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Fans celebrate Cubs’ World Series win in downtown Naperville

Cubs fans crowded into downtown Naperville bars Wednesday to watch their team's historic World Series win that put an end to a 108-year drought.

At Jimmy's Grill, Erin Rooney hugged a fellow fan in the moments leading up to the big win and said she couldn't stop thinking of her grandmother.

"My grandmother passed away six years ago," Rooney said. "She was a giant Cubs fan. She was a 'please, one for before I die.' A 'please, let me see a World Series. Please, let me see a pennant' (fan)," the Joliet woman said.

"I cried for her when we got the pennant; I cried for her tonight we when got the World Series. I had her prayer card, the prayer of (University of) St. Francis pressed to my heart all night."

Judi Turner, of Naperville, described herself as a Cubs fan by marriage, after growing up as a Detroit Tigers fan.

Turner said her husband, a 63-year fan of the team, headed to Cleveland Wednesday morning to be there for the championship game.

"Last night a friend of his asked him if he would go to the game with him," she said. "This morning, he got up and told me this story that he was not going to go the game. And, I said, 'yes, you are. You are going to go this game, no matter whether the Cubs win or lose. You are going to go. This is a once in a lifetime experience.'"

Turner said she's glad she pushed her husband to go to the game, even though it was a stressful experience to watch at times.

"He paid $1,500 for the ticket," she said. "That is priceless. That win is priceless."

Turner views the victory as a major catalyst in changing the club's legacy – because it's no longer right to call the Cubs losers.

"This is just the beginning in my opinion. I think they've got some really good young players and they're going to be on the roll for winning the pennant and possibly winning the series again," she said.

While she grew up aware of the traditional conflict between fans of the Northside Cubs and the Southside White Sox, Rooney believes the World Series victory should be a big deal for all Chicagoans.

"I love this hype, I love this energy," she said. "Any Chicago team that brings this energy to my city, I will root for until the day I die, but I bleed Cubbie blue."