More than 1,500 people packed the Salvation Army’s Kroc Corps Community center to watch Jackie Robinson West in the championship game of the Little League World Series.
Viewing parties were held for every game as JRW kept advancing through the competition.
But this time the kids from Chicago’s South Side came up short, as South Korea won the game, 8 to 4.
The crowd chanted “J-R-W,” as the team attempted to come back from a seven run deficit.
“They’re fighters. They represent the true Chicago. That’s the true Chicago spirit,” said Reggie Smith.
“Even though they’re kids and even though they lost, they could still be role models,” said one boy watching the game.
Similar feelings were expressed on State Street, right in front of the Chicago Theater.
“It’s fantastic because its an opportunity for us to come together. Its amazing to see everybody, regardless of race,” said Anthony Turner.
“Win, lose, hit, or miss, Chicago really needed this,” said Victoria Moody.
The city will celebrate Jackie Robinson West with a big parade on Wednesday. The start time has not been announced.
But the city says the parade will be begin on the South Side and end at Millennium Park.
The regular Wednesday fireworks at Navy Pier will also be dedicated to the team.