Following their 2-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to clinch the series at home and secure their third Stanley Cup victory in six years, the Chicago Blackhawks have enjoyed an outpouring of love and support from their hometown. The team even received a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama, who personally contacted Blackhawks team captain Jonathan Toews, head coach Joel Quenneville, and chairman Rocky Wirtz on June 17. The following day, the team kicked off a full day of citywide celebrations, beginning their festivities with a parade traveling from Monroe and Jefferson Streets to Michigan Avenue. Thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown Chicago for a chance to cheer on the team and its support staff, who traversed the parade route in a caravan of double-decker buses.
The parade ended at Soldier Field, where fans gathered for the Blackhawks’ official 2015 Stanley Cup celebration rally. The packed crowd included Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who sported a Jonathan Toews replica jersey. Hosted by Blackhawks commentator Pat Foley, the event included remarks from team vice president John McDonough, as well as Quenneville, Toews, and Duncan Keith, winner of the 2015 Conn Smythe trophy. Toews closed out the event with a rallying cry for the team to bring home another win in the 2015-2016 season.
Fans had the chance to acquire free advance tickets to the rally beginning at noon on June 17 and began packing the stadium as early as 8 a.m. on the day of the festivities. The City of Chicago has reported that approximately 2 million people took part in the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup celebration.