Chicago Officials Unveil Traffic Plan Ahead of Willie Wilson’s Gas Giveaway Thursday

(WTTW News)(WTTW News)

City officials are planning specific routes to 19 different Chicago gas stations as businessman and former mayoral-candidate Willie Wilson plans a $1 million dollar gas giveaway Thursday morning.

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The plans comes after a similar event last week snarled traffic during the morning hours around the city.

Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications and the Chicago Police Department say they’ve coordinated with Wilson and his staff, and will provide city resources “to mitigate traffic conditions and ensure public safety.”

Wilson organized a $200,000 gas giveaway last week, but without city planning. Long lines caused traffic and backups at several different locations in the city. This time around, officials are banning cars from getting in line before 7 a.m. Thursday, while designated traffic control aides will be on hand at each gas station to assist with flow and impacts from heavy traffic.

According to the city, each vehicle that gets in line will receive a sticker denoting its position in line. Drivers will be allotted $50 per car, but it’s for vehicles only — gas cans and other containers are not allowed.

The city estimates that each gas station can expect up to 400 cars per location, with the giveaway lasting around four to five hours.

Those wishing to participate in the giveaway can do so at the following Chicago locations:

• Super Save: 48 E Garfield Blvd.
Enter from 55th Street, exit northbound on Wabash Avenue

• Amoco: 7201 N Clark St.
Enter on Touhy Avenue, exit northbound on Clark Street

• Citgo: 1345 N Pulaski Road
Enter on Pulaski Road, exit eastbound on Grand Avenue

• Citgo: 5103 W. Madison Ave.
Enter from Leamington Avenue, exit eastbound on Madison Avenue

• Marathon: 340 S Sacramento Blvd.
Enter on Sacramento Boulevard, exit westbound on Van Buren Street

• Super Save: 11100 S State St.
Enter on State Street, exit southbound on State Street

• Super Save: 9452 S Cottage Grove Ave.
Enter on Cottage Grove Avenue, exit westbound on 95th Street

• Gulf: 9901 S Halsted St.
Enter on Halsted Street, exit eastbound on 99th Street

• BP: 3955 N Western Ave.
Enter from Western Avenue, exit eastbound on Irving Park Road

•Amoco: 4401 W Roosevelt Road
Enter on Kostner Avenue, exit westbound on Roosevelt Road

• BP: 342 E 35th St.
Enter on King Drive, exit westbound on 35th Street

• Shell: 6434 W. Archer Ave
Enter on Nagle Avenue, Exit westbound on Archer Avenue

• BP: 4401 W. 55th St.
Enter on 55th Street, exit southbound on Kostner Avenue

• Clark: 1201 W. 87th St.
Enter from 87th Street, exit southbound on Racine Avenue

• Citgo: 5150 W. Chicago Ave.
Enter on Chicago Avenue, exit northbound on Laramie Avenue

• Shell: 5230 S. Western Ave.
Enter on Western Avenue, exit southbound on Western

• Clark: 4300 S. Union Ave.
Enter on 43rd Street, exit southbound on Union Avenue

• Citgo: 6700 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Enter on 67th Street, exit southbound on Cottage Grove Avenue

• BP: 7601 S. Chicago Ave.
Enter on South Chicago Avenue, exit northbound on South Chicago

Additionally, suburban gas stations participating in the gas giveaway include:

  • BP: 1309 N. 25th Ave., Melrose Park
  • BP: 1601 Oak Park Ave., Berwyn
  • Falcon: 18280 S. Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills
  • Citgo: 13801 S. Halsted St., Riverdale
  • Exxon Mobil: 1421 E. Sibley Blvd., Dolton
  • BP: 15857 S. Halsted St., Harvey
  • Citgo: 15221 S. Halsted St., Phoenix
  • BP: 5548 W. 159th St., Oak Forest
  • Citgo: 11901 S. Marshfield Ave., Calumet Park
  • Shell: 385 Sauk Trail, Park Forest
  • BP: 17450 Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest
  • BP: 11201 W. Cermak Road, Westchester
  • BP: 5201 W. Cermak Road, Cicero
  • Amoco: 1700 N. Mannheim Road, Stone Park
  • Mobil: 1101 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park
  • Mobil: 1950 Green Bay Road, Evanston
  • Phillips: 9340 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park
  • Mobil: 9401 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont
  • Shell: 2474 Thatcher Ave., River Grove
  • Shell: 4555 N. Nagle Ave., Harwood Heights
  • Super Save: 101 W. Madison St., Maywood
  • BP: 17th Avenue and Bataan Drive, Broadview
  • Shell:  3901 S. Harlem Ave., Stickney
  • GoLo: 4005 W. 135th St., Robbins
  • Falcon:  8702 S. Roberts Road, Hickory Hills
  • Shell: 2401 Lincoln Highway, Olympia Fields
  • Mobil: 431 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights
  • BP: 11040 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn

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Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson[email protected] | (773) 509-5431

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