October 23, 2020
Alderman Reilly Reports
New COVID-19 Restrictions Are In Effect
As a reminder to residents and businesses, the following regulations are now in effect.  

  • All non-essential businesses must be closed to the public between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. This includes bars, restaurants, health and fitness centers, event venues, personal services, non-essential retail and most establishments that were deemed non-essential during the Stay at Home Order earlier this year. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores, are exempt. Additionally, restaurants may remain open for take-out or delivery of food. 
  • Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that sell alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food Establishment License must close for indoor service. Outdoor service may continue, including rooms with retractable roofs and tables that are within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open. 
  • All liquor sales for on-site and off-site consumption must cease at 9:00 p.m. This applies to all establishments that sell alcohol, including those with a Package Goods, Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity License. The delivery and pick-up of alcohol must cease at 9:00 p.m. as well. 

Alderman Reilly is incredibly concerned about what the impact of this temporary restriction will have on our local hospitality industry and if they will be able to recover. Earlier this month he introduced legislation to allow for extended hours to provide relief to many of these small, independent businesses. The hospitality industry alone employs nearly 100,000 Chicagoans, and most of these businesses - whether downtown or in the neighborhoods - are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and closure.  

Alderman Reilly understands the need for temporary restrictions to curb the spread, however, he believes restrictions should be tied to indoor occupancy, not the hours of operation. Much of the spread in Chicago is tied to private gatherings among friends and family at home.  

For more information, please read the latest Health Order, which includes a comprehensive list of the businesses that are considered essential. Please note that transportation, including taxis and ride-hail services, are considered essential. 

Please be aware that BACP will continue enforcing the new regulations listed above along with the existing regulations. As a reminder: 

  • Indoor capacity at most businesses is limited to 40%, with a total of 50 patrons within a room or space at restaurants, event venues, performance venues and other establishments. 
  • No more than six people per table at a bar, restaurant, performance venue or event venue. 
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by customers and employees, and can be removed by customers only in limited circumstances (i.e. when actively eating/drinking, during personal services that require their removal) 
  • Class size at health and fitness centers and after-school programming limited to 15 people, while adhering to the 40% capacity limit. 

These restrictions and guidelines will be in effect for at least two weeks and are targeted to help Chicago manage an alarming recent rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

Over the past week alone, cases have risen by 54%, to over 640 per day. This is coinciding with a worrying increase in hospitalizations, which for non-ICU COVID patients and suspected cases are up 45% since September 22. In addition to the new business restrictions, the City is calling on all residents to avoid social gatherings over six people and end all social gatherings at 10:00 p.m. 

The Emergency Travel Order is still in effect. Travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state. The list will be updated every Tuesday and go into effect the following Friday at 12:01 a.m.  

As of today, Friday, October 23, the Order applies to the following states and territories: 

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming 

Chicago residents are strongly advised to not travel to these states. For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here. For more information about COVID-19 in Chicago, please visit chicago.gov/coronavirus
Important Announcements and Updates
Street Closures for Last Weekend of Filming in the Loop 
Rozar Pictures, LLC will be filming scenes in the Loop for "Vengeance" during the following dates/times: 

  • Friday, October 23, from 8:00 p.m. to Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 a.m.  
  • Saturday, October 24, from 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, at 8:00 a.m.  

The content of the scenes being filmed consist of stunt driving and motorcycle and car chases. Filming these scenes requires street closures and parking restrictions to be implemented. Please find a list of street closures and parking restrictions for each day below.  

Parking Restrictions

Friday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m. to Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m.  

  • West side of Clark from Jackson to Washington 
  • East side of Wells, from Jackson to Madison  

Friday, October 23, from 1:00 p.m. to Saturday, October 24, at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Both sides of LaSalle, from Jackson to Washington 
  • East side of Clark, from Adams to Madison 
  • Both sides of Jackson, from Wacker to Franklin 
  • Both sides of Quincy, from Clark to LaSalle 

Friday, October 23, from 5:00 p.m. to Saturday, October 24, at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Both sides of Jackson, from Wells to Clark 
  • Both sides of Adams, from Wells to Clark 
  • Both sides of Madison, from Wells to Clark 
  • Both sides of Monroe, from Wells to Clark 

Friday, October 23, from 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Both sides of Wabash, from Madison to Washington 

Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m. 

