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The Chicago Fire hosted their 2nd annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show last week at Revel downtown, proving once again that these footballers are just as well-footed off the field as they are on.

With proceeds benefitting the Chicago Fire Foundation, the second year event drew Fire fans, family, friends, socialites and fashion admirers alike, providing an evening of sophistication, fashion and sport like no other event in Chicago.

Elizabeth Stanton and I had the opportunity to attend this year and arrived about 20 minutes before the players took the stage. Upon arriving, we immediately grabbed two glasses of wine from the open bar and cruised the perimeter of the venue, visiting several vendor booths that included designer eyewear and hats.

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Midfielder Benji Joya. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

One of my favorite local news personalities, Natalie Bomke took the stage as the emcee and welcomed the crowd that included a solid mix of men and women and a few bonafide fashionistas. Attendees sat in chairs lined up against the catwalk that was appropriately placed in the middle of the event space.

One by one players and coaches emerged from a back room behind the stage and each took their turn walking the runway in looks by Mens Warehouse, featuring Joseph Aboud, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

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Forward Robert Earnshaw. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

While some of the ballers were better cat-walkers than others, each player and coach had their own sense of style as they took their turn posing for fans and snapping cameras as the DJ pumped out great beats and kept the crowd engaged.

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Forward Quincy Amarikwa. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

My only issue with the program this year was that the players were not announced prior to taking the stage and there was no mention to what they were specifically wearing. The event could have been more engaging if each player had been introduced, including his position – and perhaps an interesting anecdote or two (…resides in the UK in the off-season…enjoys cooking in his spare time, etc.) as well as what exactly he was wearing. This was a missed opportunity to market the players, and the clothing, to a diverse group that may not be attending games on a regular basis.

Overall, it was another successful event for the Fire, providing fans an opportunity to see players in a different light and enjoy a night of sport and fashion in an intimate setting. While the Fire may not have had the season they had hoped for, they still know how to bring their A-game for lifestyle-focused events that fans have come to love and expect from the sophisticated and international team.

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2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof

Hot Event Alert: Round up the gals now for the Chicago Fire’s second annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show on Thursday, site September 25th at Revel. Whether your pals are the football loving kind or not, this must-hit event is perfect for any smart woman who appreciates fashion with a dose of charity. For Chicago Fire lady fans, there is no better way to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the team’s favorite, model-material players and coaches as they walk the run way for charity to benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT at Revel event space on Randolph (440 West Randolph Avenue).

Tickets start at $50 for general admission and include complimentary cocktails. A $75 VIP ticket is available that includes front row seating, three drink tickets and a gift. The fashion show will be emceed by local media personality and Good Day Chicago Anchor Natalie Bomke. Purchase tickets HERE.

Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

I had the chance to attend last year’s Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof, read my full review HERE. Although the venue has changed this year, I expect a similar atmosphere of high energy, great beats, gorgeous crowd, impressive fashion and serious eye candy.

Players and coaches will walk the runway in some of the hottest looks of the season including Vera Wang tuxedos, Calvin Klein and Joseph Abboud for the Men’s Warehouse, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

While we love all our Chicago teams, the Fire just seem to get it right when it comes to throwing events. From their Art of Futbol event this spring, to the legendary White Party each summer, to their annual Fashion Show, the Fire know how to throw a party with class and style.

Can’t make it to the fashion show on Thursday? The Chicago Fire’s season ends on October 24th, get out to Toyota Park today before it’s too late – view the Fire’s remaining schedule and search for tickets HERE.

The Fire have had a rough season, one that has been filled with too many tied games and not enough wins. They currently sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points, 17 points behind conference leaders, D.C. United. But as with all of our Chicago teams, losing seasons don’t keep us from supporting the team on and off the filed.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to support the Fire at the end of a lackluster season than watching them strut their impressive stuff down the runway while sipping cocktails. See you on Thursday.

For more information, please visit www.chicago-fire.com.

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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

More and more teams today are realizing that in order to gain more fans they need to do a better job courting the folks who appreciate the aesthetic attributes of the sport.

In Chicago’s competitive pro sports scene, sildenafil the clear front runner in this space is the Chicago Fire.

Chicago’s soccer club continuously puts out culturally-significant events that leave us impressed with a renewed interest in the game, salve the club and the players, which always leads me to ask, “why aren’t more teams doing this type of thing?”

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

The easy answer is “because they don’t have to”. Unlike the majority of their pro counterparts in our city, the Fire doesn’t sell out every single game and the size of the club’s fan base pales in comparison to that of the ‘other’ football team in town. We’re all aware of the never-ending ‘futbol debate’ that rages on between American football fans and the lovers of soccer, and whether you love footy more than football, with Toyota Parks’ southwest city location, catching an impromptu match isn’t as easy as jumping a cab over to Soldier Field.

