THE 47th ANNUAL PRIDE PARADE…
This year is the 5th that Uptown is part of the official route of Chicago’s Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
Have fun and don’t miss the many businesses offering specials & longer hours to accommodate Sunday’s Parade goers. Visit our SHOPPING & DINING page for more info!
The UptownProud.org site is designed to share information about the Pride Parade route & logistics, other Pride events in Uptown, and specials & activities offered by Uptown’s LGBT friendly businesses & services.
Scroll down for more Parade info below the route map.
2016 Annual Pride Parade
DATE: Sunday, June 26, 2016
TIME: 12:00 Noon
STARTS at: Broadway & Montrose.
Steps off from the Broadway/Montrose corner, proceeding south on Broadway (to Halsted); then south on Halsted (to Belmont); then east on Belmont (to Broadway); then south on Broadway (to Diversey); then east on Diversey (to Cannon Drive) in Lincoln Park. (See map above)
PARADE QUEUE/STAGING LINE-UP:
- North Broadway (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson);
- West Montrose (both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark); and
- North Sheridan Road (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson). (See map)
PARADE ROUTE CLOSURES:
There will be rolling closure times on the route.
Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route.
The parade starts at 12:00 Noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
The streets of the queue/line-up area and the Parade route will be closed to regular vehicular traffic at approximately 10:30am.
Divvy Bikes will be removed and unavailable on parade route
PARKING RESTRICTIONS (5:00pm – 8:00pm – BOTH SIDES):
Montrose Ave. – Greenview Ave. to Hazel St.
Broadway St. – Leland Ave. to Grace St.
Sunnyside Ave. – Broadway St. to North Sheridan Rd.
Halsted St. – Grace St. to to Belmont Ave.
Belmont Ave. – Sheffield Ave. to Broadway St.
Broadway St. – Belmont Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
Diversey Pkwy. – Broadway St. to Cannon Dr. (Sheridan)
Cannon Dr. – Diversey Pkwy. to Fullerton Pkwy.
Addison St. – 736 W. Addison St. to Sheffield Ave.
Waveland Ave. – Halsted St. to Broadway St.
Grace St. – Halsted St. to Fremont St.
Clifton from Montrose Ave. to Sunnyside Ave.
Wellington Ave. from Sheffield St. to Clark St
North Sheridan Road from Montrose to Agatite Street
ADDITIONAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS:
There will be additional parking restrictions on Sunnyside Ave between Broadway and North Sheridan Road also North Sheridan Road from Montrose to Agatite Street.
Due to the volume of vehicles involved, towing will begin promptly at 5:00AM. Cars will not simply be relocated to nearby streets. They will be towed.
PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS:
Rolling closing times and Cross streets. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan. This year there will NOT be a Buffer Zone on Halsted Street after the parade ends. Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets will not remain open to foot traffic.
The parade will feature 160 registered entries (down from 215 last year), including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.
The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, security staff, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street). In recent years, the City of Chicago has required that several large city parades, including the Pride Parade, line their parade routes with barricades at our own expense. Police officers and parade marshals will be stationed at various points on the street in front of the barricades along the parade route.
Police officers will also be in the area surrounding the parade. In addition, PRIDEChicago (parade coordinators) are providing a security team of 160 off-duty police officers (up from 90 last year), to supplement the police presence along and surrounding the parade route.
After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan. Police officers along with the parade marshals will be present along the route.
Alcohol consumption WILL NOT be tolerated under any circumstances. Open containers containing alcohol are illegal on the streets and sidewalks in Chicago. You will be subject to receiving a costly ticket ($1,000 fine) and/or arrest from the Chicago Police Department. Instead, bring plenty of bottled water and sun screen and dress lightly.
The streets on the Parade route will begin to be cleaned by Streets and Sanitation immediately after the last float has passed. Streets and Sanitation will continue to clean the residential side streets through the end of Monday, July 1st.
Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets WILL NOT remain open to foot traffic.
This year, you can get access to the parade from more CTA stations than before, including Wilson and Sheridan. From the Red Line, Wilson, Sheridan, Addison or Belmont all provide access via a short walk to the parade route.
Please note: the area around Belmont has historically been very crowded, so please encourage your friends to come to Uptown at the new start of the Parade route Broadway south of Montrose,areas served by both the nearby Wilson and Sheridan stations on the Red Line. In addition, a number of lakefront bus routes including the 146 and 151 provide convenient access from the north, the Gold Coast/North Michigan Avenue and downtown to areas east of the parade route.
Extra service will be provided on the “L’ on parade day to accommodate the large numbers of people who attend the parade. Due to the increase of local traffic and a number of bus reroutes, potential parade spectators are advised to make use of the L or the various bus routes.
CTA reroutes will begin at 8am.
8 Halsted, 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 76 Diversey, 77 Belmont, 78 Montrose, 151 Sheridan, 152 Addison.
Also see CTA web site or call them for updated information concerning the train and bus routes. CTA: 1-312-836-7000 www.transitchicago.com
Other information on public transportation: 1-312-322-6900 www.metrarail.com
Additional information on the reroutes can be obtained by calling the CTA customer service at 1-312-836-7000 or visiting http://www.transitchicago.com/prideparade/. Other information on public transportation: 1-312-322-6900 www.metrarail.com
NEEDS AND SPECIAL NEEDS:
1. Portable Restrooms – are stationed along both the Parade line-up streets and the Parade route – sponsored by various businesses, organizations and individuals. Included at several locations are restrooms for the physically challenged.
2. Physically Challenged Area/Wheel chair Accessible Area – for people who need or want more space: the sidewalks of West Diversey Parkway (near 600 W. Diversey). Traditionally this area of the parade route has fewer spectators than other sections of the parade route. Spectators in these areas generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are restrooms for the physically challenged.
3. Seniors (outdoor)- The area mentioned above in #2 (600 W. Diversey sidewalks) is a designated OUTDOOR area for seniors. Spectators in this area generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are restrooms for the physically challenged.
4. Cooling Buses-Halsted, south of Belmont
Irving Park between Clark and Broadway
Addison, west of Halsted
Belmont, east of Broadway
Wilton, north of Belmont