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The Steve Dahl Show – July 6, 2018 – Sample

A traffic filled commute leave Steve and Dag bonding over the congested freeways! Sweet Lou Lombardo joins Steve and Dag in studio! Brendan is away in Rhode Island for a wedding! Janet and Steve are attending a brand new musical next week! Steve gives another update on the new platform, plus your emails!

The Steve Dahl Show – June 29, 2018 – Sample

Steve and Brendan come to the conclusion that Dag has no grasp of days that traffic will be heavy! A sunburnt Brendan is nervous about his next dermatologist appointment! A shipping error has Steve concerned that his old iPhone may be lost! Plus your calls!

The Steve Dahl Show – June 8, 2018 – Sample

A heavy traffic morning leaves Steve broadcasting from his basement. While Dag is away playing a gig, Brendan is joined by the one and only Sweet Lou Lombardo! Steve goes down memory lane recalling the first time he met Anthony Bourdain. They also talk Worlds Ocean Day, plus your emails!

The Steve Dahl Show – June 7, 2018 – Sample

Steve and Brendan are joined by Janet today, while Dag is out playing gigs! Janet thinks Steve’s iPad it is making him more creative! A subscriber warns the boys about a taco fest happening in the city! The group talks travel tips, starting a family, and grumpy individuals.

The Steve Dahl Show – May 25, 2018 – Sample

Brendan and Dag are taking over the studio today while Steve is away! It’s a wedding filled weekend for the boys! Dag talks vacation plans with his family! Brendan is heading to Austin, Texas this weekend! The boys call the one and only Don Kleppin to wish him a happy birthday!

The Steve Dahl Show – May 24, 2018 – Sample

The summer weather results in a late start for Dag and Joe! Janet attends granddaughter Mary’s pre-school graduation! Steve invites the gang over for a pool day! Plus Mike Dahl fills us in on what really happened with the train from yesterdays show!

IDOT Announces Roadwork Projects in Berwyn, Lyons, Summit, Stickney, Riverside and many more areas

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM Traffic and Transportation
(CHICAGO) Illinois Department of Transportation announced more roadwork projects this week that will continue over multiple weeks, and in some cases, even months.
Harlem Avenue from 26th Street to Interstate 55, in Berwyn, Lyons, Riverside, Stickney and Forest View will begin to see closures on Monday, April 24th for resurfacing. Harlem will be reduced to one lane in each direction with flaggers during daytime hours. This project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.
In Summit, Archer Road (Illinois 171) from 55th Place to 63rd Street will experience closures for resurfacing and pavement. According to IDOT, in order to complete the work, daytime lane closures will take place in both directions on Archer Road between 55th Place and 63rd Street. This project will focus on improving safety and create new sidewalks and ramps which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2017.
In Gurnee, Illinois 132 between Ferndale Street and Estes Street, will experience closures for a pavement reconstruction project. Westbound traffic on Illinois 132 will be reduced to one lane between Ferndale Street and Estes Street during daytime hours Monday through Friday. Per the scope of the project includes pavement reconstruction, patching, storm sewer improvements and new concrete and gutter. Expect these closures to continue through Fall 2017.

The Weekend AJenda – Let’s Play Dress Up (April 20th – 23rd)

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Ray Stagich’s Weather Forecast:

Thursday | Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 71°F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph.
Friday | Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s.
Saturday | Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s.
Sunday | Sunshine. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

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Weekend A-Jenda: The Easter Brunch Edition

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Ray Stagich’s Weather Forecast:

Friday | Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 69F. (cooler near lake) Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Friday Night | Thunderstorms likely this evening. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms overnight. Low 62F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Saturday | Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High around 80F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph.
Saturday night | Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm after midnight. Low 62F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Easter Sunday | Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s.

Sixteen at the Trump Tower

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Dine like an American president on the anniversary of the rising of Christ!

Sixteen (on the 16th floor of Trump Tower) is hosting Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny!

Just as one would expect at a Trump event, be prepared to meet MasterChef Junior Season 5 Contestant Avani.

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $165
Children 5-12 – $50
Price includes one glass of sparkling wine or mimosa; excludes tax and gratuity.


