October 07, 2022

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Alderman Reilly's Office Closed on Columbus Day - Monday, October 10th

Please be advised that Alderman Reilly's 42nd Ward Office, Chicago Public Libraries, and other government offices will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10th to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.


If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 911 if you require immediate assistance.

Alderman Reilly on the Lisa Dent Show

On Thursday, October 6th, Alderman Reilly joined Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand on WGN’s Chicago’s Afternoon News Radio. They discussed the Mayor’s proposed 2023 Budget and Alderman Reilly’s reaction to the Medinah Temple Traffic Study. Please click here to listen to the radio interview.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Event organizers are working closely with the City of Chicago to safely produce a race weekend experience for event attendees and the Chicago community. 

Traffic Impacts/Street Closures


With thousands of participants and spectators along the route, as well as street closures prior to and during the race, those traveling throughout downtown and the various neighborhoods should allow extra time, expect delays or consider alternate routes - such as the expressway system - to avoid the impacts of the race. Please click here for a full list of street closures and to view a course map.


No parking will be allowed on the Marathon course. Towing of vehicles on the course will begin on Sunday, October 9, at 1:00 a.m. Vehicles that are not removed from the street by that time will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto pound. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 312.744.4444. 


Public Safety


Please be vigilant of your surroundings during the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. If you see a suspicious person, object, or vehicle along or near the racecourse, report the sighting to 9-1-1 or to law enforcement personnel.

Do not store, hide or leave any personal items, backpacks, packages or clothes along or near the racecourse, including the start and finish line areas in Grant Park. Use designated Gear Check areas to check your personal belongings, or leave your personal items with a friend or family member.

Chicago Police will be deploying uniformed and plain-clothed officers, as well as implementing other safety measures, to ensure the event's safety. Officers will also conduct random bag checks of spectators carrying backpacks or large bags.

As in the previous year, runners will not be allowed to leave unattended bags or clothing items within Grant Park or along the route. If officers or race officials see an unattended bag along the route, it will be collected and discarded. Please note, all garbage baskets and mailboxes (UPS, USPS, etc) along the route have been removed or secured shut per Chicago Police Department protocol.

Only registered runners are allowed to participate in the Marathon. Non-registered runners joining the race at any point throughout the route or finish line is prohibited and will be strictly enforced. For more information, including race-day restrictions and policies, visit the Marathon website at www.chicagomarathon.com.

OEMC will continue to monitor weather conditions and the Chicago Police Department will enforce race day restrictions along the route as well as facilitate traffic. The public is encouraged to follow OEMC on Twitter at the handle @ChicagoOEMC for race-related alerts and register for free emergency alerts from the City of Chicago, which include severe weather notifications, by subscribing to NotifyChicago at www.notifychicago.org.

2022 Abbott Chicago 5K October 8, 2022

The Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K will be on Saturday, October 8 and will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Grant Park (Ida B. Wells Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive). Click here to view a course map and list of closures for the race.

Please click here for more information regarding the 2022 Abbott Chicago 5K.

Gubernatorial General Election on November 8, 2022

The Gubernatorial General Election on November 8 is quickly approaching. Voting precinct boundaries were redrawn due to the new ward boundaries. Visit the Board of Elections website to find your new precinct and polling place. Please click here to learn which offices are on the ballot.


Alderman Reilly encourages voters to cast their ballot early or Vote by Mail to avoid long lines and wait times on Election Day. Early voting began TODAY at the Loop Supersite located at 191 North Clark Street and the Board of Elections at 69 West Washington Street, 6th Floor. Hours of operation for both sites are as follows:


  • October 7 - October 30: Monday-Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturdays from 9am-5pm, and Sundays from 10am-4pm.
  • October 31 - November 7: Monday-Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm

Starting on Monday, October 24, voters will be able to cast their ballots at any of the 50 ward early voting sites. These sites will be open weekdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm; and on Election Day (Nov. 8) from 6:00am to 7:00pm.

The 42nd Ward early voting polling place will be at Maggie Daley Park located at 337 East Randolph Street. Click here to view a list of all 50 ward early voting sites. 

Voters can apply to vote-by-mail for the November 8, 2022 General Election by visiting the Board of Elections’ website. All Vote By Mail ballots come with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes. 

All early voting sites will have secure drop boxes for voters to return their vote-by-mail ballot. Any vote-by-mail ballot Return Envelope that is mailed, postmarked or certified on or before Election Day may be counted if it arrives within 14 days of Election Day.

Additionally, the Board of Elections is looking for qualified applicants to serve as Election Judges for the General Election on November 8. Election Judges are responsible for ensuring polling places open and close on time, and that voting operations run smoothly. 

