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Parade Fact Sheet

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014—Thanksgiving Day

Time: 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. CST.

Place: Downtown Chicago on State Street—from Congress to Randolph


Live national broadcast on WGN America, available in approximately 75 million households

Live local broadcast, in high definition, on WGN 9 Chicago

Both broadcasts are from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. CST

Units: Giant helium balloons, remarkable floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, unique performance groups, local and national celebrities

2013 TV Viewers: 3.91 million viewers

2013 On-Street: 400,000 spectators

Weather: Average high—42°F; Average low—29°F; Late November can bring a variety of temperatures and conditions to Chicago. You should be prepared for all weather conditions. The show will go on regardless of weather.


From the Northwest, take I-90 or I-94 East (Kennedy/Edens Expressway). Exit at Ohio Street. Turn right on State Street.

From the East, take the Chicago Skyway to the local traffic lanes of I-94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit onto I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) and follow the signs to Lake Shore Drive north. Turn left on Balbo to State Street.

From the West, take I-290 East (Eisenhower Expressway) downtown to Congress Parkway. Go North on State Street.

From the South, take I-55 (Stevenson) and follow signs to Lake Shore Drive north. Turn left on Balbo to State Street.

By Public Transport:

Metra operates 12 commuter rail lines into downtown Chicago from the six surrounding counties. Call Transportation 312.322.6777 for more information. The Sunday schedule will be in effect on Thanksgiving. Check online at metrarail.com.

Amtrak has 50 trains that arrive and depart Chicago daily. Only a 20 minute walk from the parade route, Union Station’s address is 225 S. Canal Street, between Jackson and Adams. Call 800.USA.RAIL for purchasing tickets or call 312.836.7000 for Chicagoland travel information. Check online at amtrak.com.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers convenient bus and train lines to the parade route. For El passengers, the Pink, Brown, Orange and Purple Lines will drop off passengers at the State/Van Buren stop, right by the Library. The Red Line will drop passengers off at Jackson and State. The Blue Line will drop passengers off at Dearborn and Jackson. For route, fare, and schedule information, call 888.968.7282. CTA also offers 153 bus routes. Check online at transitchicago.com for more information. CTA offers service from O’Hare and Midway airports.

By Air:

Midway Airport serves thousands of travelers each day. Call 773.838.0600 or check online at flychicago.com for more information.

O’Hare International Airport also serves travelers flying to Chicago. Go online at flychicago.com or call 773.686.2200 for more information.

Lodging: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers is the official hotel of the McDonald's® Thanksgiving Parade.  Call 877-242-2558 and ask for the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade block.  Check online at sheratonchicago.com.

Parking: InterPark - 20 E. Randolph, 312-986-6863
InterPark - 17 E. Adams, 312-554-0112
InterPark - 203 N. LaSalle, 312-750-0868
InterPark - 181 N. Dearborn, 312-368-9090

Restrooms: Portable facilities are located throughout the route. Handicap accessible facilities are available in staging area and along route.

Viewing for persons with disabilities: The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is accessible for persons with disabilities. Spectators with special needs are able to view the parade from the Southeast corner of State Street and Jackson in the designated viewing area.