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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


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.


Landmarks Commission schedules special meeting

jumbotron“Under pressure from the Cubs, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday called a special meeting for next week to consider the massive influx of stadium signage needed to renovate Wrigley Field without a public subsidy.”

East Lake View Resident,

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) wants to bring to your attention a special meeting of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will hold a special meeting on THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

DRAFT Agenda items include:

Proposed renovations to include 4 new exterior additions, relocation of the perimeter wall at Sheffield and Waveland to accommodate bleacher expansion, the installation of new outfield signs, and a new roof deck.

Discussion will include:

  • The expansion of Wrigley Field into the public right of way of both Sheffield and Waveland Avenues
  • The installation of a 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field
  • The installation of a 1000 square foot sign in right field

These changes could change the ambiance and residential character of residential streets adjacent to Wrigley Field as well as negatively impact the operation of our rooftop neighbors.

It is important that our community be fully represented at this meeting and the Commission members hear the concerns of the East Lake View community. Plan to attend if you can.


We would also like to bring to your attention the opportunity to participate in an online survey being conducted to document the concerns of the Lake View Community regarding the redevelopment of Wrigley Field and the adjacent area, (, the results of which will be shared with the City of Chicago.

11th Annual Chicago Pride Fest – this weekend!

East Lake View Area Residents,

CPF_2013_LogoThe 11th Annual Chicago Pride Fest is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, June 22nd from 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday, June 23rd from 11 AM to 9 PM.  (The Gay Pride Parade is scheduled for next Sunday 30th)

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

Pride Fest Street Closures, Parking Restrictions, and Traffic Re-Routes

Halsted Street from Grace/Broadway to Addison and Waveland Avenue from Halsted to Broadway will be closed from 1 AM Saturday, June 22nd through 3 AM Monday, June 24th

NO PARKING will be allowed from 1 AM Saturday, June 22nd through 3 AM Monday, June 24th on the following streets:

  • HALSTED STREET:  From Addison to Grace
  • WAVELAND AVENUE:  From Halsted East to Broadway & Halsted West to 820 W. Waveland
  • BRADLEY PLACE:  From Halsted West to alley near 820 W. Bradley

(Note: If you are a Whole Foods patron, the parking lot will remain open and you can enter on Waveland, West of Halsted.)


During Pride Fest street closures, Broadway and Addison will be used as detour routes for vehicular traffic and the #8 Halsted CTA bus.

Be reminded, the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Houston Astros at 3:05 PM on Saturday, June 22nd and at 1:20 PM on Sunday, June 23rd

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

Cubs Announce Four Friday 3:05pm Start Times


The Chicago Cubs have announced Friday start times for the remainder of the 2013 season. The four Friday games listed below previously marked as TBD are now scheduled for 3:05pm, CDT.

  • Friday, July 5 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, CSN-TV
  • Friday, July 12 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, WGN-TV
  • Friday, August 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, WGN-TV
  • Friday, August 16 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, CSN-TV

SausageFest Chicago: Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16

Via Special Events Management

SausageFest_web_11-RDate: Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16
Time: Noon to 10:00pm
Location: Sheffield & Addison
Beneficiary: Lake View Citizens’ Council

“It’s all about encased meats at this tasty and tantalizing fest held adjacent to iconic Wrigley Field. Returning to the Lake View neighborhood that’s back for is third year, SausageFest vendors include several of the Windy City’s best-known butcher/meat shops and restaurants.”

“There’s also arts & crafts and an eclectic music lineup to make it the perfect early summer fest for lovers of food and tunes. Among those on this year’s music stage will be Polka rockers the Polkaholics; the Chicago Blues All-Stars; and funk/rockers Mathien.”

PLUS Sausage King of Chicago!

In addition, crowned at the event will be the “Sausage King of Chicago” (in reference to the fictional Abe Froman character in the cult movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). 

Get more information, including Main Stage Entertainment and how to sign up for a chance to be the Sausage King of Chicago!