Alderman Reilly Reports 


December 2, 2014
SnowBanInfoAttention Motorists: Annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban Now In Effect

Chicago's annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban on critical arterial streets is now effective until April 1, 2015


There are 107 miles of city streets considered critical arterial streets, and the nightly ban is in effect between the hours of 3:00am and 7:00am regardless of the presence of snow.


Violators of the Winter Overnight Parking Ban may face a $150 towing fee (minimum), a $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20.Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 South Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 North Sacramento). 


Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are affected by the Overnight Parking Ban.

Overnight parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes.  Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.




The 2 inch winter parking ban on marked arterial streets or "Snow Routes" is in effect year round to allow emergency vehicles and snow clearing equipment to pass. These parking restrictions are strictly enforced when snow accumulation of over 2 inches is present.


Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are effected by the Arterial Street Snow Route Ban.

Arterial Street Snow Route parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.  For more information on the overnight parking ban, click here.


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OntarioStDevRedevelopment on Ontario Street
New development by local SMASHotels planned for the 224-228 E. Ontario Street

SMASHotels is redeveloping a site along Ontario Street that is currently occupied by two three-story structures: one vacant and another with a couple of commercial uses including a nail salon.  The developer, ECD Company of Lincolnshire assembled both the 224 E and 228 E parcels for an as-of-right proposal, designed within the existing zoning constraints of the Downtown Mixed-Use (DX -12) District.  Other SMASHotel properties include: The Wit, The Fairfield Inn - Magnificent Mile and the Hampton Inn & Suites in Lincolnshire.  


Earlier this year, Alderman Reilly met with the developer to review the proposal and begin community process.  Since this proposal did not require a zoning change, the Alderman required the development group to meet with adjacent property owners and SOAR to present their plans and gather feedback.  The presentation previewed plans for a 17-story, 195-key modern designed hotel and a traffic study to identify the best solution for guest and commercial loading.  


The architects, Koo and Associates, Ltd. chose a more modern design to give homage to the block which was the former home of the Museum of Contemporary Art but also provide some aesthetic diversity to the streetscape while respecting the scale, coursing and property lines of adjacent structures.  Project traffic engineers worked closely with the Department of Transportation for final approval on a workable loading configuration.


Current Site:






From those mandated community meetings with SOAR and surrounding stakeholders and many months of work with the developer came some constructive changes to the initial proposal:

  • The hotel structure was designed with a setback 10' from the property line to better respect its neighbors and blockfront
  • The proposed hotel canopy which dramatically extended over the property line was eliminated 
  • The loading zone was recessed to help alleviate traffic congestion along Ontario
  • New trees will be planted along the frontage 
  • The color palette of the structure was modified for greater compatibility with the existing built landscape
Alderman Reilly is grateful for the collaboration with SOAR and adjacent property owners in review of this proposal.  This open dialogue for development review downtown, which has been in place since taking office in 2007, helps shape more compatible, contributing structures without exception.


Next steps for this proposal include demolition of the two existing three-story structures and site prep in the upcoming months.  To view a copy of the plans, please click here.


If you have any questions about this proposal, please do not hesitate to contact our constituent service office at: 312-642-4242.


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RushResurfacingRush Street Resurfacing Complete

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the completion of a resurfacing project on Rush Street!  The Alderman initiated this significant infrastructure improvement and allocated a portion of funds from his Aldermanic Menu to resurface Rush Street, between East Chestnut Street and East Delaware Place, including the intricate intersection of Rush Street, Chestnut Street, and Wabash Avenue. Work on this project was completed in late November of 2014.


The project required the removal of the old, deteriorated asphalt on the affected portion of the street. Following the removal of the old asphalt, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) made the necessary structural adjustments to the numerous manholes, catch basins and curb side drains that are located along the street to ensure they were in alignment with the new layer of asphalt.


This stretch of Rush Street handles 18,000 vehicles every day with residents, visitors, and tourists traveling between home, work, and many local retail establishments.


According to the Chicago History Museum's street naming guide, Rush Street is named after Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745 - 1813), who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was Surgeon General in the Continental Army. He later was a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention that ratified the new U.S. Constitution in that state.  


