(CHICAGO) Authorities are investigating a possible case of mumps at an Andersonville neighborhood elementary school on the North Side.
Chicago Public Schools notified parents on Monday about a case of mumps at Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., according to the district. The case has not been confirmed and the Chicago Department of Public Health considers it a preliminary diagnosis.
“CPS is supporting the Chicago Department of Public Health as it investigates a potential case of mumps,” a statement from CPS said. “A diagnosis has not been confirmed, and we will work with the Department of Public Health to institute any necessary precautionary measures.”
The notification comes in the same week that three cases of the highly contagious disease were confirmed at Barrington High School, along with a fourth unrelated case in the suburb, according to the Lake County Health Department.
Seven additional cases are considered “probable” and 20 more were deemed “suspect” at two high schools, two middle schools and elsewhere in the surrounding area, health officials said.
Mumps is passed through saliva and mucus, especially by sharing cups or other items, officials said. Up to half of people who contract the virus at first show mild or no symptoms, which include fever, headache, loss of appetite and tender salivary glands under the ears.
Meteorologist Ray Stagich’s Forecast:
Temperatures will heat up into the 90s from Friday into Saturday before cooler air settles in on Sunday Saturday – Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90’s and lows in the upper 60’s. Sunday – Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 80’s and lows in the low 60’s.
Date: Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12
Time: Noon until 10:00 p.m.
Location: Logan Square, Chicago
“The street fest celebrates art made using recycled and found materials, and it features local artists, 12 eco-friendly workshops, and live music played by bands from all over the country. Special Events Management puts on a whiskey and wine tasting at the fest for attendees 21 and older.”
Traffic Alert: Milwaukee will be closed between California and Fullerton from Friday through Sunday night.
The Cure at UIC Pavilion
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
When they sold out their first concert scheduled for Friday, June 10, The Cure surprised fans with a second show on Saturday, June 11. Tickets are still on sale here!
Wells Street Art Festival
Date: Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Old Town, 1200-1600 N. Wells St.
There is free admission, though a suggested $7 gate donation benefits the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.
Iconic early-summer art extravaganza in the historic Old Town neighborhood features the works of more than 225 juried artists from across the nation.
Traffic Alert: Wells Street closed between Division on the south to North Avenue on the north.
Grant Park Blues Festival
Date: Friday, June 10 – Sunday, June 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
From cityofchicago.org: The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
Traffic Alert: Jackson Blvd is closed between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive for the festival.
Columbus is also blocked between Monroe and Congress.
Set-up for the Blue Festival from Wednesday through Friday.
Date: Friday, June 10 – Sunday, June 12
Time: Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
Although there is free admission, there is $10 suggested donation.
One of Chicago’s most legendary street festivals and Andersonville’s quintessential yearly celebration, Andersonville Midsommarfest, returns for its 51st year in 2016.
Traffic Alert: Clark Street closed between Foster on the south and Bryn Mawr on the north
Back of the Yards: 47th St closed between Ashland and Damen for the 26th Annual Fiesta Back of the Yards set up and festival. Closures beginning on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. on Monday. The festival begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. and runs thru 10:00 p.m. Sunday.
Lower Wacker Drive westbound between State and Lake there is construction work blocking the right lane blocked for Riverwalk construction.
Blue Line: Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Irving Park and Logan Square, resulting in minor delays nightly 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day.
The Addison station on the Blue Line will temporarily close. A bus shuttle will operate between the Addison and Belmont stations.
Red, Blue, Brown, Pink & Orange Line Alert: Extra capacity is being provided for customers attending the 2016 Blues Festival, Rib Fest, and Spring Awakening events.
Metra’s $8 Weekend Pass
From Metrarail.com: Unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. Can be used in conjunction with Metra’s Family Fares. Not valid for travel on the South Shore (NICTD).
Kids can ride Metra trains for free with their families Memorial Day through Labor day as part of an expanded Family Fares program. More information here.
Hiawatha Service offers new Saturday night round trips starting May 21 and running through September 3, 2016. With the start of the new schedules, Train 343 will depart Chicago at 11:10 pm, and Train 344 will depart Milwaukee at 10:40 pm. Trains 329 and 330 will operate only on weekdays during this three-month period.