Late Thursday, the Cubs released details on the memorial service that's going to be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Fourth Presbyterian Church at the corner of Michigan & Chestnut in Chicago:
Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Chicago Cubs, with a remembrance on behalf of the Chicago Cubs Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer, with a remembrance on behalf of Major League Baseball Billy Williams, Hall of Fame teammate, with a personal remembrance Fergie Jenkins, Hall of Fame teammate, with a reading Lou Brock, Hall of Famer and Cubs roommate, with a reading The Hon. Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois, with a remembrance on behalf of the State The Hon. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, with a remembrance on behalf of the City The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., with a personal tribute John Rogers, Friend of Ernie Banks, with a personal tribute Jerry and Joey Banks, twin sons of Ernie Banks, with personal tributes Following the memorial service at Fourth Presbyterian Church, the procession will embark on a route that will pass Ernie Banks’ statue in Daley Plaza and Wrigley Field. Due to the restoration of Wrigley Field, fans gathering at the ballpark are asked to view the procession from the following locations: the southwest corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street in front of the Captain Morgan Club; along the south side of Addison Street between Sheffield Avenue and Clark Street; or along the west side of Clark Street between Addison Street and Waveland Avenue. At the end of the service, the procession will leave Fourth Presbyterian Church and drive south on Michigan Avenue, west on Randolph Street, south on Clark Street and east on Washington Street, where it will pass the Ernie Banks statue in Daley Plaza. The procession will then head to Lake Shore Drive to the Belmont Avenue exit. The procession will head west on Belmont Avenue, northwest on Clark Street, north on Sheffield Avenue and west on Addison Street to Clark Street, where it will pass the Wrigley Field Marquee.
Reminder: there will be public visitation at the Fourth Presbyterian Church tomorrow, Friday, January 30, from noon to 8 p.m. CT. The Cubs say there will be only "limited" public seating for the service itself, which, I note in sadness, will happen on what would have been Ernie's 84th birthday.
Live TV coverage has been announced by CSN Chicago and WGN-TV, as well as WGN Radio. If you want to watch online -- it will be available at cubs.com, and also on MLB Network. I think I'll open up a thread for everyone here who wants to follow along and comment during the service -- that will post 30 minutes before the scheduled time, at 9:30 a.m. CT on Saturday.