Tournament of Champions


Tournament of Champions

Bring your basketball-loving pals to see the Tournament of Champions at McCormick Place July 9-12 and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

The NIKE Tournament of Champions is universally considered the most prestigious basketball event in the world. Occupying almost one million square feet inside of Chicago’s McCormick Place, the 2018 tournament will host 752 teams and more than 10,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 United States and every Canadian province.  This will make it the largest single venue basketball event in the world, and it will also be the largest in the history of men’s or women’s basketball.

Returning for 2018 will be the appearance of NIKE Nationals – the championship event of the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) which will bring all 32 NIKE sponsored teams to Chicago to play alongside the 720 teams in the Tournament of Champions.

76 regulation size basketball courts will be constructed in McCormick’s South Hall. All told, as many as 20,000 spectators can attend the 760 games being played each day, with 152 teams competing simultaneously at any given time.

McCormick Place is located at 230 South King Drive in Chicago. To register for the Tournament of Champions, go online to and follow the prompts.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short drive to the Tournament of Champions at McCormick Place, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.