Melissa Stratton 312.746.9454
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Aldermen Tom Tunney (44) and James Balcer (11) along with Chicago Police officials and representatives from the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs today reminded fans and residents of seasonal parking restrictions and safety measures in place for the 2014 baseball season. The White Sox begin home games on Monday at 3:10 p.m. against the Minnesota Twins and the Cubs take on the Philadelphia Phillies in their home opener on Friday, April 4 at 1:20 p.m. in Wrigley Field.
"With opening day finally here after a long, cold winter, we join Chicagoans in wishing the Cubs and White Sox well and remind fans about the strict enforcement of parking and public intoxication restrictions to help minimize impacts to nearby neighborhoods and businesses," said OEMC Executive Director Gary W. Schenkel.
Both 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer and 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney reminded fans to respect the surrounding communities as they cheer on their favorite teams. Residents and fans should also be aware of the neighborhood parking restrictions surrounding each ballpark area, to display the required parking permits, and to adhere to other regulations in effect on game days.
Throughout the season, the Chicago Police stress the strict enforcement of public intoxication ordinances and DUI laws, as well as City and State liquor laws that prohibit over-serving and serving alcohol to minors. Additionally, the peddling of goods without a license and the selling or soliciting the sale of residential parking passes is illegal. The Chicago Police will have an increased presence around the both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field to ensure public safety on game days.
To assist with increased traffic and activity at the ballparks, the Traffic Management Authority will deploy Traffic Control Aides on game days at both U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field. With more Cubs home night games planned for this season - primarily on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings - those in the area of Wrigley Field should be cognizant of the night game LV2 permit parking. If your vehicle is towed, call 3-1-1 City Services to obtain assistance in locating your vehicle.
To ease traffic congestion near Wrigley Field, a there is a new free remote lot at Basic Wire & Cable located at 3900 N. Rockwell, which replaces the previous remote lot at DeVry.
Public transportation is recommended to and from the games on both sides of town. For Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Train and Bus information, visit www.transitchicago.com.
Additionally, this year marks the Chicago Cubs' historic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field, and festivities are scheduled all season long to commemorate one of the sport's most beloved ballparks. For more information, visit wrigleyfield100.com.
As always, OEMC encourages attendees, ballpark employees and fans to always be aware of surroundings and report any suspicious objects or activity by calling 9-1-1.
Those interested in receiving up-to-date information on traffic disruptions, severe weather, Cubs and Sox game day traffic notices, Chicago emergency alerts and other messages, can sign-up for OEMC’s NotifyChicago alert system at www.notifychicago.org. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.
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.