Polish Constitution Day Parade, Cinco De Mayo Parade, St. Jude Police Memorial March this Weekend

May 3, 2024

Expect traffic impacts and be mindful of increased activity


CHICAGO – The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding the public of activities and events that may impact traffic this weekend. OEMC also encourages residents and visitors to be alert in crowds and public gatherings and report suspicious activity or criminal behavior to 9-1-1.  OEMC will monitor events in collaboration with public safety partners.  


Polish Constitution Day Parade - Saturday, May 4 - 11:30 a.m.

The annual Polish Constitution Day Parade is Saturday, May 4.  Assembly begins at 9 a.m. on Columbus from Balbo to Roosevelt and Balbo from DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Michigan. Step-off is at 11:30 a.m. from Balbo to Monroe and proceeds north on Columbus and will disband at Monroe and Columbus.  Parking restrictions are in place from 6 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday along the route/assembly and disband areas.  Traffic Control Aides (TCA’s) will be assigned to facilitate traffic.  https://www.facebook.com/polishparadechicago/


Cinco De Mayo Parade – Sunday, May 5 - Noon

Cinco De Mayo Parade will take place on Sunday, May 5 at noon.  Assembly begins at 9 a.m. on Cermak from Damen to Wood.  The line of march proceeds on Cermak from Damen to Marshall Blvd and disbands.


St Jude Police Memorial March – Sunday, May 5 – 8 a.m.

The St. Jude Police Memorial March takes place on Sunday, May 5 with a new route this year.  Assembly begins at 6:30 a.m. from Michigan Avenue & Superior. The march continues northbound on Michigan Ave to Chicago Ave and then westbound to Dearborn and disbands.  At the conclusion of the march, there will be a brief interfaith service followed by mass at Holy Name Cathedral.  TCA’s will be present to facilitate traffic.

Bridge Lifts

Expect delays at bridges on Saturday, May 4, from Ashland to DuSable Lake Shore Drive beginning at 8 a.m. due to the scheduled boat runs for boating season.


Artwork of the Marvel superhero Ironheart saying "Stay alert!  Report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1."  The logos for Marvel, OEMC, and the Chicago Police department are also included.

Report Suspicious Activity:  If You See Something Say Something. OEMC reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious, notify onsite security or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. 


Chicago OEMC App 

Residents and visitors are encouraged to download the Chicago OEMC App as a public safety tool providing public safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, parade day weather information and more in the palm of your hand. The app is now available through the Apple App and Google Play stores or visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/oemc. 



Chicagoans should be prepared and check the weather before heading out. For the most up-to-date weather information, please tune into local media or download the Chicago OEMC App to get the latest forecast, radar and other information. 


OEMC will issue any alerts and notifications needed to keep residents and attendees up to date on weather conditions and emergencies.  Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at NotifyChicago.org. OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakefront notices and issues affecting businesses: 

  • CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5 
  • CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 

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