One could imagine the DeLorean accelerating south on La Salle, hitting 88 mph and vanishing just before crashing into the Board of Trade — leaving parallel tracks of fire as the camera pans to the blank-faced statue of Ceres high above.
Regardless, the sleek gull-winged DeLorean parked outside Harry Caray’s Restaurant at La Salle and Kinzie on Thursday — where it would remain all day — activated the imaginations and smart phone cameras of hundreds since arriving in the morning.
It’s one of the DeLoreans used to promote “Back to the Future II,” which depicted Michael J. Fox time traveling in the car to the year 2015 where the Cubs are World Series winners.
Harry Caray Restaurant Group Chief Grant DePorter — a P.T. Barnum-esque promoter — is taking the film’s World Series prediction to heart. He brought the car in to help mark the annual Toast to Harry Caray.
DePorter says the Mr. Fusion device used to power the car in the movie, released in 1989, was to be used to run 1.21 gigawatts of power through a number of Cubs artifacts Thursday night to “help power the Cubs to winning in 2015.”
Special effects wizard Michael Lantieri orchestrated the event, which was scheduled to take place at 6:20 p.m., just before the official worldwide toast to Harry, who would have turned 101 on March 1.
Caray passed away in 1998 at age 83.
Josh Brodfuehrer saw the car on the morning news Thursday and about lost control of his body.
Brodfuehrer, 40, who’s in town from Louisville on business and bears a remarkable resemblance to Michael J. Fox, was upset he forgot the orange vest, calculator watch and high- top sneakers that make up his go-to Halloween costume of Marty McFly.
“Especially when I was younger, everyone said I looked like him. And I’m short, so that helps, but this is crazy,” he said.