The DuSable Museum of African American History

Wrigley Field Centennial Seats!

Wrigley Field Centennial Seats!

Wrigley Field Centennial Seats: Ernie Banks Statue Dedication and Number Retirement designed by The DuSable Museum of African American History. To commemorate Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday and the many historic moments that have taken place at the park over the last century, Cubs Charities is honoring the “Friendly Confines,” with a momentous philanthropic effort. Beginning May 30, Chicagoans and tourists will find Michigan Avenue lined with 50 custom-made pairs of ballpark seats. The 100 seats each depict a special moment in time at Wrigley Field. Partnering with 47 Chicago-based non-profits, celebrities and artists, including The DuSable Museum of African American History, to paint the Centennial Seats, Cubs Charities will be hosting an online auction where participants can place bids to purchase the seats. All proceeds from the non-profit designed chairs will be split between Cubs Charities and the respective partnering organization.

From actor Vince Vaughn and the Chicago Blackhawks, to the Southside Community Arts Center and Little Black Pearl, each organization or person has painted a scene that pays tribute to a specific moment in Wrigley Field history. Some of the memories include: the scoreboard installation, Babe Ruth’s “called shot” and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, to name a few. DuSable Museum graphic artist Max Sansing, took on the task of commemorating the Ernie Banks Statue Dedication in 2008 and Number Retirement, in 1982. The Centennial Seats will be on display along North Michigan Avenue throughout the summer. (The DuSable Museum seats are located on the East side of Michigan Avenue between Ohio and Ontario Streets). Participants can place bids on these one-of-a-kind chairs from May 30 through August 10. The auction will be held on-line at http://www.cubs.com/chairs. To help raise awareness and promote the auction, Cubs Charities is calling for Chicagoans and Cubs fans alike to get out their phones and tweet, post and Instagram photos of themselves with the Centennial Seats. Using the hashtags #WrigleyField100 and #CentennialSeats, passers-by will be able to join the philanthropic effort and spread the word that all proceeds will benefit a great local non-profit.

Additionally, a map has been created that pinpoints exactly where each non-profit, celebrity or artist’s respective seat is located, making it easy to navigate the Centennial display. The Magnificent Mile Association partnered with the Cubs to make this public art project possible. “We like to get involved with charitable projects that give back to our community—-and this is possibly the most colorful and exciting one yet,” said Michael Minkus of Magellan Corporation. “We can’t wait to see the Centennial Seats set up on Michigan Avenue to kick-off this charitable effort.” The full list of participating non-profits in the Centennial Seats program, as well as other information about Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration is available at www.wrigleyfield100.com.