Traffic Headaches Ahead as Several Streets Close for Lollapalooza

Street closures have already begun for the sold-out music festival, but more are in store for this week

One of the most popular concert events of the summer will take over Grant Park next week, which can only mean large crowds and major road closures in the downtown area.

Adding to the traffic woes is a world championship soccer match at Soldier Field, which will take place July 29. The stadium will host the International Champions Cup soccer match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at 8 p.m.

The sold-out Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park does not start until Friday, July 31, but roads in the Grant Park area have already begun to close for festival set-up and more closures are scheduled for this week, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Balbo from Lakeshore Drive to Columbus is already closed and will not reopen until Aug. 6.

Closures taking effect this week include:

  • Balbo from Michigan to Columbus, closed from July 29 through the afternoon of Aug. 3
  • Jackson from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus, closed from July 29 through Aug. 5
  • Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt, closed from 9 a.m. on July 29 through 4 p.m. on Aug. 3
  • Congress from Columbus to Michigan, closed from July 29 through 4 p.m. Aug 3.

Drivers are advised to plan accordingly and expect delays through the week.

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