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"The Division Street Entertainment District, Chicago's Party Headquarters, is teaming up with ESPN's Dave Kaplan and his CSN post-game on-air partner and former Cub, Todd Hollandsworth, to throw a pre-playoff Pep Rally on October 6. Sponsored by Buona, The Official Beef of the Chicago Cubs, and Bud Light, the rally will celebrate the success of our lovable Northsiders, a team that is statistically one of the all-time great teams in baseball history," Blast! Marketing & PR says.
"Party like it's a new era in Chicago baseball on Division Street's iconic bar strip: Butch McGuire's, She-Nannigan's, The Lodge, Hopsmith Tavern, Original Mother's, Mother's Too, The Hangge-Uppe and Coconutz! The strip will be drenched in Northsider blue and bars will be filled with music, drink specials and plenty of themed banners and decorations. Look for surprise guests including former players and the inimitable Ronnie 'Woo Woo' Wickers.
"Chicago's original Italian beef will support the city's original baseball team with free beef sandwiches. At 10 p.m., Buona and Kaplan will help distribute 108 Italian beef sandwiches to EACH participating Division Street bar (the 108 coincides with the number of years it's been since the Northsiders won the championship). That total comes to over 800 FREE sandwiches! There will also be free fan SWAG including commemorative Cubs glassware from Bud Light and other freebies from Buona and the Division Street bars.
"David Kaplan will tend bar from at The Lodge from 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., where he will sign the wall of fame in the historic bar's "Bullpen." After that, Kaplan will head over to Hopsmith Tavern and Hollandsworth to Butch's. At 10 p.m., Kaplan will head over to She-Nannigan's and join Hollandsworth to host an hour-long 'Year in Review' analysis of the regular season to look at what lies ahead during the post-season.
When: Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 9 p.m. - WHENVER [sic]
Where: Division Street Entertainment District at Rush and Division
What: Pep Rally hosted by ESPN on-air personality and pre- and post-game host David Kaplan and his co-host Todd Hollandsworth, FREE Italian Beef sandwiches from Buona, the Official Beef of the Chicago Cubs, and surprise appearances by former players.
"Guests are encouraged to show their fandom by decking out in Cubs gear for the greatest fan contest. Kaplan will choose eight of the most audaciously dressed fans to partake in a trivia contest. The winner will receive a prize that any Cubs fan would covet.
About The Division Street Entertainment District
The Division Street Entertainment District is one of Chicago's most vibrant and historic nightlife destinations, with a variety of bars, restaurants and dance clubs lining the street. Located on Division Street between State Street and Dearborn, the area's establishments are open until the wee hours of the morning. Over the years, Division Street has been a second home to entertainment icons including Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Koko Taylor, Lenny Bruce and Chaka Khan, and has long been the celebratory site for victorious Chicago sports teams including six basketball world championships, three hockey cups and the 1983 and 2005 baseball world championships.
The strip includes iconic spots like Mother's, Butch McGuire's (the country's very first singles' bar), She-Nannigan's (a pioneer in hiring female bartenders), The Lodge and The Hangge-Uppe, as well as newer spots like HopSmith, Mother's Too, and the Island-inspired Coconutz.
About Buona Restaurants
The first Buona restaurant began serving Chicago's original Italian beef in Berwyn, IL in 1981. Founded by Buonavolanto patriarch Joe Buonavolanto, Sr., the chain has expanded nineteen locations while remaining family-owned and furthering a legacy that is equal parts family values, innovation, and adaptation. The family is defining the next-generation beef stand as a place that is the perfect blend of old-school indulgence in Chicago classics and next generation menu choices - made with a focus on fresh, scratch-made food. While the menu has expanded, the original beef recipe has not been compromised - for the three generations of Buonavolantos who are active in the company, comprise and quality are never uttered in the same breath. Buona is the Official Beef of the Chicago Cubs and is proudly served at both Wrigley and US Cellular fields.
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