Chicago's Pride Parade 2024: New route, updated schedule and tips for first-timers

Sat. June 29, 2024 7:01 PM by News Staff

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The Chicago Pride Parade is one of the most vibrant and anticipated events in the city’s annual calendar. Celebrating 53 years this year, along with the progress made in LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgener, questioning) rights, the parade is always a spectacular display of unity, diversity, and pride.

This updated 2024 guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the parade for both first-time and repeat visitors, including the route and schedule, the best places to watch the parade, helpful tips for attendees, and local transportation advice.

Parade Information

The 2024 Chicago Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 30th.

The parade is scheduled to kick off at 11:00 AM from the corner of Sheridan and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood and will proceed south on Broadway. The route continues to Halsted Street in Lakeview, the historic heart of Chicago's LGBTQ+ community, and concludes near Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

Read more about street closures, parking restrictions, transporation and other helpful tips, special needs and information on emergency assistance

Pride Parade Route

Start: Sheridan and Broadway (Uptown)

South on Broadway: Through Uptown into Lakeview

West on Belmont Avenue: The heart of Lakeview (also referred as "Boystown")

South on Halsted Street: Continues through Lakeview

East on Diversey Parkway: Finishing near Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park

Parade Schedule:

11:00 AM: Parade kickoff at Sheridan and Broadway

12:00 PM: Parade reaches Lakeview

1:00 PM: Parade concludes at Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road

All day: Pre and Post-parade celebrations and parties in Boystown

Frequently Asked Questios: More Chicago Pride Parade FAQs

1. What time does the parade start?

The parade starts at 11:00 PM sharp.

2. Where can I watch the parade?

Popular viewing spots include Broadway between Sheridan and Belmont, and Halsted Street in Lakeview. Crowds are much thicker in the middle of the parade route on Halsted (between Addison and Belmont). Arrive early to secure a good spot.

3. Is the parade family-friendly?

Yes, the parade is a family-friendly event. There are sections good for families along the route, especially along Broadway, north of Belmont.

4. Are there any restrictions on what I can bring?

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing. Large bags, alcohol, and glass containers are prohibited. Penalties include, but are not limited to, $1000+ tickets being issued, and most importantly, you may have to throw out your booze.

5. Will there be food and drinks available?

Along the parade route, local bars and restaurants will be open.

6. Are pets allowed?

While pets are allowed, it is advised to leave them at home due to large crowds and loud noises which may be stressful for them.

7. What should I do in case of an emergency?

There will be first aid stations along the route and a significant police presence for safety. In case of an emergency, locate the nearest first aid station or contact a police officer.

8. Is there an after-party?

Yes, there are numerous after-parties in the north Halsted area, with many bars and clubs hosting special events.

Chicago Pride Parade Tips

1. Arrive Early: To get a good viewing spot, plan to arrive at least 1-2 hours before the parade starts.

2. Stay Hydrated: Bring water and stay hydrated during the hot day.

3. Wear Sunscreen: Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and a hat.

4. Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Be prepared for a lot of standing and walking.

5. Be Respectful: Remember that this is a celebration of pride and unity. Be respectful of all attendees and participants.

6. Plan Your Day: Know the parade route (view map) and schedule to make the most of your day. Identify meeting points if you are with a group.

7. Use Public Restrooms: There will be portable restrooms along the route. Avoid using facilities at local businesses unless you are a customer.

8. Keep Valuables Secure: Be mindful of your belongings in the crowded environment. Use secure bags or pouches.

How to get to the Chicago Pride Parade: tips for transportation

1. Public Transit: The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) is the best way to get to the parade. The Red Line stops at key points along the route, including Sheridan, Addison, and Belmont stations. The Brown Line also serves the area, with stops at Diversey and Wellington.

2. Biking: Consider biking to the event. There are bike racks along the route, and Divvy bike-share stations are available throughout the city.

3. Ride-Sharing: Services like Uber and Lyft are convenient options, but expect higher demand and potential surcharges. Designate a pickup and drop-off point away from the busiest areas.

4. Parking: Parking in the area will be limited. If you must drive, plan to park in a more distant neighborhood and take public transit or a ride-share service to the parade.

5. Accessibility: The parade is accessible, with designated viewing areas for individuals with disabilities. Public transportation is also equipped to accommodate those with mobility needs.

The 2024 Chicago Pride Parade is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of love, acceptance, and progress. Whether you’re a long-time participant or a first-time attendee, the parade promises an unforgettable experience filled with joy, color, and community spirit. By following this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of this incredible celebration. Happy Pride!