‘Cubstock 2016’ puts cap on baseball crown; revelers jump from downtown bridge, lightposts – Chicago Tribune

A historic – and still somewhat surreal – 36 hours wrapped up Friday at Grant Park, as Chicago celebrated the CubsWorld Series win with a celebration that turned the city into a sea – and a river – of Cubbie blue.

Dubbed “Cubstock 2016” by team manager Joe Maddon, the parade and rally featured emotionally charged speeches from players and multiple tributes to a fan base that no longer has to wait for next year.

“We’ve asked a lot of you and put you through a lot,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “Let’s be honest, for awhile there, we forgot the ‘not’ in try not to suck.”

The city that works apparently took a collective day off as city officials estimated about 5 million people attended the World Series celebration. For that number to be accurate, it would mean nearly twice the city’s population took part, and that it dwarfed the estimates for the 2005 White Sox party and 2015 Blackhawks parade.

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