Columbus Day Offers Chicago Parade and Closings

October 11, 2010

Italian and America FlagsIt’s Columbus Day!

This is the day we celebrate the historic landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.

He arrived in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, and while people have celebrated Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period, it became an official federal holiday in 1937. In 1971, the day was fixed to be celebrated on the second Monday in October. That’s today.

Because it’s a federal holiday, there are many closures. If you have kids, you know what I mean.

On Columbus Day:

*Schools: Chicago’s public schools are closed, as are most suburban and parochial schools.

*Mail: All post offices are closed, and there is no regular mail delivery except express.

*Banks: Most banks are closed.

*Government: All federal, county and city offices are closed.

*Courts: All federal, state and county courts are closed, for the exception of Cook County Central Bond Court.

*Transportation: The city doesn’t close, so CTA, Pace and Metra are running on regular schedules.

Columbus, who was born on October 31, 1451, was from Italy, and the Italian-American heritage is celebrated in the city on this day.

The Columbus Day Parade, organized by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, marches north along Columbus Drive, which is appropriately decorated in the Italian colors of red, green and white.

Have a great Columbus Day!

What: Columbus Day Parade

When: Monday, October 11; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Columbus Drive between Balbo Avenue and Randolph Street

Cost: Free

More: Visit www.explorechicago.org or www.jccia.com

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