The Shamrock Shuffle Returns on Sunday, March 24

March 22, 2024

Street closures will impact the Downtown and Grant Park area beginning Friday, March 22; Residents are reminded to be alert and report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1


CHICAGO – City of Chicago officials welcome back the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday, March 24 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Grant Park officially kicking off the running season in Chicago. The race returns as part of the City’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and will kick-off with a 1-mile run on Saturday, March 23 in Grant Park.


On Sunday, March 24 the larger 8K run begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 2-Mile Walk at 9:30 a.m., which will take participants through the heart of downtown. Following the race runners can enjoy live music at the Post-Race Party in Grant Park. For more information about the event, visit


Please be advised on the following street closures  throughout the weekend:


Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. (opens Monday, March 25 at 6 a.m.)

  • Balbo Drive from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Saturday, March 23 at 6 a.m.

  • Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Monroe Street
  • Balbo Avenue from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive
  • Jackson Boulevard from Michigan Avenue to DuSable Laker Shore Drive.
  • Ida B. Wells Drive from Congress Plaza to Columbus Drive

Sunday, March 24, between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.* as runners pass through the area:

  • Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Grand Avenue
  • Grand Avenue from Columbus Drive to State Street
  • State Street from Grand Avenue to Wacker Drive
  • Wacker Drive from State Street to Washington Blvd.
  • Washington Blvd. from Wacker Drive to State Street
  • State Street from Washington Blvd. to Jackson Blvd.
  • Jackson Blvd. from State Street to Franklin Street
  • Franklin Street from Jackson Blvd. to Harrison Street
  • Harrison Street from Franklin Street to Michigan Avenue
  • Michigan Avenue from Harrison Street to Roosevelt Road
  • Roosevelt Road from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive


No parking will be allowed along the racecourse starting at 1a.m. on Sunday, March 24. Vehicles that are not removed from the street by that time will be ticketed and towed. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 312.744.4444.


There will be rolling street closures within Grant Park beginning Thursday, March 21, through Monday, March 25. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Ida B. Wells Drive and N. Michigan Avenue will remain open. There will be limited vehicle access through Grant Park for the duration of the event, from 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, to approximately 3 p.m., on Sunday, March 24. For complete details on street closures and the course visit


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 9-1-1.


Motorists in the area along the race route should be prepared for heavy increased traffic and reroutes. Street closures will be in effect to ensure public safety. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at events citywide to direct flow and traffic impacts from. Public transportation is encouraged. For more information on CTA services and reroutes, visit or call 312-836-7000 from any area code/1-888-YOUR-CTA.


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.


Chicago OEMC App

Residents and visitors are encouraged to download the Chicago OEMC App as a public safety tool providing public safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, parade day weather information and more in the palm of your hand. The app is now available through the Apple App and Google Play stores or visit the website



OEMC and race officials will be monitoring the weather conditions and advises Chicagoans to be prepared and check the weather before heading out and to follow instructions and heed all warnings from public safety officials. For the most up-to-date weather information, please tune into local media or download the Chicago OEMC App to get the latest forecast, radar and other information.


The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will monitor events in collaboration with public safety partners. 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 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 Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).

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