Chicago to celebrate Cubs championship with parade and rally Friday

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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, and Addison Russell celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The City of Chicago will hold a parade and rally Friday, November 4, to celebrate the world champion Chicago Cubs. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians in seven games. The event will be broadcast on 720 WGN Radio, WGN-TV, and our digital streams and apps.

Here are the full details from the City of Chicago:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago will celebrate the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at a celebration rally in Grant Park on Friday, November 4, at noon, preceded by a downtown parade beginning 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 will start at approximately 11 a.m., leaving Wrigley at approximately 10 a.m., and will travel along Michigan Avenue between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave. Fans who want to catch the downtown parade are encouraged to see them along this route.

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.
There will be zero tolerance for drinking on the public way.

A Celebration Rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park. The team will be joined by American Airlines, the presenting sponsor who is providing financial support for the day’s activities, and other Cubs Legacy Partners.

The rally is free and open to the public. All attendees must pass through security screening at entrances at Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd. and at Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy.

Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally and food vendors will be on site.


The public should expect street closures surrounding the parade route starting as early as Friday at 4 am.

Officials are encouraging fans to use public transportation.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service to customers traveling into the Loop on Friday Monday. 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

To speed travel and reduce lines, customers are encouraged to buy fare cards in advance with sufficient value or to add enough value to their existing Ventra cards for their return trips later in the day.

Metra will use all available resources to add extra train service and capacity. Trains are expected to reach capacity on all lines and delays are expected. 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.

Late Thursday, the City of Chicago released the following additional information:

Tomorrow, the City of Chicago will host a parade and rally to celebrate the Cubs World Series win!

In advance of the celebration, the City is sharing the following information for all parade and rally goers:

• Trolleys and buses will take off at 10am from Wrigley, and the parade will get underway downtown at approximately 11am. Parade goers are strongly encouraged to watch the parade at the following designated areas where the Cubs procession will be traveling at parade speed, which is slow enough for fans to view:
o Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
o North Michigan Avenue from Oak St. to Ohio St.
o Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.

• Residents, motorists and fans should expect traffic delays throughout the Loop due to the parade. For those that drive to the events, please be advised there additional traffic is expected Downtown in areas between 31st and Division, and from Halsted to Lake Shore Drive; and in Wrigleyville from Irving to Belmont, and Southport to Lake Shore.

• Street closures around Wrigley: Closures will be implemented as public safety needs warrant. It should be anticipated that closures may be in effect as early as 5am; streets are anticipated to be re-open by noon
o Clark Street from Grace to Newport Avenue
o Addison Street from Racine to Lake Shore Drive

• Street closures around procession to Grant Park: Residents should anticipate parking restrictions and street closures to be implemented on Michigan Avenue, between Lake Shore Drive and Wacker. Closures will be implemented as public safety needs warrant. It should be anticipated that closures may be in effect as early at 10am. Streets are anticipated to re-open by 1pm, or as soon as it is safe to do so.

• Additional street closures may be implemented as necessary due to crowd size to ensure the public safety of pedestrians and parade attendees.

• The gates at Lower Hutchinson Field open at 8am for the rally, which is slated to begin at noon.
o Attendees can enter Grant Park at Jackson and Michigan or Michigan and Congress.
o Attendees with disabilities can enter Grant Park at Balbo and Michigan. City officials will be on hand to provide ADA accommodations for any attendee who needs them.

• If your car is towed or relocated, call 311 to find out where your car has been taken.

• Lastly, residents are encouraged to celebrate responsibly! To ensure safety for all rally-goers, the city will prohibit the following items:
o Any bag, case or purse other than clear bags; Balloons and beach balls; Cameras with lenses longer than 6″ when fully extended; Cans, bottles or other beverage containers; Clothing or signage with offensive or vulgar language; Confetti coolers; Fireworks, smoke bombs; Ice chests; Illegal drugs; Laser pens and pointers; Noise-making devices (i.e., horns, whistles, etc.); Poles to display banners or flags; Seat cushions with zippered covers, pockets or flaps; Strollers; Umbrellas; Video or movie cameras; Weapons; Any other items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate; Outside food and beverage not sealed in its original package.

• Illegal use of drones will result in a physical arrest.

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