The city of Chicago has added a screen — and banning booze sales — in anticipation of huge crowds for today’s U.S.-Germany World Cup match, which starts at 11 a.m. local time. The viewing, at the Petrillo Music Shell at Butler Field in the city’s Grant Park, is expected to draw even more viewers than the estimated 20,000 who watched the U.S.-Portugal game last Sunday. In anticipation, the Metra commuter rail lines that serve the city have announced they will ban beer sales on the trains heading into the city (in line with other crowd-gathering events). And unlike the previous two World Cup games, no beer will be sold at the event.
Boston is banning the booze, too, at its viewing party co-hosted by mayor Marty Walsh and the New England Revolution MLS team at City Hall. Food trucks, giveaways and the Revolution mascot will be on site to help celebrate.
In Brooklyn, N.Y., soccer fans of all ages can watch the action under the Manhattan Bridge, thanks to the DUMBO Business Improvement District.