A new professional soccer team is coming to Chicago and it is very possible that it will be named “Chicago House,” in honor of Frankie Knuckle’s legacy and Chicago’s pivotal role in the foundation of House Music.
The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States, and its latest project is for a new professional soccer team in Chicago. Chicago NISA announced on November 5th, 2020, that its September 10th application for a National Independent Soccer Association team had been approved for Chicago, set to begin play in the 2021 fall season.
To choose a name for this new team, NISA has launched a literal Moniker Madness bracket (think of March Madness) with 60 proposed team monikers battling to be chosen. “Chicago House” has now reached the final of the bracket, competing with “Chicago Point” as the name of the new Chicago soccer pro team that will begin playing later this year.
The NISA website explains the “Chicago House” moniker and its meaning:
Chicago House – This is a tribute to Chicago House music, Chicago based social service organizations and the US Soccer House based in the South Loop historic Prairie district. Chicago House music is the city’s late 20th century musical contribution to the world, led by DJ Frankie Knuckles and the Warehouse nightclub. Chicago House social service organization continues to support individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and the broader LGBTQ community with housing, health, and employment support. The former Jane Addams Hull House served the underserved in Chicago for 122 years. If chosen, Chicago House soccer club would be a home that welcomes all.
The message behind the suggested name is one of unity and it pays respect to the rich history of House Music in Chicago, and the legacy left behind by the late Frankie Knuckles and his groundbreaking DJ sets at the famous Warehouse nightclub in Chicago.