Get ready to celebrate, Chicago. Friday is the big day when the City will honor the Chicago Blackhawks' winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years with a parade and rally. If the 2010 celebration is any indication of what will be happening this year, it's a good idea to plan ahead...get there early...and pick your spot. Here is the skinny for Friday, June 28, 2013.
The Parade, 10:30 a.m.
The parade is scheduled to step off from Washington Street and Des Plaines Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. Double-decker buses featuring the team and front office personnel will ride to the rally from the United Center.
The official parade route which begins at Des Plaines Street and Washington Street will proceed east on Washington to Wabash Street. From there the motorcade will proceed east to Michigan Avenue; travel north to Randolph Street and east along Randolph to Columbus Drive to the Official Blackhawks Championship Rally at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
The Rally, 11:00 a.m.
At approximately 11 a.m., the team will step off the buses to start the rally. There will be two public entrances to the rally:
1. Jackson and Michigan.
2. Congress and Michigan.
A jumbotron will be positioned at the side of the stage with additional jumbotrons on Columbus at Balbo and at Congress to accommodate the crowd.
Due to the large crowd anticipated at the festivities on Friday, City officials strongly encourage attendees to use public transportation in lieu of driving.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service to customers traveling into the Loop on Friday. Riders are advised to allow plenty of travel time due to street closures, traffic congestion and reroutes.
Additional service will be provided on all eight rail lines following the morning rush period through midday. CTA buses will be detoured in the downtown area during the parade and as a result of street closures for the rally.
People going to the rally in Lower Hutchinson Field should use stations south of Madison. This will help them avoid the crowd on the Washington parade route.
Metra will be adding service on most of its lines and offering a special one-day only $5 unlimited ride ticket to accommodate Chicago Blackhawks fans attending the downtown parade and rally. Due to the event, bikes and alcohol will be banned from all trains on Friday. Metra also will be adding security and increasing its police presence on trains and stations Friday.
For those who drive to the event, please be advised that the streets along the parade route and in the Loop could be shut down by 8 a.m. and access to many parking garages may be restricted.
The Chicago Police Department reminds attendees that anyone carrying a backpacks or large bags must undergo additional screening. Coolers are not allowed into the rally and that there will be zero tolerance for drinking alcohol on the public way.
Street Closures and Traffic Impacts
All east/west streets between Roosevelt Road and Randolph Street from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive will be closed for the celebration beginning at 12 a.m. They include Balbo Avenue, Jackson Street and Monroe Street, but Congress will remain open.
The weather forecast for Friday is 77 degrees with a chance of rain that may come later in the day. Fans are encouraged to dress accordingly and make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Water at the Rally
Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally, water fountains will be onsite, and water will also be available from onsite vendors during the rally at Hutchinson Field.
A Blast From the Past
If you liked this post you may like Show Me Chicago's post from May 2010 when the Hawks were in the final drive for the cup along with some Stanley Cup trivia.
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