The stricter weekend curfew for minors imposed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot became official on Wednesday, as the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance reducing the curfew from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. -end.
The new order also moves the age of residents affected by the curfew from 16 and under to 17 and under, officials said. Mayor Lori Lightfoot implemented the change and other new strategies after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot during a large rally in Millennium Park earlier this month.
Several aldermen and the American Civil Liberties Union have spoken out against the bill, with the ACLU citing evidence that shows curfews don’t work to reduce violence and can even make neighborhoods more dangerous by emptying streets .
“All accompanied minors” under the age of 18 are subject to the Thursday through Sunday curfew, whether residents or visitors, according to the Lightfoot office.
However, there are some exceptions, such as for those who exercise First Amendment rights, such as the free exercise of religion and the right to assembly, or “paid or sponsored events.” , entertainment, sporting or other events,” held in accordance with city ordinances, rules, and permit requirements that require a ticket or wristband for admission.
People attending the above events will not have to observe the curfew when attending or returning home immediately after the event – as long as they have a ticket stub or wristband with the name of the event pre-printed above.
With concerts, festivals and sporting events scheduled for Chicago this holiday weekend, which ones can minors attend while still obeying the curfew law?
The Coldplay concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Soldier Field meet the requirements, as well as the Sueños Chicago music festival. The all-new, multi-day Latin music festival runs until 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Those attending other smaller events may also be exempt, as long as the above criteria are met. For events that do not require tickets or provide wristbands, minors may attend if accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.
Minors can attend any other event throughout the weekend, as long as they are home by 10 p.m. and do not violate curfew.