Here come the Hawks: Parade starts at United Center, Grant Park rally kicks off at 11 a.m.
June 27, 2013 10:15PM
Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Parade and Rally. Former Chicago Blackhawks No.9 Bobby "The Golden Jet" Hull (center) Former Head Coach Denis Savard (Right) Former Players No.21 Stan Mikita, and No.35 Tony Esposito (Far Left) wave to the crowd while r
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Updated: August 27, 2013 2:14AM
To celebrate their second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks will start their victory parade about 10:30 a.m. from the United Center in double-decker buses and end up in Grant Park.
The official parade route will begin at Des Plaines and Washington streets and continue east to Wabash Avenue. From there, the team will head east to Michigan Avenue, travel north to Randolph Street, east along Randolph and then south on Columbus Drive. Blackhawks fans are encouraged to follow them along this route.
Revelers can enter Grant Park at Jackson and Michigan or Congress and Michigan for the 11 a.m. victory rally at Hutchinson Field at the south end of Grant Park.
Fans also can line the parade route that continues south along Columbus Drive, between Monroe and Balbo streets.
All east/west streets between Roosevelt and Randolph from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive will be closed for the celebration, beginning at 12 a.m. Friday. Those street closings include Balbo Avenue, Jackson Street and Monroe Street, but Congress will remain open.
The closings will affect 30 bus routes run by the Chicago Transit Authority. A full list is available at www.transitchicago.com. CTA officials said there will be more frequent rail service and longer trains.
Metra is offering a $5 one-day pass good for unlimited rides Friday. The pass can be purchased from a Metra ticket agent.
Because of the crowds expected for Friday’s event, the CTA and Metra will not allow bicycles on board trains.
Alcohol will not be allowed on Metra trains, and there will be zero tolerance for drinking alcohol on the public way during the Blackhawks celebration.
City officials said coolers will not be allowed at the rally, but closed water bottles will be. Water fountains also will be on site at the Hutchinson Field, and water will be available from vendors. Backpacks and large bags will be searched.
The weather forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 70s in the morning and a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 3 p.m.