Large Crowds Expected on Sunday for the 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade

June 28, 2019

OEMC reminds residents and visitors to be aware of security measures, traffic impacts and parking restrictions in place for events this weekend

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding participants of this upcoming weekend’s events to be mindful of surroundings, plan for emergencies and prepare for weather conditions. Residents, visitors, participants and motorists should be aware of traffic impacts, especially on Sunday for the Pride Parade, and attentive of the street closures, parking restrictions and crowds.

"We are proud to host one of the largest and most vibrant Pride Parades in the country, and we encourage everyone to safely enjoy the celebration throughout the day,” said Rich Guidice OEMC Executive Director. “We remind all to act responsibly, respect the surrounding communities, and report any suspicious activity to on-site security or to call 9-1-1 for any immediate possible threats.”

The 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off at noon from Broadway/Montrose and will proceed south on Broadway to Halsted; south on Halsted; east on Belmont; south on Broadway and east on Diversey to Cannon for disbanding.

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, the theme of which is “Stonewall 50: Millions of Moments of Pride.” The Stonewall rebellion that took place on June 28, 1969 and the street demonstrations that continued for the next several days gave rise to the modern day LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Although there are no known threats at this time, each year Chicago’s public safety departments along with parade organizers adjust the already robust security measures to ensure the safety of personnel, participants, spectators, residents and all those in the area. OEMC has coordinated safety efforts with law enforcement partners on the comprehensive safety plan, which includes the following measures:

  • Implementing designated pedestrian street crossings:
    • Montrose at Broadway
    • Irving Park at Broadway
    • Wellington at Broadway
    • Addison at Halsted
    • Grace at Halsted
    • Roscoe at Halsted
    • Aldine at Halsted
    • Cornelia at Halsted
    • Oakdale at Broadway
  • Displaying pole marker signs along the route to identify the location when calling 9-1-1. These black and white signs are located at the top of the street light poles with letters/numbers to identify the location.
  • Increasing the presence of uniformed and plainclothes police officers. Enhancing capabilities of forward command utilizing assets from state and federal partners.
  • Activating OEMC’s Emergency Operations Center, which will be staffed by the City’s public safety and operations departments to monitor activities and support on-site staff.
  • Utilizing increased PRIDEChicago private security staff.
  • Placing barricades along the parade route for participant and attendee safety. Modifying the route over the last few years to alleviate crowd congestion.
  • Establishing clearer routes for emergency responders to reach medical tents.
  • Adding CTA bus and rail service to ease congestion on public transportation.

Residents, attendees and participants should anticipate street closures as early as 8:00 am for participant staging areas and parade route closures beginning as early as 9:30 am, or as the crowd dictates for safety issues, including Montrose, Irving Park and Wellington at Broadway and Addison, Grace and Roscoe at Halsted. Streets are expected to fully reopen by 8:00 pm or when deemed safe to do so. Traffic Control Aides will be assigned to assist with traffic.

Public transportation is highly recommended. Parking restrictions in the area, which will be in effect and strictly enforced, will begin at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning for the assembly area at Broadway/Montrose and parade route. Parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the area so drivers are urged to read signage before parking. To locate a towed vehicle, call 3-1-1.

As always, it is advised to check weather conditions and plan accordingly. Cooling buses, if needed, will be available.

Additional larger-scale events taking place this weekend throughout the city include:


This first-ever outdoor festival will showcase Chicago's drag culture on Friday, June 28, and will take place in the Cheetah Gym Parking Lot, 5238 N. Clark St., beginning at 4 p.m. The lineup will represent drag from across generations, neighborhoods, and performance styles, in addition to diversity in race, gender and sexuality.


On June 29, Navy Pier, located at 600 E. Grand Ave., will host the all-day event featuring family-friendly activities starting at noon in honor of the LGBTQ+ community.


The hip-hop festival will take place on June 29 and June 30 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento. Doors open at noon and the festival ends at 10 p.m. each day. Now in its second year, the 2019 Summer Smash has expanded to a two-day event and increased the number of performances.



The festival returns to downtown Chicago for the 11th year, taking place right off Michigan Avenue on Lake Street. Festival goers will see an array of original artwork from more than 110 artists, including paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, furniture and more. Doors open on Friday, June 28 at 11 am and close at 6 pm; on Saturday, June 29, doors open at 10 am and close at 6 pm.; and on Sunday, June 30, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 pm. Admission is free.


The 10th annual festival will take place June 28 – June 30 in the Logan Square Circle, located at the intersection of Kedzie, Logan Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave. The three-day event celebrates the diversity and vitality of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood and will feature two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, food, and drinks. Doors open on Friday, June 28 at 5 pm, and 12 pm on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 - and close each night at 10 pm.


Billed as the largest mariachi event of its kind in the U.S., the fifth annual festival will take place on Sunday, June 30 from 4 pm. to 8:30 pm. at Millennium Park. The festival is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Smaller events such as the Backlot Bash and Proud to Run 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon will also occur over the weekend. Residents in the adjacent areas should expect traffic impacts and minimal street closures.

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