The following is a letter sent to those that live in the “Wrigleyville” neighborhood.
Dear Cubs Fans,
“We never quit!” Our memorable team chant never rang more true than this season. Powered by the camaraderie in the clubhouse and gutsy performances on the field, our remarkable team transformed a challenging start into another deep postseason run – a truly impressive feat as we are just the second World Series champions in the past 15 years to win their division the year after hoisting the trophy.
Years in the making, our unprecedented third consecutive NLCS appearance required a little grit, a lot of hard work and overwhelming support from you – the most loyal fans in the game. While we fell short in the quest to defend our title, rest assured our future is bright. Built for sustained success, contending is now the expectation, not the exception. As we enjoy this new era of Cubs baseball together, our bond is even stronger. There has never been a fan base that has given more love to one team for so long. We cherish your relentless belief in our team and support of our organization.
In addition to the progress we’ve made on the field, we remain focused on restoring our beautiful ballpark and developing the surrounding area. Halfway through the 1060 Project, Hickory Street Capital was proud to introduce the Park at Wrigley – an inviting destination where families, fans and visitors gather whether the Cubs are at home or on the road. From spring festivals, summer movies and fitness series to farmers markets and winter ice skating, we’ll continue to offer programming and events that contribute to our community. In early 2018, Hotel Zachary will begin welcoming guests and provide an authentic neighborhood experience featuring some of our city’s most well-known hospitality groups. At the conclusion of the 1060 Project, we will have invested nearly $1 billion to ensure the vitality of our ballpark and vibrancy of our neighborhood, while also creating thousands of new jobs.
Far beyond the Friendly Confines, the character and heart of our team carried over into the community as we continue to grow the reach and impact of our charitable contributions. From improving local baseball fields to getting kids active and providing scholarships to deserving teens, the generosity of our players, partners, fans and associates is forging a brighter future for Chicago’s children and families. As one of the most charitable franchises in sports, our team and Cubs Charities are on track to raise more than $6.5 million this year alone. We are excited to continue to find new and impactful ways to help kids achieve their full potential and deliver on our goal of being a good neighbor.
While it’s always rewarding to celebrate our shared wins from the past season, like you, we can’t “wait ‘til next year.” This simple expression, once used to console us, now motivates us deeply as we embrace our role as a consistent contender. We look forward to a productive offseason and fielding a competitive team for years to come.
Let’s Go Cubs,