Can Chicago Handle Fireworks Crowd Control?

Navy Pier is the sole destination for lakefront fireworks over Fourth of July weekend. Will there be room for everyone?

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    A cooler front passes through, bringing more comfortable temperatures and a pleasant end to the holiday weekend. (Published Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011)

    Skies are expected to be clear Saturday night for the fireworks show at Navy Pier. The display is the kickoff celebration for the Independence Day weekend.

    Saturday's show, at 10:15 p.m., are a part of Navy Pier's normal summer schedule, but are a prelude to the big show on Monday.

    After the city announced last month it would no longer sponsor the annual light show at Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier took over as the weekend's main lakefront display.

    That could mean crowd control issues for the Pier, which reached capacity last year two hours before the fireworks began.

    Last year, the city spread its annual fireworks to three locations, including Navy Pier, Montrose Beach and 57th Street Beach. By 7:20 p.m., Navy Pier was closed to additional pedestrian traffic, and even folks with restaurant reservations there couldn't get by. 

    This year, the park district took over Taste from the city and decided to cancel the fireworks to save money on the food festival.

    Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced last week tighter security at Taste, including more undercover cops and extra video surveillance. With recent mob attacks in Streeterville and at CTA stations downtown, McCarthy said officers also will be stationed at train stops and outside the festival.

    Fireworks Shows throughout the Area:

    Arlington Heights
    Saturday at Arlington Park
    Race starts at 4 p.m., followed by fireworks at nightfall.
     
    Aurora
    Illinois Math & Science Academy, 1500 W. Sullivan Road
    Monday at 6 p.m.
     
    Bartlett
    Apple Orchard Park, Stearns & S Bartlett Rds
    Monday at 9:30 p.m.

    Barrington
    Barrington High School
    Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
     
    Chicago
    Navy Pier
    Monday at 9 p.m.
     
    Itasca
    Intersection of Thorndale Ave and Route 53
    Monday between 9:45 and 10pm
     
    Lake Forest
    Deerpath Park
    Monday at 9:30 p.m
     
    Morton Grove
    Harrer Park, 6250 Dempster
    Monday at 9:45 p.m.
     
    Naperville
    Knoch Park
    Monday at 9:30 p.m
     
    West Chicago
    Reed Keppler Park
    Saturday after dusk
     

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