Chicago police officers in safety vests formed a bright yellow line down the middle of Clark Street as Cubs fans streamed toward Waveland Avenue just before the last inning of the last game of the World Series Wednesday night.
“Look at all these people,” one bystander said, gesturing to the police. “Ready for the car-flipping.”
No cars were turned upside down as the Cubs changed the course of their history, though the partying was raucous as it spread across the city. There were fireworks but no fires, reports of gunfire but apparently no one hit in the crowds of fans, poles torn down but no looting of stores, according to police.
A bike officer was sideswiped by an Infiniti sedan in the 1000 block of West Irving Park Road around 2:35 a.m. in nearby Buena Park. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and his condition was stabilized, police said. The 25-year-old driver was cited for failure to reduce speed.
Around 3 a.m., officers radioed to report an emergency at Ashland Avenue and Addison Street, saying people were throwing bottles and bricks at police. No injuries were reported.
A store window was broken on Addison, as was a window in a media van, according to police. But no major damage was reported.
At least 14 people were arrested in Wrigleyville, which drew a crowd of “hundreds of thousands,” police said. All the charges were misdemeanors, mostly reckless or disorderly conduct.