CHICAGO -- Fans started flocking to Wrigley Field around the seventh inning of the Cubs' 8-7, 10-inning World Series-clinching victory Wednesday night in Cleveland, marching, running, jumping and yelling down Sheffield Ave. and Clark St.
And at 1 a.m. CT on Thursday morning, some 90 minutes after Kris Bryant threw out Cleveland's Michael Martinez to officially end the team's 108-year championship drought, the fans were still coming, with no end in sight.
"We finally won something," said Maggie Ferran, who was part of the masses around Wrigley. "It means so much to get to the World Series as the first step, and the fact that they won, and won in the 10th inning, that's amazing. It's so exciting. The city is electrified."
"One hundred and eight years in the making," said Justin, a Cubs fan running down Sheffield and wearing a hat literally shaped like an actual Cub. "I'm speechless."
"I went to Game 3, 4 and 5. Game 5, I knew this is what we were going to do. You could feel it," said Steve Wells, another diehard Cubs fan taking part in the celebration. "We are here and we did it."
There were plenty of people in the Wrigleyville area long before Corey Kluber threw the first pitch of this exciting deciding game of an overall exciting 2016 World Series. Some staked out seats at local establishments, while others practiced a little art work on the Wrigley Field outer wall on Sheffield.
Using chalk, fans wrote names of relatives and friends, some who were no longer alive, who would be moved by the Cubs' remarkable run. There were chalk shoutouts from particular neighborhoods within the city, and of course, a number of "Go Cubs Go" and the "W."
By the time the Cubs jumped out to leads of 5-1 and 6-3, fans numbered 200 or 300 watching the game through the windows outside of bars already at capacity. They withstood the Indians' gritty comeback to tie the game in the eighth and let loose a century worth of frustration when the final out was recorded in the bottom of the 10th.
Even Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog from Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show, camped out on the porch of one neighboring residential building to record the frenzied fans leading up to the final out. While there were a few crazies, according to one of the many police officers watching the area, the huge masses basically were there to celebrate.
"This is unbelievable. It's what my grandparents had been dreaming about their whole lives," said Cubs fan Ian McCauley. "I never thought it would happen. I can't even describe this. It's crazy. It's nuts."
"Nothing compares," said Wells with a broad smile. "I'm married. My wife is at home with my three kids, I live a half-mile down the street and this is amazing."
Laura Orlandi, who was at a house party for the game, is due to deliver a girl Friday. The baby, who was pointed to by an arrow on her mom's "Future Cubs fan" T-shirt, made her presence felt throughout the night.
"She was kicking. She was going crazy," Orlandi said. "I'm sure she will see some of the video, but it's stunning to think our child is going to be coming into the world only knowing the Cubs as a winning team -- because it's been so long.
"My husband was begging me to keep waiting after the [National League Championship Series], after the World Series. Now it's going to be after the parade."