July 16, 2021
Alderman Reilly Reports
CDPH COVID-19 Update: Missouri and Arkansas Added Back to Chicago’s Travel Advisory and New CDC Information on the Delta Variant
After several weeks with no states on its Travel Advisory, Missouri and Arkansas have been added back to the list amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in some regions of the country. Recent increases pushed the two states back past the mark of 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents. 

Any unvaccinated people traveling from Missouri or Arkansas are advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. CDPH continues to stress the importance of getting vaccinated for COVID, and adherence to all masking guidelines for travel. 
The highly transmissible B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant continues to spread across the United States at a rapid pace. Early data suggest that B.1.617.2 now makes up more than 50% of COVID-19 cases. In some parts of the country, this percentage is even higher, especially in areas with low vaccination rates. This rapid rise is concerning and threatens the progress the United States has made toward ending the pandemic. 

The current national 7-day moving average of daily new cases (14,885) increased 16.0% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (12,832). Compared with the highest peak on January 10, 2021 (251,897), the current 7-day average decreased 94.1%. 

Data from May and June show that as more adults ages 65 and older became vaccinated, they accounted for fewer than 1 in 3 hospitalizations. However, data from recent weeks show that even though the number of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations continues to decline in all age groups, the proportion of hospitalized adults ages 18–49 years continues to climb and now accounts for more than 40% of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations. Since April, these younger adults now account for more hospitalizations than people 65 years and older, likely reflecting lower vaccination rates in this age group compared with older adults. 

This map below provides an integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. To learn more, please click here.  
The CDC wants to remind individuals of the success of the U.S. vaccination program over the last 8 months. As of July 8, 2021, 183.2 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 158.3 million are fully vaccinated. However, across the United States, the CDC is also seeing new and emerging trends that are concerning. Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in areas with low vaccination coverage.  

Fortunately, there are safe and effective vaccines that prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death. People who are fully vaccinated are protected from B.1.617.2. If you are not yet vaccinated, you are at risk of infection and should continue to practice prevention strategies and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Turning the corner on the pandemic, getting back to normal, and stopping the spread of B.1.617.2 requires all of us doing our part. 
Important Announcements and Updates
 Free Brookfield Zoo Tickets for 42nd Ward Residents!
Alderman Reilly’s Office has 90 free admission tickets to the Brookfield Zoo for 42nd Ward residents. Alderman Reilly would like to thank Commissioner Bill Lowry for helping secure the tickets for the 42nd Ward. For the latest information about Brookfield Zoo and its safety procedures, please click here.  

Tickets will be distributed as follows on a first-come-first-served basis: 

  • Family: five tickets  
  • Individual: two tickets  

Parking passes are also available for residents but are very limited in quantity. Please email Alderman Reilly’s Office at [email protected] to reserve your tickets, while supplies last. Reserved tickets must be picked up at City Hall, Room 200 with proof of residence. As a reminder, 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. 
(Image Courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo)
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.  
CTA Special Summer Fares
Just in time for summer, and as part of the City’s “Open Chicago” initiative to bring back events, festivals, dining and other indoor and outdoor activities – CTA is reducing the price on three of their most popular unlimited-ride pass products!

CTA is discounting the price of the following three unlimited-ride passes through Labor Day (Monday, September 6):

  • Promotional 1-Day CTA Pass: $5 (down from $10)
  • Promotional 3-Day CTA pass: $15 (down from $20)
  • Promotional 7-Day CTA pass: $20 (down from $28)

The promotional fares will be available for purchase at Ventra Vending Machines at CTA rail stations, on the Ventra app, on the Ventra website, at over 1,000 retail locations, and by calling Ventra customer service at (877) NOW-VENTRA (669.8368).

The CTA strongly recommends customers plan ahead, allow extra travel time, and purchase fares in advance. Below are a few things to be aware of to help make your next trip smooth and easy:

  • Masks are required on CTA: Per federal mandate, masks or face coverings are required on all CTA properties -- even if you are vaccinated. As such, all customers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA. Free masks are available on every bus and at every rail station.
  • Plan your trip: Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner and our new Ridership Dashboards, which are designed to help you better plan trips on our buses and trains to avoid traveling during heavy ridership periods, whenever possible
  • Ways to pay: There are a variety of convenient fare payment options, including payment with mobile pay apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) and contactless bankcards. To learn more, visit: transitchicago.com/fares/.

