The heat was a little too much for some Blackhawks fans at today’s rally, but the Chicago Fire Department was well prepared with dozens of ambulances and first responders ready to go. The fire department also passed out water throughout the day, hoping to keep fans as hydrated as possible as the sun beat down over the parade.
Despite the precautions, some fans had to be carted off in the middle of the rally. Others were treated on the spot, but decided not to go to the hospital.
As for security, fans we spoke with today say Chicago police did a good job managing the massive crowd.
Said Alex Yonk, “There was a lot of police. We were trying to get to the other side but they blocked it off; I thought they did a good job.”
Very few incidents were reported. There were several arrests, as a couple bad apples tried to start fights here and there, but overall it was a smooth day for Chicago police.
Said fan Cameron Goleman, “I think the Chicago authorities knew what they were doing. I felt very safe and at ease.”