Election judges who complete the online training and successfully service on Election Day will earn $230. Returning Judges who complete the online training will earn $255. Each Judge who serves successfully on Election Day without completing the online training will receive $170. 

To apply online to become an Election Judge with the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners, visit www.chipollworker.com. A paper main-in application is also available for download here.

Upcoming Chicago Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings

On Thursday, October 20th, at 10:00am, the Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) will host a virtual meeting to review a proposed Lake Michigan and Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance (LPO) application for the property located at 1045 North Rush Street.

The site is currently zoned DX-7 and is within the Private Use Zone of the Lake Michigan and Chicago Lakefront Protection District. The applicant proposes to construct a 7- story structure with retail, restaurant space, one dwelling unit with rooftop amenity space, two vehicular parking spaces, and 1 loading berth. Details of the proposal can be found here

Rules for public participation in virtual CPC meetings are now available. A link to live stream the meeting will be added to CPC’s website on October 20th.

On Friday, October 21st, at 9:00am, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will host a virtual meeting to review three proposals within the 42nd Ward:

629 West Lake Street

Application by Rogers Park Holdings, LLC for a variation to reduce the rear setback on floors containing dwelling units from the required 30' to 0.12' for a proposed eight-story, forty-nine dwelling unit building with ground floor retail use. Click here to learn more. 

605 North Clark Street

Application by PTS Corp for special use to establish an adult-use cannabis dispensary location at the former Rain Forest Cafe. Click here to learn more.

750 North Franklin Street, 2nd Floor: 

Application by Estilo Microblading Salon for a special use to establish a body art service (aka microblading as a semi-permanent form of cosmetic tattooing).

Rules for public participation in virtual ZBA meetings are now available. A link to live stream the meeting will be added to ZBA’s website on October 21st. These proposals do not require approval from the City Council.

Alderman Reilly Hosts Community Shred Day for 42nd Ward Residents

Alderman Reilly is hosting a Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ohio Place Dog Park located at 360 West Ohio Street. Households are limited to two boxes and shredding materials will be accepted until the shred truck is full. Please remember to remove all paper clips, staples, and other bindings.

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!

Public Safety Survey

Crime and public safety are front of mind for all Chicagoans. The River North Residents Association (RNRA) is conducting an online Public Safety Survey.


Aldermen do not have the authority to direct Chicago Police Department (CPD) resources or dispatch police. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Superintendent David Brown are solely responsible for CPD personnel strategies, policies, and deployment.


Since crime and public safety are citywide issues, the survey is not River North specific. Alderman Reilly encourages all 42nd Ward residents to take the survey. Please click here to be directed to the survey. 


Survey results will be sent to Mayor Lightfoot, Superintendent Brown, and their partners with the Cook County Criminal Justice System.

Columbus Day Parade

On Monday, October 10, at 1 pm. the annual Columbus Day Parade will take place on State Street, between Wacker Drive and Van Buren Street.

Please click here to learn more about the Parade. 

St. Clair Water Main Installation Project

The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) began installation of 1,408 feet of new 8-inch water main on North St Clair Street, between East Superior Street to East Illinois Street. The current water main dates back to 1886 and needs to be replaced to create a more reliable and efficient system.

DWM will be closing individual blocks of North St. Clair Street. Work will start at North St. Clair Street and East Superior Street. Work hours will be Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm. There will be some non-invasive work that occurs during the overnight hours. 

This project is expected to be finished at the beginning of November (weather dependent). Stay tuned to Reilly Reports for future updates regarding this project. 

Chicago Police Citizens Academy 

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is looking for residents to join the Citizens Academy. This is a 10-week immersive program that gives residents a snapshot of what CPD recruits learn at the Police Academy. 

For more information, please contact your local police district. Click here for the Citizens Academy application. 

Michigan Avenue Resurfacing Project

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is resurfacing North Michigan Avenue, from East Oak Street to East Ohio Street. CDOT is working 6 days a week (mostly 8am-5pm), with limited overnight work. 

The project includes the installation of concrete bus pads and ADA ramp replacements.

All work is expected to be finished at the beginning of November. 

Randolph Street Viaduct Overnight Pour

As part of ongoing CDOT repairs at Randolph Street Viaduct (East bound lanes only) between North Columbus Drive and Field Boulevard, an overnight concrete pour is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm to Wednesday, October 12 at 7am. 

Residents should expect to hear moderate construction noise during the overnight pour. 

CDOT needs to schedule one additional overnight pour for this project. 

Grand Avenue Bascule Bridge Repair Project

The Grand Avenue Bridge Project is behind schedule due to material procurement and design constraints.

