News Release
City Services

July 18, 2014

City Reminds Public to Expect Traffic Impacts During Busy Weekend in Chicago

OEMC Media Affairs    312-771-5592

** Media Advisory **

Large Crowds Expected for Sold Out Wrigley Field concerts on Friday and Saturday; Several Other Events
Planned Throughout City

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding the public to
be aware of the increased traffic, parking restrictions and activity in the Wrigleyville area this weekend
for the Billy Joel concert on Friday and the Blake Shelton concert on Saturday atWrigley Field. OEMC
urges those in the area and concert-goers to be mindful of the surrounding community, be aware of
restrictions and enjoy the event safely.

The Billy Joel concert on Friday, July 18, begins at 8:00 p.m., with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. The
Saturday, July 19, Blake Shelton concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and gates open at 5:00 p.m.

To increase the capacity for traffic flow on streets around the ballpark, there will be parking restrictions
in effect, beginning at 2:00 p.m. each day and strictly enforced, along the following streets:

Sheffield from Addison toWaveland
Waveland from Sheffield to Kenmore
Clark from Addison to Newport

In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, the 44th Ward, the
Chicago Police Department, OEMC and the Chicago Department of Transportation have established the
following pickup/outbound regulations for Taxis, limousines, and car services for the concerts:

  • Limousines and car services must stage along Irving Park Road. All pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (East of Clark).
  • Taxis are available and will be staged on Clark south of Addison along the southbound (western) curb.

Parking is available at the remote lot, located at 3900 N. Rockwell, with a free shuttle to the concerts.
Lots open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Public transportation is recommended. For
CTA increased service or reroutes for events, see

The Chicago Police Department reminds the public that open containers containing alcoholic beverages
are illegal on the city's streets and sidewalks. Violators will be subject to a $1,000 fine.

Weather for the concerts is expected to be pleasant; however, as always, those heading outdoors are
encouraged to check forecasts and be prepared for conditions. Extreme weather alerts and other
notifications are available by subscribing at

Other events in Chicago this weekend that impact traffic include:
The Phish concert at Northerly Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • The Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday and Saturday at Union Park
  • Taste of River North on Friday through Sunday on Irving Park Road/Byron
  • The Disability Pride Parade on Saturday at Clark and Van Buren
  • The Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival on Sheffield between Webster and Fullerton on Saturday and Sunday
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival on Friday through Sunday at 6950 N. Clark
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Chicago HalfMarathon & 5K on Columbus at Jackson on Sunday
  • Benfest on Irving Park Road at Byron on Friday through Sunday
  • White Sox host Houston at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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