Street Condition Before and After photos: 



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CHIdeasAdd Your Voice to the Conversation through CHIdeas Online Community Platform

Have an idea to improve Chicago? is an online platform where government and citizens work together to address civic challenges. Chicago residents and businesses can share ideas to improve City services, create neighborhood initiatives and enhance quality of life.


On this site, you can respond to specific questions from the City or comment on ideas from your fellow residents. Visit the site to see what issues your community is discussing!

  • Post ideas in response to questions from the City
  • Comment on and support ideas from your fellow Chicagoans
  • Share the site with friends, family and neighbors Add your voice to the conversation

New Topics

  • Healthy Chicago 2.0 - What strategies can be employed to help parents and children create healthier, more active lifestyles?
  • Supporting Our Small Businesses - How can our Small Business Expos across the city better support small business owners and entrepreneurs?
  • 311 - What are new ways in which you'd like to contact and engage with 311, and how can the City improve your 311 experience?
  • Land Usage - The City owns many vacant parcels of land in residential areas. How can we better utilize these lots?

Visit  today!


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CCRDMVDCCook County Military and Veterans Discount Program

Cook County's new Military and Veterans Discount Program (MVDP) provides veterans and active duty military with a free money-saving Discount Card and access to a diverse network of over 120 businesses that are committed to providing these discounts.


Active-duty personnel, veterans, guard members and reservists may visit the Cook County Recorder of Deeds' (CCRD) Veterans Service Office at 118 N. Clark St, Room 120, Chicago, and upon providing proof of service, receive the Discount Card.


The MVDP aims to build a network of businesses across Cook County who offer military and veterans' discounts beyond the normal military holidays. This public-private partnership is a small way to honor those who have served by helping them keep more of their hard-earned money. The discounts range from a percentage off the service-member's total bill, to free admission to a theater or museum. A list of participating businesses can be accessed at


During the initial rollout of the program, Discount Program ID Cards will be only available at the Cook County Recorder's Veterans Service Office, located in Room 120 at 118 N. Clark Street. Please bring a government-issued photo or military ID, and if you are a veteran, please bring a copy of your DD-214 or other separation papers indicating discharge status (dishonorable discharges are not eligible).


If a veteran has previously recorded a DD-214 with the Recorder of Deeds, a photo ID is all that will be required for enrollment. Those who bring DD-214s to the Recorder's Office will have the option to have them recorded free in CCRD's confidential DD-214 repository, meaning the veteran and their family will always have fast access in case the original is destroyed or misplaced.


More information and a web-based business signup form can be found at The CCRD's Veterans Service Office can be reached at (312) 603-5788.


DCASECulturalGrants2015 DCASE Cultural Grants Programs

The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is to enrich Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this overarching mission, the Cultural Grants Program's goal is simple: to serve as a catalyst to foster a robust, healthy arts community where artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations and creative industries thrive.


DCASE provides more than $1.2 million annually in direct funding for Chicago's arts community through this program which is designed to reach artists and nonprofit arts organizations across the City of Chicago. Grants provide operating funds for nonprofit arts and culture organizations, as well as project-specific funding for individual artists and creative professionals to make artistic work or engage in professional development activities. Grants are awarded through a competitive panel review process.


DCASE currently offers three Cultural Grants Programs:

  • Individual Artists Program (funding for artists and creative professionals) - Provides project-based funding for practicing artists and creative professionals to: (1) develop or create artistic work or (2) participate in high-quality training or professional development opportunities.

    Professional Development Due Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:00pm

    Creative Projects Due Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:00pm
  • CityArts (funding for nonprofit organizations) - Provides general operating support to Chicago-based, non-profit organizations with an arts and culture mission.

    Due Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 5:00pm
  • (deadline passed) IncentOvate (funding for nonprofit organizations) - In an effort to implement goals articulated in both the Chicago Cultural Plan and Tourism Strategy, the IncentOvate Program seeks to incentivize innovation and foster the creation of new large scale public cultural experiences in Chicago.

More information about DCASE Cultural Grants can be found here.


