Chicago officials said Friday that they are ready for residents to ring in the new year safely.
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications is asking residents to be safe and vigilant, especially in crowds, ahead of the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Navy Pier, and to report any suspicious activity to 911.
At midnight, Navy Pier will host a New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks display. On New Year’s Eve, Navy Pier will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Visit NavyPier.com for more information.
CPD Superintendent David Brown announced Friday morning that an additional 1,300 officers will be deployed over the weekend to ensure the safety of neighborhoods and high-traffic areas.
They’ve also devised a comprehensive security strategy, and officers will be visible in retail corridors.
CPD will also increase its presence on the CTA, according to Brown.
“Public safety is always the number one priority, and the city remains ready to respond to all safety hazards with security measures to ensure a safe New Year’s Eve celebration throughout the City,” said Rich Guidice, executive director of OEMC.
The OEMC will monitor all citywide events, activities, traffic, and weather conditions from the Operations Center throughout the weekend, and will coordinate public safety resources as needed with the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and city of Chicago infrastructure departments, according to Chicago officials.
CTA is once again providing free bus and rail rides beginning 10 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday; customers do not need to tap their Ventra Card or other payment methods to board buses or enter rail stations during this time.