How to listen to free Chicago Police Scanner app
Update 8/10/20: As you may have heard there has been massive looting going on all over downtown since last night – that is still ongoing. If you work in the loop don’t come downtown.
As of 6:30AM I posted on my Instagram: Looting still ongoing. At some point the bridges went up except LaSalle and Harrison for emergency vehicles only. No buses or trains will run in the area bordered by Fullerton and Ashland avenues and, Cermak road. Illinois state police blocked all ramps going in and out of the city’s Loop: from Cermak to I-55, I-94 from Roosevelt to Division and Congress Parkway from I-290. Avoid downtown.
Go to: www.cwbchicago.com for full coverage.
As crime increases in the downtown area I recommend the use of a scanner app during melees, wildings, lootings, and riots to find out what is going on and to get around safely. The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management notification system does not notify residents of melees, wildings, lootings, and riots, etc. so we are left to our own devices to find out what is going on.
Mainstream media downplays dangerous events or doesn’t report them at all
Many of these dangerous events are not reported at all or downplayed by the mainstream media. So in the event there is an emergency you can listen to the scanner app to get real time information about what is going on. I use Broadcastify. During the riot on May 30, since I was on lockdown, I listened to make sure nothing was headed my way. During ordinary times I use the scanner app every time there is a wilding or other melee downtown so I can navigate my way around the mobs to get home safely. You can also listen to scanners online here.
What district and zone are you in?
The Chicago Police Department divides the City into 23 districts, 1-25; there are no 13th or 21st districts. Those were combined into other districts. The Chicago Police Department further combines multiple districts into Zones. Each Zone has it’s own scanner channel. So first Find my district and then find your zone below.
How to listen to free Chicago Police Scanner app – Downtown
During ordinary times you can listen to Zone 4 which covers the 1st district (Downtown) and 18th district (Near North). During a riot like on May 30 you should listen to “Chicago Police Citywide 6” the Alternate and Special Events Channel.
How to listen to free Chicago Police Scanner app – Chicago Police Scanner Zone channels
Chicago Police – Monitoring all Chicago Zones (all Districts are included) City-wide 1 & 7.
Chicago Police Citywide 6 – Alternate and Special Events Channel
Chicago Police Zone 1 – Districts 16 and 17
Chicago Police Zone 2 – District 19 – Town Hall. Wrigley Field. Serving the area from Fullerton to Lawrence and Lake Michigan to the Chicago River. Lake View, north Lincoln Park, North Center, most of Uptown.
Chicago Police Zone 3 – Districts 12 and 14 12th District – Shakespeare: Serving Ukrainian Village, River West, West Town, Near West Side, Lower West Side, Humboldt Park and Illinois Medical District and 14th District – Near West: Serving Logan Square, Bucktown and Wicker Park.
Chicago Police Zone 4 – Districts 1 and 18 Zone 4 is the downtown Chicago and Mag Mile scanner feed. District 1 – Central: Serving the Loop, Near South Side. District 18 – Near North: Serving the Near North Side and most of Lincoln Park.
Chicago Police Zone 8 – Districts 4 and 6 4th District – South Chicago; 6th District – Gresham.
Chicago Police Zone 10 – Districts 10 and 11
Chicago Police Zone 12 – Districts 15 and 25 For more info on the C.P.D. and or Zone 12.
Steps on How to listen to free Chicago Police Scanner app
Download Broadcastify or go online here.
Click on “Feeds Near My Current Location”. You will have to allow location access.
Click on your Zone.
Click on Play button.
Broadcastify is good source of City emergency information
As I mentioned earlier The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management notification system does not notify residents of melees, wildings, lootings, and riots, etc. so we are left to our own devices to find out what is going on. Many of these events are not reported at all or downplayed by the mainstream media. So in the event there is an emergency you can go to the scanner app to get real time information about what is going on.
Not available on Broadcastify
I’m not sure why these are excluded but the following Zones are not available on Broadcastify: Zone 5: District 2; Zone 6: Districts 7 & 8; Zone 7: District 3; Zone 9: Districts 5 & 22, Zone 11: Districts 20 & 24; Zone 13: Districts 9. You can listen to “Chicago Police – Monitoring all Chicago Zones (all Districts are included) City-wide 1 & 7” to pick up these areas.