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ArtistsHealthcareThis Friday! Chicago Artists Health Care Town Hall 

Too many artists are uninsured!  Everyone can get affordable health insurance that covers doctor and hospital visits, maternity care, prescription drugs and pre-existing conditions. Learn how to get health insurance at a reasonable cost.


Attend this FREE Town Hall to:

  • Learn about the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare"
  • Find and enroll in an affordable health insurance plan
  • If you qualify, enroll in Illinois Medicaid Program
  • Get a Free Flu Shot

Friday, December 5, 2014

4:00pm - 8:00pm 

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St. 


To RSVP, click here.


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MendedHeartsMended Hearts Lecture: Heart Rhythm Disorders

Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization that has offered the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for 60 years. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient care experience, Mended Hearts offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, educational forums and support group meetings.


This event is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.


Heart Rhythm Disorders

With guest speaker Jeffrey Goldberger, MD

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6-7pm

Prentice Women's Hospital

250 E. Superior St., Room J (2nd floor)


For more information, please call 312-926-2070 or click here.   

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ChiCouncilMtgChicago City Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 10th

The next meeting of the Chicago City Council will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago.  A live video stream is viewable on the Chicago City Clerk's website  and archive videos can be seen on the Clerk's Legislative Information Center .

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JensLectureFriends of the Parks' Walter Netsch Lecture Series Presents: Jens Jensen The Living Green Project - A Pathway to Action

Friends of the Parks' Walter Netsch Lecture Series honors renowned architect Walter Netsch's vision and leadership that changed the culture of the Chicago Park District.  The lecture series offers FREE quarterly lectures on topics of parks, the environment, urban planning and public policy.  Speakers include policy experts, authors and government officials.  The quarterly noon lecture series will be held in the Claudia Cassidy Auditorium of the Chicago Cultural Center.


For the December 11 lecture, Carey Lundin, well-known director, discusses her plans to bring her award winning documentary "Jens Jensen The Living Green" to a national audience and how it will make a bold splash starting Earth Day 2015.  The inspiring film and educational program is about the irascible Prairie Style landscape architect and the Midwest's first great natural conservationist Jens Jensen.


Jens Jensen The Living Green Project

Thursday, December 11, 12:15- 1:00pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

78 E. Washington Street


For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

BACPworkshopsDecember 2014 Business Education Workshops

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will host various FREE workshops in their City Hall office, located at 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 805. Space is limited, so please reserve your attendance by calling 312-744-2086 or emailing [email protected].


To learn more about BACP's workshops, please visit the BACP website for more detail on this month's workshops.


Business Workshop Videos Now Available On Demand! 

The Small Business Center recently launched its Business Video Library. The library has several small business workshop videos available on demand and continues to add videos regularly.


Available workshop videos include:

  • City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers
  • Early Liquor Sales in Chicago: What You Need to Know
  • How to Respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • How to Use YouTube to Market Your Business
  • Instagram 101 for Small Businesses: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
  • Facebook and Business Do Mix 
  • Twitter for the Technologically Challenged

Watch the workshop videos at Business Video Library.


Share Your Feedback to Improve Small Business Expos

Through, BACP would like to hear from you about how small neighborhood business expos can improve. Your ideas can help make these events even more helpful for small business owners and entrepreneurs across the city.


Provide your feedback at CHIdeas


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CDPHSurveyHealthy Chicago 2.0 Community Survey

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is collecting feedback from Chicagoans about the neighborhood they live in, since where you live is an important part of your health. Your responses will help CDPH and its partners develop health priorities for the city.


This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. You may choose not to answer any question on the survey and all responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. Only combined results from the survey will be shared.


Click here  to participate in the survey, and please make sure to share the survey with your family and friends. 


A version in Spanish is available here.  

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CPDnoticesChicago Police Department Holiday Notices

1 City, 1 Food Drive 

Partner with the Chicago Police Department 018th District in being a partof the "1 City, 1 Food Drive" for the Greater Chicago Food Depository". Items may be dropped in the barrel located in the 018th District main lobby, 1160 N. Larrabee Street at all hours, until December 14th, 2014


12th District Food, Toiletries and Shoe Collection for Families

The 12th District Community Policing Office located at 1412 S. Blue Island is also hosting a barrel for the Greater Depository Food Depository. In addition to food donations, they are seeking toiletries and old shoes for the Soles 4 Souls project.


