Durbin's restaurant in Tinley Park: As the final minutes of the game ticked down, Maribeth Aguirre, 45, of Frankfort, sat with her arms folded over her chest and pain etched on her face.
"It's been a roller coaster ride," she said. "It started great, but finishing is everything."
Anne Garvin, 46, of Joliet, said she enjoyed seeing Chicago come together in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
"It's fun to go to work and to see everybody be happy and have the spirit," she said. "Someone had to lose. Unfortunately, it's the Bears."
Despite the tough loss, most of the lingering crowd joined in singing the Bears' fight song after the game. Garvin sang the loudest.
From Tribune reporter Jo Napolitano.
A cold end to Super Sunday: People who had packed the bars near Division and State Streets began filing out into the frigid night after the game. Police had a heavy presence on the street and the exodus appeared to be peaceful.
Some were sticking around inside the bars, having a last drink.
One pair of friends, Fonzie Weninger, 28, and Francoise Bebla, 26, both of Chicago, could not agree on what to do.
Weninger was upset by the Bears loss and wanted to leave, but Bebla insisted they stay and watch some of the post-game coverage.
"This is only a game," Bebla said to him, trying to be encouraging.
Weninger replied, "Don't say that stuff. We lost. That's it."
From Tribune reporter Antonio Olivo.
Peyton place: At Mullen's in Wrigleyville, Colts fans broke into song and cheers as the game clock ticked down.
That didn't sit so well with the Bears fans there: One threw a drink in a plastic cup across the room at the Colts fans, but they just laughed.
"I can't even finish my beer, I'm so disgusted," said Nick Ortiz, 22, of the Colts' fans jubilation.
But some were more upbeat.
"The game was still a lot of fun, but if there's anyone who deserves to win in the NFL, it's Peyton Manning. My girlfriend will be looking forward to the backrub that I bet her," Corey Newman, 26, said.