July 14, 2023

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Canal Street Direction Change

During the community engagement process for the Cassidy Tire development project at 344 North Canal Street, residents expressed an interest in changing the direction of North Canal Street, between West Lake Street and West Kinzie Street from a two-way street to a one-way northbound thoroughfare. 

Based on feedback from local residents, the Alderman required the developer (Habitat) to fund a directional change pilot program for this stretch of North Canal Street. 

Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce that the one-way conversion is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 3. The pilot program will be in-place for one year. If it is successful, Habitat will fund a permanent directional change. 

Please see the flyer below for more details.

Community City Budget Meetings

Mayor Johnson’s office is holding City Budget Community Engagement forums.  At the forums, residents will  get  an overview of the budget and be able to share their insights and ask questions.   


Doors open an hour before the forums for a City Resource Fair where representatives from the City’s departments and sister agencies will be available to answer questions and provide information on City services and programs.  


The Budget Community Engagement Forums will be live-streamed on the City of Chicago’s social media channels.  

If you are interested in attending one of these forums, please register using one of the links below.


Tuesday, July 18 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Malcolm X College 

1900 West Jackson Boulevard 



Thursday, July 20 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Kennedy-King College 

6301 South Halsted Street 


Saturday, July 22 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Harry S. Truman College 

1145 West Wilson Avenue 


Free Brookfield Zoo Tickets for

42nd Ward Residents

Alderman Reilly’s Office has 100 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: four tickets  
  • Individual: two tickets  

Parking passes are also available for residents but are very limited in quantity. Please email Alderman Reilly’s Office at   office@ward42chicago.com to reserve your tickets, while supplies last. Reserved tickets must be picked up at City Hall, Room 200 with proof of residence.

Community Commission For Public Safety and Accountability Nominates Three Candidates For Chicago Police Superintendent

Today, the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA) announced the nomination of three exceptional candidates for consideration as the next Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department: (in alphabetical order) Madison, Wisconsin Chief of Police Shon F. Barnes, CPD Chief of Constitutional Policing and Reform Angel Novalez, and CPD Chief of Counterterrorism Larry Snelling. Following a rigorous 120-day search process, these nominees have emerged as outstanding leaders who possess the qualities and expertise necessary to address the unique challenges facing our city and the Chicago Police Department. Click here to review the full press release including brief bios for the candidates. 

The Commission will submit the names of the three nominated candidates to Mayor Brandon Johnson for his consideration. Per city ordinance, the Mayor has 30 days to review the candidates and make a selection. The Commission will continue to provide updates via the CCPSA website and remains committed to fostering a collaborative partnership between the community, the Mayor’s office, and the future Superintendent.

Alderman Reilly Hosts Community Shred Day for 42nd Ward Residents

Alderman Reilly is hosting a Community Shred Day on Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ohio Place Dog Park located at 360 West Ohio Street. Households are limited to two boxes and shredding materials will be accepted until the shred truck is full. Please remember to remove all paper clips, staples, and other bindings.

A representative from Alderman Reilly’s Office will be present to address concerns or questions regarding city-related matters.

We look forward to seeing you at the Community Shred Day!

Sundays on State

On Sunday, July 16, the Chicago Loop Alliance will host Sundays on State. During the event, State Street, from Lake Street to Madison Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. 

Additionally, the following cross streets will be closed at State Street:

  • Washington
  • Randolph
  • Couch Pl
  • Benton
  • Calhoun 

Please click here for more information regarding Sundays on State.

Taste of River North

The River North Residents Association (RNRA) will host Taste of River North (TORN) on Friday, July 28 (5pm-10pm) and Saturday, July 29 (11am-10pm). This family friendly event will be held on North Wells Street, between West Superior Street and West Ontario Street.

Representatives from our office will be manning a booth at the event on Friday (July 28) from 5pm to 7pm, and Saturday (July 29) from 11am to 5pm. 

Please click here or see the flyer below to learn more about TORN. 

Lollapalooza 2023

Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park from Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6. Each day, the event opens at 11am and closes shortly after 10pm. 

As NASCAR removes their equipment and structures in Grant Park, Lollapalooza will begin setting up for the three day concert. Please click here for a list of street and sidewalk closures. 

If you have questions regarding Lollapalooza, please contact them via email at info@lollapalooza.com. To report a concern during the event, please use the following Neighborhood Answering Service: (312) 500-2646.

18th District Police Council Meeting

Join the 18th District Police Council Members for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 27 from 6:00 pm at Lake Shore Park located at 808 N Lake Shore Drive. Click here to register.

