July 9, 2021
Alderman Reilly Reports
CDPH COVID-19 Update: City of Chicago Reaches Record Low Deaths for the First Time Since September, New Vaccination Data and More
Earlier this week, Dr. Arwardy, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced that COVID-19 related deaths continue trending down in Chicago. June 20 was the first day since late September that there was no deaths reported and we have had several days since that no deaths were reported. 

Approximately 1,519,415 Chicagoans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 50.3% of Chicagoans have completed a vaccine series. These percentages are higher in many of the zip codes located in the 42nd Ward, averaging closer to 70% of residents completing a vaccine series. Residents interested in learning more can click here to view the updated data.  

CDPH encourages all those who have not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. According to Dr. Arwady, all three of the vaccines being used in the United States continued to perform well against the Delta (and other) variants. For example, the 2-dose Pfizer vaccine is still 88% protective. Importantly, the protection against hospitalization and death remains very good. Going back to January when the vaccine was first fully available, 97% of Chicagoans who were hospitalized or died from COVID were not fully vaccinated. This has remained true even as variants have emerged. 
Many of the City-run mass vaccination sites have closed down, however, the following sites are still open with the details listed below. Individuals can still schedule appointments for these locations and others here.   

Malcolm X College (1900 W. Jackson Boulevard) 
Pfizer vaccine available to anyone 12 and older 
  • Monday-Friday: 1pm - 7pm 
  • Saturdays: 9am - 3pm 

CDPH Greater Lawn Immunization Clinic (4150 W 55th Street) 
Pfizer (available to anyone 12 and older) and Johnson & Johnson vaccines 
  • Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm 
If you have lost your vaccination card and want to request your vaccination records, please complete this online form. For other vaccine-related questions, please email [email protected].  

For the most up to date information on COVID in Chicago, please visit chicago.gov/covid to learn more. 
Important Announcements and Updates
Lunch on LaSalle and Sundays on State
BOMA/Chicago, in partnership with Alderman Brendan Reilly and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, are hosting an outdoor café on LaSalle Street, between Adams to Jackson, every Tuesday in July & August from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting). You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to dine in the middle of this iconic section of LaSalle Street, connect with friends and colleagues, and enjoy live music right in front of the Chicago Board of Trade building. 

Whether you are taking your co-workers out to lunch, catching up with an old friend, or just want to get some fresh air and bring your own bag lunch, you'll find plenty of dining options with food trucks on-site and restaurants nearby. Join us outside and enjoy the view in this unique location in the heart of the Loop. 

Lunch on LaSalle will also feature live music each Tuesday. On Tuesday, July 13, BOMA welcomes Jason Miller and Ethan Adelsman to the stage. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. Grab your friends and colleagues and join us for Lunch on LaSalle this summer! 
One of Chicago’s iconic streets, State Street, will close to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer and transform into an open street full of surprises. Come together with neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond for this free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, retail, bars, restaurants, and local attractions. Experience everyone’s neighborhood, the Loop, like never before! 

The July 11 Sundays on State event will feature more than 70 on-street activations throughout the day. These activations were submitted by community members and organizations from all over the Chicagoland area and selected by a committee led by Chicago Loop Alliance. July 11 highlights include:  

  • American Writers Museum – writing activations including typewriters for attendees to use, their My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today exhibit with luggage tags for attendees to write their family’s immigration story, and their Word Play exhibit with mad-lib and magnetic poetry games. 
  • CircEsteem – circus performance including an aerial rig. 
  • Family-ism Face Paint Factory – professional face painting and a photo backdrop for selfies. 
  • The Joffrey Ballet – Academy students will perform two to three dance pieces, and the Community Engagement Extension program students will perform three dance pieces. 

The event’s schedule, participants and acts are subject to change. Visit LoopChicago.com/Sundays for the most up-to-date details. 
Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) to Consider 42nd Ward Development Proposals on Thursday, July 15
On Thursday, July 15 at 10:00am, the Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) will host a virtual meeting to review proposed applications and/or amendments, including two proposals within the 42nd Ward, detailed below. Rules for public participation in virtual meetings are now available. A link to live stream the meeting will be added to CPC’s website on July 15. 

