Summer in the city is in full swing with many special events this weekend, as the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages residents and attendees to plan for additional traffic, and delays, increased crowds and stormy weather conditions. Along with the iconic Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park and the popular Spring Awakening Music Festival at Addams Medill Park, several neighborhood festivals will take place throughout the city. OEMC also reminds those attending Blues Fest to be aware of the enhanced security plan at Millennium Park to help ensure safety and improve visitor experience.
“For the safety of all – attendees, residents, motorists and first responders - OEMC continues to emphasize the importance of being aware of surroundings at the many venues around the city and plan accordingly,” said OEMC Executive Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Those enjoying Chicago’s great summer events should always have meeting plans in place in case of an emergency and report any situations that appear to pose a possible threat by calling 9-1-1 or by notifying on-site security.”
Chicago Blues Festival – Millennium Park, 11 am to 9:30 pm, Friday through Sunday
Spring Awakening Music Festival - Addams Medill Park, 1301 W 14th Street, 1 pm to 10 pm, Friday through Sunday
OEMC urges those attending the many events throughout the city to be cognizant of the weather conditions and to heed messages from officials if needed. If an emergency arises, instructions will be given over the public-address system and attendees are reminded to follow the direction of public safety personnel.
Traffic Control Aides are deployed to facilitate traffic. For alerts on traffic disruptions and emergency notifications, register at www.NotifyChicago.org
As always, public transportation is recommended for traveling to venues. For CTA service and re-routes, visit www.transitchicago.com
If You See Something, Say Something
Participants, spectators, residents and motorists/pedestrians in the areas of activity are reminded to report suspicious activity to on-site security or by calling 9-1-1.
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