  • North side of Wacker, from Franklin to Clark 
  • Both sides of Lake, from Franklin to Dearborn 
  • North side of Randolph, from Wells to Clark 

Saturday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Both sides of Franklin, from Wacker to Washington 
  • South side of Wacker, from Franklin to Clark 
  • Both sides of Wells, from Wacker to Randolph 
  • Both sides of LaSalle, from Wacker to Randolph 
  • Both sides of Dearborn, from Wacker to Lake 

Full Street Closures  

Filming Day 1: Friday, October 23, from 8:00 p.m. to Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 a.m. Scenes on Day 1 will be filmed via drone.  

  • The area bounded by Wells Street, Adams Street, Washington Street, and Clark Street  
  • LaSalle Street, from Kinzie Street to Lake Street  
  • Wacker Drive, from Wells Street to Clark Street  

Filming Day 2: Saturday, October 24, from 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, at 8:00 a.m.:  

  • The area bounded by Kinzie Street, Orleans Street, Wacker Drive, and Clark Street (intermittent closure)  
  • The area bounded by Jackson Boulevard, State Street, Monroe Street, and Michigan Avenue  

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) will be on-site every day and barricades will be in place. CPD Officers and Rozar Pictures, LLC crew members are instructed to allow local residents access to their parking garages

Please contact Adam Boor (Rozar Pictures, LLC Location Manager) at 872-710-2444 or David Leonard (Rozar Pictures, LLC Asst. Location Manager) at 312-574-0194 in real-time if you have a problem entering or exiting your parking garage
Election Day is November 3: Alderman Reilly Encourages Residents to Vote Early!
From now through November 3, Chicago voters may use any Early Voting location in the city to cast their ballot for the General Election.  

New this year, there will be secured Drop Boxes at every Early Voting site for any Chicago Vote By Mail voter to submit the signed and sealed Ballot Return Envelope. Ballots can be dropped off at any of the locations listed below and there will be a 24 hour drop box located at 69 W. Washington St. The 24 hour location will remain open through Election Day at 7:00pm.   

Voters still have the option of using standard US Mail to return the Ballot Return Envelope. However, Alderman Reilly strongly encourages voters to use the Drop Boxes to ensure their ballot is received before Election Day.   

Every voter is encouraged to wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose, whether visiting for in-person Early Voting or to use a Secured Drop Box. Voters in line must practice social distancing with 6 feet (2 meters) of space between persons in line.  

To be eligible to vote in the General Election individuals must be:  

  • A U.S. citizen and,  
  • born on or before Nov. 3, 2002, and  
  • living in their precinct at least 30 days before the election, and  
  • not claiming the right to vote elsewhere; and  
  • not in prison/jail and currently serving time for a conviction.  
  • NOTE: Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois. This includes ex-convicts who are no longer incarcerated and who have been released on parole or probation. Additionally, eligible voters who are in jail on criminal charges and who are awaiting trial (pre-trial detainees) have the right to vote.  

Furthermore, individuals do not need to declare a political party in order to vote. A standard ballot will be issued to each voter based on the voter's address and the federal, state and local voting districts where the voter lives.  

Any ballots that voters cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once -- or to attempt to vote more than once -- in the same election.  

You do not need ID if you are already registered to vote AND your signature matches the one on file AND there are no questions about your registration. However, there are times when a government-issued photo ID is helpful, such as registering to vote or updating the name or address on your registration in person when you go to vote.  

Registration services are available at every Early Voting site. Two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address, are needed to register for the first time or to file a name change or an address update.  

Below is a list of the hours and locations of early voting sites in or near the 42nd Ward. For the full list of locations around the City, please click here.   

