Because of the looting that took place earlier this week throughout downtown Chicago and nearby neighborhoods, there will be restricted access into downtown through Monday.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown warned that anybody who participates in looting will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and there will be consequences. According to the states attorney's office 42 people have been charged with felonies stemming from the looting this past Monday.
The restrictions include:
- Lake Shore Drive will be closed between Fullerton Avenue in the north and I-55 in the south. The inbound Belmont ramp will also be closed.
- All bridges will be up by 9 p.m. except at LaSalle Street, Harrison Street, westbound Ida B Wells, Lake Shore Drive, Columbus Avenue, Kinzie Street and Grand Avenue.
- All expressway ramps from Roosevelt Road to Division Street will be closed in both directions.
- CTA trains will not enter the downtown area, from Fullerton Avenue to 47th Street, and east of Halsted Street.
- Divvy bikes will not be available from North Avenue to Ashland Avenue and Cermak between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Bus service remain operational, but some buses will be rerouted so be sure to check your route in advance.
This is not a curfew, so if you live in the downtown area you can have access but be sure to have an ID on you because you may have to show proof of your residence.