The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is reminding residents and fans attending events this weekend to be mindful of surroundings, plan for emergencies, be aware of traffic impacts and prepare for weather conditions, including heat, humidity and possible storms. In addition, attendees should be cognizant of prohibited items and security checks in place, as well as a visibly increased police presence to provide a safe environment for the community and fans.
As with any crowd environment, for any immediate threats, the public is urged to call 9-1-1 or notify on-site security immediately to report any suspicious activity, person or object. Some of these activities may be innocent; but it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. Remember, we all play a role in keeping Chicago safe, so if you see something, say something.
Those enjoying Chicago’s lakefront should be aware of the city’s pole marker signs attached to the light poles throughout Grant Park and the lakefront path from Oak Street to Fullerton and from Montrose to Foster, which can be used to identify your location when calling 9-1-1 to help first responders locate you or can assist friends and family in locating you at an event if you become separated while enjoying festivals and activities.
35th Fiestas Puertorriquenas/Puerto Rican Fest – Thursday, June 15- Sunday, June 18
The event takes place daily in Humboldt Park from Thursday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Street closures on Luis Munoz Marin, from Division Street to North Avenue, will be closed for the duration of the festival and are scheduled to re-open at 11 p.m. on June 21.
Puerto Rican Parade – Saturday, June 17
The annual event steps off Saturday at 2 p.m. from Western and Division and proceeds west on Division to Sacramento. Parade staging area is on Western between Division and Augusta from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Chicago Pride Fest – Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June18
This two-day festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. is on Halsted Street between Addison and Grace, featuring three stage locations. Street closures on Halsted, Bradley Place, Waveland and Grace continue through Monday 4 a.m.
Taste of Randolph – Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18
In the west Loop on Friday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. is the 21st anniversary of the culinary and musical event. Street closures including Randolph, Aberdeen, Carpenter, Morgan, Sangamon and May began Thursday and continue until Monday 6 a.m.
Metallica: WorldWired Tour at Soldier Field – Sunday, June 18
Concert begins at 6 p.m. and gates open at 4 p.m. Only ticketed patrons will be allowed on the immediate grounds at Soldier Field. Street closures on Museum Campus Drive will close after the concert and McFetridge Cul-de-Sac will be closed the day of the concert. Traffic Control Aides will be on hand to facilitate traffic around Soldier Field. Taxi and Ride-Share Drop Off is exclusively at the 18th St. Turnaround, just west of the 18th Exit from Lake Shore Drive; Pick-up location is Balbo and Columbus.
CTA will provide extra bus and rail service for the concert. For additional public transportation options and service, visit the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com . Parking restrictions will be in place around the venue. The neighborhood parking ban is in effect for non-residents (without zoned parking permits). Motorists are urged to read signage before parking near Soldier Field. Concert-goers will be subject to electronic wand screening and bag checks. All bags/backpacks must be smaller than 12"x 12" x 6”. 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.
If an emergency situation arises, instructions will be given over the public-address system and attendees are reminded to follow the direction of public safety personnel. To receive Chicago emergency and non-emergency notifications, register at www.NotifyChicago.org.
The City has been working with organizers well in advance to plan a safe, fun event; however, it is the responsibility of attendees to adhere to event policies. As with all major events, OEMC will monitor activities.
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