October 14 - November 3 NOW OPEN  

Loop Super Site (191 N. Clark St.)  
  • Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm  
  • Nov. 3, Election Day - 6 am-7 pm   

Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph St.)  
  • Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm  
  • Election Day, Nov. 3 - 6 am-7 pm  

Ogden Elementary School (24 W. Walton St.)  
  • Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm  
  • Election Day, Nov. 3 - 6 am-7 pm  

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please click here. For more information about voting this November, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections website
News and Updates for 42nd Ward Businesses 
Earlier this month, Alderman Reilly co-sponsored an ordinance to extend the expiration date of business licenses impacted by COVID-19. Under the new legislation, all licenses that were set to expire between March 15 and December 31, 2020 would be considered active until January 30, 2021.  

Yesterday, the City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection voted to approve the ordinance and it will be voted on by the City Council at the November 16th meeting. Alderman Reilly is pleased to provide additional relief to our business community during this difficult time. Pending passage of this ordinance, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will not be enforcing late fees or renewal requirements on businesses whose licenses were set to expire prior to its effective date. 

In advance of the Election on November 3, the City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure that our business community is prepared for the potential for events, large demonstrations, protest activity & civil unrest. The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection encourages businesses to take the following steps:  

  1. Sign-Up for ChiBiz Alerts: Text “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 
  2. Join Chicago’s Public and Private Partnership Initiative (CP3): Visit preparedchicago.com 
  3. Stay Alert! Call 9-1-1 if you witness suspicious activity 

For more information, please visit chicago.gov/bacp.  
A Message from Chicago Public Schools
The District has sent an intent form to all families with children in pre-k or cluster programming seeking to understand their desire to return to in-person learning. To ensure that schools are staffed and have adequate time to plan for reopening, it’s important that we know how many families are comfortable sending children back to school.

Families will have until October 28 to complete the intent form. Families who choose to continue learning at home will not be able to enroll in in-person learning until the third quarter. Please ensure your school has the most up-to-date contact information for your family to ensure you receive the form.
42nd Ward Mask Distribution
Alderman Reilly will be distributing masks again this Fall. Similar to earlier this year, these masks will be prioritized for 42nd Ward residents who belong to a vulnerable population (including seniors 65 and older, and those with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk) and essential personnel. However, all residents are welcome to request a mask.  

If you or a member of your immediate household falls into one of these categories, please complete this form and we will do our best to provide you with a mask. If you have previously requested a mask from our office, you may request additional masks.  

Please note, these masks are for 42nd Ward residents only, if you reside outside of the 42nd Ward, please contact your local Alderman directly.  
Chicago Department of Public Health Citywide Flu Clinics
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched its annual Flu Vaccination Campaign to raise awareness about the flu and encourage Chicagoans to receive their flu shot. CDPH recommends everyone six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine as the first, and most important step, in protecting against the flu. To ensure that every resident can access vaccines, regardless of their immigration status and ability to pay, CDPH has scheduled more than 50 community flu clinics over the next two months where residents can get their flu shot for no out-of-pocket cost. 

This fall, CDPH is adjusting their flu clinic operations to increase capacity, allow for appropriate social distancing and protect both our staff and clients. They will host over 40 recurring flu clinics at large locations across the City, such as Chicago’s City Colleges, and multiple smaller, one-time clinics in high-risk communities. The full schedule is available online at chicago.gov/flu. Walk-ins are welcome, but residents will soon be able to register in advance on the website. 

While the flu vaccination is always important, this season getting vaccinated is more important than ever. This is especially true for people who are at higher risk of being exposed to or developing serious complications from flu and COVID-19, as well as those who are caregivers of people who are at higher risk from these two diseases. This includes: 

  • People 65 and older, who account for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths from flu and COVID-19. 
  • People with underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, neurologic disorders, weakened immune systems and diabetes, who also are more likely to have serious flu and COVID-19 outcomes. 
  • African Americans and Hispanics, who are disproportionally affected by diseases like asthma, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions that can increase the risk for serious flu and COVID-19 complications. 
  • Caregivers in long-term care facilities—in addition to residents—who are in daily close contact with people who are most vulnerable to serious flu and COVID-19 illness and death. 
  • Essential workers who have frequent interactions with the public and who are therefore more likely to be exposed to flu and COVID-19.  

