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Now That's Optimism!

By Benjy Lipsman in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 9, 2005 9:44PM

Chicagoist thinks pre-season delusion among Cubs supporters must be at an all-time high this year. In part as an attempt to break the Cubs' curse, the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee authorized a "one-time exception" that will allow for two Jimmy Buffet concerts at Wrigley Field over the Labor Day weekend.

Buffet played a pair of shows at Fenway last season, which ended with the Red Sox breaking their curse by winning the World Series. Now the hope is that Buffet can bring his luck to the Cubs.

As part of the deal, the Cubs agree to pay $150,000 to local schools, allocate 3,000 tickets for local residents, promise to cut the number of night games in 2006 to 29 (from the allowed 30). They also agreed not to hold any more concerts in 2006. But what happens if Buffet isn't able to break the curse this year? Isn't the city kind of putting all its eggs in one basket with the "one time" exception?

Still no word on when tickets will go on sale for these shows. Chicagoist will let you know we find out.