November 24, 2021
Alderman Reilly Reports
Happy Thanksgiving from Alderman Reilly

Alderman Brendan Reilly wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! In observance of the holiday, Alderman Reilly's Office will be closed today at 4:00pm and will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 9:00am. 
If you are in need of city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests or dial 911 if you require immediate assistance.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, from 8:00am to 11:00am, and will run along State Street, from Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph Street.  The parade will be broadcast live on VPOD-TV 59.3 and on VPOD-TV's Roku station.
This year's lineup includes a variety of marching bands, floats, specialty units, and much more. To view the complete 2021 lineup click here
To accommodate the parade, the following street closures will take place:

  • State Street, between Washington and Randolph from 6:00pm Wednesday, November 24 to Thursday, November 25 at 3:00pm.
  • State Street, between Ida B. Wells Drive and Washington Street from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, November 25.
  • All east/west streets on State Street, from Ida B. Wells Drive to Lake Street will be closed between Wabash and Dearborn from 8:00am to 11:30am on Thursday, November 25.
  • North curb lane on Washington, from State to Dearborn beginning from 6:00am on Wednesday, November 24 to Thursday, November 25 at 3:00pm
  • Ida B. Wells Drive, from LaSalle to Wabash from 8:30am to 10:45am on Thursday, November 25.

To view a map of the parade, including step off, staging areas and disbanding areas, please click here. To view a list of parking restrictions, please click here. 
Residents should allow for extra travel time during this event as the Chicago Police Department may enact other closures not listed above for safety reasons. There will be several traffic reroutes, detours and increased pedestrian congestion.  Please plan accordingly. Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) reroutes are viewable here.
Click here to visit the official parade website.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids and Teens
With final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. There are a number of ways for families to get their children aged 5-11 vaccinated against COVID-19, including at pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community events, and dedicated Chicago Public School (CPS) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) clinics.

All 5-to-11-year-olds will be eligible for a $100 incentive when receiving their primary vaccine doses at a CDPH or CPS-hosted event. Booster doses do not qualify for incentives nor do vaccine events that are not hosted by CDPH or CPS. Please click here for information regarding vaccine events hosted by CDPH.
Traveling for the Holidays
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory currently includes 38 states and one territory. States are removed from the Travel Advisory when they maintain a daily COVID case rate below 15 per 100,000 residents for at least two consecutive weeks. 

Under the advisory, unvaccinated travelers should be tested for COVID before and after travel and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. The quarantine and testing recommendations do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers. 
Check out what the City of Chicago has to say about travel here if you have any questions.
Tips from ComEd to Recognize Scammers
Being aware of energy scams gives you the power to spot them before they happen.
ComEd will never call or come to your home or business to:

  • Sell you electricity
  • Ask for your account number
  • Ask you to make a direct payment with a prepaid cash card, cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, or third-party electronic banking app such as Cash App, Zelle, QuickPay or Venmo
  • Ask for your personal information such as Social Security number, Tax ID, or bank information

Please be aware of potential email and web scams:

  • Carefully review messages originating from outside your organization's network
  • Check the name of the sender and business in the email and make sure it matches the name and business in the email address. Look for misspellings and zeros in place of the letter O.
  • Do you recognize the sender? Don't hesitate to make a phone call to verify a message is being sent from a trusted source. Use a phone number from your own records or the company's official website and not the number provided in the email.
  • Confirm the contents of the email look legitimate especially when a request can have financial impacts, such as transferring money
  • Hover over website links before clicking to confirm legitimacy of the site

If at any time you are uncomfortable, or you feel you are experiencing suspicious behavior, call ComEd immediately at 800-EDISON1.

Click here to learn more.
Chicagoans - Attend City Colleges at No Cost Through Future Ready
Following more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the best time to prepare for a new career. City Colleges wants to give a financial boost to Chicagoans who want to start or resume their college education.

With that in mind, City Colleges of Chicago is offering Future Ready. Through Future Ready, City Colleges provides 60+ programs in select high-demand fields at no cost to eligible Chicagoans.