Illuminarium Chicago LLC
Proposed amendment to Institutional Planned Development #527 to allow Illuminarium Chicago LLC to offer commercial uses within the Crystal Garden space at Navy Pier. 

Illuminarium is designed to be a communal attraction and experience that takes place within an enclosed area. Virtual experiences can include an African Safari, underwater Ocean observation, visit to Mars, or being immersed in the life of Muhammad Ali or the music of Coldplay. Only internal remodeling is planned, and all light and sound would be contained within the area of the experience, and not visible to anyone outside of the building.  

RIU Hotel - 150 East Ontario Street 
A proposed planned development, submitted by RIU Chicago LLC, for the property generally located at 150 E. Ontario Street. The applicant is proposing to rezone the property from DX-12 (Downtown Mixed-Use District) to a Business Planned Development to construct a new 28-story hotel building, with an overall height of 345’, containing 388 hotel keys and two internal loading berths. A 6.40 FAR (Floor Area Ratio) bonus will be taken and the overall FAR of the planned development will be 18.4. 

To review project materials, please click on the following links to download the slideshow presentation and traffic study.

Should the Plan Commission recommend approving these proposals, the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards will then review them at a subsequent public meeting, before being referred to the City Council for a final vote. 
Eurostar Hotel Upcoming Status Meeting on Wednesday, July 21
The City of Chicago Law Department recently filed a public nuisance disciplinary case against Eurostar Magnificent Mile Hotel, located at 660 North State Street, the details of which were reported in Reilly Reports on April 16, 2020

Please click here to review the list of charges, which relate to specific incidents of public nuisance and noncompliance with COVID guidelines. These charges will be resolved via the Mayor’s License Discipline Commission (MLDC) at a “virtual” hearing.  

The Rules and other information about the MLDC hearings being conducted on the Cisco Webex platform are available on BACP’s website. If you wish to stay up to date on the matter, please use the information below to virtually access the meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 9:30 AM. 
Meeting Number: 187 898 7568 
Password: 1234 
Join by Phone: (312) 535-8110 
Access Code: 187 898 7568 

Please continue to report any issues requiring immediate Police attention in real-time by calling 9-1-1.  
City Hall and Other City Facilities Now Open to the Public
On Tuesday July 6, City Hall and other city facilities reopened for limited in-person services as part of the next step in the City’s reopening plan. City Hall operating hours will be between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.  

The Department of Finance’s Payment Service Centers have been open throughout the past 16 months and will continue to be open from 8 AM-5 PM at City Hall with alternate times available (Payment Center Locations & Services) for hours of operation. Debt checks, located in Room 700 of City Hall, are available through email, and limited in-person services will be available as of July 6.  

The Utility Billing Customer Service Center and Tax Administration offices at DePaul are open to the public from 8 AM–5 PM Monday through Friday for limited in-person consultations. 

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection’s Small Business Center, located in Room 800 of City Hall, will open to the public for limited in-person consultations as of July 6. In-person visits should be reserved for consultations that cannot be completed remotely and entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to continue using Chicago Business Direct for all of their business licensing needs.  

The Department of Buildings (DOB) will gradually reopen to the public, in-person services will be prioritized for homeowners and business tenants who have limited ability to access internet-based services remotely. In most cases, only drop-off service will be available for third-party providers, including expediters, attorneys, contractors, and design professionals who together are expected to follow electronic submission procedures and schedule appointments for meetings with City staff. Unscheduled walk-in appointments with staff by third-party providers are prohibited. All permit applications and filings (both those submitted electronically and in-person) will be queued together and processed in the order received. Cashiering services will remain available on the first floor of City Hall, at the City’s Central Hearing Facility (400 W. Superior), and at the Department of Finance Payment Centers.  

