Out and About with Compass: Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Posted by Emma Johnson on 11/10/16 9:30 AM

Topics: Local Focus & Events

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and lots of food! It’s also traditionally the time for an awesome parade! Thanksgiving Day Parades around the country began in the 1930s as a way to brighten the lives of people suffering through the Great Depression, and since it has turned into a long-held tradition that helps to usher in the holiday season.

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The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade is held downtown, beginning at State Street and Congress, and moving northbound to Randolph for a mile-long route full of floats, marching bands, dancers and cultural elements which to make the city of Chicago;s culture so special. The parade is, of course, broadcast on WGN, but if you’ve never been in person, it’s a fun and festive, family-oriented activity you should attend at least once live!

The parade wraps up at 11:00a.m., allowing plenty of time for you to get back home for yourThanksgiving feast. Or, find a restaurant downtown serving dinner that day, and leave the cooking to someone else! Happy Thanksgiving!

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