Community Alerts

Chicago OEMC Event Safety Information: September 16-18, 2022

In partnership with our cross-sector life-safety organizations, Titan Security is sharing the latest information from the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) regarding events happening September 16-18, 2022.

From City of Chicago OEMC:

The City of Chicago is taking the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all residents around Mexican Independence Day and all events citywide this weekend. We ask that everyone be cognizant of your neighbors and respectful of others while celebrating and realizing there are critical functions that exist for the well-being of all. Residents can expect increased traffic activity throughout the city. OEMC will continue to monitor all citywide events on a 24/7 basis and have measures in place if any activity begins to escalate. OEMC is working closely with the Chicago Police Department and our public safety partners to ensure safe celebrations and public gatherings.  

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) advises residents and visitors to be aware of street closures, additional crowds and increased traffic in areas of events this weekend. As always, OEMC reminds everyone of the importance of always being aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to on-site event security or by calling 9-1-1.  

Citywide deployments for the weekend are planned in order to ensure the safety and security of the public. The OEMC will monitor events and weather conditions citywide from the Operations Center and coordinate public safety resources as needed.  OEMC, Chicago Police Department and city departments collaborate to share communications regularly through daily coordination calls that allows for enhanced citywide coordination and activation of safety plans.    

Motorists should be prepared for traffic impacts, delays and possible reroutes due to street closures or increased crowds. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at select events citywide to direct traffic flow and impacts.   

OEMC will continue to monitor all events throughout the city on a 24/7 basis and have measures in place if any activity begins to escalate. OEMC will continue to work closely with the Chicago Police Department and our public safety partners to ensure safe celebrations and public gatherings.  

Riot Fest – Douglass Park  

      Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 11a.m. – 10 p.m.  

Riot Fest annual music festival takes place in Chicago’s Douglass Park, 1401 S Sacramento Drive. The main entrance is located at Ogden and Sacramento. Event boundaries include S. Albany Avenue, California Avenue, 19th Street and Ogden Avenue. Taxis, Limos, Ubers, Lyft and other ride shares will drop off and stage on the north side of the Ogden Dr. inner drive, westbound between California and Sacramento. For complete details, visit  

Mexican Independence Day Activities  

Expect increased traffic due to celebratory activities through September 18. There are no planned street closures at this time, other than permitted events, however traffic may be diverted to control traffic flow if needed. Mexican Independence Day is an annual event that takes place every September 16th, celebrating Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. 

Annual Mexican Patriotic Parade 

Sunday, September 18, Step Off: 1 p.m. (Assembly begins at 11 a.m.)  

The parade route will head south along Commercial Avenue from 87th Street to 100th Street and disband at 101st Street 

Pilsen Fest 

Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18, noon – 10 p.m.  

1800 S. Blue Island Avenue 

Pilsen Fest aims to expose the Latino community to the deep pool of cultural talents that exist in the Pilsen neighborhood and the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Safety Tips Near/During Protests

  • 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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