July 11, 2018

Taste of Chicago, Wrigley Field Concerts and Other Events This Weekend Impact Traffic; Residents Reminded of Security Measures

Jimmy Buffet, Def Leppard, Journey at Wrigley Field, Bare Naked Ladies at Northerly Island

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is informing residents of this weekend’s activities that may impact traffic as well as the security measures in place for events. Motorists and pedestrians should be aware of street closures, parking restrictions and crowds, and plan accordingly. As always, at events, in crowds and in everyday life – it is everyone’s responsibility to report suspicious activity and be aware of surroundings.

38th Annual Taste of Chicago
Already underway, the Taste of Chicago is celebrating 38 years of diverse dining community, featuring restaurants and food trucks plus celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, family fun and music.
Event Hours:
Wed, July 11 – Fri, July 13: 11 am - 9 pm
Sat, July 14 – Sun, July 15: 10 am - 9 pm

Petrillo Music Shell Headliners:
Wednesday, July 11: Brandi Carlile at 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 12: Juanes at 5:30 pm
Friday, July 13: Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Are Black Star at 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 14: The Flaming Lips at 4:30 pm
Sunday, July 15: George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic at 4:30 pm

The weather forecast is predicted to be in the upper 80s, along with a chance of thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday. The City advises those attending events to stay updated on weather conditions and heed the warnings of City officials should the need arise. Cooling buses will be on-site throughout the weekend at Monroe St. east of Columbus Dr. (sidewalk) and south of Buckingham Fountain (South Rose Garden).

Get lost in the Tastes, not at the Taste:
Lost? Injured? Witness suspicious activity? Pole marker signage is attached to the light poles throughout Grant Park to help identify locations where traditional street signs are absent. Look up, call 9-1-1 and give the letter/number on the pole nearest your location to help first responders locate you as quickly as possible. These identifier signs can also be used to reunite with friends and family by letting them know where you are at the event if you become separated while you’re enjoying Chicago’s culinary scene.

Street Closures:
The following street closures will remain in effect through Monday, July 16:

  • Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Dr.
  • Jackson St. from Michigan Av. to Columbus Dr.
  • Congress Pkwy. from Columbus Dr. to the Semi-circle
  • Columbus Dr. from Balbo Dr. to Roosevelt Rd.

For more information on the festival including a listing of prohibited items, visit tasteofchicago.us.

Wrigley Field Concerts
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at Wrigley Field on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. The evening also will feature guest Boz Scaggs.

Def Leppard and Journey will perform at Wrigley Field on Saturday, July 14 at 5:45 p.m. Gates open at
4 p.m. The evening also will feature the special guest Pretenders.

Night parking restrictions are in effect for the event and will be strictly enforced. If your vehicle is towed, call 311 City Services to obtain assistance in locating your vehicle.
• Fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for the security measures – including metal detector screenings and bag searches in compliance with policies.

  • Fans are encouraged to enter the ballpark through the gate listed on their tickets.
  • Motorists in the area should be prepared for traffic slowdowns adjacent to the venue, which will be implemented by public safety officials should conditions warrant.
  • Expect street closures on Sheffield Av. from Addison St. to Waveland Av. Additional street closures in the area may be implemented to ensure the public safety, if necessary.
  • Ride Share Drop off/Pick up designations are located at:
    • From North: Irving Park Rd. between Clark St. and Seminary Av.
    • From South: Clark St., south of Roscoe St., facing southbound, west side of 3300 block
      Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island Concert

Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth Tour is Friday, July 13 at 7 pm at Northerly Island. Gates open at 6 pm and parking lots open at 5 pm.

Other events this weekend include the Chinatown Summer Fair, Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City at Guaranteed Rate Field, Windy City Smokeout, V103 Block Party and many neighborhood festivals.

Public Transportation
Public transportation is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit CTA at www.transitchicago.com or Metra at www.metrarail.com.

If You See Something, Say Something
OEMC encourages attendees, venue employees, residents and public to always be aware of surroundings and if you see something, say something to on-site security or call 9-1-1. OEMC will be monitoring these events and TCAs will facilitate traffic.

Notify Chicago
Get Chicago emergency alerts by signing-up for OEMC’s NotifyChicago alert system at www.notifychicago.org. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.

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