The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City isn’t the only big turkey day event in the nation. Every year, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, known as “Chicago’s grand holiday tradition,” marches down State Street in Downtown Chicago.
With “Veep” actor Matt Walsh serving as Grand Marshall, the 2016 parade will include tons of floats as well as performances from Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, “Stomp,” “Finding Neverland” and music from “America’s Got Talent.” Whether you’re watching the parade on TV or in person, we have you covered with all the information you need to know.
Date and time: The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24, and begins at 8:00 a.m CST (9 a.m. EST) and run until 11:00 a.m. CST.
Route map: The parade will take place on State Street and begins at Congress. The parade will then move northbound to Randolph where the one-mile route will end.
Viewing spots: If you want to catch the parade in person, it’s recommended that you arrive early for a good spot. If you’re looking for a less crowded area, head to State and Adams Street, but according to the Chicago Festivals website, “anywhere along State Street from Congress to Randolph has excellent viewing.” Getting a spot between Congress and Harrison will give you a look at the parade units as they begin their march.
Where to watch: If you can’t make to the parade, you can still watch on TV. All of the parade festivities will air locally live on WGN 9 Chicago or nationally on WGN America starting at 8:00 a.m. CST. Even if you’re not in the Chicago area, WGN America may be carried by your cable provider. The parade can also be streamed at WGNTV.com.