In order to complete the project on time, the Chicago Department of Transportation will prohibit vehicular traffic in both directions on the Grand Avenue Bridge starting Saturday, October 10. The sidewalk on the northside of the bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic. 

The full closure is expected to last two months. 

1st District Community Conversation

Proposed Metra Van Buren Renovation

Daley Plaza Farmers Market

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) manages Chicago City Markets and is excited to bring back the Daley Plaza Farmers Market located at 50 West Washington Street. 

The Farmers Market is held on Thursdays from 7am to 2pm. Please click here to learn more about Chicago City Markets and other farmers markets throughout the City of Chicago.

CAPS Meetings

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

State & Lake Utility Relocations

On Monday, October 10, utility companies will start 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 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 in overnight hours.

Crane Lift: 6 South Clark Street

On Wednesday, October 12 at 8pm to Thursday, October 13 at 6am, there will be a crane lift at 6 South Clark Street. During the lift, Clark Street, between Madison and Monroe will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian access. 

Crane Lift: 435 W Erie

On Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16 there will be a crane lift at 435 W Erie Street. During the lift, there will be a full closure of Erie, from Sedgwick to Hudson.

Crane Lift 311 W Huron 

On Monday, October 17 to Wednesday, October 19, from 9am-5pm, there will be a crane lift at 311 W Huron Street. During the lift, vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be prohibited on Huron, from Franklin to Orleans. 


Conduit/Street Light Pole Installation

Sunseys began installation on new conduit and street light pole in the sidewalk at 543-600 N Michigan Avenue. All work is expected to be completed by October 11, 2022.


On Thursday, September 15, Lumen will began installing communication equipment on the south side of Kinzie, from Kingsbury to a pint 100' east there of. 

This project is expected to be completed by November. 

Randolph Street Viaduct Repair

CDOT restarted viaduct repairs on Randolph, between Columbus and Field. Work hours are Monday-Friday, from 8am-8pm. 

Throughout the project, at least one lane of eastbound traffic will be open. Westbound lanes will not be disrupted. 

The project is expedited to be completed mid-November (weather dependent). 

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. 


Chicago Med

On Thursday, October 13, Chicago Med will be filming a car crash scene at Jefferson and Fulton. The scene includes vehicular stunts. During the filming, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Jefferson St from Lake St to 333 N Jefferson St (Dead End) (3am-3pm)
  • Both sides of Fulton St from Clinton St to Desplaines St (3am-3pm)
  • Both sides of Clinton St from Fulton St to Lake St (3am-3pm) 
  • North side of Lake St from Clinton St to Jefferson St (3am-3pm) 

There will be full closures of the following streets:

  • Jefferson St from Fulton to 333 N Jefferson St (Dead End) (3am-3pm) 
  • Fulton St from Clinton St to Desplaines St (3am-3pm) 
  • Jefferson St from Lake St to Fulton St (9am-3pm) 

Additionally, there will be intermittent closures of the following streets:

  • Alley from Jefferson St to Desplaines St, Fulton St to Lake St (9am-3pm) 
  • Alley from Jefferson St to Clinton St, Fulton St to Lake St (9am-3pm)
  • Wayman St from Jefferson St to Desplaines St (9am-3pm) 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Edward Eberwine III (location manager) at 312-841-7695. 

Commercial Filming

On Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 a commercial will be filmed inside Hotel Allegro located at 177 W Randolph. During the filming, parking at the following locations will be prohibited:

  • North Side of Randolph from Wells to 188 W Randolph
  • South Side of Randolph from Wells east 1⁄2 block
  • East Side of Wells from Randolph to Washington


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gabrielle Roussos (location manager) at 310-339-3495. 

Chase Tower Clark Street Tunnel Project

In mid-July, Berglund Construction began repairs on the Chase Tower Clark Street tunnel at 23 S. Clark Street. The project scope consists of repairing Chase’s below-grade tunnel structures that cross below Clark Street at 23 S. Clark St, and will require excavation of Clark Street in that area to access the tunnel structures to perform repairs.

There will be one lane of southbound traffic open at all times. Berglund will have flaggers and barricades in-place throughout the project. 

The project will last 26 months. Berglund would like to begin mid-June. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 8am-5pm.

Demolition Notice: 535 N. St. Clair Street

Precision Excavation & Demolition (PED) was hired to demo the parking structure at 535 N St. Clair Street. Demolition will begin in November, and work hours will be Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

PED plans to install a high bay pedestrian canopy on the north side of Grand, from St. Clair to a point 100' east thereof. Additionally, they plan to prohibit parking on the north side of Grand, from St. Clair to a point 100' east thereof. Both the canopy and parking restrictions will be in-place throughout the project. 

