Cubs, Obama, marathon creating traffic woes all weekend long

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CHICAGO -- It’s not just the Cubs games that will cause heavy traffic this weekend. You've also got closures for the marathon on Sunday, and President Obama is in town all weekend, so expect motorcade closures too. And get ready for gridlock.

Baseball fever is heating up around Wrigley Field with the Cubbies in the playoffs. You can bet there will be a lot of traffic in the area, and the nearby construction isn’t helping. Parking restrictions are also in place around the ball park until 4 a.m. Monday.

Officials are advising fans to take public transportation, but smart Chicagoans already know transit is often the key to a positive Wrigley experience. The CTA is operating more frequent service on the Red Line, and the #80 and #152 buses. Commuters can also take the Metra in and then connect to the CTA’s trains and buses.

It’s not all baseball this weekend; the big Chicago Marathon is Sunday morning, meaning closures Sunday between 7 a.m. 3 p.m. along the route: north to Addison, west to Damen and south to 35th St.

Metra and CTA are both adding service for the big race. And that’s not all: President Obama arrived in town today so get ready for motorcade closures all weekend long.

“All I’m seeing is like a Tetris game at the last level where everything’s stuck and you can’t move anywhere!” Gillian Hemme said.

If you choose to drive to the game, think about parking at the Cubs’ remote lot near Irving Park and Rockwell. You can park for free and there's a free shuttle to the field.