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BEST NEIGHBORS EVER! | Cubs vs. Sox Leads to a Forever Friendship

by Brianna Bartemeyer


NAPERVILLE–Call it ‘The Crosstown Classic’, ‘The Windy City Showdown’ or ‘The North-South Showdown’. These catch phrases are synonymous with the highly anticipated Chicago Cubs-White Sox rivalry series … and bragging rights for the rest of the year. Chicago is just one of four lucky cities in the U.S. to have two MLB teams. Unfortunately, team loyalty is not understood by many - often adding strain to relationships. The Loid, Loid-Richert and Sciabica families are defying the odds!

In 2005, The Sciabicas moved into their new home in Naperville. Excited to raise their three children and meet new neighbors, they proudly hung their Cubs’ flag. Little did they know, the neighbors (Loids/Loid-Richerts) were die-hard White Sox fans. This friendly rivalry soon led to backyard watch parties and road trips.

Over the years, they’ve opened their homes (and yards!) to Sunday Fundays - bring on the mimosas and muffins! And we can’t forget to give Ryan Richert’s infamous ‘Mickey waffles’ a shout out! During our close-to-intolerable winter months (ie: ‘The Polar Vortex’), Joe Sciabica and Ryan Richert started the Suburban Bourbon & Cigar Club - they kindly allow Don Loid to partake with his beloved Bud Light.

These neighbors continue to find ways to celebrate life together - if it’s not Sunday Fundays, it’s weekend movie nights, casino nights, vacations, birthdays and weddings. As baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Even through differences (ahem - rivalries!), we hope you too find friendships that turn into family.


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