February 17, 2023

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Alderman Reilly's Office Closed on Monday, February 20th

In observance of President's Day, Alderman Reilly’s Office will be closed on Monday, February 20th. 


Additionally, City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices, and Chicago Public Libraries will be closed in honor of President’s Day and to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.


If you have a need for city services, please call 3-1-1 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.

Streeterville Community Meeting - Cannabis Dispensary

G.P. Green House LLC has filed a Special Use application to operate an Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary at 620 North Fairbanks Court. To learn more about the proposal, please attend the community meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 2023 at 6:30 PM.

In Person: Chez, 247 East Ontario Street, 2nd Floor


Via Zoom: 


The Streeterville Organization for Active Residents (SOAR) and some nearby residents have raised concerns about this proposal. Concerns are similar to what was voiced in 2022, when ZBA denied a nearby proposal on Ontario Street (as detailed here). 

Given the ongoing interest by cannabis operators to establish a dispensary in the area, SOAR has begun circulating a petition to establish a Cannabis Restriction Zone. Despite the community meeting being scheduled, ZBA’s review of the application will be on hold, pending the neighborhood petition.

Stay tuned to Reilly Reports for updates.

Early Voting Information

Early Voting and registration for the upcoming (February 28th) Municipal Election is now offered at the Loop Super Site (191 North Clark Street), the Board of Election Offices (69 West Washington Street 6th Floor), and Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph Street) in the 42nd Ward. Click here to see all Early Voting locations and addresses. 

Any voter in Chicago can vote at any Early Voting site, no matter where they live in the city. Voters can choose whatever voting site is most convenient for them, including on Election Day. Voter registration services (new voters, name changes and address updates) will be provided at all Early Voting sites. Two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address, are needed to register for the first time or to file a name change or an address update. 

Voters with questions may contact 312-269-7900 or email cboe@chicagoelections.gov.

You are Invited to Join Alderman Reilly to March in the Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 11 at 12:15pm. You are invited to join Alderman Reilly to march in the parade. Our trolley will be located in Slot #42, which will be on East Balbo, west of North Columbus. 

Due to street closures for the parade, we encourage you to arrive at Slot #42 at 11:15am to ensure access to our trolley.

Please click here to RSVP to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Alderman Reilly and his team.

We hope to see you at the parade!

Oak Place Closure

As part of Peoples Gas' Rush Street project, Oak Place (named alley), between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue will be closed until Tuesday, February 21.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2023.

Little Free Library Book Donation

The Design Museum of Chicago is seeking books to give away as a part of their Little Free Library. (Housed in an old bank vault)


If you have books about art, design, photography, or anything creative, the Little Free Library would love to find them a new meaningful home. 


Anyone who visits the Design Museum can take a book or leave a book. 


Books can be left with us at 72 E Randolph Street, 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.

Grant Park Earth Day Clean-up

CAPS Meetings

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

1043 N Rush Demolition

Demolition of 1043 N Rush Street will begin on Monday, March 6. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 8am to 5pm.

Throughout the the demolition process, the sidewalk in front of 1043 N Rush Street will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will be redirected at Bellevue/Rush and Cedar/Rush.

The demolition process is expected to last three weeks. After demolition is complete, the construction of a new two-story building will begin.

LaSalle Street Bridge Closure

CDOT is conducting emergency bridge repairs on the LaSalle Street Bridge. There will be traffic lane and sidewalk closures throughout the project.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2023.

225 W Randolph Renovation:

The Onni Group began renovating 225 W Randolph. Throughout the project, there will be pedestrian canopies at the following locations:

  • South side of Randolph, from Franklin to the first alley east thereof
  • East side of Franklin, from Randolph to the first alley south thereof

This project is expected to be completed July 2024.

Crane Lift: 200 W Monroe:

On Saturday, February 18, from 8am to 5pm, there will be a crane lift at 200 W Monroe. During the lift, there will be a full closure of Monroe, from Franklin to Wells.

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

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has completed Stage 1 of this project, which consisted of replacing the deck on the northernmost eastbound lane on Randolph, between Columbus to Field.

During Stage 2, CDOT will replace the deck of the southernmost eastbound lane on Randolph, from Columbus to Harbor. Sidewalk repairs on the south side of Randolph are also part of Stage 2. Construction is scheduled to resume at the beginning of April 2023. 

The concrete barriers are in-place because CDOT needs a physical barrier that separates Stage 1 from Stage 2.

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. 


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.

535 N. St. Clair Street Project

Demolition of 535 N St. Clair is completed. LendLease has mobilized for construction and they have began pouring caissons. Throughout the project, there will be a protected pedestrian canopy on the north side of Grand, from St. Clair to a point 100' east thereof. The entire project is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2024.

Cassidy Tire Construction 

Construction of the 33-story mixed-use building is underway. 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). 

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 in early 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 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. 

Dearborn Street Bridge Project

CDOT began emergency work on the Dearborn Bridge in June 2022. They will be conducting the following work:

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

Due to supply chain issues, the project is expected to be completed in April 2023 (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.