April 9, 2021
Alderman Reilly Reports
Alderman Reilly’s Community Shred Day Is Tomorrow!
Alderman Reilly is hosting a Community Shred Day is tomorrow, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ohio Place Dog Park, located at 360 West Ohio Street. 
Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information – such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications and outdated medical records – to be safely shredded. Please remember to remove all paper clips, staples, and other bindings. Households are limited to two boxes and shredding materials will be accepted until the shred trucks are full.  

A representative from Alderman Reilly’s Office will be present to address concerns or questions regarding city-related matters. We look forward to seeing you at the Community Shred Day! 
Important Announcements and Updates
Community Meeting Summary for Development Proposal at 150 E. Ontario Street
This week, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) and RIU Chicago, LLC (the Developer) hosted a Virtual Community Meeting for a proposal at 150 East Ontario Street. Thank you to all who were able to attend. 
The proposed project is for the development of a 29-story hotel building 345’ in height containing 388 hotel rooms. The building is designed by Lucien LaGrange Studio and will be known as the RIU Plaza Hotel.  

If you were not able to attend the virtual presentation, please click on the following links to download the slideshow presentation and traffic study.

As you know, Alderman Reilly works hard to provide an open and transparent community review of all local development proposals. Please send feedback to [email protected].
State of Illinois Expands Vaccination Eligibility to All Residents 16 and Older on April 12
The COVID-19 vaccine is a critical tool to safely reach the other side of this pandemic. Through efficient and effective distribution of the vaccine, we can suppress the spread of the virus, save as many lives as possible, and rebuild our economy.  
As the State moves through phases of vaccine distribution, the Governor’s administration will ensure it reaches Illinoisans as quickly as possible using an equity-centric approach as it has done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving forward, it is critical that Illinoisans continue to follow public health recommendations to suppress the spread of the virus until vaccines are ready for widespread distribution. 

Starting Monday, April 12 all Illinoisians ages 16 and older will be eligible, including Chicago residents. Chicagoans under the expanded eligibility will need to travel outside of the City for an appointment until the City’s eligibility opens up. While we know everyone does not have the resources to travel, for those who do, please consider these alternative options. 

150,000 first dose appointments will be available at state-supported sites in Cook and collar counties starting next week. For more information about vaccination locations, please click here.  

Additionally, anyone age 16+ from Chicago can be vaccinated in Indiana, regardless of residence, following a recent change in eligibility in Indiana. To register in Indiana, go to the Indiana Department of Public Health website or call 866-211-9966 if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance. 
Alderman Reilly Celebrates the New BMO Tower Topping Off
(images courtesy of Riverside)

Yesterday, Alderman Reilly joined Riverside Investment and Development Co. CEO John O’Donnell, BMO Harris U.S. CEO David Casper, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to celebrate the topping off of the new BMO Tower.

Approved in 2018, this tower was part of a larger proposal that also plans to renovate Union Station and create a new 62,000 square foot park. Alderman Reilly looks forward to BMO Tower officially opening in 2022!  
Riverwalk Concessions Are Now Open!
The City is reopening its ever-popular Chicago Riverwalk for the use of residents and visitors. Starting today, the City will begin a phased-in approach to vendor reopening, allowing for full service by the end of May. In accordance with guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), social distancing and face covering measures will be required at all vendors as they return to the Riverwalk.  
Vendors in the concession program will start operating in phases with Island Party Hut, Beat Kitchen on the River and City Winery reopening on April 9. In the subsequent weeks, the following vendors will reopen on a weekly/bi-weekly basis:  

  • Northman Beer & Cider Garden  
  • Chicago Brewhouse  
  • Tiny Tapp & Café  
  • Mercury Cruise Lines & Chicago’s First Lady Cruises  
  • Downtown Docks  
  • Chicago Electric Boats  
  • Chicago Cycleboats  
  • Sweet Home Gelato  
  • O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café  
  • Urban Kayaks  

Following current CDPH guidelines, patrons must be six feet apart, groups will be limited to 10 people, patrons must remain seated, face coverings are required except for when actively eating or drinking and employees must wear face coverings at all times. Reservations are not required, but strongly recommended because of the limited seating.  

