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World’s Largest Block Party

Date: Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday
2:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday
Location: Old St Pat’s Church at Monroe and Desplaines

Chicago summer festivals always feature a local music group or two, mostly cover bands, that locals flock to. This festival doesn’t just have one or two of the most followed local bands. It has ALL of them.

Old St. Pat’s “World’s Largest Block Party” is a highly anticipated festival bringing the best of the best to the West Loop area when it comes to summertime entertainment.

The lineup is as follows:

Friday, June 23rd
5:30 p.m. – Mike & Joe
8:30 p.m. – Wedding Banned

Saturday, June 24th
2:00 p.m. – Bosco
4:00 p.m. – Maggie Speaks
6:30 p.m. – 7th Heaven
8:30 p.m.- Elevation
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at this link.


Chicago’s 48th Annual Pride Parade

Date: Sunday, June 25th
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Montrose & Broadway down to Diversey & Broadway

The Route: The parade will step off from the intersection of Broadway and Montrose, then proceeding southbound on Broadway to Halsted, turning onto Halsted and moving south. Next connecting at Halsted and Belmont, and turning east on Belmont. Next, back to Broadway, and turning south on Broadway to Diversey, turning east on Diversey to Cannon.

Keep in mind that there is a $1,000 fine for public alcohol consumption. This parade is a blast, and the community very much rallies around the events of the weekend, but adding the hooch might cost money and a fun time.


Chicago Bears 5k

Date: Saturday, June 24th
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Soldier Field…where else?

There’s nothing better in life than getting fit, helping others, and the Chicago Bears. Wrap all three of these into one event, and you get the Chicago Bears 5k at Soldier Field which benefits Bears Care.

Bears Care is an “organization committed to improving the quality of life for people in the Chicagoland community, especially disadvantaged children and their families, through targeted programs supporting education, youth athletics and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer.” (via ChicagoBears.com/community)

Register by clicking here.


Chicago Food Truck Fest

Date: Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 1600 S. Wabash in the South Loop

After working up a sweat at the Chicago Bears 5k, waltz straight west to South Wabash for the Chicago Food Truck Festival. Tickets are as cheap as $5, with a VIP option of $10! What a bargain!

Donate some cash to a good cause and a get sweet treat from Cupcakes for Courage, fill the belly with Pierogi Street, or get that comfortable Giordano’s deep dish slice. Lest I forget Cheesies Grilled Cheese, the Tamale Spaceship and Starfruit!

Here’s the full list.


More events in your ‘burb from festing.com:

Swedish Days Festival 06/20/2017 Geneva, IL
Concerts in the Park, Elgin 06/20/2017 Elgin, IL
Dancin’ in the Streets, Clarendon Hills 06/21/2017 Clarendon Hills, IL
The Western Illinois Fair 06/21/2017 Griggsville, IL
Family Fair, Church of the Holy Spirit 06/21/2017 Schaumburg, IL
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival 06/21/2017 Bourbonnais, IL
Summer Concerts Woodridge 06/21/2017 Woodridge, IL
Seneca Shipyard Days Festival 06/21/2017 Seneca, IL
In.The.Groove, South Barrington 06/21/2017 Barrington, IL
Rotary GroveFest 06/22/2017 Downers Grove, IL
Wauconda Fest 06/22/2017 Wauconda, IL
Wauconda Fest 06/22/2017 Wauconda, IL
Homer Community Fest 06/22/2017 Homer Glen, IL
Summer Concert Series, Algonquin 06/22/2017 Algonquin, IL
Arbortheater Concerts, Vernon Hills 06/22/2017 Vernon Hills, IL
Concerts in the Park, North Riverside 06/22/2017 Riverside, IL
Summer Celebration, Vernon Hills 06/22/2017 Vernon Hills, IL
Summer Solstice Festival 06/22/2017 Yorkville, IL
Live & Uncorked 06/22/2017 Aurora, IL
ST. John Of the Cross Family Fest 06/22/2017 Western Springs, IL
Galesburg Railroad Days 06/22/2017 Galesburg, IL
The World’s Largest Block Party 06/23/2017 Chicago, IL
Wallace Bowl Entertainment, Wllmette 06/23/2017 Wilmette, IL
Champaign Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival 06/23/2017 Champaign, IL
Party in the Park, Tinley Park 06/23/2017 Tinley Park, IL
BeachFest – Round Lake Beach 06/23/2017 Round Lake, IL
Taste of Joliet 06/23/2017 Joliet, IL
Summer Concerts in the Park, Brookfield 06/23/2017 Brookfield, IL
Glenview Summer Festival 06/24/2017 Glenview, IL
Fountain Square Art Festival 06/24/2017 Evanston, IL
Bartlett Festival of the Arts 06/24/2017 Bartlett, IL

