When these two clubs meet things get nasty and are always heated.
Chicago fans call Crew Stadium Fire House East, Crew call Toyota Park Nordecke West.
They've both shared one of the most prolific scorers in Brian McBride.
161 appearances and 62 goals for Columbus
59 appearances and 18 goals for Chicago
McBride's joining of the Fire, always a Crew rival, on July 30th, 2008 will always tarnish his image in Columbus; as displayed in this banner by Crew fans at the Eastern Conference final in 2008:
The Columbus and Chicago Fire rivalry has flourished because both groups have been able to take more fans to each others stadiums.
Chicago Fire fans (being the prats they are), even have a website dedicated just to trips to Columbus, called Firehouse-east.com.
Over 400 Crew fans at Chicago's Toyota Park
Over 400 Fire fans at Crew Stadium
The Fire, along with the history, are more of a rival partly because of the freedom to bring a large away crowd in recent years.
As it's all good and well when Toronto F.C. can bring 1,000 fans to your stadium; but when your SG is only allowed to bring 100 or so back to BMO, as is the case for both Columbus and Chicago fans at Toronto's BMO Field, it's harder to get up for the rivalry.
The rivalry could even heighten more this year.
The Chicago Fire could best there record of 600 away fans, taken to MLS Cup 2000 in D.C., with this trip to Columbus on May 26th. And the Crew might best there away record to Chicago on June 27th as well, as that trip has been in the pipeline for a while too and is highlighted as the big trip in the first half of the year.
No matter how many fans are at either stadium, it's always an interesting night out for the Nordecke and Section 8; as there are always a few fights, arguments, taunts, and security carting people away for smoke bombs and other mischievous actions on both sides.