HOLY COW! Chicago did it. It took 108 years, a long playoff season and a seven game World Series contest, including extra innings and a rain delay before the Chicago Cubs managed to get by the Cleveland Indians 8-7 and bring home the 2016 World Series Championship title and trophy.
Now its time to celebrate. The City of Chicago has put together a parade and rally scheduled for tomorrow, November 4 to celebrate our 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
The rally will take place starting at noon in Grant Park following the downtown parade that steps off at 11 a.m.
“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,” said Mayor Emanuel. “2016 is the year for the Cubs and the generations of fans who have been waiting to the fly the World Series W. Go Cubs go!”
The Official Parade Route
The team will leave Wrigley Field at approximately 10 a.m., traveling from Addison and Sheffield to Pine Grove and then continue on Lake Shore Drive. The downtown part of the parade scheduled for 11 am.–or so, will travel along Michigan Avenue between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave.
Fans are encouraged to view the parade at the following locations:
- Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
- North Michigan Avenue from Oak St. to Ohio St.
- Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.
Please note (this comes officially from the city): “There will be zero tolerance for drinking on the public way.”
A celebration rally complete with speakers and food vendors will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park. Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally.
Attendees can enter the park at the following entrances: Michigan Ave. & Jackson Blvd.; or Michigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy. where they must must pass through security screening.The rally is free and open to the public.
Impacted Street Closures
Street closures surrounding the parade route will be in place as early as Friday at 4 am.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service to customers traveling into the Loop on Friday. Riders are advised to allow plenty of travel time due to street closures, traffic congestion and reroutes.
CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are the best option for Cubs fans heading downtown for the parade and rally.
Additional service will be provided on all eight rail lines following the morning rush period through midday. CTA buses will be detoured in the downtown area during the parade and as a result of street closures for the rally. Detailed service information is available at Transit Chicago
Metra will be adding extra trains on some lines, check your local carrier.
Metra is offering a one-day $5 unlimited ride ticket for tomorrow’s celebration and encouraging all passengers to purchase it in advance.
Beginning this afternoon, the ticket will be for sale from ticket agents at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra App, available for download in the App Store and Google Play.
Have fun, be patient, expect crowds and enjoy. We’ve waited a long time for this.
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