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Be prepared for Lakefront Trail closures during NATO Summit

Notice: This post was updated on Wednesday, May 16.

With the NATO Summit coming to town, you can expect a variety road closures in Chicago, mostly south of the Loop.

For those of you wondering if Chicago's Lakefront Trail will be affected over the weekend, be ready for closures if you’re heading south of the Loop on the trail.

The Lakefront Trail will be closed starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, from Balbo Drive south to 39th Street, and possibly further.

The southbound alternate route is Balbo Drive to State Street, State Street to 39th Street, east to the trail. The northbound alternate is 39th Street to State Street and State Street to Balbo Drive, east to the trail.

Also, the roads near McCormick Place will be closed on Saturday, which likely means the Lakefront Trail near McCormick Place will be closed, too. It’s possible that a larger section of trail south of the Loop will be closed on Saturday, as well.

All these sections of the trail should re-open sometime on Monday afternoon, if not earlier. And keep in mind, the closures may change.

As many people know, bikes can be a particularly effective way of getting around town when there are special events or street closures. The trick is to do a bit of planning and allow for some flexibility with your route.

Keep an eye on CTA's website for transit changes. Currently, some train stations and bus routes near McCormick Place are likely to be affected. 

Active Trans will provide updates as we get more information from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District.