THE RALLY When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he held a rally in Grant Park that drew about 250,000 people. After the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013, nearly 2 million people attended the victory parade and rally. The city expects the crowd for the Cubs celebration to be even larger. Late Friday morning, the Office of Emergency Management and Communication estimated 5 million people attended the parade and rally.
The intensity permeating a match-up between Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks is derived from a lifetime of rivalry. No two teams in the history of the NHL have faced off against each other more often than the Bruins and the Habs, as the clubs have squared off over 600 times.