Residents are best served when they receive vaccines as part of a routine visit with a primary care provider. If you do not have a doctor, find a nearby pharmacy that offers the flu vaccine or call 311 to locate a CDPH Community Flu Clinic. To make it easier for residents to find a location to be vaccinated, CDPH has relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder, a web-based app that shows the closest location where the flu shot is available. 

For more information about the flu and to see the full list of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit chicago.gov/flu
The Chicago Loop Alliance Wants to Hear from You!
The Chicago Loop Alliance has been tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the Loop by conducting monthly surveys. Help CLA paint an accurate picture of Loop business operations and activity and take the survey for October. To view the reports from earlier this summer, please click here.

Additionally, residents and workers in the Loop can use CLA's Back to Work Guide to learn more about what's open, how to get around, and what's new.
Police Alerts and Community Notices
Upcoming Events
City of Chicago Annual Budget Hearings
October 26 - November 10
Mayor Lightfoot presented her 2021 Budget Address earlier this week. The Mayor's remarks, as prepared, can be read here or watched online here.
42nd Ward constituents who wish to share suggestions on addressing the City's fiscal challenges, revenue-generating ideas, or comments on the proposed 2021 budget can submit written feedback via email to alderman@ward42chicago.com or call us at 312-642-4242. Alderman Reilly reads every letter and email - examining your ideas carefully and considering the possibility of implementation.
Alderman Reilly also invites you to join him at the 2021 City Budget Hearings, starting Monday, October 26, to see the process in action. Budget hearings are available to watch online and begin at 9:00am (or subject to call of Chair) each day. The complete 2021 budget hearing and meeting schedule is linked here and hearings can be watched at chicityclerk.com.

The public comment period will be limited to 30 minutes at the beginning of departmental hearings. Each person participating in public comment shall have up to three minutes to address all items on the agenda during the public comment period. Due to high demand, the Committee cannot guarantee every person who signs up for public comment will have the opportunity to speak. Instructions on public attendance and how to participate during the public comment period will be posted on the Chicago City Clerk’s website.

Written public comment for Departmental and Agency Hearings will be accepted at committeeonthebudgetandgovernmentoperations@cityofchicago.org beginning October 21, 2020 and end at 9:00 a.m. on the day prior to the subject department or agency’s hearing date.
City of Chicago Halloweek
October 26- 31, 2020
The City of Chicago announced a plan to safely celebrate Halloween in Chicago that emphasizes social distancing and other safety precautions while allowing trick-or-treating and other fun activities throughout the week.

The City’s ‘Halloweek’ guidelines will allow for a responsible celebration spread out over a full week to minimize congregation, while calling on both children and adults to abide by COVID safety precautions that are keeping all of us protected and limiting the spread of the virus. ‘Halloweek’ activities will include safe trick-or treating along with Halloween-themed programs from the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and other City departments and partners.  

The City is offering specific guidance on how to trick-or-treat safely, including advising that trick-or-treating groups remain limited to six people or fewer and that trick-or-treaters stay on the move without congregating – which means more houses visited and more candy for all! People passing out candy are asked to try to socially distance while doing so, perhaps by using a tube or pipe to drop candy into trick-or-treaters’ bags from a distance. More guidelines can be found below:

  1. Masks aren’t just for trick-or-treaters this year! Everyone—including candy givers—should wear a face covering (multi-layered, covering the mouth and nose, without gaps around the face).
  2. Leave a light on or hang a Halloweek sign in your window to let others know your house is giving out candy safely.
  3. Handing out candy? Please socially distance and have hand sanitizer, too.
  4. Trick or treating? Stay on the move! Less congregating means more houses and more candy.
  5. Ensure there’s all treats and no tricks. Please don’t reach into candy bowls while trick or treating, and eat candy only at home after washing your hands.
  6. No Haunted Houses. They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.
  7. Keep your candy crew small. Trick-or-treating groups should be 6 people or fewer.
  8. No house parties large or small this year.

Is your business or organization doing something special for Halloween? Fill out this form prior to October 18th, and the City will share your event with parents and families who are looking to make a plan to celebrate Halloween. Events can be in-person or virtual but must follow the Halloweek Safety Guidelines and occur between October 26th and 31st.

