‘Cubs hangover’ settles in as World Series celebrations end

CHICAGO – Workers amassed at Hutchinson Field Saturday after it transformed from the field of Cubs dreams -- to a field of mud.

Officials said five million people journeyed to Grant Park to celebrate the Cubs World Series win, making it the largest gathering of people ever in the U.S., and the seventh largest gathering of human beings ever.

A squadron of people was hard at work cleaning up what they left behind on Saturday.

“We’re cleaning up Chicago, making it a better place,” said Henry Taylor, United Temps.

To be sure, it was a huge party for the end of the longest drought in professional sports.

“It’s just grass it’ll grow back. Everyone was together and I think that’s all that really matters,” said Kat Kasprzyk.

“I think it unites people.  I have a lot of friends who are Sox fans,and they seemed to be getting on board with the whole, you know, Cubs winning the world series thing, when 10 years ago I wouldn’t have thought it was possible,” Tim Harris said.

And while the cleanup was underway downtown, in Wrigleyville the crowds keep coming.  The chalking of the walls has now spread to wherever the chalk can fit. The Bontrager family was one of the thousands trying to soak it all in.

“We went to the parade yesterday and it was amazing,” Justin Bontrager said.

“It really has been surreal, I keep walking over and it doesn’t feel real,” Whitney Bontrager said.

A surreal feeling a more than a century in the making.