFL defensive end Born in Chicago [81]
Knute Rockne Knute Rockne on ship's deck.jpg Mar 4, 1888 Mar 31, 1931 Football player and coach at Notre Dame Grew up in the Logan Square area of Chicago [82][83]
George Schmidt Oct 28, 1927 NFL defensive end Born in Chicago [84]
Joe Skibinski Dec 23, 1928 NFL guard Born in Chicago [85]
Ed Skoronski October 15, 1910 December 22, 1996 NFL player Born in Chicago [86]
John Spilis Oct 14, 1947 NFL wide receiver Born in Chicago [87]
Jimmy Tays Mar 10, 1899 Jun 21, 1986 NFL player Born in Chicago [88]
Pierre Thomas Pierre Thomas (cropped).jpg Dec 18, 1984 NFL running back, current running back for the New Orleans Saints Born in Chicago [89]
Chuck Ulrich Dec 14, 1929 Apr 10, 2006 Defensive tackle for the Chicago Cardinals Born in Chicago [90]
Lou Usher Jan 1, 1927 NFL offensive lineman for the Bears Born in Chicago [91]
Joe Vodicka March 4, 1921 February 28, 1995 NFL halfback Born in Chicago [92]
Marty Wendell November 22, 1926 March 7, 2012 American football guard Born in Chicago [93]
Ken Wendt Jan 29, 1910 Jan 19, 1982 NFL guard Born in Chicago [94]
Chuck Winfrey Mar 27, 1949 NFL linebacker Born in Chicago [95]
Chet Winters Oct 22, 1960 NFL running back Born in Chicago [96]
Harry Wunsch Nov 20, 1910 NFL guard Born in Chicago [97]
Joe Young Aug 3, 1933 Defensive end in the AFL Born in Chicago [98]
Bob Zimny Dec 11, 1921 Aug 11, 2011 NFL tackle Born in Chicago [99]

Golf[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Lucia Mida 1890 1960 Winner of the 1930 Women's Western Open Born in Chicago [100]

Gymnastics[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bart Conner Mar 28, 1958 Olympic gymnastic gold medalist (1984) Raised in Chicago [101]

Hockey[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Chris Chelios Chelios March 2007 01.jpg Jan 25, 1962 NHL defenseman Born in Chicago [102]
John Hayden Feb 14, 1995 NHL forward for Chicago Blackhawks Born in Chicago [103]
Al Montoya Almontoya.jpg Feb 13, 1995 NHL goalie for Montreal Canadiens Born in Chicago [104]
Eddie Olczyk Ed Olczyk 2010-04-08.JPG Jan 25, 1962 NHL player and color commentator Born in Chicago [105]

Ice skating[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Shani Davis Shani Davis (2006).jpg Aug 13, 1982 Olympic speed-skater Born in Chicago [106]
Dorothy Hamill Laura Bush and Dorothy Hamill.jpg Jul 26, 1956 Figure skater, 1976 Olympic champion and the 1976 World champion Born in Chicago [107]
Emery Lehman Jun 13, 1996 Olympic speed skater Born in Chicago
Evan Lysacek Evan Lysacek.jpg Jun 4, 1985 Figure skater, 2010 Olympic champion and 2009 World champion Born in Chicago [108]
Janet Lynn Janet Lynn 1972.jpg Apr 6, 1953 Figure skater, 1972 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time world medalist Born in Chicago [109]

Martial arts[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
James Chico Hernandez

(a.k.a., "Chico")

Hernandez,medal.jpg Apr 14, 1954 Sambo practitioner; member of the USA National Team Born in Chicago [110]

NASCAR[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bobby Dotter Jul 11, 1960 NASCAR driver turned owner Born in Chicago [111]

Rowing and yachting[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Robert Halperin Jan 26, 1908 May 8, 1985 Olympic and Pan American Games yachting medalist; quarterback for the Brooklyn Dodgers; decorated World War II US-Navy sailor; co-founder of Lands' End; Chairman of Commercial Light Company Born in Chicago [112]
Donald Spero Aug 9, 1939 American physicist; venture capitalist; European Rowing Championships bronze medalist and Olympic rower (1964) [113]

Soccer[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Marcelo Balboa MarceloBalboa 20060410.jpg Aug 8, 1967 Defender for MLS teams MetroStars and Colorado Rapids, and the Liga MX team Club León; captain of the U.S. national team; member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Born in Chicago [114]

Sports commentators[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Stuart Scott Stuart Scott 2010b.jpg Jul 19, 1965 Jan 4, 2015 Sportscaster and anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter Born in Chicago [115]
Michael Wilbon Michael Wilbon 2011.jpg Nov 19, 1958 ESPN commentator and co-host of Pardon the Interruption; sportswriter and columnist for the Washington Post Born in Chicago [116]

Tennis[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Laura Granville Laura-Granville-2009Usopen.png May 12, 1981 Tennis player and head coach of Princeton University women's tennis team Born in Chicago [117]
Seymour Greenberg Aug 10, 1920 Mar 3, 2006 Tennis player; ranked U.S. No. 5 in singles Born in Chicago [118]
Andrea Jaeger Andrea Jaeger.jpg Jun 4, 1965 Tennis player and an Anglican Dominican nun; winner of 10 singles titles Born in Chicago [119]

Track and field[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Mike Conley, Sr. Oct 5, 1962 Olympic gold medalist triple jumper (1992 Barcelona games) Born in Chicago [120]

Volleyball[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Russ Rose RussRose2008.jpg Nov 29, 1953 Hall of Fame women's volleyball coach at Penn State Born in Chicago [121]

Wrestling[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bobby Heenan Brooklyn Brawler & Bobby Heenan.jpg Nov 1, 1944 Sep 17, 2017 Retired AWA, WWF and WCW manager and commentator. WWE Hall of Fame inductee Born in Chicago [122]
Kalisto Kalisto NXT.jpg Nov 14, 1986 Two-time WWE United States Champion Born in Chicago [123]
CM Punk CM Punk 2.jpg Oct 26, 1978 Seven-time World Champion with World Wrestling Entertainment; known as "the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era"; retired from WWE in 2014; now a mixed martial artist Born in Chicago [124]
Justin Roberts Justin Roberts WWE Ring Announcer RAW House Show 6-23-07.jpg Dec 29, 1979 Ring announcer for the World Wrestling Entertainment Born in Chicago [125]
Larry Zbyszko Larry Zbyszko HOF.jpg Dec 5, 1951 Former AWA World Champion, WWE Hall of Fame inductee Born in Chicago [126]

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