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Chicago Pride Parade Info

2014 Chicago Pride Parade Information

The 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 and kicks off at Montrose/Broadway at noon.

The updated parade route (started two years ago) presents new places from where you can enjoy the parade, access to the parade from a greater number of train stations (including Wilson and Sheridan), and a different set of street closures/bus reroutes that you may need to be aware of, as opposed to previous years.

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Tip: Buy your fare in advance

Avoid long lines at vending machines at stations near the parade and buy your fares in advance.

Note that Transit Cards are no longer sold as we're moving to a new fare system—Ventra. With Ventra, you'll have the following, new fare options this year:

  • Disposable Ventra Tickets
    Buy at Ventra Vending Machines in 'L' stations*


    If you get a 1-Day Ticket ($10) before the parade, you'll be set for the trip back afterward—they're good for unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains for one person for up to 24 hours from first use.

    You can also get a Single-Ride Ticket ($3) which includes full fare and two transfers within two hours and includes a $0.50 limited use media fee.
     
  • Reloadable Ventra Cards
    Buy online, at retail locations or at Ventra Vending Machines in 'L' stations*

    New cards cost $5 at machines, refundable as value with registration within 90 days; available free with minimum load at retailers until July 7, 2014.

    With a Ventra Card, you can load value (money for regular fares) or passes at vending machines. You can also do this online (including from mobile phones) at ventrachicago.com or at more than 1,300 retailers (including drugstores and currency exchanges).

    A Ventra Card can pay for up to 7 people, traveling together, at once. If you're also paying for children 7-11 years of age, ask for assistance in paying a Children's Reduced Fare.
     
  • Personal, contactless bankcards
    Issued by your bank

    If you have a contactless bankcard—it'll have a contactless payment wave symbol—you don't need to get a card or ticket.

    You can skip the machines and pay a Pay-As-You-Go fare ($2.25 per ride, transfers not afforded) directly at the turnstile or on a bus, or, you can stop at a vending machine and load transit value for regular fares (including transfers) and even unlimited-ride passes directly to your card.


*All Ventra Vending Machines accept cash, credit and debit cards. Note that online orders take 7-10 business days to ship.

 

Bikes, strollers & carts

Please note the following for parade day:

  • For everyone's safety and to provide additional capacity, bicycles will not be permitted on CTA trains. (Bicycles will continue to be allowed on the racks on the front of buses.)
     
  • For everyone's safety and to provide additional capacity, strollers and carts must be folded before boarding CTA buses and trains.

 

Parade route map

The new parade route begins at Montrose/Broadway, at noon, and follows Broadway south to where it meets with Halsted, continuing on Halsted south to Belmont, on Belmont east to Broadway, on Broadway south to Clark/Diversey and on Diversey east to Cannon (in Lincoln Park), where the parade disperses.

Additionally, for the queuing up of floats, Montrose will be affected between Clark and Broadway, Sunnyside between Broadway and Sheridan and Broadway between Montrose to Wilson.

Pride Parade Map

PDF document Download/print this map

 

 

How do I get to the parade?

With the new parade routing, which was first implemented in 2012, you can access the parade from more CTA stations than before, now including Wilson and Sheridan! The Red and Brown Lines provide the closest service to the parade route with fast, frequent service:

  • From the Red Line, Wilson, Sheridan, Addison or Belmont all provide access via a short walk to the parade route.
  • From the Brown Line, Diversey, Wellington and Belmont are the nearest stations to the parade.
  • Lakefront bus routes, including the #146 and #151, provide convenient access from the north, the Gold Coast/North Michigan Avenue and downtown, to the areas east of the parade route.
     
A note regarding Belmont Station (Red & Brown Lines) and surrounding area

The Belmont station and the area around it tends to become the most crowded on the day of the Pride Parade. We encourage you to consider avoiding this area and enjoying the parade from other parts of the route, including near Wilson and Sheridan on the Red Line. Entry to the Belmont station may be restricted, at times, to the main entrance on the south side of Belmont Avenue.

If Belmont’s platforms become crowded, we may need to temporarily halt entry to the station while we allow trains to pick up waiting passengers to make room. In previous years, crowding both at the station and outside of it has sometimes resulted in local authorities asking us to close the station for safety reasons. You can avoid inconveniences by considering using nearby stations, instead:

  • Addison on the Red Line is just 1/2 mile (about a 10-minute walk) north of the Belmont station.
  • Wellington on the Brown Line is just 1/4 mile (about a 5-minute walk) south of the Belmont station.


Free transfer between Red and Brown Line trains is also available at Fullerton.
 
 

Will you provide extra service?

Yes—we'll be providing extra service and longer trains on the 'L' to accommodate the large numbers of people who attend the parade every year.

If possible, we encourage you to take advantage of train service due to increased local traffic near the parade route and a number of bus reroutes around it.

 

What buses will be rerouted due to the parade?

The following bus routes will be rerouted:

Note that this list may change and additional bus routes may be affected/rerouted, and heavy traffic around the parade may slow travel even where buses are not rerouted. Check alerts for your intended route before you leave, allow extra travel time and we encourage you to take trains to/from the area, where possible.

 

How can I get from one side of the parade route to the other?

This new routing also provides places where police officers will be available to help pedestrians cross from one side of the parade route to the other. These designated crossing locations are at the following streets that cross the parade route:

  1. Montrose
  2. Irving Park
  3. Grace
  4. Addison
  5. Roscoe
  6. Wellington

 

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Green Line Planned Work w/Part Closure
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