Chicago stepping up security at Millennium Park this summer

CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Visitors to Millennium Park this summer can plan on going through security first.

Chicago is stepping up security after a series of attacks in other cities. 

In the wake of recent terror attacks worldwide and given that the Vegas shooter may have targeted Lollapalooza, city officials have decided to take extra precautions at Pritzker pavilion.

Starting May 19th, there'll be a perimeter at Millennium Park.

"We have check points in place these check points are there and they can be expanded and retracted as needed,” said Rich Guidice.

Rich Guidice of the Office of Emergency Management says with the park being such a popular place, it was time to step up.

"Millennium Park we realize is a high profile tourist destination and we're constantly working with our partners internal and external to develop the best plan to keep the public safe,” he said.

Also, people will not be allowed to bring booze for big events like Jazz and Blues fest, but that shouldn't mean the thrill is gone for Chicago concert-goers.

"I think people realize that the city of Chicago is putting their best foot forward making sure that everybody's safe and I think everybody realizes that,” Guidice said.

There's just seven events at the Pritzker Pavilion you can't bring your booze to, but the security check points will be all summer long.

Outside alcohol will be prohibited at the following seven events:

•         May 26: Chicago House Music Festival
•         June 8–10: Chicago Blues Festival
•         June 24: Chicago Mariachi Festival
•         July 4: Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute
•         August 9: Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me
•         August 13: Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert
•         August 29–September 2: Chicago Jazz Festival

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