I went in 2010 and sweated by the stage for 4 hours before they arrived. I swore I'd never go again, but now I'm considering it. If I do go, I'm thinking about trying to follow the buses down the parade route then watch from the very back of Grant park.
They are not allowing that this year (to be more specific, they are not allowing people to walk on the streets behind the buses).
Have a fun time everyone that is going! I would go, but I have work. To be honest, even if I didn't have work I probably wouldn't go mainly because most of the people I know that are going became a bandwagon blackhawks superfan like a month ago and think "toes" is the cutest and I feel like that will be the majority of the people there