Thousands of families congregated at the beginning of the parade route in the city’s West Loop. Leery of venturing into the crowded Hutchinson Field, Moms and Dads from across the region camped out near Des Plaines and Washington, which is close to Metra train stations and the Kennedy Expressway. So when the Stanley Cup champs passed by at about 10:30 Friday morning, families were able to exit the Loop quickly before the bulk of the crowd left.
Christy Nein of Northbrook brought her 12-year-old son, Brennan, to witness history. “We’ll remember this for the rest of our lives,” Christy Nein says. “We’ve had hockey in my family going back many years. Brennan is the youngest of four sons and plays for the Northbrook Bluehawks.”
Brennan says he’s glad his mom brought him to the parade. “To be here right now with my family and friends is great,” said Brennan. “When I get older I’ll tell my kids and my grandkids the story of how I went to the parade of the 2013 Blackhawks.”