For the second time since 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks will parade the Stanley Cup around the Windy City.
After a wild playoff, which followed an unpredictable strike-shortened season, the Blackhawks battled back from a 2-1 series deficit against the Boston Bruins to win three straight and capture the championship in Game 6.
While their quick swing of momentum in the finals was impressive, it wasn't their biggest turnaround of the postseason. In the second round, the Blackhawks trailed the Red Wings 3-1 before rattling off three straight.
After starting the regular season with a record 24-game unbeaten streak, this was truly a magical season for Chicago. All that is left to do now is celebrate.
The Blackhawks will do just that with the assistance of a million or two of their closest friends, as they travel around the city and offer up speeches at the ensuing rally.
Check out the information below to help you participate in the celebration, either secondhand or in person.
*Parade information via CBS Chicago.
When: Friday, June 28
Time: Parade start time is 10:30 a.m., and an 11 a.m. start time is given for the rally at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
Watch: CBS 2 (Chicago Only)
Live Stream: WGNTV Live
CBS Chicago cites sources saying the parade will follow a route similar to the one in 2010.
It will begin on Washington Street and Des Plaines and head east on Washington Street. It will then progress to Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street.
In 2010, the parade then traveled past the Chicago River, but this time it will head down Columbus Drive and then to Grant Park and Hutchinson Field—which makes sense since that's where the rally is.
As a sign of the changing times, CBS Chicago says officials have told attendees to not bring backpacks or alcohol.
Fans will be granted access to the park starting at 8 a.m. All entrances must take place in one of two locations: Michigan and Congress or Michigan and Jackson.
Also, getting to and from the event will undoubtedly be a nightmare. Not only will there be massive crowds but likely also a few road closures. As is the case with any mass gathering, public transportation is the option least likely to cause undue stress.
According to CBS, the rally is expected to last around 50 minutes, but I imagine the city will be buzzing all day.
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