Happy Columbus Day, Chicago!

October 09, 2011

Monday, October 10 is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

All Chicago Public Schools will be closed, as will most suburban schools. Federal, county and city offices will be shuttered. There will be no mail and most banks will be closed.

What there will be is a Columbus Day Parade, which honors Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage to America, as well as the Italian-American culture.

The theme of the 2011 Columbus Day parade is the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.

Chicago’s 59th annual Columbus Day Parade will step off at 12:30 p.m. on the road named for the explorer, Columbus Drive.

The starting line will be at Columbus and Balbo and will head north to Monroe.

Leading the parade will be Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and members of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, the parade sponsor, to be followed by more than 160 contingents of marchers, bands and floats for this two-hour celebration.

Despite the holiday, the CTA, Pace and Metra will all run on normal weekday schedules. If you can take public transportation to the parade, you should. The #3 Michigan Avenue bus will get you closest.

For more information, visit explorechicago.org.

Can’t get there but want to see it? Tune in to ABC-7, which will be broadcasting the parade live and commercial free.

Happy Columbus Day, Chicago!

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