World Cup viewing party at Grant Park. USA vs. Germany @ 11am!
After winning the 2013 Stanley Cup early in the week and after many days of taking the Stanley Cup all around town to party and carry babies, it was time for the Blackhawks to have their official celebration with parade starting at the United Center and ending at Grant Park with a rally. I made sure to go into work today to check out the festivities because my office overlooks Grant Park. The commute in was TERRIBLE. Tons of inconsiderate drunk bros, but in the end it was worth it to see everything go down.
This was 9 a.m. Looking pretty crowded, even though the parade didn’t even begin until 10 a.m.
All of Millennium Park was closed except the area by Park Grill.
About 10:30 a.m.: The parade was beginning. What we noticed was that on the route from the United Center, it was just the double decker buses with the Blackhawks players. But when they got to Randolph and Columbus, they met up with the rest of the parade – trollys, floats, people carrying flags – and then proceeded south on Columbus to the rally field.
Hard at work!
Here are the double decker buses coming over on Washington from the United Center and turning onto Michigan Avenue.
Pausing for a second to admire what a pretty day it is today!
The double decker bus here is the first in the line of double decker buses and had the Stanley Cup. If you look close you can see the sun reflecting off of it. What you can’t see it? Let me zoom in!
All the buses stopped for a little bit and the mounted police got in line ahead of them. There were more mounted police behind the buses. There were also a lot of motorcycle police and police on foot and in SUVs and cars and every kind of police you can think of. If you look close, you can still see the Stanley Cup on the bus!
The buses beginning on the parade procession.
A one-minute video of the parade procession.
Stopping to admire the great view!
They say that 2 million people showed up for the parade and rally!
Time for the rally at the southern part of Grant Park.
All these people were trying to get to the rally and they started jumping fences around the huge construction site that is the northern part of Grant Park. And then where to go? It was like watching ants. They had to find a way out, which meant they had to jump another fence to get out.
View of the rally, which was just south of Buckingham Fountain.
Finally, the rally ended with fireworks at about 12:20 p.m.
- My coworker Raf got some great shots down at street level.
- You might remember that the Blackhawks won it all back in 2010 as well. I watched the winning game with Aimee and Ashanth out in Utah.
In November they started ripping up Grant Park, removing trees (877, to be exact) and bulldozing to make way for Maggie Daley Park. It looks so sad now. When we look across the street from our office all we see is a construction fence. I have mixed feelings. I never really knew this part of Grant Park, this northern tip, until our office moved over here in the spring. Over the summertime, I grew to quite like it. It wasn’t as intricately manicured as the neighboring Millennium Park and it seems more natural. A great contrast to Millennium Park.. but now we’re getting Millennium Park Part II, I think. And the saddest part, maybe, is that the park isn’t slated to open until 2015, so it’s 2 more years of construction. Sigh. Then again, maybe the new park will knock my socks off and be totally worth it. We’ll see!