 

Bunny Brunch at Lamb’s Farm

Date:  Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15
Time: Seatings at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Location: Libertyville

From the website: Join us for a delicious buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery then take a walk over to the Bunny Patch! At the Bunny Patch kids can enjoy Spring crafts, activities and get a photo with the Easter bunny! Some of our Farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning.

The price for all is $16.95, however, children 23-months and younger are only $7.95 with Bunny activities.

Call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery for reservations at 847-362-5050.


 

Cog Hill Presents Easter Sunday Brunch

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cog Hill Golf Course, Lemont

It’s always a beautiful day when dining at Cog Hill. With a display of more than 25 breakfast, lunch and other items, you will surely leave satisfied after a long Lenten season.

The prices are as follows:
Adults – $32.95
Children under 10 – $12.95
Children under six years of age are complimentary.


 

Easter Sunday Brunch at Drury Lane

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Oakbrook Terrace

Celebrate Easter Sunday with food and fun for the entire family! Our delicious brunch is perfect for all ages, featuring an elaborate buffet featuring over seven stations, plus mimosas and bellinis for the adults.

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $50
Children 6 to 12 – $15
Children 3 to 5 – $10
Children 2 and Under – FREE!


 

Easter Brunch at The Onion Pub

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Barrington

Pork Loin, Cod, and Chicken Stir Fry are just some of the non-traditional items you can splurge on at this Easter brunch.

Reservations are recommended, and a full menu can be found here.

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $37.95
Children 5 to 12 – $14.95
Children 4 & under – FREE!


 

Thunderbird Bar & Grill

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: Opens at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Germain, Wisconsin

Ray Stevens recommends this locale to spend your Easter brunch. Break the 40-day-abstinence by drinking your brunch!


 

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Easter Brunch

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lakeview, Chicago

This looks like maybe the most fun Easter brunch out there! Half price Stoli martinis, pink champagne, a four-course meal, and live performances!

The price? Only $39.95 for brunch and a show. However, it is adult only!

 


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Various roadwork projects began on Monday, April 10 in the metro, and will continue long term in some areas.

Lane closures along U.S. 30 will happen both during the day and night in both directions from Lincoln Station Drive to 143rd Street in Plainfield, Aurora and Oswego for resurfacing. This project has an expected end date of late summer 2017.

Nightly lane closures on the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) between I-57 and Martin Luther King Drive will happen during the overnight hours in Chicago for resurfacing. Both the inbound and outbound sides will be affected through the end of the spring season.

Temporary lane closures in Des Plaines along Wolf Road from Rand Road (U.S. 12) to Golf Road (Illinois 58will take place during off-peak travel hours between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with has an anticipation completion date during this spring.

Finally, intersection improvement on Butterfield Road in Aurora at Raddant Road including widening, drainage improvements and new traffic signal installation. The overall project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.

 

CTA Alerts and Route Changes

BLUE LINE

Apr 14 – 15
11:30pm Fri to 4am Sat
Boarding Change, Delays Between Division and California
How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the Forest Park-bound platform at the Damen and Western (O’Hare branch) stations.
Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Division and California, resulting in minor delays.
Allow extra travel time.
Why is service being changed?
We are performing track maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Blue Line.
Bus Routes
The bus reroutes listed below are short-term reroutes during this weekend or long-term reroutes beginning this weekend. For a full list of bus reroutes currently in place, please visit the Bus Alerts page.

#22 Clark Temporary Reroute
9am, Thu, Apr 13 to 4pm, Sat, May 13 or completion
How does this affect my trip?
Southbound buses will operate via Clark, Polk, and Dearborn, ending their trips at Dearborn/Polk.
Northbound buses will begin their trips at Dearborn/Polk.
Why is service being changed?
Buses are being rerouted due to street construction on Clark between Polk and Harrison.
#36 Broadway Temporary Reroute
Sat, Apr 15
7pm to 11:30pm or completion
How does this affect my trip?
Southbound buses will operate via State, Chicago, Clark, and Erie, then resume their normal route on State.
Northbound buses will operate via State, Huron, Dearborn, and Chicago, then resume their normal route on State.
Allow extra travel time.
Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Holy Name Cathedral Easter Vigil Mass.