CAPS Meetings

18th District: (312-742-5778 / CAPS018District@chicagopolice.org)

  • Beat 1824 CAPS meeting will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 6 PM
  • Beat 1831 CAPS meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 25th at 5 PM
  • Beat 1832 CAPS meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 25th at 6 PM
  • Beat 1833 CAPS meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27th at 5 PM
  • Beat 1834 CAPS meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27th at 6 PM

1st District: (312-745-4381 / CAPS001District@chicagopolice.org)

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

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

Film Notices


GTS PROD will be performing a Photoshoot for Neiman Marcus inside 200 N Franklin Street. During the photoshoot, parking on the west side of Franklin, between Lake and Wacker will be prohibited will be prohibited during the following dates/times:

  • Friday, July 14th from 5am - Saturday, July 15th 11pm
  • Sunday, July 16th from 11am - Monday, July 17th 11pm


OPUS MOVIE LLC will be filming a commercial throughout the Loop for a HYUNDAI on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. During the filming, parking at the following locations will be prohibited:

  • BOTH SIDES LAKE : CANAL TO WELLS (July 15, from 6-10pm)
  • BOTH SIDES OF WACKER DR: WELLS TO LAKE (July 15, from 6-10pm)
  • BOTH SIDES OF JACKSON: DEARBORN TO WELLS (July 15 at 11pm to July 16 at 4am)
  • BOTH SIDES CLARK: MONROE TO VAN BUREN (July 15 at 11pm to July 16 at 4am)
  • BOTH SIDES OF ADAMS: STATE TO WELLS (July 15 at 11pm to July 16 at 4am)
  • BOTH SIDES OF DEARBORN: MONROE TO JACKSON (July 15 at 11pm to July 16 at 4am)
  • BOTH SIDES OF LASALLE: KINZIE TO LAKE (July 16 from 12am to 3am)
  • NORTH SIDE OF KINZIE: WELLS TO CLARK (July 16 from 12am to 3am)
  • BOTH SIDES OF LASALLE: RANDOLPH TO ADAMS (July 16 from 3am to 9am)
  • BOTH SIDES OF WASHINGTON: CLARK TO WELLS (July 16 from 3am to 9am)
  • BOTH SIDES OF MADISON: CLARK TO WELLS (July 16 from 3am to 9am)
  • WEST SIDE OF CLARK: WASHINGTON TO MONROE (July 16 from 3am to 9am)

Additionally, there will be intermittent traffic closures at the following locations:

  • Lake Street, from Canal Street to Wells Street (July 15, from 6:30 to 8:30)
  • Wacker Drive, from Wells to Lake (July 15, from 8pm to 9:30pm)
  • E. SOUTH WATER ST.: MICHIGAN TO COLUMBUS (July 15, from 4:30 to 6:30pm)
  • MIDDLE STETSON AVE: LOWER WACKER TO LOWER LAKE (July 15, from 4:30 to 6:30pm)
  • COLUMBUS: WACKER TO RANDOLPH (July 15, from 4:30 to 6:30pm)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John David Wolfe at 773-960-9653.

Maggie Daley Summer Camp Drop-off

Due to the Randolph Street viaduct project, CDOT placed a temporary pick-up/drop-off area on the south side of Randolph, between Field and Harbor for Summer Camp at Maggie Daley Park. During the 30 minute drop-off and pick-up periods, CDOT will have barricades and traffic control in-place to help direct traffic.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times on Randolph, from Field to Harbor.

This traffic configuration will be in-place until August 4, 2023.

15 E Oak Street: Facade Project:

Early this week, a facade project began at 15 E Oak Street. Throughout the project, the sidewalk on the south side of Oak, from State to Rush will be closed. A protected pedestrian walkway will be in-place in the curb lane.

The project is expected to be completed October 2023.

120 E Oak Street Facade Project

Summit Design + Build will begin a facade project at 120 E Oak Street on Tuesday, May 30. Works hours will be Monday thru Saturday, from 8am-5pm.  

Throughout the project, the sidewalk adjacent to the building will be closed. It will be covered by construction fencing. Pedestrians will be pushed to a protected pedestrian path in the curb lane.

Deliveries will occur between before 9am and debris will be removed between 8am-9am. There will be a gate at the east end of the fencing for deliveries and debris removal.

The project will be completed in early November.

340 W Superior Roof Project

Clark Roofing will begin a project at 340 West Superior Street on Wednesday, June 14. During the project, Clark Roofing will be using the east end of the alley bounded by Orleans, Chicago, Superior, and Sedgwick to load debris for removal and unload materials.

The project is expected to take 2 months to complete (weather dependent).

