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Columbus Day Parade moving back to State Street

When Chicago's Columbus Day Parade steps off on October 13, it will do so in a different setting: State Street.

Now in its 62nd year, the celebration delights thousands of people each October with more than 150 floats, bands, and marching units. But, we're told, it hasn't taken place on "that great street" since the 1970s, when construction began on the State Street Mall and the parade was moved to Dearborn.

To ensure that impacts are minimal, please review the parade information and helpful tips below, provided by Chicago Loop Alliance and the City of Chicago. For more information about the parade, visit the website of its sponsor, the Joint Civil Committee of Italian Americans.

Parade Information

Float and Unit Staging

Both sides of Wacker Drive, Franklin to Wabash
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Parade Route

State Street, Lake to Van Buren
12:30 p.m. start - 2:30 p.m. approximate end time

Street Closures

East and westbound Wacker Drive, Franklin to Wabash
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

State Street, Kinzie to Congress
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All other northbound and southbound streets will remain open to traffic.

Tips For Your Business

  • Plan now for additional staffing and security. Monday, October 13 is a federal holiday. Many banks, government offices and some schools will be closed. Check your local listings.
  • Let your employees and visitors know about activities in the area and street closures. Allow extra time to get to work or to the parade. Take the CTA!
  • Check the perimeters and public areas of your building frequently.  If you see something, say something!

Photo: U.S. Army Public Affairs Midwest / Flickr


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