After Cubs Victory, the Streets Were Filled With Happy People Instead of Cars

People filled the streets at Newport/Sheffield/Clark in Lakeview. Photo: John Greenfield

Whether you are a diehard Cubs fan, bandwagon jumper (guilty as charged), or couldn’t care less about baseball, if you love cities you have to appreciate the transformation Chicago underwent after last night’s historic World Series victory. Most people take for granted that roadways are for moving and storing motor vehicles. But on occasions when the streets are filled with people rather than cars, it can set the stage for fun human interaction that isn’t otherwise possible.

The scene last night at the normally car-choked North/Damen/Milwaukee intersection in Wicker Park. Photo: John Greenfield

It must be noted that the authorities might not have tolerated similar behavior on the South and West Sides. But last night’s postgame celebrations on North Side thoroughfares were scenes of unbridled joy, the likes of which I’ve never witnessed before in 27 years of living in this city.

A lot of that had to do with the revelry spilling out into pedestrianized streets. And it appears that the celebration was overwhelmingly good-natured – I didn’t witness or read about any acts of violence or vandalism, despite the fact that many tens of thousands of people participated. As you can see from this video, transit riders got in on the fun as well.

Following last night’s Streetsblog reader meetup at Lagunitas Brewery in North Lawndale, I stopped in Wicker Park to watch the end of the game. My Divvy ride home to Uptown via Wrigleyville was memorable, to say the least – my palms are still sore from all the on-bike high fives.

A spontaneous pedicab dance party near the ballpark. Photo: John Greenfield

Got any photos or stories of people celebrating the win on car-free streets in your community? Feel free to share them in the comments section.