Who Is Paying For The Cubs Parade And Rally? Rahm Emanuel shakes down American Airlines.....
CHICAGO — The city came to a standstill Friday as millions of Chicagoans flooded Downtown and Wrigleyville to celebrate the Chicago Cubs World Series victory.
But who will foot the bill for the hundreds of police officers, extra CTA buses and thousands of other city employees pressed into service?
Much of the bill will be footed by American Airlines, the city says. American was hailed by city officials as the rally's "presenting sponsor who is providing financial support for the day's activities."
The last time Downtown played host to this many happy sports fan was in 2010 and 2015, when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Those rallies cost $200,000 each, officials said at the time. Private donors picked up the tab, officials said.