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    Chicago Sky rally, parade planned Tuesday; Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Gov. JB Pritzker to be in attendance – WLS-TV

    CHICAGO (WLS) — A parade and rally are planned Tuesday to honor the Chicago Sky winning their first WNBA championship.

    The Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 in game four of the finals on Sunday.

    The stage at the Pritzker Pavilion is set, and pride for the team is on full display outside of Wintrust Arena.

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    The stands were packed for the games, and that included star player Candace Parker’s high school coach at Naperville Central.

    “It was so much fun to watch, as a basketball coach,” Andy Nussbaum said. “So much pride, we are so proud of her, to be able to call her a Red Hawk is just awesome.”

    Tuesday’s parade and rally begin at 11 a.m., with the team leaving Wintrust Arena.

    They will be greeted there by both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker.

    The team will travel to Millennium Park for a rally that will start at noon.

    Chicago Sky parade route, street closures, celebration details

    The Chicago Sky’s parade and celebration will begin Tuesday at 11 a.m., with the team departing from Wintrust Arena and traveling to Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for a rally that will begin at noon.

    The parade will leave Wintrust Arena, then travel north on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Randolph Street. Then the route will turn east to Pritzker Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to gather along the route to cheer the team on.

    The celebration rally will be held at Pritzker Pavilion at noon. It is free and open to the public, but all attendees must pass through security screening at the entrances at Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue.

    As a result of the celebration, the following rolling street closures are expected to begin after 10 a.m.:

  • On Indiana Avenue from 21st Street to Cermak Road
  • On Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Randolph Street
  • Streets will reopen once the motorcade passes, city officials said.

    Randolph Street between Michigan Avenue and Upper Columbus will also be closed for a short time once the Chicago Sky buses arrive at Millennium Park.

    CTA buses will be detoured in the downtown area due to the parade and celebration. Officials encourage using public transportation to attend the parade and rally.

    Metra is also offering a one-day $5 unlimited ride ticket for the celebration. Passengers are encouraged to purchase their ticket in advance.

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