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Cubs Caravan

The World Series Champions Chicago Cubs announced the 2017 Cubs Caravan will be touring around Chicago again for two days starting Wednesday, January 11, at the Salvation Army Freedom Center and concluding Thursday, January 12, at Northwest Middle School. The annual community outreach tour will feature several buses of players, coaches, front office personnel and the 2016 World Series Trophy.

The tour will visit Advocate Children's Hospital-Park Ridge, St. Pauls House, first responders at the 19th District Police Station and Engine 78 Firehouse and the Illinois National Guard Northwest Armory base where 350 military service personnel and veterans will be served a hot lunch in partnership with the USO of Illinois.

Joe Maddon's "Thanksmas" dinner will kick off the 2017 Cubs Caravan at the Salvation Army Freedom Center on Wednesday, January 11. Maddon will shop, prepare and serve a traditional home-cooked Italian dinner to over 200 homeless community members. Cubs players and coaches will serve alongside Maddon to help raise awareness about Chicago's homeless population.

The Caravan will make a final stop Thursday with a visit to Northwest Middle School. This visit will serve as the Caravan's designated media stop featuring Cubs players and front office associates painting the school interior blue, the school's color, adding wall murals and building outdoor benches.

This two-day program implements Cubs Charities' mission to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond by providing increased access to sports opportunities and targeting improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk.

Late Thursday evening, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will host the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation's sold out third annual Laugh-Off for Cancer event at Studio Paris. The night will feature Cubs players taking the stage with improvisational actors from The Second City, the leader in improv-based sketch comedy. Proceeds from the night will provide support to children and their families battling the disease.