Imagery from a Reader Roadtrip To Chitown

We are enthusiastic collectors of reader pics from summer vacations that Rock the Red, and in-season roadtrips that do likewise. OFB reader Chris made his first-ever visit to the great city of Chicago this past weekend, scored some prime seats for the big game, took in a little pre-St. Patty’s festivities within the Windy City’s best-known watering holes, and shared with us a digital pictorial scrapbook.

First up, the invaders from the District enthusiastically profane a Hawks’ monument out front of United Center.

Inside, the first puck sodas of the day have a way of easing tensions between foes.

Ovi invaded Chicago alright . . . and made short work of his visit.

United Center is a massive building — 22,000-plus cram it for hockey every night these days. Unfortunately, its rafters are clogged with too much hoops hardware.

Can there be a sweeter moment for a fan on a roadtrip than to have a great perch from which to see his team score the game-ender — the culmination of a remarkable last-frame comeback — and to stand up in the uniform of his heroes in salute amid a sea of despondent home fans?

You’re in no hurry to exit the rink while awash in victory’s glow.

When you do, Chicago’s got just a few good taverns to victory toast by. Even recently disappointed young Hawks’ fans could see past defeat and be charmed by an invasion of a company of the Red Army.

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