Second Night Of Downtown Lockdown Begins

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Photo credit Bridges across the Chicago river are raised to control access into downtown as widespread looting broke out in the city on August 10, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The looting which occurred throughout downtown and near-north neighborhoods led to several arrests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In an effort to prevent another night of looting downtown, Chicago will limit access to the Loop starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday by raising bridges, shutting down parts of Lake Shore Drive and closing expressway ramps.

The restrictions, which last until 6 a.m. Wednesday, are not a curfew, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communication. Instead, OEMC says, it’s an “all-hands-on-deck” response to civil unrest early Monday following the police shooting of a man in Englewood.

Monday night, downtown restriction were in effect an hour earlier, at 8 p.m.

The restrictions include:

• Lake Shore Drive closed between Fullerton Avenue and I-55;

• All downtown bridges raised, except: LaSalle, Harrison, Ida B. Wells, Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Kinzie and Grand;

• Kennedy/Dan Ryan Expressway ramps closed from Roosevelt to Division;

• CTA rail service not stopping downtown from Fullerton to 47th Street, and trains east of Halsted Street.

“Access points,” manned by Chicago police, are for residents and workers. They are located at:

• Harrison Street

• Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street

• Roosevelt Road and Canal Street

• Kinzie Street and Halsted Street

• LaSalle Street

The city also announced that more than 100 municipal trucks will be stationed in commercial corridors, including in surrounding neighborhoods, as a deterrent.

Bus service will continue but may be affected by bridge closures; Divvy service will be shut down between North, Ashland and Cermak.

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