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EPISODE 23 – Thanksgiving/Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Sisters and travel experts Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk you through all the things you need for smooth thanksgiving holiday travel. Also in today’s show the Trip Sisters talk about their favorite places to get away during the holidays.

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.


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


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.

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.

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

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/

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


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

#3 King Drive

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.


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.

Chicago flight to China diverted due to ‘unruly passenger’

(CHICAGO) United Airlines says a flight bound for Hong Kong from Chicago was diverted near Tokyo after 12 hours because of an “unruly passenger.”

Chicago-based United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart said Sunday that Flight 895 left O’Hare International Airport for China after 2 p.m. Saturday. The plane instead landed at Narita, which is one of Tokyo’s main airports.

No injuries were reported. He says 241 passengers and 15 crew members were aboard.

Hobart says law enforcement met the aircraft in Japan, but he declined to offer further details.

Hobart says the flight has departed from Japan and is expected in Hong Kong.


Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

World Series Parking Restrictions Through Friday Morning in North Side Neighborhoods

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic & Transportation

(CHICAGO) The Chicago Cubs are still going strong, and although there is one game left this evening, parking restrictions will continue in many of Chicago’s north side neighborhoods through Friday morning.

No parking is allowed on the following streets, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon through Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:00 a.m.:
Clark from Aldine to Irving Park
Sheffield from Grace to Roscoe
Addison from Halsted to Southport
Racine from Clark to Roscoe
Irving Park from Clark to Seminary
Eddy from Clark to Racine
Cornelia from Clark to Racine
Patterson from Clark to Racine
Clifton from Waveland to Grace
Seminary from Waveland to Grace
Kenmore from Waveland to Grace
Seminary from Newport to Eddy
Cornelia from Wilton to Sheffield
Grace from Wilton to Clark
Waveland from Wilton to Racine
The following streets will see closures from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily:

  • Kinzie Street between State Street and Clark Street
  • Wells Street from North Avenue to Division
  • Hubbard Street between State and LaSalle
  • Division Street between State and Dearborn
  • Lincoln Avenue from Webster on the south to Fullerton on the north
  • Webster Avenue between Sheffield and Bissell

Work on Adams Street bridge causes sidewalk closures this weekend

(CHICAGO) Viaduct demolitions on Adams Street at the bascule bridge will require sidewalk closures over the next two weekends.

Pedestrians will be barred from using Adams Street over the Union Stations railroad tracks, the mid-block crossing and access across the bascule bridge, according to a statement from CDOT.

Access will close at 9 p.m. Friday and open again at 6 a.m. Monday. Pedestrians entering and leaving Union Station are urged to use entrances other than Adams Street, CDOT said.

Weekend A-Jenda: August 18th – 21st

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Chicago Air & Water Show

Date: Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., both days
Location: North Avenue Beach

The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

Fun Facts about the Air & Water Show:

The majority of planes flying in the show takes off and land at the Gary Jet Center in Gary, Indiana.

Some of the military planes fly in from bases around the mid-west. They time their flight to fly over the show at an exact moment.

14 federal, state and city agencies work together to put the show on safely each year.

All pilots perform stunts over the water in a set safety area. When a plane does fly over buildings, it is merely doing so in its flight path to return to the show area or the airport.

On average, 2 million people view the show annually.

At 56, the Chicago Air and Water Show is longest running free show of its kind in the United States.

In 1959, the show cost $88 dollars to put on. Today, with the help of generous corporate sponsors like Shell, Boeing, American Airlines, WBBM Newsradio, ABC 7, The Chicago Tribune, Oracle among others help to make the show possible and FREE to the public.

When the show was held at Lakeshore Park between Ohio and Oak Street beach, Lake Shore Drive was sometimes closed.

Also at Lakeshore Park, the Golden Knights didn’t have a beach to land on so they landed in the Water. Chicago Park District Lifeguards fished them out of the water.

Herb Hunter (“The Voice” of the Air and Water Show) used to fly in the show before becoming the show announcer over 20 years ago. For many years he flew the USAF KC-135.


