OEMC Encourages Safe Celebrations for Mexican Independence Day and Weekend Events including Bears Home Opener, Parades and Festivals

September 9, 2022

Public should continue to be alert in crowds and report suspicious activity to 9-1-1

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) advises residents and visitors to be aware of street closures, additional crowds and increased traffic in areas of events. As always, OEMC reminds everyone of the importance of always being aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to on-site event security or by calling 9-1-1. 


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 to 9-1-1. 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. 


Citywide deployments for the weekend are planned in order to ensure the safety and security of the public.  The OEMC will monitor events and weather conditions citywide from the Operations Center and coordinate public safety resources as needed., OEMC, Chicago Police Department and city departments collaborate to share communications regularly through daily coordination calls that allows for enhanced citywide coordination and activation of safety plans.    


Motorists should be prepared for traffic impacts, delays and possible reroutes due to street closures or increased crowds. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at select events citywide to direct traffic flow and impacts.  


Mexican Independence Day Activities 

20th Annual Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade 

Saturday, September 10, step-off at noon, assembly at 9 a.m. 

Assembly: 16th Street at Morgan, Newberry Avenue from 16th Street to 18th Street 

Parade Route: 18th St. from Newberry Avenue to Wolcott Avenue 


26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade 

Sunday, September 11, step-off at noon, Assembly begins at 8 a.m. 

Assembly:  26th Street from Albany Avenue to California, California to 31st Street 

Parade route:  26th St. from Albany to Kostner  


Mexican Independence Day is an annual event that takes place every September 16th, celebrating Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1810.The City of Chicago encourages residents to celebrate safely and responsibly. Expect increased traffic due to celebratory activities through September 18. There are planned and permitted street closures for parades and other festivals at this time, however, residents should expect increased traffic activity throughout the city.  



Other Weekend Events 

Von Steuben German Day Parade 

Saturday, September 10, step-off at 2 p.m., assembly at noon 

Assembly:  Lincoln Avenue from Bell Plaine Avenue  

Parade route:  Lincoln Avenue at Eastwood to Lawrence   


Guatemalan Independence Parade 

Sunday, September 11th, Step-Off: Noon, Assembly 10 a.m. 

Assembly:  California from Montrose to Berteau 

Parade route:  Montrose from California to Kimball 


Chicago Bears v. San Francisco 49ers (Home Opener) 

Sunday, September 11 at noon 

Soldier Field – Parking lots open at 8 a.m., Gates open at 10 a.m. 



Run Mag Mile 5K & 10K 

Saturday, September 10th, 7 a.m. 

Grant Park (Grove 5)  


Printer’s Row Lit Fest 

Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Dearborn Street from Ida B. Wells Drive to Polk Street 



Ravenswood Art Walk 

Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 

Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, Lawrence to Irving Park  


Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 

Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 11a.m. – 7p.m. 

Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne 



Tribute to Curtis Mayfield  

Saturday, September 10, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. 

Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park 


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.  


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 findhealthcarecenter.hrsa.gov 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 [http://www.chicago.gov|mpv]www.chicago.gov|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 NotifyChicago.org 
  • CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” 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 at TransitChicago.com and Metra.com


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). 


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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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