Noon: Saturday March 16th.
Our Downtown Chicago Parade begins at 12:00 noon, Saturday March 16th.
The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.
10:00am: Saturday March 16th.
Scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday March 16th, the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
We strongly recommend that you come downtown early and if possible take public transportation.
The following are directions to the parade using various public transport methods:
The following are driving directions from various areas in Chicagoland:
If you need more specific driving directions try the Google Map link below. Simply enter your address into the 'Starting Address' section on the left of the Google Map page. The center of the parade route (400 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois) will be entered for you.
Google Directions to Parade
For Handicapped parking needs, your best bet may be the underground parking below Grant Park, enter on Columbus at Randolph. There is parking at the Hilton located at Balbo and Michigan, one block from start of parade.
Additional parking can be found along Wells between Lake and Van Buren. Parking can also be found along Wabash between Lake and Congress. (This is closest to the actual parade route.)
There is additional parking at Navy Pier which places you about a half mile from the parade route. Be advised that The Flower and Garden Show is also Navy Pier taking place the same week as the parade.
Parking near Randolph places you nicely between the river dyeing and the parade route.
Parking fees can range from $20.00 to $60.00 depending on the lot. We do not have specific pricing information. These prices are estimates only. Your costs may vary.