For a diehard fan, the Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team. Last season was nothing but magical. From lifelong fans to excited Chicagoans who are inspired by the North Siders' 2015 run, everyone in town has Cubbie Fever. Here's a guide to cheering on the team that calls Wrigley Field home.
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Your 2016 Chicago Cubs
Photos from the Cubs' World Series championship parade and rally
An estimated 5 million people (yes, you read that correctly) showed up to congratulate the Cubs on the team's World Series Championship, crowding into Wrigleyville, the Magnificent Mile and Grant Park to witness a victory parade and rally. The day got off to a late start as the Cubs' motorcade departed Wrigley Field nearly an hour later than initially planned. Meanwhile, a gigantic swarm of people rushed into Grant Park when gates to the site of the rally were opened at 8:30am—the area quickly filled up, forcing latecomers to stand along Michigan Avenue, trying to catch a glimpse of the festivities beyond. The Plumbers Union valiantly tired (and failed, despite any doctored photographer evidence you may have seen) to dye the Chicago River Cubbie Blue, while some daring onlookers took the celebration a bit too far by jumping off bridges into the murky teal water. Whether you were not-so-discreetly chugging beers amid the crowded streets of the Loop or were working from home, avoiding the crammed CTA and Metra trains before, during and after the festivities, take a look at our photos from the rally and parade. This was a party 108 years in the making and the city (and plenty of visitors) made sure that it was one for the history books. RECOMMENDED: Take a look at more postseason Chicago Cubs photos Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph: Neal O'Bryan Photograph:
The Cubs championship parade is happening on Friday
The mayor's office confirmed just before noon Thursday that the Cubs’ victory parade and/or rally will take place Friday, November 4. As for where and when, we're still waiting for further details and will update this post when we have them. Hope you saved some PTO for the celebration. UPDATE 3PM: The parade is expected to depart from Wrigley Field at 10am Friday, with viewing encouraged along Addison Street from Sheffield Avenue to Pine Grove Ave. The procession is expected to head south on Lake Shore Drive, with the downtown portion of the parade beginning at 11am, down Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Ohio Street; the final viewing leg will be Columbus Drive from Monroe Street to Balbo Avenue. The rally is then set to begin at about noon in Grant Park's Lower Hutchinson Field. There will be two entrances, both with security screenings: one at Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard, the other at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway (the same entrance locations as this year's Lollapalooza). City officials are taking a strong zero-tolerance stand against public drinking, both along the parade routes and at the rally; only sealed water bottles will be allowed through security at Grant Park, with food vendors said to be doing business inside the park. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Get Cubs championship merch delivered by Uber this morning
Whether you made it into your office this morning or called out “Cubs” from work, you have a shot at getting some fresh 2016 World Series Championship gear delivered to your door thanks to a partnership between Uber and Fanatics. Cubs 2016 World Series championship gearPhotograph: courtesy Fanatics Open the Uber app and select “CHAMPS” as your option, and you could get matched with a driver who will show up with Fanatics licensed championship t-shirts and caps for purchase ($28 each). You could even find your new merch being delivered by Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. Size selection is first-come, first-served, and supplies are limited—we're already getting a "Demand is high. Check back soon" message. But keep trying: as Cubs catcher Miguel “We are good” Montero tweeted the other night, “Ain’t over until is over.”