Travel updates and alerts: Stay in the Loop on CTA service and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.
CDPH Conducts a Comprehensive Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program to Reduce Threat for Residents
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile Virus (WNV)-positive mosquito batches in the City for 2021. CDPH will continue to monitor the areas where the mosquitos tested positive and will determine the appropriate next steps to be taken following additional tests. No human cases of WNV have been reported to date in 2021.

CDPH began its annual mosquito control activities on May 26th. This includes treating 40,000 catch basins in Chicago with larvicide, which kills immature mosquitoes and is the most effective control strategy. In addition, CDPH places up to 83 traps throughout the city and tests mosquito samples every week. This information allows CDPH to respond quickly to reduce risks of mosquitoes through neighborhood outreach and spraying in specific geographic areas. The best way to prevent infection from WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and avoid mosquito bites. Residents are encouraged to take personal precautions against mosquitoes:

  • Use insect repellant that contains DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus according to label instructions.
  • Eliminate standing water. Empty water from flowerpots, gutters, tires, toys, pet water dishes and birdbaths once weekly.
  • Keep grass and weeds short to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
  • When outside between dusk and dawn, wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes.
  • Make sure that all screens, windows and doors are tight fitting and free of holes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.
  • Check on neighbors regularly, especially those who are older, live alone or need additional assistance.

WNV is typically spread to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes do not carry the virus. While most people infected with WNV do not feel sick, about 1 in 5 people develop a fever and flu-like symptoms. Severe illness can occur in about 1 in 150 people and is most likely in people over age 60. Because there are no specific medications to treat WNV in people, the most effective method to prevent infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, including symptoms and prevention, visit www.chicago.gov/health.
"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
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
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.
CACC Sunday Funday Free Adoption Event
Sunday, July 25
Visit Chicago Animal Care and Control next Sunday, July 25, for their Sunday Funday event! Fees will be waived for all cats and dogs over 6 months old and adult bonded pairs!

Entrance will be limited to the first 100 families, and masks will be required indoors.

Please visit Chicago.gov/cacc for adoption requirements. Save time by coming with your completed application or sending it in by 7/16 to https://bit.ly/cacc_app.

Please email [email protected] or call 312-747-1406 with any questions.
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 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 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.
  • 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
  • August 11
  • September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Adler Planetarium
Illinois Resident Discount Days
  • 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
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. 
Teens in the Park (TIP) Fest
TIP (Teens in the Park) Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources and celebrate one another's talents. TIP Fest takes place October 2nd, 2021 at Union Park. Winners of TIP Fest will receive the following prizes: 1st place $500 | 2nd place $250 | 3rd place $150.

Singers, rappers, dancers and poets, come audition to perform at TIP Fest 2021!  Auditioning artists must be between the ages of 14-24 and live in Chicago.

  • TIP on Tour Auditions & Cypher | Saturday, July 17th | Amundsen Park | 2pm-6pm
  • TIP on Tour Auditions & Rap Battle | Saturday, August 21st | Midway Plaisance Park | 2pm-6pm

TIP Fest
  • TIP Fest | Saturday, October 2nd | Union Park | 2pm-6pm

To register to audition, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/tip-fest for more information.
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 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
Crane Lift: 226 West Jackson Boulevard

On Wednesday, July 21 at 8pm to Thursday, July 22 at 6am, there will be a crane lift at 226 West Jackson Boulevard. 

During the lift, the following will be closed to motorists and pedestrians:

  • Franklin, from Adams to Jackson
  • Jackson, from Wacker to Wells

There will be detour signs and barricades in-place throughout the lift. 

Helicopter Lift: 250 South Wacker Drive

On Saturday, July 24, from 9am-11am, there will be a helicopter lift at 250 S. Wacker Drive. 

During the lift, the following will be closed to motorists and pedestrians:

  • Wacker, from Adams to Van Buren
  • Jackson, from Canal to Franklin

There will be barricades, detour signs, and Police Officers in-place throughout the lift. 

Tower Crane Jump: 300 N Michigan

On Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25, there will be a crane jump at 300 North Michigan Avenue.

During the jump, the following will be closed:

  • Curb lane/sidewalk on the west side of Michigan, from a point 90' north of Wacker Place to a point 50' north thereof

There will be barricades, detour signs, and traffic control in-place throughout the lift.

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

In mid-August, LG Construction will break 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).

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.

