News Release
City Services

July 25, 2013

OEMC Issues Public Safety Reminders For Lollapalooza

Residents and visitors are urged to be prepared for traffic impacts, weather conditions

Melissa Stratton
OEMC
(312) 746-9454

 

CHICAGO – As preparations begin for the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park, the Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) advises attendees and residents of the area to be aware of the large crowds expected for the event and street closures that will impact traffic. The three-day festival will run from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August, 4, with some street closures already in place for set-up.

“We continue to stress to the public the importance of remaining aware of your surroundings at large-scale events,” said Gary W. Schenkel, OEMC Executive Director. “OEMC monitors conditions and as evidenced by last year’s temporary evacuation during storms, is prepared to take appropriate measures to ensure public safety at these group gatherings.”

As with many other special events that take place in Grant Park, similar street closures will be in effect for Lollapalooza. Some street closures around Grant Park are already in place; however, additional closures should be expected through August 8.

Street Closures -2013 Lollapalooza Set-Up, Festival and Tear Down Street Closure Information:

Monday, July 22nd through Thursday, August 8th at 4:00 p.m.

  • Balbo from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive

Wednesday, July 24th at 9:30 a.m. through Wednesday, August 7th at 4:00 p.m.

  • Jackson from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive

Wednesday, July 31st at 9:00 a.m. through Monday, August 5th at 4:00 p.m.

  • Columbus Drive from Monroe to Roosevelt
  • Balbo from Michigan Ave to Columbus
  • Congress Parkway from Michigan to Columbus

Wednesday, July 31st at 9:30am through Wednesday, August 7th at 4:00 p.m.

  • Jackson from Michigan Avenue to Columbus

Public Safety and Security:

With an expected crowd of 100,000 each day, OEMC advises those attending the concerts to be prepared for crowds, weather conditions and security measures put in place for public safety.

ADA Paratransit Drop-Off:

The ADA Paratransit drop-off and pick-up for attendees with disabilities will be located at the south curb lane on Monroe.

Weather Conditions:

At this point, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s and 90’s for the weekend; however, attendees should dress accordingly to avoid heat-related emergencies. Cooling buses and water stations are available throughout the Lollapalooza footprint and fans are allowed to bring up to two factory-sealed water bottles (one liter in size) to the event to avoid dehydration.

Weather Shelters: OEMC reminds the public of the visible public blue and white signage installed to direct people to designated extreme weather shelters during severe weather conditions, such as heavy to torrential rain, high wind, lightning, hail storms and tornadoes.

There are three primary emergency evacuation shelter sites in the event of severe weather:

1. Grant Park North Garage - enter through vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue

2. Grant Park South Garage - enter through vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue

3. East Monroe Street Garage - enter through vehicle entrance onMichigan Avenue

Avoid heat-related emergencies:

The Chicago Department of Public Health continues to encourage all residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

  • If you do go outside, wear loose, lightly-colored clothing and wear a hat with a brim;
  • Drink plenty of water--at least eight glasses a day;
  • Get into an air-conditioned space or a cooler part of the house, like a basement;
  • Take cool baths or showers; use cool towels and washcloths to cool the skin;
  • Slow down, avoid or minimize physical exertion; and
  • Don't leave any person or pet in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

Additional tips during Lollapalooza include:

  • Visit a complimentary cooling bus to take a break from the heat.
  • Know where and how to access medical attention if needed.
  • The Chicago Park District has installed temporary water fountain units throughout the event.
  • Misting fans will be set up through the venue to provide cooling during high temperatures.
  • Pay close attention to any public safety announcement that may be broadcasted via the outdoor Public Address system and stage speakers located throughout the event.

Public Transportation:

Public transportation is encouraged. CTA and Metra provide additional service for the event. Please visit the CTA website for details at www.transitchicago.com or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA.

OEMC Traffic andWeather Notifications:

The public is also encouraged to register for free emergency alerts, including severe weather notifications, by subscribing to NotifyChicago at www.notifychicago.org.

Lollapalooza Specific Information:

For more Lollapalooza information, concert-goers are encouraged to follow the festival on twitter at @lollapalooza or visit www.lollapalooza.com.

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The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications was established in 1995 to coordinate the City’s delivery of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services resources. OEMC operates Chicago’s public safety communications system, managing emergency situations and coordinating major events, 3-1-1 and 9-1-1 Communications Operations. For more information visit our website at www.cityofchicago.org/oemc or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coemc.