Stepped-Up Security to Greet St. Patrick's Day Revellers - NBC Chicago

Stepped-Up Security to Greet St. Patrick's Day Revellers

There will only be two points of entry to the parade route around Grant Park, officials say



    Chicago Steps Up Security Measures This St. Patrick's Day Weekend

    Saturday is a big day in Chicago as the city kicks off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations today with the dyeing of the Chicago River. The annual event draws hundreds of thousands of people, and this year, the city is stepping up security measures. NBC 5's Kate Chappell has the latest.

    (Published Saturday, March 16, 2019)

    St. Patrick’s Day festivities will draw hundreds of thousands of people downtown on Saturday morning, but the city is making some major changes to their security procedures to keep party-goers safe.

    The annual dyeing of the Chicago River will be a bit different this year, as the Riverwalk will be closed until 11 a.m. Those wanting to see the event can still line up along Wacker Drive, as well as Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, but space will be a bit more limited than in previous years.

    The security in downtown will be even more strict around the parade route, as there will only be two points of entry around Grant Park. Entry points will be limited to Ida B. Wells Drive and Jackson Boulevard, and all purses and bags will be checked.

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    Additionally, coolers and alcohol will not be allowed into the area.

    “Additional private security, additional police security, and additional city workers will be present on the Riverwalk,” OEMC executive Rich Guidice said.

    The CTA will also be tightening restrictions, adding more security to train platforms and banning alcohol consumption on trains and buses. The agency is even advising riders to leave backpacks and bottles of water at home.

    The river dyeing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, and the downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade will follow at noon.

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    (Published Friday, March 15, 2019)

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