Tag Archives: festivals

Take the Pride Parade Survey

440px-Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesFrom Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward:

"Each year, City departments meet to recap what went well and what can be improved upon after each Pride Parade. I have created a Pride Parade survey to hear from you as we continue to examine the pride parade route and evaluate all options for next year, which could include a move downtown. Please click here to take the survey. It will be available until Friday, September 5 and we will follow up with feedback from the survey."

ELVN encourages all its members and residents of the 44th and 46th Wards to take part in this survey.

ELVN Pride Fest Advisory

Chicago Pride Fest 2014, June 21 and 22 East Lake View Community Traffic Alert

The 12th Annual Chicago Pride Fest is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. (The Gay Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 29th.)

Full event details for Pride Fest can be found on the Northalsted Business Alliance website.

Pride Fest Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

Waveland Avenue will be closed from Broadway to 820 W. from 9 AM Friday until Monday morning at 4 AM. (If you are a Whole Foods patron, the parking lot will remain open and you can enter from Waveland west of Halsted.)

Halsted Street will be closed between Broadway and Addison from Saturday 12:01 AM until Monday morning at 4 AM.

Bradley Place from Halsted west to 840 W. will be closed the same hours as Halsted.

NO PARKING will be allowed from 1 AM Saturday, June 21st through 3 AM Monday, June 23rd from on the following streets:

  1. HALSTED STREET: From Addison to Grace
  2. WAVELAND AVENUE: From Broadway to 820 W. Waveland
  3. BRADLEY PLACE: From Halsted West to alley near 820 W. Bradley


Be reminded, the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates at 3:05 PM on Friday, June 20, at 6:15 PM on Saturday, June 21st and at 1:20 PM on Sunday, June 22nd. (Sunday is a Cubs Mr. Potato Head Keychain giveaway.)

We hope our East Lake View Community participates in and enjoys the event!

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival – June 7 & 8

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHERE: N. Sheffield from Belmont to School

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest will kick off Chicago's outdoor street fest season when it again welcomes the start of summer and warm weather. Located just steps from the bustling Belmont Red Line "El" stop, this wildly popular street festival in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood will again showcase the region's favorite tribute bands. This iconic fest (sponsored by the Central Lakeview Merchants Association) also features plenty of food and libations as well as artisans who will be rolling out their newest creative handiwork. – See more at: http://www.44thward.org/local-events/?month=5&year=2014#cal93627

Photos from ELVN’s 2013 Oktoberfest

Thanks to all of you, East Lake View Neighbors’ 2013 Oktoberfest was a great success!

Check out some photos below, and find more on ELVN’s Facebook page.


ELVN celebrates Oktoberfest 2013

Halloween on Halsted

Halloween on Halsted

The Northalsted Business Alliance 17th Annual Halloween Parade

Traffic & Parking Advisory

The 2013 Annual Halloween Parade will be held on Thursday, October 31st along Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison.

Registration will be at 6:30pm at the staging area at Halsted and Belmont.

The event will start at 8pm on Halsted at Belmont and end (disband) on Halsted at Addison. (Neither Belmont nor Addison will be closed.)

Parking will be prohibited from 3pm to midnight on Thursday, October 31 on the following streets:

  • Halsted: Belmont to Addison: 3200N to 3600N
  • Roscoe: 800W to 824W


Please be advised:

  1. Halsted from Belmont to Addison will be closed to traffic from 4pm to midnight.
  2. Melrose, Aldine, Buckingham, Roscoe, Newport, Cornelia, and Brompton, east and west from Halsted to each alley, will be closed to traffic from 4pm to 11pm.

If you have any questions regarding street re-routes, please call the 44th Ward Office at 773.525.6034.

17th Annual Halloween on Halsted Parade Participation Info

This year’s Northalsted Halloween Parade Theme is Twisted Circus! Join your friends and neighbors for the best Halloween celebration in Chicago!

Come dressed as clowns, sword swallowers, bearded ladies, and ringmasters celebrating the Twisted Circus theme of any costume creation you choose! Participation waivers are required for individuals marking in the parade. Participation waivers can be found here.

Prefer to watch instead of march? Enjoy the fun from the street beginning at 8pm.

6:30pm: Registration for the parade at Belmont Avenue
8:00pm: Parade begins and will travel north on Halsted to Addison

Costume Categories: Drag, Group, Original, Scariest, Pet

We hope you enjoy the event!

Support ELVN at Oktoberfest this Sunday at Murphy’s Bleachers!

Oktoberfest 2013 flyer

Our 15th Annual Neighborhood Fundraiser and Celebration is this Sunday!  Please join us and show your support for our community.

WHEN: Sunday, September 29, 2013, 3-7pm
WHERE: Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N Sheffield

Over the past 14 years, we’ve raised more than $200,000 to directly support good works in our community.

This year’s event will feature a pig roast, raffle prizes, silent auction, craft beer and more!

Get your tickets now!

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 2013

September 14 & 15
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Along Broadway • Belmont to Hawthorne
Over 175 Juried Artists Showcased!
For more information call 773-348-8608

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the ninth annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. The Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 on Broadway Avenue, just north of Belmont.

