September 27, 2019

OEMC encourages Chicagoans to enjoy the busy fall weekend safely

Bears Game, Chicago Half Marathon & 5K, Chicago Gourmet, Oktoberfest Celebrations and Other Events Expected to Impact Traffic

 The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages residents, participants, spectators, motorists and pedestrians to be cognizant of their surroundings for the safety of everyone while enjoying the many events throughout the city this weekend. OEMC is reminding residents to also be aware of the street closures and traffic impacts associated with the events, especially for the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday morning, and the Bears Game on Sunday afternoon.

Weather over the weekend is expected to range from the mid-60s to low 80s, with rainfall on Friday, and more rain possible on Saturday and Sunday. Those attending events are encouraged to be cognizant of weather conditions and heed messages from officials if needed. Additionally, if an emergency arises, attendees are reminded to follow the direction of public safety personnel at the respective events.

OEMC will monitor weekend events and conditions citywide in its Operations Center, and will have personnel on-site in joint public safety commands for large-scale events, including:

Chicago Bears Game | Sunday, September 29 at 3:25 pm.

The Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Parking lots will open at 11:25 am and gates open at 1:25 pm.

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 or
  • 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 11:25 am.
  • Rideshare Uber/Lyft drop-off/pick-up is located at Balbo and Columbus. The 18th St. turnaround will be designated for drop-offs. Ride share users are urged to be alert and take the necessary precautions before entering a ride-share vehicle.
  • Residential parking restrictions are in effect around Soldier Field. Call 3-1-1 to locate towed vehicles.

    Chicago Half Marathon & 5K: September 29

The Chicago Half Marathon & 5K course highlights Chicago’s historic south shore and features a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive – the only Chicago race to completely shut down this main transportation artery.

Event Details:
Location: Jackson Park (start and finish)
Street Closures: Lake Shore Drive, between 31st and 67th Streets, beginning at 6 am.
Gear Check/Will Call Open: 5 am.
Course/Finish Line Close: 11: 30 am. | Gear Check Closes: 12 noon
Estimated Attendance: 12,000

Residents and motorists should also be aware of the many other events in the city this weekend, including:

Chicago Gourmet: September 27 - 29
Location: Millennium Park
Street Closures: None
Estimated Attendance: 12,700

Oktoberfest Chicago: September 27 – 29
Location: 1400 W. Southport
Estimated Attendance: 25,000

Revolution Brewing’s Oktoberfest: Sept.27 – 29
Location: 2300 N. Milwaukee
Estimated Attendance: 25,000

Wonderful Weekends: September 27 – 29
Location: Maggie Daley Park
Estimated Attendance: 12,000

Edgewater Art Festival: September 27 – 29
Location: 1100 W. Granville
Estimated Attendance: 15,000

Hyde Park Jazz Fest: September 28 – 29
Location: 1130 Midway Plaisance
Estimated Attendance: 6,000

World Dumpling Fest: September 29
Location: Navy Pier
Estimated Attendance: 10,000

If You See Something Say Something
The public is encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity posing an immediate threat to 9-1-1 or notify on-site security. Some of these activities could be innocent but it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. Remember, everyone plays a role in keeping Chicago safe.

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