Chicago Half Marathon and 5K in Jackson Park and Along DuSable Lake Shore Drive on Sunday, September 24

September 22, 2023

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications advises residents to be aware of street closures and report suspicious activity to 9-1-1

The Chicago Half Marathon is set for this weekend in Jackson Park, Hyde Park, and South DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The Half Marathon start is at 7 a.m. and the 5K starts at 7:45 a.m. with the start and finish in Jackson Park. New this year is the Kids Run Chicago race that starts at 10 a.m.


Street closures include:

Beginning Saturday, September 23 at 8 a.m. – Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m.

·         E. Hayes from DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Cornell

·         S. Richards Drive from E, Hayes to Marquette

Beginning Sunday at 6 a.m.

·         Cornell from E. Hayes to E. Marquette

·         E. Marquette from S. Stony Island Ave to Cornell

·         E. Marquette from Cornell to DuSable Lake Shore Drive

·         Northbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive from E. Marquette to MC7th (McCormick Bridge) until 10 a.m.

·         Southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive from E. Marquette to 31st Street (6:30-11:30 a.m.)

·         E. 47th Street from DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Cornel until 10:45 a.m.

·         E 57th Street From DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Parking lot until 11 a.m.

DuSable Lake Shore Drive will have rolling openings beginning at 10 a.m.


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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 the area.


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, 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.”


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. 


Chicago OEMC App – Know Before You Go

For safety and preparedness at your fingertips, residents and festival goers are encouraged to download the 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 available through the Apple App and Google Play stores or visit the website,


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.


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.

·         Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at

·         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


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 the lakefront. The green signs with white letters and numbers are also located from 5700 N. DuSable Lake Shore Drive to 6600 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, and on the lakefront from Oak Street to Fullerton and Montrose to Foster Avenue to help residents reference their location within the park to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency and you call



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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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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