Ah, there are signs of spring.
One of the most important ones: Baseball season is upon us.
And officials want fans to behave.
“It was a rough winter for all of Chicago. We did a great job. We survived it, and now we’re into spring,” said Ald. James Balcer (11th), who wore a White Sox jersey Friday at a news conference called, in part, to remind people to be good neighbors when visiting the city’s ballparks.
“We’re asking people to, No. 1, respect the community, respect the people that live there. Don’t litter, don’t drink on the public way. You will be held accountable for your actions.”
The Sox’ first home game is Monday, and the Cubs’ home opener is next Friday.
Police will be strictly enforcing public-drunkenness laws and making sure drivers aren’t impaired, officials said.
Residents and fans also will see more police around the ballparks, officials said.
Parking restrictions also begin to take effect, and area residents should take note, said Gary Schenkel, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
Though officials recommend public transit for fans, the Cubs have a new, free remote parking option at 3900 N. Rockwell St., which replaces a previous remote lot at the DeVry University campus.