The world champion Chicago Cubs, who ended a 108-year World Series victory drought this week by beating the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling, 10-inning Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, will receive a heroes’ welcome as the Windy City welcomes home the North Siders with a champions parade and celebration rally. The Cubs parade will begin at 11am CT, and is followed by the rally at Grant Park at noon CT.
“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,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a 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!”
Specific details of the Cubs championship celebration can be found in a City of Chicago press release here. Coverage of the Cubs parade and rally will be available nationwide on a few networks:
WGN & WGN America — Locally in Chicago on WGN-TV, and nationwide on WGN America, fans can watch the Cubs parade live starting at 9am CT. WGN’s Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten will anchor coverage the first hour, followed by Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre anchoring coverage of the Cubs’ journey from Wrigley Field to downtown Chicago. WGN’s Pat Tomasulo will report from the field with Dan Roan reporting live from the bus carrying the World Series Champions. According to the Mayor’s Press Office, the procession will leave Wrigley Field at approximately 10am CT, and will travel briefly through Wrigleyville. After traversing downtown, the official parade route will commence at 11am on Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Ohio Street, and then along Columbus Drive between Monroe Street and Balbo Avenue. A celebration rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park. WGN-TV coverage will be simulcast on CLTV, nationally on the WGN America cable network, and worldwide on WGNTV.com.
MLB Network — MLB Network will feature live coverage of the Cubs parade beginning at 10am CT. The parade will also be simulcast online here.
ESPN — An hour of SportsCenter has been added today, from 1-2pm ET, to cover the Cubs parade. Another hour may be added on the fly as needed, per ESPN.
And in other Cubs TV news, it’s been announced that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant will make his late-night interview debut this Monday, Nov. 7, on Jimmy Kimmel Live.