Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle street closures

April 8, 2011 7:01:29 PM PDT
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K includes more than 30,000 participants for the race, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 10.

The runners start at Jackson and Columbus; head north to Grand; back south via Rush, Hubbard, State, Jackson, DesPlaines, Van Buren, Jefferson, Harrison, Michigan, and Roosevelt; and finish on Columbus. Street closures along the route begin at racetime and are expected to reopen by noon.

Area residents should expect some street closures in Grant Park area as early as Friday morning, and additional closures, activity and traffic on race day. On Friday, Balbo from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive is closed from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Additional street closures in the Grant Park area begin early Sunday morning and will be reopened by 3 pm, including:

Columbus from Grand to Roosevelt Road
Roosevelt from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive
Jackson from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive
Monroe from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive
Congress from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive

Traffic Management Aides will be deployed to direct traffic around the race. CTA bus service on 22 downtown routes may experience intermittent service delays and temporary reroutes due to the race. Transit riders should visit www.TransitChicago.com for more details.

"The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will monitor the activities on race day and coordinate the deployment of city resources for this major event," said Jose Santiago, OEMC Executive Director. "Runners and spectators should also be aware of the weather forecast and dress accordingly."

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's forecast calls for partly sunny and breezy conditions, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10:00 a.m. The high temperature is expected to be near 84 degrees. SSW winds will be between 15 and 20 mph, with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Sign up for Notify Chicago alerts for updates on events and emergencies at www.alertchicago.com or visit our Facebook page at Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. For a route map and more information, visit the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle website at www.shamrockshuffle.com