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Chicago Cubs: A guide for the baseball fan

The Cubs look to repeat their championship season. Fly the W by knowing where to drink, party, park and catch the train in Wrigleyville, with the help of our Chicago Cubs guide.

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

For a diehard fan, the Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team—and the 2016 World Series championship, ending a league record 108-year drought, no doubt created a new generation of diehard fans. As the 2017 season begins and the Cubs look to dominate again, everyone in town has Cubbie Fever—“next year is here” has a whole new meaning. Here's a guide to cheering on the team that calls Wrigley Field home.

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Fannie May has a sweet new collection of Chicago Cubs candy
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Fannie May has a sweet new collection of Chicago Cubs candy

What could be sweeter than the Chicago Cubs historic World Series win? How about gobs of Cubs-inspired chocolates? Just in time for the North Siders home opener on April 10, Fannie May will release its Chicago Cubs Collection. From baseballs made of chocolate to Mint Meltaways and Mini Pixies, this all-star lineup gives your Fannie May favorites the VIP treatment. Here's a sampling of Cubs candies you'll be able to find in stores, online or at the ballpark this season. Cubbies Milk Chocolate Bar, $1.79   This silky smooth chocolate bar comes suited up and ready to play ball. And since Fannie May is the official chocolate of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, the first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium during home games this season will get a coupon for a free Cubbies Milk Chocolate Bar. Milk Chocolate Gimme S'more Snack Mix, $6.99   S'mores, like baseball, are universally loved. This home-run snack mix includes graham cracker bits covered in milk chocolate and soft mini marshmallows. Wrigley Field Mint Meltaways Gift Tin, $24.99     Remember the heyday of the Friendly Confines with this vintage-inspired collection of Mint Meltaways—a Hall of Famer in their own right. Fannie May Cubs All-Star Assortment, $69.99         This All-Star assortment of Fannie May MVPs offers up almost 4 pounds of individually wrapped chocolate pieces. Mini Pixies, Green Mint Meltaways, Milk Chocolate Mint Meltaways, Trinadads, Milk Chocolate Carmarsh, Dark Chocolate Carmarsh,

12 specials to celebrate Cubs opening day in Chicago
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12 specials to celebrate Cubs opening day in Chicago

Opening day for the Cubs is considered a holiday for many Chicagoans on a normal year, but 2017 marks an especially momentous occasion: the opening game after last year's World Series win. If you don't have tickets to the home opener but still want to celebrate, we rounded up a bunch of specials happening around town. And if it's not already on your calendar, mark Monday, April 10 at 7:05pm for when the Cubs take on the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. AliveOne: From 3–5pm, cash in on happy hour specials like half off all drinks and $3 Old Style beers. If you're looking for something slightly more high-brow, grab a $4 Half Acre beer and enjoy free pool. Bar Lupo: Looking for a quirky home opener special? Bar Lupo is pairing its regular Monday special (half-priced wine) with free meatballs with your first drink at the bar and a special bolognese chili dog topped with house-made giardiniera. Commonwealth Tavern: Snacks and local beer are the name of the game at Commonwealth Tavern. Enjoy $5 Chicago craft beers and $5 soft pretzels while you watch the game on eight TVs. Dark Horse Tap & Grille: Head to Dark Horse early to pregame the main event (the bar will open at noon) with specials like a $14 double header burger, a black angus patty topped with a hot dog from Paulina Meat Market with applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. Wash it all down with $4 Old Style tallboys and $6 Crown Royal apple whiskey pours. Plus, enter the bar's raffle for a chance to win a pair of ti

Cubs season opener is among the most popular Opening Day matchups
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Cubs season opener is among the most popular Opening Day matchups

