Anyone who’s ever seen the movie Field of Dreams knows all about the James Earl Jones speech toward the end of the movie. It’s as though Darth Vader came back from the future, put on an amiable face and an old hat, and told us all what we should already know: Baseball marks the time. There’s some imagery from this speech–“America has been erased like a blackboard”– that is playing out right now at the intersection of Clark and Addison Streets in Chicago, where Wrigley Field is located.
If you plan to go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field this year, or even a road during the regular season or the playoffs, chances are very good that you’ll see lots of Ws. They’ll be everywhere, from t-shirts to car flags to building windows. And when the game ends and the Cubs win, they’ll be all over the ballpark, as well. So what exactly does all this mean?
Biking has exploded in Chicago over the past five years. There are many reasons for this, from moving away from fossil fuels to the expansion of bike lanes–and the creation of some protected bike lanes–throughout the city. And the city’s rideshare program–known as Divvy–has made bike riding in Chicago more commonplace than ever before. Drive on Milwaukee Avenue at any time, day or night, and the number of bicyclists sharing the road will truly blow your mind.
Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but everyone knows that summer begins on Memorial Day. School is out, in most places, and the longer days and warmer weather have finally arrived. And no other sport has a better connection to summer than baseball. The great American game offers up a variety of promotions and giveaways on Memorial Day, to honor our country and those who have sacrificed in its service.
By R Lincoln Harris
Love is in the air this year, especially at Wrigley Field. The venerable old park has been undergoing a makeover in recent years, and the enormous scoreboard in the left field bleachers is perhaps the most obvious upgrade of all. Last week, the scoreboard even served as a makeshift wedding chapel.