News Release
City Services

June 21, 2012

OEMC Outlines Safety Precautions and Traffic Restrictions For Weekend Events

Over 750,000 People Expected To Attend Pride Festivities and Parade in Chicago

Delores Robinson
OEMC News Affairs

For Immediate Release


CHICAGO - The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications reminds visitors and Chicagoans to be aware of parking restrictions, street closures and other safety precautions as they attend this weekend’s Pride Parade and Festival. 

The two-day Pride festival takes place along Chicago's Halsted strip on Friday, June 22, 2012 and Saturday, June 23, 2012. The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

The NEW 2012 parade route begins assembly at 10:30 am on Montrose and Broadway.  The parade route proceeds east on Montrose to Broadway; south on Broadway to Halsted; south on Halsted to Belmont; east on Belmont to Broadway; south on Broadway to Diversey; east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. The disbanding area is 2800 N. Cannon Drive from Diversey to Fullerton. The parade should conclude no later than 2:15 pm.

OEMC encourages the public to be informed of all parking restrictions and adhere to the instructions of Traffic Aides. 

Street Closures:  Street closures along the parade route will go into effect prior to the start of the parade. It is anticipated that street intersections will reopen 30 minutes after the last parade unit passes any particular intersection.

Parking Restrictions: The below listed areas will be posted for NO PARKING from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Towing operations will begin at Montrose Avenue and Broadway at 5:00 a.m.


Side Of Street  Street  From To
Both Montrose Ave. Clark St. Hazel St. 
Both Broadway St. Wilson Ave. Grace St.
Both Sheridan Rd. Sunnyside Ave. Buena Ave.
Both Halsted St. Grace St. Belmont Ave.
Both Belmont Ave. Sheffield Ave. Broadway St.
Both Broadway St. Melrose St. Diversey Pkwy.
Both Diversey Pkwy. Broadway St. Sheridan St.
Both Cannon Dr. Diversey Pkwy. Fullerton Pkwy.
Both Addison St. Halsted St. Sheffield Ave.
Both Addison St. Halsted St. 736 W. Addison
Both Sunnyside Ave. Sheridan Rd. Broadway St.

Motorists and residents are urged to read posted signage before parking.

OEMC Traffic and Weather Notifications: OEMC encourages Pride Parade attendees to subscribe to receive traffic and weather alert notifications via text message, voicemail or email. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago,administered by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Registration only takes a few minutes.

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Individuals attending outdoor activities should also take precautions to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including the following: 

Department of Public Health: Provides steps to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

  • Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day to avoid dehydration;
  • Ensure that children stay well hydrated;Use City-operated facilities, including libraries, park facilities and police stations as cooling centers when necessary.
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
  • Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
  • Do not let anyone sit in a hot, parked car, not even for a few minutes.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen.


The Office of Emergency Management was established in 1995 to coordinate the City’s delivery of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services resources. OEMC operates Chicago’s public safety communications system, managing emergency situations and coordinating major events, 311 and 911 Communications Operations. OEMC is also the host to Notify Chicago, a resource for residents to subscribe to receive text and voice alerts related to traffic disruptions, severe weather, health and major incidents. For more information visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook/coemc.