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When Will The EAMUS CATULI Sign Outside Wrigley Change?

By Ariel Cheung | October 24, 2016 3:10pm | Updated on October 25, 2016 7:32pm
 It's time for the Lakeview Baseball Club to change its Eamus Catuli sign after the most dramatic victory in the rooftop's 30-year history.
It's time for the Lakeview Baseball Club to change its Eamus Catuli sign after the most dramatic victory in the rooftop's 30-year history.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — Wins like Saturday's are a rarity in Wrigleyville, and Chicago Cubs fans want the historic occasion properly marked.

Which is why fans are already taking to social media to call for the long-awaited reset of the "Eamus Catuli" sign that has perched above Wrigley Field for 20 years, counting the years since the team last won it all.

First installed on the Lakeview Baseball Club rooftop in 1996, the sign includes a counter tracking the years since the Cubs won the division, pennant and World Series.

The rooftop at 3633 N. Sheffield Ave. underwent major renovations from 2012 to 2014, and the Eamus Catuli counter almost didn't return.

Listen to Ariel Cheung report from the sign as she awaits the change.

"I respect the tradition of Wrigley Field," part owner Mark Schlenker told the Chicago Tribune in 2012. "At the same time, I'm also open to new ideas. Someone presented to me that the sign shows futility and perhaps we need to put the past behind us and move forward."

But the numbers did eventually return along with the beloved "Eamus Catuli" sign, which loosely translates in Latin to "Let's go, little bears."

Currently, the sequence reads: AC 00, 71, 108, with the letters standing for Anno Catuli, or "the year of the Cubs." It's been "00" years since a division title — and it had been 71 years since a pennant, until Saturday night.

Once the middle numbers get reset to "00" there will be just one set left to change.

In the meantime, Cubs fans want to see the "71" cleared, and they're not afraid to ask for it:






Lakeview Baseball Club has been around for 30 years and lays claim to being the oldest rooftop bar next to Wrigley Field.

UPDATE (7 p.m., Tuesday): Officials at Skybox on Sheffield said the sign will be changed Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field.

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