THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

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Chicago, The Windy City, is filled with incredible and exciting things to.  There are fun things to do with kids this weekend and always concerts in Chicago tonight.  Whatever it is you might be seeking at any point in time, there is a very good chance it is happening somewhere in Chicago. 

Our very helpful Chicago Travel Guide can be of assistance as you determine what you want to do and perhaps hotels near me in Chicago and the best restaurants.  It’s always best to check out any great city with a travel guide and a game plan for your action!

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

What are some top attractions in Chicago?

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

Chicago is simply overflowing with arts and culture.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum or the Chicago History Museum.  You can also check out the Art Institute Of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

If you are seeking performing arts then Chicago is the place for you.  Chicago is home the Hamilton Chicago and of course the Joffrey Ballet.  There is also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera. 

The city is also a huge sports town.  You can always find the upcoming events and schedules at ThingsToDoInChicago.co.  We have the Bears Schedule, Northwestern Football Schedule, and of course all the hockey action with the Blackhawks and Chicago Wolves

Check out some live action of a recent concert in Chicago:

Getting To Chicago

Chicago is a favorite tourist destination. It is one of the best cities in the US with world-class museums and restaurants and it is home to Jazz and comedy. It is known as the Windy City. Of course, getting there first is most important, so it is helpful to know a few things about the airports.

Midway can handle all of the major airlines and is one great option for flying to Chicago. If you charter your bus beforehand can save valuable time and produce your journey a lot more pleasant. The rental car buses depart with just a few folks. When travelling in a bigger group, the typical taxi or limo services are not able to cater for such parties within a car.

The airport provides a number of shops to pass the moment. Smaller airports are not going to provide that sort of exposure. O’Hare International Airport provides an assortment of choices for vehicle rentals. Midway International Airport is in the middle of a large dining overhaul. If you’re planning to fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), you’ve got ten car rental companies to pick from.

Based on the pick up location and destination of your journey, an alternate taxicab service may be the best option for you. Chicago Destinations While traveling to Chicago learns more about the region and the places you may visit when you remain in the region. Chicago Destinations Your visit to the Windy City is certain to be fun and full of excitement.

Chicago Growth And Development – Entertainment and Living Options

To stay on top of all the best things to do in Chicago or any city, you must be aware of all the new development and amazing places being constructed to lure in residents and give people a nice quality of life. There is a mammoth new development in Chicago called The 78. It’s a $7 Billion plus mega-project that will include entertainment options and venues. In fact, the entire city is under an immense new construction boom. It truly is remarkable how much new development is going on for a major, established city. Just check out the new digs around the Northwestern campus as well. Incredible.

Chicago 2020 Broadway Season Is Something Special

Broadway In Chicago really did it big time in 2020. Some true smash hits from Broadway are coming to town. Dear Evan Hansen is returning to the Windy City after a super successful run in 2019. Sensational musicals Mean Girls, Frozen, and Come From Away will also be in Chicago this coming season. It’s a power packed year for theatre lovers in Chicagoland.

Shedd Aquarium

The aquarium is always a big hit and an excellent place to take the kids. Also a perfect trip for a school field trip. Shedd in Chicago is no different. Shedd said please don’t hesitate to nurse anywhere you’re comfortable. Shedd has a rather prosperous penguin breeding program. Shedd is a well-known place and can readily get crowded during summer, weekends or holidays. Shedd also receives a huge part of its power consumption from solar power, and it’s always increasing. In reality, Shedd has also made tremendous progress in the field of waste management.

Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, zip code 60605.

It is possible to re-enter the Aquarium if you maintain your ticket. You only have to go to Shedd Aquarium! In general, Shedd Aquarium is a good location for families to devote an enjoyable weekend at. If you prefer to be part of the Shedd Aquarium’s workforce, you can volunteer for sure positions. Shedd Aquarium is among the world’s biggest indoor aquariums, housing around 32,000 creatures. Shedd Aquarium is among the most fascinating areas to visit when in the Chicago region. You can’t tour the complete Shedd Aquarium in simply a day so instead join their membership to visit it frequently. Perhaps check out the Shedd Aquarium for catching a concert at the Aragon Ballroom.

