Following the downstate tour, the ball will journey to Wrigley Field, the Bears home through 1970, on Friday, Sept. 26 where Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers will throw out the first pitch (the football) as the Cubs host Pittsburgh at approximately 2:00 p.m. The run will continue down the Lake Shore Drive bike path to Ditka's Restaurant, where Bears legends will take the ball down Michigan Avenue via a double-decker bus to Daley Plaza, site of the Bear Down Pep Rally. The pep rally begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. Jeff Joniak, Hub Arkush and Tom Thayer of WBBM News Radio 780 will host the pep rally. Also participating will be Bears alumni and personalities from WSCR and WXRT.
The run will be capped on Monday night at the re-opening of Soldier Field when Bears Hall of Famers, including George Blanda, Dick Butkus, Dan Hampton, Stan Jones, Gale Sayers and Mike Singletary, will present the ball at midfield.