Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Where Grateful Hearts Gather

Rated #2 Thanksgiving Parade in US
by TimeOut Magazine

Thursday, November 28, 2024
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT
State Street, From Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph

Broadcast live on

Garfield Balloon floating during the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
avery r young’s poem

Listen to avery r young debut his poem moment fo(r) a lillie los(t) on july 2, 2023


Join us as we embark on a nostalgic trip down State Street and beyond, exploring how our beloved Chicago Thanksgiving Parade and other city parades have been immortalized in film.

Performance of The Jackie Wilson Story by the Black Ensemble Theater

A Call for the Nation’s Top Performers: You Can Perform in the 2024 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade


Learn more about what it takes to put together the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade during this exclusive JBTV Podcast special where host Jerry Bryant interviews Phil Purevich, the Managing Director of the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, who’s been with the event for over 25 years! Dive into the rich history of this iconic parade, learn how Phil rose to his current position, and get a rare glimpse into what it takes to run such a massive celebration. Enjoy fun stories and an exclusive reporting-style segment featuring parade volunteers in action as they set up the 2022 parade.

The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade is developed in cooperation with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.

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