Chicago Thanksgiving Parade November 25.
When: Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: State Street from Ida B Wells to Randolph Drive.
Bundle up and watch big balloons, bands, and floats roll down State Street. This years Grand Marshall is TBA.
Watch on TV
Or stay home and tune in on Chicago’s Very Own WGN Channel 9 or live streaming on wgntv.com.
About the Parade
Originally called the Christmas Caravan in the 1930s, the Parade was created in 1934 to help lift the spirits of residents suffering though the Great Depression. Since then, it has developed into a full-scale spectacle celebrating the holiday season.
What once started out as an attempt to boost Chicago’s economy has evolved into a cherished tradition for Chicagoans and Americans alike. The Parade includes performers and special guests representing every part of the country as well as representing many cultures from around the world. Over 20 different cultures were represented in the 2015 parade.
Best restrooms on State Street
Renaissance Hotel 1 W Wacker Dr, (312) 372-7200- in Lobby behind front desk on State between Wacker and Lake Street
Block 37 108 N. State 2nd floor – west side of State between Randolph and Washington Doesn’t open until 11AM.
Macy’s 111 N. State, 2nd floor- east side of State between Randolph and Washington Opens at 5PM
Stay Pineapple Hotel, 1 W Washington St, (312) 940-7997 Lower level. SW corner of Washington and State.
Palmer House, 17 E Monroe St, (btw State and Wabash) (312) 726-7500 – Ask for directions once inside.