In the summer, Chicago’s Millennium Park hosts dozens of events from June through August, including the Grant Park Music Festival, the Millennium Park Summer Music Series, and the Millennium Park Film Series.
However, if you plan to visit the park during an event, be aware that new security procedures are in place.
According to a letter sent Saturday by Grant Park Music officials, “new measures have been put in place to maintain the friendly and relaxed atmosphere inside the park.”
“I want to apologize to everyone who had difficulty entering the Jay Pritzker Pavilion last weekend due to new security procedures put in place by the City of Chicago,” reads the statement. letter signed by the president and CEO of the music festival.
âOf course, it is the responsibility of the City, which owns and operates Millennium Park, to reassess and update health and safety matters from time to time. Unfortunately, this one came with little warning. “
According to officials, here are the new safety procedures for those attending an event:
New Millennium Park security procedures for events
- Where you cannot enter: People attending concerts will no longer be allowed to enter from the Michigan Avenue side.
- Where you can enter: Spectators must enter the Jay Pritzker Pavilion pavilion from Randolph Street at the north end or Monroe Street at the south end. Entry from the Millennium Garage parking structure will also be permitted.
- Checking the bags: All spectators will also be asked to open their bags for security officers when entering the venue and will be screened with a metal detector rod before being allowed entry, officials said.
- New barrier: The new protocols also include a new barrier that will be erected between The Cloud Gate and the Pritzker Pavilion during concerts.
The protocols come into effect on Wednesday and are only in effect during the events.
Additional rules about what you are allowed to bring to events at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion can be found here.
Last month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced a new rule for unaccompanied minors at Millennium Park, stating that guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (21 and over) after 6 p.m., Thursday at Sunday. Rule after a series of chaotic nights and violence in downtown Chicago and Millennium Park, including the shooting death of a 16-year-old near “The Bean” on May 14.
Crime in downtown Chicago has risen 59% since the start of this year, officials say.