Police: Person killed in SW Side crash

(CHICAGO) One person was killed in a crash early Thursday on the Southwest Side, authorities said.

A car collided with a garbage truck shortly after 4 a.m. on Harlem Avenue near 63rd Street, according to preliminary information from Chicago Police and Fire Media Affairs.

One person was dead at the scene, authorities said. Further details were not immediately available.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released information about the death.

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Roadwork in Barrington, South Barrington and Barrington Hills

(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Transportation has released information for more road construction projects beginning the week of April 10.

There will be daily, off-peak closures on Illinois 59 between Barrington Road & Higgins Road, in Barrington, Barrington Hills and South Barrington for patching and resurfacing.

IL-59 will be reduced to one lane with flaggers during construction activities that will continue through the end of summer 2017.

In another project, the Foster Avenue bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Keeler Avenue and Pulaski Road daily.

These closures are for a bridge painting project that will extend the life span of the bridge. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2017.

Spring Roadwork from the Illinois Department of Transportation

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM Traffic
(CHICAGO) Various roadwork projects began on Monday, April 10 in the metro, and will continue long term in some areas.

Lane closures along U.S. 30 will happen both during the day and night in both directions from Lincoln Station Drive to 143rd Street in Plainfield, Aurora and Oswego for resurfacing. This project has an expected end date of late summer 2017.

Nightly lane closures on the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) between I-57 and Martin Luther King Drive will happen during the overnight hours in Chicago for resurfacing. Both the inbound and outbound sides will be affected through the end of the spring season.

Temporary lane closures in Des Plaines along Wolf Road from Rand Road (U.S. 12) to Golf Road (Illinois 58will take place during off-peak travel hours between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with has an anticipation completion date during this spring.

Finally, intersection improvement on Butterfield Road in Aurora at Raddant Road including widening, drainage improvements and new traffic signal installation. The overall project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.

Weekend A-Jenda: Flower Fest, Color Fest and Opening Weekend…it is Officially Spring!

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Ray Stagich’s Weather Forecast

Friday | Few clouds early, otherwise…Plenty of sunshine. High 56F. (40s lakefront) Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night | Partly cloudy skies. Low 37F. (colder suburbs) Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday | Sunny, breezy and milder…. High 69F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Saturday night | A few clouds from time to time. Low around 55F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday | Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s.
 

Spin to Break the Cycle

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: First session at 8:00 a.m.
Location: House of Blues, Chicago

From the website: On Saturday, April 8th, Spin to Break the Cycle takes over the iconic House of Blues Chicago uniting individuals, corporations and the greater Chicago community as together we help break the cycle and invest in the future of Chicago’s youth – creating stronger, safer, and healthier communities.

This high-energy spin (indoor cycling) event raises funds to support World Sport Chicago’s initiatives that leverage the transformative power of play and sport to mobilize communities to collectively make lasting change in their own community. Some of the city’s most recognized personalities, fitness instructors and organizations will enhance the excitement of the day in a spin event like none other.

For more information and reservations, visit the event website here: http://www.spintobreakthecycle.com/


Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field


Macy’s Flower Show

Date:  Through Sunday, April 9th
Time: Friday & Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Macy’s on State Street

Via the event website: Throughout the two weeks of Macy’s Flower Show, come enjoy a commemorative art installation representing the Chicago World’s Fair by Steven Crissey. The Chicago World’s Fair was meant to do far more than merely amuse the public; it ultimately showcased art, science, commerce and industry while creating a gathering place for people of all social classes. Steven Crissey is an American multimedia artist, focusing on design, painting and illustration, based in Chicago. To see more of Steven’s work, please feel free to follow him on Instagram at @coolsaysnev or check out stevencrissey.com.

Kids can learn the tricks of the trade for circus performers on Saturday at noon. Juggling, plate spinning, and other non-traditional skills to be learned on the ninth floor. Click here to RSVP your eight to 14-year-old.

