Chicago's Memorial Day Parade

chicagos memorial day parade

Pay homage to all of our veterans and fallen heroes at the 2016 Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28th. Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel and celebrate Memorial Day weekend in the Windy City!


About Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Get dressed in your best patriotic colors and join thousands of people as they line the streets to experience one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Dating back to 1870, Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade has a rich history, full of marching bands, a drum and bugle corps, and many other musical attractions. The parade commemorates veterans and fallen soldiers, often with ceremonies honoring veterans who have returned from wars as heroes.


Kick off the parade at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11am and is held at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). Gold Star family members are identified by the Gold Star Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Lapel Pin that are presented to families who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, the Gold Star Pins are not an award, but symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and the ultimate sacrifice they made. Once the Wreath Laying Ceremony is complete, the Memorial Day Parade will take off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.


Admission to the parade is free! Due to the high volume of traffic from the parade, public transportation is highly recommended. For more travel information, click here.


More to Do

Have no fear, Memorial Day in Chicago is always sure to be a lively one! The 32nd Annual Belmont and Sheffield Music Festival, hosted by the city, features popular entertainers and musicians from around the country. The festival also offers an opportunity for independent and underground bands to perform. Food and drinks are aplenty and shopping is a must- with stands full of quirky clothing, arts and crafts, and other knick-knacks that you just can’t pass up. The festival runs from Saturday, May 28th-Sunday, May 29th, open from noon-10pm daily.


The Randolph Street Market presents the Chicago Antique Market– the perfect place for antique-lovers to go and expand their collections. The Market is full over unique antiques, vintage items and collectibles from over 200 vendors. One of Chicago’s most popular festivals, the Randolph Street Market also appeals to the food-lover in everyone, offering gourmet food with an array of fancy baked goods, spices and more. The Antique Market will be open Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 10am-5pm daily.


If you are feeling active, Memorial Day in Chicago offers bikers the chance to ride freely along the stunning Lake Michigan lakeshore at the annual Bike the Drive event. From 5:45-9:45am on Sunday morning, May 29th, the Lakeshore Drive will be open to bicycles and closed to traffic. Breathe in the fresh air on a morning ride then join fellow bikers at Butler Field in Grant Park for breakfast at the post-ride festival. Reserve your spot and register online now.


No matter how you choose to celebrate, Memorial Day weekend in Chicago is sure to be a fun one. Book your stay at the Majestic Hotel now and start planning your trip!




Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Where: Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, May 28th @ 11am

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.