You can leave and return inside if you maintain your ticket. When you purchase your tickets, make certain that you reserve your time for any shows you would love to see as you will require a ticket to enter. Buying tickets early is almost always a fantastic idea. They can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased. If you wish to find discounted tickets, take a look at the discount section above.

Hotels In Chicago


When visiting Chicago of course it is imperative to check out all the hotels in Chicago so you can make the best choice for what you want. There are hundreds and hundreds of great hotels to choose from. The Centrally Situated Palmer House Hotel – The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel Has Been a great stay for our family . This Hilton hotel is centrally situated and just two blocks from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. We walked to almost anything we did. We got tired, Lyft and Uber automobile services delivered us as taking public transportation, about the same cost. Named after its proprietor his hotel burned from the Great Chicago Fire. 

Today, the hotel is a popular place to go for social gatherings in its spectacular lobby. This could be a great option for after a Thalia Hall Concert or after a long drive back from a Notre Dame Football game. This hotel takes you back with ceilings offering guests of business conferences and weddings both hospitality and old world charm. Our loved using the Executive Floor Lounge. For everyone remaining floors, the lounge provides evening hor doeuvres and breakfast. The lounge is an upgrade in the fun element and a family. To give you a notion of how Hilton Palmer Parker House is at Chicago, here’s the distance from the hotel and a list of Chicago restaurants and nearby attractions. We walked to all except the Museum of Industry and Science. 

Chicago Attractions – The Art Institute along with Millennium Park – Willis Tower – Field Museum of Natural History – John Hancock – Water Tower Place – John G Shedd Aquarium – Adler Planetarium – Lincoln Park Zoo – Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago restaurants – Als Beef – Giordanos – Lou Malnatis – Xoco – The Purple Pig – Portillos – Self Guided Walking Chicago Food Tour – I Really like to sample food in Various cities, but there’s never Appear to be sufficient meals. Thats where food tours come in. Rather than joining one, we created our very own Chicago food tour with the aid of knowledgeable friends. 

Who says you need to eat a whole meal at one restaurant? These innovative meals work when there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Map them out on Google Maps along with make your very own Chicago food tour. Appetizer: Charcuterie in The Purple Pig – First Course: hotdogs At Portillos – Second Course: An Italian sandwich in Als Steak – Dessert: Churros with chocolate in Xoco – Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Im not going to get into that the Chicago Deep Dish pizza wars. They’re all Chicago classics in their very own right.

Man killed, 2 others seriously wounded in shooting in Wentworth Gardens on South SideSun-Times Wireon June 23, 2021 at 1:34 pm

Two people were shot June 15, 2021, in Gage Park.
Three males were shot June 23, 2021, in the 3800 block of South Wentworth Avenue. | Sun-Times file

Officers responded to calls of shots fired about 5:40 a.m. Monday in the 3800 block of South Wentworth Avenue.

A man was killed and two others were seriously wounded in a shooting Wednesday morning in Wentworth Gardens on the South Side, according to police.

The three men were outside when someone fired shots about 5:40 a.m. in the 3800 block of South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago police said in a statement.

One man, 24, was shot several times and died at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.

Another man, 22, was shot twice in his chest and taken to the same hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

A third man, 25, was in serious condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his neck and back and a graze wound to the forehead.

