HELLENIC HERITAGE PARADE In Greektown, Spring Half Marathon at Lakefront Bridge Lifts and other events this weekend

May 21, 2022

OEMC reminds fans and residents to expect increased traffic in the area and call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity

Many events are taking place this weekend in Chicago which will attract crowds, impact traffic and increase activity in areas throughout the city.  The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding residents and those attending events or in the area to be mindful of surroundings and report any criminal or suspicious situations to 9-1-1. 



The Greek Independence Day Parade steps off 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at Halsted Street between Van Buren and Madison.  Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence, the parade includes Greektown Agora market running from noon to 6 p.m.  Expect street closures as early as 8:30 a.m. for the assembly, march and disbanding of the parade.  Disbanding is on Halsted, Madison to Randolph.  



The Spring Half Marathon begins at 7 a.m. at Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph Street, on Sunday, May 22.  Streets are closed on: 

  • Monroe: Lake Shore Drive to Columbus  
  • Columbus: Madison to Intermediate Randolph  
  • Columbus: Madison to Roosevelt Road
  • Randolph St: 300-525 East 
  • Intermediate Randolph: DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Columbus (Eastbound lanes only)  

In addition, motorists should be aware of the spring bridge lifts from Ashland Avenue to DuSable Lake Shore Drive, which will cause temporary delays as bridges are lifted in succession beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

Also, the Chicago Cubs host Arizona at Wrigley Field with 1:20 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday. 

Keep Informed - Emergency Alerts for Residents and Businesses 

OEMC issues several alerts and notifications to keep residents and businesses up to date on emergencies, weather and traffic conditions:  

  • Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at notifychicago.org   
  • CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5  
  • CHIBIZ: Business updates, 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 OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the OEMC on Facebook, Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911) using the hashtags #ChicagoOEMC #Smart911 #Chicago911 #BeSafeChicago.  

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