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PHOTOS: Fans Shut Down Wicker Park's Main Intersection After Hawks Victory

By Alisa Hauser | June 25, 2013 6:48am
 People flocked to the streets all over Chicago Monday to celebrate the Blackhawks victory over the Boston Bruins and their second Stanley cup in the last four seasons.  Here's a few highlights from Wicker Park.
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WICKER PARK —  The city's streets were filled with cheer Monday night as revelers flocked to Wicker Park's main hub after the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory.

Cars honked, champagne bottles popped, skateboards were waved high in the air, and fireworks erupted from rooftops and alleys well into the early morning in and around the Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues intersection in Wicker Park.

A peaceful crowd of a few thousand people swarmed the intersection just after the win, arriving from all corners and gathering for about 20 minutes before chants of "Let's Go Blackhawks!" propelled them into the streets.

The street was impassable for cars from about 10:30 p.m. to 10:50 p.m., as police tried to keep the peace, and revelers took to social media to post images and commentary. 

"A Papa John's truck finally gets through Wicker Park six corners after 20 minutes, to delighted chants," tweeted Laurel Wamsley.

"Saw a photo of six corners in Wicker Park right now. Way more crazy and packed compared to when Blackhawks won last time. Damn," tweeted Lisa White.

Heather Bogas, 31, a dog groomer, came in from Naperville to watch the game at Flat Iron bar at 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave with a group of friends.

"We could watch it at home on our couch or at a bar in the city. This was much more exciting!" Bogas said.

Bucktown residents Todd and Kara Glassman were observing the festivities in matching Blackhawks jerseys and said they'd come to the intersection in 2010 as well.

"We watched the game from home but knew we had to go to Six Corners. We couldn't get a table at any of the bars because you had to get there by 4:30 p.m, and we had to work," Kara Glassman said.

Brandon Doyle, 26 and Luke Connors, 33, watched the game at The Standard, a bar at 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., and walked two blocks north to the intersection.

"We heard this is where the celebration was when they won the cup in 2010," Doyle said.

The fans said they planned to keep on partying "wherever it takes" them.