No arrest was made, police said.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

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Chicago Bulls: Front office key after Draft Lottery letdownJohn-Mark Malloryon June 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

There were long odds, but the Chicago Bulls were hoping to jump into the top four picks in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery. This would’ve allowed them to keep the pick they traded this season, but it wasn’t in the cards. Now there’s a lot of work to do this offseason to improve the roster. The […]

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Australian garage-punk luminaries the Scientists keep the scuzz rock going strong on Negativityon June 23, 2021 at 11:00 am

It’s a common misconception that true, filthy rock ‘n’ roll died in the early 80s after being eclipsed by new wave, whose shiny commercial sound piled on the gated reverb, drum machines, keytars, and New Romantic vocals. In fact, noisy rock and garage punk flourished underground during that era, thanks to the likes of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Butthole Surfers, Loop, Dwarves, and Australian caveman thudders the Scientists, whose front man and guitarist, Kim Salmon, formed the noirish, blackened-earth postpunk band in 1978 and later put in a few stints in homicidally heavy alt-rock group Beasts of Bourbon. Though till this year the Scientists had only squeezed out two albums (plus several mini albums, EPs, and singles), they’ve left their dark stain on rock history, which the Numero Group celebrated with a box set and reissues in 2016. Shortly thereafter, the band began recording new EPs and touring again–this author was extremely fortunate to see their incendiary performance at the East Room in 2018, where they absolutely slayed on a cover of Jacques Dutronc’s “Mini-Mini-Mini.”

Despite the fact that band members now live in two different countries, the Scientists have at last crafted their third proper album, Negativity. Lead guitarist Tony Thewlis mailed his riffs from London to Salmon in Australia, who fleshed them out with bassist Boris Sujdovic (also a founding member) and drummer Leanne Cowie (who first joined the group in 1985). The fuzz bombs laid down on the opening cut, “Outsider,” cement the band’s mission statement. “Make It Go Away” and “Naysayer” bristle with similar intensity, combining rhythmic scuzz with Salmon’s ominous half-spoken vocals. The gnarly “Seventeen” and the sarcastic “The Science of Suave” come closest to the Scientists’ vintage sound: dirty, mutant surf licks, saturated with reverb and Stooges-style bluster, much like their 80s contemporaries the Gun Club and Pussy Galore. With its catchy chorus, snappy drums, and cooing background vocals, “I Wasn’t Good Enough” could’ve been a radio hit–though perhaps in a strange dimension where first-generation punks such as Jayne County and Johnny Thunders formed the foundation of classic rock rather than dismantling it. The band throw a melodic curveball with the slow-burning “Moth-Eaten Velvet,” a tribute to the Velvet Underground that features piano by Salmon’s daughter Emma, trumpet by producer Myles Mumford, and a full-tilt string section. The track would’ve made a fine, elegiac album closer, but instead of bowing out gracefully, the Scientists sign off with the trudging, irreverent experiment “Outer Space Boogie,” whose lyrics consist mostly of “C’mon let’s boogie / Out here in space.” I don’t know about you, but I feel like the world could use far more swinging for the cosmos–and the Scientists might just take you there with muddy 80s moon boots on. v

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3 shot in Wentworth Gardenson June 23, 2021 at 11:29 am

Three males were shot June 23, 2021, in Wentworth Gardens on the South Side, according to preliminary information from Chicago police.

Officers responded to calls of shots fired about 5:40 a.m., in the 3800 block of South Wentworth Avenue, police said.

Three males were shot and taken to the hospital, police said.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

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Natural questions: Informed answers from those in the know around Chicago outdoors, plus Stray CastDale Bowmanon June 23, 2021 at 10:38 am

A buck in velvet in May near the Des Plaines Riverwalk. Credit: Alan Anderson
A buck in velvet in May near the Des Plaines Riverwalk. | Alan Anderson

Experts answer some of readers’ better universal questions—buck in velvet, coy-wolves, smallmouth bass wound—from around Chicago outdoors, plus the Stray Cast.

Readers asked questions, and people in the know answered.

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‘‘My buddy is convinced that the Chicagoland coyotes are actually coy-wolves,’’ Timothy Powell emailed. ‘‘I disagree. Is there any data to answer our debate?’’

Chris Anchor, a senior wildlife biologist for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, replied via Carl Vogel, the director of communications for FPCC:

‘‘It wouldn’t be accurate to say there are coy-wolves in Northern Illinois. That would imply that our coyotes are a hybrid of coyotes and wolves or even that the animals have a wolf and a coyote as parents. That isn’t true.

