If you’re a true fan of comeback kids and underdogs, this year’s World Series matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians might just have you booking a ticket to catch a game. The stakes are high for the two long-suffering fan bases, and even local businesses and community groups are getting into the competitive spirit. In a true show of sportsmanship, Chicago’s Kimpton hotel properties and The Kimpton Schofield in Cleveland are upping the ante with style in the form of a friendly bet—one that has residents from both states rooting extra hard.
It’s an exciting time for both franchises. Cleveland’s last World Series win was in 1948 and the Cubbies haven’t even seen Series action since 1945—which some say is because of one of the most famous sports-related curses of all time, the Curse of the Billy Goat. In 1945, the owner of a local Chicago-based chain of taverns, Billy Sianis, was kicked out of game four of the World Series because the smell of his pet goat was bothering other fans. It is said that upon being asked to leave, Sianis furiously declared, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more,” and the rest is history.
So while Cleveland isn’t planning on giving the Cubs an easy fight, for many Chicagoans, the time has come to reverse the curse. (Hey, the Boston Red Sox did it in 2004 and the San Francisco Giants finally won their first World Series in SF in 2010. Baseball is all about miracles these days.) In fact, Kimpton hotels in Chicago are so confident that their team will take home the win that they’re doubling down with their Cleveland-based, newly renovated sister hotel, The Schofield. The challenge was delivered to The Schofield by goat—hey, Kimpton “ain’t afraid of no goats”—and the terms are as follows: If Cleveland wins, all five Kimpton Chicago hotels, which include the Hotel Burnham and the Hotel Monaco, will offer Ohio residents rates of $99 in the month of December, but if the Cubs win, The Schofield will offer Illinois residents the same deal during the same month. (Rates are, of course, limited and subject to blackout dates.)
Not one to back down, The Schofield gladly accepted the challenge. The Indians currently lead the series 3:2, and the next game airs Tuesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. ET. With Cleveland and Chicago only about five hours apart by car, a weekend getaway at a fabulous hotel seems like the perfect way to celebrate your home team’s win.