|Marina City Landmarking Recommendation Unanimously Approved by Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce that the final recommendation for landmarking
Marina City was unanimously approved at yesterday's meeting of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks!
Marina City, view to the northwest, 2012
With strong record of preservation and appreciation for the city's historic fabric since his tenure in 2007, Alderman Reilly immediately understood the importance of these iconic towers within the Chicago landscape. Citing their presence in every Chicago souvenir snowglobe, the prominence of their architect and contribution to the history of Chicago architecture, the case was easily made for landmarking.
Alderman Reilly also saw tremendous opportunity for the homeowners of Marina City with landmark designation. In the Chicago Zoning Code is a density bonus entitled, "Adopt-A-Landmark". This zoning density bonus allows developers of nearby parcels to "adopt" a landmark structure by entering into an agreement with that landmark building owner to assist with capital projects, typically for exterior elements/systems, that contribute toward the overall preservation and lifespan of the building. These capital projects must be "shovel ready" and pass eligibility criteria set forth by the Landmarks Division within the city Department of Planning and Development. Based upon a 2014 amendment to this bonus, Alderman Reilly widened the eligibility radius to include Marina City and several other landmarks. These beloved historic structures are now within the radius of several new development proposals where they could benefit from developer contributions for major preservation efforts.
The Commission's recommendation will be introduced to City Council in December, and be referred to the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards. At the Committee meeting where designation is considered, property owners or any member of the public may make an oral statement and/or present a written statement for the Committee's consideration. Upcoming Committee meeting agendas are posted on the City Clerk's website. After Committee, the landmarking will require a full council vote.
For more information about the landmark designation for Marina City, please visit the Department of Planning and Development, Historic Preservation Division's website.
About Marina City:
Marina City, located at 300 North State, was constructed between 1960 and 1967, and is considered an icon of Chicago architecture and urban planning. The Marina City complex consists of five interconnected but distinct components: two identical 60-story cylindrical residential towers, a saddle-shaped theater, and a 10-story commercial building, all of which are set on a four-story base with a marina fronting onto the Chicago River. With the exception of the theater, all of the structures in the complex are cast-in-place reinforced concrete construction.
This "city within a city," was the most ambitious and forward-thinking post-war urban renewal project in Chicago. It was the first development to layer residential, commercial, and entertainment uses into a dense high-rise complex in the center city.
Goldberg's comprehensive vision for Marina City introduced new ideas about form and structure and novel solutions for living and working in an urban environment. Marina City's success as a dense high-rise residential development anticipated the later transformation of downtown Chicago from a nine-to-five business district to a thriving and bustling residential and commercial community. The development's use of the Chicago River as an amenity was also years ahead of its time.
Marina City was the first planned development project in Chicago, and the first and largest federally-insured downtown housing project in the country. The scale and scope of the project was unparalleled at the time of construction. When they were completed in 1963, the residential towers were the tallest reinforced concrete structures in the world. Marina City was also Bertrand Goldberg's career-defining commission, catapulting him onto the world stage and solidifying his reputation as one of the most innovative architects of the twentieth century.
Stylistically, Marina City-in particular the designs of the residential towers and theater building-is an impressive and captivating example of the Expressionist Style within the Modern Movement in architecture. It marks the first built example of Bertrand Goldberg's use of the cylindrical form, which would become a hallmark of many of his subsequent designs.
Goldberg's design for the residential towers, which featured the repeated use of curving, petal-like shapes around a central cylindrical core, was unlike any design ever built in Chicago. The complex's location along the Chicago River only serves to heighten the visual impact of the towers, with their distinctive shape and rhythmic pattern of curved concrete balconies. Nearly 50 years after its completion, the buildings remain among the most distinctive structures in the City.
|CDOT Traffic Advisory: Overnight Closures of Lake Shore Drive Between Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue for Four Nights Next Week
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that Lake Shore Drive will be fully closed to traffic during overnight hours next week. The closure is occurring so that the resurfacing of the Oak Street S-curve can be completed safely for both motorists and work crews.
Northbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10 between the hours of 8:15pm and 5:45am each night.
- Traffic will be detoured off Lake Shore Drive at Randolph, westbound to Michigan Ave., and then northbound onto Lake Shore Drive via the entrance ramp at Oak Street.
- Ramps from Randolph Street, Wacker Drive and Grand Avenue to northbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed. Local access only will be maintained to the Grand Avenue ramp and Navy Pier. Southbound Lake Shore Drive will remain open.
Southbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12 between the hours of 8:15pm and 5:45am each night.
- Traffic will be detoured off at Michigan Avenue. The detour route is south on Michigan to Randolph and east on Randolph back to southbound Lake Shore Drive.
- Chicago Avenue access to and from Lake Shore Drive will be maintained. The exit ramp at Chestnut will be closed. Northbound Lake Shore Drive will remain open on these nights.
Motorists are advised to avoid Lake Shore Drive unless absolutely necessary on the nights full closures are in effect, and to use I-90/94, the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways, as alternate routes.
During the day, this segment of Lake Shore Drive handles a daily average of 140,000 motorists in both directions; however the traffic volume is reduced during the overnight hours to between 12,000 and 13,500 vehicles in each direction.
Additionally, in the coming weeks, motorists can expect periodic single lane closures between North and Grand Avenues between 9:30am and 3:30pm to allow for restriping, curb, shoulder and other repairs that cannot be done at night.
The timing of these full road and lane closures is dependent on weather and other factors. Advisories will be issued if the schedule changes.
Community Meeting Summary for Proposed Development at 346-358 N. Union Street & 347-357 N. Halsted Street
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Earlier this week, Alderman Reilly and the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL) hosted a community meeting for the proposed development at 346-358 N. Union Street and 347-357 N. Halsted Street. The Alderman would like to thank everyone who participated in this open and transparent community review process.
Representatives of the Chicago Self Storage II, LLC development team presented their plans for the development of a 38-story, 373 dwelling unit residential building, with approximately 158 parking spaces will be provided. The site is currently undeveloped.
| Now Hiring - Make a Real Difference by Becoming a Chicago Police Officer
The chance to become a Chicago Police Officer only comes around every few years. Applications will only be accepted until December 16, 2015. For more information, visit www.chicagopolice.org or click here to download the FAQ.
|FAQ for City of Chicago Debt Relief Program
The City of Chicago will offer a Debt Relief Program to individuals and businesses that owe eligible debt to the City. The Debt Relief Program will provide individuals and businesses the opportunity to resolve outstanding debt and avoid further costs and collection activity (e.g. driver's license suspension, vehicle immobilization, business license revocation, and wage garnishment).
When is the Debt Relief Program?
The program will be offered from November 15, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
Which debt is eligible for the Debt Relief Program?
Eligible debt includes unpaid parking and red light camera violations, fines imposed by the Department of Administrative Hearings (e.g. building code violations, drinking on the public way), and taxes (both non-filers and tax assessments) incurred prior to January 1, 2012. Please note that violations or tax obligations that are in a payment plan or pending legal activity with the City are not eligible.
What is the benefit of participation?
Penalties, interest and collection costs associated with the eligible debt will be waived during the Debt Relief Program, reducing the amount due to the original fine or tax amount. Please note that tow fees, storage fees, administrative fees, court costs, and other charges are not subject to the Debt Relief Program.
How do I participate in the Debt Relief Program?
For parking and red light tickets, just pay the amount due for any eligible ticket or fine to take advantage of the Debt Relief discount on such ticket or fine.
For tax, you must complete a Tax Debt Relief application to register with the City. You will also need to file applicable tax returns.
Where can I make a payment?
Payments for parking, red light and administrative violations can be made online, in-person, at a kiosk or via mail:
- For online payments, please visit cityofchicago.org/finance and click the appropriate link.
- For payment center or EZ-Pay kiosk locations, please click here.
- For payments by mail, please mail to the following addresses:
City of Chicago
P.O. Box 88292
Chicago, IL 60680-1292
City of Chicago
P.O. Box 71429
Chicago, IL 60694-1429
Jump Start your Holiday Shopping This Weekend at Artisan Market Streeterville
The 2015 Artisan Market Streeterville,
now open through November 8, transforms the Lurie Medical Research Center lobby and Ryan Atrium into a pre-holiday shopping extravaganza!
For the list of artisans, click here. More information can be found on the SOAR website.
Solidarity Market on Sunday, November 8 at Old St. Patrick's Church
|City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony
The City of Chicago's official ceremony in honor of Veterans Day will be held Wednesday, November 11, 11:00am at Soldier Field, Gate O, 1410 Museum Campus Drive.
