THE LOOP — With Downtown filling up with fans — 2 million, according to the city — for the Hawks rally, ambulances were sent to the Loop Thursday for heat-related medical emergencies.
Forty-one people were treated, "mostly for heat issues on or near the parade route," according to the Chicago Fire Department's official Twitter account.
CFD spokesman Larry Langford said Thursday morning that emergency responders treated several people at Michigan and Monroe, right by the Art Institute of Chicago.
"We are looking at several patients for heat-related issues," Langford said.
"They're dropping like flies," an officer on the police scanner could be heard saying.
Cfd is treating several patients who have heat issues. This is near michigan and Monroe. Medical bus responding— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) June 18, 2015
A cooling bus was dispatched to the area as well.
Medical bus 8812 on scene michigan and Adams pic.twitter.com/s0VRR1j5db— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) June 18, 2015
While temperatures hovered around 70 degrees during Thursday's parade, revelers in the Loop were packed so closely together that ambulances had difficulty navigating the crowds to respond to the scene.
Hawks fans also theorized on Twitter that participants' festive outfits may be partially responsible.
@DNAinfoCHI wouldn't it make sense not to wear a hockey jersey— Jaime Bernal (@JaimeB80) June 18, 2015
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