Chicago celebrates Sky championship with parade, rally

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CHICAGO — Chicago came out to honor the Sky and the team’s big win as the city hosted a celebration for the WNBA champions at Millennium Park Tuesday.

The party began with a parade that stepped off at the team’s home base of Wintrust Arena. As the buses got closer to Millennium Park, supporters filed in, eager to get a glimpse of the athletes who brought a women’s basketball title to Chicagoland.

Amongst the crowd, Sky fans who have supported the team since day one.   

Buses with the team traveled north on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Randolph Street.

Players arrived at a rally at Pritzker Pavilion.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Lt Gov Juliana Stratton and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot were among the elected officials who spoke and congratulated the team.

Coaches and players also spoke and Chance the Rapper performed. There to watch it all was 7-year-old Sonnah Asojo, who told WGN that she hopes to one day be a WNBA champion.

“This is a special moment for me because I like to play basketball and when I grow up I want to be a basketball player,” Asojo said. “It feels nice and feels like very nice it feels like one day maybe ill be like them.”

Little Jada Martin has the same dream: to one day be a WNBA champion. Her dad let her skip class Tuesday, all so she could see history in the making.

“We had to play hooky from school. It’s kindergarten. She will be able to learn everything later,” Jada’s father joked.

The Sky won their first WNBA championship with a 80-74 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday.

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