Tentative schedule coming soon

Previous Chicago Itinerary 2015

Itinerary subject to change*

Day 1 Sunday, November 22nd 

  • 10am - 4:30pm arrive to Chicago and check into hotel
  • 4:00pm Orientation
  • 4:30pm Depart for Dinner
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Welcome dinner at Chicago’s finest deep dish pizzerias
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm Master Class and Rehearsal


Day 2 Monday, November 23rd 

  • 7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast on your own
  • 8:00am Depart for Museum Campus
  • 12:00pm  - 4:00pm Lunch and Enjoy Millennium Park (home of the Giant Bean and ice rink)
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm Freshen up for Dinner
  • 4:45pm Depart for Dinner
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Group Dinner
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm Rehearsal in Ballroom

Day 3 Tuesday, November 24th 

  • 7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast on your own
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Depart for Museums and Willis Tower
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm Lunch and shopping on your own near the Magnificent Mile
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Dinner on your own
  • 6:15pm Depart for Broadway Show
  • 7:00pm Broadway Show

Day 4 Wednesday, November 25th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast on your own
  • 8:15am Depart for Food bank
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Food bank
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch on your own
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Dress Rehearsal in Ballroom
  • 4:00pm - 8:00 Free Time
  • 8:00pm Special Thanksgiving Dinner

Day 5 Thursday, November 26th

  • 5:00am-6:00am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 6:20am Depart hotel for Parade holding area
  • 6:40am Check-in at Parade holding area
  • 7:25am Full run through/rehearsal
  • TBD Staged performance in TV zone (Nationally televised on WGN)
  • TBD return to the hotel and pack
  • 12:30pm-3:00pm Depart for Midway and O’Hare International Airport

Included in package:

  • Meals: 4 dinners (one is a special dinner/banquet the final night, held at our hotel), 3 lunches and 1 breakfast – Parade Morning
  • 4 night stay at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers and/or Chicago Westin River North (city, state and occupancy tax), Parade has the right to determine the hotel six (6) weeks prior to the trip.
  • Costume for parade – participants only
  • Broadway show
  • Commemorative shirt
  • Commemorative bag
  • City Pass that allows you entry into the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium and Museum of Science and Industry)
  • 2-day subway pass
  • Professionally choreographed TV performance for nationally televised WGN McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade – participants only
  • $1,000.000 liability policy
  • VIP seating in TV Grandstands for Parade, includes continental breakfast items – spectators only
  • Expert Tour & Production staff on site 24 hours during your stay
  • Welcome reception for spectators
  • Instructional Digital download on YouTube of performance choreography one per school
  • Transportation to and from Chicago O’Hare and the hotel if you have 25 or more in your travel party.

Not included in package is:

  • Transportation to and from Chicago
  • Cancellation insurance as no payment is refundable but it is transferable to someone new taking their place (not someone already traveling)