More streets closed ahead of Sunday’s Chicago Marathon
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More street closings have been put into place Saturday, and there will be more still by Sunday morning for the Chicago Marathon.
Near Grant Park, where the race will begin and end, Balbo is closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Jackson is closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive, and Columbus is closed from Roosevelt to Monroe.
Columbus, Balbo, Congress, Jackson and Monroe were all closed in Grant Park on Saturday, with most of the streets in the park expected to reopen by Monday morning.
Street closings along the race route will begin around 7 a.m. Sunday. Most will be reopened by 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The race begins in two waves, one at 7:30 a.m. and the next at 8 a.m., in Grant Park, with runners racing on a course that goes as far north as Addison, as far west as Damen and as far south as 35th Street, encompassing 29 neighborhoods along the way.
Parking restrictions will be in effect along the course beginning early Sunday. Vehicles will be towed,and no-parking zones will be strictly enforced, according to OEMC. If your vehicle is towed, call 311.
Race organizers expect about 1 million spectators to line the marathon route. The police will be conducting random bag checks, and runners won’t be allowed to leave bags or clothing unattended in Grant Park. Only participants with event-issued bib numbers, credentialed staff and ticketed guests will have access to the start and finish areas.