The start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season is a few short days away and unsurprisingly, the Chicago Cubs are one of the hottest tickets in all of baseball. Online ticket retailer Vivid Seats ranked MLB Opening Day matchups, and the Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals on April 2 is the second most popular season opener on the schedule, finishing just behind the San Diego Padres versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Using the number of tickets sold through its online marketplace, the company listed all 15 Opening Day games in order of popularity. Unlike their crosstown rivals, the White Sox were not involved in any of the more-anticipated matchups. The South Siders' home opener against the Detroit Tigers was 12th on the list. That lack of excitement was underscored by the teams $56 average ticket price—the second cheapest in the league. Meanwhile, the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs command more coin than any other team. The average ticket price for a Cubs game is $130 and overall ticket sales for the regular season are up 55 percent, according to Vivid Seats. So, if you're looking for a bargain (and perhaps a 16-inch brisket grilled cheese sandwich) you may want to take a trip to Guaranteed Rate Field this season instead of paying out the nose for a seat in the Friendly Confines. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Cubs’ David Ross cha-chas on to next round of ‘Dancing with the Stars’
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Cubs’ David Ross cha-chas on to next round of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Cubs fan-fave David “Grandpa” Ross is finally giving Chicagoans a good reason to watch ABC’s celebrity dance fiasco Dancing with the Stars. On Monday, the former Chicago Cubs catcher and partner Lindsay Arnold cha-chaed their way on to the next round with a bizarre routine choreographed to Young MC's “Bust a Move.” ICYMI: @D_Ross3 is moving on to the next round of@DancingABC. #DWTS pic.twitter.com/rOOyFSaHr9 — MLB (@MLB) March 28, 2017 Prior to his DWTS fame, Ross developed a cult following among the Cubs’ diehards for his World Series heroics—the 39-year-old became the oldest player to hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series when the Cubs broke their 108-year losing streak last fall. Following his retirement, Ross has become a bona fide celebrity—thanks in part to his skill on the dance floor.  Even his former team is getting in on the fun. Before Monday night's episode, the Cubs tweeted at Grandpa Rossy to let him know they support his new dancing career.  .@D_Ross3 traded in baseball cleats for dancing shoes. Watch him bust a move again tonight! #DWTS pic.twitter.com/SfhO1OuQxr — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 27, 2017 We had to figure the team was on his side, since he made his debut last week in a blinged-out Cubs uniform. Almost time! #cubs #mlb #DWTS #LadyandtheGramp A post shared by David Ross (@grandparossy_3) on Mar 20, 2017 at 2:14pm PDT   Once he hangs up those dancing shoes, Ross will get back to basebal

5 questions for Cubs, White Sox at the start of spring training
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5 questions for Cubs, White Sox at the start of spring training

At first blush, the Cubs and White Sox appear to have very little in common. The Cubs are the defending champs and one of the most talented teams in baseball. The Sox said goodbye to arguably the best pitcher in the game and seem ready to invest in a full-scale rebuild. With both teams’ pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training this week, the 2017 season is unofficially underway. And despite their differences, the Cubs and White Sox have the same goal: winning the World Series. Here are five questions for North Side and South Side fans to ask as their team heads into camp: What do we know? Cubs: After winning Game 7 of the World Series on November 2, the Cubs began what would amount to the shortest off-season in the team’s history. The short break could bring its own set of problems, namely exhaustion, but that’s the price of winning it all. Speaking of winning it all, the Cubs will carry a lot of high expectations into the 2017 season, and fans are going to worry about a championship hangover. But the Cubs have proven they can handle the pressure, and these are problems every other MLB team would like to have. Sox: Sure, the White Sox want to win the World Series, but they are admittedly operating on a slightly longer timeline than that other Chicago team. We’ve already seen patience pay off on the North Side, and the Sox look to be stealing a page from the Cubs playbook: Trade your assets, stockpile prospects and young talent, and prepare for a run a season or

CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs and White Sox games in 2017
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CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs and White Sox games in 2017

Beginning this season, subscribers to CSN Chicago will be able to live stream Cubs and White Sox games from their computer or mobile device. The sports network announced on Thursday that parent company NBCUniversal reached a deal with Major League Baseball to make both teams’ games accessible in real time via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app. Currently, CSN Chicago offers live streaming for all Bull and Blackhawks games that it airs. As part of the new deal, CSN subscribers will be able to live stream any Cubs and White Sox games broadcast by the network at no additional cost. Last year, CSN carried more than 100 White Sox games and 86 Cubs games. The network has not yet released its 2017 Cubs and White Sox broadcast lineup but said it plans to announce the regular season schedules for both teams in the coming weeks. T.K. Gore, CSN Chicago's senior digital director, told Crain’s Chicago Business that the deal adds value for fans, sponsors, advertisers and distribution partners, alike. "This is a significant moment for the network to have all four teams," he said of CSN’s live-stream offerings. Similar to your parent’s HBO GO account, password sharing is one possible downside to the new deal. However, Gore said that the hypothetical sharing of login credentials among fans of either team is not a major concern, adding that he has faith in the technology used by CSN and the NBC Sports Group. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Would you buy a pair of Wrigley Field seats for $899?
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Would you buy a pair of Wrigley Field seats for $899?

