In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, new security questions are being raised about the risk of similar attacks at other major events around the country.
Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza are just two local events which draw huge crowds to Chicago.
Local authorities say there is no known credible threat here in Chicago.
So-called ‘soft targets’ like Chicago’s lakefront festivals and concerts draw thousands of people and are difficult to police.
However, security personnel in the region are taking precautionary measures and say the public plays a critical role in that process. “It is incumbent on all of us — private residents, law enforcement, fire service, etc. to be vigilant, be aware and communicate with one another,” said Michael Maters the Executive Director of Cook County Homeland Security.