Downtown Access To Be Restored Wednesday, With Some Restrictions Remaining

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday announced restored access to downtown Chicago for the following day, after days of unrest and violence in the city.

Still, select closures and service interruptions will remain in effect, and the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will also be in effect until further notice.

Since violence, vandalism, looting, and arsons struck in the Central Business District and nearby areas on Saturday, access has only been available to employees whose businesses are located within the district.

Beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday the following will reopen:

• Lake Shore Drive will open with the following exits remaining closed: Michigan Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, Lower Wacker Drive and Randolph Drive.

• All entrance and exit ramps on 290 and 90/94 will reopen.

• CTA train and bus service will be restored, but some train stops located within or near the designated boundaries in the Central Business District and Loop area will remain closed. Closures impacting the morning rush will be posted beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday and will be updated throughout the day at the CTA website.

• Bridges in the Central Business District will be lowered over the Chicago River on Clark Street, Dearborn Street, Lake Street, Randolph Street, Wells Street and Washington Street.

Also Wednesday, Divvy Bike sharing stations will reopen from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.