“Crosstown Classic” Views: Wrigley Edition

Sunday, May 13, 2018 was Mother’s Day, but it was also the 3rd game of the 2018 “Crosstown Classic”, a series of baseball games played between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Check out the views+shoes from moms, children, Sox fans and Cubs fans at Wrigley Field.



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“You’d learn to be conscious of the impact of your actions even if your intent was good. I work in a high school so when a girl I was dating told me about shady things going on at her school I thought she should blow the whistle. She felt disrespected because she didn’t think it was that big of a deal and was feeling that I was judging her character. That argument happened on my birthday and was a big reason we’re no longer dating. I’m waiting for my friend and our moms, we usually do stuff together on Mothers’ Day and this game just happened to be today. I love the “Crosstown Classic” for the back and forth jabbing between fans.” -Adam

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“Coming to Cubs games is great mother-daughter bonding. We come whenever we can.” -Grace & Ruth

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“As a Cubs fan you’d learn to be prepared for whatever. I’ve been coming to games since July 1972, I was 12. My favorite memory was either my first game or the World Series win. But there’s been a lot of joy and heartbreak in between.” -Anita

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“Days like today involve a lot of liquor. The second best part is watching the Cubs smash the Sox.” -Michelle

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“Life without music isn’t worth living. I play jazz and it makes people happy. I’ve been part of the Cubs Quintet for 22 years, but the group has been around for 36 years. We used to play all over the stadium at every home game. Now there’s so much in-game entertainment, we only come to select games and play for a couple of innings.” -Tom

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“You’d learn patience. I run an air duct cleaning company, and most clients don’t know much about what we do. The other hard thing is working out a bunch of different schedules. People will say, “I’m flexible, what’s good for you?” and then I’ll suggest times, but then they’re unavailable. It’s like they want me to read their minds.

We’re a house divided. My side of the family are Sox fans and my husband’s family are Cubs fans. They trash talk us all the time, especially this weekend (the Cubs won on Friday and Saturday). We have another chance later this year, but it probably won’t happen.” -Tanya

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“As the finance manager at a car dealership, you interact with all different types of people. It’s amazing how people will tell me everything about their life within the few minutes it takes to fill out the paperwork.

I love being a Sox fan here because we’re coming from the bottom. The underdog gets paid!” -Bobby

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“You’d learn endurance, I deal with a lot of stress and chaos. I just became a landlord and I’m taking care of my ill father.

I go to Cubs games to party, but I’m at the Sox games for baseball. My favorite memory here was getting kicked out of Wrigley during one of the Crosstown games the Sox won. I’m not trying to get kicked out today though, my mother is with me.” -Don

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“I’m very stressed out! I’m graduating next weekend and I don’t know what I’m doing next. I’m going through a couple interview processes for Outside magazine in New Mexico and a minor league baseball team in Florida. I love sports and would love to work behind the scenes doing video production somewhere is sports media, but I’m trying to be open. I enjoy being outside, so I’ll take whatever offer I can get. I’m not even a Cubs fan, I’m from St. Louis. I’m here at the game trying not to think about life.” -Abby

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“Life is what you make it. You have to invest in yourself and keep a positive mindset. I graduated high school in 3 years, so I started college at 17. It was really intimidating, but I made it! I’m going to law school!

I’m just another person in Wrigleyville. From my perspective, Chicago is our team. We’re not rivals, we’re all just here enjoying the game.” -Dana

Views From My Board

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Take a peek into the lives of the skaters who shared their views+shoes as you “skate” into the weekend. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you might even cry, and maaaybe you’ll pick up some kickflip tips along the way.

