SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will light up downtown Chicago Saturday night, but will bring a variety of street closures, parking restrictions and CTA bus reroutes with it.
The festival’s Tree-Lighting Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. from Oak Street and North Michigan Avenue and will proceed south on Michigan to Wacker Drive and then east to Columbus Drive, according to a statement from the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
The parade will conclude with a fireworks show over the Chicago River at Michigan, OEMC said. Spectators will not be allowed to watch the fireworks from bridges.
Several street closures will be in place to facilitate the parade, including:
Michigan between Oak and Wacker from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
Oak between State and Michigan from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
Upper Wacker between Michigan and the east turnaround from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
Upper Illinois between Michigan Avenue and the Hotel InterContinental from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Dearborn between Delaware and Maple from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Walton between State and Clark from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Oak between Clark and State from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Southbound Columbus between Wacker and Randolph from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and
Northbound Columbus between Wacker and Randolph from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Parking restrictions and bus reroutes will also be in effect in the areas surrounding the parade route, OEMC said.