Peoples Gas Project: Clark and Adams

PGL began work on Clark (Monroe to Jackson) and Adams (LaSalle to Clark) earlier this month. There will be temporary lane closures on Clark and Adams during permit hours but traffic will be maintained at all times

Work days/hours are Monday-Saturday, from 8am-5pm. This project is expected to be completed in October 2023.

Murphy Auditorium Renovation

Driehaus Museum purchased the Murphy Auditorium at 50 E Erie and plans to begin renovations in June. Work hours are Monday-Friday, from 8-4pm. They plan to complete the following interior alterations:

  • 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. Driehaus will notify us in advance of installation of a small crane. 

Dearborn Street Bridge:

Due to equipment and material procurement problems, the Dearborn Street Bridge project will be completed in September 2023 (weather dependent). One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

431 N Dearborn Façade Project

Crane construction began a façade project at 431 N Dearborn this week. Throughout the project, the sidewalks adjacent to the building on Dearborn and Hubbard will be closed. Pedestrians are directed to walk in projected pedestrian walkways in the curb lanes.

The project is expected to be completed in October 2023 (weather dependent).

225 W Randolph Renovation:

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

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

This project is expected to be completed July 2024.

151 N Michigan:

Power Construction installed a tower crane on Beaubien Court for the project at 151 N Michigan Avenue. While the crane is in place, Beaubien Court, from a point 23' north of Randolph Street, to a point 100' north thereof will be closed to vehicular traffic. The crane will be in-place for 8-10 weeks.

The following will be closed throughout the duration of the project:

  • Sidewalk on the north side of Randolph, from Beaubien Court to Michigan Avenue
  • Sidewalk on the east side of Michigan, from Randolph, to a point 100' north thereof
  • Beaubien Court, from Randolph to a point 100' north thereof

Pedestrians will be directed to use projected walkways that are placed in the curb lanes on Randolph and Michigan. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2023.

Temporary Bus Stop Elimination

Until March 2024, the westbound bus stop at Grand and St. Clair will be temporarily removed.

  • Stop ID Number: 761
  • Route Stopping: #29 – State, #65 – Grand, #120 – Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, #121 – Union/Streeterville Express

Randolph Street Viaduct Repair

CDOT will be performing repairs at Randolph Street Viaduct (East bound lanes only) between Columbus Dr. and Field Blvd.


Scope of Work:

The project consists of performing the following repairs: Concrete deck repairs, street paving.

Construction Schedule:

7:00 am - 6:00pm Monday to Saturday, April 10th  - September 30th 2023.

No demolition or other excessive noise creating activity will begin until after 8:00am.


Traffic Impact during Construction:


  • The Randolph Street Viaduct east bound lanes will have one lane open to traffic at all times and one lane closed for construction at both the upper and intermediate levels between Columbus Dr. and Field Blvd. At least one sidewalk will remain open to pedestrian traffic.
  • All parking on east bound Randolph St. will be removed between Columbus Dr. and Field Blvd.
  • West bound lanes will be open at all times during construction with the exception of single night closures (Dates are TBD and updates will be provided).
  • Access to Millenium Parking Garage and Maggie Daley Park will be limited to entrances at the Columbus Dr./Randolph St. Intersection and Field Blvd./Randolph St. Intersection. Elevator/ADA access to the garage will be maintained.

State & Lake Utility Relocations

Utility companies began relocating utilities in advance of the State and Lake CTA project. Train services will not be disrupted during utility relocations. 


At least 1 lane of traffic will remain open (1 lane each direction on State St) at all times, but other driving and parking lanes may be closed. 

Construction equipment and materials will be stored on the street, including during time periods between active work. Work will primarily occur 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays, but there will be limited work during nights. Utility companies are aware of and required to abide by the Chicago noise ordinance, which limits noisy work during overnight hours.

150 E Ontario Construction

W.E. O'Neil began construction of a 23-story building at 150 East Ontario Street. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm (8pm during caisson pours). Some weekend work will occur.  

Throughout the project, the following will be closed:

  • 150' of sidewalk in front of 150 East Ontario
  • 150' of curb lane in front of 150 East Ontario 

Pedestrians will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of the street at Ontario/Michigan and Ontario/St. Clair. The entire project is expected to take 23 months to complete. 


Chase Tower Clark Street Tunnel Project

In mid-July, Berglund Construction began repairs on the Chase Tower Clark Street tunnel at 23 S. Clark Street. The project scope consists of repairing Chase’s below-grade tunnel structures that cross below Clark Street at 23 S. Clark St, and will require excavation of Clark Street in that area to access the tunnel structures to perform repairs.

There will be one lane of southbound traffic open at all times. Berglund will have flaggers and barricades in-place throughout the project. 

