City of Chicago to conduct a public safety drill in the central business district on Thursday, August 27, 6-9 p.m.

August 26, 2020


NOTE: The drill is not open to the media.

The City of Chicago will conduct a public safety drill on Thursday, August 27 in the downtown area causing traffic disruptions. The drill is part of the City’s ongoing effort to engineer security measures in order to mitigate risk to the Central Business District.

Critical infrastructure assets will be staged at various access points and the drill will be implemented by city personnel to ensure the safety of large public gatherings and heavily trafficked pedestrian areas. The focus of this exercise is to ensure the safety and well-being of residents, workers, businesses and peaceful gatherings. The drill is not in response to any event but has been planned for weeks as part of our ongoing safety efforts.

Perimeters for the Public Safety Drill
Access will not be restricted and residents in the area will experience some traffic disruptions from 6-9 p.m.

• Division Street on the North
• 18th Street on the South
• Clark Street on the West
• Lake Shore Drive on the East

Participating City of Chicago Departments include: Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Department of Transportation, Streets and Sanitation, Department of Water Management, among others.

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