Chicago will take its World Series festivities to the next level Friday with a victory parade and rally honoring the players that ended the baseball team's 108-year championship drought earlier this week. The Cubs' World Series parade is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. local time with a turnout expected to exceed 2 million.
"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 [Wednesday]," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news 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!"
The players will depart from Wrigley Field at 10 a.m. local time, go to Pine Grove Avenue and then drive downtown, probably traveling along Lake Shore Drive, Crain's Chicago Business reported. The parade itself will launch from Michigan Avenue and Oak Street at 11 a.m. and continue down Michigan to Ohio Street. At that point, the procession will move over to Columbus Drive and head down to Balbo Avenue.
The parade will end with a rally at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at noon local time. The route is perhaps best explained by a map:
The rally is free, but if you're hoping to attend, leave the alcohol at home. The city warned in its news release that there would be "zero tolerance for drinking on the public way."
Chicago has been partying since the early hours of Thursday morning, when the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. The Cubs defeated the Indians in the 10th inning after a rain delay, notching their first World Series win since 1908.
An unprecedented turnout is expected for the parade. In 2005, when Chicago's other Major League Baseball team — the White Sox — won the championship, more than 1.75 million people attended the celebration,
Social media showed massive crowds of people started lining up for the parade before 5 a.m. local time Friday.