The sidewalk on the east side of St. Clair, from Grand to appoint 100' north thereof will be closed for the first week of the project. Construction fencing will be put in-pace between the sidewalk and the site. 

PED plans to demo the building from west to east. They will have dust mitigation in-place and bait for rodents before work begins. All demolition activities will occur on their property. The crane will not be on ROW. 

The entire demolition will take one month to complete. 

Cassidy Tire Demolition

On Monday, May 9, McHugh Construction began demolition of Cassidy Tire located at 344/350 N. Canal Street. McHugh's contractor (Atlas) will demo the building from the back (south side) to the front (north side). The demolition is expected to last 2 months. 

Immediately after the demolition is completed, construction of the 33-story mixed-use building will begin. During demolition and throughout construction, McHugh Constriction will occupy the curb lane on the west side of Canal along 344/350 N. Canal Street's property line. The construction company has leased the area north of the building from the railroad to use as a staging area. Additionally, they will use the parking lot south of the building as a staging area too.

As a reminder, this project is contributing to numerous public benefits. Click here for a list of public benefits, and stay tuned to Reilly Reports for future updates on this project and the implementation of these public benefits.  

All work is expected to take 24 months to complete (weather dependent).

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). 

Peoples Gas Main Installation Project: Bellevue, from Lake Shore Drive to Rush

At the end of May 2022, Peoples Gas began installing a 900' gas main on the south side of Bellevue Place, from Inner Lake Shore Drive to Rush Street.

The main will be installed in sections of 150'. Once the gas main is installed, service lines will be connected from the new main to each building on the north side of the street.

This will require trenching from the south to north side of the street. All work is expected to be completed in mid-September (weather dependent). Curb-to-curb restoration will occur in October. 

Millennium Park Music Festivals 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the return of the following free summer music festivals in Millennium Park:

  • Chicago Jazz Festival (citywide and in Millennium Park including Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Thursday – Sunday, September 1–4
  • Chicago House Music Festival and Conference (Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park): Friday, September 16
  • World Music Festival Chicago (citywide): Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2

Gas Main Replacement - Michigan, Monroe to Lake

On Monday, February 7, Peoples Gas began a gas main replacement on the west side of Michigan Avenue, from Monroe to Lake. Work hours will be 9am-4pm. This project is expected to be completed in August 2022 (weather dependent).

214 West Erie Street Renovations

On Monday, December 13, Crane Construction began renovations of 214 West Erie Street. During construction, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane in front of 214 West Erie Street. The curb lane will be used as a pedestrian walkway. Crane Construction will place jersey barriers and ramps in the curb lane to protect pedestrians and provide wheelchair access. 
  • Close 100' of the north/south alley adjacent to 214 W Erie Street. This is a T alley and residents of 222 W Erie will still be able to access their parking garage from the alley entrance on Franklin and Huron.

This project is expected to be completed summer of 2022 (weather dependent).

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

LG Construction has recently broken ground at 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 take 18 months to complete (weather dependent). 

354 North Union Construction

The Onni Group is constructing 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. 

430 N. Michigan Lobby Renovation


In September 2021, GNP Realty Partners began renovating the lobby at 430 N. Michigan Avenue. Throughout the project, there will be a 40’ urban canopy on the sidewalk in front of the building. In order to place the canopy on the sidewalk, the planter bed and City Information Panel (CIP) at this location will be temporarily removed. Both the planter bed and CIP will be reinstalled upon completion of the project. The project is expected to be completed in July 2022.

Overnight Closure: Lake Shore Drive Bridge

CDOT has identified Lake Shore Drive Bridge adjustments that need to be made. This project will occur during the overnight hours to accommodate weekly boat runs during the day. This work will occur on Mondays and Thursdays beginning June 9. The project is expected to be completed in early August. 

Upper Lake Shore Drive will be closed from Illinois Street to Monroe Street and Lower Lake Shore Drive will be closed from Grand Ave. to Lower Wacker Drive. 

Detour Route:

Southbound traffic will be directed off onto westbound Grand Ave., to southbound Columbus Ave., to eastbound Monroe St. and back to LSD. Northbound traffic will be directed off at westbound Monroe St., to northbound Columbus Ave., to eastbound Illinois St. and back to LSD. 

Dearborn Street Bridge Project

CDOT has scheduled emergency work on the Dearborn Bridge to begin June 13 (weather dependent). They will be conducting the following work:

  • Replacing both sidewalks
  • Replacing all of the bridge gratings
  • Replacing the beam structures 

The project is expected to be completed in December 2022 (weather dependent). 

The bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic/sidewalk at a time. Bike traffic will be detoured to Clark Street via the north side of Upper Wacker Drive.