But if you prefer extracurricular sporting events that involve good lighting, art, civil conversations, DJs and cocktails, then the Chicago Fire has an event for you! After all, this is the team that brings us sexy events like the Fashion Show at the Wit (check out my review from 2013 here) and the incredibly popular White Party. The Fire has a flare for throwing high-brow events that celebrate and promote the game effortlessly.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Fire’s fourth annual Art of Futbol at Prairie Production studio on Randolph with friends Elizabeth Stanton and Monica Gostkiewicz. This annual event rotates between slick venues around the city and brings together a curated collection of donated art that in some shape or form celebrates the game of futbol. A handful of the artists donate a portion of their proceeds to the Chicago Fire Foundation.

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Over 50 artists submitted art with 25 on display including several of the Chicago Fire players as well as one of our favorite Bears, Martellus Bennett. The art exhibit ranged from mixed display to oil on canvas to photography with all pieces sharing the common feature of futbol.

Art of Futbol

DJ Anton Trizna spun while a diverse mix of guests mingled, sipped complimentary wine from E & J Gallo, beers from Heineken and water from Fiji while nibbling on impressive light fare from Shakout sushi, Carnivale, and Cabot cheeses. The scene was lively and inviting with hands-on exhibits that allowed guests to paint and leave behind a personalized mark on a community piece of art. A handful of players (very difficult to identify in street clothes) mingled with guests and roamed freely among the crowd that skewed heavily male (70/30).

Monica Gostkiewicz, Monica Murphy, Elizabeth Stanton

Monica Gostkiewicz, Monica Murphy, Elizabeth Stanton

The Fire are known for throwing great events and the warmer weather brings not only ideal conditions for matches at Toyota Park but the slew of upcoming must-hit events that warrant your attention. Check out these upcoming Fire fundraisers and be sure to make your way to Toyota Park this summer for some of the best futbol in Chicago.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club – Fire Brews + Bites

Saturday, June 14: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Hosted at Carmichael’s Steakhouse, this event allows World Cup fans to sample a variety of brews from local breweries, snack on various appetizers, and socialize with other attendees while viewing World Cup games on the big screen.

Purchased tickets here: Fire, Brews, and Bites

Save the date for the 2014 Chicago Fire’s 3rd Annual White Party: Date & time are TBD – always held in August, and always one to sell out – this is one of the hottest international events of the summer and a must-hit for any gal – futbol fan or not. Check out the pics and info from the Chicago Fire Foundation’s 3rd Annual White Party for a taste.

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The 4th Annual Art of Futbol, hosted by the Chicago Fire is next Wednesday, May 14th at the Prairie Production Studio on Randolph. For us ladies who love sport as much as we love the finer things in life (curated art, cocktails, lean physiques) this must-hit event was certainly made with us in mind.

The Club has put out a call to Chicagoland artists, asking for creative and expressive artwork to be showcased at the event. Local artists have submitted original pieces of work, which can be of traditional or non-traditional genre and media, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and poetry.

All of the art encompasses the beauty of the game of soccer.

Guests will be able to mingle with the artists themselves, as well as members of the Chicago Fire while enjoying drinks, light appetizers and sweet treats. Event runs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Early bird admission is $25.00 and includes admission to the event and two drink tickets, or the advanced early bird ticket for $35.00 which includes the basic ticket plus one Cornerkick ticket to Chicago Fire home game match on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00pm.

Guests must be 21+ to attend. Purchase your tickets today to before it’s too late! Early bird admission ends on May 7th!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps the Chicago Fire contribute to the community through grants and contributions. With great pride, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.5 million to the Chicagoland community since its inception in 1998. This outstanding achievement gives the Chicago Fire Foundation even more reason to set its sights on grander projects for the future.

The Chicago Fire’s goal on the field is to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities.

So grab your gals and come help support the talented artists, along with the Chicago Fire team. Enjoy the unique art and mingle with the Chicago Fire community at this sexy event that is guaranteed to keep you visually entertained.

To learn more information about the event, visit the ticket website or email artoffutbol@chicago-fire.com.

See you there!

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2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

The ROOF was on Fire Thursday night as some of our favorite footballers walked the runway sporting fall’s hottest looks, sale all on behalf of charity. For a girl who’s football affinity gravitates towards the gridiron, I must say, my appreciation and interest for the Chicago Fire intensified after tonight’s display of athleticsm, style and team fanfare.

Hosted at the ROOF on the Wit, the party was moving and the Moët was flowing by the time my husband and I arrived at 7:15 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. runway show. The crowd was evenly balanced and attractive with plenty of suits and ladies in fashion show-friendly attire. Jason Vargas and Monica Murphy Vargas

Nine players of the Chicago Fire and one coach worked the catwalk in fashions provided by the 900 North Michigan Shops including designers Diesel, Penguin, Mezlan Footwear as well as stylish fan gear from the Chicago Fire.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Chicago Fire Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that is committed to improving the quality of life of youth and communities throughout Chicagoland through health, wellness, education and environment. 

