The Loop reopened early Sunday after large parts of the area were closed again Saturday night “for public safety reasons” related to car caravans of people celebrating Mexican Independence Day.
The Central Business District reopened to all traffic shortly after 3 a.m., according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
CTA buses also returned to their normal Loop routes Sunday morning, a spokesperson with the agency said. Some CTA buses also had been rerouted in the Loop “due to Mexican Independence Day Festivities” Saturday night, the transportation agency said.
Incoming traffic had been closed from DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Halsted Street and from Division to 18th streets.
But the caravans made their way into the Loop anyway, with vehicles donning Mexican flags, passengers standing through sunroofs and drivers honking horns.
“Residents who live or work in the affected area and all critical care workers will be allowed access at one of the access points,” which include the following, according to the OEMC:
- Halsted and Division streets
- Halsted Street and Chicago Avenue
- Halsted Street and Washington Boulevard
- Halsted and Madison streets
- Halsted Street and Jackson Boulevard
- Division Street and LaSalle Drive
- Roosevelt Road and Union Avenue
- 18th and State streets
- 18th Street and Michigan Avenue
- 18th Street and Indiana Avenue
The city agency said earlier Saturday no further street closures would be ordered “unless deemed necessary for public safety reasons.”
“As tens of thousands of residents are coming together to celebrate and embrace Mexico’s rich heritage and independence, the City must remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those participating in celebratory activities as well as first responders and medical workers in the affected areas,” the OEMC said in a post on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
The agency said it continues to coordinate with the Chicago Police Department throughout the weekend “to manage traffic and public safety,” adding that “staged city assets will remain in place if any activities begin to escalate.”
Friday night’s closures weren’t reopened until 2:30 a.m. Saturday.