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Stay tuned for more information. The election is February 26, 2019 and will include Aldermanic races, the mayoral race, and more. 


Old Post Office 
Ferrara Candy Co. will relocate its corporate headquarters to Chicago's Old Post Office from Oakbrook Terrace next summer, bringing almost 400 jobs to the massive structure straddling Congress Parkway.

Jane Byrne Circle Interchange 
Reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange, which started in 2014, will take until 2022. IDOT engineers warn that the biggest impact to traffic is coming in the summer of 2020, when a major ramp will need to be closed. This is the ramp from the inbound Eisenhower Expressway to the northbound Kennedy Expressway, which sees 26,000 cars a day. Click here to see the full Tribune article. 

National Teachers Academy
On December 3, 2018, a Cook County judge granted a preliminary order to block Chicago Public Schools' conversion of National Teachers Academy to a high school. Schools officials said they won't appeal the ruling, which means NTA will remain open. Click here to see the full Sun-Times article. 

Proposed Red Line 15th Station 
Related Midwest has proposed a new Red Line station at the southeast corner of 15th and Clark to serve the development it's calling "The 78." Significant infrastructure stacked up beneath Clark Street makes it very difficult to put the station-or even its entrance-on the west side of Clark. Because the subway is so close to the surface at this location, a station entrance building could let daylight reach all the way to the platforms. Construction would require excavation of Cotton Tail Park, though work could be staged to keep about a third of the park open throughout the process, and afterward rebuilt with improvements desired by the neighborhood. The projected cost of $300 million would come from a new TIF district covering Related's property and the station site.

At a meeting Dec. 17 at Daystar Center, a number of Dearborn Park II residents expressed opposition to the station. Let us know your thoughts on this proposal. 

The latest South Loop development news can always be found at


  • Tri-branded Hilton property- Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place, a Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place and a Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place, all in the same building: Cermak between Indiana Ave. and Michigan Ave. 
  • Fat Pour Tapworks: Indiana and Cermak
  • Nike Pop Up: 9th and Wabash 
Change of Location:
  • Succezz moves from 1329 S. Michigan to 2214 S. Michigan
Opening Soon: 
  • Il Culaccio: 2138 S. Indiana plans to open Spring 2019
Target Fire
On December 23, 2018, there was a car fire in the parking lot. Remember to call 911 if you ever observe a fire or crime.  

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens Street Construction Update
Per Alderman Dowell's newsletter: During construction to fix a longstanding sewer issue within Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.), the contractor encountered unexpected underground issues in 18th St. just east of Indiana Ave. This has caused delays in the project as the project managers attempted to find a way to quickly fix the issue while causing as little disruption to the Women's Park Fieldhouse structure as possible. Below is a rough estimate of the stages and time frames for completion of this project.

The contractor has been able to close up the partial street opening. Work will begin in the plaza after the street work is complete. The 18th St. eastbound lane will need to be utilized for staging and construction and will remain in use for approximately 3 weeks total. Temporary restoration work will be completed after the repairs to the sewer lines are made with full restoration of the decorative pavers occurring in the spring. Neighborhood impact from construction should end by approximately December 28th.

Christmas and New Year's Refuse and Recycling Schedule 
There will be no refuse collection on Tuesday, December 25th and Tuesday, January 1. All city-collected refuse will be service Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

Potential changes to Blue Cart Recycling collection based on your service provider.

Privately provided Blue Recycling Cart Service will be collected Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with all collections being moved one day. (For example, Thursday collection will be moved to Friday, and Friday collections to Saturday.) 

Residents with private service should continue to put out Blue Recycling Carts throughout the week, according to their typical schedule.   

Sims (Zone 5) will collect Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with all collections being moved by one day throughout the week. (For example, Thursday collection will be moved to Friday, and Friday collections to Saturday.)

Wintrust Arena and Soldier Field events for a full list of events

New 311 System
Test out the new 311 system. The City of Chicago is upgrading to a new 311 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. If you'd like to test the new system, sign up, register at and provide your name and email address.

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS meetings
None in December 

Women's Park
Winter Activities - Click here
for registration and additional information. Registration begins December 4.

Northerly Island 
January 5 and 12 10:00 am- 2:00 pm 

Family Prairie Prowl 
January 9 10:00-11:00 am
Winter Break Park District Camp 
Click here  for more information and reservations.   

Glessner House 

Museum Free Days 
Field Museum: 
January 21, February 1-28 

Adler Planetarium: 
January 21-22, 29-31; February 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 26-28  


Annual Members Meeting:   December 5

Loft Walk: December 15