Check out this video of Jen’s secret viewing spot last year (don’t camp out here though because it is just for customers).

Photo: J. DeSalvo
Photo: J. DeSalvo

Traffic Alert: LaSalle Drive from Clark Street to Lake Shore Drive.

Inner Lake Shore Drive from LaSalle to Burton Place.

North Avenue and Fullerton Avenue exits on North Lake Shore Drive intersection of North and Clark.



White Sox Play at Home w/ Connor McKnight at the Xfinity Zone on Saturday

Date: Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21
Location: U.S. Cellular Field

Sox August 19 thru 21

The Xfinity pre-game broadcast is hosted by our pre and post-game on-air talent, Connor McKnight.

Sox fans attending the game on Saturday are invited to stop in the Xfinity Zone (located near section 109) to watch the pregame show live, roughly 30 minutes before first pitch.

WLS-AM will have logo gear to hand out to fans on-site!



Clark After Dark

Date: Thursday, August 18
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: On Clark Street in River North

An explanation from the organizer’s website: The USO of Illinois, through the support of Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward , Boss Bar, and StarEvents give summer its last “HOO-AH!” by rocking the block at Clark After Dark. The USO of Illinois’ annual Clark After Dark block party celebrates America’s military service members and their families. Proceeds from the event benefit the USO of Illinois program and services that serve over 330,000 military personnel and military families of Illinois.

The event will feature live music by 16 Candles (voted Chicago’s best cover band!), Liquidated Damages, Military and Vintage Military vehicle displays, food and drink specials, raffle, and much more! USO Clark after Dark is held in River North, at 420 N. Clark St on W. Hubbard Street, between N. Clark and N. Lasalle.

A non-profit organization, the USO of Illinois is fully supported by the generosity of the American people. The USO’s Clark After Dark gives Chicagoans an opportunity to support U.S. Armed Forces members and show their appreciation.

Public Transportation:
Trains – Red Line to Grand or the Brown Line to Merchandise Mart
Buses – #22, #36, #65, #156

Traffic Alert: Hubbard Street closed between Clark and LaSalle.



Festa Italiana

Date: Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21
Time: Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday from noon to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Little Italy

From ChooseChicago.com: Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Italian and Italian-American singers will perform American and Italian classics. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, a well-loved Italian folk dance performed at Italian weddings. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli (of course, not at the same time!), and buy Italian-themed art, Christmas ornaments and other merchandises.

The Fest will also offer trolley tours of Little Italy, Chicago’s oldest Italian neighborhood, which was a gateway for thousands of immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century.

Traffic Alert: Taylor Street closed from Racine to Ashland beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday for set up. Closures will be in place until 6:00 a.m. on Monday.



Edison Park Festival

Date: Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21
Location: Edison Park, Chicago


Get there with the #68 or #88 CTA bus.



Wizard World Comic Con

Date: Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21
Time: Thursday – 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday – 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, Rosemont

Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.

For more on the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, visit www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.

Some of the celebrities to be sighted at the event include:

Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson
Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files)
Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
The cast of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Daredevil” including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher), Elodie Yung (Elektra Natchios), and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and more.

Parking is located across from the center directly behind the Embassy Suites Hotel O’Hare (garage parking is $15.00) – Proceed West on Williams street under the parking structure and turn into entrance. Do not enter parking garage via the Embassy Suites Hotel O’Hare driveway or entrance, as these parking spaces are reserved for hotel guests, and violators are subject to towing at their own expense.

Taking the Blue Line is optimal – only a couple block walk from the Rosemont Blue Line “L” station.

Ramblin’ Ray Stevens Pick of the Weekend – Batavia High School Corn Boil

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Batavia High School
The annual corn boil community event is held in August during the first week of school. Spiritwear, Booster memberships, Sponsorships and so much more is available. Marching Band, Dance and Cheer entertain the fans. Entry to the event is free. Tickets for meal will be available online and at the door.
Everyone is invited. Proceeds benefit Batavia High School & Rotolo Middle School Athletic Programs.

