Updated: Cubs Parade & Rally Are On For Friday. Get Pumped, Chicago.
By Stephen Gossett in News on Nov 3, 2016 5:31PM
Photo by Tyler LaRiviere/Chicagoist
Update, 2:35 p.m.:
The Cubs rally will take place at noon on Friday in Grant Park, the City of Chicago announced on Thursday afternoon. The official downtown parade begins an hour beforehand, at 11 a.m., but the parade leaves from Wrigley at 10 a.m.
All told, this parade is going to huge. It'll run from Wrigley, then travel along Michigan Avenue, between Oak St. and Ohio St.. It then pushes along Columbus Dr., between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave.
The Mayor's office specified the following locations as suggested viewing locations:
- Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
- North Michigan Avenue from Oak St. to Ohio St.
- Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.
The CTA will offer extra service to the Loop due to street closures. Closures around the parade route will begin as early as 4 a.m. on Friday.
At the rally, entrances will be located at Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd., and at Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy.
“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,” Mayor Emanuel said in a press release. “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!”
Friday or Monday, Friday or Monday? The question everyone in Chicago is asking—when will the city host the Cubs rally and parade?—has an answer. The celebration is happening tomorrow (!), Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed on Thursday, according to reports.
There was some speculation that the long hours logged by law enforcement officials during Wednesday night's Game Seven would prompt the city to hold off until Monday. But as Crain's reported, the decision appears to have impacted by an MLB meeting that had been previously scheduled for that day, and Cubs brass asked the city for a Friday slot.
The Friday call makes sense for the city in that Chicago Public Schools are also closed for "School Improvement Day," a scheduled training day for teachers.
Like a Dexter Fowler leadoff home run, logistics are still up in the air. We'll let you know about times and routes as soon as they're made available.