Chicago tightens security at Pritzker Pavilion events after murder and other crimes in Millennium Park area

Chicago is imposing new security requirements on guests attending concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion starting Wednesday after some high-profile crimes in and around Millennium Park, which are popular with tourists.

The city said in a press release that guests will not be able to enter the pavilion from Michigan Avenue starting June 22.

Instead, customers must go through security at Randolph Street, Monroe Street, or Millennium Garage. Security checkpoints will open 90 minutes before the start of any event or concert.

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and must be able to produce valid identification.

Items prohibited at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park include:

  • Pets (excluding service animals)
  • hammocks
  • Totems, flags, banners, lawn stakes
  • Tents, awnings, shade structures, umbrellas (stakes or golf)
  • Balloons
  • Buzzers
  • Laser pointers
  • All metal knives and cutlery (**corkscrews and plastic/compostable cutlery ARE allowed)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, personal motorized vehicles (except ADA mobility devices)
  • Drones, hoverboards, motorized toys
  • Professional-grade walkie-talkies or radios
  • Unauthorized solicitation and materials, including flyers, pamphlets, stickers, samples, giveaways, etc.
  • Illegal and illicit substances of all kinds, including drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Firearms, explosives, weapons of all kinds (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • open flames
  • Prohibition of alcohol outside during certain events

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