Alderman Reilly Reports 


February 14, 2014
ReuseLakeShoreAthleticClub850 N. Lake Shore Drive Recently Reopened as Luxury Apartments - an Adaptive Re-use Success Story!

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to report the successful adaptive reuse of an historic Streeterville building - the Lake Shore Athletic Club at 850 N. Lake Shore Drive.  




Alderman Reilly worked closely with the Chicago and Illinois landmark preservation community to designate and save a number of architecturally important historic buildings across downtown Chicago, including Jarvis Hunt's 1927 Lakeshore Club at 850 North Lake Shore Drive.


Upon taking office in May 2007, the pending demolition of the Lake Shore Athletic Club was the first controversial development issue to hit the Alderman's desk. With a demolition permit filed five weeks prior to Reilly taking office, and a looming demolition deadline of July 16th, 2007, the Alderman immediately intervened to preserve the building. Six months after declaring his opposition to a proposal by Northwestern University and Fifield Development to demolish the historic Lake Shore Athletic Club, Alderman Brendan Reilly was able to announce the building had been saved from demolition and slated for renovation.


After a thorough and deliberative community process, it was found that the building could and should be re-used.


Alderman Reilly is happy to report that after remaining empty for 9 years, 850 Lake Shore Drive reopened its doors in January 2014 as a luxury apartment building, adding to the distinctive "lakefront row" including designs by Lucien Lagrange and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.


Together with restoration architects, Booth Hansen incorporated many historical elements in this newly designed 19 story building, including brass pieces and the chandeliers from the former ballroom - now converted into 850 Lake Shore Drive's social room. The re-use now features 198 luxury apartment units, of which most enjoy views of Lake Michigan, due to the building's half hexagon shape.

(Matthew Phillips of Integrated Development Group, Alderman Reilly and Joe Valenti of Valenti Construction at a 2010 event celebrating the construction of 850 n. LSD and removal of an antique silver chandelier from former dining room)


(Mediterranean Dining Room, 1920s) 


(850 N. Lake Shore Drive current, from


Alderman Reilly continues to partner with Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Preservation Illinois, as well as the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development's Historic Preservation Division to review and landmark other important structures in downtown's 42nd Ward. 

Alderman Reilly has recently sponsored initiatives to consider landmark status for important buildings such as: The Gibbons and Steger Buildings, The Marina Towers, Northwestern's downtown Quad (Montgomery Ward Memorial, Weibolt Hall of Commerce, Levy Mayer Hall including McCormick Hall) and the Augustus Warner House in the Gold Coast to support the preservation of downtown Chicago's historic buildings.

Recent Press:
Chicago Magazine 1/30/14
Curbed 1/31/14

Previous Reilly Reports Stories:
Lake Shore Athletic Club Saved from Demolition 12/5/07
850 Lake Shore Drive Begins Newest Phase of Renovation 3/10/10
Lake Shore Athletic Club Re-Use Update 7/23/12


RNBAFRDAmtgsAlderman Reilly Visits with 42nd Ward Neighborhood Groups

Alderman Reilly recently spoke at the 2014 River North Business Association (RNBA) Annual Meeting, held February 4th at the Allerton Hotel. Alderman Reilly was glad to participate in a special surprise bagpiper procession honoring France Langan, outgoing RNBA Chairman of the Board.






Last month, Alderman Reilly was also invited by the Fulton River District Association (FRDA) / Neighbors of West Loop to give a "State of the 42nd Ward" address.  


At the January 22nd event at OVIE Bar and Grill, Alderman Reilly discussed upcoming and current developments, new infrastructure improvements and other neighborhood updates in the Fulton River District and West Loop.


A summary of the event was chronicled in a recent FRDA/Neighbors of West Loop newsletter



Alderman Reilly thanks Sharon Romack, RNBA President and CEO, and Larry Gage, FRDA President for inviting him to speak to their members.


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CityDataReportChicago's New Open Data Report Outlines Data Initiatives and 2014 Dataset Releases 

The City of Chicago's first Open Data Annual Report provides an update on the City's open data policies, outlines several new initiatives and previews dataset releases for 2014. Since 2011, the number of datasets and user downloads of City data has more than doubled. This year, the City will launch additional efforts to use data to provide a platform for innovation and enhance existing services. 

