June 8, 2018

Busy Summer Weekend in Chicago; Spring Awakening, Blues Festival and Other Events Impact Traffic

OEMC reminds festival-goers of security measures in place

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

  • Millennium Park security perimeter and bag check is effective for Blues Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Firearms, knives and other weapons are prohibited to ensure the public’s safety.
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited. The Chicago Blues Festival did not allow alcohol in Millennium Park last year or in previous years at Grant Park, and like previous years, alcohol will also be prohibited at the two ticketed concerts presented by Jam Productions.
  • Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue at the events where outside alcohol is restricted. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
  • Attendees are reminded that if they see something suspicious to say something to on-site security personnel or call 9-1-1. OEMC works closely with the City's public safety departments and DCASE by planning well in advance of events to ensure the safety of performers, music fans and residents.
  • Participants are urged to be familiar with the surrounding area and to heed warnings, if need be.


Spring Awakening Music Festival - Addams Medill Park, 1301 W 14th Street, 1 pm to 10 pm, Friday through Sunday

  • Entrance is located on Loomis, near 14th Street.
  • All patrons are subject to security wanding and bag checks.
  • 15th Street is eastbound only.
  • There is no re-entry into the festival allowed.
  • Emergency exits are located on the north, east, west and south side of the venue.
  • Ride share and ADA drop-off is located on 15th Street.
  • Ride share pick up locations are located on the west side of Ashland and 14th parking lot.
  • Fans should be aware of the prohibited items including alcohol, laser pointers, tents, lawn chairs, etc. For more, www.springawakeningfestival.com


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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