Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among supporters attending the city watch party to cheer on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars at the Little League World Series.
The watch party was put together by the Chicago White Sox and city leaders and began at Jackie Robinson Field, located at 10700 S. Aberdeen, at 1:30 p.m.
The Chicago team of 11- and 12-year-olds were facing a team from Lynwood, Wash., in the first round of the tournament Thursday.
The watch party also included an appearance by Sox mascot Southpaw, and former players.
Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a news release. "These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport."
The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars are the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 and the 15th time an Illinois team has advanced.
"More important than making history on Saturday, the courage to persevere and hard work displayed by the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team and Coach Darold Butler, has once again reminded all of Chicago the very best of what we hope from and for our kids," Emanuel said in a statement. "I want the whole team and Coach Butler to know that Chicago is rooting for them, and as they take the field for the Little League World Series, they will be taking the best wishes of an entire city with them.”