OEMC Encourages Residents to Plan for Busy Weekend in Chicago: Rolling Stones, Country LakeShake Festival and Other Events Impact Traffic

June 21, 2019

The public is urged to report suspicious activity and be aware of surroundings


The upcoming weekend in Chicago will feature many music events including the Rolling Stones, Country LakeShake Festival, Hugh Jackman and several other street festivals throughout the city. As always, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds residents and those attending activities to be mindful of surroundings and be aware of traffic impacts and weather conditions.

“The City plans well in advance with event organizers and will monitor events and weather conditions over the weekend to ensure the public safety,” said OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice. “We also ask residents, visitors and event attendees at the various festivities to respect the surrounding communities, have meeting plans in place in case of an emergency and report any situations that appear to pose a possible threat by calling 9-1-1 or by notifying on-site security,” said OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice.

Weather over the weekend is expected to be in the upper-70s and mid-80s, with a chance of showers on Friday, and rain anticipated on Saturday and Sunday. OEMC encourages those attending events to be cognizant of weather conditions, and heed messages from officials if needed. Additionally, if an emergency arises, instructions will be given over the public address system and attendees are reminded to follow the direction of public safety personnel.

Marquee events are anticipated to draw large crowds and impact traffic in the nearby area include:

Rolling Stones Concerts: Friday, June 21 (and Tuesday, June 25) at Soldier Field ● 7:30 p.m.

With Mick Jagger on the mend, the Rolling Stones are taking to the road for their postponed North American “No Filter” tour. The tour now kicks off in Chicago with their originally scheduled sold-out shows June 21 and 25 at Soldier Field. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Opening acts include St. Paul & the Broken Bones on Friday, and Whiskey Myers for the Tuesday, June 25th show. Several outside activities will take place outside the South gates prior to the show including live radio broadcasts, fan festival in the Stadium Green.

Fan Safety
• Soldier Field’s NFL clear bag policy will be in effect for this event. Clear plastic bags/backpacks that do not exceed 12"x6"x12" or one-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic freezer bags are allowed. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
• Only those with event tickets will be allowed on the stadium grounds immediately outside the stadium.
• Coolers, selfie-sticks and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. For more prohibited items, see https://soldierfield.net/node/546 or https://soldierfield.net/prohibited-items
• There is no camping permitted on the Soldier Field or Chicago Park District property and guests may not access the site until 9:30 a.m.
• Everyone is reminded to be alert and report suspicious activity to 9-1-1 or on-site security.

Parking, Ride-Share and Transportation
• Event Parking lots open at 3:30 p.m.
• Rideshare Uber/Lyft drop-off/pick-up is located at Balbo and Columbus. The 18th St. turnaround will also be designated for drop-offs and the 18th St. McCormick lot will be utilized for pick-ups. Ride share users are urged to be alert and take the necessary precautions before entering a ride-share vehicle.
• Limos leaving the campus must return by 9:30 p.m. to stage for any pick-up arrangements.
• Residential parking restrictions are in effect around Soldier Field. Call 3-1-1 to locate towed vehicles.

Country LakeShake Festival: Friday, 6/21 – Sunday, 6/23 ● 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. daily ● Northerly Island
The annual event is Chicago’s biggest country music festival on the lakefront at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Numerous country acts will take place each day, including performances by Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Clint Black throughout the three-day festival. Patrons can enter and exit the festival up to two times a day. All patrons will pass through magnetometers and all bags will be searched (no larger than 16x16x8). For more information, visit www.lakeshakefestival.com.

Hugh Jackman Concert, Friday, 6/21 at United Center ● 7 p.m.
Actor and musical performer Hugh Jackman visits Chicago on Friday for his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” world tour. Jackman will perform hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserable and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra. Event information: https://www.unitedcenter.com/events/2019/06/21/hugh-jackman-world-tour/

5th Annual Ruido Fest, Friday, 6/21 – Sunday, 6/23 ● 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily ● Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph
The three-day multi-stage outdoor music festival moves to Union Park this year and showcases Latin Post-Punk, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Rock, Psychedelia, Tropicalia, EDM, Reggae and Pop acts from all over the American continent and the world. The fest will feature both established and up and coming bands from all genres of Latin Alternative Music. For more information, visit http://ruidofest.com/

19th Annual Chicago Pride Fest, Saturday June 22 – Sunday, 23 ● 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ● Boystown
Chicago Pride Fest is a two-day street festival held the weekend leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Streets. The festival features live music by popular artists, four stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/craft and merchant vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade and sponsor booths. The public is reminded that pole markers/location identifiers are attached to the light poles on Halsted, from Addison to Grace. If attendees are lost, injured or witness criminal/suspicious activity while at the event, they can look up and call 9-1-1 and give the letter-number combinations on the pole nearest to their location to help first responders locate them as quickly as possible. Festival goers can also use the identifiers to let friends and family know where they are if they become separated while enjoying one of Chicago’s favorite summer events. For more information, visit https://northalsted.com/pridefest/#schedule

Additional events taking place throughout the weekend that may require street closures and impact traffic include:
• World’s Largest Block Party: 6/21 & 6/22 at Old St. Pat’s Church ● 2 p.m.
• Gran Festival Centroamericano: 6/21 – 6/23 at Mozart Park ● 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily
• Motoblot: 6/2o- 6/23 at the corner of Ashland Ave. and Fulton St. ● Times vary by day
• Food Truck Festival: 6/22 & 6/23 at 2400 S. State Street ● 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Ravenswood On Tap: 6/21 & 6/22 at Ravenswood St. and Berteau Ave. ● 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
• Dragon Boat Race for Literacy: 6/21 at Ping Tom Memorial Park ● 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Hockey Fest – Game On! Street Hockey Tournament: 6/22 & 6/23 at United Center ● Times vary
• Afrobeat Street Festival: 6/22 at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. ● Doors open at 12 p.m.
• Quetzal Art Fest: 6/22 at 63rd Street and S. Karlov Ave. ● 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
• I Love the 90s 5K: 6/22 at Montrose Harbor ● Race starts at 8 a.m.
• 606 Sounds of Solstice: 6/22 at the Bloomingdale Trail - Spaulding Ave. to Ridgeway St. ● 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Transportation Options:
As always, public transportation is recommended for traveling to and from venues. For CTA service and re-routes, visit www.transitchicago.com.

Those using ride share 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 RIDESMART 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
OEMC will deploy traffic control aides to facilitate traffic for various events throughout the weekend.

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