Chicago’s Weekend Events Include the Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park, Chase Corporate Challenge, Taste of Chicago in Austin, Fiesta Back of the Yards, Puerto Rican Festival and Parade, Old Town Art Fair, Hyde Park Summer Fest, Wells Street Art Fair, and many more throughout the City
OEMC Encourages Residents and Visitors to Report Suspicious Activity by Calling 9-1-1
With many festivals, athletic events, and simultaneous events throughout the city and along the lakefront this weekend, 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. 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 coordinate public safety resources with critical stakeholders.
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.
Motorists in the areas where events are happening should be prepared for increased traffic and possible reroutes. There will be some street closures in effect for larger events to ensure public safety. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at select events citywide to direct flow and impacts from heavy traffic. Residents and motorists should be aware of the following large events:
Chicago Blues Music Festival in Millennium Park + Citywide Locations
Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12 (times vary)
The Chicago Blues Festival will be held in Millennium Park (June 9-12, noon – 9 p.m.) and at citywide locations including the Chicago Riverwalk (June 9-10), Austin (June 11) and Bronzeville (June 12). For complete details, visit ChicagoBluesFestival.us. Please note that Millennium Park is a safe and welcoming space for everyone. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (21 years and older) after 6pm, Thursday through Sunday — and may be asked to present a valid ID. As in previous years, outside alcohol is not allowed for the following events: Chicago Blues Festival (June 9–12, 2022), Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute (July 2, 2022) and Chicago Jazz Festival (September 1–4, 2022). For these events, alcohol at various price points may be purchased inside the venue. Plan your visit at MillenniumPark.org.
J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Grant Park
Thursday, June 9, 6:50 p.m.
The 3.5-mile race returns to Grant Park on Thursday, June 9 with a 6:50 p.m. start time. For street closures click to view the 2022 Course Map. There will be a post-race hospitality area. For complete details, visit jpmorganchasecc.com. Public transportation is encouraged. Street closures and times include:
- 10 a.m.–6:45p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and DuSable Lake Shore Drive
- 5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and Michigan
- 5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.: Columbus between Roosevelt and Ida B. Wells Drive.
- 6:30 p.m.–8:30p.m.: There will be rolling closures in Grant Park vicinity, affecting Ida B. Wells Drive, Jackson, Monroe, Randolph, Wacker, and the streets west of DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
- NOTE: DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Illinois, Michigan, Roosevelt and Grand will remain open
- 8–9 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and Michigan
- 9–12 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and DuSable Lake Shore Drive
- 9–12 p.m.: Columbus between Balbo and Roosevelt
Puerto Rican Festival–Humboldt Park
Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, 4–10 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, noon–10 p.m.
Fiestas Patronales Puertorriqueñas will be held in Humboldt Park at 2800 W. Division and 1400 N. Humboldt Dr. The event is located in what is now known as “Puerto Rico Town” on Division Street where the Annual Puerto Rican Day People’s Parade will also take place on Saturday, June 11.
For complete details, visit PuertoRicanFest.com.
Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field
Thursday 7:10 p.m. vs LA Dodgers (Polish Heritage Night)
Friday 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks), Saturday, 1:10 p.m. (Hawaiian Shirt), Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (Family Day) vs Texas Rangers. For complete details, visit mlb.com/WhiteSox.
Fiesta Back of the Yards 2022 (47th Street)
Friday, June 10–Sunday, June 12, noon–10 p.m.
Fiesta is a highly anticipated community event located on 47th Street between Ashland Ave. and Damen Ave. that draws over residents and visitors of all ages and highlights the diversity and rich cultural past of the Back of the Yards neighborhood. For complete details, visit BYNC.org/Fiesta
Friday, June 10, 5–10 p.m.; Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, noon–10 p.m.
The 56th Andersonville Midsommarfest is located on Clark St. from Foster to Catalpa featuring five stages for music, food and more. For complete details, visit Andersonville.org/Midsommarfest
Taste of Chicago in Austin (5720 W. Chicago)
Saturday, June 11, noon–8 p.m.
Taste of Chicago comes to Austin with top local food vendors and live Blues music. Celebrating the living legacy of the Chicago Blues on the city’s west side, top talent from the Chicago Blues Festival performs throughout the day while guests everything from Caribbean bites, savory soul food, the best tacos, mouthwatering gumbo and more. For complete details, visit TasteofChicago.us
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. (assembly begins at 11a.m.)
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will be celebrating the 44th Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Saturday in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Festival. The Puerto Rican Day Parade will step off at 2pm proceeding westbound on Division from Western to Sacramento through the Humboldt Park community. For complete details, visit the Puerto Rican Cultural Center website at prcc-chgo.org.
Old Town Art Fair
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Old Town Art Fair is located in the Old Town Triangle Historic District. The event features 200+ artists, a garden walk, live music, food and more. The main entrance is located at Lincoln Ave. and Wisconsin. Additional entry points are at North Park and Eugenie, Sedgwick at Menomonee, Sedgwick at Wisconsin, and Wells St. at Menomonee. For Details on getting there and map of the area, visit OldTownArtFair.org.
Wells Street Art Fair
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m. to Dusk
Located on Wells Street between North Ave and Division. The neighborhood tradition showcases everything the Old Town has to offer. For details, download the 2022 Festival Map or visit WellsStreetArtFestival.us.
Hyde Park Summer Fest – Midway Plaisance (59th and Ellis Ave)
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, noon–10 p.m.
The Hyde Park Summer Fest (HPSF) has blazed a unique path in the Chicagoland Festival scene. Originally named Hyde Park Brew Fest, the celebration started off on the iconic 53rd & Harper Ct. offering house music, DJs, Chicago cuisine, local breweries and more. Entrance to the festival is at 59th Street and Ellis Ave. For complete details, visit HydeParkSummerFest.com
Navy Pier Fireworks
Saturday, June 11 at 10 p.m.
Beginning on Memorial Day weekend, Navy Pier will present fireworks show each Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Wednesday shows begin at 9 p.m. and Saturday shows begin at 10 p.m. For additional details, visit NavyPier.org.
Public Transportation: As for any large–scale event, public transportation is encouraged and both CTA and Metra are providing additional service for the event. Public transit is the most affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly way to get to and from summertime events. For more information, visit CTA at TransitChicago.com and Metra.com.
Pole Markers/Location Identifiers: For public safety on the lakefront, event and concert attendees are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the poles throughout the Grant Park area as well as 1200 DuSable Lake Shore Drive to 6600 DuSable Lake Shore Drive to help them reference their location within the park to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency.
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. We encourage residents to check the weather before heading out. For the most up-to-date weather information, please tune into local media or download a weather app.
OEMC will issue any alerts and notifications needed to keep residents and attendees up to date on weather conditions and emergencies. Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at NotifyChicago.org. OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakefront notices, issues 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
For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).