The Cubs’ 2016 was full of highlights on and off the field
What curse? The Chicago Cubs buried all talk of ghosts and goats Wednesday night with a win in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, coming back from a 3–1 deficit (yes, Cleveland, that was 3–1) to win their first World Series championship since 1908. Bringing home the Commissioner’s Trophy caps a truly joyful season in which the Cubs shook off the mantle of losers, but proved they were more lovable than ever. We’ve compiled some of our favorite moments of the year, from spectacular in-game plays to endearing off-field antics. April 1: In a pre-season April Fool’s prank/promo, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo introduce their new venture, the Bryzzo Souvenir Company. April 21: 2015 Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta throws a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds, the 15th in Cubs history. May 1: In true Joe Maddon style, the Cubs skipper has the team dress in wacky suits for their first themed road trip of the year. If you look hot, you wear it. pic.twitter.com/vhDqEr3A9X — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 1, 2016 May 8: Javier Baez hits a walkoff home run to complete a sweep of the Washington Nationals. June 18: Baez masters the art of dirt swimming to avoid a tag against the Pittsburgh Pirates. June 19: Catcher Willson Contreras hits a first-pitch homer in his first big-league at-bat. June 27: Bryant homers three times in a single game against the Reds. June 28: A bit of creative management by Maddon leads to pitcher Travis Wood playing catch in left field. July
All of Chicago sports is rooting for the Cubs tonight
The Chicago Cubs have come back from a 3–1 deficit to force tonight’s World Series Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. After last night’s decisive 9–3 win in Game 6 (featuring that 😍 grand slam from Addison Russell), the prospect of ending the Cubs’ 108-year championship drought tonight seemingly has nearly every athlete in Chicago rooting the team on. Players from the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Sky, Fire and Red Stars have tweeted their support—even the Bears’ mascot is ready to #FlytheW. (We're still looking for any White Sox to weigh in today.) RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide for Chicago Cubs fans Let's do this @Cubs...we're all rooting for you! #FlyTheW #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/rK3UD9J6xy — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 2, 2016 Looks like the @Cubs are saving their best for last! A ton of momentum going into Game 7. Can't wait! #FlyTheW #WorldSeries — Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) November 2, 2016 The @cubs are playing in a World Series game 7, to break a 108-year drought on #NationalStressAwarenessDay? You can't make this stuff up... — Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) November 2, 2016 Cubs all day. What more needs to be said? https://t.co/qMsyWlbcJY — Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) November 2, 2016 There will be a GAME 7!!! #Cubs #gocubsgo — Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) November 2, 2016 Great win cubs! #Onemore #FlyTheW — Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) November 2, 2016 All comes down to 1 win @Cubs !! Bring the World Series hom
Tonight is the night for a Cubs World Series victory
In Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants, the Cubs found themselves down 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning in San Francisco with the offense stagnating against the Giants' pitching. While some fans and analysts were looking ahead to a rematch against Johnny Cueto and wondering aloud if the Cubs would be able to pull off a Game 5 victory, the Cubs' bats suddenly exploded, yielding four runs in the ninth inning to win the game and the series. The Cubs weren't about to quit when it seemed others had. In the NLCS against the Dodgers, the Cubs started the series down 2-1 and found themselves in a stretch of 21 consecutive innings where the team's offense was shut out. It seemed like the offense had frustratingly hit a wall against Dodger pitching and wouldn't be able to break through with Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw looming again later in the series. Instead, the team found another gear as it scored four runs in the fourth inning of Game 4 and proceeded to beat the Dodgers like a drum for the rest of the series en route to a pennant. When it seemed like the team was losing its pulse, it came roaring back and reminded everyone that even if it looks like they're close to surrender, the only white flag these Cubs wave has a W on it. In this World Series, the Cubs found themselves in the deepest hole they've been in this year. On Saturday night during Game 4, this team looked dead in the water after Jason Kipnis hammered a three-run homer in the top of the seventh innin
You can get a Cubs-themed haircut this Friday
