A reported record breaking two millions plus fans came out to show love and support for their Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks. It was a city wide celebration for the team and their Stanley Cup victory.
Buses departed the United Center just before 10:30 a.m. to kick off the team's victory parade en route to Grant Park. The parade route was filled with crowds as far as the eye could see by 9:00 a.m. Friday morning. Starting at Washington and Des Plaines, and the main route headed east on Washington. The parade then headed east to Michigan Avenue and north to Randolph, then head east to Columbus Drive, then turn south to Hutchinson Field in Grant Park for the rally at 11 a.m. Here is a look the Blackhawks and fans celebrating the Stanley Cup!
From the podium at Grant Park: "This shows how unbelievable this city is," Toews said, "Unbelievable. Thank you."
One of the many signs read "Thank you, guys" on the top line and "Best 17 seconds of my life" for the second part – referring to the pair of late goals that lifted the Blackhawks to a 3-2 title-clinching victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
The Chicago Fire Department reported 92 people were treated for heat exhaustion and heat-related issues at the event on what turned into a very warm day. Department spokesman Larry Langford says 42 people had to be taken to area hospitals.
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