‘‘However, coyotes in our region do have trace amounts of wolf DNA, typically 1% to 3%. That is a result of the brief period 50 years or so ago — about 30 generations — when coyotes were reappearing in the region but were relatively rare. During this time, they would occasionally mate with dogs or wolves when they could not find another coyote for mating. As their population quickly grew, that stopped [because] the first preference of a coyote would be to mate with its own species.

‘‘Note that this trace amount of DNA does not impact the coyotes in any notable way, in terms of size, coloration, behavior, etc.’’

File photo that Sandy Melovic photographed, with her zoom, of coyotes across a pond while her husband, Steve, shot trap at Naperville Sportsman’s Club in 2019. Provided photo
Provided
File photo that Sandy Melovic photographed, with her zoom, of coyotes across a pond while her husband, Steve, shot trap at Naperville Sportsman’s Club in 2019.

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Tim Ledbetter emailed a photo of a wounded smallmouth bass caught from Monroe Harbor and noted, ‘‘Have seen similar lesions on too many SMB this season.’’

‘‘I would classify the lesion as a wound of life, possibly from an interaction with a predator (bird or fish) or related to spawning activity,’’ responded Vic Santucci, Illinois’ Lake Michigan program manager. ‘‘It looks pretty severe on this fish, going deep into the musculature. However, given that this fish hit bait or an artificial lure, it suggests to me that it was doing OK even with the lesion.’’

Santucci checked with Rebecca Redman, a Lake Michigan biologist, who noted: ‘‘The wound somewhat resembles what folks in northern LM have been seeing on smallies over the course of several years. No consistent pathogen was found in northern LM smallies with lesions that have been tested to date.’’

A smallmouth bass with a wound or lesion, caught this spring at Monroe Harbor. Credit: Tim Ledbetter
Tim Ledbetter
A smallmouth bass with a wound or lesion, caught this spring at Monroe Harbor.

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In May, Alan Anderson visited the Des Plaines Riverwalk for the River Bird Blitz when he spotted a buck in velvet and wondered if it was early.

Dan Skinner, the forest wildlife program manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, gave this primer:

‘‘When an antler is actively growing, it’s going to be covered in a ‘velvet’ coating. Velvet is essentially a furry skin covering the growing bone, and it is highly vascular, meaning it’s full of blood vessels. These blood vessels carry nutrients and oxygen to the rapidly growing antlers. We can always see individual variation based on the age or body condition of a buck, but generally speaking, in northern Illinois, annual antler growth begins in late March or early April and continues through mid- to late August.

‘‘In late summer, blood flow to the antlers will stop. After a period of drying and hardening, the buck will scrape or ‘peel’ the velvet from his antlers by physically rubbing his rack against vegetation, trees, fences or similar material. This process of shedding velvet usually lasts only a day or two, so it’s pretty common around Labor Day or so to see a buck in velvet, only to observe the same deer a couple of days later sporting a set of ‘polished’ antlers.’’

Illinois hunting

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1 killed, 5 wounded, in shootings in Tuesday in ChicagoSun-Times Wireon June 23, 2021 at 8:59 am

One person was killed and five others were wounded in shootings June 22, 2021, in Chicago. | Sun-Times file photo

A man was killed, and another man was wounded in the first block of East 118th Street.

One person was killed, and five others were wounded in shootings Tuesday in Chicago, including a man who was killed and another wounded in a shooting in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

About 9 p.m., they were in the first block of east 118th Street when someone fired shots, striking them both, Chicago police said. One man, 27, suffered a gunshot wound to the side of his body and was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The other man, 50, was shot in the arm and taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

In non-fatal shootings, a 37-year-old man was shot in South Shore on the South Side. About 10:50 p.m., he was driving in the 2400 block of East 74th Street, when he heard shots and felt a pain, police said. He was struck in the shoulder and drove himself to Trinity Hospital, where he is in good condition. He told police he did not see a shooter or know where the shots came from.

