Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade Will Roar Through Chicago on Sunday

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One of Chicago’s quirkier holiday traditions returns for its 46th year on Sunday with the annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade.

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Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to take part in the 20-mile ride along Western Avenue, which is billed as the “largest motorcycle parade in the world.” The cost of entry: at least one new unwrapped toy to donate.

The first wave of riders will set out at 9:30 a.m. from Dan Ryan Woods at 83rd Street and Western Avenue. Roughly 90 minutes later, the vanguard should reach the endpoint at the parking lot of the DePaul College Prep/Lane Tech campus on Western Avenue, just south of Addison Street.

Successive groups of riders will follow at 15- to 20-minute intervals in order to allow gaps for motorists and pedestrians to cross, but avoiding Western is advised.

The entire event should wrap up by 4 p.m.

Interested in donating a toy but don’t want to take part in the parade? Donation boxes are set up throughout the greater Chicago area. Click here for a list of locations.

The collected toys will be given to children throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Contact Patty Wetli: @pattywetli | (773) 509-5623 |  [email protected]


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