Expect Afternoon Traffic For Obama Visit

Afternoon commuters should be on the lookout for roving closures along Lake Shore Drive

Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 2:24 PM CDT
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Expect Afternoon Traffic For Obama Visit

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President Barack Obama travels to Chicago Friday to discuss the economy and touch on local gun violence.

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President Barack Obama's hometown visit Friday afternoon will, as always, create some extra traffic on the road.

Obama is expected to fly into O'Hare International Airport around 1 p.m. From there the president usually takes Marine 1 into Chicago, but it's not clear whether he will do so today.

Afternoon commuters should be on the lookout for roving closures along Lake Shore Drive as Obama's motorcade travels to and from Hyde Park Academy, at 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., where the president will speak about the economy and touch on Chicago gun violence.

There will be "airport-like" security at the school, according to reports and likely some road closures in that neighborhood.

Based on planning notes from the White House, the president should speak between 1 and 3 p.m.

Obama's visit to his hometown comes days after his State of the Union address, which featured the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor roll student who was shot and killed at a South Side park after school earlier this month.

The shooting occurred less than a mile from Obama's Chicago home, a point the president included in his annual address. Days before her death, Pendleton performed with the King College Prep band and drill team during some of Obama's inauguration events.
 

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