What does the parade route look like?
It will be a straight up State Street, starting at State and Congress, then heading north approximately 1 mile along before ending at State and Randolph.
What kind of guests should we expect?
This year’s honored guests include local celebrity chef Graham Elliot (member of the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and Lollapalooza’s culinary director), Miss Illinois 2017 Abby Foster, and local hip-hop artist Twista (fastest rapper in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records). There will be 18 high school marching bands from across the country (including Mount Greenwood’s Marist High School), 14 float units (including offerings from Brookfield Zoo and Garrett Popcorn), and 11 equestrian units.
What's the lineup of performers?
Old parade standbys like the Harlem Globetrotters and Jesse White Tumblers will be back in action, in addition to staged performances of Peter Pan and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Also look out for cultural performances from Ecuadorian and Polish folkloric groups in addition to more out-there offerings like feats of strength from Mongolian strongman The Titanic Tulga, dance numbers from the Galaxie Girls showgirls, and a “tournament of knights” from Medieval Times (no word yet on whether or not Cable Guy’s Chip Douglas will be in attendance.)
What are the best viewing spots?
If you want to snag a great spot, you’ll need to show up between 6 and 7am. State & Washington is known as the best viewing area, while some less-crowded areas include State & Adams or State & Van Buren near the Harold Washington Library. Public transit is obviously the best move here (the parade is located steps from most el lines) but if you insist on driving, book a parking space beforehand with Spot Hero.