The entire city of Chicago is already celebrating the Cubs' World Series win, but the biggest celebration is yet to come.
Questions have been surrounding potential parade plans since before the team's victory Wednesday night, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that plans have been set for Friday.
“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,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Twenty-sixteen 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 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.
The mayor's office said fans are encouraged to watch the parade from the following locations:
· Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
· North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Ohio Street
· Columbus Drive from Monroe Street to Balbo Avenue
There will be no tolerance for drinking on the public way, the news release said.
A Celebration Rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park.
The rally is free and open to the public. All attendees must pass through security screening at entrances at Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard and at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway
Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally and food vendors will be on site.
The public should expect street closures surrounding the parade route starting as early as Friday at 4 am.
Officials are encouraging fans to use public transportation.