The Wintrust

Lights Festival Countdown:

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Getting Here

If You Live in the City

Use public transportation. Exit the Red Line Train via Chicago Avenue or Grand Avenue and walk east. For more information, visit www.transitchicago.com.

Taxi cabs are plentiful and easy to catch around the city. Keep in mind that after the procession, you may not be the only one attempting to catch a cab!

Water Taxis: From most downtown METRA stations, Chicago Water Taxi has rides available to The Magnificent Mile.

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If You Are Coming From the Suburbs

Consider taking the Metra. Trains drop visitors at various locations around the city. Walking, taking a taxi, riding the CTA or taking a water taxi are all options to explore once you arrive at the main station. Visit www.metrarail.com for more information.

Metra operates additional trains to take you and your family to The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Additional seating capacity will be added to scheduled service in anticipation of the large crowds for the festival.

If You Are Coming From the Airport

For daily bus service between Chicago hotels, Midway and O’Hare airports, call Continental Airport Express at 773-247-1200 or visit www.airportexpress.com.

If You Are Driving from the:

North: Go south on Lake Shore Drive, exit at Michigan Avenue.
Northwest: Take I-90/94 to Ohio Street then east on Ohio Street to Michigan Avenue.
South: Go north on Lake Shore Drive, exit Illinois Street/Grand Avenue, follow signs to Michigan Avenue.
Southwest: Take I-55 to Lake Shore Drive north then exit on Illinois Street/Grand Avenue, follow signs to Michigan Avenue.
Parking Garages: There are many parking garages downtown. For a listing of those in the area, click HERE. Make sure you account for street closures. 

If You Are Parking:

Millennium Park Garage & Grant Park North Garage are closest to the south end of the Lights Festival parade route on Michigan Avenue. Use promo code LIGHTS at check-out for 10% off Extended Stay Parking. Reserve here>>.

If you are looking for downtown parking near Pioneer Court for the Lights Festival parade, InterPark is a great option. Easy out after the end of night fireworks show. Reserve here>>.

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app. To reserve your parking spot, visit the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Reserve here>>

Street Closures Around the District:

During The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, street closures are anticipated around the district.

Main Street Closures

Closed 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19

  • Oak Street (State Street to Michigan Avenue) 
  • North Michigan Avenue (Oak Street to Wacker Drive) 
  • Upper Wacker Drive (Michigan Avenue to east turnaround) 

Closed 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19

  • Upper Columbus (Wacker Drive to Randolph) 

Closed 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19

  • Upper Columbus, Northbound Lanes (Wacker Drive to Randolph) 

Additional Street Closures

Closed 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 19

  • Clark Street (East curb lane only Oak Street to Delaware Street) 
  • Delaware Street (Dearborn Street to Clark Street north curb lane only) 
  • Oak Street (Clark Street to State Street) 
  • Dearborn Street (Delaware Street to Maple Street) 
  • Walton Street (State Street to Clark Street) 

Closed 3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 19

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