Where and when will the parade take place?
The parade starts at Broadway and Montrose at noon on Sunday, June 30. This year’s route is the same as last year's: south on Broadway to Halsted, south on Halsted to Belmont, east on Belmont to Broadway, south on Broadway to Diversey, and ending at Diversey and Sheridan.
Where are the best places to watch the parade?
For the best views, wherever you decide to watch, show up early. Since anyone is welcome to participate and the event is free to attend, the sidelines will certainly get rowdy. If you’re just looking to enjoy that ambience, showing up anytime before the parade kicks off will be fine. The busiest spots on the parade route are in Boystown (Halsted between Grace and Belmont), while spots toward the north and south of Boystown tend to be a little more reserved. But this is Pride, so be sure to scale your ideas of “reserved” toward the energetic side.
How do I get there?
If you can, public transportation is the way to go -- and even better if it's the train. Many buses that would be regular go-to’s for the area will be rerouted, including the 8, 22, 36, 76,77,78,151, and 152.
All the train stops will be open, with Belmont being the most crowded. The Wellington and Diversey Brown lines will get you close, along with the Addison, Sheridan, and Wilson Red lines.
What about road closures?
If you have to drive, park a walkable distance off the parade route. The cross streets along the route will have rolling closing times as the parade travels south. Note that the lineup is along Broadway north of the parade starting point, so those cross streets will be closed as early as 10:30am.
Many of these areas will have no parking signs up as well, so check here for all the latest updates on closures and parking.
Where should I stay?
If you’re traveling in from out of town and need a place to crash, booking lodging as soon as possible is recommended. In general, Boystown will be best for night owls and after-partiers, while Andersonville and Lincoln Park both provide quieter accommodations. Andersonville is an excellent destination for those looking to get to know the neighborhood and participate in more LGBTQ+ activities for the weekend, while Lincoln Park is a more centralized location for checking out other parts of the city.