The Cubs are in the World Series, and Chicago has lost its collective mind. In a good way, of course!
They can hardly be blamed. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, the longest drought between championships in Major League Baseball. The battle between Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs is in full swing, with the teams tied at 1-1 after the Cubs celebrated their first win in a Fall Classic game in 71 years. Game 3 tomorrow will reveal who takes the lead.
The Cubs were the first team to win back to back World Series (in 1907 and 1908, respectively) and play in multiple World Series after that – but in game 4 of the 1945 World Series their lucky streak came to a crashing halt. Some blame the infamous billy goat curse, but no-one is really sure what happened to the Cubs; year after year they’d start strong then have victory snatched away.
All of that is forgotten as the Cubs powered their way to the World Series this year and are holding their own against Cleveland. Chicagoans are delighted, and the city is in a permanent state of anxious hysteria. Wrigleyville in particular is feeling the excitement, as a lot of people can see into the stadium from their rooftops or condos (in fact, Chicago real estate agents could use that fast as a Unique Selling Point when showing properties in the area!)
As might be expected, the Cubs being in the World Series is bringing a LOT of attention into the area of Wrigleyville. This event has brought up some pros and cons for the neighborhood; while sports enthusiasts and bar-goers can enjoy the enhanced bustle, expanded hours, and amazing, fun crowds who flock to the area, locals can become tired of the crowds, noise, and impossible parking situations on game days.
Whether the series is decided by Sunday or not, the 30th will be the end of the at-home games for the Cubs; games 6 and 7, if played, will be in Cleveland. Regardless, if the Cubs manage to pull if their first World Series win in over a century, Chicagoans will be celebrating well into November.