The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases more than 175 juried artists featuring world class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. In addition to the art on sale, the Festival features live demonstrations and entertainment stages where some of Chicago’s favorite musicians play throughout the weekend.

Artists in almost every medium will be represented including photography, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, clay, collage, fiber, glass, sculpture, furniture and more. Unique and original artwork is on sale in all price ranges. Each year the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce selects an artist to create an image for the Festival of the Arts.

Lakeview East is a dynamic and diversified neighborhood community rich in culture, history and the arts. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce works hand in hand with their local residents and business owners and is pleased to offer its neighbors and the Chicagoland area with one of the premier fine art outdoor festivals.

The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts hours are 10am–6pm on Saturday and 10am–5pm on Sunday.

Northalsted Market Days Street Closures and Parking Restrictions


Event Dates: Saturday and Sunday, August 10 – 11

  1. The street closures start at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.
  2. The area for the closure includes Halsted from Belmont to Addison. Closures extend to the east or west alley of the following side streets: Melrose, Aldine, Buckingham, Roscoe, Newport, Cornelia, and Brompton.
  3. Halsted Street will re-open by 5 a.m. on Monday morning, Aug. 12.
  4. Towing: Cars will begin getting towed at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, as soon as the street closes. Halsted will be cleared off first, then the side streets up to the alleys both east and
    west of Halsted.
  5. Parking is re-instated when the street opens at 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.
  6. CTA Re-Routing: The #8 Halsted Northbound bus will get rerouted to Broadway at Belmont on the south and Waveland on the north.

2013 Pride Parade: this Sunday, June 30th

PrideLogo2013RVia Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward

DATE: Sunday, June 30th, 2013

TIME: 12 Noon

STARTS AT: Broadway & Montrose

LINE UP: North Broadway (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson); West Montrose (both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark) and North Sheridan Road (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Windsor).

PARADE ROUTE CLOSURES: There will be rolling closure times. The parade starts
at 12:00 Noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route.


  • Montrose Ave.-Greenview Ave. to Hazel St.
  • Broadway St.- Leland Ave. to Grace St.
  • Sheridan Rd.- Windsor Ave. to Buena Ave.
  • Sunnyside Ave.- Sheridan Rd. to Grace St.
  • Halsted St.- Grace St. to to Belmont Ave.
  • Belmont Ave.- Sheffield Ave. to Broadway St.
  • Broadway St.- Belmont Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
  • Diversey Pkwy.- Broadway St. to Cannon Dr. (Sheridan)
  • Cannon Dr.- Diversey Pkwy to Fullerton Pkwy
  • Addison St.- 736 W. Addison to Sheffield Ave.
  • Waveland Ave.- Halsted St. to Broadway St.
  • Grace St.- Halsted St. to Fremont St.

TOWING: Due to the volume of vehicles involved, towing will begin promptly at 5:00AM.

PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS: At each corner of the streets listed below, there will be four police officers assigned to assist pedestrians to cross the parade route:

  • Montrose Ave.
  • Irving Park Rd.
  • Addison St.
  • Grace St.
  • Roscoe St.
  • Wellington Ave.

PARADE INFORMATION: The parade will feature 200 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents. The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. The parade route will be lined with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).

After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan.  Police officers along with the parade marshals will be present along the route.

This year there will NOT be a Buffer Zone on Halsted Street after the parade ends. Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets will not remain open to foot traffic. The streets on the parade route will begin to be cleaned by Streets and Sanitation immediately after the last float has passed.  Streets and Sanitation will continue to clean the residential side streets through the end of Monday, June 25th.

Alcohol consumption WILL NOT be tolerated under any circumstances. Open containers containing alcohol are illegal on the streets and sidewalks in Chicago. You will be subject to receiving a costly ticket and/or arrest from the Chicago Police Department.

Click here for the “Ten Tips for Spectators.”

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The parade route accommodates several CTA El Stations.  Please look at the map below.  The Wilson, Sheridan and Addison stations all provide convenient access via a short walk to the parade route.  From the Brown Line, the Wellington and Diversey Stations provide convenient access as well.

Please note that the area around Belmont has historically been very crowded, so we urge you to consider areas near the new start of the parade route, such as Broadway Avenue south of Montrose.

The following bus routes will be rerouted:

2013_Chicago_Pride_Parade_CTA_Details.pdf (238 KB)

Additional information on the reroutes can be obtained by calling the CTA customer service at 1-312-836-7000 or visiting http://www.transitchicago.com/.


1. Portable Restrooms – are stationed along both the parade line-up street and the parade route – sponsored by various businesses, organizations and individuals. Included at several locations are restrooms for the physically challenged.

2. Physically Challenged Area/Wheel chair Accessible Area – for people who need or want more space: the sidewalks of West Diversey Parkway (near 600 W. Diversey). Traditionally this area of the parade route has fewer spectators than other sections of the parade route. Spectators in these areas generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are restrooms for the physically challenged.

For all additional information, please visit the Chicago Pride Parade website.