Chicagoans can take a break from filling their tanks this weekend with mayoral candidate Dr. Willie Wilson set to give away $1 million worth of free gas to area residents.
Wilson’s third gasoline giveaway will take place Saturday in Chicago and several surrounding suburbs, including Dolton, Hillside, Cicero and more, according to a list of locations provided by the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation.
Here’s what we know so far:
When does the gas distribution take place?
According to Wilson’s Twitter page, the giveaway will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday at 30 different gas stations across the city and suburbs.
Which gas stations are participating?
As it stands Wednesday, there are 15 gas stations in the city of Chicago participating, along with 15 suburban stations.
Amoco – 7201 N. Clark St.
Enter on Touhy, exit on Clark
PO Box – 7601 S. South Chicago
Enter and Exit on South Chicago
PO Box – 101 N. Western Ave.
Enter Western, Exit Washington
PO Box – 5201 W. Jackson Blvd.
Enter on Jackson, exit on Laramie
Citgo – 1345 N. Pulaski Rd.
Enter Pulaski, Exit Grand
Clark – 1952 W. Garfield Blvd.
Enter on Garfield, exit on Damen
GoLo – 1958 W.47and St.
Enter 47andDamen exit
Marathon – 340 Sacramento Blvd.
Enter Sacramento, Exit Van Buren
Mobil – 2801 S. Pulaski Road.
Enter on Pulaski, exit on 28and
Shell – 5230 S. Western Ave.
Enter Western, Exit Western
Super Economy – 48 E. Garfield Blvd.
Enter 55andrelease on Wabash
Super Economy – 6659 S. Halsted
Enter Marquette, exit Halsted
Super Save – 11100 S. State St.
Get in on the state, get out on the state
Mobil – 603 S. Independence Blvd.
Enter on Independence, exit on Harrison
The following items have been listed only by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications:
Amoco – 4402 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Enter on Kostner, exit on Roosevelt
The following location was listed only by Wilson’s team:
The RUOX – 7051 S. Western Ave.
As gasoline prices soared to nearly $5 a gallon in some places, long lines were reported at four dozen gas stations across Chicago and Cook County on Thursday, with 1 million of fuel dollars donated by philanthropist and frequent political candidate, Dr. Willie Wilson. NBC 5’s Lisa Chavarria has more.
Berkeley – 5630 St. Charles Road (Coquille)
Broadview – 1811 S. 17and Avenue (BP)
Burbank – 5149 W.79and St. (BP)
Calumet Park – 11900 S. Marshfield Avenue (Citgo)
Cicero – 5800 E. Cermak Rd. (Mobil)
Country Club Hills – 18280 Crawford (Falcon)
Dolton – 667 E. Sibley (BP)
Evanston – 1950 Green Bay Road. (Mobile)
Hillside – 4804 Butterfield Rd. (Shell)
Maywood – 101 W. Madison St. (Super Save)
Northlake – 300 E. North Ave. (Save-A-Stop)
Oak Park – 6129 W. North Ave. (shell)
Schiller Park – 9340 Irving Park Rd. (Philip 66)
Tinley Park – 16701 Oak Park Avenue (BP)
University Park – 450 S. Cicero (BP)
Are there any traffic guidelines or restrictions?
Residents will not be able to line up before 7 a.m. for the gift.
Although new rules have yet to be released for this weekend’s event, several suburbs and the city of Chicago have implemented various rules and restrictions at previous giveaways, with motorists required to obtain stickers to indicate their place in the queue in the city itself.
Police and other workers will be positioned to help direct traffic around the sites, OEMC noted.
How long will the gift last?
According to a statement from the OEM, the giveaway at Chicago locations is expected to last about 4-5 hours and service about 400 cars at each gas station.
Is this part of the free gas card program offered by Chicago?
Wilson’s gasoline gift has nothing to do with it.
Last month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed a “Chicago Moves” initiative, which would issue up to 50,000 preloaded gas cards worth $150 each, to be distributed to residents through a system lottery, Lightfoot said at a press conference.
The plan was adopted at a committee meeting on Wednesday and is on the verge of becoming a reality. If the go-ahead is given by the full city council on April 27, Chicago residents can start applying for the cards next week.
Who is Willie Wilson?
Wilson, a well-known businessman and philanthropist who has run for office in numerous elections before, entered the race for mayor of Chicago in 2023 on April 11 with a $5 million contribution to himself and a wave of goodwill generated by his gifts of essence.
This will be Wilson’s third time giving gas in recent weeks. He held gasoline giveaways twice in March, including $1 million at about 50 stations in and around the city.
Three years ago, Wilson won 13 of 18 black districts, finishing fourth overall with 10.6 percent of the vote. In the second round, Lori Lightfoot won all of those wards — and all 50 city wards — after Wilson endorsed her over County Council Chairman Toni Preckwinkle.
With a whiff of goodwill generated by his $1.2 million gasoline giveaways, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson joined the race on Monday to send Mayor Lori Lightfoot into political retirement. Reporting by Mary Ann Ahern of NBC 5.