The Chicago Blues Festival, several neighborhood festivals, an international soccer double-header at Soldier Field and the Chicago World Naked Bike Ride are among weekend events that could snarl traffic in Chicago this weekend.
The blues event takes over Grant Park Saturday and Sunday, closing Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive in the immediate park area. Lake Shore Drive remains open.
The Wells Street Art Festival closes Well Street between North Avenue and Division Street Saturday and Sunday. LaSalle Street or Clark Street are possible alternates.
The soccer games, part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition, are both Sunday at Soldier Field, El Salvador vs. Cuba at 5 p.m. and Mexico vs. Costa Rica at 7 p.m. But traffic could be affected most of the day since there's a 2 p.m. festival that precedes the on-field action.
The World Naked Bike Ride, with riders in cities throughout the world riding mostly in the buff, refuses to disclose its exact location in Chicago beforehand, but asks riders to mass outside Harpo Studios, 1025 W. Randolph St., at 6 p.m. today, and the ride will take place between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. according to the ride's Web site. A spectator area likely will be near Wrigley Field and Addison and Clark streets around 10 p.m.
Other events that will close streets include the Ribfest Chicago Saturday and Sunday on the North Side, closing Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue in the North Center/Roscoe Village neighborhoods; the Fiesta Back of the Yards Saturday and Sunday, closing 47th Street between Ashland Avenue and Damen Avenue on the South Side; and the MidSommarfest Saturday and Sunday, closing Clark Street between Foster Avenue and Catalpa Avenue in the Andersonville neighborhood on the North Side; and Old Town Art Fair, closing portions of North Park Avenue, Menomonee Street, Lincoln Park West and Wisconsin Street on the North Side Saturday and Sunday near Lincoln Park.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times