The Chicago Riverwalk provides a 1.25-mile continuous path along the Main Branch of the Chicago River from Lake Street to the Lakefront. The path is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day. To view the full reopening schedule and list of participating vendors, please visit www.chicagoriverwalk.us
Street Sweeping Has Begun!
The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) has resumed their seasonal street sweeping schedule, as of April 1 and lasts through mid-November. DSS' fleet of street sweepers help to keep streets clean and prevent dirt and debris from entering the sewer system - ultimately allowing for better drainage during a rain storm.
Residents are asked to be mindful of all temporary and permanent street sweeping parking restriction signage. To ensure curb-to-curb street cleaning, bright orange temporary parking restrictions (shown right) are posted two days before sweeping service is scheduled to begin on any street. Some streets have permanent signage that specifies a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.
Please take care to read all posted parking restriction signs and be aware that street cleaning signs take precedence over other posted signs on the street. Vehicles that violate street-sweeping restrictions will be issued a citation and possible tow. On street cleaning days, the streets should be kept clear of vehicles from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
OEMC Reminds Residents April is National 9-1-1 Education Month
The National 9-1-1 Education Month program encourages everyone to learn how callers can help 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers provide the appropriate resources to Chicagoans and visitors in emergency situations.  

Often callers are in distress, which may cause frustration with the information-gathering being done by 9-1-1 personnel. It’s important to know before an urgent situation occurs how to provide the important information need to save lives.  

Tips for Calling 9-1-1  

Sign up for SMART911 at www.SMART911.com or via the mobile app: Why is this helpful?  
  • Save Time - Smart911 is a free, voluntary and secure service that allows individuals and families to provide personal, medical, or situational information when they call 9-1-1 to help first responders rapidly assist in the case of an emergency. The Smart911 profile you create is displayed to the call taker when you call 9-1-1 from the registered phone number.  
  • Help with Location - Because most 9-1-1 calls are made from cell phones today and by providing home address in the profile, the call taker can possibly better verify the location of the incident when time is of the essence.  
  • Prepare First Responder - In COVID-19 times, by including vaccination data and other household information, the first responders can know vital information prior to arrival.  
  • Get Resources Needed - Medical details and conditions such as allergies, medicines, mental health situations and autism can be provided which can help to get the resources needed. Residents can also sign up for a safety profile in ANY language and indicate that they or someone in the household has difficulty communicating in English. 9-1-1 will know to connect them with an interpreter ASAP in an emergency.  
  • Save Your Pet - Do you share your home with pets? This information can assist firefighters in their search to bring everyone, including your pets, to safety.  

Know your location: Did you know that cell phones do not give exact locations?  
  • Cell phones ping off the nearest cell tower from where you are calling from and that’s why it’s important to provide call-takers with your exact location.   
  • It’s helpful to give landmarks, such as buildings, parks or cross streets, etc. to identify where you are since the call taker may not automatically know your location.  

Call first, then Text: Although an initial text to 9-1-1 is not yet available in Chicago, the 9-1-1 system can receive voice communications and then enter text conversation BUT only when your call is answered by a call taker first.   

Try to stay calm, listen carefully: Do your best to remain calm, give as much information as you can and follow all instructions. In an emergency, seconds matter, so being knowledgeable and prepared can make all the difference. Knowing what to expect when you call 9-1-1 can help reduce fear and feelings of helplessness in an emergency. 

Know how to give information: Give detailed description of situation/offenders, etc. including sex, age, height, weight, clothing, tattoos, scars/marks, hair, face, or complexion. Describe vehicles such as make, color, plate number or direction of escape.  

