Sueños Chicago in Grant Park to Headline a Busy Memorial Day Weekend

May 20, 2024

The City of Chicago is encouraging residents and visitors to utilize public transportation and enjoy the weekend safely and responsibly by following security precautions and reporting suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1

The Sueños Chicago music festival returns to the Lakefront from noon to 10 p.m. daily in Grant Park on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26. With multiple festivals, concerts, athletic events, the opening of beaches and simultaneous events throughout the city and along the lakefront this Memorial Day weekend, the City of Chicago is advising residents and visitors to be aware of street closures, additional crowds and increased traffic and plan accordingly. The event is SOLD OUT and there are no tickets available for purchase.


The City of Chicago will have citywide deployments for Memorial Day Weekend to ensure the safety and security of the public. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will monitor weekend events and weather conditions citywide from the Operations Center and coordinate public safety resources with critical stakeholders. The OEMC will also be activating its Emergency Operations Center for the weekend to allow for enhanced citywide coordination amongst the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department and City of Chicago infrastructure departments, city agencies and private partners.


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.


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 as well as along DuSable Lake Shore Drive from 5700 North to 6600 South. The pole markers help reference their location within the park to event security and first responders if there is an emergency.


Motorists in the areas where events are happening should be prepared for heavy traffic and possible reroutes. There will be some street closures in effect for larger events to ensure public safety. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at events citywide to direct flow and impacts from heavy traffic. 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-I CTA.



The popular music festival is expected to draw fans to Chicago’s lakefront for the two-day event. As the festival gets underway, the OEMC encourages those attending to enjoy a fun and safe event by adhering to all security precautions, being aware of your surroundings and to mind your personal belongings.


The festival in Grant Park boundaries are from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive and Roosevelt Road to Ida B. Wells. All motorists, pedestrians and residents in the area are reminded of the street closures and traffic impacts throughout the weekend. The Museum Campus access is available via 11th Street or Roosevelt Road. For complete festival information, visit SueñosMusic


Festival Entry and Age Requirement

Concertgoers can enter the festival at Buckingham Fountain Plaza located at Columbus Drive and Ida B. Wells Drive. All attendees must have a ticket and be 18 years or older to enter. This will be strictly enforced. The festival is sold out and tickets are no longer available for purchase.


Safety, Security Screening and Enforcement

Security measures have been refined for the event’s layered security plan in addition to an enhanced security and law enforcement presence inside and outside the festival. For the safety of everyone entering the festival, all fans are subject to a full and complete airport-style search prior to entry. This may include a full body pat-down and magnetometer screening before entry. As always, underage drinking is not allowed, and the ordinance will be strictly enforced. Attendees are reminded that if they see something suspicious to say something to on-site security personnel or call 9-1-1.


In case of emergency, attendees for Sueños Chicago will also receive safety messages from the official Sueños Music Festival app, video screens at the main stage and directional signage throughout the event., as well as audio announcements broadcasted and real–time updates on Sueños Chicago’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.


Bag Search: ALL bags will be searched before entry. CLEAR bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and no larger than 12" x 12" x 6" ONLY allowed. Small clutch purses and fanny packs with no more than one pocket and no larger than 6" x 9”. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited. Hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir. Those that DO NOT bring a bag can enter through the No Bag Express Lane. Those that DO have a bag must enter through the Bag Lane and should expect delays as bags are open for inspection.


Prohibited Items: No liquids will be allowed into the event. However, patrons can drink water while in line if the container is empty prior to entry. Empty containers and hydration packs are allowed into the event but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir. Free water will be provided at Hydration Stations inside the venue. For a list of allowed and prohibited items, click HERE.




Street Closures in Place for Sueños Chicago: Traffic control aides will be deployed to facilitate traffic around the area. The following closures are in effect:

Full Street Closures

Balbo from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: Wednesday, May 15 at 6 a.m.–Thursday, May 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Ida B. Wells: Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.– Monday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m.
Balbo Drive from Columbus Drive to Michigan Avenue: Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.–Monday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m.
Sidewalk Closures

Balbo Drive eastbound and westbound sidewalks from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: Wednesday, May 16, 6 a.m. to Thursday, May 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Columbus Drive south bound and north bound sidewalks from Roosevelt Road to Balbo: Wednesday, May 15, 6 a.m. to Thursday, May 30 to 11:59 p.m.
Balbo Drive east bound and west bound sidewalks from Columbus Drive to Michigan Avenue: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. to Monday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m.
DuSable Lake Shore Drive south bound sidewalk from Buckingham Fountain to Roosevelt Road:  Wednesday, May 22, 12:01 a.m. to Tuesday, May 28, 11:59 p.m.
Columbus Drive south bound and north bound sidewalks from Balbo to Ida B. Wells: Thursday, May 23 7 p.m. to Monday, May 27 to 11:59 p.m.
Congress Parkway Circle between Michigan and Columbus and  S. Michigan Avenue between Ida B. Wells and Roosevelt Saturday, May 25 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m.
Public Transportation: As for any large–scale event, public transportation is encouraged and both CTA and Metra provide additional service for the event. Public transit is the most affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly way to get to and from summertime events. For more information, visit CTA at and



Parking is available at Millennium Garages situated beneath Grant Park, Millennium Park & Maggie Daley Park. Other garages in the area include the Millennium Lakeside Garage, Grant Park South & Grant Park South. Parking at Soldier Field will be available on site, visit for details. However, public transportation is strongly encouraged.


Rideshares, Taxi Cabs, Car Services and Pedicabs: Geofencing boundaries and designated pick-up and drop-off locations will be in effect for the safety of pedestrians and motorists:

Sueños Festival in Grant Park: Ida B Wells, DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Roosevelt Road, and State Street.

Drop-off and Pick-up is located on Jackson Street between DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Columbus Drive or on State Street between 9th Street and Roosevelt Road.
All must utilize the pick-up location for those traveling to and from the event by rideshare, taxi or car service. The below will be in effect each day from Saturday, May 25–Sunday, May 26.

No pick-ups and drop–offs on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, including on-ramps, off-ramps, medians, turning lanes, shoulders, and emergency pull-offs.
No vehicles, stopping, standing, or parking in bus or bicycle lanes, fire lanes, sidewalk crossings, etc. (strictly enforced)

Chicago OEMC App – Know Before You Head Out

For safety and preparedness at your fingertips this Summer, residents and visitors are encouraged to download the new Chicago OEMC App. The public safety tool provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, CHI Safe Walk, weather information and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current events and 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


OEMC Traffic and Weather Notifications:

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. We encourage residents to check the weather before heading out. For the most up-to-date weather information, please tune into local media or download a weather app.


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 notice and issues affecting businesses:


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

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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