Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sunday is the Pride Parade in Lakeview

It is that time of year again for the Pride Parade in Chicago. Originally started in 1970 with an attendance of only 150 people, this has grown to be one of Chicago's largest parade of the season and attendance is expected to exceed 500,000. The parade route is from the corner of Halsted and Belmont and continues north on Halsted to Broadway where it turns and heads south to Diversey ending on Lincoln Park. Quite a long route. Be prepared for a very busy area and traffic is virtually stopped east and west. Instead of driving, consider biking or cabbing then walking. It is also an opportunity to see some of the beautiful homes through east Lakeview. Consider taking a bus down lake shore. East of Halsted is beautiful and is only a couple of blocks from the parade itself. One of my favorite streets is the 500 block of Hawthorne which is filled with only a handful of grand homes. It is unlikely you will find many open houses in that neck of the woods on Sunday. So enjoy the walk and the festivities.

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