Chicago’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade: Balloons, Acrobats, Santa and More


Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade has been around since the 1930’s, and will be happening again this Thursday, November 22nd. The parade will kick off at 8 a.m., making its way down State St., starting at Congress Parkway, and traveling north to Randolph St. If you plan to be in attendance, you’ll want to get there early to beat the large crowds expected.

Want to avoid driving? No problem! Since the parade takes place in a primary location in the Loop, you can take any L stop to the area and find yourself front and center for the giant balloons and beautiful acrobats.

If you’d rather stay in and watch the parade from home, consider it done. And what better way to distract yourself while cooking for the family, than tuning into WGN to watch live! The parade will also begin streaming on WGN at 8 a.m., so plan accordingly.

This year the parade will include the usual suspects — massive Garfield and SpongeBob balloons, performances from the Jessie White Tumblers and Harlem Globetrotters, and appearances from The Brookfield Zoo, Miss Illinois 2018, Santa and more.

Whether viewing the parade live or from the comfort of your couch, it’ll be the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Happy Thanksgiving!

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