For more information, visit the Batavia Bulldog Boosters.


Other Events:

via festing.com

Riverfest Express 08/18/2016 South Elgin, IL
Taste of Pierogi 08/18/2016 Bridgeview, IL
Centralia Balloon Fest 08/19/2016 Centralia, IL
Elburn Days 08/19/2016 Elburn, IL
St. Helen Carnival 08/19/2016 Chicago, IL
Oktoberfest in August 08/19/2016 Buffalo Grove, IL
Germantown Spassfest 08/19/2016 Germantown, IL
Bolingbrook Jubilee 08/19/2016 Bolingbrook, IL
Fine Arts festival 08/20/2016 Oak Brook, IL
Park Palooza 08/20/2016 Elmhurst, IL


CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

Metra is planning extra service on Aug. 20 and 21 to accommodate those attending the 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach and along the city’s lakefront.
Customers arriving at Metra’s Union Station or Millennium Park Station can board the CTA’s No. 151 buses to Oak Street and North Avenue beaches.
The No. 151 buses are also within walking distance of the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Metra’s LaSalle Street Station.
Metra is offering the $8 Weekend Pass that allows unlimited rides for anyone over the age of 11-years-old. Up to three children under the age of 11 can ride with an adult for FREE through Labor Day.




Increased Capacity for Air & Water Show – Saturday and Sunday
Blue Line: Longer trains will operate in both directions between Forest Park and O’Hare, 7am to 6:30pm each day.

Brown Line: Longer trains will operate between Kimball and the Loop, 7am to 6:30pm each day.

Green Line: Longer trains will operate in both directions between Harlem/Lake and Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove, 7am to 6:30pm each day.

Orange Line: Longer trains will operate in both directions between Midway and the Loop, 7am to 6:30pm each day.

Buy your fare in advance! Avoid long lines after the parade by buying 1-Day Ventra Tickets (at stations) or loading round-trip value or a pass to your card (online, at over 1,000 retailers or at stations), in advance.

Use Your Mobile Wallet – If you’re only taking a single ride (no transfer), skip vending machine lines and use Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay, or a contactless bankcard, on the bus or ‘L’ turnstile reader (PAYG fare applies).


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

The Air & Water Show is always an event that attracts large traffic backups and delays. In addition, parking is severely limited on the Chicago Lakefront. Roadways with the highest impact, and to avoid include, North Avenue, Fullerton or Irving Park Roads. Lake Shore Drive will have significant delays to exit at each of those streets. Taking public transportation from the suburbs or utilizing the CTA is ideal.

Ohio Street Bridge

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced a full closure of the Ohio Feeder (I 90/94) this Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00am.   The full closure is required for the maintenance and testing of the Ohio Street Bridge.  The bridge will reopen to traffic at 6am so that visitors can reach the Air and Water Show venue early enough to save their viewing spots


  • WB Ohio Feeder Ramp at Orleans (from Orleans to the Kennedy)
  • Kennedy Ramps:
  • EB Ohio Feeder Ramp from the Westbound Kennedy Local
  • EB Ohio Feeder Ramp from the Kennedy Reversible Lanes
  • WB Ohio Feeder Ramp from the Westbound Kennedy Local


  • Westbound on Ontario Street, take Northbound on Orleans Street, then West on Division Street, then back onto Kennedy
  • Kennedy Ohio Feeder Detours:
  • Westbound on the Kennedy Exit on Milwaukee Avenue (Exit 49B), then Southeast on Milwaukee Avenue to Chicago Avenue, then East on Chicago, then South on Orleans Street, then East on Ohio Street.
  • Eastbound on the Kennedy Exit on Washington Boulevard (Exit 51C), then East on Washington Boulevard, then North on Franklin Street (which become Orleans Street after the river), then East on Ohio Street.

