October 14, 2016

Fans Encouraged To Cheer On The Chicago Cubs Safely And Responsibly In Wrigleyville For The NLCS Series

Enhanced security and parking restrictions in place for games

As the Chicago Cubs advance to the NLCS games, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) continues to stress the importance of enjoying the Cubs quest for the championship in a responsible way and for the safety of all.

Game one of the NLCS begins on Saturday, October 15, at 7:08 p.m. at Wrigley Field and game two will be on Sunday, October 16 at 7:08 p.m. Gates will open two hours prior to start of the games. If necessary, games six and seven will be played at Wrigley Field.


Due to the enhanced security measures for the games, officials advise fans to arrive early to allow enough time to ensure they are there for the first pitch. Fans and residents should also be aware that additional security measures or street closures could be in place as situations warrant.


No parking is allowed on the following streets, beginning Saturday, October 15 at noon until Monday, October 17 at 4 a.m., as well as Tuesday, October 18 at noon through Friday, October 21 at 4 a.m.:
• Clark from Aldine to Irving Park
• Sheffield from Grace to Roscoe
• Addison from Halsted to Southport
• Racine from: Clark to Roscoe
• Irving Park from Clark to Seminary
• Eddy from Clark to west alley of Clark
• Cornelia from Clark to west alley of Clark
• Newport from Clark to west alley of Clark

Residential parking permit program will be enforced for all games. Those parking in the area are urged to read signage before parking to avoid ticketing and towing of their vehicle. If your car is towed, call 3-1-1 for assistance.


The Cubs offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River and accessed from Irving Park Road. The lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field, beginning three and a half hours before the first pitch until one hour after the end of the game.


Public transportation is strongly recommended. For information about CTA's increased service or reroutes for the games, see the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA. For Metra, visit www.metrarail.com or call (any area code in region) 836-7000.


Limousine and car services (Uber, Lyft) must stage along Irving Park Road and all pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (east of Clark). Taxi staging is allowed near Addison and Racine and also near Addison and Halsted.


Fans and residents around the ballpark should be aware that street closures may occur, as needed, for public safety.


Whether attending the game or watching the NLCS series in local businesses in Wrigleyville or other areas of the city, fans should be mindful to respect the surrounding communities and, as always, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you notice suspicious criminal activity or suspicious objects, call 9-1-1 or notify on-site security immediately. Some of these activities could be innocent; however, it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigations so, If You See Something, Say Something.

The Cubs Hotline is open one hour before until two hours after all games. Residents are encouraged to contact the Night Game Hotline at 1-866-427-3869 to report problems or issues in the area. For any urgent emergencies, call 9-1-1.


If You See Something, Say Something (tm) is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. Residents are urged to call 855-RPRT- 2S4 (855-777-8274) - the official toll-free number of the local campaign - to report any non-emergency suspicious activity to local authorities. For all emergencies, call 9-1-1.

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