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Sky championship parade and rally: Photos from the celebration

The Sky players and their fans have been having a good time celebrating the franchise’s first championship Tuesday in Chicago.

The Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
The Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
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Just like Chicago’s other championship teams did after winning their titles, the Sky celebrated their franchise’s greatest triumph with a downtown parade and rally Tuesday morning in the city.

The celebration for the 2021 WNBA champs began at 11 a.m. CT with a parade from Wintrust Arena, where the Sky clinched their title with a 80-74 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. From there, the party buses made their way down Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Randolph Street before the real party at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

The rally at the park was loaded with fans Tuesday afternoon. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker were also on hand to celebrate the city’s latest sports championship. Once the Sky players finally got from the parade to the rally stage, there was a steady stream of loud roars from the crowd.

Check out our favorite photos from a fun day in the city below. This story will be updated.

Sky players celebrate on stage at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Sky players celebrate on stage at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
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Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title during a rally at Pritzker Pavilion.
Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title during a rally at Pritzker Pavilion.
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Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title Tuesday at Pritzker Pavilion.
Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title Tuesday at Pritzker Pavilion.
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Diamond DeShields poses as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
Diamond DeShields poses as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
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Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
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Lexie Brown sings into the championship trophy as if it were a microphone as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
Lexie Brown sings into the championship trophy as if it were a microphone as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
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Chance the Rapper dances on stage with the Chicago Sky players.
Chance the Rapper dances on stage with the Chicago Sky players.
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Diamond DeShields signs an autograph on a shoe.
Diamond DeShields signs an autograph on a shoe.
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Courtney Vandersloot looks to throw a basketball to a fan as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title Tuesday at Pritzker Pavilion.
Courtney Vandersloot looks to throw a basketball to a fan as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title Tuesday at Pritzker Pavilion.
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Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson take a selfie.
Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson take a selfie.
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Kahleah Copper speaks as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
Kahleah Copper speaks as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
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(From left) Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Azurá Stevens cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
(From left) Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Azurá Stevens cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
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Candace Parker speaks as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
Candace Parker speaks as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
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Head coach James Wade speaks as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
Head coach James Wade speaks as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship.
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Lexie Brown poses with the championship trophy.
Lexie Brown poses with the championship trophy.
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(From left) Ruthy Hebard, Lexie Brown and Dana Evans pose for a photo with the championship trophy.
(From left) Ruthy Hebard, Lexie Brown and Dana Evans pose for a photo with the championship trophy.
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Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
The Chicago Sky team celebrates with Chance The Rapper at Millennium Park.
The Chicago Sky team celebrates with Chance The Rapper at Millennium Park.
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The Chicago Sky celebrate their WNBA Championship win.
The Chicago Sky celebrate their WNBA Championship win.
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Chicago Sky players and fans celebrate in Millennium Park Tuesday afternoon.
Chicago Sky players and fans celebrate in Millennium Park Tuesday afternoon.
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The Chicago Sky celebrate their WNBA Championship win.
The Chicago Sky celebrate their WNBA Championship win.
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Fans cheer on the Chicago Sky as they celebrate their WNBA Championship win.
Fans cheer on the Chicago Sky as they celebrate their WNBA Championship win.
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Thousands gather and cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
Thousands gather and cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
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Sky fans react during the team’s rally at Millennium Park on Tuesday. 
Sky fans react during the team’s rally at Millennium Park on Tuesday.
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The Chicago Sky team waves to fans along South Michigan Avenue during the celebration of their WNBA championship in the Loop, Tuesday.
The Chicago Sky team waves to fans along South Michigan Avenue during the celebration of their WNBA championship in the Loop, Tuesday.
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The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning.
The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning.
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The Chicago Sky team waves to fans along South Michigan Avenue during the celebration of their WNBA championship in the Loop Tuesday.
The Chicago Sky team waves to fans along South Michigan Avenue during the celebration of their WNBA championship in the Loop Tuesday.
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The Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
The Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
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Head coach James Wade holds up the championship trophy as the Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
Head coach James Wade holds up the championship trophy as the Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park to celebrate the WNBA Championship title
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The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2021.
The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2021.
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The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2021.
The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2021.
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Stefanie Dolson, her teammates and supporters cheer as the Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue in the Loop to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
Stefanie Dolson, her teammates and supporters cheer as the Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue in the Loop to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
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The Chicago Sky buses along Michigan Avenue at Millennium Park for the Chicago Sky Parade Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2021.
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The Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue in the Loop to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
The Chicago Sky buses parade down Michigan Avenue in the Loop to celebrate the WNBA Championship title.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
The Chicago Sky celebrate their WNBA Championship win on buses during a parade through downtown.
The Chicago Sky celebrate their WNBA Championship win on buses during a parade through downtown.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
Thousands gather and cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
Thousands gather and cheer as the Chicago Sky players celebrate their WNBA Championship title at Pritzker Pavilion.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
MJ Drennan waits for the Chicago Sky to appear onstage to celebrate their WNBA championship at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
MJ Drennan waits for the Chicago Sky to appear onstage to celebrate their WNBA championship at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
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Diamond DeShields, Lexie Brown and Azurá Stevens dance after a parade and as they head to a rally at Pritzker Pavilion to celebrate the Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship title.
Diamond DeShields, Lexie Brown and Azurá Stevens dance after a parade and as they head to a rally at Pritzker Pavilion to celebrate the Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship title.
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Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson chat as they approach Pritzker Pavilion for a rally to celebrate the Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship title.
Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson chat as they approach Pritzker Pavilion for a rally to celebrate the Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship title.
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Lexie Brown and Kahleah Copper take a selfie as they approach Pritzker Pavilion for a rally to celebrate the Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship title.
Lexie Brown and Kahleah Copper take a selfie as they approach Pritzker Pavilion for a rally to celebrate the Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship title.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Fans cheer for the Chicago Sky while waiting for them to appear onstage during the celebration of their WNBA championship at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Fans cheer for the Chicago Sky while waiting for them to appear onstage during the celebration of their WNBA championship at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
Fans cheer for the Chicago Sky while waiting for them to appear onstage during the celebration of their WNBA championship.
Fans cheer for the Chicago Sky while waiting for them to appear onstage during the celebration of their WNBA championship.
Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
Fans cheer for the Chicago Sky while waiting for them to appear onstage during the celebration of their WNBA championship at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in the Loop, Tuesday
Fans cheer for the Chicago Sky while waiting for them to appear onstage during the celebration of their WNBA championship at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in the Loop Tuesday.
Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
Chicago Sky fans celebrate during the team’s championship rally at Pritzker Pavilion on Tuesday.
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Candace Parker poses with the championship trophy after the Chicago Sky players celebrated their WNBA Championship title Tuesday at Pritzker Pavilion.
Candace Parker poses with the championship trophy after the Chicago Sky players celebrated their WNBA Championship title Tuesday at Pritzker Pavilion.
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