Melissa Stratton 312.746.9454
** Media Advisory **
As America’s largest music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago next weekend, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications is reminding the public of the street closures and traffic impacts in the Grant Park area, some of which have already been implemented.
Lollapalooza attracts 100,000 people daily to the three-day event, now celebrating its 10th year in Chicago. The sold-out music event will take place Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, 2014 in Grant Park. Festival hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
In preparation, Balbo is closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive for set-up of the event and will reopen on Thursday, August 7. Jackson is also closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive and will reopen on Wednesday, August 6.
Residents, pedestrians and motorists can expect additional lane closures, including the south curb lane of Monroe from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through August 6; the west curb lane of Columbus from Balbo to 9th Street on Friday, July 25 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the two inner lanes of Congress Parkway from the east side of the IC bridge to Columbus from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and on Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6, the west curb lane on Columbus is closed from Balbo to 9th Street from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, July 30th morning and continuing through August 4, Columbus is closed to traffic from Monroe to Roosevelt. Also on Wednesday, the closure on Balbo and on Jackson from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus is extended toMichigan Avenue. In addition, Congress Parkway (including the Congress Circle) is closed from Michigan to Columbus.
Additional lane closures will occur on Friday, August 1 through August 3, on Monroe from Michigan to Columbus for ADA drop-off and on Lake Shore Drive from Monroe to Balbo.
Motorists are urged to be aware of the closures, as well as the increased pedestrian activity during Lollapalooza, and to allow extra travel time or seek alternate routes around the area. As always, public transportation is strongly encouraged.
Most of the streets will reopen after the event on Monday, August 4.
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