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Wrigleyville Businesses Prepare for Celebrations Ahead of Game 6

“No glassware, use plastic cups, and watch your occupancy,” said Sluggers bar owner Steven Strauss

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    With the Blackhawks just one game away from another Stanley Cup victory, Wrigleyville businesses say they're preparing for celebrations ahead of Game 6. Katie Kim reports. (Published Monday, June 15, 2015)

    The Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory in Boston in 2013 is a moment many Chicagoans won’t forget, but the after-party celebrations turned into a scene some wish they could. Now, with the Hawks just one win away from taking home another Stanley Cup, many business owners are preparing for another round of rowdy celebrations.

    Revelers in Wrigleyville in 2013 broke down police barricades, set off fireworks and shattered storefronts as Chicago police arrested nearly two dozen people.

    “There was chaos going around and there was a lot of people affected by it,” said Hussam Alkhabitm, owner of the 40sTF restaurant on Clark Street.

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    Blackhawks fans' Stanley Cup celebration in Wrigleyville turned ugly as crowd broke down police barricades and took to the street, setting off fireworks, chanting and dancing. We sped up the chaos to less than 2 minutes. (Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

    Hussam and many business owners in Wrigleyville said they're hoping history doesn’t repeat itself Monday, should the Blackhawks win in Game 6.

    This year, the Hawks have a chance at clinching the Stanley Cup at home, something the team hasn’t done in nearly 80 years and many are preparing for what could happen in the city.

    Adding to the potential celebrations in Wrigleyville is a Chicago Cubs game scheduled for Monday at Wrigley Field.

    “This will be the place to be because it’ll be so much fun,” said fan Jeff Altschul. “If they win here, or at the UC, this whole place from the UC down here north and west is going to be crazy.”

    Bars in Wrigleyville were already preparing for the possible celebrations over the weekend, and some say they met with Chicago police last week to discuss a game plan.

    “No glassware, use plastic cups, and watch your occupancy,” said Sluggers bar owner Steven Strauss.

    Businesses in the area say they were told there would be an elevated police presence on Clark Street Monday.

    Police on Sunday said in a statement that they don’t expect the situation to get out of hand, should a win take place Monday.

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    Some celebrating Hawks fans take it to the extreme as police try to disperse the crowd in Wrigleyville. (Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

    “The Chicago Police Department's top priority is protecting and keeping its residents safe,” the statement read. “At this point, we expect no significant issues if a certain Chicago team happens to win a certain trophy tomorrow night.”

    Last week, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the department has been working on a safety plan for months.

    The last time a Chicago team won a championship in Chicago was in 1997 when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to win the NBA Finals.
     

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