Participating models were forward Quincy Amarikwa, midfielder Daniel Paladini, defenders Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares, Austin Berry, Michael Videira and Hunter Jumper, goalkeepers Paolo Tornaghi and Sean Johnson, and goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde.

As someone who does not claim to be an avid fan of the Chicago Fire (I’ve been to a handful of games at Toyota Park over the last few seasons) I scrambled with my program anxious to identify each of these beautiful men as they humbly walked the makeshift runway. 

There were a variety of looks on display ranging from a rust colored suit, to motorcycle jackets, cashmere sweaters with tapered pants, to a classic slim cut grey suit that perfectly accentuated the lean yet cut physique of its owner. The Diesel jeans were on full display as the urban chic look dominated after a few suits worked their way through the rotation.

The show finished with looks featuring Chicago Fire apparel, reminding me that these models were actually pro athletes, and just how far fan gear has come as Fire logos blended into their other catwalk looks. The men all took the stage at the finale as the crowd applauded and the women who lined the catwalk anxiously took photos as the players struck a pose one last time.

Afterward, members of the Chicago Fire Foundation took the stage to thank everyone for attending as players spilled out into the crowd and mingled with guests as DJ Big Once continued to pump out hard beats.

The Fire currently sits in the last playoff spot in the East with five games remaining in the regular season. Their next home game at Toyota Park is next Saturday night, September 28th against the Montreal Impact. Find tickets HERE.

If these nine playmakers can finish the season with the swagger and poise they showed last night, the Fire should be in a good position to make a decent run in the playoffs this year. I’m not ashamed to say that after last night’s display, I will certainly be paying more attention during these final weeks of the season.

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Our mission at SDI is to bring our readers the must-know details on all of our Chicago sports teams, help but we are guilty of ignoring the Chicago Fire in these early days of getting SportsDivas Inc. up and running.  After being asked by readers to “Bring more Fire!” and give some love to the footballers, we felt even more compelled to cover our local MLS team.  The nail in the coffin was meeting Chicago Fire defender, Dan Gargan last week at Cheeky Chicago’s Cheekiest Men of Summer.  For more details on this dashing footballer, check out or new HAM of the Week.  So, with last minute tickets in hand for a Saturday night home match-up, we ventured out to Bridgeview to see the Chicago Fire take on the New England Revolution at Toyota Park.

Here’s what we discovered:

Toyota Park, a hidden gem in the burbs Toyota Park is located in the suburb of Bridgeview, about a 30 minute drive without traffic off of I-55 South.  Built in 2006 for a budget-friendly $100MM, this is a great venue to take in any type of game.  You can also find Chicago Bliss games here, the lingerie football league.  Hmmm…more on that another time.

Every seat is fantastic and tickets only start at $3 a pop!  A far cry from other pro teams, which is why Fire games are extremely family friendly.   Beware though, even though ticket prices are cheap the beer is not.   A premium domestic beer is $9.50 and domestic $7.00 so bring a decent amount of cash if you plan on drinking. We didn’t take in any of the food vendors however, typical stadium fare of hot dogs, pizza, burgers, etc.

An appealing mix of young die-hard soccer fans and families: Upon arrival, we found many young soccer singletons and families in the parking lot full-on tailgating.   We were immediately impressed with the fanfare and pregame energy on display.  Fire jerseys were everywhere, particularly on groups of young Hispanic men and kids, the two dominant demos at the game.

There was a mini fan village set up outside the stadium with vendors and what looked like a moonwalk/soccer field where kids and families passed time before the 7:30PM start.  We have to be honest, there were a TON of kids at the game.  Which is not surprising, considering the Saturday night game, low ticket prices and the dominance of soccer in youth sports, but we were a little surprised by the numbers.

The Chicago Fire does a great job integrating youth into their games and overall program.  When the Fire and the Revolution took the field, they were hand-in-hand with young kids, all members of local youth soccer programs.

The product on the field: The Chicago Fire have done an amazing job with the team and we are not just talking about the eclectic group of American and international eye candy.  A mix of young guns and established veterans make the roster with midfielder Pavel Pado pulling the most cheers from the home crowd.  While we can’t say we know the entire roster by heart, we now have a better appreciation of the game and the players.

There’s great energy here with a very passionate home crowd that is quick to rise to their feet, cheer, scream at penalties and boo at the umpires.  With only 10 regular season games left, and with the Fire tied in 1st place of the Eastern Conference with New York, we can only imagine the intensity that is yet to come over the next month as the Fire look to make the playoffs. And now that we have felt the flames (sorry – had to here) we plan on riding out the next 10 games with these guys. 

We’re looking for women to cover the Chicago Fire for SDI as they finish out the season and head to the playoffs – (ahem, better than we can).  Do you love the Fire and have the knowledge and writing skills to boot?  Contact us! info@sportsdivasinc.com 

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