Minutes earlier, a 22-year-old man was critically wounded after he was shot in Back of the Yards on the South Side. About 10:30 p.m., he was driving when he was shot in the chest in the 5400 block of South Union Avenue, police said. He drove to the 600 block of West Garfield Boulevard, abandoned his vehicle, and was dropped off at the University of Chicago Medical Center by an unknown person, where he is in critical condition. The circumstances of the shooting are unknown.

About 6:45 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in Austin on the West Side. He was on the sidewalk in the 5500 block of West Augusta Boulevard, when he was shot in the right ankle, police said. He took himself to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, where his condition was stabilized.

In the day’s first reported shooting, a 15-year-old boy was wounded in Washington Park on the South Side. He was standing outside about 2 p.m. in the 300 block of East 56th Street when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. The teen was struck in the leg and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition.

Seven people were killed, nine others were wounded in shootings Monday citywide.

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Horoscope for Wednesday, June 23, 2021Georgia Nicolson June 23, 2021 at 5:01 am


Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions after 9 p.m. Chicago time. The moon is in Sagittarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a fabulous day to entertain at home. It’s also a great day to have a group congregate where you live. Be open to real estate deals or ways to improve or expand where you live. You might even find better digs!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today you’re in a positive frame of mind. This is wonderful because the mind creates its own ease or difficulty depending on how it approaches things. So, if you are in a positive frame of mind, you’ll be happier in whatever you’re doing. (Everything begins in the mind.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is a great money day! Look for ways to boost your income or perhaps to get a better-paying job. You might also see ways to make money on the side? If shopping, you won’t be afraid to consider big-ticket items.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today the sun is in your sign dancing with lucky Jupiter, which is great news because it gives you feelings of peace and harmony when dealing with others. You’re enthusiastic, optimistic and up for anything! Admittedly, you would rather play than work.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

It’s easy for you to have a warm feeling in your tummy. Of course, nothing is perfect because it never is. Nevertheless, things are falling into place. Today you are more inclined to see your life as a whole and take stock of what you’re doing to see how it fits into where you want to be down the road.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You will get along with others today, especially groups, clubs and organizations because you’re in an upbeat, enthusiastic frame of mind and enjoying congregating with others. Be open to new activities, especially with groups, because you might learn something that is edifying. (Like the meaning of that word.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You look fabulous in the eyes of others today because a particular planetary aspect makes you look successful and affluent (even if you don’t do anything special.) Knowing this, you might as well milk this for all it’s worth. Go for the gold!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Many of you are excited about big travel plans. Others are just as excited about opportunities to get further education or to explore new avenues in the media, publishing, the law or medicine. Today is full of many possibilities! (Do get out of bed.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is an excellent day to do financial transactions with others or to decide how to share something like an inheritance. Whatever happens, you will likely come out smelling like a rose. You will also feel generous to others, which is a good thing because what goes around, comes around.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Relations with partners and close friends are warm and rewarding today, which is why this is a great day to schmooze with others. It’s also an excellent day to mend broken fences or to ask for a favor, because doors will open for you. (Expect a warm hug from someone.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Work-related travel is likely today. Regarding your job, any activity with a group or a professional association will be mutually beneficial. Furthermore, your mind is eager to learn something new! You will benefit from talking to people from other cultures.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a party day! Enjoy schmoozing with others. Take a long lunch. Enjoy sports events. You will definitely enjoy the arts and playful activities with kids. Treat the world with a smile on your face! (Romance blossoms.)

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Frances McDormand (1957) shares your birthday. You are a generous person. You are also dynamic, talkative and very astute. You are a good listener and can often mimic others. Some might consider you eccentric. You are curious about people and enjoy interacting with them. This year is a year of learning as well as teaching for you. Study as much as possible. Soak it all in.

