Chicago Holiday Event Activity November 17-19, 2023
In partnership with cross-sector public-safety agencies, Titan is monitoring the following special holiday event activity and their related road closures Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. The following information is provided from the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications:
- 110th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, November 17 at 6:00pm at Millennium Park: Chicago’s “official” Christmas tree will be lit at 6:25 p.m. during a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. in Millennium Park. The tree stands near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. and will remain through January 8. The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony has been expanded to provide more space and opportunities for guests to participate, including multiple viewing locations with screens and concessions across the Millennium Park and a main stage on Washington St. at Michigan Ave. There will be performances in Millennium Park from 5 – 7pm The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be followed by fireworks and additional performances. On Friday, November 17 Washington St will be closed from Michigan Avenue to Wabash from 10am to 11pm and Garland Court will be local access only from Randolph to Washington and from Madison to Washington starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 17. There is the possibility of intermittent street closures on Michigan Avenue. For additional details, visit MillenniumPark.org
- 31st Annual Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Saturday, November 18: This weekend’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Saturday, November 18, begins with a variety of family-friendly activities from 11am–4pm, at Lights Festival Lane (Pioneer Court – 401 N. Michigan Avenue). The parade will step-off at 5:30pm at N. Michigan Avenue and Oak Street and head south on N. Michigan to Wacker Drive. For complete details, visit TheMagnificentMile.com/lights-festival/
- 2023 Christkindlmarket Opening, Friday, November 17 at Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way: The annual Christkindlmarket opens Friday, November 17 through Sunday, December 24 on Daley Plaza located at 50 West Washington Street.
NOTE: For weekend programming, there will be a full closure of W. Washington Street, including the CTA bus lane, between Clark Street and Dearborn Street starting at 5am each Saturday morning and ending at 11 p.m. Sunday night on the following dates: November 18–19, 25–26, December 2–3, 9–10 and 16–17. Hours are Sundays-Thursdays, 11am–8pm and Fridays and Saturdays, 11am–9pm with special hours on holidays. The Christkindlmarket in Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way, located at 3635 N. Clark Street will also open on Friday, November 17 through Sunday, December 31. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 3pm–9pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am –10pm and Sundays, 11am–7pm with special hours on holidays. For complete details, visit christkindlmarket.com
Street Closures for Saturday, November 18
Closed from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Oak Street from State Street to Michigan Avenue
- North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive
- Upper Wacker Drive from Michigan Avenue to east turnaround
Closed from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Upper Columbus Drive from Wacker Drive to Randolph Street
Closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Clark Street (east curb lane only from Oak Street to Delaware Street)
- Delaware Street from Dearborn Street to Clark Street (north curb lane only
- Oak Street from Clark Street to State Street
- Dearborn Street from Delaware Street to Maple Street
- Walton Street from State Street to Clark Street
Closed from 3:30 to 9 p.m.
- Upper Columbus Drive (the curb lanes from Wacker Drive to Randolph Street)
- Randolph Street (curb lanes from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive)
Event Best Practices
- If you see something suspicious, report it
- Carry water and stay hydrated
- Choose a landmark to meet at in case you are separated from your group
- Utilize the buddy system
- Remain alert and be observant of surroundings
- Leave any valuables at home
- Do not jump any barricades
- Secure handbags and wallets
- Stay calm and pleasant
- Follow your own instincts
- Leave yourself room to move quickly
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something.” For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).
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