’s Guide to the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Season: What to do in Chicago While Visiting During the Top Games of the Season

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The NHL Strike is over, and the Chicago Blackhawks have announced their 2013 schedule. has come out with a guide to this Blackhawks season in Chicago, from giving tickets as Valentines Day gifts to planning for the biggest rivalries of the season.

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The NHL lockout is over, and the Chicago Blackhawks are back and ready for a new season. The Blackhawks are one of the NHL teams that stayed in the good graces of their loyal fans during the lockout, but they have still made announcements that they’re planning to mend the relationships that need mending between the fans and the team, and the players and the owners.

Either way, the Chicago Blackhawks have a strong following, and everyone is glad that the season is finally ready to begin. Now that the schedule is out, has announced some of the most anticipated games of the season to look forward to. But don’t spend the whole season in front of the TV, because the Blackhawks are not the only reason to check out Chicago this season. Start planning a trip to Chicago for a game and check out all of the Chicago attractions this season, from the Blackhawks to the Bulls, city sights and great eats. There’s no better time to head to the Windy City.

Best Valentines Day Gift: LA Kings Tickets
Comes for Valentines Day, end with a Blackhawks game. This is going to be the first game of the Chicago Blackhawks season, but that’s going to take place at the Staples Center in LA. Fortunately, there’s another game on February 17 at United Center. That being said, tickets for this game would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any Blackhawks fan. Come for a long Valentine’s Day weekend, and enjoy a romantic date in Chicago together on Valentine’s Day and all weekend long. Go ice skating, check out one of the shows in Chicago this season, head out on a carriage ride and eat at a few fancy restaurants, and this year, give the best Valentine’s gift of them all. Blackhawks tickets for the Kings game, that is. End Valentine’s weekend in Chicago at the Blackhawks game Sunday night.

The Biggest Rival
The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing their biggest rival of all time, the Detroit Red Wings, several times this season. The first game is in Chicago on January 27, and then the next two will be in Detroit, Michigan, so ChicagoTraveler highly recommends getting tickets for the January game as soon as possible. Luckily there are no shortage of last-minute Chicago hotel deals to snag for this game, like the packages at Best Western Plus River North, just over 2 miles from United Center or the bed and breakfast special at the Silversmith Chicago Hotel, just 2.5 miles from the stadium. The temperatures are still really cold, so check out all the hotel packages that include tickets to the best museums in Chicago to check out while you’re here, like VIP tickets to the Field Museum or Shedd Aquarium from the Swissotel.

The #3 Team in the NHL
The Edmonton Oilers have been ranked the third best NHL team by Sports Illustrated. While this might be a shocking rank to many NHL fans, the Oilers have made the Blackhawks look pretty unimpressive in the past. Hopefully this year, the Hawks’ defense has stepped up their game and are ready to defeat the Oilers. There’s no better time to find out than at the Blackhawks vs. Oilers game on February 25th at United Center. They’re playing again on March 10th in case it does turn out to be a great rivalry this season.

2nd Biggest Rival
While the Red Wings and the Blackhawks have a long standing rivalry, one of the more recent teams to butt heads with the Blackhawks are the Vancouver Canucks. They were in the playoffs three straight years together, but most Blackhawk fans don’t think the Canucks, a team that’s never won the Stanley Cup, deserve their status, and every game gets pretty heated. Expect a lot of fights, a few cheap shots and a great ame. the Canucks will be in United Center on February 19th, but don’t wait to get Blackhawks tickets for this game until then. It’s going to be one of the best games in Chicago this season.

First and Last Game
The first home game of the season is against the St. Louis Blues on January 22, and the teams are playing several times throughout the season, including the last game of the regular season. So whether it means starting the season off with the Hawks vs. Blues or ending it, it’s probably going to be a pretty good game. The two teams have played in over 40 playoff games against each other, so no game is going down without a fight this season. has Blackhawks tickets for every game this season, as well as tips on where to stay near United Center (or anywhere else in town) and what to do while you’re in town for the game. Now that the season is back on track and ready to begin, it’s time to start planning a trip to Chicago to see the Blackhawks, and there are quite a few games that are not to be missed! Luckily there are plenty of other things to do in Chicago this winter, like ice skating in Millennium Park, sightseeing on one of Chicago’s guided tours or checking out any of the shows in Chicago this season, so a trip to the Windy City for a game can easily be justified.

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