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Access to downtown Chicago has been temporarily limited

The shutdown goes into effect at 8pm Monday night and will continue until the following Monday at 6am

By
Emma Krupp
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Starting at 8pm on Monday, August 10, the city will limit access to the Loop through 6am on Monday, August 17, according to a release from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

The shutdown will last from 8pm until 6am and is being implemented in response to overnight unrest and looting in areas throughout downtown Chicago following Sunday's police shooting of a 20-year-old man in Englewood. The restrictions include the suspension of CTA train service to the Loop, the discontinuation of Divvy bike service downtown and the closure of Lake Shore Drive. Additionally, most downtown bridges over the Chicago River will be raised to restrict access to the Loop.

If you're someone who absolutely needs to be in the Loop—like residents, business owners and essential workers—you'll be required to show ID or proof of employment or residence to police officers stationed at one of a series of checkpoints before entering the affected areas. Bus service will still be operating if you need a way to get there, though you should expect some rerouting. 

Here's a full list of closures and affected service:

CTA trains

The following routes are closed from 8pm until 6am:

  • Red Line service will not run between Fullerton and 47th
  • Blue Line service will not run between Division and UIC-Halsted
  • Green Line service will not run between Ashland and 47th
  • Brown Line service will not run between Belmont and Loop
  • Orange Line service will not run between Halsted and Loop
  • Pink Line service will not run between Polk and Loop

Roads

Lake Shore Drive will be closed between Fullerton Avenue on the North and I-55 on the South, and all expressway ramps from Roosevelt Road to Division Street will be closed in both directions.

Divvy bikes

Service suspended from North Avenue to Ashland Avenue and Cermak Road between 8pm and 6am

Bridges

All downtown bridges will be up by 8pm except for the following: 

  • LaSalle Street
  • Harrison Street
  • Ida B. Wells / Congress Bridge (West-bound remains open)
  • Lake Shore Drive
  • Columbus Avenue
  • Kinzie Street
  • Grand Avenue

Access points for residents, essential workers and business owners

  • Harrison Street
  • Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street
  • Roosevelt Road and Canal Street
  • Kinzie Street and Halsted Street
  • LaSalle Street

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