The Chicago Police Department and Water Tower Place security conducted an active shooter drill early Tuesday morning.
The drill took place at Water Tower Place, located at 835 N. Michigan Ave. in the city's Gold Coast, beginning at 6 a.m., according to notices sent out by area aldermen.
The exercise is to train CPD and the shopping center's security, officials said, and will have signs posted along the street to remind residents and anyone in the area that it is only a drill.
"These exercises further enhance the City’s overall readiness, response and recovery efforts for the safety and security of our residents and visitors here in Chicago," Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications said in a statement. "They also ensure that we are prepared to enact plans swiftly to mitigate the impact during emergencies by coordinating and communicating with key partners about roles and responsibilities."
There will be a heavy police presence on the property during the drill, as well as officers stationed along the streets to tell pedestrians that a training is in process.
Alds. Brendan Reilly and Brian Hopkins asked area residents to remember that the activity is just a drill and not a real emergency. Anyone with questions can contact either alderman's office, their newsletters said.