The Chicago Cubs made history in 2016, winning the World Series after a 108-year drought. Now, the team is letting fans take a piece of World Series history home with them by putting several sections of ballpark seats up for sale. Fans looking to own a piece of Wrigley Field history will have to shell out $899 (plus $133 for shipping) for a set of seats removed after the 2016 World Series win. If you’re looking to save a little cash, you can get a seat set that was in use during the team’s 2015 foray into the National League Championship Series and removed during the 2015 offseason for $799, as well as the shipping cost. Each set of two ballpark riser-mounted seats are attached to metal “L” shaped brackets and have been authenticated with Major League Baseball’s seal of authenticity. The seats were removed from various sections, including the Terrace Reserved, Terrace Box and Field Box sections, as part of the ongoing renovation of Wrigley Field. You can place your order for a seat set here starting on February 3. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Wrigleyville bars and restaurants

Wrigleyville bars to watch the Cubs
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Wrigleyville bars to watch the Cubs

No tickets? Head to a bar and watch the action unfold on a screen

The best restaurants in Wrigleyville
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The best restaurants in Wrigleyville

If you're not a fan of stadium food, try the grub at these Wrigley restaurants

A civilized Wrigleyville crawl
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A civilized Wrigleyville crawl

Wrigleyville bars aren't all drunken and debaucherous

An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl
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An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl

Cheap beer, sticky floors, body shots

16 Chicago Cubs shirts you'll want to buy right now
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16 Chicago Cubs shirts you'll want to buy right now

It's time to dress for postseason success

88 must-haves for Cubs or Sox fans
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88 must-haves for Cubs or Sox fans

No matter who you are supporting, make sure you are flying some colors when the first pitch gets thrown

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A new exhibition depicts the Cubs World Series victory in paintings
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A new exhibition depicts the Cubs World Series victory in paintings

Fans of the Chicago Cubs will never forget the 2016 World Series (or the subsequent championship parade), and MLB-sanctioned artist Opie Otterstad is doing his part to capture the memory of that historic series on canvas. Otterstad, who has created World Series celebration art for 15 consecutive years, will unveil a large collection of paintings and other works depicting the Cubs World Series victory in Chicago later this spring. Cubs’ Moments of Victory: The Exhibition will be on public display from April 8–30 at Narrative Gallery, located on the second floor of Water Tower Place. Otterstad will make special in-gallery appearances on April 8 (6–9pm) and April 9 (1–4pm). The appearance events are complimentary, but organizers recommend attendees RSVP at cubsartevent@narrative-gallery.com or by calling 312-475-9620. Although Cubs’ Moments of Victory is more than a month away from opening, we pulled together some of the amazing paintings that will be displayed during the April exhibition. Take a look and remember one of the most exciting nights that Chicago has ever witnessed.   "It Happened" by Opie Otterstad                       "Let the Celebration Begin" by Opie Otterstad               "Bill & Harry" by Opie Otterstad         "The Curse is Over" by Opie Otterstad                     "World Series Victory" by Opie Otterstad           All images courtesy Relevant Communications Want more? Sign up here to sta

Cubs will start World Series Trophy tour on Friday
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Cubs will start World Series Trophy tour on Friday

Don’t stop celebrating yet Cubs fans; the trophy tour is here at last. The Chicago Cubs said that the World Series Trophy will begin its Midwest tour Friday at the new official Cubs Team Store, located at 663 N Michigan Avenue. The trophy will be on display from noon to 3pm, during which time fans can take a photo with the historic hardware or simply stand in awe of baseball’s top prize. “We’re excited to share our cherished trophy with fans this offseason as we celebrate such a historic World Series Championship,” Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a news release announcing the Cubs Trophy Tour. “This year’s World Championship team is unparalleled, and so are our fans. We can’t wait for them to experience the joy of seeing this piece of history in person.” On December 15, the trophy will be displayed at Chicago City Hall from 9am to 4pm. It will then make several additional stops throughout the city, before hitting the road. According to the team, the World Series Trophy will travel to Bloomington, Champaign, Freeport, Peoria, the Quad Cities, Rockford and Springfield in Illinois, as well as other cities throughout the Midwest. This leg of the tour has planned stops in Indianapolis and South Bend, Des Moines, and other cities in Indiana and Iowa. The team said specific updates on the Cubs Trophy Tour will be posted to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CubsTrophyTour. Eventually, the trophy will make its way back to the North Side for the Cubs’ 2017 home o

