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NATO Summit Traffic: What to Expect

If you decide not to stay home, there are several big things to keep in mind

By Matt Rodewald
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:37 AM CDT
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Besides NATO Summit road closures, this weekend's Crosstown Classic and this month's first real beach weekend have the potential to be a giant mess.

If you decide not to stay home, there are several things to keep in mind.

Parts of the Stevenson Expressway and Lake Shore Drive will close starting midnight Friday lasting through Monday. Expect much of the South Loop to be closed. Parts of Roosevelt Road, State Street, Michigan Avenue, King Drive and Cermak Road will all be shutdown.

Want to park on the street? Forget it. Pay for the garage, or take the train. Even if you have delays it's still a better choice.

Metra Electric commuters will deal with delays and restrictions. Trains won't stop from 47th Street on in Saturday and Sunday. and from 111th in on Monday. We know that 95th Street will be open, but that's about it.

Service cuts will limit the South Shore Line Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, there will be no service inbound from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. and four trains canceled heading out.

As for the Cubs-Sox series, the Red Line might be more crowded than normal with possible protestors and extra commuters.

Talk about an interesting cross-section of people. That might be the most fascinating place to be this weekend.

Plus, a rare Saturday night game with the first pitch at 6:15 p.m. ... Wrigleyville should be thankful that both teams aren't really contending right now.

If you're planning on having fun at the ol' ballpark or fight for your right to party, give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go.
 

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