Teach kids about 9-1-1: Educate children about calling 9-1-1 including: listening to instructions, knowing their address and floor/apartment number, any medical conditions of those in the home, and understanding that they should not hang up until the call taker tells them. Also, teach kids about the seriousness of prank calling 9-1-1.   

Did you know?  

  • Any person reporting a crime – who is not a victim - may inform the call-taker that he/she wishes to remain anonymous. 
  • You can send a follow-up picture to 9-1-1 from your cell phone AFTER you call 9-1-1 for an emergency.  
  • Call 3-1-1 to report a situation that does not pose an immediate threat to life, bodily injury or major property damage or loss, to file a police report, report a situation that does not require an immediate police response including pick-pocketing, auto theft, etc. or to report other offenses when the suspect is no longer at the scene.  
  • If 9-1-1 is accidentally called, it’s important to stay on the line and tell the call taker that you do not have an emergency. Call takers will typically call back a number that is a hang-up, so let them know it was a non-intentional call.  
  • A wireless phone with no active service can still call 9-1-1 so don’t give old phones to children as toys.  

For additional information, visit OEMC’s website to learn more. 
Wear A Mask! Protect Yourself and Others
Earlier this week the CDC published updated guidance on mask usage. Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has. 
Choose a mask with a nose wire  

  • A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask. 
  • Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask. 
  • Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face. 
Use a mask fitter or brace  

  • Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask. 
  • A mask should fit snugly against the sides of your face and not have gaps.
Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin  

  • Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask. 
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
  • If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath
Add layers of material  

  • Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric. 
  • Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask (the second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face). 
Combine two disposable masks  

  • Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit. 
Combine a KN95 mask with any other mask 

  • Only use one KN95 mask at a time.
  • KN95 masks are a type of filtering facepiece respirator that are commonly made in China and similar to N95 masks commonly used in the United States.  
  • BE AWARE: About 60% of KN95 masks in the United States are counterfeit (fake) and DO NOT meet NIOSH requirements.
Finally, the CDC recommends you do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.

As a reminder during these cold winter months, scarves, ski masks, etc. are not substitutes for masks. More information about mask guidance can be found on the CDC's website.
Police Alerts and Community Notices
Upcoming Events
CTO Virtual Money Smart Week
April 12-17, 2021
Join the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) for Money Smart Week to be held April 12-17, 2021. Money Smart Week will be a free all-virtual experience providing financial literacy programming for all ages. 

The CTO aims to help communities better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information about the programming please visit the City Treasurer's Money Smart Week website.
Alderman Reilly and Commissioner Degnen to Host Electronics Recycling Event
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Alderman Reilly and Commissioner Degnen are hosting an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at 360 East North Water Street (North side of North Water Street, between New Street and McClurg Court). Acceptable electronics include:

  • cables and computers
  • DVD and VCR players
  • microwaves and small appliances
  • TV's and satellite dishes
  • printers and fax machines

Representatives from Alderman Reilly and Commissioner Degnen’s Offices will be present to address concerns or questions regarding city or county related matters.

We look forward to seeing you at the Electronics Recycling Event!
Chicago Citywide Clean & Green
Saturday, April 24, 2021
On Saturday, April 24, you and your neighbors can make an immediate difference in your community by volunteering for Chicago's citywide Clean & Green Day of Service.

Clean & Green is a great opportunity for residents, school groups and community organizations to team up and beautify areas in their neighborhood. The City will provide brooms, rakes, shovels, and bags needed for the clean-up projects.

Please practice physical distancing and wear face coverings in compliance with CDC guidelines. To register, please call 3-1-1 or visit CHI 311 by April 19, 2021.
Garfield Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Saturation
Now through Sunday, May 9
Recently ranked the number one garden in North America by Yelp, the Garfield Park Conservatory is now open again for visitors! The Garfield Park Conservatory’s 2021 Spring Flower Show “Saturation” will be on display Saturday, February 27 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9.
This year’s show will immerse visitors in virtually the entire spectrum in the rainbow. Instead of typical garden design which incorporates different colors scattered throughout the landscape, Saturation concentrates groups of blooming flowers so that visitors will be able to see and understand the wide range of hues and tints within each color and enjoy their vivid, rich and intense nuances. 

