Chicago Blackhawks: A guide for the hockey fan

We have your ticket to scoring the best beer and food around the United Center. Plus, photos of the Stanley Cup champions' victory parades, rallies and more

While Chicago will forever be a Cubs and Bears town, it's more enjoyable to consider this a hockey city. After all, the Blackhawks are the good team, the one that wins championships. Weird to think that a decade ago, the NHL squad was not on television and tickets for its games at the United Center cost less than a craft cocktail. Today, the 'Hawks pack the arena on Madison Street, just west of one of the best restaurant hubs in America. It's not even that far from downtown and Grant Park, which makes those victory parades a breeze. No pressure, fellas, but we'd like one of those every year.

2015 Stanley Cup celebrations

Things to do

Photos: Chicago celebrates the Stanley Cup

Immediately after the game, the streets were flooded with jerseys and pumping fists

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Photos: Blackhawks victory parade

Millions came to watch the Hawks hoist the Cup in the streets of Chicago

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Where to drink

Bars

The best Blackhawks bars

Pull on your jersey, order a beer and cheer on the 'Hawks

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Bars

Best sports bars in Chicago

Where to find cheap beer, good food and plenty of TVs

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Where to eat

Restaurants

Where to eat before the game

You'll need some pre-game grub—cheering on the home team requires energy

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Restaurants

Where to eat after the game

Whether your team won or lost, you need something to eat

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Show your Blackhawks pride

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Quiz: How much of a Blackhawks fan are you?

Are you an educated Hawks supporter, or just another fair weather turkey?

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Why Tampa Bay doesn't deserve a hockey team

Starting tonight, the Blackhawks will play in their third Stanley Cup final in six years when they take the ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you're not familiar with the Lightning don't worry, nobody else is either—not even people in Tampa Bay. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that those people down there don't even deserve to have an NHL team in the first place. Here's why: Hockey is a cold-weather sport: The average daily temperature in Tampa floats somewhere around 80 degrees all year long (as opposed to Chicago, where it was 45 degrees outside on June 1). In that climate, it's something of a miracle that the people of Tampa can even create ice in the first place, much less maintain a hockey rink for the duration of a season. It's also surprising that their fans don't freeze to death when they enter the arena, given the problems people in warm-weather areas encounter any time the temperature dips below 65 degrees. Their sweaters are hideous: Tampa Bay's primary sweaters (For you jorts-clad swamp denizens in Florida, that's the proper term for "jersey" in hockey) are a cartoonish lightning bolt that look like a rejected superhero costume, and their alternate design just has the word "Bolts" emblazoned across the chest. If a kid wore clothes with either of those designs on them to the first day of school they'd definitely get beat up, kind of like what the Hawks will do to the Lightning in this series. Compare those designs to the works of art the Blackhawks wear a

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Pick up Blackhawks-themed food for your game-watching party

If you're not catching the Stanley Cup Finals in person, you need to make your hockey-watching party as fun as possible (that means with food). Here's all the special Blackhawks-themed food you can eat during the playoffs. The Goddess and Grocer is selling Blackhawks-themed cookies at all its locations. The hand-decorated butter cookies are available in jersey and logo designs and are $4.95 each. RA Sushi's three locations are serving the Roll to the Cup, which is filled with crunchy shrimp tempura, spicy crab mix and cucumber and topped with red tempura bits and sweet eel sauce. It's $5.26, since the Hawks were founded in May 1926. As always, Glazed & Infused will decorate their jumbo doughnuts with the message of your choice, so you can ask for something Blackhawks-related. Evanston's Bennison's Bakery has Stanley Cup-shaped cakes, which have the Blackhawks logo. Alliance Patisserie has cookies with feathers on them. Punky's Pizza outdid everyone else and made this insane Blackhawks logo pizza.

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Sport and fitness

10 coolest Blackhawks ever

We count down the 'Hawks bad-ass hall of fame

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Sport and fitness

10 greatest hockey mullets

Business in the front, party in the back

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Shopping

The best Chicago Blackhawks apparel

Victory is the Chicago Blackhawks’ once again, and it’s time we all dress like champions. You can find all sorts of Chicago Blackhawks’ merchandise online. Shop for NHL jerseys, T-shirts, hats and more for you, your significant other, the kids, hell, even your dog. You can even customize some selections. So suit up! RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Chicago Blackhawks

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18 Blackhawks T-shirts

A new season means another try at the Stanley Cup—and a new shirt

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Shopping

The weirdest Blackhawks merch

Dog sweaters, adult footie pajamas, yarmulkes and more

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2013 Stanley Cup celebrations

Blackhawks rally in Grant Park

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Blackhawks fans celebrate in Wrigleyville

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Stanley Cup celebration

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Shopping

The Stanley Cup comes to Rockit Bar

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Rivals road trips

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Detroit

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St. Louis

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Minneapolis

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Vancouver

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Archive Chicago Blackhawks coverage

Sport and fitness

The United Center scene before Saturday's game

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Stanley Cup victory parade and rally photos

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Divvy unveils Blackhawks bikes

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Blackhawks vs. Penguins photos

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