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Kris Bryant, offense cranks it up again for CubsRussell Dorseyon June 23, 2021 at 4:35 am

Cubs starter Adbert Alzolay delivers against the Padres on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
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Along with Bryant, Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom knocked home runs as Cubs string together some much needed hits.

After a rough stretch at the plate, the Cubs were looking for a game in which they could turn things around on offense. They got it Tuesday, stringing some hits together when they needed them in a 7-1 victory over the visiting Indians.

Kris Bryant got it started in the fourth inning with a solo home run for the Cubs’ first hit and first run. The blast broke a streak of 48 straight at-bats without an extra-base hit — the longest of Bryant’s career.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets hot here real soon after the at-bats I saw [Monday],” manager David Ross said before the game.

Said Bryant: “I’m just trying to be a little more patient. [They’re] not really throwing me much over the middle of the plate. The last few games, I’ve gotten some pitches to hit, but sometimes you’ve just got to be a little patient and take walks. Three in two games is pretty good. So, yeah, I feel good with those results.”

More offense came in the sixth after starter Kyle Hendricks (10-4) threw six scoreless innings — good for his eighth consecutive win. The Cubs sent nine men to the plate in the sixth, scoring four runs on RBI doubles by Joc Pederson and Javy Baez and Willson Contreras’ RBI single.

“It’s a long season, and putting together an inning like that, it’s good for us,” Contreras said. “That’s small ball. Javy had a nice at-bat, swinging at the first two pitches and [making] an adjustment. We’ve been getting better and better.”

Contreras and Patrick Wisdom added back-to-back homers in the eighth to extend the lead — the Cubs’ fourth set of back-to-back homers this season.

Cubs pitchers adjusting to MLB’s new foreign substance policy, mid-game checks

Pitchers across baseball have been adjusting to life under MLB’s new foreign substance guidelines. Last week, the league sent out a memo to all 30 teams that they would be cracking down on the use of a variety of substances including products like Spider Tack, Pelican Grip and different combinations of pine tar, sunscreen and rosin.

The rules change took effect on Monday and as each pitcher entered the game or finished an inning, they were met by the umpires before entering the dugout

“We’ve got all the protocols and things we’ve got to go through to be prepared for the new kind of protocols that are in place,” manager David Ross said. “I think it’s a big wait and see for a lot of us. Guys are going to get checked. Guys are all aware of how it’s going to be done. We’ve passed out the memos, we’ve had the discussions. And now it’s just kind of in the umpire’s hands and we’ll see how it all goes down.”

Under the league’s new guidelines, players who are caught using foreign substances will be suspended for 10 games. Right-hander Adbert Alzolay, who pitched 4 2/3 innings on Monday, was the first Cubs pitcher to be checked under the league’s new rules and didn’t have any issues with the new process..

“It was pretty normal,” Alzolay said. “I guess that’s what MLB wants to do, so they just checked my hat, checked my glove and made sure everything was okay. But I feel it was normal. It was easy.

“[The umpires] are out there doing their job too, you know. They gotta make sure to follow the protocol, so I thought that they were fine with that too.”

As expected, the change has already been followed by a drop in spin rates around the game and as pitchers have to adjust, hitters will likely continue to see an increase in production, which had taken a dip this season.

“The information so far in the last 10 days, batting average has gone up, on base has gone up, slug has gone up,” Ross said. “Spin rates are down on fastballs and breaking balls and hit by pitches are exactly the same. So you draw your own conclusions.”

Rizzo gets the night off

First baseman Anthony Rizzo didn’t play in the second of a two-game set against the Indians. Ross has attempted to string together days off for players by sitting them at the back end of a series before a scheduled team day off. Rizzo is slashing .252/.347/.443 with nine home runs and 31 RBI.

“He’s been going pretty hard,” Ross said. “I pencil him in pretty regularly and was trying to find him an off day at some point and earmarked [Tuesday] if it looked like everybody else was healthy and we could have a pretty good lineup. It made sense to give him a day.”

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