Baseball rules Chicago sports uniform power index

We're back in the midst of another sports overlap season as MLB, the NBA, MLS and the NHL are all in action. That makes it a perfect time to rank all the local professional uniforms. Time to play spring fashion police, Chicago sports-style.



Along with the L.A. Kings and Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, the Sox provided the dress code for gangsta rap, the anti-establishment music of this generation. "Straight Outta Compton" was one of 2015's biggest hits, and with White Sox caps prevalent in that film, the '90s nostalgia craze went up another level.

It took many attempts, but the Sox finally got their logo and color scheme right in 1990, thus ending a stretch in which they seemed to do a makeover every five years.

Celebrity reps: Doesn't get better than President Obama. Adding several '90s hip-hop and R&B artists further cements their first-place finish here.



They aren’t just red, white and blue; they’re fire-engine red and royal blue. The Cubs' look is as universally appealing and wholesomely comforting as the American flag. It helps that the ballpark, fan base and team brand embody Middle America, too.

Celebrity reps: The team has an embarrassment of riches with Bill Murray, Joe Mantegna, Nick Offerman, Eddie Vedder and Billy Corgan. There’s also embarrassment with Rod Blagojevich, Jim Belushi and John Cusack.



A handful of teams appropriate the Chicago flag, but no one does it better than the franchise named after it. What really sells me, though, is having powder blue, which dominated MLB road uniforms in the 1980s, as the primary color.

Celebrity reps: Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath and "Biggest Loser" winner Toma Dobrosavljevic.



The world ends if you dare step on the Hawks logo in the locker room at the United Center, so I had no choice but to place them in the Top 4. If you don't "commit to the Indian," as Denis Savard once said, the hockey gods shall smite you.

Celebrity reps:  What Chicago celebrity isn't a Hawks fan? Vince Vaughn probably carries the flag, but Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and CM Punk are sleepers. Again, apologies for Belushi and Cusack.



1990s nostalgia is like Hansel in the first "Zoolander" movie—"so hot right now." Hence the Michael Jordan No. 23 and Scottie Pippen No. 33 are back in vogue (not En Vogue like the '90s R&B supergroup).

Celebrity reps: Miley Cyrus recently sported a Jordan tank, which is impressive considering she was 5 when he led the Bulls to their most recent title. Jenny McCarthy had a Bulls-themed segment in her Playboy Playmate of the Year video. Or so I’ve heard.



The logo won The Hockey News' award for best logo in major professional hockey (excluding the NHL) in 1998-99. Maybe that's why the Winnipeg Jets went with a similar look when they became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, two years after the Wolves were founded.

Celebrity reps: Chicago native and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker bought a couple of Wolves sweaters, and there's a dude wearing a Wolves jersey in the opening montage of "Entourage."


7. SKY

Love powder blue, but it doesn't work well with that shade of yellow. I also love the concept of naming a team after the city's impressive skyline, but the execution is lacking.

Celebrity reps: Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child is a minority owner. Dwyane Wade and former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are big fans, too.



Chicago is just like the Big Ten Conference in that nearly half the teams have red as a major color. This year's Fire kit accentuates that, and it marks an improvement over previous seasons.

Celebrity rep: Lupe Fiasco



There's nothing extraordinary about the Bears uniform except the fans who buy it and wear it. Your loyalty to the brand and the franchise is beyond superlative.

Celebrity reps: Since Vaughn made that "30 for 30" documentary on the '85 Bears, he's the flagship celeb fan now. Danica Patrick often expresses her support for the Bears on social media, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been spotted on the sidelines in recent seasons.

Paul M. Banks is a RedEye contributor. @paulmbanks

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