Is the Cubs' long World Series drought finally at an end? After over a century of waiting, Chicago looks poised to win its first championship since 1908 amidst one of the best seasons in team history. The Cubs captured the National League Central crown by winning 103 games—fifth most in franchise history—and earned the NL's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. That paired Chicago up with the Giants in the Division Series, where the Cubs won the first two games, then dropped Game 3 late and trailed into the ninth inning of Game 4. With the series on the verge of going back to Chicago for a do-or-die Game 5, the Cubs rallied for four runs in the inning to stun San Francisco and clinch a second straight trip to the NLCS, where they will face either the Dodgers or the Nationals.
As the Cubs get ready to play for their first pennant since 1945, take a look back at a season's worth of Sports Illustrated's North Side coverage, including features from SI.com's baseball experts; video on the Cubs' culture and history; and galleries featuring photos of the greatest players in franchise history, as well as a rare look at their longtime home, Wrigley Field.
Articles and Features
• Ghostbusters: Cubs have everything it takes to finally win World Series (by Tom Verducci)
• ‘We Don’t Quit:’ Cubs rejoice, breathe easy after epic rally to reach NLCS (by Chris Ballard)
• Go Cubs Go: Chicago's victory anthem keeps father alive for his daughters (by Michael Rosenberg)
• How Kris Bryant got even better and became the NL MVP favorite (by Tom Verducci)
• How the Cubs were built: Turning baseball's longest-running losers into winners (by Cliff Corcoran and Jay Jaffe)
• Den Leader: Cancer survivor Anthony Rizzo holds the Cubs together (by Tom Verducci)
• The Revenant: How Jake Arrieta came back from the baseball dead (by Tom Verducci)
• Cubs making history and earning believers with red-hot start (by Charlie P. Pierce)
• How a Cardinals fan learned to stop worrying and love the Cubs (by Joan Niesen)
• Revisiting 100-plus years of Cubs' greatest moments and biggest misses (by Jay Jaffe)
• Why Cubs have all the ingredients to end World Series drought (by Tom Verducci)
• How ‘Merkle's Boner’ helped 1908 Cubs reach the World Series (by Chris Chavez)
• Cubs' bench players enjoying first-hand look as team chases title (by Brian Hamilton)
• From long suffering to insufferable: Are Cubs fans the new Red Sox fans?
• A brief history of all the Cubs' curses, from billy goats to black cats
• The Cursed: Cubs look to erase 108 years of pain, goats and Bartmans
• Does the Cubs' curse really exist? A Chicago clinical psychologist explains
• Cubs, coffee and cars: How things have changed since the North Siders last won the World Series