September 22, 2023

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Alderman Reilly Expresses Concerns About Tipped Workers Ordinance at Committee on Workforce Development

On Wednesday, September 20, Alderman Reilly attended the Committee on Workforce Development’s Committee Hearing for the "One Fair Wage" Ordinance (O2023-0002995). Right now tipped workers are paid 60 percent of Chicago's minimum wage, $9-9.48 per hour. But under this proposal, their pay would go up by eight percent every year, beginning July 1, 2024, until it hits 100 percent of non-tipped minimum wage ($15.80) in 2028.

At the Committee Hearing, the Alderman expressed his opposition to the ordinance due to unattended consequences, such as placing additional burdens on the City’s struggling hospitality industry and inadvertently decreasing the amount of money tipped workers make. Please click here to listen to the Alderman’s comments (skip to 1:14:45).

The committee voted 9-3 in favor of the ordinance. It will now move to the full City Council on October 4.

Ohio Place Dog Park Improvements

Based on constituent feedback, Alderman Reilly used the Aldermanic Menu to fund improvements at the Ohio Place Dog Park. 

Starting the week of September 25, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin repairs to the irrigation system and install sod to cover dirt patches. Residents can expect to see heavy equipment in the park. 

CDOT will cordon off sodded areas with mesh fencing to prevent dogs/residents from damaging it. Please be a good neighbor and keep your pets off the sod until fencing is removed

This round of improvements is expected to take three weeks to complete. 

Stay tuned to Reilly Reports for updates on future improvements to the Ohio Place Dog Park.

42nd Ward Flu/Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic

On Wednesday, October 4, from 10am to 2pm, Alderman Reilly is hosting a Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Chicago Temple located at 77 West Washington Street. 


Updated COVID-19 booster shots will be available at the Vaccination Clinic. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Please click here to pre-register.  


See you at the Vaccination Clinic!

Lake Shore Drive Project - September 25 to Summer 2024

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced today that CDOT will be working on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and Viaduct Network from September 25th through summer 2024 between Monroe St. to Ontario Ave. This work will include removing and replacing link plates, stainless steel pins and Teflon bushings and expansion joint rehabilitation.  

Upper Level Lake Shore Drive will have one permanent lane closure in each direction and an additional lane closure during off peak hours. Starting on 10/2/23.

Intermediate Level Lake Shore Drive will have two permanent lane closures in each direction. Starting on 9/25/24.

Michigan Avenue Expansion Joint Repairs

CDOT will be repairing expansion joints on Michigan Ave at the intersection with Wacker Drive as well as just north of the Chicago River.

Scope of Work:

The project consists of performing the following repairs: replacing expansion joint glands at 6 joints just north of the river and replacing the expansion joint system for the joint at the south end of the Michigan and Wacker intersection.

Construction Schedule:

10:00pm - 6:00am Monday to Friday, September 18th - October 6th 2023.

Traffic Impact During Construction:

  • A one-lane rolling closure will be in place each night during construction hours and will be put out and picked up each day.
  • Both sidewalks will remain open to traffic at all times.

Randolph Street Viaduct Project Update

The Randolph Street viaduct construction is wrapping up. All concrete pours are complete, site cleanup is ongoing and shielding is being removed on the lower level. The roadway is scheduled to be repaved early next week, and expansion joints will be installed in the roadway. The contractor should be off site by Friday, 9/22 weather permitting.

Chicago Department of Transportation crews will be replacing the light poles and reinstalling concrete planters on the sidewalk in the coming weeks as well. Their work may coincide with the end of the contractor's work, or come immediately after.

Chicago Marathon

The 45th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is on Sunday, October 8, 2023. This year, there are more than 47,000 participants from all 50 Wards and around the world. 

Towing and Street Closures:

  • No parking is allowed on the marathon course. Towing of vehicles on the course will begin at 1:00am on Sunday, October 8, 2023.
  • The Chicago Marathon will involve extensive street closures on Sunday, October 8, 2023. Streets in your neighborhood may be closed to traffic starting at 7:00 a.m. and continuing to 4:00 p.m.

Please click here for more information about the marathon, including a list of all the street closures.

Abbott Chicago 5K

Along with the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8, Bank of America is hosting the Abbott Chicago 5K on Saturday, October 7, 2023, and more than 10,000 participants will experience the excitement of race weekend in the Loop and downtown area.

Please click here for more information about the race and a list of street closures.

CAPS Meetings

18th District: (312-742-5778 / [email protected])

  • There are no CAPS meetings scheduled for this district for the remainder of the month.

1st District: (312-745-4381 / [email protected])

  • There are no CAPS meetings scheduled for this district for the remainder of the month.

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects


Flyover Chicago

Flyover Chicago is using a drone to film the Chicago Riverwalk for a tourism commercial. They will be filming on Saturday, September 23 at 11pm to Sunday, September 24 at 7am. There is no noise associated with the filming. 

During the filming, there will be pedestrian/vehicular ITC at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Michigan from Hubbard to Wacker Place
  • Both sides Wacker from Michigan to Clark 
  • Both sides of Clark from Kinzie to Wacker  
  • Both sides of Dearborn  from Kinzie to Wacker
  • Both sides of State from Kinzie to Wacker
  • Both sides of Wabash  from Kinzie to Wacker
  • Both sides of Michigan from Illinois to Wacker  Pl
  • Both Sides of Hubbard from Wabash to Michigan 

Helicopter Lift 21 E Chestnut

Midwest Helicopter was hired to lift five HVAC units onto the roof of 21 E Chestnut on Saturday, September 30 from 9am to 11am. During the lift, the following streets will be closed:

  • Wabash, from Delaware to Pearson
  • Rush, from Pearson to Walton
  • Chestnut, from State to Ernst Court
  • Delaware, from State to Ernst Court

Canal Street Viaduct Project:

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is performing viaduct repairs on Canal Street, between Jackson and Adams.

Vehicle access is prohibited to this stretch of Canal Street throughout the project. Since the viaduct is over Metra/Amtrack train tracks, this project is required to be conducted during the overnight hours.

The project is expected to be completed by early 2025.

Holden Alley Vault Project

The Joffrey Tower Condominium Association is conducting a vaulted alley project on Holden Alley, between East Randolph Street and East Benton Place. During the project, this section of Holden Alley closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

The project is expected to be completed at the end of September.

PGL River North Project

Peoples Gas plans to begin a gas main project in River North. PGL will be working at the following locations:

  • Franklin, from Huron to Chicago
  • Superior, from Wells to Orleans
  • Chicago, from Orleans to LaSalle

The project will be completed at the end of 2023.

15 E Oak Street: Facade Project:

Early this week, a facade project began at 15 E Oak Street. Throughout the project, the sidewalk on the south side of Oak, from State to Rush will be closed. A protected pedestrian walkway will be in-place in the curb lane.

The project is expected to be completed October 2023.

120 E Oak Street Facade Project

Summit Design + Build will begin a facade project at 120 E Oak Street on Tuesday, May 30. Works hours will be Monday thru Saturday, from 8am-5pm.  

Throughout the project, the sidewalk adjacent to the building will be closed. It will be covered by construction fencing. Pedestrians will be pushed to a protected pedestrian path in the curb lane.

Deliveries will occur between before 9am and debris will be removed between 8am-9am. There will be a gate at the east end of the fencing for deliveries and debris removal.

The project will be completed in early November.

Peoples Gas Project: Clark and Adams

PGL began work on Clark (Monroe to Jackson) and Adams (LaSalle to Clark) earlier this month. There will be temporary lane closures on Clark and Adams during permit hours but traffic will be maintained at all times

Work days/hours are Monday-Saturday, from 8am-5pm. This project is expected to be completed in October 2023.

Murphy Auditorium Renovation

Driehaus Museum purchased the Murphy Auditorium at 50 E Erie and plans to begin renovations in June. Work hours are Monday-Friday, from 8-4pm. They plan to complete the following interior alterations:

  • Offices are going to be renovated
  • Stage has sunken – leveled out; fix accessibility issue
  • New elevator to go all the way to the top floor

Throughout the project, the following will be in-place:

  • Pedestrian canopy over the sidewalk in front of 50 E Erie
  • 100' of curb lane will be closed in front of 50 E Erie for material deliveries and small crane

They will need to use a small crane periodically throughout the project to lift materials onto the roof that can't fit through the doorway. Driehaus will notify us in advance of installation of a small crane. 

431 N Dearborn Façade Project

Crane construction began a façade project at 431 N Dearborn this week. Throughout the project, the sidewalks adjacent to the building on Dearborn and Hubbard will be closed. Pedestrians are directed to walk in projected pedestrian walkways in the curb lanes.

The project is expected to be completed in October 2023 (weather dependent).

151 N Michigan:

Power Construction installed a tower crane on Beaubien Court for the project at 151 N Michigan Avenue. While the crane is in place, Beaubien Court, from a point 23' north of Randolph Street, to a point 100' north thereof will be closed to vehicular traffic. The crane will be in-place for 8-10 weeks.

The following will be closed throughout the duration of the project:

  • Sidewalk on the north side of Randolph, from Beaubien Court to Michigan Avenue
  • Sidewalk on the east side of Michigan, from Randolph, to a point 100' north thereof
  • Beaubien Court, from Randolph to a point 100' north thereof

Pedestrians will be directed to use projected walkways that are placed in the curb lanes on Randolph and Michigan. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2023.

Temporary Bus Stop Elimination

Until March 2024, the westbound bus stop at Grand and St. Clair will be temporarily removed.

  • Stop ID Number: 761
  • Route Stopping: #29 – State, #65 – Grand, #120 – Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, #121 – Union/Streeterville Express

Randolph Street Viaduct Repair

CDOT will be performing repairs at Randolph Street Viaduct (East bound lanes only) between Columbus Dr. and Field Blvd.


Scope of Work:

Concrete deck repairs, street paving.

Construction Schedule:

7:00 am - 6:00pm Monday to Saturday, April 10th  - September 30th 2023.