DOB will continue to offer the electronic and phone-based services that were implemented during the past year and encourage all users to continue with these services whenever possible as in-person capacity will remain limited. For more information about DOB’s current services, please review DOB’s Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of the City Clerk has been open throughout the past 16 months and will continue to be open from 8 AM-5 PM at City Hall with 2 neighborhood satellite offices open from 9 AM-5 PM. For information on purchasing your City of Chicago Vehicle Sticker, residential daily parking passes or dog licenses please visit their website.

While a majority of Chicagoans are fully vaccinated, there are residents that either have not been vaccinated or, in rare cases, cannot get vaccinated for health reasons. As a result, the City is maintaining mandatory mask and social distancing requirements for all employees and visitors in city facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn when entering and remaining in city buildings, including in lobbies, elevators, hallways, customer service areas, and restrooms. 

Finally, the City encourages everyone who has not been vaccinated and is able to do so to get vaccinated. This is the best way to protect yourself, your family, friends and colleagues against COVID-19. For more information on vaccines, please visit www.chi.gov/covidvax
"Make Summer Yours" Programming for Chicago's Youth
Earlier this week, the City launched “Make Summer Yours,” an all-ages and citywide approach to summer programming across all 81 Library locations. From June 28 through August 22, “Make Summer Yours” offers a mix of online and in-person events and resources focused on education, engagement, and safety. This year’s theme explores public art, creative expression, and community activism.

Chicago Public Library’s research-based and award-winning Summer Learning Challenge for children and teens is designed to develop literacy skills and provide opportunities for cultural enrichment and civic engagement outside of the structured classroom setting. According to research from the Brookings Institute, children who are not engaged in learning over the summer lose up to three months of math and science knowledge, which puts them significantly behind their peers.

For kids 0-13 and their caregivers, “Start With Art” explores identity, community, and creative expression through interactive challenges, reading, games, grab-and-go activity kits, and events. Participation in the Summer Learning Challenge encourages 20 minutes of daily reading and completing five thematic activities—such as visiting the library, examining a neighborhood mural, or creating a piece of art. 

The Teen Summer Challenge, “Make Space. Take Action.,” for teens 13-18 encourages self-expression and local activism through art, social justice, digital media production, and neighborhood greenification. “Make Space. Take Action.” highlights include grab-and-go kits developed in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, social media internships, and multiple mural installations coordinated with local artists. CPL librarians and staff will also be trained as My Chi. My Future navigators to help young people find activities and opportunities to stay engaged all summer long.

For summer registration for kids and teens, mainstage virtual events, and more information, visit chipublib.org/summer
Check Swim Conditions Before Heading to the Beaches this Summer
The Chicago Park District manages the city's 26 miles of open and free lakefront for the enjoyment of Chicago residents and visitors. Swimming is permitted at beaches when lifeguards are on duty from 11am - 7pm daily. Swimming anywhere else along the lakefront, or at a beach, when lifeguards aren't on duty, is strictly prohibited

Swim conditions at all of Chicago's beaches can be found here. Swim conditions are updated each day around 11:00am based on weather and surf conditions, and around 1:30 pm based on water quality conditions. Flags may be updated throughout the day as needed. What does the flag mean?

  • Green: Swimming is permitted. Weather conditions are fair and water quality is good.
  • Yellow: Caution is advised. Weather conditions are unpredictable or bacteria levels are elevated.
  • Red: Swimming is prohibited. Weather conditions are dangers or bacteria levels are high.

To help make it a a safe summer for beach visitors and staff, please click on the following links to learn more about:

For questions regarding Chicago beaches, call 312-74-BEACH (312-742-3224) or 312- 742-PLAY (7529). 
Art on theMART Announces New Summer Programming!
Art on theMART began their new summer programming now on display! Keep reading below for more information.

Footnotes, Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon K. Calhoun
July 5–September 16, 2021
Footnotes is an animated projection focusing on Chicago footwork, produced by artists and filmmakers Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon K. Calhoun, featuring original music by DJ Spinn, the Chicago Bucket Boys, Angel Bat David, Elisha Chandler and Amal Hubert from Hypnotic Brass Band.

the light of the dark, Eighth Blackbird and Xuan
July 5–September 16, 2021
Created by the Chicago-based, Grammy-Award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird and new media artist and filmmaker Xuan, the light of the dark features music by renowned composer and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon, written for and recorded by the ensemble, as the inspiration. for projections by Xuan.