Holi -The Festival Of Colors

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time:11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Naperville

Fun with color! Downtown Naperville will be painted in rainbow for this peaceful event of bathing yourself, friends and strangers in color. The organizer’s website states, “People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Festival promotes friendship while offering an occasion to forgive and forget.We will supply bags of organic, safe, dry colors for a small donation of $ 2 each.”

The event is a festival in Hindu tradition that closes out the winter and welcomes the spring with love.


2017 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four Hockey Championship Game

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: United Center

On Saturday, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office, there will be several events and a free Frozen Fest for fans which is open to the public. “Frozen Fest will be the place to be for all hockey fans young and old. The festival-within-a-festival will be packed with red carpet team arrivals, pep rallies, live music, giveaways, games, local food, special appearances and more. Frozen Fest will be outside the United Center in Lot C, near gates two and three off of Madison Avenue.”

Click here for a full schedule of events.


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Randolph Street between Franklin and Wells will be closed to remove a construction crane at the 151 N. Franklin Development. Randolph will be closed between Franklin and Wells Streets from 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10th.

Clinton Street between Fulton and Kinzie for Metra track maintenance. The closure will start at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 and continue until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 10.


CTA Alerts and Route Changes

RED LINE
Apr 7 – 8
11:00 p.m. on Friday to 5:00 a.m. on Saturday
95th-bound Trains Bypass Jarvis Thru Bryn Mawr Stations
How does this affect my trip?
95th-bound trains will not stop at Jarvis, Morse, Loyola, Granville, Thorndale or Bryn Mawr stations.
For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.
For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Berwyn and transfer to a Howard-bound train.
For the full schedule of changes, visit http://www.transitchicago.com/weekend/

Weekend A-Jenda: Shamrock Shuffin’ to the Safehouse (March 30th – April 2nd, 2017)

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Kids Day at the Chicago Bulls Game

Date:  Saturday, April 1st
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: United Center

The Chicago Bulls play Atlanta for an afternoon game on Saturday, April 1st. Join Henry!

Here is how to get tickets!


 

SafeHouse Chicago’s Grand Opening

Date:  Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Time: Open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (However, you need a secret ticket to get in between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – after 8:00 p.m., feel free to conduct espionage as you will)
Location: 60 E. Ontario, River North Neighborhood, Chicago

The popular 50-year-old Milwaukee location set up shop in the second city.
In March 2017, the Safehouse Chicago, an eclectic spy-themed entertainment restaurant, opened for business.
Jen went undercover as an informant to grab intel to share with all of the spies thinking about visiting this secret espionage headquarters.


 

2017 Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Date:  Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Time: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Grant Park

Traffic Implications: From the official website – No Parking Zones along the course will be enforced beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Please look for No Parking signs in your area for full details.

Street closures along the route will occur between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The roads in Grant Park will be closed longer.

City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through (at a 15-minute mile pace).

The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets, they will do so in a manner ensuring runner and spectator safety.

Please follow their instructions when approaching streets on the course.

Do NOT attempt to block the race course at any time.

Full List of Street Closures:
Columbus Dr. from Roosevelt Rd. to Grand Ave.
Grand Ave. from Columbus Dr. to State St.
State St. from Grand Ave. to Jackson Blvd.
Jackson Blvd. from State St. to La Salle St.
La Salle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Randolph St.
Randolph St. from La Salle St. to Franklin St.
Franklin St. from Randolph St. to Harrison St.
Harrison St. from Franklin St. to Michigan Ave.
S. Michigan Ave. (northbound lanes) from Harrison St. to Roosevelt Rd.
Roosevelt Rd. (westbound lanes) from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr.
*No parking will be allowed on these streets starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 2. Vehicles that are not removed from the street by that time will be ticketed and towed.


 

Baconfest Chicago

Date:  Friday, March 31st & Saturday, April 1st
Time: Various
Location: UIC Forum

The Baconfest Manifesto states that Baconfest USA is in the business of creating bacon-related memories. Although the menu changes from the lunch session to the dinner session, the thing that remains the same is an abundant supply of local restaurants featuring their bacon-oriented dishes.

Tickets are still available for all sessions here.