 

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Full Closure of Lake Street at Burlington Junction Railway in Montgomery for Crossing Repair (via IDOT) – Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Lake Street will be closed at the Burlington Junction Railway tracks north of Aucutt Road. A posted detour will direct northbound Lake Street traffic to go west on Aucutt Road, north on Orchard Road (County Highway 83), and east on Jericho Road to meet back with Lake Street. Southbound Lake Street traffic will take the reverse route.
The repairs are scheduled to be completed by 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 23, weather permitting.
Bridge Inspections Saturday on Damen Avenue over I-55 (via IDOT) – Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, temporary lane closures will take place in both directions on the Stevenson Expressway under Damen Avenue. The bridge inspection is expected to be completed by 11 a.m.
Ramp Closure from Highland Avenue to WB Butterfield Road (via IDOT) – Beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, the ramp from northbound and southbound Highland Avenue to westbound Butterfield Road will be closed until the next morning, Friday, June 23.
Overnight Ramp Closure Saturday, part of I-55/LSD Interchange Reconstruction Project (via IDOT) – Starting at 11 p.m. Saturday, the ramp from the inbound Stevenson Expressway to northbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed until 7 a.m.Sunday, June 25. A posted detour will direct northbound Stevenson traffic to take the southbound Lake Shore Drive ramp, exit at 31st Street and re-enter northbound Lake Shore Drive.

CTA Alerts

Info from a press release posted to the CTA website, transitchicago.com.

2017 Chicago Pride Parade – Sunday, June 25
The 2017 Chicago Pride Parade will step off at noon from Montrose/Broadway and wind its way south via Broadway, Halsted, Belmont, Broadway, Diversey and disband on the west half of Cannon Drive to Fullerton Parkway. In addition, during the parade, reroutes along nine bus routes and several road closures will be in effect.

To avoid crowded areas like Belmont, attendees are advised to consider viewing the parade from areas like Broadway, south of Montrose—a short walk from the Wilson and Sheridan stations on the Red Line. The Diversey and Wellington stations on the Brown Line also offer convenient access to view the parade. For more information, tips and a map and information, visit: transitchicago.com/prideparade.

RAIL SERVICE
Additional rail service on the Red, Blue, Brown and Orange lines will be provided. Following the parade, customers are encouraged to consider making their return trips from stations other than Belmont.

  • Red Line: From 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., trains will operate with increased frequency.
  • Brown Line: Longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Service will also be provided more frequently from approximately 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Blue Line: Longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Orange Line: Longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m.

BUS SERVICE
More frequent service will be provided on the #74 Fullerton between 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The #77 Belmont and #78 Montrose routes will also provide more frequent service from approximately 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Separately, several buses in the area will be rerouted due to street closures associated with the parade including:

#8 Halsted
#22 Clark
#36 Broadway
#76 Diversey
#77 Belmont
#78 Montrose
#80 Irving Park
#151 Sheridan
#152 Addison

Customers are advised to plan ahead and check individual bus route schedules. Visit transitchicago.com/alerts for more information.

Country LakeShake – Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25
CTA will provide additional bus service for concertgoers heading to Country LakeShake at Northerly Island:

  • #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express: 3 p.m. until the beginning of the concert and then for approximately one hour after the concert concludes.
  • #130 Museum Campus: Additional buses will operate from 4 p.m. until the beginning of the concert and then for approximately one hour after the concert concludes.

2017 NHL Draft – Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
Fans attending the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center can get there via the dedicated #19 United Center Express bus route, or connect with the #50 Damen bus route from four rail lines:

  • #19 United Center Express: Service will begin approximately one and a half hours before events until one hour after events end.  Buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center at Warren and Wood.
  • #50 Damen: The #50 route is a good option for customers accessing the United Center from the north or south and provides connections with Orange, Pink, Blue and Brown lines. Northbound #50 buses will board customers on Damen at Madison after each event.

Temporary Lane Closures of Dan Ryan Expressway for 95th Street Terminal Work
Work associated with the construction of CTA’s 95th Street Terminal will affect highway drivers during the early morning hours beginning Saturday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 28. Red Line service will not be affected by this work and will operate normally.

Between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. all lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway will be temporarily closed for approximately 15 minutes every hour, except on Sunday, when hourly lane closures will occur between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The lane closures are necessary in allowing crews to safely lift and erect steel beams needed for the construction of a new south bus bridge over the Dan Ryan expressway.

STAY IN THE LOOP ON CTA SERVICE
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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