Traveler’s Guide to Parade Location
The parade staging area and starting point is conveniently located at 401 S. Plymouth Court. It covers two full blocks of Plymouth Court between Congress Expressway and Jackson Blvd., one block west of State Street
PACE/Paratransit Drop off and Pickup Locations:
If you are marching in the parade, give paratransit 401 S. Plymouth Court as the drop-off address. The pick-up address at the end of the parade at Daley Plaza is 50 W. Washington.
From the North or Northwest
Edens Expressway (I-94) south to the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to I290 East Congress Expressway to Plymouth Court, which has its own traffic light or to State Street; turn left (north) to Van Buren; turn left (west) to Plymouth.
From the North Lakefront Area
Lake Shore Drive south to 290 west (watch for signs at Jackson to direct you west to Plymouth.
From the West
I-290 east (Congress/Eisenhower Expressway) to Plymouth Court, which has its own traffic light or to State Street; turn left (north) to Van Buren; turn left (west) to Plymouth.
From the Southwest
I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) north to I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to I290, west to Plymouth Court, which has its own traffic light or to State Street; turn left (north) to Van Buren; turn left (west) to Plymouth.
From the South or Southeast
Lake Shore Drive north to Balbo; turn left (west) to State Street. Either turn right to Van Buren, then left to Plymouth or turn right to Congress Expressway then left to Plymouth.
Parking lots; double check prices when you enter lots (numbered locations on parade route map -- may change without notice)
- 430 S. Clark St.;
- Dearborn Street (west side) between Van Buren and Congress;
- 711 S. Plymouth;
- Plymouth and Harrison;
- Randolph, west of Wells;
- Franklin, between Randolph and Lake;
- Northwest corner of Lake and Wells;
- West side of Wells, between Randolph and Washington;
Public Transportation (CTA/PACE/Metra) – prices may change without notice
Chicago has one of the best accessible public transportation systems in the country.
All CTA and suburban PACE buses are wheelchair accessible and have video and audio assists. All information on routes, times and accessibility can be obtained by calling 312-836-7000 or by visitingwww.goroo.com
Any route that brings you to State or Dearborn and Van Buren will be within 1/2 block of parade start.
The CTA has available a number of visitor or “fun” passes good for unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains and RTA/PACE buses (except for route 835). These can be purchased and used by anyone. These allow you not only to visit the parade and all its activities but also the city sights, as well as friends and family...at no additional cost.
1-Day Pass is $10.00; 3-Day Pass is $20; 7-Day CTA Pass is $28.00; 7-day CTA/PACE pass is $30.00. Reduced fare is available for people with disabilities on single rides with an RTA Reduced Fare Card. The passes are available at most currency exchanges, Jewel Food Stores and at CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St.
Accessible “el” stops: CTA personnel will provide “gap fillers” for entering and exiting trains safely, but be sure to request this when you pay your fare.
Brown, Pink and Orange Lines:
Library/State St. stop is directly at start of parade.
Transfer at Clark and Lake to either Brown or Orange Line to Library/State St. stop. You may have to cross over tracks to the other side (accessible and easily done)
Purple and Yellow Lines: Transfer to Red Line at HowardAll transfer points downtown have TTY phones:
1-888-282-8891; elevator status line: 1-88-968-7282 updated every four hours.
A $5 unlimited pass, good for both Saturday and Sunday, is valid on all lines except the Illinois Central and South Bend. Most downtown blocks are 1/2 the length of regular city blocks, so don’t let the numbers be discouraging,
parade start is 8 blocks east; 1 1/2 blocks south.
parade start is 4 blocks south; 8 blocks east.
LaSalle St. Station:
parade start is 4 blocks east.
parade start is 6 blocks south; 3 blocks west.
Call 800-281-4466. You can place a time order up to 48 hours in advance. A time order, however, is not required and you can call an accessible taxi at any time. All Chicago taxi rates, rules and regulations apply.
Paratransit and Taxi Drop-Off/Pick-Up
The Drop-Off Address for the start of the parade is 401 S. Plymouth Court. The pick-up addresses at parade end is 69 W. Washington, across from Daley Plaza to allow for safe boarding on sidewalk side.