Holiday Safety Tips

During the Holiday Season, most people are out shopping, attending parties and out traveling.  Everyone enjoys this time of year -- including criminals!  The Chicago Police Department would like to offer a few suggestions to make sure that your holidays are safe and secure. Click here for more information.  


Don't Become A Victim

Robbers want one thing - your money or property. But there are some steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim. Click here for more information.  

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CloudGateCarolingEnjoy the Holiday Season in the 42nd Ward with FREE Events for the Whole Family!

Christkindlmarket Chicago 

Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago annually tributes the traditional holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany by transforming into a European holiday village with candy cane striped wooden huts and bright twinkling lights. The Christkindlmarket Chicago hosts over 55 vendors offering holiday ornaments, nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins, wooden toys, jewelry, wood carvings and European sweets. Aromas of holiday spices and German delicacies such as sausages, potato pancakes, and schnitzel fill the air. Visitors can also enjoy the refreshing imported German beer or cup of Gl�hwein (hot spiced wine), which is served in a unique collectable souvenir mug.


Open Now until December 24, 2014

Daily Hours: Su - Th from 11am - 8pm; F - Sa from 11am - 9pm

Special Hours on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 11am - 4pm;

and Christmas Eve, December 24 11am - 4pm

Daley Plaza

50 W. Washington Street


For more information, visit


Millennium Park Ice Rink 

Don't miss the opportunity for ice skating at the one of Chicago's most popular winter destinations. For more than a decade, the McCormick Tribunehas drawn over 100,000 skaters annually. The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, offers $12 skate rentals.


Free ice skating lessons are offered to the public one hour before opening on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Lessons will also be offered each day of Chicago Public School Winter Break, December 22-January 4, except December 25 and January 1, one hour before the rink opens.


Open Now until March 7, 2015

Click here for ice rink hours

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph Street


For more information visit



Cloud Gate Caroling 

Caroling at Cloud Gate returns just in time for the holiday season. Chicago choral groups will be showcased in Millennium Park at Cloud Gate every Friday evening at 6pm. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in a holiday sing-along during this free program presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.


Fridays only, through December 29, 2014

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade Central 

Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street 


For more information visit


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UnwrapChicagoUnwrap Chicago! Take the Pledge to Eat, Drink & Buy Local

"Unwrap Chicago" promotes shopping at locally owned businesses. Spread the word to keep Chicago's neighborhoods thriving and vital, save gas, create jobs, make new friends, and boost our local tax base.


Join thousands of Chicagoans in strengthening the local economy, growing employment and cultivating a sense of community this holiday season.  Local First Chicago has built a new tradition to make supporting locally owned businesses a part of everyday life, and this year, they are making the campaign year-round: Eat, Drink and Buy Local 365!


Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink & Buy Local seeks to inform consumers and businesses about the importance of buying locally. Locally-owned businesses recirculate money in their communities at roughly 3x the rate of corporate businesses.  

Take the pledge to shift at least $365 annually from chain stores to locally owned stores, restaurants and establishments.


Visit  for more information.  Take the Eat, Drink & Buy Local Pledge today!   

SafeShopping2014 Safe Shopping Guide

Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently released her annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children's products and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure their home is a safe for the holidays.


The 2014 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions and photographs of over 100 children's products recalled in the last year - from popular strollers to a toddler toy with high levels of lead and cribs that pose serious entrapment hazards.


This year's edition also has a new feature that addresses another risk consumers confront during holiday shopping: identity theft. The past year brought a renewed focus on identity theft in the wake of numerous data breaches at popular nationwide chains, including Target, Michael's, Neiman Marcus and Home Depot. Madigan's guide provides simple steps for Illinois families to take to help protect their financial information as they shop online and in stores this year.


