March for Our Lives on Saturday and Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday
Residents and fans are reminded of street closures, parking restrictions and security measures
Busy Weekend Ahead in the City:
This weekend, Chicago will feature two large-scale events expected to draw thousands – the March for Our Lives student protest against gun violence on Saturday, and the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on Sunday. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages residents to keep the related traffic impacts and security measures in mind for the safety of all.
"As always we remind participants and residents to be aware of the street closures and parking restrictions at events as well as remaining vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity in crowds,” said OEMC Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “We all play a role keeping Chicago safe and responding to emergencies.”
March for Our Lives – Saturday, March 24
According to event organizers, young people nationwide organized multiple March for Our Lives’ protests to ensure their voices are heard following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and subsequent student walkouts across the country. The event in Chicago is expected to draw several thousand participants who are coming together in a non-violent way to march against gun violence and demand that lawmakers enact legislation that will curb mass shootings.
The March steps off at noon from Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., and participants can begin to assemble at 10:30 am. The March route will proceed from Union Park and proceed east on Washington Blvd. to Racine Ave., north on Racine Ave. to Randolph St., and west on Randolph St. back to Union Park where it will disband.
Street closures for the March will be along the route. Additional street closures may be implemented to ensure public safety.
The ADA accessible drop off location will be on Randolph St. between Lake St. and Ogden Ave.
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K – Sunday, March 25
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on Sunday starts in two waves, with the first wave beginning at 8:30 am and the second wave taking off at 9:00 a.m. The 2-mile walk with an estimated 1,000 participants, begins at 9:30 am.
Street closures will be in effect in the Grant Park area for preparations and set up of the event, which includes over 25,000 registered runners. Balbo Dr. from Columbus Dr. to Lake Shore Drive will be closed Friday and additional Grant Park streets from Monroe St. to Roosevelt Road between Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue will be closed on Saturday morning. The closure on Columbus Dr. will be extended to Randolph St. on Sunday morning. Lake Shore Drive will remain open.
In addition the following streets will be closed to traffic on Sunday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 am as runners pass through the area:
- Columbus Dr. from Roosevelt Rd. to Grand Ave.
- Grand Ave. from Columbus Dr. to State St.
- State St. from Grand Ave. to Jackson Blvd.
- Jackson Blvd. from State St. to La Salle St.
- La Salle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Randolph St.
- Randolph St. from La Salle St. to Franklin St.
- Franklin St. from Randolph St. to Harrison St.
- Harrison St. from Franklin St. to Michigan Ave.
- S. Michigan Ave. (northbound lanes) from Harrison St. to Roosevelt Rd.
- Roosevelt Rd. (westbound lanes) from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr.
There will be limited vehicle access through Grant Park for the duration of the event. As in years past, organizers are working with the Chicago Police Department and OEMC to ensure that street closures follow a “rolling pattern” so that as the last participant passes, the street will reopen and traffic will return to normal as quickly as possible.
In addition to race day route closures, residents and businesses should also be aware of the parking restrictions along the race course on Sunday. Vehicles not removed by that time will be ticketed and towed. To locate a towed vehicle, motorists can call 3.1.1 or 312.744.4444 (automated system).
Those attending the race events should always heed any warnings given and be cognizant of surroundings, reporting any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 or on-site security.
For more information on the race and course, see the website at www.shamrockshuffle.com.
Public transportation is recommended. For Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Train and Bus information, visit www.transitchicago.com.
As with all major events in Chicago, OEMC will be monitoring activities and weather conditions, as well as deploying Traffic Control Aides to facilitate traffic. Sign-up for OEMC’s NotifyChicago alert system at www.notifychicago.org to get emergency alerts and traffic disruption messages. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.