For more information, please click here.
Free Museum Days This April!
Residents of Chicago's 42nd Ward are lucky enough to live near several of Chicago's award-winning and world-renowned museums. Go and visit familiar favorites or explore new Chicago institutions on free museum days! 

For most of the museums listed below, you must be an Illinois resident and show proof of residency to take advantage of free admission days
(image courtesy of Lucy Hewett, The Field Museum)
The Field Museum will be offering free basic admission, plus discounted passes to explore a ticketed exhibition or enjoy a 3D movie, for Illinois residents on the following 2021 dates:
  • April 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29
Illinois residents can redeem free admission by reserving their tickets online, then providing proof of residency at the museum.
(image courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry)
Admission at the Museum of Science and Industry is free for Illinois residents on the following dates:
  • April 14
The Museum of Science and Industry is always free for United States military active-duty personnel and veterans, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (Pre-K through 12th grade).
Art Institute Chicago admission is always free for Chicago teens under the age of 18, all children under age 14, Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators.

The public can enjoy the following public museum areas free of charge:

  • The Ryan Learning Center in the Modern Wing
  • The North and South Gardens (accessible from Michigan Avenue)
  • The Nichols Bridgeway connecting the museum to Millennium Park
  • The Bluhm Family Terrace on the 3rd floor of the west pavilion of the Modern Wing
The Museum of Contemporary Art is always free for visitors under age 18, visitors with disabilities and their caregivers receive free admission, members of the military and police and fire departments and veterans, and Illinois elementary and high school teachers.

  • Illinois residents receive free admission every Tuesday

Advance registration is required. Please reserve your admission ticket online prior to visiting.
Live from the Library!
Weekdays at 10:00am
Watch story times with Chicagoans you know and love at Live from the Library! See a new reader at 10 a.m. every weekday, or browse past story times on Facebook Live. Guest readers include Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and Jeff Tweedy, as well as Chicago Public Library (CPL) children's librarians.

Individuals can watch past and live videos each weekday on CPL's Facebook page.
42nd Ward 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.

Attention Residents: New in 2021, each beat will be hosting its own meeting, departing from the sector model. They will also be virtual (via Zoom) until further notice.

The 1st District will be hosting the following Zoom meetings this month, please email [email protected] to register.
Beat 122 - April 12 at 6:00pm

Please make sure to confirm the details for upcoming meetings with your Police District's CAPS office. 

1st District: 312-745-4290
12th District: 312-746-8396
18th District: 312-742-5870

To find your district and beat, please click here.
42nd Ward Street Closures and Construction Notices
Tower Crane Jump: 300 N Michigan

On Friday, April 9 to Sunday, April 11, there will be crane jump at 300 North Michigan Avenue. During the jump, the following will be closed:

  • curb lane/sidewalk on the west side of Michigan, from a point 90' north of Wacker Place to a point 50' north thereof

There will be barricades, detour signs, and traffic control in-place throughout the lift.  

Helicopter Lift: 111 East Chestnut

On Saturday, April 10, from 9am-11am, there will be a helicopter lift at 111 East Chestnut Street. During the lift, the following will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic:

  • Michigan, from Delaware to Chicago
  • Pearson, from Rush to Mies Van Der Rohe 
  • Chestnut, from Rush to Mies Van Der Rohe

There will be barricades, detour signs, and police officers on-site through the lift. 

IJKL Facade Panel Installation

On Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, Lendlease will be installing facade panels for Cascade Park. During the installation, there will be intermittent traffic closures of Lower Harbor Service Drive. 

There will be flaggers on-site throughout the panel installation to assist motorists and pedestrians.  

Bridge Testing in the Loop 
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will continue to test and repair bridges in anticipation of the Spring Boat Run. A full schedule and detour routes can be found below.

