Millennium Park Boosts Security Ahead Of Summer Festivals, Events

Nancy Harty
May 25, 2018 - 7:45 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you're planning on going to the House Music Fest in Millennium Park this holiday weekend, take note there are some changes in security. 

Guards will be at all entrances for all music and movie festivals in the Pritzker Pavillion this summer, conducting bag searches and using hand-held metal detectors.

Deputy Commissioner Ann Hickey with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special said your should give yourself some extra time to get through it. 

"They will ask you to open your bag so they can take a look inside," she said. 

A few of the people who were watching a children's choir concert Thursday morning agreed with the decision.

Michael, who's visiting from Germany, said he likes and understands the additional measures.

Lorna said she didn't mind the guard searching her bag before she listened to her daughter perform.

Hickey said the new security perimeter was made after consulting with public safety officials and will put the pavillion in line with other large venues.

"This has become normal for many people going into any, and not just festivals or events, but a ballgame, a museum, you are going through some of these," she said. 

Outside alcohol is banned at seven major festivals and tapings in the pavillion, starting with the House Music Fest, but the city said there will be more options for buying once inside the park.