When it comes to parades in Chicago, nothing tops the annual
Thanksgiving Parade on State Street. With 110 units featuring
everything from Hawaiian fire twirlers to the latest Disney stars,
there's something everyone in the family will enjoy.
"The wonderful thing about this is that we program entertainment
for very young kids, for older kids, tweens, teens and adults. I
can't think of a more family-oriented event in Chicago," says
Philip Purevich, executive director of the Chicago Festival
And, while the parade is telecast on TV, if you want to watch
the parade live, Purevich recommends finding a spot near the
beginning of the parade route where it's less crowded. He
recommends State and Van Buren because the new park gives families
a little more room to spread out. No matter where you decide to
stand, get there by 7 a.m. or so to get a good spot.
If you want to spring for reserved spots, buy VIP seats for
$53.50 at chicagofestivals.org (or enter to win a 4-pack of tickets
here). The tickets include bleacher seats in
the TV zone in front of Macy's (State Street between Washington and
Randolph), a light continental breakfast and secure washrooms.
The parade runs from 8-11 a.m. Nov. 24. It travels on State
Street, beginning at Congress and moving north to Randolph.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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