CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16, has become a night of gridlock downtown, with revelers waving flags in car caravans taking over the streets. This year, there are calls to tone it down.
There were car caravans last year, in the Loop, on Michigan Avenue, on the Kennedy Expressway. Traffic was tied up into the early morning.
Jennifer Aguilar, executive director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, spoke to CBS-2.
“We do know that some people will decide to go ahead and celebrate that way,” Aguilar said. “But, we just wish people would do so respectfully and be considerate of the neighbors in that area.”
The Mexican Consulate in Chicago is also asking people to celebrate responsibly, reminding the public that they could get hefty fines.