Cubs Fans Get Creative To Combat Heat On Game Day

Steve Miller
July 19, 2019 - 3:27 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As the temperature crept up this afternoon, people got out of air conditioned automobiles and "L" cars to sit in the heat at Wrigley Field.

"I've got ice cold water right here. You don't want heat stroke and I don't want to be broke!" called a woman selling water bottles outside the stadium. 

However, not everybody was drinking the water. Some got creative and found other ways to cool down and use water.

"I'm just pouring the ice water on my feet," said a woman on Wavelend Avenue. "It cools your whole body off."

The firehouse on Waveland was spraying a mist of water: an instant shower.

Retired Firefighter Lee Yankowski dropped by the firehouse with his 4-year-old granddaughter and remembered what he'd be dealing with on hot days like this.

"Heat exhaustion," Yankowski said about when he was a firefighter. "We'd be at the lakefront, picking (people) up off the sand. And since it's a ballgame today, a lot of alcohol-related passing out (will happen)."

Retired Firefighter Lee Yankowski and his 4-year-old granddaughter Lauren take a break from the heat in the firefighter house on Waveland Avenue. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Three rugby players from Texas who came to watch the game said this heat is nothing for them. They offered some laughable advice to Chicagoans.

"Find the air conditioner, that's what we do," one of them said.

"And pool party," another said.

These men from Texas were not affected by the high heat. (Steve Miller/WBBM)