CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory parade route has been extended.
Planners have decided to add more streets on the front end of the parade route. The parade will now start at Washington and Racine around 10 a.m. on Thursday and head east to Des Plaines.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Shot Near North And Sheffield Avenues
Then, the parade will move south on Des Plaines to Monroe before continuing down Monroe to Michigan Avenue.
Originally, the parade was going to be a straight shot down Monroe from Jefferson Street to Michigan Avenue.
The parade ends at Michigan Avenue, where the team will move quickly to Solider Field for a rally.
That rally sold out in minutes on Ticketmaster earlier Wednesday. If you weren’t among the 75,000 fans to score a ticket for inside, you can watch the rally outside on large video screens in the south parking lot.
The city expects at least 100,000 people to gather there.
In 2013, an estimated 2 million people turned out for that parade.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez surveyed the route for the best places to see the parade.READ MORE: More Than A Third Of CPD Staff Missed Vaccine Reporting Deadline; City Could Begin Placing Employees On 'No Pay' Status Today
Jake Schreiber will be watching curbside but you can bet his coworkers will line the windows of the office for a look as the Stanley Cup champions pass by.
“It’s awesome working here and being able to walk outside the building and check out the parade. That’ll be fantastic,” he said.
Down the road at the Private Bank they’ve decked the building and plan to pack the conference rooms.
“We’ve had employees wearing their Blackhawks jerseys throughout the series,” said Amy Yuhn of the Private Bank “We will have employees holding up the signs congratulating the Stanley Cup champs.
If you are not lucky enough to work nearby here’s what you can expect along the route: The sidewalks are bigger west of Franklin and there are a couple of plazas that offer added viewing space near the river.
But you’ll want to avoid this construction zone on the north side of Monroe between LaSalle and Clark.
There will be great viewing from up above at the Hyatt Centric, which quickly booked up for the parade.MORE NEWS: Deaths From COVID-19 Like Colin Powell, Who Was Vaccinated, Are Quite Rare, Chicago Doctor Says
“I’m very excited to have it right in front of our great new hotel,” said Karen McGuigan.