The project will last 26 months. Berglund would like to begin mid-June. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 8am-5pm.

535 N. St. Clair Street Project

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

Cassidy Tire Construction 

Construction of the 33-story mixed-use building is underway. Throughout construction, McHugh Constriction will occupy the curb lane on the west side of Canal along 344/350 N. Canal Street's property line. The construction company has leased the area north of the building from the railroad to use as a staging area. Additionally, they will use the parking lot south of the building as a staging area too.

As a reminder, this project is contributing to numerous public benefits. Click here for a list of public benefits, and stay tuned to Reilly Reports for future updates on this project and the implementation of these public benefits.  All work is expected to take 24 months to complete (weather dependent).

311 W Huron Project

In June, ARCO Murray began construction of a new building at 311 W. Huron Street. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm (8pm during caisson pours). Throughout the project, the following City right-of-way will be occupied:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the south side of Huron, from Franklin west to the end of 311 W Huron's property line - approximately 150'. The sidewalk will be used to store their concrete pump, dumpster, and hoist dock. Trucks will back into the site at this location too. Jersey barriers will be placed in the curb lane to create a protected pedestrian path.
  • 3' of the sidewalk on the west side of Franklin, from Huron to the first alley south thereof. This leaves 6' of clearance. They will need to push the fence out a few feet during excavation.
  • 150' of the east/west alley bounded by Huron, Franklin, Erie, and Orleans will be closed. The closure is from Franklin to a point 150' west thereof. 

The project is expected to be completed in September 2023 (weather dependent). 

214 West Erie Street Renovations

On Monday, December 13, Crane Construction began renovations of 214 West Erie Street. During construction, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane in front of 214 West Erie Street. The curb lane will be used as a pedestrian walkway. Crane Construction will place jersey barriers and ramps in the curb lane to protect pedestrians and provide wheelchair access. 
  • Close 100' of the north/south alley adjacent to 214 W Erie Street. This is a T alley and residents of 222 W Erie will still be able to access their parking garage from the alley entrance on Franklin and Huron.

This project is expected to be completed in early 2023 (weather dependent).

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

LG Construction continues work on 751 N. Hudson Avenue and 451 W. Chicago Avenue, which are adjacent parcels. Work hours will be 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.


Throughout the project, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane/traffic lane of the east side of Hudson, from Chicago to the first alley south thereof
  • Sidewalk/curb lane/traffic lane on the west side of Sedgwick, from Chicago to the first alley south thereof
  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the south side of Chicago, from Hudson to Sedgwick

There will be a protected pedestrian walkway in the curb lane on the south side of Chicago Avenue, from Hudson Avenue to Sedgwick Street.

This project is expected to take 18 months to complete (weather dependent). 

354 North Union Construction

The Onni Group is constructing a 33-story residential building with 373 units. Work hours will be 8am-8pm, daily. 

Parking will be prohibited on North Union, from West Kinzie to the cul-de-sac west thereof throughout the project. All construction equipment and vehicles will be staged on the Onni Group’s property. This project will take approximately two years to complete. 

Street Sweeping

During street sweeping season (April 1 to mid-November) the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation uses mechanical street sweepers to remove debris and litter from streets, weather permitting. Throughout the season, DSS deploys mechanical street sweepers at regularly scheduled times to clear debris from Chicago streets. Starting this week, dozens of street sweepers have begun clearing the debris and leaves that have accumulated during winter months on both residential and arterial streets. 

On weekdays, from 9am to 2pm, this Sweeper Tracker map will show real-time locations of city street sweepers. For more information, please review the 42nd Ward Map and street sweeping schedule. Residents can also call 311 to find the dates and locations of street sweeping in their area.

Please check for the bright orange signs announcing temporary parking restrictions. These signs are posted two days prior to scheduled street sweeping events. Some streets also have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.

Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) began rehabilitation of the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94), from the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94) junction to West Ohio Street

The project consists of rehabilitating 36 bridge structures and the Reversible Lane Access Control (REVLAC) 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.

This project will take place over three consecutive construction seasons and consist of three stages. The following will occur during stage one:

Stage I - Inbound Kennedy

To help minimize the impact to traffic the reversible express lanes will remain open in the inbound direction, while two mainline inbound lanes will be closed at a time. Motorists should expect lane shifts and overnight lane closures and various ramp closures. Later this summer, painting and installation of new LED lighting will begin on inbound Hubbard's Cave, between Ohio and Lake streets. Construction is anticipated to be completed later this fall, with all lanes and ramps reopening and the express lanes resuming normal operations.

Please click here to learn more about the Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation, and stay tuned to Reilly Reports for future updates.