February 18, 2022
Alderman Reilly Reports
NEW DATE: 42nd Ward Public Safety Meeting with Cook Count Sherriff Tom Dart
Alderman Reilly's Public Safety Webinar with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been moved to Wednesday, March 2, from 4pm to 5pm. If you have already signed up for the webinar, the Zoom login information will remain the same.

During the webinar, Sheriff Dart’s team will discuss their crime reduction initiatives, Carjacking Task Force, and answer pre-submitted questions. 

Since the webinar is limited to 1,000 attendees, we encourage you to register early to guarantee entry. Please click here to register for the webinar.

There will not be open Q&A during the webinar, so please click here to submit a question in advance of the meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, March 2!
Alderman Reilly's Office Closed for President's Day on Monday, February 21
In observance of President's Day, Alderman Reilly’s Office will be closed on Monday, February 21.

Additionally, City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will be closed in honor of President Lincoln’s birthday and to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.

If you have a need for city services, please call 3-1-1 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.
City of Chicago Snow Removal Policy Reminder
The City of Chicago Municipal Code stipulates every building owner, business, lessee, tenant, or occupant is responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property. 

Municipal Code requires that a five-foot wide path must be cleared for pedestrians. Additionally, you are responsible for clearing any ADA ramps attached to the sidewalk. Click here for examples of improperly and properly cleared sidewalks. 

Sidewalks must be cleared 7 days a week. Snow that falls between 7:00am and 7:00pm must be removed no later than 10:00pm. Snow that falls between 7:00pm and 7:00am must be removed by 10:00am.

Failure to properly remove snow from the sidewalk can result in a fine between $50 to $500. Please click here if you would like more information.

Thank you for being a good neighbor and clearing your sidewalk.
New and Improved 42nd Ward Virtual Office
At the beginning of the year, our office launched a new and improved “virtual office”. Check out our new website at www.ward42chicago.com for answers to your questions, the latest news in the ward, and important information about your neighborhood!
You are Invited to Join Alderman Reilly to March in the Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade
The annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 12:15pm. You are invited to join Alderman Reilly to march in the parade. Our trolley will be located in Slot #42, which will be on East Balbo, west of North Columbus. 

Due to street closures for the parade, we encourage you to arrive at Slot #42 at 11:15am to ensure access to our trolley

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!
Free At-Home Rapid COVID Tests
Testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Biden Administration has purchased one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to give to Americans for free. 

The program will allow four free tests to be requested per residential address, and tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering.

Click here to place your order for free at-home COVID-19 tests.
Free Tax Prep Help
The City of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help at locations across Chicago from late January - mid-April in partnership with the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up. Please see the flyer below for more information.
42nd Ward Street Closures and Construction Notices
Crane Lift: 170 W. Ontario Street

Dearborn Engineers & Constructors (DEC) was hired to perform a crane lift at 170 W Ontario on Saturday, February 19 and Saturday, February 26 from 8am-5pm.

During the lifts, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk on the northside of Ontario, from LaSalle to a point 95' west thereof
  • Curb lanes on both sides of Ontario, from LaSalle to a point 95' west thereof
  • Two westbound traffic lanes on Ontario, from LaSalle to a point 95' west thereof

The curb lane on the south side of Ontario will be converted into a westbound traffic lane during the lift. They will have barricades and flaggers in-place during the lift. 

Film Notices


MATZ (movie) plans to film a scene at 225 N. Lower Michigan on Sunday, February 27. There are no special effects or noise associated with the filming. The scene involves an actor walking down the stairs from Upper to Lower Michigan. There will be a vehicle/another actor waiting and money is exchanged for goods. 

During the filming, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • Both Sides of Lower N. Garland Ct from Lower E. Wacker Pl to E. Lake St
  • South Side of Lake Street from Wabash Ave to Garland Ct.
  • North Side of Lower Lower Wacker Dr from Michigan Ave to 590 E. Lower Lower Wacker Dr
  • Both Sides of Lower E. South Water St from Wabash Ave to Stetson Ave
  • South Side of Upper E. South Water St from Michigan Ave to Stetson Ave

The following streets will be completely closed:

  • Lower E. South Water St from Wabash Ave to Stetson Ave (Feb. 27th 2 PM – Feb. 28th 6 AM)
  • Lower Michigan Ave from Lower Wacker Dr to Lower Lake St (Feb. 27th 2 PM – Feb. 28th 6 AM)

There will be intermittent traffic closures at the following location:

  • Lower Michigan Ave from Lower North Water St to E. Lower Wacker Dr (Feb. 27th 2 PM – Feb. 28th 6 AM)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeff Crider (On-site Coordinator) 734-478-1881.

Gas Main Replacement - Michigan, Chestnut to Cedar

Peoples Gas continues it's gas main replacement on the west side of Michigan Avenue, from Chestnut to Cedar. Work hours may vary throughout the project, but are currently anticipated to be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

All openings will be covered and secured during non-work hours. This portion of the gas main replacement is expected to last 3-6 weeks.

Gas Main Replacement - Michigan, Monroe to Lake

On Monday, February 7, Peoples Gas began a gas main replacement on the west side of Michigan Avenue, from Monroe to Lake. Work hours will be 9am-4pm.

This project is expected to be completed in July 2022 (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 summer of 2022 (weather dependent).

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

LG Construction has recently 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). 

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 March 2022. 

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. 

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.