Overnight Restrictions For Downtown Chicago Won't End Until Monday


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago authorities will continue locking down the city’s business district overnight through Monday morning, they have announced.

Restrictions began Monday evening after a wave of vandalism and looting rocked the downtown. More than 100 were arrested, and Chicago police detectives continue trying to identify additional suspects.

City officials say it’s not a curfew. During 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., only residents, employers and workers will be allowed into the downtown area. Many bridges will be in the raised position, and several streets and Lake Shore Drive exits will be closed overnight.

The overnight restrictions will continue over the weekend and are expected to end at early Monday, the city said in a news release.

The city is also deploying resources to outlying neighborhoods to discourage additional looting.