The Open Data Annual Report provides an update on the City's data efforts and outlines several new initiatives for 2014: 
  • The City to promote open data in the procurement process
  • City and Cook County to increase coordination in the release of related datasets
  • The release of new dataset including additional 311 calls, city-owned assets, business violations, specific public safety and hazard violations, and building code violations

By making data accessible, the City's significant expansion of content and growth in traffic has facilitated the development of numerous innovative civic applications by independent developers, such as:

  • Chicago Works, which allows residents to make service requests to 311 and track issues as they are addressed
  •, which lets users look up their car by license plate, make, or model and find out if it has been towed or relocated
  • Adopt a Sidewalk, which allows users to adopt certain paths of sidewalk that they can maintain throughout the winter
  •, which allows users to input their address and find out when their street will be swept next. It also provides the option to register for text, e-mail and calendar alerts.
  •, which provides users with information about lobbying in Chicago.

For a full list of City Data apps, visit:

To read the press release, click here.


LincolnBdayCity Holiday Monday, February 17, 2014: President's Day (Washington's Birthday)

The Offices of Alderman Brendan Reilly will be closed Monday, February 17th for President George Washington's Birthday.


Additionally, all public libraries, Chicago Public Schools and non-essential City departments will be closed during this time to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.  If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 911 if you require immediate assistance.

Alderman Reilly's 42nd Ward Constituent Service Office will also be closed Saturday, February 15th.  

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VotingInfoRegistration for March 18 Primary Ends Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In a Primary Election, citizens vote to determine which candidate will represent their political party in the General Election.


Voter Registration 

There are several ways to register to vote before the Tuesday, February 18, 2014 deadline:

  1. Complete the Illinois Voter Registration Application
  2. Visit the Chicago Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington, 6th Floor 
  3. Visit an IL Secretary of State's Office if obtaining new driver's license or state ID
  4. Register through an active deputy registrar
  5. NEW in 2014! 17-year-olds (born on or before November 4, 1996) can register and vote in the March 18, 2014 Primary Election 

To check on the status of your voter registration, please click here.


Grace Period Voter Registration 

Grace Period Voter Registration is the safety-net program for those who missed the standard deadline to register - February 18, 2014.


Grace Period Voter Registration is offered from February 19 to March 15, 2014 and requires the voter to register or update their records in-person at the Election Board Offices, located at 69 W. Washington Street, 6th Floor. They are open from 9:00am - 5:00pm Mondays through Saturdays, with Sunday hours to be determined. 


Voters need to bring at least two forms of identification, and at least one ID must the address of their new/updated registration.After registering, "grace period" participants vote during the same visit. Those who use Grace Period registration/voting cannot use Early Voting, Absentee Voting or Voting in the Polling Place on Election Day and must vote during the same visit when they register.


Early Voting 

Early Voting for the 2014 Primary Election will be offered from Monday, March 3 through Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the following locations near the 42nd Ward:


Access Living 
115 W. Chicago Avenue 
9:00am - 5:00pm 
Open Mondays through Saturdays


Museum of Broadcast Communications

360 N. State Street

9:00am - 5:00pm
Open Mondays through Saturdays


Board of Elections 

69 W. Washington Street
Lower Level Conference Room

Open 9:00am - 5:00pm Mondays through Saturdays,

9:00am - 3:00pm Sundays

A list with all of the locations where early voting is available is viewable here .

During Early Voting:

  • Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live.
  • Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting -- but voters do need to present government-issued photo identification.
  • Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once -- or to attempt to vote more than once -- in the same election.

Absentee Voting
Any registered voter in Illinois may cast an absentee ballot by mail.  Voters do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee by mail.


February 6, 2014 is the first day that civilian voters in the United States may apply to cast an absentee ballot in March 18, 2014 Primary Election.


Qualifications for Absentee Voting:

  • Anyone registered to vote in Chicago are eligible to cast absentee ballots.  However, the voter must file a completed and signed request for absentee ballot by the legal deadline.
  • Applications for military and civilians overseas must be received at the Election Board by close of business on Monday, March 10, 2014.
  • Applications from voters in the United States must be received at the Election Board by close of business on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Please click here for detailed information about Absentee Voting.

