OEMC Encourages Safe Baseball Season; Home Openers Begin This Week
White Sox play Mariners Friday, Cubs open Monday at Wrigley Field
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), along with 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs, remind fans and residents around the ballparks to be aware of the game day parking restrictions, increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic and security measures throughout the baseball season.
"Chicago is ready for baseball. As we go from winter to baseball, OEMC, our public safety partners and team organizations are working together to ensure the safety of our residents and fans, so we can all enjoy our teams throughout the season,” said OEMC Director Rich Guidice. “In support of our efforts, we ask fans to be vigilant in crowds, abide by regulations, adhere to traffic restrictions and respect the surrounding communities while supporting the home teams.”
Chicago White Sox
Our Chicago White Sox take on the Seattle Mariners at 1:10 pm at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, April 5. Gates open at 11 am. Fans are urged to arrive early at the ballpark for screening as well as to enjoy pre-game festivities. Parking lots open at 10 a.m. For more ballpark information at Guaranteed Rate Field, visit the Sox website at www.whitesox.com.
“Opening day and baseball season is an exciting and busy time in the ward. We encourage fans to come out and support our team as well as come and enjoy the great local businesses in the area,” said 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson. “We also want to remind residents and fans of the residential parking restrictions that are in effect on all game days around the ballpark and ask all to respect the community and adhere to the regulations put in place for everyone’s safety. Let’s cheer on our White Sox and keep our ward safe.”
Residents around the ballpark are reminded to display their residential parking permits on game days. For a detailed map of the restricted area, see the 11th Ward website at http://www.ward11.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/w11_WhiteSoxResidentialParking.pdf.
For those using rideshare services, Parking Lot A is the designated pickup and drop off zone. Accessible parking for cars displaying state-issued disability placards is available on the north side of the ballpark in parking lot B, immediately adjacent to Gate 5.
Fans can follow the White Sox on Facebook and Twitter (@whitesox) for the latest information and updates.
The Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 8, at 1:20 pm at Wrigley Field for their home opener. The gates open two hours prior to start time. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow enough time for security screenings. Fans should also be mindful to keep sidewalks passable and yield to emergency vehicles. Find more information about the screening process at www.cubs.com/security.
“We want everyone to enjoy Cubs opening day and the summertime events at Wrigley Field, as well as support local businesses. Preparing for this busy season in the neighborhood involves lots of planning and coordination to ensure that the increased traffic and crowds are the least impactful to residents’ daily life, while making a visit to Wrigleyville a fun experience. Our area is a vibrant, dynamic neighborhood and we ask our residents and community to be understanding of the impacts and fans and visitors to respect the area,” said 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney.
Fans traveling to Wrigley Field using rideshare services from the north can be picked up/dropped off on Irving Park between Clark and Seminary; those traveling from the south can be picked up/dropped off on the 3300 block of N. Clark, on the west side of the street.
Paratransit pick up and drop off is located at the northeast corner of Addison and Sheffield (in front of Draft Kings).
During stadium events, access to the Park at Wrigley is limited to stadium event ticket holders. The plaza will open two hours before the Wrigley Field gates open for ticket holders and remain open to one hour after the game.
Motorists in the area should be prepared for traffic slowdowns adjacent to the ballpark, which will be implemented by public safety officials, should conditions warrant. Truck access will be restricted two hours before the game and one hour after the game, or until pedestrian flow is reduced to normal operations. Street closures in the area may be implemented to ensure the public safety.
During Cubs home night games this season, those around Wrigley Field should be cognizant of the night game LV2 permit parking. To ease traffic congestion near Wrigley Field, there is a free remote lot at Basic Wire & Cable located at 3900 N. Rockwell, with shuttle service.
Take advantage of the bicycle valet service, located on Waveland Avenue, for Chicago Cubs games and concerts at Wrigley Field. The bike check begins two hours before and one hour after games/events. In addition, there are bike racks located around the park as well.
The home game-day hotline number, 866-4-CPD-TOW, is operational before, during and after games. The hotline is operated by the Chicago Police Department to assist neighborhood residents with non-emergency issues relating to Wrigley Field during Cubs home games.
Fans can follow the Cubs on Facebook and Twitter (@Cubs) for the latest information and updates.
Alcohol, Peddling and Parking Enforcement
Throughout the season, the Chicago Police Department stresses the strict enforcement of public intoxication ordinances and DUI laws, as well as City and State liquor laws that prohibit over-serving and serving alcohol to minors. Additionally, the peddling of goods without a license and the selling or soliciting the sale of residential parking passes is illegal. The Chicago Police will have an increased presence around both Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields to ensure public safety on game days.
To assist with increased traffic and activity at the ballparks, the Traffic Management Authority will deploy traffic control aides on game days. Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced. If your vehicle is towed, call 3-1-1 City Services to obtain assistance in locating your vehicle.
Public transportation is recommended. Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers lots of options for getting to the game and extra service on opening game days. For CTA Train and Bus information, visit www.transitchicago.com.
If You See Something, Say Something
As always, OEMC encourages attendees, ballpark employees, fans as well as residents to always be aware of surroundings and report any suspicious activity to onsite security or by calling 9-1-1.
Those interested in receiving up-to-date information on traffic disruptions, severe weather, game day traffic notices, Chicago emergency alerts and other messages, can sign-up for OEMC’s NotifyChicago alert system at www.notifychicago.org. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.