From GoPride, “The 51st annual Chicago Pride Parade marches through the city’s Boystown neighborhood with the annual parade steps off at noon on Sunday, June 26, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood. The parade winds (map) its way through the north side of the city, ending near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Pride Month in June highlights Chicago’s vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which traditionally falls on the last weekend of June each year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots.
More after the photo – 2019 Chicago Pride Parade, photo by Steven Koch for GoPride.com
The annual parade marks the uprising, outside New York’s landmark Stonewall Inn, which began the Gay Rights Movement. During Chicago Pride Fest the weekend prior, stages of music, exhibitors, great food and drinks will be available to enjoy. In the evening the revelers will pour into Boystown clubs and party into the wee hours of the night.
The roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 30 – 40 people deep in spots as over 1 million people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots north of Irving Park Road, along Broadway or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.
Events: Pride in the Park
Pride in the Park will be back Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, 26 – with and incredible all-star lineup.
The inaugural Pride In The Park, held June 2019 in Grant Park in downtown Chicago, drew about 5,500 attendees. After being cancelled in 2020, Pride in The Park returned as a two-day festival in 2021 with over 30,000 attendees.
The Pride Parade will begin at noon on Sunday and is anticipated to end by 4pm.
The Pride Parade steps off at noon from Broadway/Montrose and will proceed south on Broadway to Halsted; south on Halsted; east on Belmont; south on Broadway and east on Diversey to Cannon for disbanding.
Both the assembly area and parade route (including the wrap around streets to the first alley) will be posted with temporary signs indicating “NO PARKING ON SUNDAY JUNE 26th, FROM 5:00 a.m. TO 8:00 p.m. Both sides of the street, unless otherwise indicated.” – 8:00 pm is the estimated time for the ‘No Parking’ signs to be removed. Due to the volume of vehicles involved, the issuing of parking citations and towing will begin promptly at 5:00 am on the 26th. Parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the area so drivers are urged to read signage before parking. To locate a towed vehicle, call 3-1-1. Here is the updated list of impacted streets:
Montrose Ave. – Greenview to Hazel
Broadway – Leland to Grace
Broadway – Melrose to Diversey
Sunnyside Ave. – Broadway to Sheridan
Halsted St.* – Grace to to Clark
Roscoe St. – 750 West to Clark
Belmont Ave.* – Racine to Broadway
Diversey Pkwy. – Broadway to Cannon (Sheridan)
Racine – East side – Belmont to Wellington
Clark St. – Belmont to Barry
Cannon Dr. – Diversey to Fullerton
Lake Shore Drive West – Cannon to Diversey
Addison St. – Broadway to Sheffield Ave.
Waveland Ave. – Halsted to Broadway
Grace St. – Halsted to Fremont
Clifton – Montrose to Sunnyside
North Sheridan Rd. – Montrose to Agatite
North Sheridan Rd. – Sunnyside to Buena
Buena Ave. – Sheridan to Broadway
Waveland Ave. -Halsted to Broadway
Wellington Ave. – Clark to Sheffield
Wilton – Belmont to 3245 N. Wilton
Residents, attendees and participants should anticipate street closures as early as 8:00 a.m. for participant staging areas and parade route closures beginning as early as 9:30 a.m., or as the crowd dictates for safety issues, including Montrose, Irving Park and Wellington at Broadway and Addison, Grace and Roscoe at Halsted. There will be rolling closures along the the parade route until the entire route is closed down by 12pm. Streets are expected to fully reopen by 8:00 p.m. or when deemed safe to do so.
CTA OPTIONS AND REROUTES:
Public transportation is highly recommended.
- Red Line: Customers should exit at the Belmont, Addison and Sheridan stations and walk to the parade.
- Brown Line: Customers should exit at the Diversey, Wellington, Belmont stations and walk to the parade.
- Adjacent bus routes: Several bus routes serve the area of the parade route including:
- #8 Halsted
- #74 Fullerton
- #76 Diversey
- #77 Belmont
- #78 Montrose
- #80 Irving Park
- #146 Inner Lake Shore Drive/Michigan Express
- #151 Sheridan
- #152 Addison
All bus routes in the vicinity (except #146 Inner Lake Shore Drive/Michigan Express) will be rerouted. Please check the alerts on the website at transitchicago.com/alerts/
Safely cross the event at the following locations:
- Montrose at Broadway
- Irving Park at Broadway
- Wellington at Broadway
- Barry at Broadway
- Oakdale at Broadway
- Addison at Halsted
- Grace at Halsted
- Roscoe at Halsted
- Aldine at Halsted
- Cornelia at Halsted
RIDE SHARING RESTRICTIONS
Below is a map of restricted areas near the parade that you will not be able to call an Uber or Lyft to from 2pm – 7pm the day of the parade. Please plan to take public transit to and from the parade if possible.