Soldier Field was named as such at the request of the Gold Star Mothers to honor the men lost in World War I. The Doughboy statue, originally placed in Garfield Park, was restored and installed in Soldier Field as part of the stadium renovation. Doughboy is an informal term for a member of the United States Army of Marine Corps, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who have served honorably in the military in wartime and peacetime. Originally known as Armistice Day and so declared by President Woodrow Wilson, it was created to mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. Following World War II, it was declared a day to honor all veterans and in 1954, renamed Veterans Day by Congress.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Free parking is also available at the Waldron Parking Deck, accessible via the exit at 18th Street from Lake Shore Drive.
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Alderman Reilly's Offices Closed Wednesday November 11th for Veterans Day
Please be advised that Alderman Reilly's 42nd Ward City Hall and Constituent Services Office will be closed for
Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.
If you are in need of city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests or dial 911 if you require immediate assistance.
Both offices will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, November 12th.
Discounts and Offers for Military Personnel on Veterans Day
Many restaurants and retailers provide special offers and discounts for military personnel on Veterans Day, November 11th.
The website, www.militarybenefits.info lists a comprehensive Veterans Day Guide to national and local offers including: sales, free meals and discounts available for veterans.
Millennium Park Ice Rink Opens Next Friday, November 13!
The season opening for the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park kicks off Friday, November 13 at 11:00am (weather permitting) with ice skaters from Ice Reach, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting participation and involvement in all ice sports. The rink will open to the public at 11:35am, and remain open through Sunday, March 6, 2016 (weather permitting)
For more than a decade, the ice rink has become a Chicago winter tradition, drawing over 100,000 skaters annually. Free skating lessons are available one hour before the rink opens on Fridays through Sundays. Additionally, lessons and special programming (Noodle Hockey, speed skating and ice dance demos) will be offered during Chicago Public School's Winter Break, from December 21 - December 31, one hour before the rink opens, except December 25.
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. Skating is FREE and open to the public, with skate rentals available for $12.
Ice Rink Hours:
- Mondays-Thursdays, noon-8pm
- Fridays, noon-10pm (ice skating lesson at 11am)
- Saturdays (Nov. 14-Jan. 2), 10am-10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
- Saturdays (Jan. 9-March. 5), 10am-9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
- Sundays, 10am-9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
- Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 10am-4pm
- Friday, Nov. 27, 10am-10pm
For more information about events in Millennium Park, visit millenniumpark.org or call 312-742-1168.
Small Business Expo: November 14 at Wright College
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Small Business Center is going on the road again this month with a FREE
featuring Keynote Speakers Tim Smithe from Walter E. Smithe Furniture, and Kathleen Henson from Henson Consulting.
The event is
Saturday, November 14, 10am - 2pm at at Wright College, 4300 N. Narrangansett Ave. The expo features over 40 exhibitors, a tax clinic, legal clinic, three free workshops for entrepreneurs, and offers professional makeovers and headshots.
Chicago Artists Health Care Town Hall
Too many artists are uninsured!
At this free event, people can learn about the Affordable Care Act, meet with a state-certified Enrollment Navigator to sign up for insurance, get a free flu shot and connect with a range of health organizations and services.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
4:00pm - 7:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, 5th Floor
Street Closures and Construction Updates
Helicopter Lift at 830 N. Michigan, 9:00am, November 7th, 2015
Please be advised that a helicopter will be hoisting materials to the roof of 830 N. Michigan Avenue on the morning of Saturday, November 7th, 2015. Three (3) lifts will occur between the hours of 9:00am and 10:00am.
During this time period, a "full street closure" will be in effect for Michigan Avenue, between Chestnut and Chicago, and Pearson Street at the intersection with Rush Street. Traffic flow on Rush Street will be maintained.
City of Chicago police officers will be present to help direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic and maintain public safety in the impacted areas.
Overnight Street Closure of Jackson between Clinton and Canal for Union Station Transit Center Project
Beginning Monday, November 2 through Saturday, November 21, Jackson between Clinton and Canal will be closed during the overnight hours for utility work related to the Union Station Transit Center project.
The closure will occur overnight from 9pm-5am each night.
Eastbound Jackson Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Southbound Clinton Street, to Eastbound Van Buren Street, to Northbound Canal Street, and back to Eastbound Jackson Boulevard
Lane Closure for Union Station Transit Center Project
Date: Ongoing through end of 2015
- Two lanes of Jackson closed between Clinton and Canal - two east bound traffic lanes will remain open at all times
- One south bound Canal contraflow lane and one north bound Canal street traffic lane closed - two northbound traffic lanes maintained at all times
- Please pay attention to all curb usage signs. It is important to stay clear of bus stops and no parking areas.
