Thousands of people packed North
The Tree Lighting Parade featured more than 40 floats, starting at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue at proceeding south on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive.
The festival included entertainment on a stage along the river and finished with a fireworks display that started about 7 p.m. over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue.
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications said North Michigan Avenue was closed starting about 4 p.m., along with other closures and parking restrictions in the immediate area.
All street closures were expected to be reopened by 8 p.m.
Public transportation was strongly recommended, and the