New safety procedures will be in place for concerts and other events at Chicago’s Millennium Park, with officials apologizing for the changes coming “with little warning” to patrons.
Grant Park Music Festival officials announced the changes overnight Saturday in a press release.
These changes include an adjustment to where customers can join events at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Spectators must now enter the pavilion from Randolph Street at the north end or Monroe Street at the south end, officials said. Entry from the Millennium Garage parking structure will also be permitted.
People attending concerts will no longer be allowed to enter from the Michigan Avenue side, officials said. No reason for the change was given by the organizers.
All spectators will also be asked to open their bags for security officers when entering the venue and will be screened with a metal detector rod before being allowed entry, officials said.
“Ultimately, these new measures have been implemented in order to maintain the friendly and relaxed atmosphere inside the park, which has always been – and will continue to be – a feature of our public events,” said organizers said in a statement.
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion hosts the city’s summer music and film series, as well as festivals honoring gospel, jazz, blues, mariachi and other forms of music.
The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic also performs on site, as do actors from Broadway and Lyric Opera shows.
The next event scheduled at the Pritzker Pavilion will be a performance of Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” on Wednesday.