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Road Closures And Parking Restrictions During NATO Summit

A traffic sign at Columbus Drive and Fairbanks Court warns of the pending closure of a stretch of Lake Shore Drive between May 19 and 21, for the upcoming NATO summit at McCormick Place. (Credit: CBS)

A traffic sign at Columbus Drive and Fairbanks Court warns of the pending closure of a stretch of Lake Shore Drive between May 19 and 21, for the upcoming NATO summit at McCormick Place. (Credit: CBS)

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UPDATE: Lake Shore Drive closure will extend north to Grand Avenue from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m on Sunday (see details of LSD closure below). Columbus Drive is closed from Illinois to Wacker until further notice.

Here is a detailed list of road closures and parking restrictions during the NATO Summit

McCormick Place
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Street parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m., Sunday, May 13, until 11 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the following location:

East and West sides of S. Indiana Avenue between Cermak Road and E. 24th Place

Tuesday, May, 15, 2012

Street parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 15 until 11 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the following locations:

East and west sides of S. Calumet Avenue between E. Cullerton Street and E. Cermak Road
East and west sides of S. Prairie Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
East and west sides of S. Indiana Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
North and south sides of E. 21st Street between S. Calumet Avenue and S. Indiana Avenue
North and south sides of E. Cermak Road from S. Indiana Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
North and south sides of E. 24th Place between S. Indiana Avenue and S. State Street
North and south sides of E. 25th Street between S. State Street and Martin Luther King Drive
East and west sides of Martin Luther King Drive between E. Cermak Road and E. 26th Street

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – Monday, May 21, 2012

Road closures and pedestrian restrictions will be implemented beginning at midnight, Saturday, May 19 (Friday midnight into Saturday). The affected roadways will open for evening rush hour on Monday, May 21:

Northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive between E. Balbo Avenue and E. 39th Street
Northbound and southbound Interstate 55 between I-90/94 to Lake Shore Drive
Northbound and southbound S. Columbus Drive at E. Balbo Avenue
Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
Northbound and southbound S. Indiana Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
Northbound and southbound S. Calumet Avenue between E. Cullerton Street and E. Cermak Road
Northbound and southbound S. Prairie Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
Eastbound and westbound E. 21st Street between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Calumet Avenue
Eastbound and westbound E. Cermak Road between S. Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
Westbound E. 24th Place between Martin Luther King Drive and S. State Street
Eastbound E. 25th Street between S. State Street and Martin Luther King Drive
Northbound and southbound S. Wabash Avenue between E. 24th Place and E. 25th Street
Northbound and southbound Martin Luther King Drive between E. 26th Street and E. Cermak Road
Northbound and southbound Moe Drive between E. 31st Street and Mines Drive
Eastbound and westbound E. 31st Street between S. Cottage Grove and Fort Dearborn Drive
Northbound and southbound Fort Dearborn Drive between E. 31st Street and Lakeside Center

mccormick place Road Closures And Parking Restrictions During NATO Summit

Northern Museum Campus

Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are scheduled to be open for business with limited parking on Saturday, May 19. Parking lots open on Saturday include the top three floors of Soldier Field North Lot and the Adler Planetarium parking lot. All parking lots will close at 5:30 p.m. following the closure of museums. If vehicles are still in lots they will be towed from the campus to an off-site city lot.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday evening, May 19, the Northern Museum Campus to include Northerly Island will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All pedestrians and vehicles still on the campus at that time will be permitted to exit at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The following roads will be closed:

Museum Campus Drive between McFetridge Drive and 18th Street
E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
Lake Shore Drive between McFetridge Drive and McCormick Center (Street closure will merge with McCormick Center street closures.)
Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive

Street parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

East and west side of N. Museum Campus Drive between McFetridge Drive and 18th Street
North and south side of E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
North and south side of 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
East and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive

The following parking lots will be closed to museum campus patrons:

Field Museum east parking lot
South portion of Adler Planetarium parking lot
First floor of Soldier Field North Lot
Waldron Lot and Soldier Field South Lot


Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 6 p.m. until Sunday, May 20 at midnight (Sunday midnight into Monday)

The following roads will be closed:

Museum Campus Drive between E. Solidarity Drive and 18th Street
E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
Northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive between E. Balbo Avenue and McCormick Center (Street closure will merge with McCormick Center street closures)
E. McFetridge Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
S. Columbus Drive between E. Balboa Drive and E. McFetridge Drive
Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive

Street parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

East and west side of N. Museum Campus Drive between E. Solidarity Drive and 18th Street
North and south side of E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
North and south side of 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
North and south side of McFetridge Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
North and south side of eastbound and westbound Solidarity Drive between Museum Campus Drive and Adler Planetarium turnabout.

