The Wintrust

Lights Festival Countdown:

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Tips to Experience the Best

Wear Your Sweater and Collect Your Wristband

Let's together attempt to set a record for the most holiday sweaters at a parade! Collect a wristband from a world record steward along Michigan Avenue so that you and your sweater are counted. Wristbands will be handed out from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. along the parade route.

Best Views

Remember that Michigan Avenue is less crowded on the east side of the street, especially on the north end of the parade route.

The Wintrust Fireworks Spectacular happens over the DuSable Bridge (formerly Michigan Avenue Bridge) at approximately 7:00 p.m., so standing along Wacker Drive is a prime place to view the show!

If you want to get your favorite spot for the tree lighting parade, be sure to make your way across the bridge before 3:00 p.m.

For best indoor viewing experience check out:

Public Restrooms

First Aid

If you require emergency medical attention, please call 911.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is located at 251 E. Huron Street

Street Closures

During The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, street closures are anticipated around the district. Please plan your day!

The Magnificent Mile Visitor Center

The Magnificent Mile Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stop by with any questions or needs. The Magnificent Mile Ambassadors will also be walking along Michigan Avenue, ready to help you with directions, recommendations, helpful tips, and more, throughout the day.

Wheelchair Accessible viewing is available for the Parade and Fireworks:

  • Arriving by Car:  Wheelchair automobile drop-off will be available in the northbound curb lane of Wabash Avenue just North of Trump International Hotel. Look for our volunteer team to assist.
  • Area entrance: You may access this plaza from Wabash Avenue (above Hubbard Street) along the walkway or by Michigan Avenue from the North. Look for our volunteer team to assist. 

Please note: DuSable Bridge (formerly Michigan Avenue Bridge) closes as early as 3:00pm to pedestrian traffic, so be sure to cross over before that time, or consider an alternate route such as N. Columbus Drive Bridge. Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive will close as early as 3:00pm to vehicular traffic. 

*Due to limited available space, only one guest will be permitted with each individual in a wheelchair to ensure that we can accommodate as many people as possible.  Thank you for your understanding. 

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