Filming in the Ward This Week
Drone Filming: Art Institute
On Saturday, June 19, from 6am-11am, Soaring Badger Productions will be using a drone to film scenes for a documentary at the Art Institute located at 111 S. Michigan Avenue.
The drone will take-off and land on private property.
Ripple Effects: Loop
On Sunday, June 20, from 5am-4pm, Ripple Effects will be filming a scene at North Wells and West Lake. During the filming, the following will be closed to vehicular traffic:
- West Lake, from Post Place to LaSalle Street
- North Wells, from West Wacker to West Randolph
Also on Sunday, June 20, Ripple Effects will be filming a scene at the Quincy CTA State involving an actor leaving the station. During the filming (4pm-7pm), there will be intermittent traffic closure on Wells, from Adams to Jackson. Additionally, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:
- Both sides of Wells, Adams to Jackson (June 20 from 8am-8pm)
- Both sides of Franklin, from Van Buren to Adams (June 20 from 8am-8pm)
On Sunday, June 27, from 6am-5pm, Ripple Effects will be filming scenes in the Loop. During the filming, the following will be closed intermittently:
- Southbound Michigan Avenue, from Illinois to Wacker Drive (6am-9am)
- Wabash, from Wacker Drive to 401 N Wabash (9am-5pm)
Lake Shore Drive Lane Closures
On Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Chicago Department of Transportation will be installing new lighting on the bascule bridges on Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River. During the lighting installation, southbound and northbound Lake Shore Drive will be reduced to two lanes over the Chicago River.
LaSalle Street Bridge Closure
On Tuesday, June 22, from 9:30am-2:30pm, the LaSalle Street Bridge will be closed for center-lock and grating repairs.
- Detour Northbound Traffic: LaSalle, Wacker, Dearborn, Kinzie, LaSalle
- Detour Southbound Traffic: LaSalle, Kinzie, Clark, Wacker, LaSalle
Crane Lift: 651 West Washington
On Tuesday, June 22 , from 9am-4pm, there will be a crane lift at 651 West Washington. During the lift, the following will be closed:
- Sidewalk on the south side of Washington, from the interstate to a point 200' east thereof
- Curb lane on the south side of Washington, from the interstate to a point 200' east thereof
- Traffic/bike lane on the south side of Washington, from the interstate to a point 200' east thereof
Throughout the lift, there will be flaggers, detour signs, and barricades in-place.
Crane Lift: 400 East Waterside Drive
On Tuesday, June 22, from 9am-4pm, there will be a crane lift at 400 East Waterside Drive. During the lift, East Waterside Drive, from 420 E Waterside's garage to a point 200' west thereof will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian access.
There will be detour signs, flaggers, and barricades in-place.
Temporary Street Closure: East Bellevue
On Tuesday, June 29, from 5:45pm to 6:45pm, East Bellevue Place, from North Rush Street to North State Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Tower Crane Removal: 609 West Randolph
On Tuesday, July 6 to Thursday July 8, Skender Construction will be removing a tower crane at 609 West Randolph Street. During the removal, Randolph Street, between Jefferson Street and 615 West Randolph Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Skender Construction will have barricades, detour signs and flaggers in-place throughout the lift. The tower crane will be removed between 8am-8pm.
IJKL Construction Update
At the beginning of May, Lendlease Construction began Phase 1 of building Cascade’s turn-around behind the barricades and fencing at 455 East Waterside Drive. Barricades and fencing will remain in-place throughout this phase of the project. There will be no impact to traffic lanes on East Waterside Drive.
Demolition: 113 East Oak Street
At the end of May, Atlas will begin demolition of 113 East Oak Street. During the first week of the project, work hours will be 8am to 8pm. Work hours for the remainder of the demolition will be 8am to 5pm. Throughout the project, the following will be closed:
- 50’ of the sidewalk in front of 113 East Oak Street (the sidewalk will reopen each night after work is completed)
- 100’ of the curb lane in front of 113 East Oak Street (the sidewalk will reopen each night after work is completed
The demolition is expected to be completed by mid-July (weather dependent).
Vaulted Sidewalk Fill-in: 600 W. Jackson
Starting at the beginning of July, 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 the end of July.
Vaulted Sidewalk Repair: 20 N. Wacker Drive
Starting at the end of June, repairs to the vaulted sidewalk at 20 North Wacker Drive will begin. Throughout the work, the sidewalk on the west side of Wacker, from Washington to a point 100' south thereof will be closed. Construction fencing will be used to enclose the sidewalk and detour signs will be in-place.
Pedestrians will be directed to the east side of North Wacker at West Washington and West Madison.
The project is expected to be completed in late September 2021.
Vaulted Sidewalk Fill-in: 8 East Randolph
In early May, the vaulted sidewalk adjacent to 8 East Randolph Street began to be filled and the sidewalk 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
In early April, Lendlease began 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 June 25 (weather dependent).
RCN Infrastructure Relocation
In early March, RCN 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 end of June 2021 (weather dependent).
South Water Street Viaduct Replacement
In March 2021, the Chicago Department of Transportation began demolition of the South Water Street Viaduct, between Lower Beaubien Court and Stetson Street. Work hours are 8am-8pm, daily.
As of May 10, vehicular and pedestrian access will be prohibited on the Upper and Lower levels of South Water Street, between Lower Beaubien Court and North Stetson Street. There will be barricades and detour signs in-place throughout the duration of the project.
This project is expected to be completed in July 2022 (weather dependent).
354 North Union Construction
At the beginning of April, the Onni Group began 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.
The Onni Group will be pouring concrete caissons during the following dates:
- Friday, June 25
- Tuesday, June 29
- Thursday, July 1
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.
On Monday, April 19, canopies will be installed at the following locations:
- South side of Randolph, from Michigan to a point 50' west thereof
- West side of Michigan, from Randolph to a point 75' south thereof
The project is expected to be completed February 2022.
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 Dearborn
- 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.