Last Sunday, we took a look at the statues of Boston and Chicago and the way they've been temporarily transformed into tributes to the Cup finalists.
It was just one of many ways a city can show its support for the home team. This Sunday, we look at another, larger way.
Above is a photo of the Wabash, a skyscraper in The Loop of downtown Chicago, lit up at night with a message in support of the Blackhawks.
That's pretty cool, but lest we be accused of bias, Chicago's use of skyscrapers as cheering mechanisms isn't exclusive. Boston can do it too. The Prudential Tower, Boston's second-tallest building, has been lit up with support for the Bruins this postseason.
Unfortunately, while Boston has the edge in statues, in my opinion, they're not going to win a skyscraper battle with Chicago, a city generally considered to be the birthplace of the skyscraper and one that still boasts three of the five tallest buildings in the United States.
Meanwhile, Boston's third-largest skyscraper is the Bruins' captain.
The Blackhawks' 2010 Cup win demonstrated beautifully the things you can do with the Chicago skyline.
Feast your eyes on this incredible 2010 photo from Jeff Lewis of Chicago Photo Shop (not to be confused with Chicago Photoshop, which I imagine is a website that makes fake pictures. This is real.)
This image showcases Chicago's Aon Center, lit up with a glorious, pixel art Stanley Cup.
The building won't be giving Chicagoans a repeat performance if the Blackhawks get that fourth win in this Cup Final, sadly. There will be red lights at the top, but that's all. From Chicago Business:
Not that the folks at property manager Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. don't want to show their spirit, but there's a major exterior caulking project at the building right now that would have to pause for them to properly coordinate the lights. In addition, many of the offices needed to pull off the design were vacant in 2010. Now, with a little distance from the Great Recession, those floors are filled with several large tenants, making it too difficult to coordinate.
In that same image, the lights of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower next door read "Let's Go Hawks". The same message appeared for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, and will be back for Games 6 and 7, because the folks in charge of the lighting display are superstitious and only employ it during elimination games.
But my personal favourite building display, and one we'll be seeing again for Game 6 now that we're in Cup-clinching territory, is the Indian head on the East and West sides of the CNA Center:
What a feat of coordination this is.
That's not all they do, either. Occasionally, the narrow North end of the building (the face to the left of the, uh, face) is also lit up with "HAWKS". We may see this for Game 6 as well.
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