Riders can expect full trains for the morning and evening commute, as well as before and after the rally. While Metra will provide extra trains, riders should still give themselves extra time tomorrow to get to the station.
Friday's Blackhawks celebration includes a parade that kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at the United Center followed by a rally at 11 a.m. in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
All Metra schedules are subject to change and may be revised Friday, June 28. Metra has said trains will depart early if they area full. Area residents and commuters are encouraged to check Metra’s website at www.metrarail.com before they travel. Due to the event, Metra will be banning bikes and alcohol from all trains on Friday, June 28.
The Chicago Transit Authority will also experience packed trains, so follow http://www.transitchicago.com/hawksparade/ for updated information. Longer Blue Line trains will run every 6 minutes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and longer Green Line trains will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(1) Streets along the parade route and in the Loop could be shut down by 8 a.m. and access to many parking garages could be restricted. Advice is don't drive.
(2) Double-decker buses featuring the team and front office personnel will ride to the rally beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the United Center.
(3) Metra offers special $5 ticket and adds service for Hawks rally. Bikes and alcohol to be banned on all trains Friday.
Metra will be adding service on most of its lines and offering a special one-day only $5 unlimited ride ticket to accommodate Chicago Blackhawks fans attending the downtown parade and rally on Friday, June 28, 2013, to celebrate the team’s success in winning the 2013 Stanley Cup.
There will be two public entrances to the rally, located at Jackson and Michigan and Congress and Michigan. To accommodate the anticipated crowds, a jumbotron will be positioned at the side of the stage for enhanced viewing of the program and team, and additional jumbotrons will be set up on Columbus at Balbo and at Congress to accommodate the crowd.
The official parade route will begin at Des Plaines Street and Washington Street and proceed east until Wabash Street. Fans who want to catch the downtown parade are encouraged to see them along this route.
From there the motorcade will proceed east to Michigan Avenue; travel north to Randolph Street and east along Randolph to Columbus Drive.
Fans may also attend the parade route along Columbus Drive, between Monroe Street and Balbo Street, heading south.
IMPACTED STREET CLOSURES
All east/west streets located in between Roosevelt Road to Randolph Street from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive will be closed for the celebration beginning at 12 a.m. They include Balbo Avenue, Jackson Street and Monroe Street, but Congress will remain open.
Motorists should anticipate additional street closures as necessary due to crowd size to ensure the public safety of pedestrians and parade attendees.
The weather forecast for Friday is 77 degrees with a chance of rain. Fans are encouraged to dress accordingly and make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Additionally, the Chicago Police Department reminds attendees that anyone carrying a backpacks 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.If you can't make the parade, you can watch on WGN/Channel 9 or WGNTV Live.
FOLLOW THE CUP
Before those festivities, people are trying to get a glimpse of sport's most famous trophy. There are a couple of ways to follow the Stanley Cup and see where it might be:
- Follow the #cuptracker hashtag on Twitter for updates.
- Check out the Google Maps "Where is the Cup" map, which shows where the Cup is and when it's on the move.