Cubs fans start celebrations early

    Friday night's game marks the Cubs' first World Series game at home since 1945.

    Story highlights

    • The Chicago Cubs will play a World Series game at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945
    • Cubs fans have taken to the bars early to show their support

    (CNN)Many Chicago Cubs fans aren't limiting their World Series celebrations to just the nighttime.

    In preparation for Game 3, which starts at 7 p.m. CT Friday night, Chicagoans flocked to Wrigleyville, the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field, with plenty of time to spare.
    Matt Lindler, a Chicago-based freelance writer, began documenting the craziness before sunrise.
    "A couple bars were already pretty packed," Lindler says. "People have waited so long for a day like today, and a lot of people are taking off from work."
    The historical importance of the Cubs' appearance in the World Series is palpable, and Lindler says that part of the reason the event feels so special is because of how interwoven the Cubs are in Chicago's identity.
    "Chicago is known as the 'second city,' but I think something like this almost sheds that label," Lindler says.
    Everyone in Chicago is a Cubs fan right now, according to Lindler. He says he couldn't escape team hats and jerseys if he tried.
    The Art Institute of Chicago, which houses some of the world's most famous works of art, have rendered some of the works online with Cubs regalia.
    Their challenge to the Cleveland Museum of Art did not go unnoticed, as the museum did the same to some of the works housed in their galleries.
    The good-natured art brawl captures the fun of this year's World Series, as neither team has had a chance to vie for the title in several decades. The Cubs' las