August 26, 2022

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications Encourages Residents to Stay Vigilant and Report Suspicious Activity by Calling 9-1-1

Another busy weekend in Chicago with the Chicago Triathlon as well as multiple festivals and events happening throughout the city. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is advising residents and visitors to be aware of street closures, additional crowds, increased traffic and to plan accordingly. OEMC is advising residents, to stay vigilant and enjoy the weekend safely and responsibly.

This weekend, the City of Chicago will have citywide deployments to ensure the safety and security of the public. The OEMC will monitor weekend events and weather conditions citywide from the Operations Center and will coordinate public safety resources with critical stakeholders as needed. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at select events citywide to direct flow and impacts from increased traffic.

Report Suspicious Activity: If You See Something, Say Something. The city reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious, notify onsite security or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.

Chicago Triathlon | Grant Park, DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Foster Beach
Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28
Race weekend consists of five stand-alone triathlons: the International, Sprint, Super Sprint, Life Time Kids Tri Senior division, and Life Time Kids Tri Junior division. The Triple Challenge is the sixth event and it consists of the Super Sprint on Saturday, then participating in both the International and Sprint races on Sunday. Chicago is expecting 5,500 athletes and the 175 athletes attempting Triple Challenge. For a complete race weekend details, visit

Saturday, August 28 | Foster Beach | 5200 N. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Life Time Kids Tri Chicago (Junior and Senior Categories)
6:45 a.m. Swim Start (Juniors), 7:00 a.m. Race Start (Juniors), 7:45 a.m. Swim Start (Seniors), 8:00 a.m. Race Start (Seniors)
SuperSprint - SuperSprint Race Course
9:50 a.m. Swim Start, 10:00 a.m. Race Start
Sunday, August 28 | Grant Park/DuSable Harbor/Monroe Harbor
The Chicago Triathlon Sprint & International Races
6:00 a.m. Race Start – International & Sprint Course Details
Swim Start Monroe Harbor: 700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Transition Area DuSable Harbor: 600 E. Randolph St
Finish Line Grant Park: 900 S. Columbus Dr

Street Closures beginning Saturday, August 27:
Simonds Dr | Foster Ave to Montrose
Saturday, 8/27 at 5 a.m. until Saturday, 8/27 at noon
Lake Shore Dr | Northbound Randolph St Exit Ramp
Saturday, 8/27 at 11 a.m. until Sunday, 8/28 at 4 p.m.
Columbus Dr | Roosevelt to Balbo: All lanes closed to traffic
Saturday, 8/27 at 5 a.m. until Sunday, 8/28 at 7 p.m.
Lake Shore Dr | Southbound Hollywood to Randolph Street
Sunday, 8/28 5 a.m. until Sunday, 8/28 at noon
Lower/Intermediate Wacker Dr | Jackson to Lake Shore Dr
Sunday, 8/28 at 6:30 a.m. until Sunday, 8/28 at 11:20 a.m.
Intermediate Columbus Dr | Northbound Randolph to Water St
Sunday, 8/28 at 6:30 a.m. until Sunday, 8/28 at noon
Lower Columbus Dr | Randolph to Wacker Dr
Sunday, 8/28 @ 6:30 AM until Sunday, 8/28 at 11:45 a.m.
Intermediate Randolph St | Columbus Dr to Lake Front
Sunday, 8/28 at 5 a.m. until Sunday, 8/28 at 12:30 p.m.

Taste of Greektown | Halsted Street/Greektown
Friday, August 26, 4–10p.m., Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, noon-10 p.m.
The Taste of Greektown will be held along Halsted St. from Adams to Van Buren. For complete details, visit

Friday Night Flights | Chicago Brewing District (232 N. Wood Street)
Friday, August 26, 6-9 p.m. For details, visit

Stan’s Donut 5K | Soldier Field
Saturday, August 27, 8 a.m. 5K Start and 9:30 a.m. Kids Dash. For details, visit

Public Health Guidance on Monkeypox: The Chicago Department of Public Health encourages anyone with symptoms of Monkeypox (MPV) to see a healthcare provider to get tested; if you do not have access to a provider, please call 312-746-4835 or visit to get connected. There is a vaccine available for those who are at highest risk, although supplies right now are limited. If you are experiencing any symptoms, avoid close contact with others and take a break from sex, going out to bars, gyms, clubs, and other events. Do not share personal items and wash your hands and clean shared surfaces regularly. For more information, visit|mpv.

Public Health Guidance on COVID-19: The Chicago Department of Public Health strongly urges everyone to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines including all recommended boosters. If you are not vaccinated, wear a mask, avoid crowded areas of the festival and stay at least six feet away from other groups. Do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 5 days prior, even if you’re vaccinated

Weather and Public Safety: OEMC will monitor events through a collaboration with public safety partners. OEMC advises Chicagoans to be aware of weather conditions and to follow instructions and heed all warnings from public safety officials. Residents are encouraged to check the weather before heading out. For the most up-to-date information, please tune into local media or download a weather app.

OEMC issues alerts and notifications needed to keep residents and attendees up to date on weather conditions and emergencies.
NotifyChicago alerts, sign up at
CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
COVID: Get COVID-19 updates by TEXTING “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3

Public Transportation: For all large events, public transportation is encouraged. Public transit is the most affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly way to get to and from summertime events. For more information, visit CTA and

Grant Park and Lakefront Poles Markers|Location Identifiers: For public safety on the lakefront, residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the light poles throughout the Grant Park area and along some areas of the lakefront. The green signs with white letters and numbers are located on DuSable Lake Shore Drive from 2400 North to 6600 South and on the lakefront from Oak Street to Fullerton and Montrose to Foster to help residents reference their location to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency and you call 9-1-1.

For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at|OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).

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About OEMC
Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) oversees several functions that support public safety and provides assistance to residents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The OEMC manages the following operational areas for the city: 9-1-1 call taking and dispatch; the 3-1-1 call center; emergency management; and traffic management. The OEMC coordinates with departments citywide, including the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department, in addition to various other local, state, and federal agencies as it relates to public safety planning and coordination for everything from large-scale special events to public safety emergencies and disasters.


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