In Chicago, it will be a parade like no other

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Her post has since gone viral with more than 20,000 retweets as Cubs' fans across the nation collectively cheers him in celebration on social media.

"I never thought this day would come", said Borzak, who staked out a prime spot on the parade route near Wrigley Field.

World Series favorites from the start, the Cubs spent nearly the entire season in first place on the way to a 103-58 record - their highest win total since the 1910 team with 104.

"I think everyone is excited about where this team is going", Winter said.

With the blessing of the Harry Caray estate and Chicago's WGN network, a team from Budweiser and the agency VaynerMedia in NY culled through archives of yesteryear's games between the Cubs and the Indians, and also games with big finishes, to set up the illusion.

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.

Maddon started by talking to the fans, saying "You guys are the best".

Fans attending the Cubs rally must pass through security screenings, city officials said.

Retiree Jarvis Moffett, 60, arrived at the lakefront park hours ahead of the rally just to take in the atmosphere. Center fielder Dexter Fowler had a cigar as the team headed toward the rally that some fans have called the "celebration of a century".

The moment was also powerful for young fans, such as 17-year-old Shannon Davison, whose diehard parents warned her about a life of suffering that Cubs fans were fated to endure. His dad, 51-year-old private equity investor Dean Anderson, says the new generation of Cubs fans will be expecting more Cubs championships.

In their fourth year under Francona, the Indians won their first AL Central title since 2007 and beat Boston and Toronto in the postseason before losing to the Chicago Cubs in an epic Game 7 in extra innings. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner declared Friday as "World Champion Chicago Cubs Day" statewide.

The Cubs were five outs away from reaching the World Series at the time. The 34-year-old says she spotted a man carrying a sign that said "Tickets wanted for World Series 2017" and that everyone is excited about the team's future.

The city also plans to dye the Chicago River blue to honor the team, similar to how the river goes green annually for St. Patrick's Day.

Chicago estimated that 2 million people attended a parade and rally in 2015 after the Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years.