Chicago officials outline public safety plan for Memorial Day weekend

Chicago officials are on high alert to prepare for Memorial Day weekend. With dozens of events planned across the city, the Chicago Police Department is stepping up patrols.

The CPD canceled days off for uniformed officers between May 24 and May 31 and could assign 12-hour shifts.

“Planning for this weekend began months ago and has accelerated exponentially in recent weeks,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Between the reopening of the city’s beaches and more than 40 events scheduled over the holiday weekend, the unofficial start to summer in Chicago is sure to be packed!

This is why you will see a greater police presence in and around the city center. The increased security will be noticeable at the Sueños Music Festival in Grant Park, the Coldplay concert at Soldier Field and the Crosstown Classic, among other events.

“In these areas we will have more bicycle and foot patrols to improve safety during all these major events,” the superintendent said. David Brown, Chicago Police Department. “We will also continue to strengthen our transit system. We have made many roll calls and maintained uniform visibility throughout CTA – both on platforms, at landlines and on trains.”

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“Let me also be clear, these activations are not and will not be for those who believe they can wreak havoc,” Lightfoot said.

A 10 p.m. curfew is in effect seven days a week for anyone 17 and under. Additionally, anyone under the age of 18 visiting Millennium Park after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

The change in the curfew from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. took place following the fatal shooting of a teenager near The Bean – followed a few days later by a chaotic shooting in a McDonald’s Near the north side which killed two people.

“Parents, you need to know where your children are, and specifically you need to accompany your children to enjoy these safe spaces,” Lightfoot said. “We can’t just unload our children and hope for the best.”

Instead of just focusing on what teens can’t do, Mayor Lightfoot said she hopes to steer them toward things they can do safely. Lightfoot said this is a time when the city needs to come together to keep kids safe and engaged.

“I want to be clear: our children are welcome everywhere, wherever they want to be,” Lightfoot said. “It’s their town too, and we shouldn’t be afraid of black and brown kids coming to town.”

Challenger at Ald Town Hall. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) tweeted that Lightfoot is brazen and more concerned with politics than meeting with City Council to find solutions.

In 2021, Chicago recorded its least violent Memorial Day weekend in three years, with three people killed and 34 others injured in shootings across the city.

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