Another busy summer weekend is on the horizon and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds residents, visitors and participants attending various events throughout the city to be mindful of their surroundings and the resulting traffic impacts.
Several venues will host well-known artists over the next several days, drawing crowds and affecting traffic in the respective areas.
Concerts at United Center, Wrigley Field and Northerly Island:
• Thursday, July 13: Adam Lambert and Queen take the stage at the United Center at 7 p.m.
• Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16: Phish performs at Northerly Island at 7 p.m. each night.
• Saturday, July 15: Jimmy Buffet will play to a sold-out audience at Wrigley Field at 7 p.m.
• Monday, July 17: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will perform at Wrigley Field at 7 p.m.
Concert-goers are encouraged to go the venue-specific websites for information about prohibited items.
Pitchfork Music Festival
The sold-out Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park opens at 3:00 p.m. 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.) Expect street closures on Randolph, Washington and Warren.
Windy City Smokeout
The three-day event returns to the West Loop this weekend and will feature BBQ, musical performances and beer from local and national breweries. Gates open on Friday at 2 p.m. and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Guest and their belongings will be subject to search upon entry or re-entry. Event attendees should check www.windycitysmokeout.com for a list of prohibited items and more information.
Southport Art Festival
On Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, this annual event returns to Southport Avenue between Waveland Avenue to Grace Street and is expected draw large crowds. The two-day street festival highlights some of the city's most innovative and revered artists in a family-friendly setting. Additional attractions include a children's game area, live music performance and various food vendors. For more information, visit www.starevents.com.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 10K
On Sunday, July 16 the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon/10K starts at 6:30 a.m. at Columbus and Monroe. Columbus is closed from Jackson to Congress, beginning early morning on Saturday and will remain closed through Sunday afternoon. Expect additional closures on Columbus from Roosevelt to Grand on race morning, as well as additional closures along the route, which extends from Grand Avenue to 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive to Des Plaines. For more details on the event, visit www.runrocknroll.com.
If You See Something, Say Something
As always, it is the responsibility of all to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity. Those attending events are urged to notify on-site security or call 9-1-1 for any immediate threats.
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 can call 855-RPRT- 2S4 (855-777-8274) – the official toll-free number of the local campaign – to report suspicious activity to local authorities at any time; however, call 9-1-1 for any emergency.
Although, pleasant temperatures and isolated thunderstorms are predicted for the weekend, OEMC reminds all to plan accordingly for the weather to prevent emergency situations. Stay hydrated in sunny, hot temperatures and never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle. Check on neighbors in extreme weather including excessive heat or flooding. Be mindful at venues, beaches, festivals and events of any warnings given and heed the direction of public safety personnel. Check the weather situation when planning outings and keep apprised of updates if extreme weather is expected.
As always, 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.
Traffic Control Aides will be on hand throughout the city activities to facilitate traffic flow. OEMC continues to monitor events and coordinate with agencies and organizers to ensure public safety.
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