Chicago’s 84th Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Brass band of girls playing their instruments together

From carving the turkey to watching football and spending time with family, Thanksgiving is a tradition filled holiday. The city of Chicago is no exception as they kick off their 84th annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade  this November 23rd in downtown Chicago. Come join in on the celebration that nearly 4 million people witnessed last year!


The Parade

The parade will begin at 8am Thanksgiving morning on State Street in downtown Chicago. It usually lasts until about 11am and features around 5,000 performers! The performers this year will feature a variety of acts from the Harlem Globe Trotters, the Ringling Brothers, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament and countless others. Parade classics will also be inlcuded and you can expect gigantic balloons, marching bands, horses, festive floats, popular performance groups, and celebrities! Rumor has it Ronald McDonald and Santa Clause may even make an appearance! The Parade features over 1,300 volunteers along the mile-long parade route! Make sure to get there early to snag a good spot to watch. Early spectators usually arrive around 6-7am!


Join the Conversation

Make sure and follow the parade on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @teddyturkey and their Facebook page, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. Their social media will be full of updates on performances and pictures and throwbacks from the best moments of the past parades!



Spectating the parade is free of charge and runs on a first come first serve basis so make sure to get their early! However, you can enjoy the VIP spectating experience by becoming an individual sponsor. To become an individual sponsor will cost you $60 but will give you access to the closest seats to watch the performances and interviews! You can learn more about individual sponsorships here.


Planning on traveling to Chicago to take part in the fun? Start considering a place to stay! Majestic Hotel will make you feel like you took a trip across the pond to stay in the comfort of a homey English estate. With 52 rooms full of countless amenities, it will be the perfect stay for you and your friends or family!



McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Where: State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

When: Thursday, November 23rd 8am

Admission: Free


Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499