This year’s parade and rally will end at Soldier Field, another departure from the prior celebrations, which took place in Grant Park in 2013 and on Michigan Avenue in 2010. Grant Park would have likely been the location again this year but recent rains in Chicago have left the area too wet for such an event.
For those who can’t make the end rally at Soldier Field, the parade leading to it, as planned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will travel along Monroe Street, beginning at Jefferson Street and end at Michigan Avenue according to the Associated Press.
The parade, kicking off at Monroe and Jefferson, is expected to kick off at 10 a.m. Thursday and the rally is expected to begin at 11. Travel to and from downtown is expected to be tricky all morning and the city strictly encourages fans to take public transportation to get to the celebration.
UPDATE: Reports this afternoon have the parade route being doubled in size, starting now at Racine and Washington further into the city’s West side. The adjustment was needed after complaints arose of many fans being squeezed out of the Soldier Field rally due to the stadium at capacity being able to hold around 70,000 people and not having any other chance to see the victorious Hawks as they make their way to the lakefront.
The amount of people who fit into the 2013 rally in Grant Park reportedly numbered in the mid-six digits. (Sun-Times)
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