"There is just something amazing about the giant balloons. Volunteering on the balloon crew puts a permanent smile on your face, as well as the faces of the children and adults having a great time at the parade." — John Hipolito, Volunteer Balloon Committee Vice-Chairperson
(Yo: volunteer sign-up for the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November 27 is open now. Also - speaking from personal experience, balloon crew is actually awesome.)
Members of the religious group seek to maintain a close-knit rural lifestyle and, though there are Amish settlements sprinkled throughout the Midwest, the nearest one lies 90 miles from downtown Chicago. As we approached an answer — by checking in with experts and Amish travelers themselves — we couldn’t help but feel we were meeting our regional neighbors for the first time.
During the week is still better than Friday or Saturday. Other than that, just know there is a possibility for a really long wait. Don’t complain to me; I’ve been standing there for 14 years waiting for you. Just know that it’s going to be crowded. Physically, this is how many people we can do in an hour. That can’t change. Or (come in) a little while before we open, if you don’t mind having hot dogs at 10:30 a.m. Any time is sausage time if you ask me. I did have one customer who said, “I’ve never had dinner at Hot Doug’s” because I was taking his order at 6:15. And I was like, “there you go, something new.”