Wells Street Bridge: Sunday, April 11, from 12am to 5am
  • Detour Southbound Traffic: Wells, Kinzie, LaSalle, Wacker, Wells

Lake Shore Drive Bridge: April 12, from 9:30am to 2:30pm
  • Detour Northbound Traffic: Monroe to Columbus to Grand and back to Lake Shore Drive. 
  • Detour Southbound Traffic: exit Lake Shore Drive at Grand, go to Columbus and reenter Lake Shore Drive at Monroe.  

Wabash Avenue Bridge: April 13 and 15, from 9:30am to 2:30pm
  • Detour Northbound Traffic: Wabash, Wacker, State, Ohio, Wabash
  • Detour Southbound Traffic: Wabash, Grand, State, Wacker, Wabash 

Temporary CTA Bus Stop Elimination

The following bus stop change will take effect on Monday, April 12, at 9am:

  • Michigan at Superior (southbound, nearside)—Temporary bus stop elimination (Stop ID Number: 14488)
  • Route Stopping: #3 – King Drive, #10 – Museum of S & I, #26 – South Shore Express, #125 – Water Tower Express, #143 –Stockton/Michigan Express, #146 – Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 – Outer Drive Express, #148 – Clarendon/Michigan Express, #151 – Sheridan
Regular service is expected to return on Friday, April 30. 

Film Notices in River North
Chicago Med Filming
On Thursday, April 22, from 5pm to 9pm, Chicago Med will be filming a scene on the Kinzie Street Bridge. During the filming, Kinze Street, between North Canal and North Kingsbury will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists will be detoured to the Grand Avenue and Lake Street Bridges. 
Power Force Production
On Tuesday, April 13, Power Force Productions will be filming a scene for an upcoming TV show at 226 West Superior Street. This scene does not include special effects or any loud noises. 
In order to park essential vehicles, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:
  • Both sides of Franklin, from Chicago to Erie (April 12, at 10pm to April 13, at 11pm)
  • Both sides of Superior, from Franklin to Wells (April 12, at 10pm to April 13, at 11pm)
  • Both sides of Wells, from Huron to Superior (April 12, at 10pm to April 13, at 11pm)
Additionally, there will be intermittent traffic closures on Tuesday, April 13, from 9am-2pm, at the following locations:
  • Superior, from Franklin to Wells
  • Wells, from Huron to Superior 
If you have any questions or concerns, pleaser call Brady Breen (Location Manager) at 773-277-8806 or Antonio Arcely (On-site Coordinator) at 773-277-8728.

Crane Lift: 20 South Clark Street

On Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 18 there will be a crane lift at 20 South Clark Street. Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. During the lift, South Clark Street, between West Monroe Street and West Madison Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, with the exception of the east curb lane. The east curb lane will be used for southbound traffic. 

Throughout the lift, there will be barricades and flaggers on-site.

Crane Life: 68 East Oak Street

On Monday, April 19 at 8pm to Tuesday, April 20 at 3am, there will be a crane lift at 68 East Oak Street. During the lift, Oak Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and motorists will be detoured at Oak/Rush and Oak/Michigan to East Cedar Street. 

There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers on-site throughout this lift. 

Crane Lift: 900 North Michigan

On Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 18, there will be a crane lift at 900 North Michigan Avenue. During the lift, North Rush, between East Delaware and East Walton will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Throughout the project, barricades, detour signs, and traffic control will be on-site. 

MCI Infrastructure Relocation in Streeterville

Starting Monday, April 5, MCI will be relocating conduits on the west side of St. Clair Street, between East Superior and East Huron. Work hours will be 8am-5pm.

The project includes infrastructure trenching in the street. Throughout the project, St. Clair Street, from East Superior to East Huron will be reduced to one lane of traffic. MCI will have traffic control on St. Clair Street at East Huron and East Superior.  

This project is expected to be completed mid-April 2021 (weather dependent). 

