The Cup is coming back again.
Chicago Blackhawks fans will have a chance to celebrate their team’s third Stanley Cup championship in six years with the Stanley Cup itself when the southwest Chicago area gets its day with the Stanley Cup today, Thursday.
According to Chicago Blackhawks trainer and Oak Lawn resident, Mike Gapski, the first public appearance in the area for Lord Stanley’s Cup will be Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., from about 10 to 11:45 a.m.
The cost to see the cup is$10 and those tickets will be sold today. Only cash will be accepted; no checks or credit cards.
All visitors who enter the building must pay for a group or individual ticket. The viewing includes professional photos with the cup courtesy of Quality Plus Photography located in Worth. Each group can pick up a single, free 4 x 6 photo at the Worth location. Additional prints and custom gifts will be available for purchase at the store as well.
The viewing will be held in the school’s main gym. Fans will line up at the east end of the campus. Parking is free, but limited. St. Terrence Parish, 4300 West 119th Place, will also allow visitors to park during the viewing. Visitors should be aware of parking restrictions throughout Alsip. No one is allowed on the premises and the parking lots will be closed until 7 am.
According to school officials, the time that the cup will be at the school is limited and a large crowd is expected. Marist hopes to have as many people see the cup as possible, however, the school cannot guarantee everyone in line will be able to see the cup. Those who do not see the cup will not be charged.
From there, he said, the Cup will proceed to Standard Bank Stadium, where it will be on display from about noon to 2 p.m. at the home of the Windy City Thunderbolts baseball team, 14011 S. Kenton Ave., in Crestwood.
T-Bolts officials said there will also be a $10 fee, cash only, today. Photos will be taken by Quality Plus Photos in Worth.
In the evening, following a private party in the afternoon, the cup will spend a few hours at 115 Bourbon Street, the restaurant and entertainment complex at 3359 W. 115th Street in Merrionette Park. That venue is a favorite place to watch Blackhawks games for many hockey fans, especially during the playoffs. Following a private party there for family and friends from 6 to 9 p.m., patrons will be invited in to see the Cup from 9 to 11 p.m.
Gapski said that although a fee, usually $10 is charged to people who want to get a photo with the cup, the money is donated to good causes.
“Any funds generated goes to charity,” he said. “It is a way of raising money for non-profit organizations. That is what it is for.”
Gapski said that with the last two Stanley Cup championships appearances, in 2010 and 2013 raised a lot of money for organizations like Special Olympics and Make-a-Wish Foundation.