Key Dates to Remember

  • February 18, 2014: Deadline to register to vote.
  • February 19 through March 15, 2014: In-person Grace Period Voter Registration offered at Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor.
  • March 3 through March 15, 2014: Early Voting offered at 51 sites throughout the city
  • March 10, 2014: Military/Civilian Overseas voter applications must be received by Election Board. Fax and email applications accepted. 
  • March 13, 2014: All other absentee applications must be received by Election Board.
  • March 16 to 17, 2014: In-person absentee voting offered at the Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor.
  • March 17, 2014: Last day absentee ballots may be postmarked and certified by the voter or delivered in person to Election Board.
  • March 18, 2014: If a voter failed to submit an absentee ballot with a postmark before Election Day (March 17 or earlier), the voter may submit the unused absentee ballot to the judges at the polling place designated for that voter's precinct and cast a ballot in person.
  • April 1, 2014: Last day that a mailed absentee ballot (postmarked or certified March 17 or earlier) may arrive at the Election Board to be included in the count.

More information is available at the Chicago Board of Elections website.


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VolunteerExpoChicago Volunteer Expo

The Chicago Volunteer Expo is a one-stop shop for Chicagoans looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities. There are so many ways to give back to your community in 2014.  Find the one that is right for you at the Chicago Volunteer Expo.


Visit over 75 nonprofit organizations from all over the city to learn how you can lend a hand.  Whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, there is a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. All ages welcome at this free event.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Dr. 

Chicago, IL 60614


For more information, visit

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NeighborhoodNightStay Warm and Watch a Movie at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Special  Neighborhood Night!

As the only movie theater in the Chicago's Loop Theatre District, the Gene Siskel Film Center at 164 N. State Street hosts "Neighborhood Night" on Monday, February 17, 2014.


Workers, visitors and area residents are welcome to experience their unique cinema. Attendees will enjoy being a member for the night by paying only $6 per screening. Movies will be shown at 6pm, 7:45pm and 8pm. Whole Foods Market will host a special reception for all ticketholders from 7pm - 8:30pm.


For tickets and more information, including trailers and movie details, please visit

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MarketingSeminarFree Social Media Marketing Seminar

As part of the Online Marketing Contest presented by Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Constant Contact, FREE marketing seminars will be held on a variety of online marketing topics such as email, social media, mobile, and more! Information on Educational Event Series #4 can be found here


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

8:30am - 12:00pm noon

USB Tower

1 N. Wacker Dr., Michigan Ballroom

Chicago, IL 60606


For more information or to register, click here.


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WinterOpenHouseChicago Cultural Center's Winter Open House  

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) cordially invites all Chicago residents and visitors to attend the Chicago Cultural Center Winter Open House.


Friday, February 21, 2014

11:00am - 7:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington Street

Chicago IL, 60602


Live entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with the Juicebox performance series and continues with a Wired Fridays mid-day DJ dance party at noon. The Open House concludes with opening receptions for two new exhibitions, Mecca Flat Blues and Thirty-Five Years of Public Art, and LiveWire Chicago's premiere of Assistance by Leslye Headland across the street at the Storefront Theater at 7:30pm.  


All events are FREE unless noted.  A full schedule of events is available here. 


UtilityFairUtility Assistance and Community Resource Fair

Peoples Gas is hosting a series of utility assistance and resource fairs to assist customers who are struggling financially to pay their energy bills. Representatives from Peoples Gas, CEDA (Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) and ComEd, along with a number of city, state and human services agencies, will be on site to provide residents with information on energy assistance programs and resources that are available to assist residents.

  • Saturday, February 22, 10am - 2pm
    Rauner Family YMCA - 2700 S. Western Avenue 
  • Saturday, April 5, 10am - 2pm
    Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences - 3857 W. 111th St

During the fairs, CEDA will accept applications from customers who are eligible to apply for LIHEAP and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth matching grant. Customers may be eligible for LIHEAP if their income is 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as follows:


Family Income Guidelines: 


Size of Family

30 Days Income












Customers should bring the following documents with them if applying for a LIHEAP grant:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date.
  • Copy of most recent utility bill.
  • Proof of Social Security Numbers of all household members.
  • A Medical Eligibility Card for any household member receiving TANF; and
  • Their rental agreement, in cases where utilities are included in the rent

In addition, Peoples Gas representatives will provide information on how customers can save money and energy by taking advantage of the Peoples Gas Home Energy Rebate Program and the Home Energy Jumpstart Program. The Home Energy Rebate Program provides rebates on a wide range of energy improvements and qualifying residents who sign up for the Home Energy Jumpstart Program can have free energy-saving products, including showerheads, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, pipe insulation, free programmable thermostats and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) installed in their homes. The program is provided in partnership with ComEd.