Western Avenue Bridge

Western Ave. will close at 11:59pm Friday, August 19 between 31st and 35th through 11:59pm Sunday, August 21 for necessary maintenance of the bridge structure.  The road will open to full traffic during the week and then close again for work next weekend (Aug. 27-28)

Metra calls a halt on its new rail car plan

(CHICAGO) The Metra commuter rail agency serving the Chicago area is no longer looking for a vendor to build nearly 370 new cars because of a shortfall in state funds.

Metra officials say Illinois officials have put on hold more than $300 million in funding previously budgeted for the agency’s capital program. In addition the state doesn’t have a capital plan that would spell out how much money the agency would get in the coming years.

The agency has made modernizing its rolling stock a priority because some cars are about 60 years old.

Metra officials have said they need $11.7 billion in capital funding over the next 10 years to install a federally mandated computerized system to prevent train collisions and other improvements in addition to new rail cars.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Weekend A-Jenda: July 28th – July 31st (Lollapalooza Weekend)

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Ray Stagich’s Weekend Weather Forecast

Friday – Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms in the morning. High 77F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday Night – Partly cloudy skies. Low 66F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday – Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 60s.
Sunday – Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

The Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs All Week

Mon, Jul 25 vs Cubs 7:10 p.m. (U.S. Cellular Field)
Tues, Jul 26 vs Cubs 6:10 p.m. (U.S. Cellular Field)
Wed, Jul 27 @ Cubs 7:05 p.m. (Wrigley Field)
Thu, Jul 28 @ Cubs 7:05 p.m. (Wrigley Field)


Lollapalooza 2016

Date: Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., daily
Location: Grant Park

From Lollapalooza.com
From Lollapalooza.com

Metra is offering an unlimited ride, four-day train pass to this year’s Lollapalooza music festival (July 28-31).

The $20 pass is available for purchase at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra app.

REMINDER: “We realize that everyone attending this event will be using their phones to take pictures, text and post on social media throughout the day, but if they are using their phone as their ticket too, they need to make sure that they have sufficient battery power for the ride home,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno.


Don’t have tickets? There’s no need to worry if you don’t want to spend the nearly $400 for a four-day wristband. Have fun with “Couch-a-palooza!

Here are some of the acts that you can see through the web, courtesy of Red Bull:



Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Date: Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31
Location: Volunteer Park 85 South Main Street in Sugar Grove

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a volunteer run, community event, featuring three family friendly and fun filled days.

Family Fun including Carnival rides, live music, Kids Zone, Business Booths, Art Vendors, Food, beer, Water Fights, 5K, Farmers Market, contests, raffles, used book sale, and BINGO.

The event also has a Pokemon Go Meetup scheduled, and the annual 5k Run/Walk. Register here!


DuPage County Fair

Date: Wednesday, July 27 – Sunday, July 31
Location: DuPage County Fairgrounds

Live music including “The Voice” Contestant, Michael Lynch and a Sock Hop with the Neverly Brothers.

Catch events uncommon of the area such as rodeos, animal expos and a demolition derby!


The Tall Ships at Navy Pier

Date: Wednesday, July 27 – Sunday, July 31
Time: During Navy Pier open hours
Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

From the website: One of Navy Pier’s most recognized events, Pepsi® Tall Ships®, makes its exciting return to Chicago from July 27 – July 31 2016. This year, the event will feature a majestic fleet of 13+ international vessels.*

The five-day festival kicks off at Navy Pier with a spectacular Parade of Sail on Wednesday, July 27. Then, starting Thursday, July 28, ticketed guests will have the opportunity to view, tour, and even sail away on participating vessels.


Chicago Margarita Festival

Date: Saturday, July 30 – Sunday, July 31
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8 :00 p.m.
Location: South Shore Cultural Center

Tickets must be purchased, and participants must be over 21 years of age.

Chicago Margarita Festival is an outdoor festival combining a margarita tasting with live original music, dancing, food trucks and fun! What better way to spend the day lounging with friends on Lake Michigan, listening to music and more! So, join us for a fun day off the beach.


National Cheesecake Day – Celebrations at ALL Mariano’s Stores

Date: Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31
Time: 12:00 p.m. each day
Location: All Mariano’s Locations

This FREE event is at ALL Chicagoland Mariano’s locations.