Wisit ChicagoHalloweek.org to stay updated on additional events around the City!
CACC Howl-O-Ween 2020
Get ready to fall in love with a dog or cat at the city shelter during Howl-o-ween! When you pick up your new friend between October 21 and October 31 you'll also take home a goody bag, a Halloween costume, and a "Gotcha Day" pic of you and your new pet! 

To view a list of available pets for adoption, please click here. All completed applications should be submitted via email to visitcacc@gmail.com. Please allow five days to hear back from CACC to schedule an appointment to meet the available pets. To view CACC's adoption policies, please click here.
2020 Virtual Girls' Summit
Saturday, October 31 at 9:00am
This October, City Clerk Anna Valencia, Chicago Foundation for Women’s President & CEO Felicia Davis, and the Status of Women and Girls Working Group will host the 2020 Girls’ Summit.

This free virtual summit will bring together young women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals ages 13-24 from across Chicago to discuss the issues most important to them.

Live from the Library!
Weekdays at 10:00am
Watch story times with Chicagoans you know and love at Live from the Library! See a new reader at 10 a.m. every weekday, or browse past story times on Facebook Live. Guest readers include Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and Jeff Tweedy, as well as Chicago Public Library (CPL) children's librarians.

Individuals can watch past and live videos each weekday on CPL's Facebook page.
Chicago Park District Virtual TIP Fest 2020
TIP (Teens in the Park) Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources and most of all celebrate one another's talents. Over 3,000 teens attended last year’s festival. Due to city and state COVID-19 related restrictions, it will be virtual this year. The virtual fest provides talented teens the opportunity to be seen far beyond the city of Chicago. 

The Chicago Park District is looking for teen dancers, singers, musicians, spoken word artists, and more. All forms of talent are welcome. Winners will receive the following prizes: 

1st place $500 | 2nd place $250 | 3rd place $150

All artists must be between the ages of 14-24 and live in Chicago.TIP Fest is open to all genres of artists, from traditional folk to Hip Hop. In an effort to celebrate the diversity and culture of artists in our city, fusion and mash up performances that combine genres is encouraged. Important dates to note are listed below:

  • October 9 - Audition Video Submissions Due
  • October 16-22 - Voting Period for TIP Fest Finalists
  • October 23 - Finalists Announced
  • October 30 - T.I.P. Fest!

For more information about the audition process and requirements to participate, please click here.
Free Admission Days at Shedd Aquarium
©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays this October
Shedd Aquarium will offer twelve days in October when Illinois residents can visit the aquarium free of charge.

Illinois Resident Free Days will look different than previous years, as Shedd has adopted several stringent measures to ensure guests have a safe and enjoyable visit. This includes a severely limited building capacity, timed-ticketing, one-directional pathways throughout the building, mandatory face coverings, readily available hand sanitizer stations and more.

Most notably, guests looking to take advantage of the free admission must secure their tickets in advance via Shedd’s website or by phone. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.

Open House Chicago
October 16 - November 1, 2020
Open House Chicago is back with a reimagined event for 2020. The beloved architecture festival, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, will now span 10 days and more than 20 of Chicago’s unique neighborhoods. This year’s event includes both online and outdoor events that showcase the fascinating history, architecture, and culture of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

The free festival typically offers access to hundreds of sites across Chicago, from iconic locations to under-the-radar architectural gems.

This year, the event has been reformatted for outdoor and online participation to accommodate for social distancing and ensure the safety of all participants. The Open House itineraries will focus less on specific sites and more on larger themes—forgotten or under-celebrated architects, how community areas develop specific architecture styles, and important places for understanding the city’s history. This year’s highlighted neighborhoods include an emphasis on the South and West sides.

Although visitors are prohibited from entering participating sites, the new OHC 2020 mobile app will offer location based experiences to enhance any site. Utilizing the Open House Chicago website and the OHC 2020 app, visitors will explore neighborhoods as never before.

For more information about Open House Chicago and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit their website by clicking here.
City of Chicago Farmers Markets
Considered essential businesses, the Chicago City Markets managed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) began a phased reopening in June to increase neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food.  

