Chicago Honors Soldiers in Memorial Day Parade, Wreath Laying Ceremony

The parade is preceded by the Wreath Laying Ceremony in Daley Plaza, which begins at 11 a.m.

The 145th annual Memorial Day parade in Chicago steps off at noon Saturday to honor the nation's servicemen and women.

The parade, which begins at State and Lake streets and continues to State and Van Buren streets, is one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country.

The parade's grand marshal is Brigadier General Alicia A. Tate-Nadeau of the Illinois National Guard. Members of the military and elected officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will also participate in the event.

Before the parade, Chicago's fallen heroes and their survivors will be honored at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame in Daley Plaza. The event begins at 11 a.m.

Some streets will be closed ahead of the parade and during the event: 

  • Upper Wacker Drive, from Wabash to Randolph, beginning at 8 a.m.
  • State Street, from Hubbard to Congress, beginning at 11 a.m.
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