Woven, Spectralina
July 5–September 16, 2021
Visual artist Selina Trepp and musician Dan. Bitney collaborate as Spectralina, interlacing music inspired by Chicago’s rich musical history with hand-drawn animations of images of woven patterns founding the culturally diverse neighborhoods of Chicago.

Frida Kahlo: Timeless, Cleve Carney Museum of Art
July 5 – September 16, 2021
On July 5, the eve of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s birthday, a new piece celebrating her work, designed by George Berlin, was unveiled. On the occasion of the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage (June 5 – September 6, 2021), the piece will feature and transform several of Kahlo’s most recognizable works including Self Portrait with Small Monkey (1945) and Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress (1926). Accompanied by an orchestral score from Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, recorded by New Philharmonic, the projection commemorates Kahlo’s artistic legacy, which will be further explored in Frida Kahlo: Timeless, the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in over 40 years.

The Obama Portraits, Art Institute of Chicago
June 17 – September 16, 2021
In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of The Obama Portraits, we are presenting a dynamically animated projection of the portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. Former Chicago residents, the Obamas have a unique connection to the city. Wiley painted President Obama against greenery, with chrysanthemums; the flowers have symbolic meaning as the official flower of Chicago. Amy Sherald captured the former First Lady against light-blue background, sitting and gazing directly at the viewer. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald are the first African American artists commissioned to paint portraits for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s collection of a former President and First Lady. A musical score will accompany the piece. The original paintings that inspire our projections can be viewed at the Art Institute of Chicago June 18 – August 15.
Volunteer Opportunity in the 42nd Ward
Almost Home Kids (AHK) is a short-term community-based pediatric healthcare center that brings together medical professionals, recreational volunteers, community providers, sponsors, donors, friends, corporate and civic partners. Open since 2012, AHK is licensed by the Department of Public Health and located at 211 E. Grand Ave (on the 6th floor of the Ronald McDonald House).

Almost Home Kids provides a bridge from hospital to home for children with medical complexities by: educating and empowering families with the training, skills and confidence needed to care for their child in their own home; coordinating all the community-based medical and social services the child and family will need and providing respite care when needed in a home-like setting.

At this time, they are recruiting volunteers that are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to join their volunteer team. They especially need weekend-only volunteers in Chicago.

As a recreational volunteer you will help with activities with the children such as playing a game, reading a book or just simply rocking a baby to sleep. Opportunities are available 7 days a week for a 2-hour shift commitment each time. You can self-select your shifts making it very flexible and convenient.

Please reach out to Lisa Snow, Community Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] or call her at (630) 786-1755 to learn more about how to sign up for an orientation and make a difference at Almost Home Kids.
Police Alerts and Community Notices
Upcoming Events
Movies in the Parks Summer Schedule
(image courtesy of the Chicago Park District)  

The big screen in your backyard, Movies in the Parks returns this summer, bringing Hollywood movies and local films to local parks for the twentieth season. Join us in-person at the parks for classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood and retro childhood favorites, to the best family-friendly box office favorites from recent years. 

The Chicago Park District strives to bring the best possible entertainment and events to your parks, while adhering to and modeling all current, relevant COVID safety and mitigation strategies as recommended or required by local, state and federal guidelines. Below is a schedule of movies that will be shown in or near parks in the 42nd Ward throughout the summer.  