Free Strawberry Topped Cheesecake samples will be available while supplies last, so get there for noon!

There is also a chance to win cheesecake for a year.

For more details visit: www.elischeesecake.com/marianosnccd

Other Events Around the Area


Concerts in the Park, Westmont 07/27/2016 Westmont, IL
Dupage County Fair 07/27/2016 Wheaton, IL
Adams County Fair 07/27/2016 Mendon, IL
Lake County Fair 07/27/2016 Grayslake, IL
Taste of Main Street 07/28/2016 Berwyn, IL
Wood Dale Prairie Fest 07/28/2016 Wood Dale, IL
Proud American Days 07/28/2016 New Lenox, IL
Ridgefest 07/28/2016 Chicago Ridge, IL
Algonquin Founders’ Days 07/28/2016 Algonquin, IL
Radiofest 07/29/2016 Addison, IL
Effingham County Fair 07/29/2016 Altamont, IL
Streamwood Summer Celebration 07/29/2016 Streamwood, IL
Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival 07/29/2016 Chicago, IL
WHEELING PARK DIST. CAR SHOW 07/30/2016 Wheeling, IL
Glencoe Festival of Art 07/30/2016 Glencoe, IL
Coles County Fair 07/31/2016 Charleston, IL
Bloody Mary Fest 07/31/2016 Highwood, IL
Community Band Showcase 07/31/2016 Crystal Lake, IL
W.A.C.O.’s 16th Annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament 07/31/2016 Schaumburg, IL


CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

Increased Capacity, More Frequent Service for Lollapalooza
(info from transitchicago.com)
Red Line
Thu and Fri: Longer trains will operate until 2am next day. Trains will operate between 95th/Dan Ryan and Howard every 6 minutes from 6pm to 11:59pm.

Sat and Sun: Longer trains will operate until 2am next day. Trains will operate between 95th/Dan Ryan and Howard every 6 minutes from 6:30pm to 11:59pm, Saturday, and every 6-8 minutes from 6:30pm to 11:59pm, Sunday.

Brown Line
Thu and Fri:
Longer trains will operate until 1am next day, Trains will operate between Kimball and the Loop every 8 minutes from 10pm to 11pm.

Sat and Sun: Longer trains will operate until 1am next day. Trains will operate between Kimball and the Loop every 8 minutes from 6:30pm to 11pm, Saturday and every 10 minutes from 9:30pm to11pm, Sunday.

Green Line
Thu to Sun:
Longer trains will operate until 1am next day.

Orange Line
Thu to Sun:
Longer trains will operate until 1am next day. Trains will operate between Midway and the Loop every 10 minutes from 8:30pm to 9:30pm and every 8 minutes from 9:30pm to 11pm, Thursday and Friday; every 10 minutes from 8:30pm to 11pm, Saturday; and every 10 minutes from 9:30pm to 11pm, Sunday.

Blue Line
Thu and Fri:
Longer trains will operate until 11:59pm. Trains will operate between Forest Park and O’Hare every 8 minutes from 7pm to 11:30pm.

Sat and Sun: Longer trains will operate until 11:59pm. Trains will operate between Forest Park and O’Hare every 6 – 12 minutes from 8:30pm to 11pm, Saturday, and every 8 minutes from 9:30pm to 11pm, Sunday. Note: On Saturday, some trips will operate between O’Hare and UIC-Halsted stations only. Listen carefully to train announcements.

Pink Line
Thu and Fri:
Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and the Loop every 12 minutes from 9pm to 11pm.

Yellow Line
Thu through Sun:
Trains will operate between Dempster-Skokie and Howard every 15 minutes from 11:59pm to 1am next day.

Why is service being changed?
Added service is being provided for the convenience of customers attending the Lollapalooza event.

Metra is offering $20-four day Lollapalooza passes which is available for purchase at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra app.