Eligible Chicagoans are:

  • New to City Colleges credit classes or those that have been away for two or more Fall/Spring semesters and left CCC in good standing
  • Interested in pursuing careers in fields as diverse as: healthcare, technology, transportation, distribution, and logistics, cannabis operations, auto tech, criminal justice, and more
  • Undocumented students are eligible

This is a first-come, first-served opportunity, and seats are limited. Enrollment for Spring semester is open now.

To learn more and see the list of Future Ready programs, go to:
FREE Smoke Alarms at the 42nd Ward Office
Stop by our office in City Hall, Room 200 at 121 N. LaSalle Street for a free smoke detector! Most fires occur at night when people are sleeping. A smoke detector can alert you when there is a fire, in time to save your life.
Below are some tips to ensure your smoke detector is properly installed and working correctly:
  • Make sure you are testing your detector correctly.
  • When a smoke detector sounds, get outside and call 911. Stay outside!
  • Install smoke detectors within 15 feet of any sleeping room and every level of your house
  • Replace your smoke detector every 10 years. Write the install date on the unit.
  • Don't forget to install Carbon Monoxide detectors on every floor as well.
  • Any questions on smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, call the Chicago Fire Department Public Education Division at (312) 747-6691.
A special thank you to the Chicago Fire Department for the smoke detector! Smoke detectors can be picked up from the 42nd Ward Office between the hours of 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday located in City Hall, Room 200.
For any other questions or to coordinate picking up a smoke alarm, please call us at (312) 744-3062 or send us a note via
42nd Ward Street Closures and Construction Notices
Crane Lift: 40 East Erie Street

On Wednesday, December 1, from 8am to 12pm, there will be a crane lift at 40 East Erie Street. During the lift, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk on the north side of Erie Street, from Wabash Avenue to a point 100' east thereof
  • Curb lane on the north side of Erie Street, from Wabash Avenue to a point 100' east thereof
  • Eastbound traffic lane on the north side of Erie Street, from Wabash Avenue to a point 100' east thereof

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

Helicopter Lift at 1 East Wacker Drive

On Sunday, December 5 from 9am-11am, there will be a helicopter lift at 1 East Wacker Drive. During the lift, the following will be closed:

  • State, from Lake Street to Kinzie Street
  • Wacker, from Dearborn to Wabash

They will have barricades and police officers in-place throughout the lift.

RCN Sidewalk Restoration

On Tuesday, November 2, RCN began sidewalk restoration on St. Clair, from Superior Street to Illinois Street. This work is expected to be competed by the beginning of December 2021 (weather dependent).

42nd Ward - Bus Stop Change

To enhance the delivery of service, the following bus stop change will take place, effective on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 9:00 am:

  • State at Chicago (northbound, nearside to farside)—Permanent bus stop relocation
Stop ID Number: 5387 to 18613

IJKL South Valley Wall Construction

Lendlease will begin work on the South Valley Wall of Cascade Park on Monday, November 29th and is expected to be complete on Monday December 6th. Bike and pedestrian access on Lower Harbor Service Drive will not be affected.
All dates are dependent on weather and if any changes occur, an updated schedule will be issued.

42nd Ward Filmings

Chicago Fire

On Friday, December 3, Chicago Fire will be filming interior scenes at 71 East Wacker Drive. During the filming, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Lower Wacker Place, from Lower Michigan to Lower Wabash (Tuesday, November 30 to Thursday, December 2 from 7am to 5pm)
  • Both sides of Garland Court, from Lake St To Wacker Pl (Friday, December 3 at 3:00 AM until 11:59 PM)
  • Both sides of Lower Michigan, from Lower Wacker Drive to Lower Wacker Place (Friday, December 3 at 3:00 AM until 11:59 PM)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Will Higgins (Location Manager) at 773-525-2326.

ComEd Vault Roof Replacement

ComEd is 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 the beginning of December (weather dependent).

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

LG Construction has broke 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). 

Wacker Drive Repainting Project
In late-July, the Chicago Department of Transportation began 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. 

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. 

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).

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 December 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
  • West side of Larrabee, from Erie to Huron

As always, please make sure to read all posted signage before parking your vehicle downtown.