Chicago’s Full Plate This Weekend: Cubs, Marathon, President Obama Visit

(CBS) – So, how are Chicago officials planning to keep everyone safe with all of the high-profile events going on this weekend?

It’s starts with everyone, one official says.

“Be vigilant about in reporting any suspicious objects or persons in the vicinity,” says Rich Guidice, first deputy of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication. “We all play a role in keeping Chicago safe.”

For Friday and Saturday’s National League Division Series games at Wrigley Field, more than 80,000 fans are expected to converge on the Friendly Confines.

While gates open two hours before the game, fans are asked to arrive at least three hours before the game, to allow time to get through security.

“We started using metal detectors this year, which has been very successful, we were encouraging fans as early as opening day to get here as early as possible,” says Julian Green, Cubs vice president of communications and community affairs.

For added security, all outside garbage cans have been removed. Police say special measures will be used to secure mailboxes and newspaper dispensers in the area.

The Cubs games are not the only security priority for Chicago police, on this very busy weekend in the city.

Other big events include the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and a visit by President Obama on Friday. The president will be attending fundraisers and staying overnight.

Cubs-related parking restrictions on both sides of the following streets will be in place starting noon Friday until 4 a.m. Sunday:

On Clark to School and Aldine to Irving; on Sheffield from Roscoe to Grace; on Addison from Halsted to Southport; Racine from Roscoe to Clark; and Irving Park from Clark to Seminary.

Limos and ride shard services must drop off and pick up here on Irving Park Road, between Clark and Seminary. Taxi loading and staging will be southbound on the 3300 block of Clark.

If you’re taking an Uber to the game your driver won’t be able to drop you off at Wrigley.

Drivers must drop off their riders along Irving between Clark and Seminary.

That’s a little more than a half-mile from the ball park.


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