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St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2018
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
Start Time: 12 Noon

One of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the country, the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates the patron saint of Ireland Irish heritage.

Polish Constitution Day Parade

May 5, 2018
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
Start Time: 11:30am

The Polish Constitution Day Parade is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, and celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791.

St. Jude Police Memorial March

May 6, 2018
Museum Campus Dr. (1400 S. to Waldron Dr.)
Start Time: 8am

Thousands of uniformed Chicago Police officers will honor their fellow officers who were killed in the line of duty through the years.

Chicago's Memorial Day Parade

May 26, 2018
State Street from Lake to Van Buren
Start Time: 12 Noon

The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.

Columbus Day Parade

October 8, 2018
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
Start Time: 1pm

The Columbus Day Parade celebrates Christopher Columbus historic voyage to America and Italian-American culture.

Arts in the Dark: The Halloween parade celebrating Chicago's creative community

October 20, 2018
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
Start Time: 6pm

Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions as well as artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display activates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday”.

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®

November 17, 2018
Michigan Ave. from Oak St. to Wacker
Start Time: 5:30pm

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® officially kicks off the Christmas season in Chicago, with numerous fun family activities and the highlight, the Mickey Mouse parade illuminating over one million lights along Michigan Avenue.

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

November 22, 2018
State Street from Congress to Randolph
Start Time: 8am 

Fun is to be had by all at the the biggest holiday parade in Chicago.


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