Fiesta Del Sol, Ed Sheeran Concert, Chinatown Summer Fair and Many More Neighborhood Events Top the Chicago Weekend Activities Amidst Extreme Heat

July 28, 2023

Plan accordingly for large crowds, street closures for events, hot temps and possible storms

The City of Chicago’s summer activities continue throughout the numerous neighborhoods this weekend and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding everyone to be prepared for street closures and detours relating to the many events, heat and possible storms, along with increased large crowds at major events and city beaches and pools.  Public safety is paramount. Remember to be aware of your surroundings, report suspicious activity/objects to 9-1-1 and know evacuation paths, if needed 


A Heat Advisory for the City of Chicago has been issued for Friday, July 28 noon until 9 p.m.  Excessive heat or extreme conditions can lead to unhealthy impacts – especially over a duration of time. OEMC will monitor weather conditions and events and deploy resources as needed. Everyone is urged to stay hydrated, stay in air-conditioning if possible or take advantage of the city’s cooling centers. 


Report Suspicious Activity:  If You See Something, Say Something®OEMC reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity – especially in large gatherings. If you notice something suspicious – person, activity, object - 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. Although the City has not received actionable threats, the Department of Homeland Security released an advisory on May 24, 2023 -  National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin. DHS emphasizes the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. It notes that “lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and personal grievances continue to pose a persistent threat to the United States.” 



Fiesta Del Sol – Thursday, July 27-Sunday, July 30 – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Cermak Road from Ashland Avenue to Morgan Street is closed for the 51st anniversary of the annual event attracting thousands over the four-day event. 


Wicker Park Fest 2023 -Friday, July 28 (5 p.m.) – Sunday, July 30 – Noon to 10 p.m. 

Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue and Ashland Avenue 

One of Chicago’s most anticipated summer festivals draws an expected attendance of 30,000 daily for the neighborhood’s rich musical heritage, nightlife and restaurants. 


Thomas Rhett concert – Friday, July28 at 7:30 p.m. 

United Center 


Slightly Stoopid & Sublime Concert – Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m. 

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 


Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Guardians at Guaranteed Rate Field 

Friday, July 28 at 6:10 p.m. with postgame concert featuring Jake Owens 

Saturday, July 29 at 6:10 p.m. (White sox hat giveaway) 

Sunday, July 30 at 1:10 p.m. (Baseball card pack) 


Ed Sheeran Concert – Saturday, July 29 - 6 p.m. 

Soldier Field 

Over 70,000 fans are expected to attend the concert for “The Mathematics Tour” with special guests.  Parking lots open at 2:30 p.m. with gates opening at 4 p.m.  Expect additional traffic in the area around and leading to Solider Field.  Traffic Control Aides (TCA’s) will be on hand to facilitate traffic. For more details and prohibited items at Soldier Field visit 


Chicago Scene Boat Party 2023 – Saturday, July 29 – Noon to 6 p.m. 

“Play Pen” on Lake Michigan, 700 N DuSable Lakeshore Drive, Chicago to Walton 

Over 700 watercraft converge on the Lake for this nationally recognized largest boat parties.  Boaters are strongly urged to follow boat safety guidelines and be prepared for water conditions to avoid hazardous emergency situations. 


Silver Room Sound System Block Party – Saturday, July 29–Sunday, July 30, Noon to 10 p.m. 

Oakwood Beach (Entrance at 39th St and the Lake) 

Multicultural, all-ages music and arts festival has grown to over 35,000 in attendance. 


Chinatown Summer Fair – Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30 – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Avenue to 24th Place  

The neighborhood festival includes Asian performances, arts and crafts and exhibits and attracts more than 40,000 people.   

Chinatown Summer Fair: July 29 - Sunday, July 30, 2023 ( 


As a reminder, Balbo Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Jackson Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive is closed for Lollapalooza which begins next week.  Additional street closures on Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt will begin Monday, July 31, 8 p.m. through Monday, August 7; Northbound center lanes on Columbus from 13th Street to Roosevelt Road will also be closed on Monday, July 31 at 8 p.m.  


Chicago OEMC App  

For safety and preparedness at your fingertips, residents and visitors are encouraged to download the new Chicago OEMC App. The public safety tool provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, weather information and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current forecasts, radar, and other weather-related information as well. The app is now available through the Apple App and Google Play stores. To immediately download, click HERE or visit the website   


Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakefront notices, issues affecting businesses or events:  

  • 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   

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 and lakefront to help reference their location within the park if you call 9-1-1 in an emergency. 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers will be able to provide the location to first responders. They can also See be used between friends and family members as a meeting point if you become separated. For complete details, click HERE. 


Public Transportation: As with any large–scale event, public transportation is encouraged.  Both CTA and Metra may provide additional service for large events. Public transit is the most affordable and convenient way to get to and from all the activities in Chicago. For more information, visit CTA at and


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

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