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Closures in place for Lollapalooza:
-Columbus between Monroe & Roosevelt
-Congreess between Columbus & Michigan Avenue
-Balbo from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
-Jackson from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive


Fiesta del Sol in Pilsen – Cermak will be closed between Ashland and Morgan, Thursday thru Sunday.

Jefferson Park – Lawrence Ave Between Milwaukee Ave and Long Ave closed for Jeff Fest

Whiting, In – Pierogi Fest – 119th St at Indianapolis Blvd closed


Weekend A-Jenda: June 16th – 19th

Ray Stagich’s Forecast:
Friday – Sunny skies. High 82F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday – A few clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.
Sunday – Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s.

Click Here for Weekend Traffic Projects
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PIQNIQ presented by 101 WKQX

Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Two stages, 10 bands, and hours of live music brought to you by WLS-AM 890 sister station, 101 WKQX.


For the full schedule, tickets and more information visit http://www.101wkqx.com/piqniq/.



Date: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Northalsted

An amazingly entertaining weekend with performers such as Jordin Sparks, Danity Kane members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex, and Daya. Then, the Pride Pet & Family Parade struts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The festival in Northalsted is not the only event, so head to this link to find more celebrations.

Traffic Alert: Halsted closed north of Belmont, up to Broadway

The Chicago Pride Parade is the following Sunday, June 26 at noon.

Taste of Randolph Street

Date: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10: 00 p.m.
Location: West Loop, Chicago


A food-centric festival boasting some of the best cuisine in the city, along with world-class live entertainment and handcrafted merchant goods!

Traffic Alert: Randolph closed between Halsted and Racine from Friday through Sunday night.

Windy City LakeShake Festival

Date: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Time: All Day
Location: Northerly Island, Chicago

From Time Out Chicago:

After a successful first year, the Windy City LakeShake Festival returns to Northerly Island for three days of country music. This year, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn headline a Nashville-rich bill. The lakefront hoedown also features Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Thomas Rhett—dust off your cowboy hat and polish those boots. (Note: There are no single-day tickets available for this festival)


PrairieFest – Oswegoland Park District

Date: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Time: All day, each day until 10:00 p.m.
Location: Oswego

Smash Mouth, Ethan Bell Band, Lucky Boys Confusion and many more acts. Click here for more information.

Other Events

Brew To Be Wild 06/17/2016 Chicago, IL
Custer Fair 06/18/2016 Evanston, IL
Concert by the Lake 06/18/2016 Fox Lake, IL
6 Corners BBQ Fest 06/18/2016 Chicago, IL
Green Music Festival 06/18/2016 Chicago, IL
Solstace Hop & Vine fest 06/18/2016 Schaumburg, IL
Concert in the Park, Antioch 06/16/2016 Antioch, IL
Concerts in the Park, Plainfield 06/16/2016 Plainfield, IL
Ravinia District Artisan Market 06/16/2016 Highland Park, IL
Concerts on the Green, Burr Ridge 06/17/2016 Willowbrook, IL
Cruise + Family Night Concerts 06/17/2016 Wheaton, IL
Naper Nights: Community Concert Series 06/17/2016 Naperville, IL
Sounds of Summer Concerts, Wheeling 06/17/2016 Wheeling, IL
Kids Concerts in the Park, Wheeling 06/18/2016 Wheeling, IL
Summer Sampler Concert Series, Deerfield 06/19/2016 Deerfield, IL
River Rhapsody Concert Series, Batavia 06/19/2016 Batavia, IL

Manteno Golf Cart Parade

Date: Friday, June 17
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Manteno

From the Kankakee Daily Journal:Fleets of golf carts will cruise from Heritage Park at 6:45 p.m. to the Leo Hassett Center for Music in Manteno, where Time Is Everything will perform until 10 p.m. The village recommends riders decorate their carts for the parade.


Traffic and Travel

Portage Park: Six Corners Barbecue Fest – Milwaukee Ave at Irving Park Rd & Cicero Ave closed through Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Wicker Park: Green Music Fest – Damen Ave closed down between North Avenue and Schiller until Sunday at 10:00 p.m.