The price of Chicago Cubs season tickets will jump 19.5 percent in 2017
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The price of Chicago Cubs season tickets will jump 19.5 percent in 2017

The Cubs’ arrow is pointing up and so are 2017 season ticket prices. Coming off a historic World Series win, the Chicago Cubs announced on Monday that the average cost of season tickets will increase 19.5 percent next year. Season-ticket holders can expect to pay an additional 6 to 31 percent over last year’s prices, depending on section. According to the Chicago Tribune, a premium dugout box season ticket will cost $29,089.76 (tax included) in 2017. That’s an average of $359 per game. At the other end of the spectrum, an upper-deck outfield reserved ticket will go for $2,139.20, or $26 per game. The decision to raise ticket prices was based on several factors, according to the Cubs, including the team’s upcoming schedule and sales data for the primary and secondary markets. In 2016, Cubs' regular season tickets sold on the secondary market went for an average of 96 percent above face value. Demand rightfully increased when the team went into the postseason, with tickets for the National League Division Series and National League Championship Series up 670 percent and World Series tickets selling for 1,206 percent above face value. Colin Faulkner, senior vice president of sales and marketing, told the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs’ first World Series Championship in 108 years created “unprecedented demand.” “Trying to capture that demand and continue the progress on the field and our mission to field a consistently competitive team, no surprise, we'll be increasing season

New documentary tells story of Cubs’ historic World Series win
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New documentary tells story of Cubs’ historic World Series win

Everyone who stayed up to watch the Chicago Cubs’ thrilling victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series knows that drama lies at the heart of every good story. On December 2, Fox Sports 1 will air a documentary telling the dramatic story behind the Cubs’ postseason run and how the team eventually went on to be crowned World Series champions. Celebrity Cubs fan Vince Vaughn narrates the documentary, simply titled The 2016 World Series, which officially premieres Tuesday evening at Chicago’s Civic Opera House. The guest list for the exclusive, invite-only event includes Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, broadcaster Len Kasper, president of business operations Crane Kenney and even team mascot Clark the Cub. But for those of us who aren’t among Cubs’ A-listers (or who still can’t seem to find FS1 on their TV dial), Blu-ray and DVD versions of The 2016 World Series will be in stores December 6. MLB Network produced the documentary, which includes behind-the-scenes footage of players, highlights of the 2016 season and the dramatic retelling of the team’s seven-game battle against the Indians. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Photos from the Cubs' World Series championship parade and rally
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Celebrity fans who love the Chicago Cubs
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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 will meet Mets in NLCS
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Cubs will meet Mets in NLCS

 The NLCS will kick off Saturday at Citi Field in New York, with the game broadcast on TBS at 7pm Central. 

Cubs enshrine Kyle Schwarber home run ball
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Cubs enshrine Kyle Schwarber home run ball

Kyle Schwarber's jack against the Cardinals made him a Cubs legend.

Cubs World Series tickets already commanding astronomical prices
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Cubs World Series tickets already commanding astronomical prices

Watching a World Series game at Wrigley Field isn't cheap.

Cubs beat Cards to clinch at home, head to NLCS
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Cubs beat Cards to clinch at home, head to NLCS

The Chicago Cubs made history by clinching a playoff series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cubs' Kris Bryant goes undercover as a Lyft driver
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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
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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

7 reasons to be excited about being a Cubs fan in 2015
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7 reasons to be excited about being a Cubs fan in 2015

Crack open an Old Style and let's run down the reasons you should be excited for the upcoming Cubs season

Quiz: Are you a White Sox or a Cubs fan?
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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
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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.

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“I was 17 and had just signed, and I first saw the field from the Wrigley press box.”

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