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Fresh off the Chicago Cubs' historic National League Championship win last night to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) thanked the Chicago Police and Fire Departments for their work as well as fans and residents for enjoying the Cubs' quest for the championship safely and responsibly.
"While the Cubs made the city proud with their Pennant win, fans and residents made the city equally as proud by celebrating safely and respecting the surrounding community after the game," said Rich Guidice, OEMC First Deputy Director. "We'd also like to thank the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department and the various City departments and our local and federal partners involved for their work to make last night's celebration a success."
As with any major event, OEMC monitored last night’s game and celebration, coordinating resources to facilitate a successful outcome, to ensure the safety of the fans and first responders. The City worked closely with its local, state and county partners as well as the Chicago Cubs and Aldermen, throughout the playoffs and continues to do so as the City plans and prepares for the next phase of the World Series games in Chicago.
OEMC estimates that about 300,000 fans took part in the post-game celebration around the ballpark last night. Crowds safely dispersed around 1:30 a.m. and streets were re-opened for vehicular traffic at that time. The City reported minimal enforcement activity after the Pennant win, with six arrests, nine medical transports and no property damage. Public safety officials reported a few incidents of drone use during and after the game; the City reminds fans and residents that using drones in public spaces in Chicago is illegal, and anyone caught using one will be arrested.
As the City prepares to continue the celebration this week, attendees and fans in the area are reminded to continue doing so safely. Games one and two will be played on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26 in Cleveland, with the teams returning to Wrigley on Friday, October 28 at 7:08 p.m. and Saturday, October 29 at 7:08 p.m. at Wrigley Field, and if necessary, a fifth game will be played at Wrigley on Sunday, October 30 at 7:08 p.m. Gates will open two hours prior to start of the games. If necessary, games six and seven will be played in Cleveland.