 

Kris Kristofferson

Date:  Sunday, April 2nd
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: City Winery

True WLS fans can appreciate a live rendition of “Ride Like the Wind,” and there’s a small chance that dream can be made true this weekend. Visit the City Winery website to find our how to get in.


Peter Frampton

Date:  Saturday, April 1st
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets and VIP packages are still available at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts website!


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Jane Addams Construction Local road lane closures started at the Roselle Road Interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Schaumburg. These will continue through the summer for lighting, traffic signal, shoulder and landscaping work. Currently, one right lane in both directions is closed on Roselle Road between Hillcrest Boulevard and Central Avenue.

Bridge Repair Project on 115th Street over the Bishop Ford will be reduced to one lane in each direction, per the Illinois Department of Transportation. Nightly lane closures also will be required on the Bishop Ford under the 115th Street bridge, as needed.

 

 

CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

BLUE, BROWN, RED LINES 

Sun, Apr 2

More Frequent Rail Service, Increased Capacity for 2017 Shamrock Shuffle

How does this affect my trip?
Red Line: Trains will operate from Howard every 7-8 minutes from 7am to 9:30am, and every 7-8 minutes from 95th/Dan Ryan from 8am to 9:45am.

Blue Line: Longer trains will operate in both directions between O’Hare and Forest Park from 6am to 1pm.

Brown Line: Longer trains will operate in both directions between Kimball and the Loop from 5am to 1pm.

Why is service being changed?
Added service is being provided for the convenience of customers attending the 2017 Shamrock Shuffle.

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CTA construction to cause lane closure on Dan Ryan

(CHICAGO) Starting this week, one inbound lane will close on the Dan Ryan Expressway for several months to make way for construction on the CTA Red Line’s 95th/Dan Ryan train station and bus terminal.

Construction for the CTA’s 95th Street Terminal Improvement Project requires an extended closure of the left inbound lane where I-57 merges into the Dan Ryan, just north of 95th Street, according to a statement from the CTA. The lane closure will begin Saturday, weather permitting, and last until fall 2017.

The closure, which was also in effect in fall 2016, could cause delays in the area, the transit agency said. Traffic monitoring devices and changeable message signs will be installed along northbound I-57 and Illinois State Police will be adding extra patrols in the area, to enforce work zone speed limits, among other things. Drivers are urged to allow extra time for trips in the area and pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones.

Workers will be completing construction on the new facility’s foundations, and working on what will be two CTA terminal buildings – one north and one south of 95th Street – that will replace the transit agency’s existing 95th Street bus and rail facility, the CTA said.

For more information on the project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/95thTerminal/.

Eastbound I-80 reopens after jack-knifed semis close lanes

(JOLIET) Two jack-knifed semi trucks temporarily closed all eastbound lanes of I-80 early Tuesday in southwest suburban Joliet.

The semis jack-knifed about 3:25 a.m. on eastbound I-80 just east of the Des Plaines River bridge, according to Illinois State Police. The crashes were “minor” and no injuries were reported.

All eastbound lanes were closed in the area, but were reopened to traffic by 5:10 a.m., police said. Slick road conditions likely played a role, as a lake-effect snow system was forecasted to bring up to 10 inches of snow in parts of the Chicago area by midday Tuesday.

Crashes close I-55 in Channahon

(CHANNAHON) Lanes of I-55 were closed in both directions Wednesday morning after at least two crashes in southwest suburban Channahon.

One crash, which involved eight to 10 cars, happened at 5:49 a.m. near Arsenal Road, according to Illinois State Police.

Police said a separate crash happened about that same time in the northbound lanes of I-55 near the bridge over the Des Plaines River.

No injuries were reported as of 7:30 a.m., but all three southbound lanes were closed to traffic and traffic on the northbound side was only getting by on the shoulder, police said. Further details were not immediately available.

Snow was forecasted in areas south of I-80 through 9 a.m. Tuesday. The Illinois Department of Transportation warned drivers to be cautious of snow or ice-covered roads in the area throughout the morning commute.