Northwestern Commercial Shoot

On Saturday, July 17, from 4am - 11pm, Northwestern Memorial Hospital will be filming a commercial inside its facilities. During the filming, parking will be restricted at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Erie, from Fairbanks to McClurg
  • South side of Superior, from Fairbanks to Lake Shore 
  • North side of Superior, from Fairbanks to a point 100’ east thereof

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Daniel Marcus (Location Manager) at 312-539-6841 or Gail Wettengel (Production Supervisor) at 312-420-1648.

Ripple Effects

On Wednesday, July 21, Ripple Effects will be filming scenes in River North. In order to park essential vehicles, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Lower Wabash, from Hubbard to Illinois (9am-5pm)
  • Both sides of Hubbard, from Wabash to Rush (9am-5pm)
  • Both sides of Kinzie, from State to Wabash (9am-5pm)
  • East side of State, from Kinzie to Hubbard )11am-4pm)

From 11pm-1pm, there will be intermittent traffic closures of Lower Wabash, from Hubbard to Illinois.  Additionally, there will be a full closure of the east/sest alley between State and Lower Wabash and between Kinzie and Hubbard from 1pm-4pm. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stuart Berberich (Location Manager) at 312-860-1983 or Stefan Nikolov (On-site Contact) at 773-616-0007.

Chicago Med Filming

On Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22, Chicago Med will be filming scenes in Lakeshore East. In order to park essential vehicles, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • South Side of Upper E. Randolph Street, from Stetson Ave to Field Blvd (July 21 at 6am - July 22 at 6pm)
  • South Side of Middle E. Randolph St from Columbus Drive to 400 MIDDLE E. Randolph Street (July 21 at 6am - July 22 at 6pm)
  • Both Sides of Lower Columbus Drive, from Lower E. South Water St to LOWER E. Lake Street (July 21 at 6am - July 22 at 6pm)

There will be intermittent traffic closures on Thursday, July 22 from 9am-3pm at the following locations:

  • Lower Columbus Drive, from Lower South Water St to Lower Randolph St
  • Lower E. Randolph Street, from Lower Stetson Ave to 400 Lower E. Randolph St

Additionally, there will be a full closure on Thursday, July 22 from 9am-3pm on the southernmost eastbound lane on Lower East Randolph Street, from Stetson Avenue to Columbus Drive. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Edward Eberwine III (Location Manager) at 312-841-7695 or Bobby Demakis (On-site Coordinator) at 224-588-2037.

LGTV Filming

LGTV will be filming scenes for an upcoming TV show inside 226 W. Ontario Street on Wednesday, July 21 at 7am to Thursday, July 22 at 3am. During the filming, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Franklin, from Ontario to Huron
  • Both sides of Erie, from Orleans to Wells
  • South side of Huron, from Orleans to Wells

There will be intermittent traffic closures of Franklin, from Ontario to Erie Street (July 21 at 7:30pm to July 22 at 3am). Additionally, the alley bounded by Franklin, Ontario, Erie, and Wells will be closed (July 21 at 7:30pm to July 22 at 3am).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Will Higgins (Location Manager) at 773-277-8806 or Jon Klemke (On-site Coordinator) at 773-277-8728.

Charlotte Ariss Photoshoot

On Saturday, July 31, from 8pm-9pm, Charlotte Ariss will be conducting a photoshoot from the median in front of 111 East Upper Wacker Drive. There will be intermittent traffic closures on the north side of Upper Wacker Drive at this location.

Wedding Processions 

Wedding Baraat

On Sunday, July 18, from 7:45am-8:30am, there will be a wedding procession that steps off from 321 S. Wacker Drive, proceeds west on Van Buren, and disbands at 401 West Van Buren. There will be one horse in the parade and 75 participants.

Traffic may be delayed during this time.

Wedding Procession

On Saturday, July 31, from 4:00pm-4:30pm, there will be a wedding procession that travels from 55 East Washington to 78 East Washington where it will be disbanded. Walking participants will utilize the sidewalk, and a horse and two vehicles will travel in the curb lane.

Wedding Procession

On Friday, August 13, from 1:00pm-1:45pm, there will be a wedding procession on West Monroe, from South Clark to South LaSalle. This stretch of West Monroe will be closed to vehicular traffic during the procession.

Sundays on State
On Sunday, July 18, 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. 

Flyover Closure 

On Monday, July 26 from 11pm to Tuesday, July 27 at 5am, the flyover will be be closed to make adjustments to the hinged sidewalk.
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 (7/26- 8/23)
  • Benton Place, from Field Boulevard to Westshore Drive (7/26 - 8/23)
  • Randolph Street, from Field Boulevard to Harbor Drive (7/26 - 8/23)

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.