The Chicago Blackhawks justified their Presidents' Trophy accolade by ultimately emerging as Stanley Cup champions in the 2013 playoffs, and now it's time for the city to celebrate.
Friday morning at 10:30 Central Time marks the start of the victory parade, and that's followed by a rally at 11 a.m. in Grant Park's Hutchinson Field. Plenty of media outlets will have the action covered, so those who cannot be there in person will be able to view it without many problems.
Today is the time for the Blackhawks celebrate reaching pro hockey's pinnacle, but the team they defeated in six games in the finals, the Boston Bruins, weren't forgotten.
Ahead of today's glorious occasion, the team took out an ad in the Boston Globe thanking its opponents for such wonderful hospitality and praising the city's spirit, per NPR's Scott Simon:
Below is an overview of when and where to catch the parade, along with a breakdown of the route the Cup winners will take through Chicago in celebrating the NHL's ultimate piece of hardware.
When: Friday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. CDT
Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.
TV: NBC 5 (Chicago)
Note: TV and live stream coverage begins at 9 a.m.
Parade and Route Breakdown
Rain has hit Chicago in the previous three days, as per ABC 6, but according to the forecast provided by the Weather Channel, it looks as though things are looking up just in time for the Blackhawks' parade.
The festivities begin at the team's home, the United Center. Here is the rest of the route, courtesy of WTTW 11 Chicago:
From the start at Des Plaines Street, the team will travel east onto Washington Street for the majority of the parade before heading to the rally at Grant Park, which has been open to the public since 8 a.m., per ABC 7.
CSN's Pat Boyle captured the early scene from Hutchinson Field, which can be entered at one of two intersections on Michigan Avenue—Jackson or Congress:
The aforementioned ABC 7 report also highlights just how excited fans are to see the team's trophy, as Metra trains were crowded early in the morning, and fans lined the parade route as early as 5:30 a.m. local time.
Some are projecting uniquely stout support, as ABC 7's Diane Pathieu showcased one individual's extreme dedication, supplementing it with the "Because It's The Cup" hashtag:
When the Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010, there were an estimated two million who gathered in the city to partake in the triumphant spectacle.
There should be millions out yet again to be a part of the festivities this time around, as the franchise that struggled for much of the prior decade has now won two Stanley Cup titles in only four years.