Millennium Park  
201 E. Randolph Street (Jay Pritzker Pavilion)  

  • Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00pm – The Wiz  
  • Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00pm – The Dark Knight  

Navy Pier  
600 E. Grand Avenue (Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park)  

  • Monday, July 12 at 6:30pm – 42  
  • Thursday, July 15 at 6:30pm – Pretty Woman  
  • Monday, July 19 at 6:30pm – Mighty Ducks  
  • Thursday, July 22 at 6:30pm – Trainwreck  
  • Monday, July 26 at 6:30pm – Caddyshack 
  • Thursday, July 29 at 6:30pm – The Big Sick  
  • Monday, August 2 at 6:30pm – Creed  
  • Thursday, August 5 at 6:30pm – Love and Basketball  
  • Monday, August 9 at 6:30pm – Cars 3  
  • Thursday, August 12 at 6:30pm – Stranger Than Fiction  
  • Monday, August 16 at 6:30pm – A League of Their Own  
  • Thursday, August 19 at 6:30pm – Bridesmaids  
  • Monday, August 23 at 6:30pm – Invictus  
  • Thursday, August 26 at 6:30pm – When Harry Met Sally  
  • Monday, August 30 at 6:30pm – Rocky IV  

Lake Shore Park  
808 N. Lake Shore Drive 

  • Saturday, July 31 at 8:15pm – Hidden Figures  
  • Saturday, August 14 at 8:15pm – Casablanca  
  • Wednesday, September 1 at 8:00pm – The Lion King 

Bartelme (Mary) Park  
115 S. Sangamon Street  

  • Saturday, August 28 at 8:00pm – Clueless  

All movies begin at dusk. If you're unsure when dusk is, visit any weather site to see the time of dusk each day. Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations. For more information and updates, please visit https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/movies
Grant Park Music Festival
July 2 - August 21
The Grant Park Music Festival is thrilled to present another season of world-class music-making—free of charge—on Chicago's lakefront. In accordance with Phase 5 regulations to safely and fully reopen the city, all Grant Park Music Festival concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will be restored to full seating capacity this summer. As such, no reservations are required, and seating on the Great Lawn and in the Seating Bowl is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
(photo courtesy of DCASE) 

The 2021 lineup includes Festival favorites, like the Grieg Piano Concerto, the New World Symphony, the William Tell Overture, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun plus plenty of family fun with Carnival of the Animals, Classic Broadway and the annual Independence Day Salute

Outside food or drink, including beer and wine, is welcome at the Pritzker Pavilion for all Festival concerts (excluding the Independence Day Salute, where it is available for purchase at Millennium Park concession tents). 

Seating in the bowl is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drinks are welcome in the Seating Bowl. Coolers and picnic baskets should be stored under your seat during the concert and cannot block the aisles. 

A full calendar of events can be found here and for more information about the Grant Park Music Festival, please visit their website
Millennium Park Summer Workouts
July 3 - August 28
Millennium Park Summer Workouts will return in-person on the Great Lawn featuring Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Detailed schedule for Saturday mornings will be as follows:

  • Tai Chi 8:30-9:15am
  • Yoga 9:30-10:15am
  • Pilates 10:30-11:15am
  • Zumba 11:30-12:15pm

These workouts will be hosted every Saturday starting July 3 through August 28. Please click here to view the full schedule.
Free Museum Days this Summer
The 42nd Ward is home to (and near) several world-class museums! Check out the following museums free admission days below.

The Field Museum
Active military personnel and Illinois teachers receive complimentary admission.
  • July 12 and 14
  • August 23

Museum of Contemporary Art
  • While suggested fees are posted, the MCA has a pay-what-you-can policy—no visitors are turned away.

Museum of Science and Industry
  • July 14
  • August 11
  • September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Adler Planetarium
Illinois Resident Discount Days
  • July 10-11, and July 17-18
2021 Chicago City Markets

Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds – at Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and a dozen more community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago.

These markets are typically open from May to October. Below is more information about participating markets in or near the 42nd Ward:
SOAR Farmers Market at MCA Plaza
220 E. Chicago Ave.
June 1 - October, 7am - 2pm

1817 N. Clark St.
May 5–October 27, 7am–1pm

Daley Plaza City Market
50 W. Washington St.
May 27–September 30, 7am–2pm

1936 S. Michigan Ave.
June 17–September 30, 4–8 pm
1817 N. Clark St.
May 1–October 30, 7am–1pm

Division Street City Market
100 W. Division St.
May 15–October 30, 7am–12pm

115 S. Sangamon St.
June 5–October 30, 8am–1pm
BACP Small Business E-Expo
Thursday, July 22
Save the Date for BACP’s first Remote Expo of 2021! This year’s expos will be better than ever, with the return of over 30 exhibitors offering 1:1 business guidance. The interactive expo will also feature a variety of webinars, panels and a keynote speaker that will help people in all stages of their entrepreneurial journey. Make sure to mark Thursday, July 22, 2021 in your calendar and visit this page for updates as the expo approaches. 

