Many summer festivals, runs and fairs begin this weekend across the city - in downtown and in the neighborhoods - and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding the public to be aware of street closures, parking restrictions, crowds and public safety throughout the summer. OEMC stresses the importance of being aware of surroundings at all times – especially in crowds - and to report suspicious activity to 9-1-1 to help keep everyone safe.
Chicago Blues Fest – Friday through Sunday, 11 am - 9 pm
The annual Blues Fest in Millennium Park attracts thousands to this popular event, the largest of Chicago’s music festivals. While there are no planned street closures, expect additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area. CTA will have extra buses and longer trains for the event. Metra will curtail alcohol sales on Friday after 7 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Traffic Control Aides are deployed to facilitate traffic.
On the north side of Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Fair will require street closures in the area, as well as the Andersonville Midsommarfest at 5200-5500 N. Clark. Also, the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Wrigley Field.
Downtown, the Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday and Sunday is at 500 – 750 S. Dearborn Street. On the south, Fiesta Back of the Yards at 1600 West 47th Street and the Pilsen Food Truck Social on Saturday and Sunday is on West 18th Street from Allport to Throop Street.
The Operations Center will monitor events and weather conditions accordingly.
If You See Something, Say Something
OEMC encourages attendees, venue employees and residents to always be aware of surroundings and if suspicious activity or objects are noticed, call 9-1-1 or notify on-site security immediately.
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