Memorial Day weekend full of big events

May 28, 2010 9:23:13 PM PDT
This holiday weekend is jam-packed with big events.

From the Hawks' first Stanley Cup Finals game to Bike the Drive to Memorial Day parades, there are plenty of activities happening around Chicago.

Volunteers Friday night stuffed bags for the 10,000 runners expected at Saturday morning's Soldier Field ten-mile race. The race finishes at the fifty yard line.

"The idea of this was to create inspiration for athletes as they celebrated Memorial [Day] weekend in the largest war memorial in the state of Illinois," said Dave Zimmer of Fleet Feet Sports.

The race is the first of many big events in the city over the long weekend. One of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country kicks off at noon. Then on the North Side, the Cubs will fill Wrigley Field with capacity crowds for their games with the arch-rival Cardinals.

The baseball is just a warm-up for the biggest sports event in town later that night: Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.

"I'm staying in tonight to get my rest for tomorrow," said Chicago sports fan Dyrol Joyner. "We're going to start off early with the Cubs game? and from there, we're going to progress over to the United Center."

City officials say these and other events could make getting around town this weekend difficult. They just hope everyone is a good sport.

"People will be showing their Blackhawks pride throughout the city," said Chicago Special Events Director Megan McDonald. "We're of course asking everyone to celebrate safely and be good Chicago sports fans."

There will likely be plenty of Blackhawks fans up early Sunday morning for the annual Bike the Drive. About 20,000 cyclists get to ride on Lake Shore Drive, which will be closed to traffic.

As if all that was not enough, summer fireworks at Navy Pier begin Saturday night, going through Labor Day.


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