CTA increasing service for rescheduled Mumford & Sons concert

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Organizers are urging people headed to the rescheduled Mumford & Sons concert at Montrose Beach Friday to bike or take public transit, even though as of Thursday night it was no longer sold out with some last-minute tickets available.

Monday’s storm and several days of rain this week prevented crews from completing the concert site in time for the bash, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.

Roughly 35,000 people were expected to attend the sold-out show, according to the city and the concert’s organizer, JAM Productions.

Because of the postponement, fans could choose to get a refund, so some tickets are for sale again as of Thursday evening. All tickets purchased for Wednesday will be honored at the gates on Friday, according to the concert’s website.

Despite the change in schedule, there will still be no parking provided for the event at the lakefront park, and fans are “highly encouraged” to bike, take a Divvy bike or use public transit.

JAM Productions is providing a free bike valet for the first 4,000 bicycles on site the concert’s website said. Cyclists can drop off their bikes and gear at the east entrance along Montrose and pick them up after the event.

Divvy representatives will also be at the east entrance to valet bikes before the event and provide additional bikes after the show, the website said.

The CTA will provide extra bus service along the No. 78 Montrose, No. 81 Lawrence and No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes from 4 p.m. until one hour after the concert ends, the transit agency said.

The Red Line will also have extra train service for concertgoers, the CTA said. The Wilson station is about two blocks west of the lakefront park.

Anyone walking to or from concert should stay clear of Lake Shore Drive and use the pedestrian underpasses below it at Montrose, Wilson and Lawrence. Large items such as lawn chairs, umbrellas and coolers will still be prohibited.

Fans who cannot attend the rescheduled show can also use their tickets at the band’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Waverly, Iowa, this upcoming weekend, according to JAM Productions.

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