March 8, 2024

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Early Voting Information

Early Voting for the March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election began on Monday, March 4th and will run through Tuesday, March 19, 2023 (Election Day). All 50 Ward Early Voting sites as well as the Loop Supersite (191 N. Clark) will also be open as vote centers on Election Day. 

2024 Early Voting Sites and Hours March 4 through March 19:

Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

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

Voter registration services (new voters, name changes and address updates) will be provided at all Early Voting sites. Please note: any voter in Chicago can vote at any Early Voting site, no matter where they live in the city. Click here to see all Early Voting locations and addresses.

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

Honorary Street Sign Unveiling Event for Rose Fay Thomas

Rose Fay Thomas established The Anti-Cruelty Society in 1899, and the organization is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year. 

In honor of her memory, Alderman Reilly passed an ordinance to establish an honorary street designation for Rose Fay Thomas at the southwest corner of North LaSalle Drive and West Grand Avenue. 

Yesterday, the Alderman joined members of The Anti-Cruelty Society, the public, and media to unveil Rose Fay Thomas’ Honorary Street Sign. Please see the pictures below.

March in the Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 12:15pm. You are invited to join Alderman Reilly to march in the parade. Our group will meet in Slot #42, which will be on East Balbo, west of North Columbus.

On parade day, at 11:00am, Columbus Drive, from Roosevelt Road to Monroe Street, along with the cross streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic. We encourage you to be at Slot #42 by 11:15am to ensure access to our group. 

Please click here to RSVP to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Alderman Reilly and his team.


We hope to see you at the parade!

Upcoming Chicago Plan Commission Hearing

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

101 East Oak Street:

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

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

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

CAPS Meetings

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

  • Beat 1824 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 14th at 6pm.
  • Beat 1831 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 19th at 5pm.
  • Beat 1832 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 19th at 6pm.
  • Beat 1833 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 21st at 5pm.
  • Beat 1834 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 21st at 6pm.

Click here for 18th District meeting locations.

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

  • Beat 121 CAPS Meeting will be held on March 13th at 5:30pm.

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

Lake Shore Drive Bridge Repairs

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

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

Scope of Work:

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

Construction Schedule:

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

Traffic Impact during Construction: 

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

Michigan Avenue Bridge Work

On Monday, February 26, CDOT will begin repairs to the sidewalk on the west side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The sidewalk will be closed for up to two weeks but will be completed and fully opened to traffic before St. Patrick's Day weekend. During working hours, the southbound curb lane will also be impacted. CTA will be notified and we will watch these impacts and make adjustments where we can.

Pedestrians will be detoured to the east side sidewalk. 

DWM Project: Lakeshore East Park

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

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

Restoration will occur in late spring/early summer.

CDOT Construction: Pin & Link Plate Assembly and Expansion Joints

The Department of Transportation will begin a project to replace pin and link plate assemblies and expansion joints associated with the bridge structures of upper and intermediate Columbus Dr., Randolph St., and Stetson Ave. Pin and link plate assembly work will be performed from the underside of the bridge decks while expansion joint replacements will occur from above.  The work is anticipated to begin on Monday, November 13th, 2023 and progress to completion (anticipated Fall 2024).  

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

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

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

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

Murphy Auditorium Renovation

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

  • Offices are going to be renovated
  • Stage has sunken – leveled out; fix accessibility issue
  • New elevator to go all the way to the top floor

Throughout the project, the following will be in-place:

  • Pedestrian canopy over the sidewalk in front of 50 E Erie
  • 100' of curb lane will be closed in front of 50 E Erie for material deliveries and small crane

They will need to use a small crane periodically throughout the project to lift materials onto the roof that can't fit through the doorway. 

LSD Bridge & Viaduct Project - September 25 to Summer 2024

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) began working on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and Viaduct Network between Monroe and Ontario. This work will include removing and replacing link plates, stainless steel pins, and Teflon bushings and expansion joint rehabilitation.  

Upper Level Lake Shore Drive will have one permanent lane closure in each direction and an additional lane closure during off-peak hours.

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

This project is expected to be completed summer of 2024.

Temporary Bus Stop Elimination

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

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

State & Lake Utility Relocations

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


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

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

Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation

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

The estimated $150 million project consists of rehabilitating 36 bridges and the Reversible Lane Access Control system, replacing overhead sign structures, installing new signage and modernized LED lights, pavement patching, and structural painting. Additionally, Hubbard’s Cave, from Grand Avenue to Wayman Street, will be painted and new LED lighting installed.

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

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

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

Click here for a project overview.

Click here for a FAQ

Click here to see photos and videos of the project.