Summer weekend events include PitchFork Music Fest, Heatwave Music Festival and Northerly Island concerts among other venues attracting large crowds

July 15, 2022

OEMC reminds attendees of events to report suspicious activity and be aware of surroundings in public gatherings

Music fills the air in Chicago this weekend with several music festivals and summer activities.  The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding those enjoying the city’s offerings to be cognizant of surroundings and call 9-1-1 to report any suspicions of risk to people or property.  Expect traffic impacts and increased activity in the areas surrounding popular events as well as the street closure on Balbo in prep for the 7/28 start of Lollapalooza.  


Report Suspicious Activity:  If You See Something, Say Something. OEMC 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.   


The following events are planned for this weekend, with large crowds and traffic impacts:  


Pitchfork Music Fest at Union Park:  Friday-Sunday, Noon-10 p.m., Main gates are at Ashland, south of Lake Street and Washington Blvd/Ogden Avenue (No Re-Entry Allowed).    

  • Street closures include Washington Blvd from Ashland Avenue to Ogden Avenue and Randolph Street from Lake Street to Ogden Avenue.    
  • Uber and Lyft drop-off service are only allowed on Ogden from Carroll Avenue to Randolph Street  
  • Vehicles are not allowed to stop, stand or park in bus or bike lanes, fire lanes, sidewalk crossings, bridges, etc. and this is strictly enforced.  
  • For prohibited items, see  

 Heatwave Music Festival at Douglas Park:  Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.,   

  • Street closures include Farrar Drive between 15th Street and 19th Street; Ogden Avenue (inner-Drive) from Albany Street to California Avenue (both sides) and 19th Street between California Avenue to Farrar Drive.   
  • Taxi/Uber/Lyft drop-off and pick-up is along the north Ogden Avenue service drive, west of California Avenue   

Silver Room Sound System Block Party at Oakwood Beach:  Saturday-Sunday, Noon-10 p.m.  


Mas Flow Reggaeton Festival at Calumet Park:  Friday-Sunday, Noon-10 p.m.,  


Nora Jones Concert at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island:  Friday-Saturday, 9 p.m.  5 Seconds of Summer – Take My Hand World Tour Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island: Saturday, 7 p.m.  


John Mulaney at United Center:  Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.  


Tacos Y Tamales Festival in Pilsen, 16th Peoria:  Friday (5 p.m.-10 p.m.)-Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.)  


Roscoe Burgerfest at Belmont & Damen:  Friday (5 p.m.-10 p.m.)-Sunday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.)  


Chicago Fire FC v Seattle Sounders FC at Soldier Field:  Saturday, 7 p.m.  


Chicago Cubs v Mets at Wrigley Field:  Saturday 1:20 p.m. & 7:05 p.m., Sunday 1:20 p.m.  


Willis Tower Antenna Lift  

Those in the area of Willis Tower should be aware of street closures on Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon for antenna lift. Street closures include:    

  • Adams Street, Wells Street to Canal Street   
  • Jackson Blvd, Wells to Canal  
  • Van Buren Street, Wells to Canal  
  • Franklin Street, Adams to Harrison Street  
  • Wacker Drive, Van Buren to Monroe Street  

Traffic Control Aides (TCA’s) will be on hand to facilitate traffic at major events throughout the city this weekend.  


The OEMC Operations Center will monitor events and weather conditions and issue warnings should situations warrant.  


Sign up for emergency and traffic impacts in Chicago at or text alerts for lakefront notices, alerts affecting businesses or COVID-19 updates:  

  • 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  

Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).  



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