Chicago cheers on South Side Little Leaguers

LLWS Rooting for Chicago Baseball

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is gearing up to cheer on the hottest sports team in town at the moment.

The buzz in the nation’s third largest city isn’t for the Chicago Bears, White Sox, Bulls or Blackhawks. It’s 11 and 12-year-old boys who are taking on South Korea on Sunday in the Little League World Series championship game.

Watch parties are happening across the city to support the Jackie Robinson West All Stars team, which is based on the city’s far south side.

There’ll be one on State Street outside the city’s iconic Chicago Theater. And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are expected to view the game at another public gathering.

Jackie Robinson West beat Las Vegas 7-5 in the U.S. final on Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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