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12/22/09 5:42 PM EST

Cubs Caravan set for whirlwind tour

Group luncheon taking place at Haray Caray's on Jan. 13

CHICAGO -- The 2010 Cubs Caravan will make stops at Chicago area schools as well as the Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., the USO of Illinois and the Peoria Chiefs' charity fan fest.

The Caravan will take place Jan. 13-14 and consist of two tours of Cubs players, coaches and front-office staff. They will visit seven cities, six elementary schools, two Boys and Girls Clubs and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The full group also will take part in a luncheon Jan. 13 at Harry Caray's Restaurant in downtown Chicago to benefit Cubs Charities.

For the sixth year, the Cubs are working to promote literacy in area schools via the Cubs Spotlight on Reading Program in conjunction with Comcast Spotlight. The program is designed to increase literacy levels by promoting reading and rewarding students for their achievements in reading.

One tour will begin Jan. 13 and stop at De Duprey/Von Humboldt Schools in Chicago and the Elgin Boys and Girls Club in Elgin, Ill. That group will travel downstate to Springfield on Jan. 14 to appear at the Lincoln Library and Museum as well as the Chiefs' fan fest.

The second group will begin its tour Jan. 13 at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Chicago, and also stop at Uplift Community High School, Crispus Attucks Elementary School and then visit the Northwest Indiana Boys and Girls Club in Gary, Ind.

On the next day, the second group will stop at James Blaine Elementary School and Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Chicago, then the Waukegan School District in Waukegan, Ill., before finishing with a private event at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center for the USO.

The players and staff who will take part in the caravan will be announced at a later date.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.