Chicago’s 48th Annual Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 25th and kicks off at Montrose & Broadway at noon. Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands, and this year is no exception. With various street closures and massive crowds, traffic will surely be an issue.
But we have a solution: public transportation!
With the help of parade organizers, the CTA and Metra, here are some tips to getting around the area that day.
Extra trains will be provided by Metra on the BNSF Line from Aurora, the Union Pacific North Line from Kenosha, the Union Pacific Northwest Line from Harvard and the Union Pacific West Line from Elburn. Extra seating capacity will be made available on all other lines. The parade route is easily accessible through CTA connections from all five downtown Chicago train stations: Chicago Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, Millennium Station, Van Buren Street Station and LaSalle Street Station.
The CTA will be providing extra service and longer trains on the ‘L’ to accommodate the large numbers of people who attend the parade. You can access the parade from several CTA stations, 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.
Remember, the Belmont station tends to become the most crowded, so you are encouraged to consider watching the parade from the other parts of the route, including areas toward the start of the route—such as Broadway, south of Montrose—which are served by both the nearby Wilson and Sheridan stations on the Red Line. In addition, a number of lakefront bus routes including the 146 and 151 provide convenient access from the north, the Gold Coast/North Michigan Avenue and downtown to areas east of the parade route.
From 8 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m., the following nine bus routes will be detoured as a result of several street closures:
There will be no service on Halsted north of Fullerton. From Fullerton/Halsted, southbound #8 buses will operate via Fullerton, Sheffield and Webster then resume the normal route on Halsted.
Southbound #22 Clark buses will travel the regular route along Clark to Addison then will operate via Addison, Southport, Lincoln, Armitage to Clark and resume the regular route. Northbound #22 buses will travel the reverse route.
Southbound #36 Broadway buses will be detoured from Broadway at Lawrence and travel via Lawrence, Clark, Addison, Southport, Lincoln, Armitage to Clark and then resume the regular route. Northbound #36 buses will travel the reverse route.
There will be no service on Diversey east of Halsted. Eastbound #76 will travel the regular route until Diversey/Sheffield then travel via Wellington to Halsted and back south to Diversey. From Halsted/Diversey, westbound #76 buses will continue west on Diversey over the regular route.
There will be no service on Belmont east of Racine. Eastbound #77 will travel the regular route to Belmont/Southport then be detoured south via Southport to Wellington, east on Wellington to Racine and north on Racine to Belmont. Westbound #77 will operate west on Belmont over regular route.
Eastbound #78 Montrose buses will operate via Wilson, Marine, Lawrence to Lawrence/Marine before beginning westbound service. From Lawrence/Marine, westbound #78 buses will travel via Lawrence, Broadway to Wilson and then resume the regular route.
#80 Irving Park
There will be no service on Irving Park east of Clark. From Clark/Belle Plaine, westbound #80 buses will operate via Clark, Southport to Irving Park and then resume the regular route along Southport.
Southbound #151 Sheridan buses will travel over the regular route along Sheridan to Wilson and then will operate via Wilson, Marine, Inner Lake Shore Drive, Belmont, Outer Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton to Stockton and then resume the regular route southbound. Northbound #151 buses will travel the reverse route.
#151 Sheridan (Shortliner to Belmont//Halsted Only)
Northbound #151 will operate over the regular route along Stockton to Fullerton and then will travel via Fullerton, Outer Lake Shore Drive, Belmont, Sheridan, Inner Lake Shore Drive, West Sheridan, Pine Grove, Irving Park, Inner Lake Shore Drive to Addison before beginning southbound service.
From Inner Lake Shore Drive/Addison, southbound #151 buses will continue south on Inner Lake Shore Drive to Belmont then will operate via Outer Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton to Stockton and resume the regular route.
There will be no service on Addison east of Clark. From Clark/Belle Plaine, westbound #152 buses will travel via Clark, Southport, Irving Park, Clark to Addison and then resume the regular route.
Have fun and remember, public transit can be your key to a relaxing and safe weekend!