Chicago is full of traditions, and spring brings a few that I look forward to all winter long. Next week is opening day of baseball for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Going to opening day is a tradition that I have had with my sister for 20 years! We combine that day with a couple of beers before the game, and a Lou Malnati’s pizza after the game. It is an authentic Chicago-style tradition that I can’t imagine missing. For me, it is the official start of spring, a time of hope (and one thing all Cubs fans know about is hope!).
So even with the grass still brown, the trees still leafless, and snow still on the ground, I have hope. I hope that spring is just around the corner. I hope that the Cubs will be better than last year. I hope for hot, fresh Lou’s pizza tonight for dinner. I close my eyes and think about the warm sun shining down on me sitting in the bleachers, the crack of the bat, and a baseball going back, back, back to the green of the ivy on the Wrigley Field wall. I smell green grass, flowers, a warm lake breeze, and the best aroma of all... Lou Malnati’s pizza. And I hope.
Contributed by Mindy K.