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Traffic Tips for the Chicago Auto Show

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic & Transportation

(CHICAGO) Each year the Chicago Auto Show attracts over one million visitors each year to its McCormick Place home. Presented by the oldest and largest automotive trade association, CATA (the Chicago Automobile Trade Association), the show debuts a variety of new automobiles from various manufacturers.

This year, the event falls in the middle of lengthy roadwork projects from the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Stevenson and other arterial roadways around McCormick Place. However, organizers of the Chicago Auto Show have made accommodations to ease travel time impacts for the masses of people traveling to the event.

The Chicago Auto Show website states that, “there is extensive shuttle bus service from all area parking lots to and from McCormick Place, and Weekend and Presidents Day shuttle service from the Millennium Park Garage. Weekend shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.” Parking at the Millennium garages vary, however on Presidents Day weekend, there will be a 12-hour rate of $18.

Parking is ample at McCormick Place in three parking lots. Lots A & C cost $23 and are indoors, while Lot B is open-air, costs $15 and is accessible from the 31st Street exit off Lake Shore Drive. Visitors after 6:00 p.m. are charged $10 for parking on the dates of the show only.

Public Transportation to the Chicago Auto Show

via ChicagoAutoShow.com

CTA

Getting to the Chicago Auto Show by train is now even more convenient with the Cermak- McCormick Place Green Line station, which is approximately three blocks west of the venue. Customers traveling on the Red, Brown, Orange and Blue lines can make free transfers to the Green Line at the following locations:

  • Red and Orange Lines: make a free transfer at Roosevelt and board a 63rd-bound Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Blue Line: make a free transfer at Clark/Lake (farecard required) and board a 63rd- bound Green Line train from the Loop Elevated platform.
  • Brown and Pink Lines: free transfers to 63rd-bound Green Line trains can be made at the Clark/Lake, State/Lake and Adams/Wabash Loop Elevated stations.

Chicago Metra Train and CTA Bus Map | McCormick Place Transportation Gates

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Additional buses will operate between Fairbanks/Ontario and McCormick Place approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, this additional service will be provided beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (Note: 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday).

Special “Auto Show” Buses
Special Auto Show all-electric buses will operate between the Ogilvie Transportation Center/Union Station and McCormick Place approximately every 12 to 30 minutes on weekdays, every 7.5 to 30 minutes on Saturdays, and every 10 to 30 minutes on Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. On the last Monday of the event, bus service will be provided beginning 9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

These buses will have either “To Auto Show McCormick Place” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown” in their destination signs depending on the direction of travel and can be boarded from the following locations:

  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: on Clinton at Madison.
  • Union Station: from the corner of Clinton and Quincy or Jackson Boulevard and the Chicago River.
  • Museum Campus: on Columbus at 11th Street.
  • McCormick Place: at Gate #26.

SOUTH SHORE

The South Shore provides train service to McCormick Place on weekends. Check the weekend schedule here. In addition, the South Shore will stop select weekday trains at the McCormick Place station, click here for the Chicago Auto Show Weekday Service Bulletin.

Metra UP-NW service halted after train hits vehicle on NW Side

(CHICAGO) Trains were halted in both directions Thursday morning on Metra’s Union Pacific-Northwest Line after a train hit a vehicle in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Emergency crews were responding at 7:20 a.m. to reports of a train striking a vehicle near Nagle and Northwest Highway, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Details about the crash were not immediately known.

Inbound train No. 610, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 7:22 a.m., struck the vehicle, according to a service alert from Metra. Trains were halted in both directions near the Gladstone Park station as a result of the crash and the transit agency was anticipating “extensive delays.”

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DuPage County launches app to report road issues

(CHICAGO) Earlier this month, an app to report road issues was launched by DuPage County transportation.

The web-based application allows residents to report potholes, signal outages and other safety issues, according to a statement from DuPage County.

Residents can access the web app at gis.dupageco.org/citizenreporter or through the county’s Navigate DuPage app, authorities said.

“This app is one more tool in our kit as we work to keep our roads in excellent condition,” said DuPage County Transportation Committee Chairman Don Puchalski in the statement. “Using the application, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can alert us to an unsafe condition so we can remedy the situation much faster. It’s a win-win for our taxpayers and our road crews.”