Customers who are unable to attend the community heating fairs can still apply for LIHEAP funding through CEDA. To find the location of the closest LIHEAP application site, Peoples Gas customers should call CEDA's hotline at: (800) 571-CEDA (2332) or visit Customers can also visit  for information on CEDA locations.


For more information on the Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Programs, customers can visit  or call (855) 849-8928 with any questions.

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KIRCPD1Chicago Police Department Events and Notices 


18th District Personal Safety Presentation

Learn safety tips that may help you avoid becoming a victim. Presenters will also share tips on how to navigate city streets more safely. This presentation is engaging, fun and will get you thinking!


Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Moody Church, Room 103

1635 N. LaSalle St.


For more information, email [email protected].


Court Advocates Needed in 18th District  

Court advocacy is a way to show support for victims and solidarity against crime in your community.  The presence of Court Advocates in the courtroom sends a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system that the community cares about the outcome of these cases and is willing to devote its time and energies to monitoring the workings of the judicial system.  


Volunteer Court Advocates are need in the following cases from the 18th District:


Criminal Damage to Property / Home Repair Fraud Arrests 

The offenders were arrested on 28 January 2014 for Criminal Damage to Property and misrepresentation / Fraudulent Home Repair, from the 1500 block of north Astor. This incident has been reported under RD # HX 130605. 


Burglary of a Restaurant

The offender was arrested on 2 February 2014, for a Burglary of a restaurant in the 1100 block of north State, at approximately 2:30 p.m. This incident has been reported under RD # HX 136634


If you are interested in volunteering for Court Advocacy on these cases, contact the 18th District Community Policing Office at 312-742-5778 for the next court date, time and location.  


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StPatsParadeJoin your Alderman in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! 


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StreetClosuresStreet Closures and Construction Updates

Filming of a Simulated Bomb Threat at Daley Plaza and City Hall

Date and Time: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm to Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7 am

Location: Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington)

Traffic Impact: There will be intermittent street closures at the following locations:

  • Washington from Clark to Dearborn
  • Randolph from Clark to Dearborn
  • Dearborn from Washington to Randolph
  • Clark from Washington to Randolph

Commercial Filming on LaSalle St.

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Location: LaSalle Street between Madison and Calhoun

Traffic Impact: Filming will take place outside along this stretch of LaSalle Street and there will be a "No Parking/Tow Zone" in effect on the west side of LaSalle St (between Madison and Calhoun)


Street Closures on Harrison Street Bridge

Date and Time: Monday, February 17, 2014 and until September 2014

Location and Traffic Impact: the Harrison Street Bridge over I-90/94 (The Kennedy), between S. Halsted St. and S. DesPlaines St. will be closed while the Illinois Department of Transportation performs construction work on The Circle Interchange


Lane Reduction on Halsted Street Bridge

Date and Time:  Starting Monday, February 17 and until September
Location and Traffic Impact:  The Halsted Street Bridge over I-290 (The Eisenhower) will be reduced to one lane in each direction while the Illinois Department of Transportation performs construction work on The Circle Interchange.  Detours will also be in effect and encouraged.


Water Main Installation on W. Madison St.
Date and Time:  Starting Tuesday, February 18, 2014 and lasting through April 2014
Location:  W. Madison St (from N. Wells to N. State St.)
Traffic Impact:  To accommodate the installation of a new water main, during day time hours the street may be completely closed.  During evening hours at least one lane of traffic will be kept open for local traffic only.
Click here to view the full notice.

Union Station Street Light Installation Lane Closures
Date and Time:  Beginning Tuesday, February 24, 2014 and last until approximately June 2014
Location:  Union Station
Traffic Impact:  To accommodate the installation of new street lights, there will be rolling parking lane closures and pedestrian detours around Union Station.  Commuters and motorists should look for signage for directions.

Emergency Sewer Work on Wabash

Date and Time:  Starting Monday, January 27, 2014 and lasting until late February

Location:  Wabash Ave (from Washington to Madison)

Residential and Traffic Impacts: Wabash Avenue from Washington to Madison will be completely closed to all traffic from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and 70 feet of parking will be occupied on both sides of the street at all other times in order to remove debris from a sewer pipe.  There should be no impact to pedestrians.  There will be some night-time noise.


