News Release
City Services

June 26, 2014

Weekend Events In Chicago Impact Traffic On The North,South And Central Areas Of City; OEMC Encourages Public To Plan Accordingly

Pride Parade, World Triathlon and Gospel Festival highlight weekend

Melissa Stratton    312.746.9454

 

CHICAGO – This summer weekend in Chicago offers music, athletics, a parade, sports, art and more. With those events, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is advising residents and visitors to be aware of impacts to motorists and pedestrians.


“Chicagoans come to expect the many festivals and special events that draw crowds to the city. Event organizers and city officials plan well in advance to ensure public safety, while providing the least impact for these festivities. We encourage participants and spectators to enjoy what the city has to offer, but be aware that there will be increased traffic, street closures and enforcement.” said OEMC’s Executive Director, GaryW. Schenkel.


The Pride Parade on Sunday brings thousands to the north side as participants and spectators meander along the route on Montrose from Broadway to Halsted to Diversey. Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced in the area, so drivers are urged to read signage before parking. Street closures for the parade will begin Sunday morning for the assembly and parade route and streets are expected to reopen Sunday afternoon, when deemed safe to do so. Also in the area on Saturday , the Chicago Cubs host Washington for a double-header at Wrigley Field.


ITU World Triathlon Chicago, featuring 130 Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, 60 elite paratriathletes and 4,000 amateur triathletes, is set to take place June 27-29. During the elite races, a temporary traffic hold will be in effect at Lake Shore Drive to allow athletes to cross from the swim exit to the transition area. The brief hold is expected to take place between approximately 12:55-1:05 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 and approximately from 4:20-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. Times are subject to change, pending participant results. On Saturday, Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt is closed until 4:00 p.m. for the Elite Para-Triathlon and Women’s Race competing in the ITU World Triathlon. Columbus is closed again on Sunday for the Men’s competition.


The 29th Chicago Gospel Musical Festival at Chicago Cultural Center is on Friday and in Ellis Park on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, June 27, motorists can expect Lake Shore Drive impacts as fans head to the Northerly Island Ray LaMontagne concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party in the west loop will close Des Plaines from Madison to Adams over the weekend and large crowds are also expected for the Chicago Summerdance in Grant Park on Friday.

Other events this weekend include the Randolph Street Market, the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival and the Chinatown Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, which all require street closures. For more information regarding festivals and special events, see the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs and Special Events website at www.cityofchicago.org/dca.


As always, public transportation is highly recommended for this weekend. For CTA service and reroutes, visit www.transitchicago.com .


OEMC asks the public to be cognizant of these and other activities and impacts this weekend, as well as plan for the weather conditions. When attending events, be aware of surroundings and abide by the restrictions in the area for the safety of all. Traffic Control Aides are assigned to various events to facilitate the flow of traffic. For traffic disruptions and emergency alerts notifications, anyone can register to receive texts or emails by subscribing to Notify Chicago at www.notifychicago.org
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