November 28, 2015

Going to ALA? Here’s an Update About Getting Around Chicago This Friday

UPDATE June 27: From ALA

The route of the parade and celebration is close to some of the conference hotels and although our shuttle bus routes will stay the same, please anticipate travel delays and plan accordingly. All ALA events will start and end as scheduled.

I currently live just outside of Washington DC.

However, I was born and raised in Chicago and still visit the city often to visit friends and family. Once a Chicagoan, always a Chicagoan and a proud Chicagoan at that.

As some of you also know the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday evening.  Awesome!!!

So, why this post on infoDOCKET?

On Friday, the City of Chicago is planning a parade and rally to celebrate the Stanley Cup victory. When the Blackhawks won the cup two years ago more than a million people attended the rally.

So, this is going to make getting around downtown Chicago a bit challenging to say the least.

At this hour, we do know the parade is scheduled to begin at the United Center (1800 W. Madison) and proceed to Grant Park.

The rally is supposed to begin at 11am at Hutchinson Field in the park. Don’t be surprised if all of this runs later than planned.

Stay Up to Update

Check this ALA page for updates along with monitoring Twitter (#ALA2013).  ALA also says they’ll be sending an email to each attendee and exhibitor.

Here’s a Statement from ALA (1 pm EST, Wednesday)

It’s an exciting time to be in Chicago! Firstly, ALA Annual Conference and more than 21,000 exhibitors and conference attendees will make their mark on the city. And secondly, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and will be celebrating with a victory parade on Friday, June 28, with a rally at Grant Park in the South Loop at 11am.

The route of the parade is close to some of the conference locations, and we are working with the City of Chicago to determine the best way to get around the city (especially to McCormick Place) during the parade. As soon as we can confirm the details, we’ll share them widely, including a personal message to every registrant and exhibitor.  

Update (5 pm): Here’s a more about the parade route.

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