Chicago, IL, 08 December 2016 | 09:14 PM America/Chicago CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY TO DEBUT AT NEW CUBS TEAM STORE ON MICHIGAN AVENUE THIS FRIDAY AND VISIT SITES ACROSS THE MIDWEST PRIOR TO OPENING DAY CHICAGO CUBS ANNOUNCE CUBS TROPHY TOUR PRESENTED BY STATE FARM™ The World Champion Chicago Cubs today announced the Cubs Trophy Tour presented by State Farm, designed to share the team’s historic hardware with Cubs fans throughout Chicago and the Midwest. The tour will kick off this Friday, December 9, at the new Cubs Team Store on Michigan Avenue. Fans will be able to take their photo with the World Series Trophy from 12 to 3 p.m. inside the new location at 663 N. Michigan Ave. The store offers an expanded line of products sold at Wrigley Field – including popular World Series merchandise, holiday gifts and new items arriving daily – and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We’re excited to share our cherished trophy with fans this offseason as we celebrate such a historic World Series Championship,” said Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts. “This year’s World Championship team is unparalleled, and so are our fans. We can’t wait for them to experience the joy of seeing this piece of history in person.” “State Farm is delighted to continue supporting the Chicago Cubs and ‘help life go right’ for the organization and its fans,” said State Farm Advertising Director Ed Gold. “Presenting the Cubs Trophy Tour is a great way to bring that excitement into Chicago neighborhoods, the Midwest and throughout Spring Training.” After Friday’s Cubs Trophy Tour debut at the new Cubs Team Store, the tour will continue the following Wednesday and Thursday, December 14-15, at Chicago City Hall. Fans are invited to see the trophy from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Following a series of visits to iconic locations throughout Chicago, the World Series Trophy will hit the road, going on display in Bloomington, Champaign, Freeport, Peoria, the Quad Cities, Rockford and Springfield in Illinois; South Bend, Indianapolis and other cities in Indiana; Des Moines and other cities in Iowa; plus other locations throughout the Midwest. In Chicago, plans are underway to visit the Cubs Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and participate in the annual Cubs Caravan and Cubs Convention in January. The trophy will visit Mesa, Arizona, during Spring Training and return to Wrigley Field for the Cubs’ 2017 Home Opener April 10. Fans can follow the Cubs on Twitter and Instagram (@Cubs) for specific updates on the Cubs Trophy Tour using the #CubsTrophyTour hashtag. These team updates and fans’ social media posts with the trophy will be posted to www.cubs.com/trophytour, along with a tentative schedule, highlights and more information about the World Series Trophy. About the World Series Trophy: The World Series Trophy, also known as the Commissioner’s Trophy, was originally created by Major League Baseball in 1967. The first club to receive the trophy was the St. Louis Cardinals after they defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games in the World Series that year. In 2000, Major League Baseball commissioned Tiffany & Co. to redesign the trophy. Master artisans employ age-old techniques such as spinning, silversmithing, chasing, hand engraving, and polishing to complete the award. The 24-inch trophy features 30 flags, one for each MLB team, with latitude/longitude lines symbolizing the world, and 24-karat vermeil stitches representing those on a baseball. The sterling silver trophy weighs approximately 20 pounds and stands 24 inches high with a diameter of 11 inches. Etched on the base are the words, “Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball,” along with the signature of Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. Each year, one full-sized trophy is constructed and presented to the winner of the World Series by the Major League Baseball Commissioner. About the Cubs Team Store: The Chicago Cubs have opened a new Cubs Team Store for fans shopping on the Magnificent Mile this offseason. The new location, operated in partnership with Levy Restaurants, will be open through April and offer an expanded line of products sold at Wrigley Field – including popular World Series merchandise, holiday gifts and new items arriving daily. Fans can purchase exclusive merchandise from clothing brands including Columbia Sportswear, Johnnie-O, Majestic Athletic and Under Armour. The Cubs Team Store is located at 663 N. 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