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As a sea of Cubs fans fills downtown Chicago to congratulate the historic team's return to the Windy City Friday, there are some things you should know before trying to get to the city.
Street closures, parking restrictions and transportation reroutes will all be in effect as preparations begin.
Fans are being asked to watch the parade along Addison Street from Sheffield Avenue to Pine Grove Avenue, along North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Ohio Street and on Columbus Drive from Monroe Street to Balbo Avenue.
The parade route will start about 11 a.m.
The parade will leave Wrigley Field about 10 a.m., the mayor's office said a in a news release, with the official parade route starting about 11 a.m. traveling along Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Ohio Street. It will then continue 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.
Commuters traveling to the Loop will want to allow extra time to travel and officials are encouraging fans to use public transportation.
The Chicago Transit Authority will provide extra service along all rail lines following the morning rush into the afternoon. Multiple CTA bus routes will be detoured in the downtown area for set-up, take-down and the entire parade and rally.
A full list of street closures has not yet been announced.
Bikes will not be allowed on CTA trains from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all stroller and carts must be folded before boarding buses and trains.
Metra is also providing extra train service to accomodate Cubs fans, but trains are expected to reach capacity on all lines.
Metra will offer a one-day $5 unlimited ride ticket for the celebration and is encouraging riders to purchase their tickets in advance.
“Metra will use every locomotive and railcar we have on hand to try to manage the huge number of fans travelling downtown, but I want to be clear – trains will be crowded and operating off-schedule,” Metra CEO Don Orseno said in a statement. “If you plan to take Metra tomorrow, we advise that you listen closely to platform announcements for the latest train information.”
Bikes and alcohol will not be allowed on any trains Friday and quiet car rules will be suspended.
Metra said nearly 85,000 tickets were sold for the Chicago Blackhawks victory rallies in 2013 and 2015, with about 170,000 rides taken.
“Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest day in Metra’s history,” Orseno added. “We ask all of our regular customers and the new customers we expect to see tomorrow to be patient and, most importantly, be safe.”