Suburbanites Guide to: Stanley Cup Parade Chicago

© C. Keegan | Little Lake | 2015

I don’t need to tell you last time the Blackhawks won in Chicago…but if I do… it’s been 77 years, and the City of Chicago couldn’t be more excited, and neither could I! The Blackhawks have of course won the Cup since 1938 as the visiting team (Boston in 2013, Philadelphia in 2010 and Detroit in 1961), but last night’s game was epic!

If you’re a diehard fan or just have the day off and want to experience something special, here are the tips I have for you if you plan on attending Thursday’s Parade and Rally. Consider this the “Suburbanite’s Guide to Seeing the Stanley Cup.”

{Editor’s Update 6/17: Free tickets to the celebration rally at Soldier Field will be made available on Wednesday, June 17, at 12 noon at Ticketmaster. There is a limit of four tickets per person.}

© C. Keegan | Little Lake | 2015
  1.  Do a bit of research, print or download a map of the parade {Editor’s Update 6/17: The parade route will run along Monroe Street, beginning at Jefferson Street all the way to Michigan Avenue. See map below.} and map out your first, second and third choices for viewing.  In the 2010 parade we stood at the corner and could see the parade coming down the street and had a great view as they turned the corner.
  2. Prep the children: tell them it’s going to be crowded, they’re going to have to stand, and they should use the bathroom when convenient.
  3. Utilize Public Transportation: the Metra takes you downtown. The exact parade route is still being determined, but will ultimately end up around Grant Park as long as it’s not flooded. In 2010 the rally was at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River which is another possibility.
  4. Get there early! If the parade starts at 10:30 a.m., I’d be on the 8 a.m. train or earlier.
  5. Bring an extra adult if possible, so you can save your spot and still take the kids to the port-o-potty, if necessary.
  6. Bring snacks and water bottles.
  7. Look at the forecast and dress for the weather (sunscreen or umbrellas, be prepared).
  8. Considering skipping the rally. Think about what’s best for your family, if the parade is enough excitement and crowds, call it a day after that, beat the rush back to the train station and DVR the rally to watch in the comfort of your own home.
Blackhawks Parade
© C. Keegan | Little Lake | 2015

If you want to skip the parade and crowds for now, follow social media to see #wheresthecup is in the future and how you might get a picture with Lord Stanley.

blackhawks rally
© C. Keegan | Little Lake | 2015

(Source for Smartphone App and Twitter Comments below)
Smartphone App
Download the “Wheres the Cup” app ($0.99) to your iPhone and track how close the Cup is to you. The app shows a map with the Cup’s location, and shows where the trophy was before and where it’s going next.

Follow @keeperofthecup Phil Pritchard, who tweets photos of the traveling trophy
Follow @Wheresthecup, which tweets the latest locations of the Cup
Follow @CupTracker, who posts rumors of where the Cup is and has been to help you find it before everyone else.

Search for #CupTracker or #wheresthecup on Twitter to find peoples posts, giving you an idea of where it is.

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks! We can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

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Cheryl is a hyper-tasking mom (because who has time to only multi-task?) who stops to take pictures (and smell the roses), loves to jog (slowly) and volunteers way too much.

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