Celebrate a Thanksgiving Tradition with Chicago’s Annual Parade


Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without the holiday staples; the smell of a juicy turkey roasting in the oven, the rowdy sounds of an exciting football game on TV. The warmth of a home filled with friends and family. You can kick off the festivities this year with a beloved annual tradition just a few minutes from your luxury apartment in Chicago.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade wasn’t always a celebration of turkey day. This annual tradition began over 80 years ago as a Christmas parade in an effort to bring joy and cheer to struggling citizens during The Great Depression. It wasn’t until 2002 that the parade was held on Thanksgiving, kicking off the entire holiday season with talented entertainers, festive music, eye-catching floats, and larger-than-life balloon characters.

This year’s Thanksgiving Parade begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 22 on the city’s iconic State Street.

VIP Seating

Make your parade experience extra special this year from fantastic VIP seating. You’ll get a spectacular view of the entire parade, including the awesome stage performances. The VIP section also happens to be the “Television Zone”—tell your friends and family watching the parade on TV to keep an eye out for your smiling face!

VIP tickets are $60.


Want to be a part of this special Chicago tradition? The parade is always looking for helping hands. A variety of positions are available, so you’re sure to find one that fits your personality. Stuff gift bags for volunteers and VIP guests, guide the enormous character balloons along the parade route or interact with the crowd as a parade ambassador. These are just a few of the volunteer options—no matter which position you choose, you’ll create lifelong memories and have a fabulous time as a parade volunteer.

The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade is a great way to start off your morning on this delightful holiday. The parade route runs along State Street from Congress to Randolph, from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Please feel free to contact us to learn about other exciting events near your home at Catalyst Apartments.

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