The explosion of joy on Archer Avenue was equally sudden, with Hawks fans bursting out of such watering holes as Lawlor's, Bobby G's, Solofra's, the bar at Lindy's/Gerties, and others.
They were joined by Garfield Ridge residents of all ages: men, women and children who literally ran from their homes north and south of Archer to join the celebration.
As planned, Eighth District Police were out in force--especially near the bars--to occasionally nudge the throngs back towards the curb. As was the case in 2010, the crowds were loud and rowdy but civilized---as sports fans ought to be.
Here are a few stills we captured on the fly. Southwest Chicago Post video highlights coming later tonight! Update: video embedded below!
Congratulations, Blackhawks, 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!
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