CHICAGO — If you're on the North Side tomorrow and in a hurry, well, good luck.
The Chicago Pride Parade will slow traffic and clog streets with a residual effect, meaning even if you're not in the heart of Boystown, you should be prepared to drive at a crawl for the two-and-a-half hour affair.
The parade starts at noon at Montrose and Broadway, and travels south down Broadway to Halsted, moving back to Broadway at Belmont, and turning east on Diversey. Streets along the route will close as the parade moves south. There is no parking along the parade route from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Police will be actively enforcing open container laws, so keep the booze out of the streets.
Towing begins at 5 a.m., and there is no parking allowed on the following blocks:
Montrose Ave. - Clark St. to Hazel St.
Broadway St. - Wilson Ave. to Grace St.
Sheridan Rd. - Sunnyside Ave. to Buena Ave.
Halsted St. - Grace St. to Belmont Ave.
Belmont Ave. - Sheffield Ave. to Broadway St.
Broadway St. - Belmont Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
Diversey Pkwy. - Broadway St. to Lake Shore Drive
Cannon Dr. - Diversey Pkwy. to Fullerton Pkwy.
Addison St. - Halsted St. to Sheffield Ave.
Addison St. - Halsted St. to 736 W. Addison St.
For those taking public transportation, the CTA is adding extra rail service on the Brown, Orange and Red Lines. Bicycles are not allowed on trains Saturday, the CTA said. Track construction in the Loop means Brown, Pink and Orange Line trains will be rerouted.
Some bus lines will be rerouted near the parade, as well: