City to increase security at Millennium Park, ban outside alcohol at some events

Photo of Cloud Gate in Millennium Park taken on February 28, 2017 in Chicago.

CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is increasing security at Millennium Park this summer in response to terror attacks at entertainment venues worldwide, officials say.

Starting May 19, there will be a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events at the Pritzker Pavilion. Millennium Park hosts 80 free summer cultural programs throughout the summer.

Outside alcohol will also be prohibited at the seven most-attended events hosted at the Pritzker Pavilion, although it will still be allowed at other events. So leave the booze behind when headed to any of these:

  • Chicago House Music Festival (May 26)
  • Chicago Blues Festival (June 8–10)
  • Chicago Mariachi Festival (June 24)
  • Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute (July 4)
  • Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me (August 9)
  • Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert (August 13)
  • Chicago Jazz Festival (August 29–September 2)

The Chicago Blues Festival will not allow alcohol in Millennium Park, similar to last year.

“In the wake of terror attacks in major cities and entertainment venues across the globe, the City’s public safety officials have reassessed and strengthened the security measures at one of Chicago’s busiest tourist and cultural destinations,” the Office of Emergency Management’s Executive Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau said in a statement.