September 12, 2019

OEMC issues public safety and traffic advisory for 15th annual riot fest music festival in Douglas Park

 The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds Chicagoans to expect increased crowds and possible traffic delays due to the annual Riot Fest Music Festival that will take place this weekend in Douglas Park, located at Ogden Dr. and Sacramento Dr (main entrance). The annual three-day music festival will feature performances on five stages throughout the grounds. This year’s headline acts include: Blink-182, The Flaming Lips & Jawbreaker (Friday), Slayer, Rise Against, Bloc Party & Wu-Tang Clan (Saturday), Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs & Ween (Sunday).

“Chicago proudly welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy the 15th Annual Riot Fest and Carnival,” said OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice. “Ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone is our top priority, and we encourage those in the area to be aware of the crowds, be mindful of their surroundings, and pay attention to weather conditions.”

Public Safety and Security: Several City agencies, including OEMC, work with organizers in advance to coordinate the event to make it as safe as possible for everyone. Security measures, including a forward command, are in place for the safety of all and it is advised for those attending to be prepared for conditions to avoid emergencies. Security will be equipped with wanding devices and all bags will be searched. OEMC’s Operations Center will monitor the event and conditions citywide. As always, OEMC asks those attending to be vigilant and cognizant of surroundings. If residents or spectators see something, they should say something by reporting it to on-site public safety personnel or by calling 9-1-1.

Drones: The operation of drones in public spaces is illegal in Chicago and anyone found to be in violation of state and federal law and will be subject to enforcement.

Weather Conditions: At this point, weather conditions are predicted to be mild, with temperatures in the upper 70s and the low 80s, with potential rainfall. It is recommended that those attending check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. In the event of extreme weather, OEMC reminds the public to adhere to announcements and seek shelter, if needed. Get free real-time traffic and weather alerts by following OEMC on Twitter via the handle @ChicagoOEMC or at

Public Transportation: As always, public transportation is encouraged. CTA will provide additional service for the event. For more details, visit the CTA website at or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA. For Metra, visit or call (any area code in region) 836-7000.

Taxi Cabs and Car Service: For those traveling to and from the event by taxi or rideshare service, pick-up and drop-off locations have been geographically designated along the event perimeter on the north side of the Ogden Dr. inner drive, facing westbound between California Ave. and Sacramento Dr.

Parking: Parking restrictions are in place in the area due to the event; please be mindful of the where you are parking and read signage before parking. Limited paid parking will be available from Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 11 pm at the following locations:

  • Parking lot located at the intersection of 12th St. and California Ave.
  • Maria Saucedo Elementary School, 2850 W. 24th Blvd. – entrance located at W. 23rd Pl. and S. California Ave.
  • ADA accessible parking will be located on Ogden (inner drive) between Albany St. and Sacramento Dr. in the local lanes
  • NOTE: Overnight parking in the lots is prohibited.

Other notable events planned for this weekend include a Cubs homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday through Sunday; the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday; Printer Row’s Art Fest on Saturday and Sunday; the 22nd Annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field on Saturday; the Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade on Saturday; the South Chicago Mexican Independence Day Parade; the Chinese-American Friendship Parade on Sunday; and the Guatemalan Independence Parade on Sunday.
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