Thousands of people are expected to flood downtown on Saturday for the annual light festival, which kicks off the holiday season, and retailers are hoping for a successful season. The Chicago Police Department is currently conducting holiday operations.
From the annual tree lighting to the opening of the ice rink in Millenium Park and the return of the Chriskindlemarkets, the city is rejoicing in the holiday festivities leading up to Thanksgiving.
Police are attempting to reassure residents, retailers, and tourists that the city is safe by claiming that the city’s crime rate has decreased, despite the fact that it has increased.
The CTA Holiday Train and Bus are ready to roll for the holiday season, and the Chicago Police Department has warned that there will be a heavy officer presence on the Magnificent Mile, with roll calls and police cars close by due to the high pedestrian traffic.
The CTA will also take similar safety precautions.
“We have a plan in place to ensure that if there are any threats, we respond quickly,” said Supt. David Brown.
Retailers have also increased security as pedestrian traffic approaches pre-covid levels.
The Magnificent Mile lights festival begins Saturday, and the parade begins at 7:00 p.m. Saturday.