If you are planning on going to the Cubs’ World Series celebratory parade, you probably should have left already, as I imagine many thousands of people were in place along the route earlier today.
If you still want to give it a shot, here’s the route:
Team buses will leave Wrigley Field about 10 a.m. for an 11 a.m. parade downtown and a noon rally at Grant Park.
The team will travel from Addison and Sheffield to Pine Grove and then likely take Lake Shore Drive downtown. The parade will resume at Michigan Avenue and Oak, going south to Ohio Street. It then will travel to Grant Park, via Columbus to Balbo.
The city emphasizes: "There will be zero tolerance for public drinking."
The rally will be at lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park. It will be open to the public, but all attendees must pass through security screening at entrances at Michigan and Jackson and Michigan and Congress. Attendees can enter as early as 8 a.m.
Closed water bottles will be allowed in and food vendors will be on site, according to a statement.
TV coverage will be just about everywhere. Nationally, you can watch on MLB Network, ESPN and WGN America (according to this, WGNA is carrying coverage commercial-free). It will also be streamed online at MLB.com.
Locally, CSN Chicago and CBS-2, NBC-5, ABC-7, WGN-TV and Fox-32 will all be carrying the parade live, most beginning coverage at the time of this post, 9 a.m. CT. Many of those channels will also have live streams. Undoubtedly there are other channels and online streams that I’ve missed. You should be able to find this nearly anywhere.
This is a party literally more than 100 years in the making. Wherever you are on this happy day, celebrate and enjoy. We all have waited for this for a very, very long time.