Chicago officials urge residents to prepare for large crowds over holiday weekend

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Public safety officials have urged caution to Chicagoans attending holiday events this weekend. Photo credit Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Public safety officials have urged caution to Chicagoans attending holiday events this weekend.

As folks are visiting family and friends in Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend, Rich Guidice with Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), said people should prepare for large crowds.

"Obviously, the holiday season certainly brings a lot of opportunity for a lot of people to get together and congregate amongst each other and just brings a lot of people … in your presence,” Guidice said.

Guidice advised Chicagoans to stay aware and vigilant during the holiday season, especially during Black Friday shopping.

"If you see something, say something,” Guidice said. “Look out in your surroundings, be cognizant of your surroundings and continue to look out for each other and our vulnerable populations."

He said the OEMC has had conversations with other public safety departments to make sure everyone stays safe this weekend and added that people shouldn't hesitate to call 911 if they need to.

"If something seems suspicious, very well could be and let's leave it up to law enforcement personnel to make sure that they can certainly diagnose things accordingly," Guidice said.

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