Chicago’s spring running season officially kicks off when the 40th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k returns to Grant Park on Sunday, March 24. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages residents to keep the related traffic impacts and security in mind for the safety of all.
"As with any large-scale event, street closures and parking restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of participants, residents and motorists,” said OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice. “As always, we remind those attending the event as participants or spectators to be aware of their surroundings and to be vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity.”
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K starts in two waves, with the first wave beginning at 8:30 am and the second wave taking off at 9 am. The two-mile walk along the lakefront will follow at 9:30 am In addition to the festivities on Sunday, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle will host an inaugural one-mile event to celebrate Chicago’s diverse running community within Grant Park on Saturday, March 23 at 11 am.
Beginning on Friday, street closures will be implemented 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 Dr. will be closed Friday and additional Grant Park streets from Monroe St. to Roosevelt Rd., between Lake Shore Dr. and Michigan Av., will be closed on Saturday morning. The closure on Columbus Dr. will be extended to Randolph St. on Sunday morning. Lake Shore Dr. will remain open.
In addition, the following streets will be closed to traffic on Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. as runners pass through the area:
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 by public safety officials and be cognizant of their 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. Follow OEMC on Twitter at @ChicagoOEMC to get emergency alerts and traffic disruption messages.