Security will be tight at Chicago Blackhawks rally
CHICAGO (AP) -- Security will be tight at the Chicago Blackhawks parade on Friday.
Chicago police said Wednesday that they'll deploy uniformed and undercover officers and use bomb-sniffing dogs at the event scheduled to celebrate the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win. Police also say they'll be searching backpacks and large bags, so they're asking fans not to bring them. Officials also say there will be zero-tolerance for alcohol along the parade route or in Grant Park at the rally.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the same police team that planned for last year's NATO summit has been planning the Blackhawks rally for weeks. McCarthy says his department has been talking with law enforcement in Boston to see what they learned after a bombing at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Metra is offering a deal for Chicago Blackhawks fans who want to watch the Stanley Cup celebration on Friday.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the commuter train line will charge only $5 for unlimited rides Friday. The offer is good for all riders on Friday, whether they're attending the festivities or not.
The special tickets won't be sold at vending machines and riders are encouraged to buy the tickets in advance from ticket agents.
Because of the expected big crowds, people won't be allowed to take bicycles on trains on Friday. Nor will they be allowed to bring alcohol on trains, as is typically allowed.