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Chicago Prepares for Downtown July 4th Crowds

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A big fireworks display and other festivities are expected to draw crowds to Chicago’s downtown lakefront again tonight. The city’s 911 center is preparing for about a million pedestrians in the area. The agency’s Director Jim Argiropoulos says more than 100 traffic assistants will be on the ground.
ARGIROPOULOS: If anything happens we pretty much have eyes and ears with our traffic control aides and our camera system. If we see anything of a potential backup or we need to enact a diversion we can do by having this intelligence of having both the boots on the ground and the cameras in the sky.

Sections of several streets and parking facilities in and around Chicago’s Loop will be closed tonight. Metra and Chicago Transit Authority are adding trains to handle the large number of people expected to be traveling in and out of downtown.

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