One-hundred-eight years in the making, the Chicago Cubs have broken the curse! The team not only made it to the World Series, but won the series in Game 7 Wednesday night against against the Cleveland Indians. The historic series of events will continue Friday morning with a celebration rally and parade.
Chicago Mayor Raham Emanuel announced Thursday evening plans for the celebration. “The City of Chicago could not be more proud of the Cubs, and we are going to throw them - and their fans - a celebration worthy of the history the team made last night,” Emanuel stated in a press release. “2016 is the year for the Cubs and the generations of fans who have been waiting to the fly the World Series W.”
The parade will leave Wrigley Field at approximately 10am Friday morning and head south towards downtown. The City of Chicago did not announce the entire parade route, but instead are encouraging fans to view the parade at any of the following locations:
Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
North Michigan Ave. from Oak St. to Ohio St.
Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.
The parade will end at Grant Park at around 12 p.m. at which point the Celebration Rally will begin at Lower Hutchinson Field. The rally is free and open to the public, however, all attendees must pass through a security checkpoint. Entrance points will be located at Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd., as well as at Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy. Closed water bottles are permitted.
Anybody attending the parade or rally are encouraged to use public transit. The Chicago Transit Authority will run additional trains on all eight rail lines following the morning rush hour and running through midday.
According to the press release, Metra will be utilizing all available resources to add extra train service and officials are expecting trains to reach capacity on all lines. To encourage fans to ride the train, Metra is offering a one-day unlimited pass for $5.
For anyone who is not able to attend the parade, it will be live-streamed on the MLB website.