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Street closings this weekend

With the summer festival season comes the season of street closings, and this weekend the closures kick into high gear. Compounding the potential headaches, Children’s Hospital will undertake its historic move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art Streeterville location. To help you navigate the urban labyrinth this weekend, here’s a rundown of the public events happening around the city. (Be aware there are also 10 area high school graduations.) Here: a guide to the biggest events and the neighborhoods to be aware of this weekend.

  •  Children’s Hospital is moving from Lincoln Park to Streeterville — According to the official hospital report, “Beginning between 5–6 am, patients will be picked up by an ambulance at Children’s Memorial Emergency Department just off Lincoln Avenue near Fullerton and Halsted. Ambulances will then travel south on Lincoln Avenue, north on Orchard Street and east on Fullerton Avenue toward Lake Shore Drive to Lurie Children’s.After delivering a patient, ambulances will leave Lurie Children’s and return to the current hospital to pick up another patient. Returning ambulances will travel on Lake Shore Drive to Fullerton Avenue, then go south on Orchard Street to an ambulance staging area at the south end of the block to be cleaned, refreshed with supplies, and await to pick up another patient. The transition of patients is expected to take 10–18 hours, but a contingency plan anticipates a 48 hour timeframe in case of emergency. Fullerton Avenue will be closed from the current hospital to Lake Shore Drive for the duration of the move. One lane will be dedicated to east and west ambulance traffic.There will be public traffic access north and south on Clark, Stockton and Cannon, but controlled by traffic aides and/or the police.Also, Chicago Avenue will be stripped of parking from Lurie Children’s to Lake Shore Drive. However, there will be no closures on Chicago Avenue.”

For a map of the closures, click here.

  •  Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros, U.S. Cellular Field, Bridgeport
  •  Brad Paisley with Miranda Lambert, Saturday at Wrigley Field, Lakeview
  •  World Naked Bike Ride, Secret Route in Chicago (look online)
  •  Girls on the Run Chicago 5K, Saturday at Soldiers Field

 Photo courtesy of Flickr user Phillip Capper