This Friday Cubs fans can take their devotion to a whole new level. ACME Hotel Company will host barber Miguel Rosas for a free Cubs-themed pop-up barbershop where visitors can have Cubs logos, W flags and even players’ faces buzzed into their hair. Fans can come decked out in Cubs gear for a free logo buzz from 10am–3pm, while crazier/more devoted supports can get Arrieta's (or another player's) face on the back of their head for $150. All guests can enjoy complimentary Cracker Jacks and $2 Old Styles, plus pose for some social media-ready photos in front of the Ivy Wall in the hotel's lobby. Appointments are available on a first-come first-served basis. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
10 heartwarming displays of Cubs pride in Chicago
As the Cubs prepare to enter the team's first World Series since 1945, Chicago is getting behind the team in a big way. Local businesses are hoisting up W flags, putting Cubs hats on their mascots and supporting the North Siders on their (long) quest for a championship. We've gathered some of our favorite displays of Cubs pride from all around Chicago, including restaurants, museums, attractions and more. RECOMMENDED: More postseason Chicago Cubs coverage The Field Museum The Field Museum has gone all out in support of the Cubs this year, putting a Cubs jersey on the brachiosaurus skeleton that stands outside the museum and draping a W flag from the mouth of a pterodactyl hanging in the lobby. Field Museum #Cubs #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/fe1VHBYr3q — Rod Belding (@williamzabka42) October 15, 2016 The Field Museum is definitely not supporting the cubs to a sickeningly adorable level. pic.twitter.com/wEyC3Q1vcf — Chri$tina (@paucafideliter) October 17, 2016 Adler Planetarium Over at the Adler Planetarium, the team spirit is a bit more subtle. A photo opportunity in the "Mission Moon" exhibit which usually displays an American flag has been switched out in favor of the W flag. They're flyin' the W at the Adler Planetarium! @Cubs #FlyTheW #LetsGo 💙⚾️🐻 pic.twitter.com/gYIyLNGbSU — Sarah V (@SpocksPassion) October 20, 2016 (C)UBS Tower Some clever people at the UBS Tower at One North Wacker realized that the company's name is just
Bill Murray crashed a White House press briefing to talk about the Cubs
After a solid W last night from the Cubs, fans are beyond excited for the Cubs to come back to Wrigley on Saturday. That includes Bill Murray, who stopped by a White House press briefing to talk up the Cubs. When he was asked, "Mr. President, do you think the Cubs will win?", he responded positively, "I feel very confident that Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we've got too many sticks." Decked out in Cubs gear, the actor continued his assessment of the team, "At home, our crowd, the weather. You get a little bit of autumn in Chicago. You don't get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die, you know what I'm saying. In Illinois, they flourish." Yeah, we're excited for the boys to come back too. Game six of the NLCS will be played on Saturday, October 22 at 7:08pm at Wrigley Field. Murray will likely be there, giving us some more GIF-worthy moments. Bill Murray crashed the White House press briefing to talk up the Chicago cubs https://t.co/QXzSJ8JS01 pic.twitter.com/aWGu9JEE5W — NBC News (@NBCNews) October 21, 2016 Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Cheer up Cubs fans, here's a bunch of dogs rooting for the Cubs too
After a rough game last night, all Chicago Cubs fans could use a little cheering up (it's only game one after all, we have plenty of time). Still, Chicago is having no shortage of Cubs pride for this year's World Series run, from lifelong fans to bandwagoners (and if you aren't on the bandwagon yet, go ahead and jump on, it'll be fun). We've even passed it along to our dogs and c'mon, who doesn't love a dog all dressed up? Here's your daily dose of cute. A photo posted by Griffin🐾 (@griffin_adventures) on Oct 18, 2016 at 4:04pm PDT A photo posted by Penny The Pug (@pennythepug1) on Oct 25, 2016 at 5:46pm PDT A photo posted by Mercedes Rutherford (@mercedesrutherford) on Oct 25, 2016 at 5:28pm PDT A photo posted by Suther&Sasha (@sutherandsasha) on Oct 25, 2016 at 6:52pm PDT A photo posted by Sadie Bear (@sadie_thepitbullwhippet) on Oct 24, 2016 at 4:17pm PDT A photo posted by Max the Aussie (@maxtheokieaussie) on Oct 24, 2016 at 3:53pm PDT A photo posted by Pakita (@pakitacositalinda) on Oct 25, 2016 at 7:08pm PDT A photo posted by Oliver Goldendoodle (@oliverched) on Oct 25, 2016 at 5:59pm PDT A photo posted by Christopher McElyea (@mackelfish) on Oct 25, 2016 at 6:37pm PDT A photo posted by Mary Lin Scarpulla (@maryyuelin) on Oct 25, 2016 at 5:28pm PDT A photo posted by ✧Caroline Wri
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Celebrity fans who love the Chicago Cubs