The Safe Shopping Guide also provides four simple steps you can take to protect your financial information:

  • Set up Transaction Alerts on your accounts to receive notifications when your credit or debit card is used above a certain dollar amount, so if someone uses your card without authorization, you'll receive a text message or email and can immediately call your card issuer to dispute the charge.
  • Regularly review your bank and credit card statements to make sure there are no unauthorized transactions.
  • Review your credit reports for unauthorized accounts.
    You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies per year. Go to or call 1-877-322-8228 to order your credit reports

  • Consider putting a security freeze on your credit. A security freeze, also known as a credit freeze, essentially locks down your personal data at the consumer reporting agency until an individual gives permission for the release of the data, which can prevent someone from taking out credit in your name. You can easily have the freeze lifted when you want to allow a company to check your credit if, for instance, you are opening new accounts or purchasing a car or home.

Consumers can view and download the 2014 Safe Shopping Guide at or by calling the Attorney General's Recall Hotline for a print copy at 1-888-414-7678.

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ParksregistrationOnline Registration for Chicago Park District Winter Programs

Online registration for winter park programming is now open! Indoor swimming lessons, basketball leagues, after-school programs, fitness center memberships and winter-break camps are some of the many of offerings available for the upcoming season.

The Park District works with residents to ensure that programming is affordable regardless of income level.


Residents can register for programs online at In-person registration begins Saturday, December 6 or Monday, December 8 depending on location. 


Most winter session programs begin the week of Jan. 5, 2015, and run through the week of March 16, 2015, with the exception of winter-break camps which begin Monday, December 20. The Park District works with residents to ensure that no child is turned away due to their inability to pay, and financial assistance is available.     


For more information, contact your local park, call 312-742-PLAY or visit

The Chicago Park District continues to reach record registration numbers. This fall, registrations for programming grew by seven percent to over 90,000 residents. Instructional programming offered by the Park District also increased, growing five percent this year to nearly 5,400 opportunities.


Given the popularity of programs, patrons are encouraged to follow the registration tips listed below to prepare for registration day:

  • Check your account login and password before registration begins.
  • Add all persons who you plan to register for on your account.
  • Create a wish list with the programs that you plan to register.
  • View the registration process page for additional information.

StreetClosuresStreet Closures and Construction Updates


Lane closure on W. Randolph

Date and Time: Beginning immediately and lasting until 2016

Location and Traffic Impact: The southern curb lane on Randolph (between State and Dearborn) will be closed.


Utility Work at Washington and LaSalle

Date and Time:  Beginning immediately and lasting until approximately December 21

Location and Traffic Impact:  The intersection of Washington and LaSalle will experience intermittent lane closures and possible full closures, however most work will be done at night.  The use of pneumatic equipment will be limited to day time as much as possible. Click here to download the neighborhood notice.  


Partial Lane Closure for 200 N Michigan Project

Date and Time: Now through 2015

Location: Garland Court (between Lake and Haddock) and Lake (between Michigan and Wabash)

Traffic Impacts: Both streets will experience a partial lane closure for the duration of the project


Street Closures on Harrison Street Bridge

Date and Time: February 17, 2014 until September 2015

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.


Lane Reduction on Halsted Street Bridge

Date and Time: February 17, 2014 until September 2015

Location and Traffic Impact: The Halsted Street Bridge over I-290 (The Eisenhower) will be reduced to one lane in while the Illinois Department of Transportation performs construction work on The Circle Interchange. Detours will also be in effect and encouraged.


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

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

Attention Motorists: Annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban Now In Effect 


Redevelopment on Ontario Street: New development by local SMASHotels planned for the 224-228 E. Ontario Street 


Rush Street Resurfacing Complete


Add Your Voice to the Conversation through CHIdeas Online Community Platform


Upcoming Events
 This Friday! Chicago Artists Health Care Town Hall

 Chicago City Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 10th  

 December 2014 Business Education Workshops 


Enjoy the Holiday Season in the 42nd Ward with FREE Events for the Whole Family!
Important Information

Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program 


 2015 DCASE Cultural Grants Programs 


Healthy Chicago 2.0 Community Survey 


Chicago Police Department Holiday Notices  


Unwrap Chicago! Take the Pledge to Eat, Drink & Buy Local  


2014 Safe Shopping Guide  



Online Registration for Chicago Park District Winter Programs 
Street Closures and Construction Updates
Contact Us!
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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