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The Art of Victory

We asked 10 Chicago artists to come up with commemorative posters inspired by the Cubs' run to their first World Series title since 1908.

The Art of Victory

We asked 10 Chicago artists to come up with commemorative posters inspired by the Cubs’ first World Series appearance in 71 years.

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Chuck Anderson

“I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life. I grew up around Cubs fans, collected Ryne Sandberg cards as a kid, have some very fond memories going to Ron Santo's old restaurant, and I still recite lines from ‘Rookie of the Year’ on a regular basis ... I’m a Cubs fan, a Chicago fan, and try to be a champion for all things creative and positive in this city. The images in this collage were taken the morning after the Cubs won Game 6 of the NLCS. I felt like I was standing on holy ground.”
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Zack Anderson

“I grew up in Berwyn, Illinois, during the ’90s when the Bulls were dominating and it was a point of pride to say you were from Chicago. When your team is doing well, it acts like a cultural glue. Our neighbors would have cookouts, play sports, and just hang out on a regular basis. I felt a deeper sense of community back then, and our teams’ success reinforced that.”
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Billy Baumann of Delicious Design League

“For this poster I was most inspired by the Cubs’ programs from the 1950s, which are great. Even though I’m not a Cubs fan -- I moved from St. Louis so I’m actually a Cardinals fan -- you have to respect their fans and their tradition of never losing faith in the club.”
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Ian Dickens

“Having just relocated from Boston, I can definitely relate to a team that’s experienced its own historic World Series drought ... I’m fascinated by the idea of the Cubs as a cursed organization. The lore that surrounds the Curse of the Billy Goat is absolutely bonkers.”
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Mike Dornseif

“The Cubs have completely consumed the city and suburbs. Loyalists and bandwagoners are all over the place flying those damn W’s. I grew up a White Sox fan, but you can’t deny how good this team is.”
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Ryan Duggan

“I’ve lived in Chicago for 15 years and northern Illinois my entire life. Chicago is a vibrant and beautiful city with a history full of characters. I think we get a rough reputation in the news, so I wanted to portray the city as I see it.”
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Christopher Gray of Half Hazard Press

“The concept behind this artwork was to capture the feeling of possibility and excitement you can feel as a fan. It’s almost childlike, the excitement of being a part of something bigger that everyone believes in wholeheartedly. There's a literal sense of awe when you visit Wrigley for the first time and you can feel the history in the place.”
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Elias Stein

“My grandfather was a Cubs fan, so it has always been in the family. I got hooked on the team when I was 10 years old. Summer of ‘98. Sammy Sosa hit 66 home runs and the Cubs won the wild card. More than anything, being a Cubs fan has taught me patience. No matter what happens, there’s always going to be a next year.”
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Dan Streeting

“[My wife] Jessica and I spent a summer living a couple blocks from Wrigley Field. It’s great to see such a historic stadium nestled right in the heart of the community, symbolized by the iconic rooftop seating that surrounds the stadium, as if the architecture itself is leaning towards the field, showing its support.”
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Justin Van Genderen

“You try not to get too excited, but in the end you just can’t help yourself from rooting for them. You just want so badly for the North Siders to finally have their day.”

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