UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 7:17 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
NBC Chicago's BJ Lutz and Lisa Balde released full details regarding the Blackhawks' victory parade:
City officials on Wednesday afternoon offered detailed plans for Friday's victory parade and rally for the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
The parade will begin at the United Center at 10:30 a.m. Spectators can begin lining up at Des Plaines Street and West Washington Boulevard. The parade will make its way east on Washington to North Michigan Avenue, then head north to East Randolph Street before heading east on South Columbus Drive and south to Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
Access to the park, beginning at 8 a.m., will be limited to two entrances: Michigan and Congress and Michigan and Jackson.
Jumbotons will be situated throughout the park to aid in viewing.
Spectators are strongly urged to prepare for road closures in the area beginning early Friday morning. Public transportation will be the best bet for gaining access to the area, officials said.
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According to the Chicago Tribune the start time and route are still being worked out, but the parade will start at United Center and end in Grant Park. The championship rally will be held at 11 a.m. More information is expected to be available on Thursday. A live stream for the event will be provided by WGN.
Information for the parade, including route and start time, will be updated here as it becomes available.
Fans of the team will find that the parade is a familiar event. The Blackhawks earned the right to celebrate in 2010 when they won their first Stanley Cup since 1961. The title is the fifth in the organization's storied history.
Mike Bolt, one of the handlers that travels with the Cup, said that the 2010 championship parade in Chicago was among the largest he's seen, per the Chicago Tribune.
Now the Chicago faithful will have the opportunity to celebrate together once again.
The Blackhawks' run for the cup was certainly worth celebrating. Chicago entered the postseason with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and lost just six games en route to the Stanley Cup Final. Once there they engaged in a highly entertaining series that featured five overtimes in three of the six games.
The series clincher was no different in terms of entertainment. The game appeared to be headed to a seventh game with Boston up 2-1 with less than two minutes left in the third period, but the Blackhawks scored back-to-back goals from Brian Bickell and Dave Bolland to give Chicago the 3-2 lead with 58 seconds left.
It was a wild finish to a well-deserved championship, and a moment that is sure to go down in Chicago sports history.
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