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CPD steps up security for holiday

July 2, 2010 8:29:47 PM PDT
Millions of people are expected to flock to Chicago's lakefront for the fireworks displays, which have been moved to July 4, and the Taste of Chicago over the weekend. To help control the crowds, Chicago police will be out in full force.

Police made 22 arrests Thursday but Chicago's police superintendent the Taste is safe and it was an unusual night.

"Our advice to anyone looking to cause trouble is real simple, stay home. We will not tolerate unruly behavior," said Supt. Jody Weis.

To keep the crowds to a minimum, the city implemented changes to its fireworks display. Instead of one big event downtown on July 3, the city will host three smaller, simultaneous displays on July 4 at Montrose Harbor, Navy Pier and 63rd Street Beach at 9 p.m.

In another move, the Taste of Chicago will close early on July 3 and 4th.

"We want everybody to be safe. We want everybody to be patient and responsible," said Megan McDonald, Mayor's Office of Special Events.

On Thursday night, three teenagers were injured leaving the Taste of Chicago. One of the injured teens is a known gang member, police said.


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