Party Prep

The office of downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly just released the following information about “parking restrictions, street closures and event guidelines that will be in place starting as early as Monday, November 3rd.”


Parking bans will be in effect from Lake Michigan to the Kennedy/Dan Ryan Expressway, as well as the Chicago River to the north to 22nd Street to the south Tuesday, November 4th after the PM rush hour.

Residents are advised to pay special attention to posted signs.


On Saturday, November 1, 2008, Balbo Drive will be closed between Columbus Street and Lake Shore Drive.

After the November 3rd AM rush hour, Columbus Drive will be closed between Congress Parkway and Roosevelt Street.

After the PM rush hour, the closure will extend as far north as Randolph.

Please note that residents may see additional rolling closures throughout the Central Business District from Tuesday afternoon thru Wednesday morning.

(Rolling closures are intermittent and temporary street closures used for motorcades as they travel on city streets. They are enacted for security purposes only.)


The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional service and extend the hours of select bus and rail routes serving the Loop until 2 a.m. for individuals attending election night events downtown - including the Obama Grant Park rally - on Tuesday, November 4.

CTA will operate longer trains; provide additional bus service and later service to accommodate attendees. Temporary street closures in the vicinity of Grant Park may necessitate reroutes so customers should allow extra travel time.

In addition, due to potentially crowded conditions, bicycles will not be allowed on the rail system after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday until 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.


The November 4th event in Hutchinson Field is a ticketed event hosted by the Obama Campaign.

The site opens at 8:30 p.m. and ticketed residents have been asked to enter through either East Congress Parkway or East Jackson Boulevard.

Everyone coming into Hutchinson Field will be screened by event organizers and they have asked that residents refrain from bringing any bags, coolers, bottles, chairs, signs, banners or strollers into the park.

Posted in Aldermania, Expect Delays, Presidential Poop, Public Service Announcement   Tagged: Barack Obama, Brendan Reilly, Grant Park, Hutchinson Field, parking, rolling closures, the CTA   
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