Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: info & street closures

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: info & street closures

It looks like after Chicago's summer-like-fall that winter is arriving right along with the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tomorrow Saturday, November 19.

With temperatures expected to plummet more than 40 degrees from Thursday and Friday's 60's and 70's, it will feel more like the holidays we've come to know, love and expect in the Windy City.

Another plus, with many of the city's ice rinks opening today and tomorrow, the cool weather will make for better ice.

winterclothes1-1The thing is, with this rapid change it will be somewhat of a shock to our systems so remember to dress extra warm.

Don't forget the hat, gloves--even better mittens--and layer!

There's a day full of activities starting at 11 am. in Pioneer Court and along Chicago's Riverwalk.

The lighting procession parade lead by America's favorite rodents Minnie and Micky Mouse and featuring floats, marching bands and huge inflatables steps off at 5:30 p.m. from Oak Street and North Michigan Avenue and proceeds south to Wacker Drive and east to Columbus Drive.

The procession concludes with a fireworks show over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue at approximately 6:30 pm. For public safety, spectators are not allowed to view fireworks on any of the Chicago bridges. 

Street Closures, Parking Restrictions and Bus Re-Routes Will be In Effect

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) has announced the street closures, parking restrictions and bus re-routing that will be in effect during the Magnificent Mile Lighting Festival.

Street Closures

  • Main street closures, such as Michigan Avenue from Oak to Wacker; Oak Street from State to Michigan Avenue and Upper Wacker Drive from Michigan to the east turnaround will begin as early as 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and will remain closed until 8:00 p.m.
  • Upper Illinois Street from Michigan Avenue, east to the Hotel Inter Continental side entrance, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Oak Street from Clark to State; Dearborn Street from Delaware Street to Maple; Walton Street from State to Clark; the east curb lane on Clark Street from Oak to Delaware; and Delaware Street from Dearborn to Clark north curb lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Columbus Drive curb lanes from Wacker to Randolph are closed from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., with full southbound lanes street closure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For public transportation reroutes, increased service and other transportation information, visit the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA’s) website at or call 312-836-7000.

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For more information on the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, click here.

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