This weekend is the 2015 Chicago Football Classic, the Great Chicago Fire Festival, the Northwestern football game on Saturday and the Chicago Half Marathon!
The Chicago Football Classic starts at 3:30 p.m. at Solider Field, and nearby, the Great Chicago Fire Festival is 5-11 p.m. at Northerly Island.
Extra bus services will be available for route No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express. Service will begin about 12:30 p.m. and end about an hour after both events conclude.
Northwestern Football season at Ryan Field, located just west of the Purple Line’s central station in Evanston. There will be extra Purple Line rail service on Saturday for the game.
Purple Line trains will increase rail service beginning about 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. and begin running trains more frequently three hours prior to kick-off time at 7 p.m. and about two hours following the end of the game.
In addition to all of these events, the Jane Byrne Interchange construction will continue for its third week with the same closures as before. However, there will be longer hours for the 15-minute interval closures on the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways.
Both Inbound Congress Parkway (I-290) and the Outbound Eisenhower will close at the Byrne Interchange at 10 p.m. Friday, but there will still be access to the outbound Dan Ryan and Kennedy ramps. A detour will be posted, though you will have to travel on arterial streets within the city.
All lanes on Congress/I-290 are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, per the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Here’s where it gets tricky…the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways (I-90/94) will be reduced to ONE single lane in each direction between Ohio and Harrison at 8 p.m. Saturday. All lanes will be closed for 15-minute intervals from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday, when all lanes will be reopened.
While the Brown Line will be operating with longer trains, service will be rerouted underground onto Red Line subway tracks through the Loop over the weekend as part of the ongoing Ravenswood Connector Rehabilitation Project.
For more information on the Byrne Construction project, you can visit http://www.circleinterchange.org/.