Chicago's two major daily newspapers quickly sold out their larger-than-normal print runs of Wednesday editions, prompting each to churn out even more copies.
Readers throughout the metro area snatched up papers with news of President-elect Barack Obama's victory splashed across the cover.
"We knew this would be an incredible issue," said a spokesman for the Chicago Tribune, which printed 220,000 more copies than normal.
One newsstand owner on Michigan Avenue said people were buying stacks of papers. Another near Mr. Obama's home on the South Side said she had gone through 300 Tribunes and 350 Chicago Sun-Times and was waiting for more copies.