Planning a visit to Chicago tomorrow (August 17)? It's, umm, closed. So here: enjoy this nice picture instead.
Actually, it's only the City of Chicago -- as in civic government -- that's closed. Yet another sign of the times. All but emergency services employees have the day off... without pay.
The City of Chicago will basically be closed for business on Aug. 17, a reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay, according to a release from the Office of Budget and Management. City Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be closed.
Emergency service providers including police, firefighters and paramedics will be working at full strength, but most services not directly related to public safety, including street sweeping, will not be provided, the release said.
That also includes garbage pickup. Residents who receive regular collection on Mondays should expect trash to be picked up the following day, the release said. Some other customers may experience a one-day delay as collectors catch up.
Maybe the should extend this to sports teams. Donate the saved salaries to the city treasury. I mean, whether the Cubs forfeit or just lose yet another game, it's still a loss, right?