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July 17, 2015

OEMC Advises Chicago To Prepare For Hot Weather As Well As Traffic Impacts During Busy Weekend

Sold-out Taylor Swift concerts, Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Disability Parade, Sox games, as well as heat and humidity, are expected for this weekend

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 This summer weekend in Chicago is full of activities throughout the city and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding residents and visitors to not only be aware of the traffic impacts, but also the weather conditions predicted for this weekend.

Weekend Weather

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Heat Advisory in effect from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. The forecast calls for very warm and humid conditions on Friday and Saturday, with temperature highs in the 90s and possible heat indices rising above 100 degrees. Chances for showers and thunderstorms are also predicted throughout the weekend. OEMC urges attendees at events as well as all Chicagoans to stay hydrated and check on family and neighbors, especially the elderly, during hot conditions. Those needing well-being checks can call 3-1-1 to request assistance.

Taylor Swift Concerts: The 1989 World Tour at Soldier Field

The concerts at Soldier Field begin at 7:00 pm, each night, on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. Gates open at 5:00 pm and parking lots will open at 3:00 p.m. The pick-up area after the concert is located in the 18th St. turnaround immediately to the west of Lake Shore Drive off 18th St. Concertgoers will be subject to back check and bags/backpacks must be smaller than 12"x12"x12". Attendees are also urged to check the Soldier Field website at www.SoldierField.net for prohibited items such as umbrellas, alcoholic beverages and selfie-sticks.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 10K

On Sunday, July 19 the Half Marathon starts at 6:30 a.m. at Columbus and Monroe. Columbus is closed from Jackson to Congress, beginning at noon on Saturday and will remain closed through Sunday afternoon. Expect additional closures on Columbus from Balbo to Grand on race morning, as well as additional closures along the route, which extends from Grand Avenue to 35th Street and Lake Shore Drive to Des Plaines. For more details on the event, visit www.runrocknroll.com.

Disability Pride Parade

This annual parade steps off at 11:00 am on Saturday on State Street and proceeds from Van Buren to Lake Street, Lake to Dearborn to Daley Plaza.

Chicago White Sox Celebrate 2005 Reunion Weekend

The White Sox honor the 10-year anniversary of the team's 2005 World Series championship this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field with games against the Kansas City Royals on Friday at 7:10 pm (fireworks), Saturday at 1:10 pm and Sunday at 1:10 pm.

Pitchfork Music Festival

The sold-out Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park opens at 3:00 pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. The main gate for the event is located on Ashland Avenue, between Washington Boulevard and Lake Street. (There is no longer a smaller gate located at the east end of Washington Boulevard.)

Public Transportation

Public transportation is encouraged when getting to the events. Check the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website for information on additional service for the weekend at www.transitchicago.com .

If You See Something, Say Something

As always, it is the responsibility of all to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. Residents are urged to call 855-RPRT- 2S4 (855-777-8274) – the official toll-free number of the local campaign – to report any non-emergency suspicious activity to local authorities.

Traffic Control Aides will be on hand throughout the city activities to facilitate traffic flow and OEMC continues to monitor events and coordinate with agencies and organizers to ensure public safety.

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