The Chicago 50th Annual Pride Parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 30, 2019. But wait, isn’t that also the final day of many Chicago apartment leases? If renters don’t need to move into a new apartment with a lease start date of July 1, then that afternoon is a great opportunity to watch the parade and celebrate 50 years of LGBTQ pride in the neighborhoods surrounding Boystown. But what if that’s also moving day?
The parade route goes through parts of East Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville, Buena Park and Uptown. There will be street closures, foot traffic will be increased, and the logistics of getting a moving truck or trailer into those pockets of town might be enough to frazzle even the most experienced apartment mover.
After checking with community organizers and parade sponsors, Domu has assembled this quick guide for apartment renters who are moving during PRIDE weekend.
Tips for Moving During PRIDE 2019
Q: When does the parade start?
A: 12pm on Sunday, June 30.
Q: Will there be any street closures before, during or after the parade?
A: Yes. Broadway and Halsted St will be closed for long stretches all the way from Wilson Ave to Diversey Pkwy for the parade. All areas adjacent to the parade route will have street closures as well. Pedestrians can cross the parade route at designated intersections, but expect lengthy detours if you need to drive in the area.
Q: Does it make sense to move before or after the parade on Sunday, June 30?
A: See if your landlord is okay with moving on Saturday, June 29. Parade set up will begin very early on Sunday, June 30 and streets will be closed for a good portion of Sunday. If you’re able to move on Monday, July 1 that may be the best option.
Q: I’m not moving that day, but I live east of the parade route. How can I get around that day?
A: If you live anywhere east of the parade, use the Sheridan Ave bus to get north or south easily on June 30. Lake Shore Drive will be open, but be aware of street closures at the north staging area for several hours before noon, and further south at the parade’s terminus near Belmont and Diversey.