White Sox vs. Minnesota
Monday-Wednesday, U.S. Cellular Field
The Sox are slipping, so they'll need a boost from this three-game home stand to try and catch Detroit. It also will be new addition Brett Myers' first appearance at the Cell in a Sox uniform. OK, so that isn't all that exciting, but he might be the first of several new additions by GM Kenny Williams ...
Bears training camp
2:30 p.m. Thursday, Olivet Nazarene University
This requires driving to Bourbonnais, but it might be worth it to see how Matt Forte, Jay Cutler and Brian Urlacher are healing, watch Brandon Marshall make ridiculous catches and maybe snag an autograph or two. No word on whether Cutler is accepting wedding gifts.
Cubs vs. St. Louis
1:20 p.m. Friday, Wrigley Field
This will make it easier to forget how painful the Cubs' season has been. Friday is Ron Santo Day, and the Cubs will honor the recent Hall of Fame inductee with a special pregame ceremony featuring members of his family. The first 10,000 fans receive a commemorative Santo Hall of Fame plaque, which might be the next best thing to a World Series trophy replica.
London Olympics opening ceremonies
6:30 p.m. Friday, NBC
Finally, all the controversies about Team USA's uniforms not being made in the U.S., sprinters tying at the Olympic Trials and which American men's hoops team is best will be set aside when the Games get under way. All right, so there's no chance of that happening. It's nice to know actual competition is around the corner, however.
Big Ten Network 10K
7:30 a.m. Saturday, Soldier Field parking lots
It's too late to participate in this race, but if you're getting college football fever, this might satisfy it for now. The Big Ten Network will hold a tailgate party during the race, and former NFL players Howard Griffith, Dhani Jones, Ki-Jana Carter and Ron Dayne are running in the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society. Get the deets at btnbig10k.com.