As we've already seen throughout the playoffs, the Chicago Cubs have some very passionate fans. It just so happens that some supporters are also famous—and can actually afford to sit in the really good seats at Wrigley Field. In celebration of the Cubs' post-season run, we made a list of the team's most hardcore celebrity fans. If you manage to score a coveted ticket and get into the Friendly Confines, maybe you'll end up trading celebratory hugs with one of these notable names. Nick Offerman We can't say we're surprised that the man who played the ultra-masculine Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation is a diehard Cubs fan, as there are few things more manly than patience and repeated disappointment. In 2012, the Illinois native faced off against White Sox fan Craig Robinson in a New Era ad campaign—we think he argued his case pretty well. Tom Morello Rage Against the Machine guitarist Morello takes his Chicago Cubs fandom very seriously. Last year, he penned a detailed seven-point program to end the team's losing streak and get them to the World Series. Either he's a genius, or the Cubs came up with an even better plan. John Cusack Chicago native John Cusack is best known for his on-screen portrayals of a cranky record store clerk and Edgar Allen Poe, but the actor also finds time to attend games at Wrigley and root for the Cubs. Annoyingly, Cusack has also been sighted at White Sox games, but we like to think that the Cubs are first on his list of All-Time Top Five Favo
Cubs' Kris Bryant goes undercover as a Lyft driver
As convenient as ride-sharing services like Lyft are for hailing a ride around the city, getting a good driver can be a dicey proposition. Sometimes you get a driver with a nice car who annoyingly obeys every traffic law to a T, or you could ride with a maniac who treats driving on the road like the video game Twisted Metal. But what if you could get a ride from one of the best baseball players in Chicago? That's exactly what happened to a few locals recently when they called for a Lyft ride. Wearing only a pair of sunglasses and street clothes to go incognito, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant participated in the "Undercover Lyft" video series as he drove unsuspecting Chicagoans around the city and asked them if they followed sports, specifically baseball. Most of them were aware of the Cubs' recent success and knew they had a stud third baseman, even if they couldn't readily name him or identify him sitting in the driver's seat. There was also a guy who compared the athleticism of baseball players to that of chess players, which I'm sure Bryant found flattering. Bryant also brought up a great point when he pointed out that Wrigley Field doesn't have a Bryant poster on the stadium's facade. Maybe that's something the Cubs can address before the start of their World Series run next month.
Cubs release renderings of Wrigley Field renovations
The Cubs had a groundbreaking season in 2015, as they made it four wins away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. This offseason, the North Side club is breaking a different kind of ground as construction continues on Wrigley Field as a part of its ongoing 1060 Project. Last year, renovations on the century-old stadium spilled into the regular season, and the outfield bleachers weren't open until June. This year, another round of improvements are set to make Wrigley feel more like a 21st-century ballpark while still keeping its historic charm. The Cubs' 2015-2016 offseason projects include a new exterior façade on the western wall of the park, a much-needed expansion of the restrooms, a new ticket office, a pair of temporary batting areas and improvements to the center field bleachers. On top of that, construction is set to begin on a new office building and plaza, broadcast center and a hotel in early 2016. The hotel will replace the McDonald's on Clark Street, so late-night, fast food-loving zombies of Wrigleyville will be forced to head to Taco Bell for the value menu processed products. Future phases of the 1060 Project will include a two-story retail and entertainment complex in the right field corner that will replace the Captain Morgan Club, as well as a revamped upper level. As far as we know, the renovations will not disturb Kyle Schwarber's playoff home run ball, which is enshrined above the right field video board. Perhaps the updated stadium wi
Quiz: Are you a White Sox or a Cubs fan?
The White Sox and Cubs have a very, very heated Chicago rivalry. When the two teams play, the city becomes more divided than ever. Cubs fans think that White Sox faithful are a bunch of gross idiots, and South Siders think that North Side supporters are a bunch of drunken buffoons. You might think that you support one team, when your heart is really with the other. This quiz should help you figure out which team matches best with your personality.
Cubs fans are petitioning for a virtual Harry Caray
Since 1998, the Cubs have honored the memory and legacy of Harry Caray by bringing in a celebrity to lead the Wrigley Field crowd in the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." As time has passed, this tradition has become less of a remembrance of Caray and more of a PR gimmick that has grown stale. With that in mind, a group has started a petition on Change.org for the Cubs to play a video on the new left field scoreboard of Caray singing the song in lieu of inviting guest conductors to the park. This would give the Cubs a chance to use their new technology for a legitimate tribute to one of the most beloved figures in the organization's history. It also would mean the end of horrific performances by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne. The White Sox recently brought back AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" as their intro music after fans loudly voiced their opposition to an awful Fall Out Boy song. Cubs fans should also be able to listen to the voice that they deserve: Harry Caray's.