Melissa Stratton 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:
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 www.transitchicago.com
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 www.NotifyChicago.org
Other events in Chicago this weekend that impact traffic include:
The Phish concert at Northerly Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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