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You’d learn that if you take things slow and steady and don’t let the haters discourage you, you’ll eventually reach your goal. It works for skating and life. You might not land a trick the first or second try, but if you keep working you’ll eventually land it. I’ve been trying to finish school for a while, but I kept working and I’m graduating on the 5th.” -Damien

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Buy shoe inserts if you need them. I was on my feet all day in shoes without inserts and they’re hurting pretty bad, that’s why I’m not really skating right now.” -Rickey

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“I’m studying culinary arts working to be a chef. My mom got me into cooking. We’re Puerto Rican, but she’s moved a lot so she was introduced to many different flavors and showed me a lot of new things foodwise. Steak is my favorite thing to cook because there are so many different cuts and so many different ways to prepare it. You can make it taste good by just searing it but if you have better techniques you can make it taste even better. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s you can never stop learning new techniques as a chef. That’s what I love about the job I have now. It’s my first job in a professional kitchen. I cooked for my girlfriend’s brother, who’s also a chef, at their house and he liked it, so he recommended me to this hotel downtown. They do everything from Irish, Spanish, Chinese, etc. We just had to cater an event with Peruvian and Argentinian food. It was fun finding the recipies for the different sauces and trying them out over and over until we get it just right. Sometimes its a love-hate relationship, kinda like skateboarding. You can try a trick and take 80 hard falls, but when you land it once it’s worth it!” -Chris

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You’d learn that a 40 hour work week is no fun, but I try to find the joy and fun in the little things like riding my bike to work. It also helps to not be lazy with my free time and not be a recluse. Last summer I was so stressed out about work that I spent a lot of free time on the couch. Now I’m trying to hang out with friends more and try new things. I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’ve never gone to the beach.” -Brady

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You’d learn that family is #1, no matter what. My dad is a drug addict, and no matter how many times he gets locked up, I’m always gonna care about him, even if I don’t respect him as a man or as a father. We never had the relationship where I looked up to him or he was my best friend, but he’s mine. Now that I’m older, I understand some of the things he went through. The way I love him has changed but the love stays the same. Kind of like my mom with me. I know she hates my guts right now. She moved away to North Carolina and I haven’t seen her in two years, we really only message on birthdays and Christmas. I was getting in trouble with the cops all the time. She would say I’m just like my dad. But I’m not exactly like him. I spent time doing criminal stuff, but I’m done. He still does it. I went to jail last year. I was facing 3 years in prison on a drug charge and was really feeling like I let my parents down and made me think if this is the lifestyle I want for myself. I called my mom because she was the only person I could turn to and she wired me money for bail. She didn’t want to get involved becasue I’m grown, but she did. I know she resents me, but I talked to her last month for her birthday and told her I don’t do anything hardcore anymore like xanax or coke (I still smoke weed). I just work at TGIF and come here [to skate] everyday. It’s my outlet.” -Xavier

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You’d struggle with impulse buying. A few hours ago I bought some shoes I knew I could do without. I didn’t need them, but I saw them, and I liked them, so I was like #TreatYourself! The craziest thing I bought was a firearm. I have a conceal carry and I was at the gun range with my uncle a week ago. I tried a Glock 17 and loved the way it fired, so I bought it. But I’ve improved. I work at a Vans store so I used to spend my paycheck on shirts and shoes as soon as I got paid. Before I buy, I check my account and deduct the necessities (phone, food, etc.) to make sure I have enough. Now I make bigger purchases rather than a lot of little purchases. I’ve heard the wait 30 days method and I tried it, for a week…well a couple days. But then I thought to myself what if I die tomorrow? At least I’ll die happy.” -Ernesto

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Always bring an extra pair of socks. Your feet get really sweaty” -Brady

Fairy Prom Mother’s Ball

20180414 April scaleApril just celebrated her 55th birthday, but instead of having people give her gifts like perfume or jewelry, she asked her family and friends to donate dresses, shoes, jewelry, etc. so 55 girls could have a truly special prom experience. She hosted “Fairy Prom Mother’s Ball” events, complete with food and a DJ, so the girls could pick out their outfits. See NBC’s story about April here and enjoy some views from the event below.

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Karla is one of dozens of girls who couldn’t stop smiling after being outfitted for prom at the Fairy Prom Mother’s Ball.

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This event couldn’t have happened without dozens of prom aunties and uncles who donate materials, time, and money. Here are the views from Debra’s shoes:

“God is very good. April and I share a nephew. 6 months ago my husband passed away. I was sitting at home thinking about what I wanted to do. When I saw April’s post decided I wanted to participate. I gave 8 dresses and pairs shoes, but decided I wanted to do more. I “adopted” a girl who was having trouble finding a size 24 dress and I’m sponsoring everything for her prom, from, hair, tickets, mani-pedi, limo, and a dress tailored to her.”

Some of the abundance from a caring community:

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