Jane Byrne Interchange work from IDOT:  Starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, the ramp from the inbound Kennedy (southbound I-90/94) to the inbound Eisenhower (eastbound I-290) will be closed between Jackson and Halsted streets until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 23.

A posted detour will direct traffic to continue on the outbound Dan Ryan (southbound I-90/94) to reenter the inbound expressway via the 18th Street interchange. After exiting at Roosevelt Road, motorists will turn left at Jefferson Street, right on Harrison Street and left on Wells Street to connect with Congress Parkway.

From travelmidwest.com: Thursday, June 16, one westbound lane on Illinois Route 390 between Park Boulevard and I-290 is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. to prepare for a traffic shift on the ramp connecting westbound Illinois Route 390 to westbound I-290. At 1 a.m. on Friday, June 17, a full ramp closure is scheduled and traffic will be detoured via the Meacham Road loop ramp to eastbound Illinois Route 390 and back to the I-290 Interchange where traffic will be able to exit to westbound I-290. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Friday, June 17, ahead of rush hour traffic.
290 Interchange project

On the Reagan Tollway in Downers Grove: On Thursday, June 16, the center lane on the ramp will close at 9 a.m. and reopen later that day, before closing again at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17, with the closure continuing for the majority of the weekend. The lane is scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. on Monday, June 20.

Weekend CTA Travel Alerts

Trains Rerouted Downtown: Lake and Wabash Closed – Orange, Green, Pink and Brown Lines will be rerouted this weekend from 10:00 p.m. Friday through 4:00 a.m. Monday.
Orange & Brown Line Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway.
Green Line Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd.
Pink Line Trains will run between 54th/Cermak & Downtown

The Addison Street on the CTA Blue Line will be closed this weekend beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday.
A bus shuttle will operate between the Addison and Belmont stations.

#DumpThePumpDay: On Thursday, ditch the car and take the CTA, Metra or Pace. Take a picture and share on social with hashtags: #DTPChi or #DumpThePumpSweeps, to be automatically entered into a drawing to win great prizes.

Riders can enter multiple ‘dump the pump’ photos however rules allow only one raffle entry per rider no matter how many photos are entered. This is sponsored by the Regional Transportation Authority.

Traffic and Transportation Projects for the Week of June 13

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic and Transportation

(CHICAGO) Closures for pavement repairs begin on northbound Kingery Highway (Illinois 83) between Grove Avenue and Irving Park Road (Illinois 19), in Bensenville, Monday, June 13. Kingery will be reduced down to two lanes.

Bridge repairs and safety improvements start Monday, June 13 on Main Street (Illinois 31) over the Edgewood Ravine, south of Illinois 62, in Algonquin. The project will continue through the summer months.

From the Illinois Department of Transportation, “the bridge that carries Main Street over the Edgewood Ravine will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Lane width reductions and temporary traffic signals also will be in place for the duration of the project.”

Also, IDOT instructs that all northbound left turns from Illinois 31 at Edgewood Drive will be prohibited. A posted detour will direct traffic west on Beach Drive and north on Cardinal

In Lake Villa, Fairfield Road will be closed to traffic north of Grand Avenue (Illinois 132) for ongoing intersection improvement. The project consists of pavement widening, resurfacing and traffic signal installation.

As far as CTA projects, there is an “Overnight Boarding Change” in place, as Blue Line trains will run on only one track between Clark/Lake and Damen from 10:00 p.m. on Monday through 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

Also beginning on Monday, June 13, Forest Park-bound Blue line trains will not stop at Irving Park station at all through July 5.

2 lanes closed after 4-vehicle crash on inbound Kennedy

(CHICAGO) Multiple people were injured in a four-vehicle crash that left two lanes closed Friday morning on the inbound Kennedy Expressway on the Northwest Side.

The crash occurred at 7:38 a.m. on inbound I-90 near Harlem, according to Illinois State Police.

Police said multiple people were injured in the crash, but further details were not immediately available.

The right two lanes were closed as of 8:15 a.m. and were expected to remain closed for several hours, police said.

