- Where and when is the 2021 Chicago Pride Parade?
- What should I bring?
- What should I wear?
- Can I bring my pets with me to the parade?
- Can I bring alcohol to the parade route?
- How should I get to the parade?
- Which streets will be closed for the parade route?
- What’s the best location for watching the parade?
- Will the parade participants hand out free stuff to the crowd?
- Are there public restrooms near the parade?
- Is there a good viewing spot for wheelchair-users, seniors, or others with physical or mobility challenges?
- Are there and health and safety stations available along the route?
- Who is in the Chicago Pride Parade?
Where and when is the 2021 Chicago Pride Parade?
Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. The parade begins at 12 noon at Montrose and Broadway and continues south along Broadway, then Halsted, east along Belmont to Broadway, then south to Diversey. See a map of the route here.
What should I bring?
Parade day is usually hot and sunny so be prepared. Wear sunscreen and bring more to reapply if necessary. Bring plenty of water. You might want a hat or other head covering, as the best parade-viewing spots are not in the shade.
What should I wear?
Can I bring my pets with me to the parade?
Can I bring alcohol to the parade route?
How should I get to the parade?
Street parking is limited and the area will be very crowded. If you drive, consider car-pooling, and be prepared to park far away and walk in to the parade route.
Public transportation offers many options! The following CTA train stops are on or near the parade route:
Red line: Wilson (near the parade’s start point), Addison, Belmont (the most crowded stop!)
Brown line: Belmont (the most crowded stop!), Wellington, Diversey (near the parade’s end point)
CTA buses may be re-routed on parade day. Visit transitchicago.com for route-planning tools and route updates.
Ride-share apps like Uber or Lyft may be an option, though keep in mind street traffic will likely be congested. Pick a drop-off location several blocks from the parade route and enjoy a festive walk over to the parade route.
Which streets will be closed for the parade route?
Streets will be closed for both the assembly area and the parade route. The assembly area will close at 10:30a, and includes:
Broadway between Wilson and Clark
Sunnyside between Broadway and Sheridan
Sheridan between Wilson and Clark
Montrose between Clark and Broadway
Street closures along the parade route will be rolling, beginning at 12 noon and proceeding south in advance of the parade. Parade route closures include:
Broadway from Montrose to Halsted
Halsted from Broadway to Belmont
Belmont from Halsted to Broadway
Broadway from Belmont to Diversey
Diversey from Broadway to Cannon Drive
Pedestrian crossings will be set up at the following intersections:
What’s the best location for watching the parade?
The busiest section for parade viewing is along Halsted. If you want a spot up close, you’ll want to get there early. If you don’t, you might not have the best view of the parade itself, but you’ll be surrounded by energetic revelers.
You may want to try other spots along the route for a better view of the parade. The section along Broadway from Montrose to Irving Park is a great place to settle in with your friends and watch the parade participants near the beginning of the route.
Will the parade participants hand out free stuff to the crowd?
Some might! But keep in mind that paraders are not supposed to throw things out to the crowd. Likewise, spectators should never throw items at the parade participants.
There will be barriers set up along the route separating the spectator area from the street. Spectators won’t be able to run into the street to retrieve goodies. If parade participants are handing out items, they will walk over to the spectator area to do so.
Are there public restrooms near the parade?
Is there a good viewing spot for wheelchair-users, seniors, or others with physical or mobility challenges?
The section along Diversey has been a great spot for those with limited mobility or other physical challenges. It is one of the lessor populated areas of the route, and it is where the accessible portable restrooms are located. Arrive early to secure the best spot.
Are there and health and safety stations available along the route?
First aid stations will be located at:
901 W. Addison St.
765 W. Roscoe St.
3165 N. Halsted St.
561 W. Surf St.
802 W. Roscoe St.
Cooling buses will be located at:
Who is in the Chicago Pride Parade?
The parade, organized by Pride Chicago, has 150 registered entries. You’ll see celebratory floats, festively-outfitted vehicles, a variety of performance groups, a marching band, and many marchers on foot. Parade participants will represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members, all gathered to commemorate the history and celebrate the legacy of the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America and beyond.
This year’s parade features several Grand Marshals, led by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Read more about the Grand Marshals on the Parade Lineup page.