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Weekend A-Jenda: June 9th – 12th

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.

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White Sox Play at Home with Live WLS-AM 890 Pre-Game Broadcast

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Section 112, Chicago
Time: 12:30 p.m.

June 11th events

Join Connor McKnight at the Xfinity Zone in Section 112 of U.S. Cellular Field before the game on Saturday, June 11 for the pre-game show LIVE beginning at 12:30 p.m.!


Roselle Cruise Nights

Date: Friday, June 10th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion Hall, Roselle

Live entertainment and the WLS-AM 890 Street Team!
For more information: http://www.cruiseroselle.com/


Remix Chicago Street Fest

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.”

For more information visit the Remix Chicago website.

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.

Via the City of Chicago Website
Via the City of Chicago Website


Andersonville Midsommarfest

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


Other Festivals

from Festing.com

Promenade of Art 06/11/2016 Arlington Heights, IL
Railroad Daze 06/09/2016 Franklin Park, IL
Pride of the Fox Riverfest 06/09/2016 Saint Charles, IL
Andersonville Midsommarfest 06/10/2016 Chicago, IL
Ribfest Chicago 2016 06/10/2016 Chicago, IL
Chicago Blues Festival 06/10/2016 Chicago, IL
ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest 06/10/2016 Ottawa, IL
Concert in the park, Lock Rocks Lockport 06/10/2016 Romeoville, IL
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival 06/11/2016 Morris, IL
Island Rendezvous 06/11/2016 Romeoville, IL


Traffic and Travel

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.


Emanuel defends Soldier Field rally for Blackhawks after free tickets snapped up

(CHICAGO) Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to hold what he promised would be a civic celebration “worthy of a dynasty” for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks at a lakefront stadium that can hold just 61,500 fans, the Sun-Times is reporting.

And later in the day, the city announced that the original, planned parade route would be more than doubled to accommodate fans.

Free tickets to Thursday’s Soldier Field rally were gone in minutes — then quickly offered for resale at a profit. That put Emanuel under the gun to offer an explanation.

If Grant Park was too soggy for the rally after torrential rains, why not hold the rally on downtown streets, as the city did at Michigan and Wacker for the Blackhawks in 2010, at La Salle and Wacker for the World Series champion White Sox in 2005 and at Daley Center Plaza when the 1985 Bears won the Super Bowl?

If Emanuel was willing to close South Loop streets for days to make way for the NFL draft — and waive a $937,000 rental fee for the use of Grant Park — why not close a few downtown streets for a few hours for the Blackhawks?

“The normal place we were gonna do [it was] Grant Park. I’m not responsible [for the soggy conditions]. Only you and my mother would agree that I was responsible for the rain the other day. And it would rip it up in a way that would create millions and millions of dollars in damage,” Emanuel said.

“We’ve found the venue and also the screens we’re gonna have so people both in and out can appreciate the event and do it in a world-class way that . . . will be appropriate for both the team and more importantly for the fans throughout the area.”

Emanuel denied that the seating capacity of Soldier Field essentially discourages the Blackhawks burgeoning fan base from attending the civic celebration that has become like old hat after three Stanley Cups in six years.

“We’re gonna have screens out there so [the overflow crowd] can watch it. . . . We’re gonna do it in a way that everybody can participate,” the mayor said.

Viewing screens will be in the south parking lot outside Soldier Field.

“Given what happened weather-wise, which was an unusual event, this is a longer parade than we had a couple years ago. It provides more people an opportunity along the parade route. And this is a safe place to do it and will also provide people who don’t make it in the event to also experience the event as well.”

Although some fans are disappointed, it could be worse, the mayor said.

“The way I see it is, it’s better to have the event here in the city of Chicago than to watch it on TV in Tampa,” he said.

Emanuel defended the celebration as City Hall released more details of Thursday’s event.

The new parade route will now begin at Washington and Racine and head east along Washington to DesPlaines, then south on DesPlaines to Monroe, then east on Monroe to Michigan Avenue, where the parade will end.

Double-decker buses carrying the players and front office personnel will lead the parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. Drinking is strictly prohibited on the public way, City Hall said, promising a “zero-tolerance” policy.

The motorcade is expected to arrive at Soldier Field at 11 a.m., when the rally will begin. Soldier Field will be open to those holding free tickets beginning at 8 a.m. The parking lots will open at 5 a.m., but no tailgating will be permitted.

Ticketed fans were encouraged to arrive early for the mandatory security check. Fans carrying backpacks and large bags will undergo additional screening. Fans will be allowed to carry unopened water bottles into the rally.

Fans were encouraged to take public transportation, but expect large crowds and delays. The CTA and Metra are adding service to accommodate additional passengers.

CTA increasing train service for NFL Draft, Polish parade downtown

(CHICAGO) The CTA is increasing train service through Saturday for NFL Draft 2015 festivities and the Polish Constitution Day Parade downtown.

More than 100,000 fans are expected to head downtown starting Thursday for the three-day event at the Auditorium Theatre and at the free, interactive Draft Town event in Grant Park, according to the Sun-Times.

The 124th Polish Constitution Day Parade will also draw large crowds Saturday along its route on Dearborn from Lake to Van Buren, according to the organizer’s website. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m.

Because of these two events, the CTA will operate longer trains on the Blue, Brown, Green and Orange Line trains from 4 p.m. to midnight both Thursday and Friday, the transit agency said in a release. Longer trains will run all day Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Riders should keep in mind that Brown Line trains will be rerouted to the Red Line subway all weekend starting at 8 p.m. Friday because of an ongoing construction project, the CTA said.

Brown Line trains will operate normally between Kimball and Fullerton. Riders affected by the construction should allow extra time to get downtown, the CTA said.

Street closures for this weekend’s events will also affect CTA bus service on 21 different downtown routes.

NFL Draft activities will temporarily close Congress Plaza and relocate or detour buses along Michigan Avenue along Grant Park starting Thursday afternoon, the CTA said. Buses will also be rerouted from Dearborn and near the intersection of State and Wacker for the parade Saturday.

Passengers should check the CTA’s website for detailed travel information on each route. Affected routes include:

  • No. 1 Bronzeville/Union Station
  • No. 3 King Drive
  • No. 4 Cottage Grove
  • No. 6 Jackson Park Express
  • No. 7 Harrison
  • No. J14 Jeffery Jump
  • No. 20 Madison
  • No. 22 Clark
  • No. 24 Wentworth
  • No. 26 South Shore Express
  • No. 28 Stony Island
  • No. 36 Broaday
  • No. 56 Milwaukee
  • No. 60 Blue Island/26th
  • NO. 62 Archer
  • No. 124 Navy Pier
  • No. 126 Jackson
  • No. 132 Goose Island Express
  • No. 143 Stockton/Michigan Express
  • No. 147 Outer Drive Express
  • No. 151 Sheridan