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Blackhawks move the Madhouse to Michigan Ave


The city of Chicago hosted a parade and rally to commemorate the Chicago Blackhawks on their first Stanley Cup victory since 1961.  Every block of the city adjusted to show their pride and an estimated two million people made their way into the city to see the Stanley Cup with their own eyes. 

2 million people attend the Chicago Blackhawks Parade on June 11th.

 

The last time the Stanley Cup was brought to Chicago, it was in the hands of Chris Chelios at Wrigley Field after the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2008. But this year, it was hoisted by Jonathan Toews on a double-decker bus along Washington street and Michigan Avenue. 

On the day of the Chicago Crosstown Classic (when the two Chicago Baseball teams, the Cubs and White Sox, are matched up), the city was united in support and admiration of the Stanley Cup. Almost every building in the city flaunted a ‘Thank You’ or ‘Congratulations’ to the 2010 Champions. The tribune tower hung an oversized banner in honor of Captain and MVP Jonathan Toews. The Daley Center fountain has been red for weeks, and on Thursday, more dye was added to the fountain matching the people crowded nearby in their Hawks sweaters for the parade. 

The Chicago Police Department anticipated 300,000 to 400,000 people to attend the parade and the rally. The actual number of attendees was estimated to be about two million people. With the heat in the 80’s, about 100 people were treated for dehydration and heat related sicknesses . 

The Chicago Theater takes a moment to Congratulate the Hawks

 

The overall feeling in the crowd was complete excitement and anticipation. As the parade made its way to the rally at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, the fans cheered louder and louder til the last bus in the procession came into sight. Here Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane took turns lifting the cup and showing Chicago a glimpse of Hockey’s most prized possession. 

During the rally, Ed Olcysk introduced the mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and other key members of the Chicago Blackhawks. Dustin Byfuglien gave away the ‘big boy’ belt to an enthusiastic Patrick Kane. 

Patrick Kane took a moment to address the crowd on Michigan Avenue and promised ‘to keep his shirt on’ and also reassured all cab drivers, ‘I love ya’. Laughs and cheers followed Kane’s address who brought home the cup with an overtime goal in game six that most did not know even crossed the goal line. 

Sunday June 13th, two days after the parade, the Stanley Cup was sighted at Wrigley Field where both the Chicago White Sox and Cubs were allowed a group photo with the cup. The Chicago Sun-Times Twitter account posted “Thanks Blackhawks for getting Cubs, White Sox as close to a championship trophy as they’ll get this year”. To be honest, Hockey in Chicago has overshadowed the start of the baseball season so well that most people haven’t even began their argument over which team is better (an argument that is never-ending). 

Denis Sevard at the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Championship Parade

Denis Savard at the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Championship Parade

 

The Chicago Cubs have not celebrated a World Championship for over 100 years, and the Chicago White Sox celebrated a world championship five years ago with a similar parade drawing in nearly 350,000 people to LaSalle Street. The manager of the Chicago White Sox, Ozzie Guillen told the Sun-Times that their parade drew more people. Even though I haven’t had a math course in some years, the two million attendees at the Chicago Blackhawks parade definitely out-does the 350,000 people who celebrated the Chicago White Sox in 2005. 

While the NHL season is over, Chicago remains to show its support to the Hawks who have effectively stopped the 49 year cup drought.

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  1. Britt
    June 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Just wanted to say great article! I was at the parade, and I have been a big hawks fan since I was old enough to know what hockey was. I just want to add in there that I was so impressed with all those fans, fairweather or not for not acting out of control. It was the happiest most peaceful crowd of people and I think that is amazing. The blackhawks brought all those people together and the worst thing happening was people passing out for lack of water. Way to go chicago!

  2. col2717
    June 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I was also impressed that they handed out bottled water for free. Luckily me and my friends stopped and bought 8 gigantic bottles of water to get us through the parade. It was a hot day but well worth the trip!

  3. June 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I heard for those who were going downtown via train, most rode for free. The trains were so packed that people were standing and the conductors couldn’t get down the isles so they pretty much just said screw it! lol

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