No demolition or other excessive noise creating activity will begin until after 8:00am.


Traffic Impact during Construction:


  • The Randolph Street Viaduct east bound lanes will have one lane open to traffic at all times and one lane closed for construction at both the upper and intermediate levels between Columbus Dr. and Field Blvd. At least one sidewalk will remain open to pedestrian traffic.
  • All parking on east bound Randolph St. will be removed between Columbus Dr. and Field Blvd.
  • West bound lanes will be open at all times during construction with the exception of single night closures (Dates are TBD and updates will be provided).
  • Access to Millenium Parking Garage and Maggie Daley Park will be limited to entrances at the Columbus Dr./Randolph St. Intersection and Field Blvd./Randolph St. Intersection. Elevator/ADA access to the garage will be maintained.

State & Lake Utility Relocations

Utility companies began relocating utilities in advance of the State and Lake CTA project. Train services will not be disrupted during utility relocations. 


At least 1 lane of traffic will remain open (1 lane each direction on State St) at all times, but other driving and parking lanes may be closed. 

Construction equipment and materials will be stored on the street, including during time periods between active work. Work will primarily occur 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays, but there will be limited work during nights. Utility companies are aware of and required to abide by the Chicago noise ordinance, which limits noisy work during overnight hours.

150 E Ontario Construction

W.E. O'Neil began construction of a 23-story building at 150 East Ontario Street. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm (8pm during caisson pours). Some weekend work will occur.  

Throughout the project, the following will be closed:

  • 150' of sidewalk in front of 150 East Ontario
  • 150' of curb lane in front of 150 East Ontario 

Pedestrians will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of the street at Ontario/Michigan and Ontario/St. Clair. The entire project is expected to take 23 months to complete. 

311 W Huron Project

In June, ARCO Murray began construction of a new building at 311 W. Huron Street. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm (8pm during caisson pours). Throughout the project, the following City right-of-way will be occupied:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the south side of Huron, from Franklin west to the end of 311 W Huron's property line - approximately 150'. The sidewalk will be used to store their concrete pump, dumpster, and hoist dock. Trucks will back into the site at this location too. Jersey barriers will be placed in the curb lane to create a protected pedestrian path.
  • 3' of the sidewalk on the west side of Franklin, from Huron to the first alley south thereof. This leaves 6' of clearance. They will need to push the fence out a few feet during excavation.
  • 150' of the east/west alley bounded by Huron, Franklin, Erie, and Orleans will be closed. The closure is from Franklin to a point 150' west thereof. 

The project is expected to be completed in September 2023 (weather dependent). 

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

LG Construction continues work on 751 N. Hudson Avenue and 451 W. Chicago Avenue, which are adjacent parcels. Work hours will be 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.


Throughout the project, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane/traffic lane of the east side of Hudson, from Chicago to the first alley south thereof
  • Sidewalk/curb lane/traffic lane on the west side of Sedgwick, from Chicago to the first alley south thereof
  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the south side of Chicago, from Hudson to Sedgwick

There will be a protected pedestrian walkway in the curb lane on the south side of Chicago Avenue, from Hudson Avenue to Sedgwick Street.

This project is expected to be completed mid-September 2023 (weather dependent). 

Street Sweeping

During street sweeping season (April 1 to mid-November) the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation uses mechanical street sweepers to remove debris and litter from streets, weather permitting. Throughout the season, DSS deploys mechanical street sweepers at regularly scheduled times to clear debris from Chicago streets. Starting this week, dozens of street sweepers have begun clearing the debris and leaves that have accumulated during winter months on both residential and arterial streets. 

On weekdays, from 9am to 2pm, this Sweeper Tracker map will show real-time locations of city street sweepers. For more information, please review the 42nd Ward Map and street sweeping schedule. Residents can also call 311 to find the dates and locations of street sweeping in their area.

Please check for the bright orange signs announcing temporary parking restrictions. These signs are posted two days prior to scheduled street sweeping events. Some streets also have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.

Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) began rehabilitation of the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94), from the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94) junction to West Ohio Street

The project consists of rehabilitating 36 bridge structures and the Reversible Lane Access Control (REVLAC) system, replacing overhead sign-structures, installing new signage and modernized LED lights, pavement patching and structural painting. Additionally, Hubbard’s Cave, from Grand Avenue to Wayman Street, will be painted and new LED lighting installed.

This project will take place over three consecutive construction seasons and consist of three stages. The following will occur during stage one:

Stage I - Inbound Kennedy

To help minimize the impact to traffic the reversible express lanes will remain open in the inbound direction, while two mainline inbound lanes will be closed at a time. Motorists should expect lane shifts and overnight lane closures and various ramp closures. Later this summer, painting and installation of new LED lighting will begin on inbound Hubbard's Cave, between Ohio and Lake streets. Construction is anticipated to be completed later this fall, with all lanes and ramps reopening and the express lanes resuming normal operations.

Please click here to learn more about the Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation, and stay tuned to Reilly Reports for future updates.