Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is vowing to aggressively protect South and West neighborhoods from looting this weekend.
At a news conference Friday night, she said the city is deploying more police and hiring private security companies on commercial corridors, particularly on the South and West sides. Downtown and Lake Shore Drive from Fullerton Avenue to 31st Street will again be sealed off for most car traffic. The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will remain in place.
This comes after Lightfoot faced criticism for failing to prevent damage last weekend. The mayor said she is responding to requests from elected officials, business owners and ordinary citizens.
“In an effort to prevent the widespread violence and destruction we experienced, we will be devoting additional city resources into our neighborhoods and commercial corridors to ensure their safety,” Lightfoot said.
Grant Park and Union Park will reopen for protesters and others.