Venetian Night In Brief:
Venetian Night is the oldest city sponsored event and is very popular -- hundreds of thousands of people attend the lighted boat parade and impressive fireworks display.
Getting to Venetian Night By Public Transportation:
Parking at Venetian Night:
About the 52nd Annual Venetian Night 2009:
Venetian Night, named due to the fact that it is modeled after the boat parades in Venice, Italy, started in 1958 as part of Chicago's Lakefront Festival. While that festival is now defunct, Venetian Night lives on. About 30 boats get decked out with lights and decorations, and form a parade along the shore of Lake Michigan between the Shedd Aquarium (Roosevelt Road) and the Chicago Yacht Club (Monroe Street).
After the parade, the city puts on a great fireworks display at Monroe Harbor accompanied by music provided by local radio station WXRT (93.1).