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McDonalds ® Thanksgiving Parade
McDonalds ® Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Late November
Ring in your holiday season with the 80th McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade! Enjoy classic gigantic balloons, the nation’s finest marching bands, majestic horses, festive floats, incredible performance groups, celebrities, and even an appearance from Ronald McDonald ® and Santa Claus! The parade starts at 8:00am Thanksgiving morning, Thursday November 28 on State Street in downtown Chicago. Tickets for the VIP Experience are available at www.chicagofestivals.org. Can’t make it down to State Street? Enjoy Chicago’s Grand Holiday Tradition at home by watching the live broadcast on WGN 9 Chicago or WGN America.
A variety of performers ranging from musical groups to equestrian groups, even giant inflatable balloons.
State Street between Congress and Randolph
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 and State Street. From the South, take I-55 (Stevenson) and follow signs to Lake Shore Drive north. Turn left on Balbo to State Street.
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Admission & Parking
Free Parking garages and street parking available.

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