CHICAGO – Hundreds of McHenry County Cubs fans were out before sunrise Friday boarding Metra trains headed to the 2016 Cubs World Series Parade and Rally.
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 Wednesday night in Game 7 to win their first World Series since 1908. The parade is expected to begin at Wrigley Field at 10 a.m. with the rally at Grant Park set for noon.
The City of Chicago is also dyeing the Chicago River blue.
Michelle Soto and Donna Jensen awaited the train in Woodstock just before 7 a.m. to ensure they'd make it for the parade this morning.
"The Cubs deserve this, and this is their way to show us they appreciate us," Soto said.
Soto, donning a cast on her right arm, said she broke it while watching Game 4 downtown with friends and family.
"I did it for the Cubs," she said, laughing.
Jensen, a lifelong Cubs fan, said she wanted to attend the parade because her Mom is a die hard Cubs fan and she isn't able to attend.
"I just wanted to be there," Jensen said.
Kary Barron, 29, of Cary, has attended each of the Chicago Blackhawks championship parades, so she wanted to attend this one as a lifelong Cubs fan.
"It's probably going to be 10 times better," she said.
Barron said she watched all postseason games and was very nervous throughout Game 7.
"That game was intense, I felt sick to my stomach watching it out of the corner of my eye at some points," she said.
Even through the intense moments, Barron said she's thrilled they ultimately won.
"I'm happy I got to see it in my lifetime," she said.