City returning to normal after NATO

May 21, 2012 8:31:29 PM PDT
The departure of the dignitaries signaled a return to normalcy for the commuters of Chicago. But it's a gradual process and by Tuesday morning there are likely to be lingering reminders of the summit.

The security fence surrounding the site of the summit remained up until late Monday night, and the Secret Service was in charge of dismantling it. Lake Shore reopened and other significant barriers were coming down Monday night, including those on the inbound Stevenson from both directions of the Dan Ryan.

"You know it really hasn't affected me," said commuter Dan Tarlock. Like a lot of people I stayed home over the weekend."

Transportation officials are promising Tuesday morning's rush should feel like normal. Metra Monday night said it was beginning to return to regular schedules and passengers will be allowed to bring their belongings, including morning coffee.

"Actually this morning, I respected the rule and didn't bring a laptop, didn't bring a coffee," said commuter Jeremy Tyson.

The Blue Island branch of the Metra Electric Line was shut down Monday, part of the massive security plan imposed on that line which ran right under McCormick Place. Even the president said he had to deal with the closures -- and said it was worth it.

"I was thinking I'd be able to sleep in my own bed tonight," Obama said. "They said I would cause even worse traffic."

CTA said it is back to its regular routes -- notwithstanding some last protest marches Mondayevening -- and a normal commute should unfold Tuesday.


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