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Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars


Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars Exhibit at the Niles-Maine District Library

March 1–May 31, 2018

Franklin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Take a look back at one of the oldest city rivalries in an interactive exhibit designed for fans of all ages and loyalties.

What’s Featured in the Exhibit?

  • Historical information about what shaped one of Major League Baseball’s oldest sports rivalries
  • First-hand accounts from former players, fans, historians, and sports media
  • Test your knowledge of each team in the Trivia Challenge
  • Photographs, memorabilia, and souvenirs
  • And much more!


Special Events


The Official Sox vs. Cubs Exhibit Kickoff!

Sun., Mar. 4, 2-4pm (Info)

All Ages

Tour the new baseball exhibit, experience virtual reality, make your own pennant, and enjoy refreshments. From2-3:30pm, longtime sport journalist and author, George Castle, presents on the history of the Chicago Cubs. Copies of his latest book, Champions, will be available to purchase.


Root for Your Home Team Family Day with Special Guest, Southpaw!

Sun., Mar. 18, 1:30-3:30pm (Info)

All Ages

Celebrate America’s favorite pastime by wearing a hat or jersey of the baseball team of your choice. Take a tour of the new baseball exhibit, play fun games, and more. Meet and take your own photo with Southpaw, the White Sox Mascot from 2-2:45pm.


Meet Clark, the Chicago Cubs Mascot!

Sun., May 6, 2-2:45pm (Info)

All Ages

Calling all Cubs fans! Meet and take your own photo with Clark, the Chicago Cubs mascot. Subject to mascot availability.


Baseball History Events


Stealing First in a Two-Team Town

Wed., Mar. 14, 7-8:30pm  (Register)

In conjunction with the Chicago Baseball Civil Wars exhibit Richard Lindberg, the official White Sox historian and Chicago author, explains how the Sox became the second team of the second city.


Wrigley Field's Amazing Vendors

Wed., May 9, 7- 8:30pm (Register)

Chicago sports historians, Joel and Lloyd  Rutzky, present a slide-lecture based on their upcoming book.


Leagues of their Own: The Civil War, Baseball Women, and the Negro Leagues

Sat., May 19, 11am-12pm (Register)

Baseball enthusiast Shakeia Taylor discusses the intersection of the Civil War, the formation of the Negro Leagues, and the roles of women as players and team owners during the rise of baseball as the “national pastime” spanning the years 1861-1947.


Baseball Fun Events


Baseball Trivia Contest

Tues., Mar. 27, 3:30-4:30pm | Grades 6-8 (Register)

Tues., Mar. 27, 4:30-5:30pm | Grades 9-12 (Register)

Form teams and compete to see whose Cubs/Sox knowledge reigns supreme.


Miracle Mud & Other Wacky Baseball Science

Fri., Mar. 30, 2-3pm (Info)

Grades K-4

Take a swing at learning about the weird science behind America's pastime. From knuckle balls to miracle mud, we'll keep our eye on the ball in this fun STEAM program. Fun for families!


Baseball Bedtime Math

Wed., Apr. 4, 7-7:45pm (Info)

Ages 4-8

Join us for a night of baseball math fun! Families are encouraged to introduce math as a fun part of their daily routine, as common and beloved as the bedtime story.


What is Your Old Baseball Sports Memorabilia Worth?

Mon., Apr. 9, 7-8:30pm (Info)

Michael Osacky, vintage sports memorabilia official appraiser, discusses the hobby and offers tips for collecting vintage items. He will appraise any sports item from 1870-1970 (limit of 2 items per person).


Second Saturday Breakfast Bingo: Baseball Edition

Sat., Apr. 14, 9:30-10:15am (Info)

Grades K-8

Kids and their families are welcome to enjoy some breakfast treats and win prizes as we play baseball-themed Bingo.


Baseball Bingo for Adults

Sat., May 19, 2-3pm (Info)

Join us for a few rounds of baseball-themed Bingo. Refreshments will be served.


Make & Take Events


Create Your Own Baseball Card

Call 847-663-6606 to register.

Sat., Mar. 10, 10am-4pm (Info)

Have you ever wanted to be on a baseball card? Create your own in The Creative Studio! You will receive one print and the digital file. Please avoid wearing green or you will blend in with the screen.


Make a Cubs/Sox LED Wrist Band

Sat., Mar. 17, 1:30-3:30pm (Register)
Grades 7-12
Make a light-up wrist band to show off your team pride. Choose Cubs or Sox, or make a unity band that celebrates both.


Take Me Out to the Ball Game Treats

Wed., Mar. 21, 3:30-5pm  (Register)

Grades 7-12

Come out for easy after school snacks! Make baseball cake pops, Cracker Jack caramel popcorn milkshakes, and bat and baseball pretzel rods.


Baseball Button Making

Wed., Mar. 21, 6-7:30pm  (Register)

Ages 13 and Up

Batter Up! Baseball season is just around the corner. Come and make baseball pins using a button maker.


Ernie Banks: Baseball is Beautiful

Sat., Mar. 24, 9:30-10:15am  (Register)

Grades K-4

Come hear about the beautiful outlook Ernie Banks had for his teams, the Kansas City Monarchs and the Chicago Cubs, and make your own pennant to take home.


Laser Engrave a Mini Baseball Bat

Thurs., Mar. 29, 2-3:30pm (Register)

Grades 3-7

Use the Library's Laser Engraver to engrave your favorite team's logo onto a mini wooden baseball bat!


Design Your Own Baseball T-Shirt

Tues., May 8, 6-8pm (Register)

Using the Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter and heat transfer vinyl, you will design your own baseball themed t-shirt. Shirt and vinyl will be provided. Basic computer skills are required.


Women in Baseball: Story and Craft

Sat., May 26, 9:30-10:30am (Register)

Grades K-4

Learn about the history of women in baseball, including Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, the first female pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Create your own baseball "Peanut" style to take home!


Baseball in the Movies


Senior Coffee Hour: Baseball in the Movies

Thurs., Mar. 8, 10:30-11:30am (Register)

Steven Frenzel of Marquee Movie Presentations joins us for a celebration of baseball with amusing anecdotes and clips from classic baseball movies. Free DVDs will be given away.


Triple Play Movie Series

Eight Men Out Sat., Mar. 31, 1-3pm (Info)

The Babe Fri., Apr. 20, 3-5pm (Info)

For Love of the Game Sun., May 20, 1:30-3:30pm (Info)


Movies in the Teen Underground

Pizza and a #ThrowbackThursday movie! | Ages 13-18

The Sandlot Thurs., Mar. 15, 4-5:30pm (Info)

Rookie of the Year Thurs., May 17, 4-5:30pm (Info)


School’s Out Movie – Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch

Wed., Mar. 28, 10-11:45am (Info)

All Ages

Join us for a morning movie screening and enjoy some tasty donut holes! Caregivers need to stay in the room with children through grade 2. Rated G, 92 minutes


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Exhibition Info

Exhibition produced by the Elmhurst History Museum, a department of The City of Elmhurst, Illinois