June 14, 2019

**** Traffic and Public Safety Advisory ****

Dead & Company, Pokémon Go Fest, Puerto Rican Festival, Taste of Randolph among events in the city

OEMC Reminds Public to Enjoy Weekend Events Safely

Summer concerts and festivals continue this weekend throughout the city. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding pedestrians, motorists, residents and fans to be prepared for the weather conditions as well as traffic impacts due to street closures and increased crowds. Also, especially in large gatherings, be cognizant of surroundings when attending various venues.

OEMC, along with festival organizers and city agencies, plan in advance to ensure fan safety. Everyone is reminded that we all play a role in this effort and it is everyone’s responsibility to report any suspicious criminal behavior to 9-1-1 or on-site security immediately. Additionally, the public is urged to respect surrounding communities when attending events.

Weather predictions include possible rain and thunderstorms throughout the weekend. Those attending outdoor venues or activities are urged to heed any directions given in emergency announcements and seek shelter immediately during lighting and other threatening conditions.

As always, OEMC will monitor weather conditions and events throughout the weekend and deploy resources and/or messaging accordingly. Traffic Control Aides are assigned to facilitate traffic.

Parking may be limited at most events, so public transportation is a good option for getting around. Check out www.transitchicago.com
for more details.

Those using rideshare options should be alert to passenger safety and ride smart:

  • Make sure taxis and liveries are City-licensed.
  • Be sure you are entering the correct rideshare vehicle and driver.
  • Only enter vehicles curbside.
  • For major events and venues, City-designated drop-offs and pick-ups may be designated at assigned locations. Follow posted instructions, as well as the direction from police and City personnel.
  • For more RIDE SMART CHICAGO tips, visit the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/supp_info/ridesmartchicago.html

Dead & Company, Wrigley Field, Friday and Saturday, 6:30 pm.
The Dead & Company return to Chicago once again this summer, playing at Wrigley Field, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Fans should be prepared for screening prior to entry. Shakedown Alley, merchandise market, will be held in the Wrigley Field Blue parking lot. Waveland and Sheffield around the ballpark are closed to traffic through Sunday, with parking restrictions, including Night Baseball Residential parking restrictions, in effect in the area.

Pokémon Go Fest 2019, Grant Park, Thursday - Sunday, 9 am - 7 pm.
This unique virtual and physical pathway ticketed event in Butler Field, Buckingham Fountain and Hutchinson Field draws players experiencing virtual activities with Pokémon characters. Participants should remain alert to any weather or emergency announcements, should it become necessary, and follow safety personnel directions.

Puerto Rican Festival, Humboldt Park, Through Sunday, 11 am.
The Puerto Rican Festival runs throughout the weekend in Humboldt Park. The 41st annual Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Paseo Boricua steps off at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Division and Western. This parade has grown to be one of the largest cultural celebrations in this community, showcasing rich cultural heritage. The parade proceeds westbound on Division to Sacramento, with assembly beginning at 11 a.m.

Taste of Randolph, West Loop, Friday, 5 p.m., Saturday - Sunday, noon - 10 pm.
In its 23rd year, this popular festival features over 16 restaurants, along with the nation’s hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians on Randolph between Racine Avenue and Peoria Street.

Other events this weekend include Coheed and Cambria & Mastodon concert, 6:30 p.m. at Northerly Island on Friday, White Sox vs. New York Yankees series at Guaranteed Rate Field, Ribfest at Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park and Oakley Festa Pasta Vino street festival at 24th and Oakley.

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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. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.

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