Chicago Cubs postseason: Wrigleyville security, street closures, parking restrictions

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Chicago police added surveillance cameras on North Clark Street and set up barricades in preparation for Game 1 of the NLDS. (WLS)

Wrigleyville will be buzzing on Chicago's North Side as the Cubs play in the postseason. Here are a few guidelines to keep fans safe and secure during the celebration.

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Chicago police say they have a plan in place to keep everybody safe. Using street cameras, crowd control barricades and an increased police presence, the security plan builds off the success of last year's relatively peaceful playoff run.

"There are no credible threats to Chicago and/or this event or Major League Baseball. However, that doesn't change anything that we have," CPD Deputy Chief Al Nagoda said.

Bar owners also added security, to make sure patrons don't get out of hand.

Alderman Tom Tunney (44th Ward) said Wednesday that in the next few weeks, drivers should expect street closures in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood between West Belmont Avenue and West Irving Park Road and North Halsted Street and North Southport Avenue around game times.

Tunney said Chicago police and the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications may also decide to close arterial streets during this time.

The alderman advised residents to keep a photo ID and proof of residence handy during the postseason. He said police officers and traffic management personnel will be checking those documents, in an effort to keep the neighborhood safe.

Tunney also said all Wrigleyville garbage cans will be removed during the post season and more officers will be on the street during home games and away games considered to be "clinch" games. During those "clinch" games, parking will be restricted on North Clark Street between West Newport Avenue and West Grace Street.

Parking Restrictions
-Clark - School/Aldine to Irving (both sides)
-Sheffield - Roscoe to Grace (both sides)
-Addison - Halsted to Southport (both sides)
-Racine - Roscoe to Clark (both sides)
-Irving Park - Clark to Seminary (both sides)
-Eddy from Clark to west alley of Clark

-Cornelia from Clark to west alley of Clark
-Newport from Clark to west alley of Clark
-Seminary (east side) from Newport to the alley
-Newport (north side) from Seminary to the alley

Parking restrictions are in effect for Clark from Grace to Aldine and Addison from Racine to Halsted for all home games and all possible clinch games, including away games.

Street Closures - Approximately 3 hours prior to game time
-Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) full street closure (except fire lane) - Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Sheffield.
-Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) full street closure (except fire lane) - Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Waveland.

In a letter to residents, Alderman Tom Tunney advised residents in the area that arterial streets between Belmont and Irving Park, and between Halsted and Southport may be closed to vehicles at the discretion of Chicago police and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication.Residents are asked to carry a photo ID and proof of residence to show police.

Limo and Taxi Information
-Limousines and ride share services must drop-off, pickup and stage on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary.
-Taxi staging will be near Addison and Racine and also near Addison and Halsted.

CTA service
-CTA Red Line trains will operate more frequently leading up to first pitch for weeknight playoff games. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and most east-west buses.
-The Addison Red Line station is wheelchair accessible and provides immediate access to Wrigley Field, which is half a block west of the station.
-The Sheridan Red Line stop is about three blocks north of Wrigley Field.
-Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Addison and Sheridan during evening rush periods.

-For night games during the playoffs, Yellow Line trains will operate from Howard to Skokie until 1 a.m.
-For weeknight and weekend playoff games, there will be extra service on the #80 Irving Park and #152 Addison bus routes. Fans can also take the #8 Halsted and #22 Clark buses to get to Wrigley Field.
-Fans should add value to their Ventra cards ahead of time - on the app, online, at CTA stations or at nearly 1,3000 local retailers - to avoid waiting in long lines on game days.

-Residential Permit Parking will be in effect and will be strictly enforced. Vehicles parked in violation of the permit parking regulations are subject to ticket and tow. Cubs Night Game Tow Zone is in effect from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

-Priority towing will take place in all special areas designated as no parking.

-Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as bus stops no parking/tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to ticket and tow.

-The Cubs Hotline is open one hour before until two hours after all home games. Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline, 1-866-427-3869, or 911 to report problems and issues.

-It shall be unlawful for any person other than the city or an agent of the city to sell, offer for sale, expose for sale any residential parking permit, one-day permit, or other permit issued for any other parking permit program. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,500.

-"Hospitality Teams," an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs, will be present throughout the neighborhood. The teams aims to provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-game crowd observation and incident response.

-Tailgating and alcohol consumption on the public way are prohibited and will be strictly enforced.

-Loitering will not be permitted on any streets surrounding Wrigley Field including, but not limited to; Clark, Addison, Waveland and Sheffield.

Beginning Sept. 7, registration opened for fans to enter the lottery to purchase tickets to the NLDS and NLCS. The registration period of the NLDS ended on Sept. 21. The registration period for the NLCS ends on Oct. 7.

CLICK HERE to register for a chance to purchase 2016 postseason tickets.

Cubs playoff tickets will be a red-hot commodity during the postseason. Great deals may be too good to be true. The Better Business Bureau issued a warning Tuesday about counterfeit tickets.

The agency said fans should only buy them from a reputable ticket broker or retailer or licensed site, avoid one-time deals and make sure the MLB's official hologram and license is on the tickets. The BBB also urged consumers to purchase tickets with a credit card, so that if they do get scammed, they can dispute the charge before paying their bill.

The Cubs also advised fans not to post pictures of their tickets on social media. The bar code can be copied and resold as fake tickets.
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