The following parking lots will be closed:

Field Museum east parking lot
Adler Planetarium parking lot
Soldier Field North Lot (all floors)
Waldron Lot and Soldier Field South Lot

Willis Tower

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, there will be intermittent road closures starting at 6 p.m. at:

S. Franklin Street between W. Adams Street and W. Jackson Boulevard
In addition, the street closure that already exists due to construction on W. Adams Street (north side of Willis Tower) and S. Upper Wacker Drive (west side of Willis Tower) will be in effect.

No street parking will be allowed beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 until midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight going into Sunday).

North and south side of Adams Street on north side of Willis Tower
North and south side of Jackson Boulevard between Franklin and Wacker Drive
East and west side of Franklin Street between Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard

Chicago Cultural Center & Art Institute of Chicago

No street parking will be allowed beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 until midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight into Sunday):

East and west sides of Wabash Avenue between Lake Street and Washington Street
North and south sides of Randolph Street between Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue
North and south sides of E. Washington Street between Wabash Avenue and Michigan Avenue
West side of Michigan Avenue between E. Randolph Street and E. Jackson Drive
North and south sides of E. Monroe Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Columbus Drive

Beginning at midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight into Sunday) the following road will be closed until 11 p.m.:

E. Monroe Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Columbus Drive

Beginning at 4 p.m, Sunday, May 20, until 11 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

Garland Court between Madison Street and Randolph Street

On Sunday, May 20, 2012, there will be intermittent road closures starting at 6 p.m.

Northbound/southbound Michigan Avenue between E. Randolph Street and Jackson Drive
Jackson Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive
S. Columbus Drive between E. Monroe Street and E. Jackson Drive

Marina/Waterway Restrictions

The public will see an increased U.S. Coast Guard presence on the water during the NATO Summit. The Coast Guard’s initiatives are one of the many layers of increased security during the summit. The Coast Guard will continue to perform its standard missions of search and rescue and law enforcement in addition to their homeland security responsibilities.

The following maritime security zone will be effective and enforced 24 hours a day between 8 a.m. on May 18, 2012, and 8 a.m. on May 22, 2012:

Security Zone A – Security Zone A encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, facilities, and shoreline within the arc of a circle with a 2000-yard radius of the Burnham park boat ramp with its center point located in the approximate position 41º51’37″N, 087º36’44″W.[DATUM: NAD 83].
Security Zones B, C, and D, effective between 8 a.m. on May 18, 2012, and 8 a.m. on May 22, 2012, will have fewer restrictions than Zone A. Commercial and recreational traffic will be allowed access to these areas unless security measures need to be temporarily implemented.
Security Zone B – Security Zone B encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, facilities, and shoreline within the arc of a circle with a 2000-yard radius of the outer most tip of the Chicago lock with its center point located in the approximate position 41º53’19″N, 087º36’17″W.[DATUM: NAD 83].
Security Zone C – Security Zone C encompasses all U.S. navigable waters of the Chicago River between the Western Gate of the Chicago Controlling Works Lock which is located in approximate position 41º53’18″N, 087º36’28″W. [DATUM: NAD 83] and the juncture of the north and south branches of the Chicago River which is located in approximate position 41º53’11″N, 087º38’15″W. [DATUM: NAD 83]
Security Zone D – Security Zone D encompasses all U.S. navigable waters of the south branch of the Chicago River between Mile Markers 245.0 and 276.0. [DATUM: NAD 83].

Concerned maritime traffic can contact the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Representative via VHF-FM Channel 16.

All City of Chicago owned or operated bridges over the Main, South and North Branches of the Chicago River will be closed to masted navigation between 7 a.m. on May 18, 2012 through 7 a.m. on May 21, 2012.
Commuter Rail Lines and Public Transit

Commuter rail lines in Chicago will not be closed to riders during the NATO Summit. However, passengers should plan for delays as trains approach and pass through the McCormick Place stop due to necessary security measures.