Vaulted Sidewalk Fill-in: 600 W. Jackson
Starting at the beginning of May, the vaulted sidewalks adjacent to 600 W. Jackson will be filled and the sidewalks repaired. During the work, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the west side of Jefferson, from Jackson to Adams
  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the north side of Jackson, from Jefferson to the first alley west thereof

There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers on-side throughout the project. All work is expected to be finished by mid-June. 

Vaulted Sidewalk Fill-in: 8 East Randolph

Starting at the beginning of May, the vaulted sidewalk adjacent to 8 East Randolph Street will be filled and the sidewalk will be repaired. During the work, the sidewalk on the east side of State Street, between Randolph Street and Benton Place will be closed to pedestrian traffic.  

The contractor will construct a protected pathway for pedestrians, using jersey barricades, in the curb lane on the east side of State Street, between Randolph Street and Benton Place. All work is expected to be completed by mid-September. 

Lower Harbor Service Drive Restoration

Starting Monday, April 5, Lendlease will begin resurfacing Lower Harbor Service Drive, between Harbor Drive and Lake Shore Drive. At the beginning of the project, the covered pedestrian walkway will be dismantled. 

During the project, access to 195 N Harbor’s parking garage will be maintained. Lendlease will have traffic control on-site throughout the project. Work is expedited to be completed by mid-July (weather dependent).

Crane Lift: Galter Pavilion

Northwestern Hospital will conduct crane lifts at Galter Pavilion during the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April 25
  • Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 20

During both lifts, the following will be closed:

  • curb lane on the south side of Huron, from St. Clair to the first driveway west thereof (approximately 200') 
  • sidewalk on the south side of Huron, from St. Clair to the first driveway west thereof (approximately 200') 

They will have barricades and flaggers in-place throughout the lifts.  

RCN Infrastructure Relocation

In early March, began to relocate conduits on St. Clair Street, from Erie Street to Illinois Street. Work hours will be 8am-5pm.

The project includes infrastructure trenching in the street and on the sidewalk. There will be intermittent lane and sidewalk closures throughout the project. RCN will have barricades, traffic control, and detour signs in place during the project. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. 

This project is expected to be completed at the beginning of May 2021 (weather dependent). 

CDOT Resurfacing Project in River North

Starting in mid-March 2021, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin resurfacing North Wells Street, from West Chicago Avenue to West Illinois Street. This project includes ADA ramp improvements and curb repairs. 

There will be intermittent traffic lane closures as needed. The project is expected to be finished by June 2021. 

South Water Street Viaduct Replacement

Starting in mid-March 2021, the Chicago Department of Transportation will begin demolition of the South Water Street Viaduct, between Lower Beaubien Court and Stetson Street. Work hours will be 8am-8pm, daily. 

This project is expected to take two years to complete (weather dependent). 

354 North Union Construction

At the beginning of April 2021, the Onni Group will begin construction of a 33 story residential building with 373 units. Work hours will be 8am-8pm, daily. 

Parking will be prohibited on North Union, from West Kinzie to the cul-de-sac west thereof throughout the project. All construction equipment and vehicles will be staged on the Onni Group’s property. This project will take approximately two years to complete. 

Renovations at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street

On February 15, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) began renovating the Grand Army of the Republic Rotunda and Hall at the Cultural Center, located at 78 East Washington Street. Throughout the project, DCASE will be using the Cultural Centers loading zone at 129 North Garland Court as storage for the project and to place their construction dumpster. 

The project is expected to be completed February 2022. 

Canopy Renovation: 120 East Delaware Place

Earlier this month, Monoceros Corporation (MC) began renovating the Four Seasons’ canopy located at 120 E. Delaware Place. During the renovation process, the following will be closed:

  • 100' of sidewalk in front of 120 E Delaware
  • 100' of curb cut in front of 120 E. Delaware
  • 100' of northernmost traffic lane in front of 120 E. Delaware

MC will construct a protected pedestrian pathway, using jersey barriers, in the curb cut in front of 120 E. Delaware. All work is expected to be completed mid-April 2021 (weather dependent).