Lane Closures for Lake Shore Drive Resurfacing Project
Overnight lane closures for the resurfacing of Lake Shore Drive between Grand Avenue and North Avenue continue through this week.
Drivers can expect the overnight closure of two traffic lanes in the northbound and southbound directions, from Grand Avenue to North Avenue (excluding the S-Curve) between the hours of 8:30pm - 6:00am.
During these overnight closures, CDOT recommends using alternative routes.
Remaining work on curbs, shoulders and striping will continue during off-peak daytime hours (between 9:30am and 3:30pm), and will require a single-lane closure for northbound and southbound traffic. The project will continue for approximately this week, weather permitting.
Veterans Day Ceremony, Wednesday, November 11
Date and Time: November 11 from 10:15am to 12:30pm
Location: 44 East Wacker, River Level at Vietnam Memorial
RAM Racing Series Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K
Date and Time: Sunday, November 8th, start at 7 a.m.
Location: Start and end in Grant Park,
for an interactive course map.
Street Closure: Click here for detailed street closure listing and alternative access routes. Please note that road closures in Grant Park will begin Saturday night at 5pm with all other closures starting early Sunday Morning around 6am. On Sunday morning, all roads will reopen by 11am.
Fall 2015 Bridge Lift Schedule
The City of Chicago has begun lifting the movable bridges over the Chicago River to allow for recreational boat traffic to make the annual trip from Lake Michigan over the next three months to their winter storage.
During these "boat runs," the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession from the Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch to Lake Shore Drive.
The remaining bridge lifts are scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at 9am and Saturday, November 14 at 9am.
Film Notice: 300 W. Lake
Date and Time: Sunday, November 8 from 6am to 8pm
Traffic Impact: No Parking/Tow Zone Signs will be in effect on both sides of Lake from Canal to Wacker
Film Notice: 353 N. Clark
Date and Time: Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10
Traffic Impact: Multiple no parking/two zone signs will be in effect on the streets surrounding the filming location. Please click here to download the neighborhood notification for the list of streets impacted.
Film Notice: 247 E. Ontario
Date and Time: Monday, November 9 - Wednesday, November 11
Traffic Impact: No Parking/Tow Zone Signs will be in effect at the following locations:
- Monday, November 9, 6am-5pm along the South side of Ontario, Fairbanks to St. Clair
- Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 1am through Wednesday, November 11 at 3am
- North sides of Ontario, from Fairbanks to St. Clair
- West Side of Fairbanks, from Erie to Ohio
- North side of Ohio, Fairbanks to St. Clair
Water Main Project: Van Buren St. & Wabash Ave.
Date and Time: Now through December 2015
Work Hours are 7:00am to 4:00pm.
Locations: E. Van Buren Street, from S. State Street to S. Wabash Avenue and S. Wabash Avenue, from E. Van Buren Street to E. Congress Parkway
Traffic Impact: Traffic will be allowed to flow on E. Van Buren and S. Wabash Avenue outside of working hours. During working hours the street will be closed. No Parking signs will be posted as needed.
Lane Closures for Navy Pier Flyover
Now through November 11, the southernmost lane of Illinois Street, near the intersection of Illinois and lower Lake Shore Drive will be closed for the installation of a shoring tower, reducing Illinois down to two lanes. There will be intermittent nighttime full closures for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 10:00pm to 6:00am
Traffic Impacts for 167 W. Erie Development
Now through project completion, there will be a single lane closure on Ontario between LaSalle and Wells beginning mid-block. There will also be sidewalk and single lane closures on Erie, between LaSalle and Wells, and Wells, between Erie and Ontario. Fencing and traffic barricades have been set up for safety.
Building demolition will begin on November 16 and will take approximately two weeks. Noise from demolition will not be excessive and no additional street closures will be required for this work.
People's Gas Repaving in the 42nd ward
Repaving work is wrapping up on Dearborn from Madison to Wacker this weekend.
Lake, from LaSalle to Wabash will be resurfaced during overnight hours, for the next two weeks.
Traffic Impact: please pay attention to posted signage and follow direction of road crew.
