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Wrigleyville businesses and residents prepare for the playoffs

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This is the moment Cubs fans have been waiting for.

Monday is Columbus Day. Many people will be off. But even if it wasn't a holiday it would still be a special day for Cubs fans. This is be first playoff game at Wrigley since 2008.

The boys in the blue return to the friendly confines with the NLDS tied at 1 and ace Jake Arrieta on the mound.

Excitement is already in air.
Fans and local business around the ballpark are gearing up, "Tonight we're just driving around checking on some things. I told the wife we've got to come down here and check on some things in the area. Just gonna mentally prepare myself for tomorrow., " said Michael Kolkovich as he walked around the stadium.

Sluggers, a bar right around the corner from the ballpark, is preparing. One piece of advice from all of the establishments here: make a reservation. Places will start to fill up early.