Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said Monday he has his fingers crossed that a heavy police presence and restrictions on parking and liquor sales will prevent a Blackhawks victory celebration from turning ugly, as it did on the North Side in 2013.
When the Hawks captured the Stanley Cup in a Game 6 road victory over the Boston Bruins, fans who had flocked to the bars along Clark Street to watch the game got a bit too exuberant and broke windows during a raucous celebration.
This time the Blackhawks are trying to clinch the Cup with a Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center on a night when the Cubs are scheduled to play a night game at Wrigley Field.
That puts added pressure on the Chicago Police Department.
“We implemented parking restrictions in a large portion of the arterials [including] Clark, Belmont and Halsted. We’re also asking packaged liquor people to basically cease selling, based on the score, in the third period,” Tunney said.
“Our hope is that people will party in their own neighborhoods. We’re having a Cub night game, so traffic and congestion in the neighborhood will be bad.”
Pressed on how any of those measures would prevent broken store windows, Tunney said. “None of it’s going to prevent it. [But] we hope that we’ve got a safety plan and people understand respect for private property in our neighborhood is paramount and that police are out there to enforce quality-of-life issues with extra resources.”
Tunney noted that in 2013, “property damage was kept to a minimum” in Lake View because police resources were concentrated there.
“But there was property damage south of us on Clark Street,” he said. “Wherever there’s a nucleus of bars, there’ll be a chance to party.”