Roads closed before Mexican Independence Day celebrations; Residents must show ID to pass – NBC Chicago
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications announced that several roads will be closed ahead of Mexico’s Independence Weekend celebrations and residents will be required to show identification to pass.
Due to the expected increase in traffic activity, officials said residents can expect the following phased closures from Friday evening through Sunday:
- DuSable Lake Shore Drive
- Roosevelt Road
- Michigan Avenue
- Ida B. Wells Promenade
- Columbus Road
Residents who live or work in the affected areas will also be required to present a valid driver’s license or work ID to Chicago authorities in order to enter or pass through the area.
Beyond these celebrations, which caused traffic jams in the loop and spilled onto Lake Shore Drive earlier this week, traffic impacts are expected from a variety of other events taking place this weekend. , including Riot Fest, Guns N ‘Roses and Dead & Company concerts at Wrigley Field and the Chicago Bears season opener.
Here are some upcoming events that could impact traffic across the city:
- Thursday to Sunday: Riot Fest at Douglass Park from day to night
- Friday: Art on the Mart Fall Opener on the Chicago Riverwalk at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: Dead & Company concert at Wrigley Field at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday: PAWS Chicago 5K race at Montrose Harbor at Grove 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Saturday: ALS Walk for Life event at Soldier Field at 11 a.m. with pre-walk festivities starting at 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday: Chicago In Tune Blues musical performance at Millennium Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: Art Fest on Michigan Avenue at 435 N. Michigan Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals season opens at noon, parking lots open at 8 a.m.
The OEMC urged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or situation to 911. Officials said they would also monitor events over the next few days.
Street closures could be in effect for larger events throughout the weekend at the discretion of the OEMC, officials noted.