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Weeks after the Chicago White Sox received the Nike City Connect jersey treatment, cross-town rivals the Chicago Cubs are also getting a lineup of fun uniforms and apparel reflective of the The Windy City's diverse culture.
Paying homage to all 77 of Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods, the jersey’s navy and powder blue color draws inspiration from the colors of the Chicago flag. On the left sleeve, a circular patch symbolizes the connectivity of Chicago’s districts. The patch also pays homage to various Chicago emblems like transit tokens and the municipal device.
The "Respect Our Neighborhood" detail is perhaps the most notable highlight. Located above the jock tag, it reimagines the Wrigley Field’s exit sign. Finally, the "call to action" is designed to honor the uniqueness and diversity of all Chicago's communities. The team will make their on-field debut wearing the uniforms when they host the St. Louis Cardinals for a primetime showdown on Saturday.
"We’re aware of the impact we have not only on the neighborhood surrounding us, but on all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Cubs fans don’t just reside on the North Side, and the work we do as an organization and through Cubs Charities isn’t specific to just one neighborhood. Rather than simply unveil a new jersey, we wanted to use City Connect as a platform to unite our diverse city and celebrate those doing good in their neighborhood," Cubs VP of marketing Lauren Fritts said in the official release.
The Nike x MLB City Connect series will be unveiled now through August in conjunction with key sport and culture moments for each franchise and city.
The Chicago Cubs City Connect collection is available to shop at MLBShop.com. We linked a few bestsellers below, which will surely sell out quickly.