March 15, 2024

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Avoid Long Lines on Election Date - Early Vote this Weekend

The Presidential Primary Election is fast approaching, coming up on Tuesday, March 19th. Alderman Reilly encourages voters to cast their ballot early to avoid long lines and wait times on Election Day. Click here to see all Early Voting locations and addresses.

Today: Open until 6:00 pm 

Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Election Day (Tuesday, March 19): 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

Click here to find your polling place on Election Day. All 50 Ward Early Voting sites and the Loop Supersite (191 N. Clark) will also be open as vote centers on Election Day. Please note: any voter in Chicago can vote at any Early Voting site, no matter where they live in the city. 

The above information has been emailed to all the residential property managers in the 42nd Ward to post in the common areas of each building. Please let us know if you don’t find this information posted in your building.

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Weekend 2024

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations return this weekend with Chicago River Dyeing and Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16.

The Chicago River will be dyed green beginning at 10 a.m. just west of the Columbus bridge to the east of Orleans before Wolf Point. During the dyeing of the river, bridges will be closed to spectators, however, the Columbus, LaSalle and Orleans bridges will remain open for vehicular/pedestrian traffic. The Chicago Riverwalk will be closed from 11 p.m. on Friday, March 15, through the day on Saturday, March 16 until 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 17. The river dyeing can be viewed along the river from Upper Wacker Drive.


Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 12:15 p.m. at Balbo and Columbus Drive proceeding north to Monroe Street. The parade will be broadcast live by ABC 7 Chicago. 

Expect street closures as early as 8 a.m. including Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Wacker Drive and east/west streets in those boundaries. Streets within the boundary of Monroe Street between Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed. DuSable Lake Shore Drive or State Street can be used as an alternate route. For additional details, visit

Parade organizers and the city will be postured accordingly to ensure public safety to promote a family-friendly environment. Entry to the parade route along Columbus begins at 11 a.m. and will only be permitted at Jackson and Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Drive) and all entry points will have security checkpoints where all purses and bags will be checked. Coolers, alcoholic beverages, camelbacks, or personal water bottles will not be permitted along the parade route.

You’re invited to march in the parade with Alderman Reilly - click here to RSVP to march with our team.

Upcoming Chicago Plan Commission Hearing

On Thursday, March 21, at 10:00am, the Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) will host a meeting to review proposed applications and/or amendments, including one proposal within the 42nd Ward, detailed below. 

101 East Oak Street:

A proposed renovation of an existing two-story commercial building to add a glazed atrium at the front. The applicant,  Akris, Inc., intends to lease the building to operate a retail clothing boutique. The site is 2,608 square feet and there is no off-street accessory parking provided at this site. Click here to review more information about this project. 

Because of the site’s location in the Private Lakefront Protection District, the proposed construction is subject to a hearing before the Chicago Plan Commission to ensure that the renovation does not impede access to the Chicago Lakefront or inflict harm on the natural lakefront environment, however, it does not require approval from the City Council. 

CPC will hold a public meeting held on Thursday, March 21 at 10 AM, in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.  Attend in person to provide public comment at the beginning of the hearing. A link to live stream the meeting will be added to CPC’s website on March 21.

CAPS Meetings

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

  • Beat 1831 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 19th at 5pm.
  • Beat 1832 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 19th at 6pm.
  • Beat 1833 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 21st at 5pm.
  • Beat 1834 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 21st at 6pm.

Click here for 18th District meeting locations.

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

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

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

Filming: "Kubelik"

On Tuesday March 19 to Friday March 22, Kubelik will be filming in the 42nd Ward. During filming , parking at the following locations will be prohibited:



Monday March 18, 2024 (5AM) - Tuesday March 19, 2024 (3PM)

West Side of Orleans St from Huron St to Erie St

South Side of Huron St from Sedgwick St to Franklin St



Tuesday March 19, 2024 (3PM) – Friday March 22, 2024 (11:45PM)

South Side of Erie St from Orleans St to Sedgwick St

Both Sides of Erie St from Orleans St to Franklin St

West Side of Orleans St from Huron St to Erie St

South Side of Huron St from Hudson St to Franklin St

Both sides of Sedgwick St from Chicago Ave to Locust St

North Side of Huron St from Orleans St to Franklin St


Sidewalk Closure

Wednesday March 20, 2024 (7AM) – Friday March 22, 2024 (11:45PM)

West Side of Orleans St from Huron St to Erie St

East Side of Orleans St from Huron St to Erie St


Alley Closure

Friday March 22, 2024 (7AM – 7PM)

Alley Closure from Huron St to Erie St to Sedgwick St



Monday March 25, 2024 (7 AM – 7 PM)

West Side of Orleans St from Huron St to Erie St

South Side of Huron St from Sedgwick St to Franklin St

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maria Roxas 312-282-0283 and Gilbert Morales, 312-339-9401 from the Production Locations Team for further assistance.

