Good afternoon everyone, this is your reporter, Kit Kittredge checking out the Chicago Cubs celebration of the World Series. Unfortunately we could not get to the Great Celebration on Friday which featured the Cub’s parade and rally. Heather and I really wished we could have gone and been part of the 5 million people who got to celebrate, but, the day after, Heather, her mom, and me all piled into the car to see what leftover celebrations might be happening.
I took only 20 minutes to get downtown, but once we were there, it took us 45 minutes just to move 3 blocks! The streets downtown were gridlocked. We finally figured out why – the Rugby World Cup between Ireland and New Zealand had just finished (Ireland won, and I guess they hadn’t won in 114 years! That’s more than the Cubs!) and people and cars were pouring into the streets and sidewalks. When we finally got moving and found a parking spot, we wound our way through green, orange, and white people (we hardly saw any New Zealand fans) toward Michigan Avenue.
We planned to arrive downtown just as the sun was setting so we could get some good daylight pics but also stay until dark when the buildings light up their Cubs signs. Of course, because of the Rugby traffic we didn’t get any daylight. While we walked I pretended it was the day before where they showered the city with confetti and dyed the Chicago River blue. We saw our first Cubs gear at the Art Institute.
If any Chicago team wins a world championship, the lions get crowned with that teams hat. They hadn’t been able to wear the Cubs hat in a looooong time.
All around us, buildings were lit with red, white and blue lights. These two were the best.
As we made our way down the street, we saw some super creative purses for sale:
I haven’t seen a rotary dial phone in a long time.
I love how glittery and cute they all are.
We crossed the street to Millennium Park to visit the Bean (Cloudgate).
The reflections of the buildings made the city-scape just my size!
A building across the street were lit red and blue,
And the Pritzker Pavilion was also lit up. The colors changed from red, blue, white, and mixed every few minutes.
We tried to go to Grant Park where the rally had been but it was completely dark. We had heard on the news that because so many people trampled on it, the grass turned to almost ankle deep mud!
We went in 3 Cubs souvenir stores. Heather wanted a Kris Bryant jersey (she has a crush on him) but when she found out it was $112 she passed.
Other Cubs gear we saw in the windows.
Even though it wasn’t the parade, we still had a good time. Someday, maybe we’ll make our way over to Wrigley field and get a pic of the official Cubs are World Series Champions sign on the marquee.
There will be another downtown post to come but it doesn’t involve me.