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City officials warn of snarled traffic during busy concert weekend

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Officials are warning Chicagoans to expect heavy traffic in Wrigleyville and other parts of the city this weekend with a slew of concerts and summer festivals taking place.

Billy Joel plays Wrigley Field at 8 p.m. Friday and country music star Blake Shelton performs there at 7 p.m. Saturday, while the Pitchfork Music Festival takes place at Union Park through Sunday, and Phish performs Friday night at Northerly Island, according to a statement from the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Parking restrictions around the ballpark go into effect both days at 2 p.m. on Sheffield Avenue from Addison Street to Waveland Avenue, on Clark Street from Addison to Newport Avenue and on Waveland from Sheffield to Kenmore Street, OEMC said.

Limousines and car services will stage along Irving Park Road, with pickups between Clark and Seminary Avenue east of Clark. Taxis will stage on Clark south of Addison along the southbound curb, officials said.

A remote parking lot at 3900 N. Rockwell will offer free shuttles to the concerts, with the lot opening at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m Saturday.

Repair work on the Kennedy Expressway could snarl traffic starting at 11 p.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday, with the two right lanes of I-90/94 shut down between Austin and Lawrence avenues, including the Lawrence exit ramp, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The southbound Lower Wacker Drive tunnel to Interstate 290 will close overnight as well, with repair work shutting it down from 10 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. Traffic will be redirected to eastbound Harrison Street and southbound Wells Street.

City officials are encouraging people to use public transportation. Longer trains will be running on the Red, Brown, Blue, Green and Pink lines to accommodate concertgoers, according to the CTA.

Green Line service between the Roosevelt and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stations will be disrupted Saturday and Sunday mornings until 11:40 a.m. as crews work on the planned Cermak-McCormick Place station. Customers are urged to allow for extra travel time as free shuttles will run between the two stations.

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