Chicago-Cleveland World Series

We all know that the Chicago Cubs own the longest title drought in U.S. professional sports history. At 108 years, it is more than a lifetime and after beating the Dodgers in the NLCS, the Cubs seem primed to end the "Curse of the Billy Goat."

But whether America's media darlings are able to snap the streak or not, we pose a more benign question -- Chicago or Cleveland? As in, what does each city have to offer in terms of food, beer, TV shows or world championships?

As the World Series gets started Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, we ask you to kick back and consider life outside the friendly confines with our Chicago vs. Cleveland match-up:


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Chicago: More than 50 TV shows call Chicago home, from "Good Times" to "The Good Wife." But among the most storied are "Married … With Children," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "ER," the longest-running medical drama in television history.
Cleveland: In the history to television, only two shows have been set in the city – "The Drew Carey Show" and "Hot in Cleveland."

Favorite Food

Wikipedia Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago: Deep-dish pizza. But we feel it's also important to note that the Twinkie was developed in the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park.
Cleveland: The Polish Boy – a mess of kielbasa, slaw and fries topped with barbeque sauce and tucked into a hoagie-style roll.


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Chicago: Though MillerCoors has its headquarters in Chicago, none of its beers are brewed there. In the past few decades, Chicago has embraced the craft-beer craze and is home to nearly 150 craft breweries, second only to Portland.
Cleveland: Much like its neighbor across the Great Lakes, Cleveland is all about craft beer, with the Great Lakes Brewing Co. (established in 1988) among the leaders of the pack.

Red Sox Connection

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Chicago: GM Jed Hoyer and "Boy Genius" Theo Epstein helped the team that broke the Red Sox's "Curse of the Bambino," snapping an 86-year-old World Series title drought. The Cubs only hope Epstein and his crack staff have done it again.
Cleveland: Manager Terry Francona. After managing Epstein’s teams to the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles, Francona's 2011 team blew a nine-game wild-card lead over Tampa Bay (and then there was the "fried chicken" debacle). Boston fired him shortly after, but now he can join an elite group if he wins a title with a different team.

Total Championships

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Chicago: 26. Bears (9), Bulls (6), Blackhawks (6), White Sox (3), Cubs (2). The Bulls won all six of their championships (featuring two three-peats) in the 1990s.
Cleveland:11. Browns (8), Indians (2), Cavaliers (1). When the Cavaliers won the 2015-16 NBA title, it was the first for the city since the Browns took the NFL Championship in 1964.

Presidents Who Called The City Home

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Chicago: Born in Hawaii, Barack Obama settled in Chicago as adult.
Cleveland: James A. Garfield was born in the Cleveland suburb of Moreland Hills, Ohio. Garfield served as president for less than seven months in 1881 because he was assassinated. His resting place is the James A. Garfield memorial at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. (Grover Cleveland? Born in New Jersey and grew up in New York.)

Music Scene

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Chicago: Well-known as a hub for the blues, Chicago was also a hotbed for rock in the 1980s (Styx, Survivor) and it is rapper Kayne West's hometown.
Cleveland: Folk singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman, who broke into the mainstream music scene in the late 1980s, was born in Cleveland.

Most Famous Landmark

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry

Chicago: Sears Tower. Officially it is now Willis Tower, but colloquially still referred to as Sears Tower.
Cleveland: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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Chicago: Wrigley's gum and Tootsie Rolls. The Wrigley family, of course, was the former owner of the Cubs and the name is still on the Cubs ballpark.
Cleveland: Clarence Crane of Crane’s Candy Company invented the Life Saver in the early 1900s before selling his company to a New Yorker. Ironically, it is now a Wrigley brand.


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Chicago: It's a long list, but "The Fugitive" and "Risky Business" are surely among the first ones that come to mind. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has a scene at Wrigley and "The Blues Brothers" have one outside the ballpark. And of course with the help of 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, the Cubs win the World Series in "Rookie of the Year."
Cleveland: In the 1989 movie "Major League" that features the Indians winning their division, the filming was actually done in Milwaukee. "Draft Day," the 2014 football movie starring Kevin Costner, is a story about the Browns. "A Christmas Story" was set in Indiana, but filming took place in Cleveland.