Barack Obama

Afternoon Traffic Possible for Obama's Pullman Visit

The president is scheduled to arrive at O'Hare at 12:55 p.m.

President Barack Obama's visit to the Pullman neighborhood Thursday afternoon has the potential to cause traffic jams in the air and on the road.

The president is expected to land at O'Hare International Airport at 12:55 p.m. Air Force One has priority at the airport, so no other planes can land or take off when it is on the runway.

Following his arrival at O'Hare, the president usually takes the Marine One helicopter into downtown, often to Soldier Field, to avoid holding up road traffic at O'Hare.

It is unclear if President Obama will take Marine One to Soldier Field during his Thursday visit, however. It's possible he will instead take the helicopter further south to a landing site closer to Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, where he is scheduled to speak around 2 p.m.

If the president lands at Soldier Field, traffic could be affected on the Bishop Ford Freeway or Interstate 57, depending on which route he takes from downtown.

The White House has not yet announced any street closures for the motorcade.

President Obama is expected to fly out of O'Hare at 6:40 p.m., meaning rush hour traffic Thursday evening could be impacted as he makes his way from Pullman back to the airport.

The purpose of the president's visit is to designate the Pullman Historic District as a national monument following years of negotiations and a recent decision on its status.

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