Downtown Access Restricted Every Night Through The WeekendNishat Ahmedon August 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Beginning earlier this week, shutdowns in the city and surrounding communities (with specific attention on the Loop) happened nightly after vandalism and looting erupted in response to the police shooting of a 20-year-old man in Englewood. The shutdowns and restrictions began Monday night and will continue every night through the weekend. 

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From 9 pm to 6 am, access to the Loop will be especially difficult. Those that work in or live in the Loop and the surrounding areas can still move in and out, but for any others, travel will be difficult. A press release from the Office of Emergency Management and Communication notes that the restrictions will end at 6 am on Monday.


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Access points to restricted areas will be overseen by Chicago Police. For residents, employees, and business owners, police will be checking for proof they work or live in the area. Restrictions will include the following: Lake Shore Drive between Fullerton Avenue and I-55 will have in-bound and out-bound ramps closed, as well the in-bound for Belmont. The LaSalle Street, Harrison Street, Ida B. Wells, Lake Shore Drive, Columbus Avenue, Kinzie Street, and Grand Avenue bridges are the bridges that will be accessible. 

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Buses will remain operational but with reroutes in place. The Downtown area from Fullerton Avenue to 47th and east of Halsted Street will see a halting of CTA trains. I-90/94 between Roosevelt Road and Division Street will find its ramps closed.  Harrison Street, Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street, Roosevelt Road and Canal Street, Kinzie and Halsted streets, and LaSalle Street will be the access points for residents and business folks to enter Downtown.


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