November 10, 2016 The Traveling Gals 0Comment

Ashley here.

So the Cubs finally did it. They won the World Series after 108 years. Our family lived on the North Side of Chicago for many years, and Harold has been a diehard Chicago Cubs fan for pretty much his whole life. We grew up rooting for the Cubbies, no matter how much they sucked. We loved going to Wrigley Field and hanging out in Wrigleyville. It is just such an exciting area to be. So as you can imagine, this was an extremely exciting year for Cubs fans like us. Especially for Cubs fans like Harold who have been waiting a very long time for this moment.

The Art Institue of Chicago

When the day of the parade was announced, my boyfriend and I very spontaneously decided to buy plane tickets on Thursday morning for a Thursday afternoon flight to O’Hare. We basically raced to the airport and figured we would buy clothes and amenities when we got there. Friday was the parade and rally. There were 5 MILLION people in Chicago for the parade and rally. It is estimated that it was the seventh largest gathering in human history! How crazy!

Chicago Cubs Parade and Rally

And crazy it was. It was just a sea of blue everywhere you looked with people screaming and chanting and just being excited. It was a really good feeling to be around so many excited people. The only thing I could have done without was all the teenagers chugging “water” bottles, but besides that it was a great crowd. It was also great because you could really see the players on the double decker buses. So fun!

[Related: Weekend Getaway: Chicago]

Wrigley Field - World Series Champions

After the parade, we hung out downtown for a bit to wait for the majority of the crowd to leave. It was such a nice day out for a November in Chicago. (At night it was freezing though!) Then we headed to Wrigleyville. It was such an electric feeling around Wrigley Field. It wasn’t even that crowded but you could just feel all the energy from this past season around the park. And seeing the marquee say World Series Champs was just so incredible! It was also nice to see all the names signed on the walls with chalk, and the statues of past players and Harry Caray decorated and mementos left by fans.

This was definitely the most spontaneous thing we’ve done in a while and it was so worth it! Uber and the CTA were definitely our best friends this weekend.

Were you excited to see the Cubs win the World Series?! Also, what is the most spontaneous travel-related thing you’ve ever done? Let us know in the comments!

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Chicago Cubs World Series Victory Parade!


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