Construction: 609 West Randolph Street
Construction of a 15-story commercial building at 609 West Randolph Street began in mid-January. Throughout the duration of the project, the following will be closed:

  • Curb/Traffic lane and sidewalk on south side of West Randolph, from North Jefferson to 621 West Randolph

There will be a canopy with a concrete crash wall and plywood enclosure for pedestrian use in the closed traffic lane on West Randolph, from North Jefferson to 621 West Randolph.

There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers in place for the duration of the project. This project is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2022 (weather dependent).

Aon Plaza Renovations

Renovations on the Aon Plaza located at 200 East Randolph Street began in December 2020. Throughout the project, the sidewalk on Upper East Randolph Street in front of the plaza, and on Lower East Randolph Street, will be reduced to 6’. 
The project is expected to be completed by August 2021 (weather dependent). 

Construction: 61 West Erie Street

In November 2020, LG Construction began construction of a five-story, 28 unit apartment building at 61 West Erie Street. A small crane will be placed in the traffic lane in front of 61 W. Erie Street from Monday, March 15 to Tuesday, March 16. The crane will be removed while work is not occurring and the traffic lane will reopen.

Throughout the construction process, the following will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic:

  • 100' of sidewalk and curb lane in front of 61 W. Erie Street
  • The alley adjacent to the west side of 61 W. Erie Street

There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers in place for the duration of the project.

Façade Work: 160 North LaSalle Street

Bowa Construction began work in October 2020 to perform façade and cladding work at 160 North LaSalle Street. During the work, there will be scaffolding on the east, north, and south sides of the building. 

All work is expected to be completed in June 2021.

Overnight Parking Ban Downtown

Until further notice, overnight parking will be restricted on the following streets during the weekend:  

  • Both sides of Oak, between Michigan and Clark 
  • South side of Oak, between LaSalle and Wells 
  • Both sides of Chicago, between Michigan and Wells 
  • Both sides of Ohio, between Michigan and Wells 
  • Both sides of Hubbard, between Michigan and Wells 
  • North side of Illinois, between Dearborn and Clark 
  • Both sides of Illinois, between Wabash and Dearborn 
  • Both sides of Rush, between Grand and Ohio 
  • Both sides of Rush, between Erie and Oak 
  • Both sides of Wabash, between the Chicago River and Grand 
  • Both sides of State, between Kinzie and Oak 
  • Both sides of Erie, from Rush to Wells 
  • Both sides of Huron from Rush to Wabash 
  • Both sides of New Street, from Illinois to North Water
  • Both sides of Columbus Drive, from Monroe to Balbo 
  • North side of Wacker Drive, from Wabash to Michigan
  • North side of Wacker Drive, from Franklin to Columbus 
  • Both sides of Wacker Drive, from State to Wabash 
  • Both sides of Stetson, from Randolph to Wacker 
  • Both sides of Columbus Drive, from Randolph to Wacker 
  • Both sides of Beaubien Court, from Randolph to Lake 
  • Both sides of Randolph, from Harbor to Michigan 
  • Both sides of Ohio, from Michigan to Fairbanks

As always, please make sure to read all posted signage before parking your vehicle downtown. 

One Chicago Square-1 W Chicago Pedestrian and Traffic Impacts

Although fencing is already in place for the sidewalk closure, pedestrians still have access to the sidewalk, but should exercise caution when walking by the construction site. 
The Curb Lanes along Chicago, State, Superior, and Dearborn will remain a No Parking/Tow Zone throughout the project, to allow for demolition, and then the protected pedestrian walkway.

The sidewalk along the east side of Dearborn, from Superior to Chicago, has been closed to pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the west side of Dearborn. 
Please stay tuned to Reilly Reports as additional construction updates and closures will be announced.