Lane Closure on Wacker at Lake Shore Drive

Date and Time:  Now in effect through mid-March, 2014

Location: Intersection of Wacker Drive and Lake Shore Drive

Traffic Impacts:  To accommodate the replacement of a counter-lock on the bridge (the mechanism that keeps the bridge level), CDOT is required to close a turn lane on Wacker Drive headed into Lake Shore Drive, and a northbound travel lane on Lake Shore Drive.


Partial Lane Closure on Hubbard Street  

Date and Time:  Starts Tuesday, January 14 to early February, 2014

Location:  Hubbard Street (from Orleans to Kingsbury)

Traffic impact:  To accommodate an electrical hookup to a construction site, there will be partial lane closures and temporary parking restrictions along the block


Water Project at 900-930 N. State Street

Date and Time:  Wednesday January 22 to late February, 2014

Location:  N. State St. (from Walton to Delaware)

Traffic impact:  To accommodate the installation of a new sewer line in the middle of the street both lanes of traffic will be moved into the parking lanes
Click here to view the full notice.

Lane Closure on W. Calhoun

Date and Time: Starting immediately and lasting until 2015

Location: W. Calhoun from N. Franklin for one-half block west

Traffic Impact: To accommodate a construction project, both lanes of travel will be closed for safety reasons on W. Calhoun from N. Franklin Street until the alley on W. Calhoun between Franklin and N. Wacker Dr.


Temporary Lane Closure on Upper and Lower Wacker Drive

Date and Time:  Daily until Spring 2015

Location:  Upper and Lower Wacker Drive between LaSalle Street and State Street

Traffic Impact:  Due to construction on the River Walk, there may be daily and temporary lane closures between 7 am and 3 pm


Erie Street Closed to Through Traffic for Construction Near NMH

Erie Street is temporarily closed to through traffic between St. Clair Street and Fairbanks Court until May 2014 so a pedestrian tunnel can be built to connect Northwestern Memorial Hospital buildings. A map is available for download here.  


However, the hospital's emergency department and main entrance on Erie will remain open and accessible to emergency and private vehicles, as well as pedestrians, at all times during construction. That portion of Erie between St. Clair and Fairbanks will temporarily accommodate two-way traffic.


Eastbound through traffic on Erie will be detoured on St. Clair, either north to Superior Street or south to Ohio Street, and then to Fairbanks.  Street signage will be in place to help direct drivers.


All work activities will have appropriate signage and flag personnel for traffic and pedestrian management. Additional personnel will be supporting all work activities to insure public safety is maintained at all times.   


All construction activities will generally occur Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.   Occasional Sunday work may occur to ensure timely completion of the project, and in many cases, limit conflicts with traffic and local events.  


If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Burke at [email protected] or (312) 926-4103.


42nd Ward Construction Updates  

To read the most recent construction updates for current development projects in the 42nd Ward, please visit the "Major Projects" page on Alderman's Reilly website.


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CAPSINFOYour Upcoming CAPS Meetings

CAPS meetings offer city residents an opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues.

NO CAPS meetings are scheduled this week in the 42nd Ward.


If you would like further information regarding upcoming CAPS meetings, please call your Police District's CAPS office.
1st District: 312-745-4381
12th District: 312-746-8306
18th District: 312-742-5778

To find your district and beat, please click here.

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ward42website42nd Ward Website

The 42nd Ward website is designed to help local residents, businesses and community groups find quick answers to questions about city services and programs. On this site you'll find links to the most requested city services and other useful resources located within downtown Chicago's 42nd Ward. Please visit the Alderman Reilly's "virtual office" at

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Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly
325 W. Huron St., Ste. 510
(312) 642-4242
(312) 642-0420 (fax)

Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 200
(312) 744-3062
In this week's Reilly Reports

850 N. Lake Shore Drive Recently Reopened as Luxury Apartments - an Adaptive Re-use Success Story!


Alderman Reilly Visits with 42nd Ward Neighborhood Groups
Upcoming Events
Chicago Volunteer Expo

Stay Warm and Watch a Movie at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Special Neighborhood Night!

Free Social Media Marketing Seminar


 Chicago Cultural Center's Winter Open House 


Utility Assistance and Community Resource Fair


Chicago Police Department Events and Notices


Join your Alderman in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! 


Your Upcoming CAPS Meeting 

Important Information

Registration for March 18 Primary Ends Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Street Closures and Construction Updates
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Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly
325 W. Huron Street
Suite 510
(312) 642-4242
(312) 642-0420 (fax)
Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street
Room 200
(312) 744-3062
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