2012 Chicago Pride Parade Information
The 2012 Chicago Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 24, starting at noon. An updated parade route being implemented this year will present 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.
Tip: Buy your fares in advance
Avoid long lines at vending machines at stations near the parade and buy your fares in advance. Fill up your card with enough fare for your trip back home at the start of your trip so you can go straight to a bus or train, afterward.
Vending machines are available at every 'L' station, and many have Express Vending Machines that accept credit cards. You can also buy pre-loaded cards and passes at scores of retail locations around town.
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, Sheridan between Montrose and Sunnyside and Broadway between Montrose to Wilson.
Download/print this map
What stations can I use to get to the parade?
This year, you can get access to the parade from more CTA stations than before, including Wilson and Sheridan.
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.
Please note that the Belmont station (and the surrounding area) tends to become the most crowded, so we encourage you to consider enjoying the parade from other parts of the route, including areas toward the start of the route, such as on Broadway, south of Montrose—areas served by the nearby Wilson & Sheridan stations on the Red Line. Free transfer is available between Brown and Red Line trains.
A number of lakefront bus routes, such as routes 145, 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.
Will you provide extra service?
Yes—we'll be providing extra service on the 'L' to accomodate 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:
Complete details will be available on these routes' pages within a few days of the parade; follow links in the above list to see detailed alerts.
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:
- Irving Park