Filming: "Power Book IV: Force"

On Tuesday, March 19th, "Power Book IV: Force" will be filming interior dialogue scenes inside The Wellsley, 504 N Wells. During filing, prep, and wrap, parking will be prohibited at the following locations: 

Friday, March 15: From 4:00AM to 5:00PM

  • West Side of Wells from Grand to Hubbard
  • North Side of Illinois from Wells to 210 W Illinois

Tuesday, March 19: From 3:00AM to 11:59PM

  • West Side of Wells from Grand to Hubbard
  • North Side of Illinois from Wells to Franklin
  • South Side of Grand from LaSalle to Franklin
  • East Side of Franklin from Illinois to Grand

Monday 3/18 & Wednesday 3/20: From 5:00AM to 4:00PM

  • West Side of Wells from Grand to Hubbard
  • North Side of Illinois from Wells to Franklin
  • South Side of Grand from Franklin to Wells

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Agron Karameti, Asst. Location Manager, at 224-999-1085 or Paolo Lopez, On-Site Coordinator, at 773-558-0745.

Lake Shore Drive Bridge Repairs

Work is scheduled to begin for Bridge Repairs at the Upper level of DuSable Lake Shore Drive Bascule Bridge over the Main Branch of the Chicago River.

This work is separate from the ongoing Pin & Link work at the bridge and will not impact that construction, or require additional roadway closures. Details of the temporary sidewalk restrictions are below:

Scope of Work:

The work consists of upper level stringer repairs at the SE and NE bridge houses.

Construction Schedule:

  • 8:00 pm - 6:00 am Sunday, March 10th 2024 until Thursday, March 28th 2024.
  • Work will occur on Sunday nights - Thursday nights only. No work to occur on Friday nights or Saturday nights.

Traffic Impact during Construction: 

  • The east sidewalk and bike path will be reduced to a shared travel lane in both directions during working hours.
  • The east sidewalk and bike path will be completely open to pedestrians and bicyclists during non-working hours.
  • This work will not impact the ongoing Pin & Link construction or cause additional road closures.
  • The west sidewalk will remain completely open to pedestrian traffic at all times.

Michigan Avenue Bridge Work

On Monday, February 26, CDOT began repairs to the sidewalk on the west side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The sidewalk will be closed until mid-April. During working hours, the southbound curb lane will also be impacted. CTA will be notified and we will watch these impacts and make adjustments where we can.

Pedestrians will be detoured to the east side sidewalk. 

DWM Project: Lakeshore East Park

The Department of Water Management (DWM) will began excavation in Lakeshore East park, north of the playground. DWM's sewer line is clogged at this location - causing back-ups in a near-by building. 

Work will occur from 8am-5pm. The work area will be fenced off and will be inaccessible during the project. The project is expected to be completed by mid-April, weather permitting.

Restoration will occur in late spring/early summer.

CDOT Construction: Pin & Link Plate Assembly and Expansion Joints

The Department of Transportation will begin a project to replace pin and link plate assemblies and expansion joints associated with the bridge structures of upper and intermediate Columbus Dr., Randolph St., and Stetson Ave. Pin and link plate assembly work will be performed from the underside of the bridge decks while expansion joint replacements will occur from above.  The work began in November 2023 and will progress to completion (anticipated Fall 2024).  

Work is to start along upper, intermediate, and lower levels of the following roadways: 

  • N. Columbus Drive between E. Wacker Drive and E. Randolph Street
  • E. Randolph Street between N. Michigan Avenue and N. Field Boulevard
  • N. Stetson Avenue between E. Wacker Drive and E. Lake Street

During construction, portions of these bridge structures will be barricaded off to prohibit vehicles and pedestrians directly over the active work. 

  • Vehicles will be shifted and/or detoured to allow the work to progress. 
  • The sidewalk on at least one side of the roadway and crosswalks at roadway intersections will remain open for pedestrians. 
  • Coordination of temporary access restriction may be required with private properties directly adjacent to the project.  

Murphy Auditorium Renovation

Driehaus Museum purchased the Murphy Auditorium (50 E Erie) in June 2023, and began the following interior renovations:

  • 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. 

LSD Bridge & Viaduct Project - September 25 to Summer 2024

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) began working on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and Viaduct Network between Monroe and Ontario. 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.

Intermediate Level Lake Shore Drive will have two permanent lane closures in each direction.

This project is expected to be completed summer of 2024.

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

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.

Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation

In 2023, IDOT began rehabilitating the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94), from the Edens Expressway (I-94) junction to Ohio Street.

The estimated $150 million project consists of rehabilitating 36 bridges and the Reversible Lane Access Control 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.

The work will take place over three consecutive construction seasons, broken down into the following stages:

  • 2023 – Inbound Kennedy: Click here for stage 1 fact sheet.
  • 2024 – Reversible Express Lanes: Click here for stage 2 fact sheet.
  • 2025 – Outbound Kennedy: Click here for stage 3 fact sheet.

The Kennedy Expressway officially opened in November 1960, with the last major rehabilitation completed in 1994. The project will improve safety, traffic flow and reliability for the more than 275,000 motorists who use the expressway each day.

Click here for a project overview.

Click here for a FAQ

Click here to see photos and videos of the project.