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Thursday, March 24, 2022
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Here's where to get free gas in Chicago Thursday, thanks to businessman Willie Wilson.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- After Chicago businessman Willie Wilson's first gas giveaway last week created gridlock across the city, a larger one is planned for Thursday.

This time, his team intends for their second event to operate more like carefully choreographed, charitable, chaos.

"I had no idea that it was going to be this big," Wilson said, "but when it happened, it just exploded. And I was surprised like everybody else."

Cars can line up starting at 7 a.m. at 21 locations in Chicago, but not before, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications said Tuesday.

WATCH: Lines wrap around blocks at gas stations across city

As Chicago businessman Willie Wilson offers free gas to thousands Thursday, many are lining up.

Each car can receive up to $50 in free gas, and each station will take in up to 400 cars. Stickers will be handed out to indicate position in line.

"This time, the volunteers are going to hand out numbers from 1-400," said Khalil Abdullah, the owner of multiple participating gas stations.

Chicago police officers are going to be set up throughout the city to help with traffic control.

"Lineup will begin at 6 a.m. No one will be allowed to enter the lines prior to 6 a.m. If you are there earlier, you will be asked to leave," said the Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada.

Wilson is planning to donate $1 million worth of gas to help people deal with the surging gas prices.

"There was a lot of people who didn't get a chance to. They stood in line," Wilson said. "I saw people in tears."

Last week's giveaway of $200,000 in free gas caused massive gridlock in the city.

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson doled out $200K in free gas fill-ups at select stations Thursday.

Thursday's giveaway will also include several locations in the suburbs -- 48 locations in all.

"We think that it's going to go well, and let's hope that as many people can get gasoline tomorrow as possible," Wilson said Tuesday.

"We try to help the communities. Each station gets about 20,000, so hopefully people in the surrounding area can get the benefit of this," Abdullah added.

Bobie Nall said she'll be at the participating Shell stations in Park Forest Thursday.

"It's free gas. It's up to $50 right? Yes, so the gas is almost $5 a gallon, so yes, I'll be here," Nall said.

Park Forest police said they'll be directing cars through a residential area to avoid backup on the major thoroughfare.

"We found out about it Saturday afternoon so it's been kind of a rush to get things prepared," said Deputy Chief Paul Winfrey with the Park Forest Police Department. "It took the better part of the day to try and figure out the best route that will cause the least amount of impact to residents and businesses."

The Town of Cicero and the Chicago Police Department is also working with Wilson to mitigate traffic issues this time and ensure public safety.

"Last week, we really weren't given much notification. This time around, we had a few days extra to plan for this," said Rich Guidice, executive director for the Office of Emergency Management and Communication.

"All side streets south of Cermak Road, between Lombard and Laramie Ave, will be closed beginning at about 3 a.m.," Chief Chlada added.

"Best case scenario everybody is calm and polite and we get the cars lined up and we keep it moving quickly. And everybody enjoys the free gas," Winfrey added.

Although, a spokesman for Wilson said they had "a few" suburban locations decide not to participate Thursday "for their own reasons."

Those locations include Alsip and the Thorntons in Bellwood and Dixmoor.

The Posen Police Department posted to its Facebook page saying the gas giveaway is canceled there, as well.

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It's all expected to last about four to five hours at each station.

With prices well above $4 a gallon in some places, Thursday's giveaway is something of a lifeline.

The stations will also lower their prices, so more people can partake, Wilson said.

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Willie Wilson talked about his Chicago free gas giveaway Thursday.

Participating Gas Stations: Free Gas Starting at 7 a.m. Thursday until $1 million is exhausted


Shell at 6129 W. North Ave., Chicago

South Austin

Citgo at 5103 W. Madison Ave., Chicago

Citgo at 5150 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Rogers Park

Amoco at 7201 N. Clark St., Chicago

Gage Park

Shell at 5230 S. Western Ave., Chicago

Washington Park

Super Save at 48 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago

Humboldt Park

Citgo at 1345 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago


9901 S. Halsted St., Chicago

East Garfield Park

Marathon at 340 S. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago


Super Save at 11100 S. State St. Chicago

9452 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago

Park Manor

Citgo at 6700 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago

Grand Crossing

BP at 7600 S. Chicago Ave., Chicago

North Center

BP at 3955 N. Western Ave., Chicago


Amoco at 4401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago

The Gap

BP at 342 E. 35th St., Chicago

Garfield Ridge

Shell at 6434 W. Archer Ave., Chicago

West Elsdon

BP at 4401 W. 55th St., Chicago


Clark at 1201 W. 87th St., Chicago


Clark at 4300 S. Union Ave., Chicago

Cook County

North Suburbs

Mobil at 1950 Green Bay Road, Evanston

Phillips at 9340 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park

Mobil at 9401 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont

Shell at 2474 Thatcher Ave., River Grove

Shell at 4555 N. Nagle Ave., Harwood Heights

West Suburbs

Super Save at 101 W. Madison St., Maywood

BP at 11201 W. Cermak Road, Westchester

BP at 5201 W. Cermak Road, Cicero

Amoco at 1700 N. Mannheim Road, Stone Park

Mobil at 1101 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park

BP at 17th Avenue and Bataan Drive, Broadview

Shell at 3901 S. Harlem Ave., Stickney

BP at 1309 N. 25th Ave., Melrose Park

BP at 1600 Oak Park Ave., Berwyn

South Suburbs

Falcon at 18280 S. Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills

Citgo at 13801 S. Halsted St., Riverdale

Exxon Mobil at 1421 E. Sibley Blvd., Dolton

BP at 15857 S. Halsted St., Harvey

Citgo at 15221 S. Halsted St., Phoenix

BP at 5548 W. 159th St., Oak Forest

Citgo at 11901 S. Marshfield Ave., Calumet Park

Shell at 385 Sauk Trail, Park Forest

BP at 17450 Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest

GoLo at 4005 W. 135th St., Robbins

Falcon at 8702 S. Roberts Road, Hickory Hills

Shell at 2401 Lincoln Highway, Olympia Fields

Mobil at 431 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights

BP at 11040 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn