Cubs Season Attendance 2007-2016

By Chris Katsaros

The Chicago Cubs are one of Major League Baseball’s most historic franchises. They were one of the founding members of the National League, establishing themselves as the White Stockings in 1876.

Since they officially became the Chicago Cubs in 1903, they have grown to be one of the most popular sports franchises in North America.  Playing their home games at iconic Wrigley Field on the North Side of Chicago, the Cubs regularly draw large attendance numbers.

Chicago Cubs season attendance 2007-2016

The Cubs have gone through several large roster overhauls in the last decade.  They won back-to-back National League Central Division titles in 2007 and 2008, explaining their spikes in attendance those years.

The Cubs were also experiencing the longest championship drought in the history of North American sports. The 2007 and 2008 seasons were both 100 years since their previous title victories in 1907 and 1908, which convinced many that “this was the year.”

In July of 2009, the Ricketts family (founders of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation) purchased the Cubs.  In 2011, they hired Theo Epstein from the Boston Red Sox to be their President of Baseball Operations.

The rebuild of the roster soon began, and by the 2015 season the Cubs were exceeding expectations and made it to the National League Championship Series before getting eliminated 4 games to 0 by the New York Mets.

Finally, in 2016, the Cubs won the World Series, ending the drought at 108 years. The Cubs spent the entire season dominating the league, winning 103 games while having a historically good offense and pitching staff.

While the Cubs have yet to repeat their 2016 success, there is reason to be optimistic on the North Side.  Once called the “Lovable Losers,” the Cubs now see themselves as annual contenders for the World Series.

Data set of the Cubs seasonal attendance from 2007-2016

Will Mayor Lightfoot Go Light on TIF?

By Chris Katsaros and Darius Vinesar

Grassroots activist Tom Tresser pointed at a map of Chicago and said, “No other major city in America has this kind of…infection.”

“It’s what it is, an infection.”

What Tresser was referring to was tax increment financing.

The practice of tax increment financing, or TIF, originated in California in the early 1950’s. Since then, TIF legislation has found some kind of use in every state except Arizona. TIF is used extensively in the Midwest, especially in Chicago for projects such as the 78 and the developments at Lincoln Yards.

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Chicago’s Harbor System

Some of Chicago’s hidden gems are the ten municipal harbors that line the shore of Lake Michigan. These harbors, operated by Westrec Marinas for the Chicago Park District, provide gorgeous views of the city and are conveniently located near several popular Chicago attractions.

The harbors offer seasonal boating for those who would like to rent a slip or mooring can for the boating season, which in Chicago runs from May 1 until October 31. They also offer transient boating for boaters who would like to rent a slip for a shorter amount of time, with reservations made similar to the process of booking a hotel room.

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Google Trends: Juul’s Rising Popularity; iOS v. Android

On September 11, the Trump administration announced that they are moving to ban the sale of e-cigarettes after a recent string of vaping related deaths.

Popular e-cigarette manufacturer Juul has become a hot commodity among teens since its creation in 2017. According to an analysis of Google Trends search data, Juul has been searched far more often than cigarettes have in the past year.

Surprisingly enough, Juul itself is a strong supporter of these bans on flavored e-cigarette products, as a spokesperson for the company recently told to CNBC.

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Quinn: Illinois Pensions Threatening MAP Grants

Pat Quinn photo
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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