With the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend upon us, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), along with the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department, are emphasizing that safety is a priority when celebrating and enjoying the many events and activities the weekend in Chicago.
Several events with large crowds are scheduled, including Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier; the Styx and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts concert on Saturday at Northerly Island; the Chosen Few Festival and Picnic at Jackson Park on Saturday; and the Radiohead concert on Saturday at the United Center. The Chicago Cubs will be also in town through Sunday, taking on the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.
The public safety departments will enhance staffing throughout the weekend to ensure the safety and security of the city. In addition, attendees at events as well as the traveling public are urged to be aware of surroundings and report suspicious activity to 9-1-1. Some of these activities could be innocent, but it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. As always, OEMC will monitor events and weather conditions, and traffic control aides will be deployed to assist with traffic.
4th OF JULY AT NAVY PIER
Navy Pier’s 4th of July Aon Summer Fireworks presented by Miller Lite will take place at 9:30 p.m.
With large crowds expected, it is anticipated that at some time during the day, to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close. Attendees are encouraged to plan their visits accordingly, including arriving early. For the most up-to-the-minute information throughout the day on July 4, follow Navy Pier on Twitter at @NavyPier.
4th OF JULY COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
The Chicago Police and Fire Departments are reminding those celebrating at home and throughout their communities that all fireworks are illegal in Chicago. Many injuries and traumas to the eyes, fingers and face are a potential danger of any type of firework and parents can be criminally responsible for child endangerment if they permit children to use fireworks. Many people do not realize that the so called “sparklers” are also illegal in Chicago and can cause serious burns and potential clothing fires.
CHOSEN FEW PICNIC & FESTIVAL – JACKSON PARK
On Saturday, the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 63rd Street and Hayes Drive. Parking restrictions will be in effect and traffic impacts are expected. For more information, including a list of prohibited items, visit www.chosenfewdjs.com.
NORTHERLY ISLAND CONCERT – STYX / JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
On Saturday, Styx and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform at Northerly Island. Fans attending the concert should be aware of the prohibited items and security checks. Residents and motorists can expect traffic impacts in the area as well. For more information, visit www.livenation.com/venues/14638/huntington-bank-pavilion-at-northerly-island.
TASTE OF CHICAGO STREET CLOSURES
In addition, some Taste of Chicago street closures have gone in effect, with more being implemented in the coming days, all of which will be in effect until July 16 for the annual food festival, which starts July 11 in Grant Park and continues to July 15. Columbus Drive is closed from Roosevelt Rd to Monroe St (Balbo remains open); Congress Pkwy from Columbus Drive to the semi-circle and Jackson Blvd from Michigan Ave to Lake Shore Drive are closed and will re-open to traffic by 4 p.m. on July 16.
As always, public transportation is highly encouraged this weekend. CTA will provide extra bus and rail service this weekend for venues. For additional public transportation options and service, visit www.transitchicago.com.
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