Fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field as buses carrying the Chicago Cubs baseball team arrive in Chicago early Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland. Others held their infant children and sat with their families. The Bronx Bombers then flipped him to the Cubs for three prospects and relief pitcher Adam Warren.
The Cubs rolled through the city as World Series Champions for the first time in 108 years.
"It happened, baby. It happened!" proclaimed infielder Anthony Rizzo to adoring cheers.
Friday was already a scheduled day off for Chicago Public Schools.
"I would tell people, the men who are on the field when the Cubs win the World Series are not just going to be Chicago baseball players, they're going to be Chicago baseball legends", he said.
Later, a sea of fans - many wearing Cubbie blue - attended a rally at Grant Park. For him, the experience in Chicago was more closely aligned with the Hurricanes' parade, as it was a citywide explosion of pride rather than a nationwide event.
The city has set up security screenings at two entrances to the park and is restricting beverages to closed water bottles, saying alcohol won't be tolerated. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner declared Friday as "World Champion Chicago Cubs Day" statewide.
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Laurie Winter woke up at 4 a.m.so she and her 2-year-old son, Cooper, could come in from the suburb of South Elgin and be among the fans outside Wrigley Field to see the players.
During the jubilant festivities at the park, 39-year-old retiring Cubs catcher David Ross posed for a selfie in front of a multitude of roaring fans. "That doesn't mean they're going to sign him, but they'll definitely pursue him hard".
"When we won the World Cup it meant so much to our country, but this is just one city coming together and you can see how much it means to the people".
Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the rail line is "using every piece of equipment" available to accommodate the "huge demand".
Cubs fans lined the streets of Wrigleyville, the Magnificent Mile and Grant Park as a wave of buses and trolleys made their way past some of Chicago's most historic landmarks.
Rizzo was in tears as he talked about the bonds formed with his teammates and the fans as the Cubs went from bottom-feeders - losing 101 games in 2012, his first year with the team - to the heights of this season. The city also dyed the Chicago River a bright shade of blue to match the Cubs' colors, repurposing a decades-long tradition of dying the river green on St. Patrick's Day.
But the Cubs' Game 7 victory in Cleveland on Wednesday broke a 108-year drought, so fans have a lot of pent-up celebrating to do.