Transportation and Travel to U.S. Cellular and Wrigley Fields

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic and Transit Anchor

(CHICAGO) It’s baseball season again, and fans are itching to get back to the ballparks (preferably in warm weather).

The Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field

U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 West 35th Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Driving to the “Cell” is fairly simple, as you are able to just take the Dan Ryan Expressway to the 35th Street exit, which virtually exits into the parking lot.

According to the White Sox website, parking lots will close 30 minutes after each game and tailgating is not permitted after games.

The cost for individual parking is $20 Monday through Saturday, and $10 on Family Sundays. You can actually purchase parking in advance at this site.

Sox Park

Public Transportation:

35th Metra/Rock Island Metra Stop
Get off the train at Metra’s 35th Street “Lou” Jones Station and walk to the park.

CTA Buses and Trains
U.S. Cellular Field is easily accessed via public transportation, and is located off the following “el” train lines:

The Red Line stops at 35th street above the Dan Ryan Expressway, and is less than a half of a block from the ballpark.

The Green Line stops at 35th/Bronzeville/IIT, and is less than a half of a mile away from the park. It is less than a 10-minute walk, or fans can utilize the #35 – 35th Street bus to access the ballpark.

35th street metra station

The Chicago White Sox also suggest Pace, which offers a direct express bus service to U.S. Cellular Field from suburban locations on the home opener, night games, weekend and holiday games and every game in June, July and August.

The six suburban locations include Bolingbrook, Palos Heights, South Holland, Tinley Park, Burr Ridge and Oak Lawn.

For more information, fans can call the Pace Express service line at 847-228-2416 or contact the RTA Travel Information Center at 836-7000 from any Chicagoland area code.

The Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field is located at 1060 West Addison Street on Chicago’s north side in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Wrigley Field is undergoing quite a few rennovations at this time, so public transportation is highly encouraged. In addition, parking is incredibly scarce in the area, and there is absolutely no street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the field. Cars will be ticketed and/or towed. It’s cheaper just to carry $40 in your pocket to pay a private lot somewhere in the area than to pay for a ticket or tow  if you choose to drive.

Traveling by car, you have a few options. If you are coming from the Kennedy Expressway:

Exit at the Addison Street exit. Turn east on Addison and proceed three miles to Wrigley Field.

OR exit at Irving Park Rd and travel east to Clark Street. Turn right (south) and Wrigley is a few blocks ahead.

via http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/transportation/index.jsp?content=driving

The best driving option though is the shuttle bus program that allows parking off Irving Park Road a couple of miles west of the ballpark.

On night and weekend games the Cubs will provide free parking and shuttle services from 3900 North Rockwell located just east of the Chicago river immediately south of Irving Park Road.

Services begin approximately 2.5 hours before first pitch and drop off at Wrigley Field.

Returning buses board post-game at the drop-off location – East side of Clark Street north of Addison – and will run for approximately one hour after game end.

Cubs Rockwell Parking.png

If taking Lake Shore Drive, there is no exit at Addison. Traffic must exit at either Belmont or Irving Park Road for the closest access to the ballpark. However, both of these exits and local streets are very narrow and will take extra time to travel by.

Public Transportation:

The Red Line has direct service and a stop at Addison just a half of a block from Wrigley Field.

The Yellow Line operates two hours later (until midnight) from Howard into Skokie on game nights.

The Purple Line Express will make a stop at Sheridan station on weekday night games, rather than running express from Howard to Belmont.

Wrigley Red line.png

After the game, customers traveling northbound on the rail system can use the Sheridan station to board northbound trains instead of the Addison station. Customers traveling southbound are asked to use the Addison station.

Several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service to Wrigley Field including:

  • #8 Halsted
  • #22 Clark
  • #152 Addison
  • #80 Irving Park

For more information on either of the parks, visit the following links:

Chicago White Sox and U.S. Cellular Field Information

Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field Information

Source: Play Ball! Transit Options to Wrigley and the Cell | Traffic Jam Jen