CHICAGO (CBS) — Before Mayor Rahm Emanuel dug in for the Bulls groundbreaking he shoveled out lots of compliments for high achieving Chicagoans.

Mayor Emanuel began with a nod to the Hawks second overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings.

“it was a great family event, I will say that. It was a little exhausting, especially with the last nine seconds but it was a great game. It ended exactly like it was supposed to,” said Emanuel.

And then Emanuel moved to theater.

“Shout-out if I can to the Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre for their accomplishment at the Tony Awards and making the Tony Awards evening a Chicago evening,” said Emanuel.

Then it was shovel time, as Emanuel welcomed the Chicago Bulls in from their Deerfield practice facility to the new practice facility being built in parking lot J just east of the United Center in time for the 2014 season.

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