Chicago Department of Water Management Sewer Work at 320-330 W. Ontario
Date and Time: Now through November 13 from 8am-3pm
Crews are will be installing the liners, backfilling the excavation and placing a concrete base to grade.
Traffic Impact: Some delays as crews work to install liners, back fill excavation and place a concrete base prior to pavement. Please follow directions of road crews.
Chicago Department of Water Management Sewer Point Weekend Work at 320-330 W. Ontario
Date and Time: Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 only from 7am to 4pm
Traffic Impact: Some delays as crews finish sewer point work during the weekend. Please follow directions of road crews.
Department of Water Management Water Main Replacement on Randolph between Wells and Franklin
Date and Time: Now through November 25/26, 2015
The Department of Water Management is currently replacing a water main that was installed back in 1911. The work is expected to be completely by November 26, 2015. Lanes reduced to 1.5-2 traffic lanes during the work.
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago at the Thompson Center March
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 10 from 5:45-6:30
Assembly Area: Thompson Center
Proposed Route: Beginning at Thompson Center, North on LaSalle, East on Kinzie, South on Clark to Randolph
Public Assembly: Protest for Growing Intolerance of Minority Indians
Date and Time: November 13 from 1pm-3pm
Assembly Area: Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn
Chicago Riverwalk Construction
Phase 3 of the Riverwalk is underway. Access to the Riverwalk between LaSalle and Lake Street will be closed to the public.
- Both leaves of the Wells Street Bridge will be raised and locked on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 2am and will reopen Monday, November 16 at 4am.
- During that weekend, the west bound curb lane of Lower Wacker Drive between La Salle Street and State Street will have daily temporary closures between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Additionally, the west bound curb lane of Upper Wacker Drive between La Salle Street and State Street may have daily temporary closures between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
- Installation of drilled shafts between Wells and Franklin will continue through early November.
- In the coming weeks, the contractors will be exacting and forming concrete foundations from LaSalle to Wells Street.
- Some demolition work will continue as well as installation of sewer lines and backfilling behind the new steel sheet pile wall.
This project is anticipated to be completed in late fall of 2016.
Public Way Closures:
- The west bound curb lane of Lower Wacker Drive between State Street and LaSalle Street will have daily temporary closures between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
- The west bound curb lane of Upper Wacker Drive between State Street and LaSalle Street may have daily temporary closures between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM until late fall 2016.
Lane Closures for Chicago Loop Link
Date and Time:
Now until further notice. Substantial project completion anticipated by end of 2015
Washington Street from Wacker to Wabash
Madison Street from Michigan to Wacker
Streets under construction are reduced to two lanes during weekday business hours. Two lanes will remain open for traffic. Additional lane closures may be needed overnight and on weekends. Expect delays in areas where lanes are reduced. No detours are planned and all garages and alleys will remain accessible. Allow extra time when traveling through the construction zone and consider using alternate routes through the Loop.
Please pay attention to all curb usage signs. It is important to stay clear of bus stops and no parking areas as resurfacing operations continue on Washington, Madison, Clinton, and Canal. The work at the new Union Station Transit Center continues with lane closures on Jackson, Clinton, and Canal.
Street Closure for Washington / Wabash El Station
Date and Time: From March 9, 2015 for approximately 18 months
Location and Traffic Impact: Wabash between Washington and Madison Street will be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate construction of the Washington/Wabash Elevated CTA Station. All business frontage and sidewalk will remain accessible. Valet and delivery drop-off zones remain open on Madison and Wabash.
42nd Ward Construction Updates
To read the most recent construction updates for current development projects in the 42nd Ward, please visit the "
" page on Alderman Reilly's
|Your 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.
Beats 1821, 1822 and 1823 (combined)
will be meeting this week on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30pm at 1160 N. Larrabee Street.
Beats 121, 122, 123 and 124 (20 Sector Residential)
will be meeting this week on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00pm at 525 S. State University Center
Beats 111, 112, 113 and 114 (10 Sector Residential)
will be meeting this week on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm at 130 N. Garland Court.
If you would like further information regarding upcoming
meetings, please call your Police District's
1st District: 312-745-4381
12th District: 312-746-8306
18th District: 312-742-5778
To find your district and beat, please
|42nd 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 Alderman Reilly's "virtual office" at
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Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly
325 W. Huron St., Ste. 510
(312) 642-0420 (fax)
Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 300
|In this week's Reilly Reports