For questions please email [email protected] or call (312) 744-2086.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels in Chicago August 21-22
There will be new and reimagined air show events in August in place of this year's Chicago Air and Water Show. City of Chicago presents the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be a special solo demonstration by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels along the lakefront on August 21 & 22 from 12–1pm. (On August 20, practice runs from 10am–2pm.) The best viewing locations along the lakefront are between Oak Street and Fullerton Avenue.  

The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country. Stay tuned to Reilly Reports for updates and details throughout the summer. 
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 - July 12 at 6:00pm
  • Beat 121 - July 13 at 3:00pm
  • Beat 1824 - July 22 at 6:00pm
  • Beat 1831 - July 27 at 5:00pm
  • Beat 1832 - July 27 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
Rush Street Water Main Project
Starting on Monday, July 12, the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) will begin its Rush Street Water Main Abandonment Project. Work hours will be 7pm-7am.
The project requires the DWM to replace 100’ of pipe on the east side of North Rush, from Grand Avenue to a point 100’ north thereof. Additionally, the DWM will disconnect the water main on North Rush at East Ohio and East Ontario. 
All work is expected to be completed by Friday, July 23 (weather dependent). 

Filming in the Ward This Week

Apple TV - Loop
On Sunday, July 11, Apple TV will be filming scenes for Hans Bubby inside the London House located at 85 East Wacker Drive. In order to park essential vehicles, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • West side of Wabash, from Wacker Place to Lake (July 11 at 12pm to July 12 at 3am)
  • South side of Wacker, from State to Wabash (July 11 at 12pm to July 12 at 3am)
  • South side of Stetson, South Water to Randolph (July 11 at 12pm to July 12 at 3am)
  • South side of Stetson, South Water to Lake (July 11 at 12pm to July 12 at 3am)
  • North side of Wacker, from Michigan to Wabash (July 11 at 9pm to July 12 at 3am)

Additionally, the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive will be closed on Sunday, July 11 at 9:30pm to Monday, July 12 at 3am. If you have any questions or concerns, please call John David Wolfe at 773-960-9653.

The Bear - River North
On Sunday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 13, The Bear will be filming scenes for an upcoming TV show inside Mr. Beef located at 666 North Orleans Street. In order to park essential vehicles, parking at the following locations will be prohibited:

  • Both sides of Erie Street from Orleans Street to Sedgwick Street (Sunday, July 11 at 7pm to Tuesday, July 13 at 11pm)
  • Both sides of Huron Street from Orleans Street to Sedgwick Street (Sunday, July 11 at 7pm to Tuesday, July 13 at 11pm)
  • West side of Orleans Street from Huron Street to Erie Street (Sunday, July 11 at 7pm to Tuesday, July 13 at 11pm)
  • East side of Sedgwick Street from Huron St to Erie Street (Sunday, July 11 at 7pm to Tuesday, July 13 at 11pm)

On Monday, July 12 from 7am to 3pm, there will be intermittent traffic closures at the following locations:

  • East/West and North/South alleys bounded by Orleans Street, Huron Street, Erie Street, and Sedgwick Street
  • Franklin Street, from Superior Street to Ontario Street
  • Huron Street, from Wells Street to Orleans Street
  • Erie Street, from Wells Street to Orleans Street
  • Ontario Street, from Wells Street to Orleans Street

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Maria C. Roxas (Location Manager) at (312) 282-0283 or Gilbert Morales (Assistant Location Manager) at (312) 339-9401.

