The Blackhawks and the city of Chicago will celebrate the team’s Stanley Cup victory with a parade and rally on Thursday, June 18.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The rally will be held following the parade at Soldier Field, which will open at 8 a.m. to those who have tickets.
Free tickets will be available starting at noon Wednesday (limit four per person).
“The City of Chicago is so proud of the Blackhawks, which is why we are going to throw them a celebration that only Chicago can throw – a celebration worthy of a hockey dynasty,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a press release.
The team will parade through the Windy City on double-decker buses. The parade route begins at Monroe and Jefferson streets and will then proceed east until Michigan Avenue.
“Fans who want to catch the downtown parade are encouraged to see them along this route,” the team’s press release states. “There will be zero tolerance for drinking on the public way.”
At about 11 a.m., the parade is expected to arrive at Soldier Field, and the rally begin.
The team says in its press release:
Due to the large crowd anticipated at the festivities on Thursday, City officials strongly encourage attendees to use public transportation in lieu of driving. 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 9 a.m. and access to many parking garages could be restricted. Additionally, the Chicago Police Department reminds attendees that anyone carrying a backpack 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. Absolutely no tailgating will be allowed.
If you can’t make it to the parade, it will be televised live on WGN in the Chicago area. The station’s coverage of the parade begins at 9 a.m. Central with “Celebrate the Cup.” Coverage continues until 1 p.m.
The parade will also be streamed live on WGN’s website.
Looking to celebrate Chicago’s latest title with some championship gear? Check out the selection Hawks’ team store at Fanatics.
You can find women’s and men’s T-shirts,jerseys, hats and collectibles, including championship ornaments, glasses, mugs and pennants.