1 Jim Thome
The slugger from Peoria has 381 career home runs.
2 World Free Fall Convention
The group skydiving event takes place each August in Rantoul.
The home of the minor league RiverHawks baseball team is
Illinois's SI Sportstown for having the best community sports
The Wildcats from Evanston have won no national titles in
football or basketball but 12 in debate, the most of any school.
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5 Mike Krzyzewski
The Duke basketball coach is from Chicago.
6 Isiah Thomas
The Knicks' president, from Chicago, won two NBA titles as a
7 Maurice Cheeks
The Trail Blazers' coach, from Chicago, was the NBA's alltime
steals leader when he retired as a player in 1993.
8 Chris Chelios
The Chicago native, a Red Wings defenseman and former Blackhawk,
has twice captained the U.S. Olympic team.
9 Donovan McNabb
The Chicago native has led the Eagles to three NFC Championship
10 Wrigley Field
Built on the site of a former seminary, the 90-year-old
ballpark--the second oldest in baseball, behind Fenway--is sacred
ground to Cubs fans. The team had five other homes before moving
to Wrigley, originally known as Weeghman Park, in 1916. Bill
Veeck planted the ivy in '37, the same year the outfield
bleachers went up. Lights were added in '88, but weekday
afternoon games remain the best reason for working Chicagoans to
take a long lunch that includes a beer and a hot dog.
11 University of Chicago
Amos Alonzo Stagg coached at this founding Big Ten member, whose
football team now plays in the University Athletic Association.
12 Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
Swimmer Matt Biondi's 11 Olympic medals will be displayed at the
new Chicago museum.
13 Simeon Rice
The Chicago native and Illinois alum led the NFC in sacks in 2002
with the Bucs.
Former basketball stars from the school include Illinois natives
George Mikan, Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings.
The club has hosted three U.S. Opens and a PGA.
16 Western Open
The 101st edition of the event, the oldest non-major on the PGA
Tour, will be played this summer in Lemont.
17 Michael Finley
The Mavs' guard starred at Maywood's Proviso East High.
18 Granato Family
The Downers Grove hockey clan includes Avalanche coach Tony and
forward Cammi, the only player named to all eight U.S. women's
world championship teams.
19 Mike Alstott
The Bucs' six-time Pro Bowl fullback was on the state
championship team as a junior at Joliet Catholic High.
20 Mark Mulder
The A's lefthander is from South Holland.
21 Jerry Sloan
After 16 years with the Jazz, the McLeansboro native is the
longest-tenured coach in major pro sports.
22 Southern Illinois
The school changed its nickname to Salukis in 1951, honoring an
Egyptian breed of dog.
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