You only turn 20 once, and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club did that in style on Sunday, October 8, the 146th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and the 20th anniversary of the club's founding in 1997.
The celebration got underway early for a select group of club greats, who convened Saturday night to catch up and swap old stories:
As the sun rose on the official 20-year anniversary of the club's founding, messages began to roll in from fans and former players at home and overseas to mark two decades since the start of something very special.
Happy 20th anniversay #cf97!!! There have been some really great highs and some lows but I'm gonna keep on loving you to the very end.— Frank Cardenas (@TrumpetGuapo) October 8, 2017