The Lakefront Trail will be closed from Balbo Drive to 31st Street.
The upcoming NATO summit will greatly alter how people travel in the Loop, South Loop, Museum Campus, and Bronzeville areas May 19, 20, and 21 (Saturday to Monday). Travel on the Kennedy, Dan Ryan, and Stevenson Expressways will be affected. Transit agencies and other news sources have posted all the relevant information, linked on this page. If you are traveling to these areas, or normally travel through these areas, spend time reviewing the below webpages. This post will be updated as information changes.
How will these changes affect you?
The CTA expects that all ‘L’ service will operate normally. Existing bicycle rules remain: disallowed on all trains from 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM (although crush loading sometimes lasts longer making it uncomfortable and unwieldy through which to carry a bike).
Metra’s travel page. The restrictions (no backpacks, parcels, closed stations, and others) apply to ALL train runs on ALL lines and seem quite excessive. Metra will be closing an inordinate number of Metra Electric stations on all three days – see closure map (PDF). 5 stations will be closed Saturday and Sunday. 27 stations will be closed Monday. The Chicago Tribune has information on their reasoning.
South Shore Line
Many train runs are cancelled on Monday and other train runs on Saturday through Monday are affected. Read details on the Chicago Tribune or read the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s inaccessible PDF.
No notices on their website. The Chicago Tribune reports that Amtrak will increase the number of bomb-sniffing dogs.
Metra is banning on-board bicycles on ALL train runs on ALL lines for May 19-21.
The Lakefront Trail will be closed starting on Saturday, May 19, through Monday, May 21, at 6 PM, from Balbo Drive south to 39th Street. See more details on Active Transportation Alliance’s website. The Chicago Park District is publicizing this alternate route: “The South bound alternate route is Balbo to State Street. State Street to 39th Street back to the trail. The north bound alternate is 39th Street to State and State to Balboa back to the trail.”
See Lakefront Trail information under Bicycling.
CTA’s travel page. The following bus routes are affected (with temporary reroutes): 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 18, 21, 22, 26, X28, 29, 35, 36, 55, 60, 62, 126, 129, 145, 146, 147, 151, 192. Existing bicycle rules remain.
View the Chicago Tribune’s maps. There are many street closings and parking restrictions.
As visitor motorcades move from O’Hare airport to McCormick Place and other event sites, there will be intermittent lane and ramp closures.
For the most up-to-date information on Twitter, we expect that @CTA, @Metra, @Amtrak, and @ChicagoDOT will provide good information. For updates via radio, there are usual suspects: WBBM 720 and WBEZ 91.5.
Updated May 15, 11:08, to provide new information about South Shore Line. Updated May 16, 11:09, to provide new information about Lakefront Trail closing. Updated May 18, 16:48, to reflect latest CTA bus reroutes (some no longer rerouted, new ones rerouted).
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