Black Ink Chicago - Loop
On Tuesday, July 13, Black Ink Chicago will be filming scenes for a commercial at 203 North Wabash Street. During the filming, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • South side of Lake, from Wabash to a point 200’ east thereof (Tuesday, July 13, from 4am-10pm)
  • West side of Wabash, from Wacker Place to Randolph (Tuesday, July 13, from 4am-10pm)
TV Show - Clark Street Bridge
On Wednesday, July 14 at 8pm to Thursday, July 15 at 3am scenes for an upcoming TV show will be filmed on the Clark Street Bridge. An 80’ crane will be placed on the bridge for additional lighting. During the filming, Clark Street, from Kinzie Street to Upper Wacker Drive will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

In order to park essential vehicles, parking will be prohibited at the following locations on Wednesday, July 14 at 12pm to Thursday, July 15 at 5am:

  • Both sides of Clark Street, from Kinzie Street to Lake Street  
  • West side of Dearborn Street from Kinzie Street to Upper Wacker Drive
  • Both sides Kinzie Street from State Street to Lower Wabash Avenue
  • East side of State Street from Kinzie Street to Upper Wacker Drive
  • South side of Kinzie Street from Clark Street to LaSalle Street
  • North side of Lake Street from Clark Street to 222 N Clark Street

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Maria C. Roxas (Location Manager) at (312) 282-0283 or Gilbert Morales (Assistant Location Manager) at (312) 339-9401.

Sundays on State
On Sunday, July 11, from 4am-11:59pm, State Street from Lake Street to Madison will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists will be able to travel eastbound/westbound on Lake Street, Randolph Street, Washington Street and Madison Street. 

Srebrenica Genocide Commemoration Day Parade
The Bosniak Brotherhood of Genoicde Survivors is planning a Srebrenica Genocide Commemoration Day Parade on Sunday, July 11, from 2pm-4pm. There will be approximately 70-100 people in attendance. The parade route is as follows:
  • Beginning at 500 N. Michigan, south to Adams Street, west to Federal Plaza at 219 South Dearborn Street
Traffic may be disrupted/delayed throughout the parade, when traveling in the area please use caution.  
Lakeshore East Resurfacing Repairs
The Chicago Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the following streets in July and August (weather dependent):
  • Westshore Drive, from South Water Street to Benton Place (7/14 - 8/5)
  • Benton Place, from Field Boulevard to Westshore Drive (7/14 - 8/5)
  • Randolph Street, from Field Boulevard to Harbor Drive (7/14 - 8/5)

Gas Line Installation: 354 North Union
On Monday, July 19, Peoples Gas will begin installation of a new gas line for 354 N. Union. Throughout the project, the west side of North Union, from West Kinzie to 354 N. Union will be closed. 
All work is expected to be completed at the beginning of August 2021.
Wacker Drive Repainting Project
In late-July, the Chicago Department of Transportation will begin repainting Lower/Middle Wacker Drive, from North Field Boulevard to Lake Shore Drive. Work hours will be 8am-8pm, 6-days a week. 
CDOT will be sandblasting/repainting 80' sections of Wacker Drive at a time. The sandblasting/repainting area will be contained and exhaust fans will be in-place to remove dust and fumes.
Traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times, and access to parking garages will not be blocked. 
This project is expected to be completed mid-December 2021. 

ComEd Vault Roof Replacement
Starting in mid-July, ComEd will be replacing a sidewalk vault roof at 344 West Erie Street. Work hours will be 8am-3pm, 5-days a week. 
Throughout the work, the sidewalk and curb lane on the north side of West Erie, from North Orleans to the first alley west thereof will be closed. 
There will be barricades, detour signs, and flaggers on-site throughout the project. All work is expected to be completed by mid-August (weather dependent). 
Demolition: 113 East Oak Street
At the end of June, Atlas began 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.

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. This project will take approximately two years to complete. 

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. 

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 mid-July 2021 (weather dependent). 

430 N. Michigan Lobby Renovation
Starting in mid-September, GNP Realty Partners will be 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 mid-December. 

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). 

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.