Markets are following specific precautions to encourage social distancing and to protect customers and vendors. All farmers markets are required to follow social distancing protocols geared towards transitioning farmers markets to an 'In and Out' model, allowing customers to shop for food without extraneous congregating.  

Customers should note:  
  • Face coverings will be required (for staff and vendors too) and worn over nose and mouth, unless a person has a medical condition or disability that prevents safely wearing a face covering or is a child under the age of two 
  • Only vendors may handle produce; customers may not touch produce until after purchase 
  • Customers should not enter if currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.  
  • Entry will be prohibited to anyone with displayed or self-identified symptoms 

Below is a list of markets in or near the 42nd Ward: 
Federal Plaza City Market  
50 W. Adams St. 
August 4 - October 27, 7am - 2pm 
SOAR Farmers Market 
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave. 
June 23 - October 27, 7am - 2pm 
SATURDAYS (all near the 42nd Ward)  
Division Street City Market  
100 W. Division St. 
June 20 - October 31, 7am - Noon 
Green City Market Lincoln Park
1801 N. Clark St. 
June 13 - October 31, 7am - 1pm 
Printers Row City Market  
700 S. Dearborn St. 
July 18 - October 24, 7am - Noon 
Green City Market West Loop 
115 S. Sangamon St. 
June 20 - October 31, 8am - 1pm 
For more information about the City Markets program, please click here.
42nd Ward CAPS Meetings
CAPS meetings offer city residents an opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues.

There are no beat meetings for the week of October 26, 2020.

Please make sure to confirm the details for upcoming meetings with your Police District's CAPS office. 

1st District: 312-745-4381
12th District: 312-746-8306
18th District: 312-742-5778

To find your district and beat, please click here.
42nd Ward Street Closures and Construction Notices
Film Notice: 666 N Orleans

Restaurant Recovery is filming scenes for an upcoming show at 666 North Orleans from Sunday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 28. Filming will occur from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day. During the filming, parking will be restricted at the following locations:
  • From 666 N. Orleans Street to 674 N. Orleans Street (west side)

Festival of Lights TV Show Special Pre-Tape

The Magnificent Mile Association will be filming a Festival of Lights TV Special at Pioneer Court located at 401 N. Michigan Avenue on Sunday, November 1. The filming set-up will occur on Saturday, October 31. During the set-up, filming, and teardown parking will be restricted in the curb lane at 401 N. Michigan Avenue, so the filming crew can park essential vehicles. 

While the TV special is being filmed, there will be barricades and private security on-site. The Chicago Police Department will be present to help with crowd control.  

Bicycle Bridge Cleaning and Painting: Lake Shore Drive and Randolph Street

Starting Saturday, October 17, the Chicago Department of Transportation will be cleaning and painting the bike bridge at North Lake Shore Drive and East Randolph Street. The work will occur from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. 

Since the cleaning and painting will occur from inside the Dusable Harbor Parking Lot, there will not be any lane closures or disruptions to bicycle traffic. 

All work is expected to be finished by Saturday, November 7. 

Millennium Park Christmas Tree Delivery

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 9, the following will be closed to facilitate the delivery of Millennium Park’s Christmas Tree:

  • Northbound Michigan Avenue, from Madison to Randolph
  • The sidewalk on the east side of Michigan Avenue, from Madison to Randolph (Millennium Park Security will be in place to secure the sidewalk)
  • The crosswalk on the west side of Michigan at Washington (the public will be instructed to cross at Madison or Randolph)

Type III barricades and traffic barrels will be in place. Everything is expected to re-open by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9

50 East Randolph Street Sidewalk Restoration

Starting Monday, October 19, Clark Construction will begin restoring the south and west facing sidewalks at 50 East Randolph. During the work, the following will occur:
  • Pedestrians traveling northbound on the east side of Wabash Avenue will be directed to walk in the curb lane from Randolph Street to Benton Place
  • Pedestrians traveling eastbound on the north side of Randolph Street will be directed to walk in the bike lane from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue 
  • Cyclists traveling eastbound on the north side of Randolph Street will be directed to ride in the curb lane from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue

All work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 30.

CTA Bus Stop Change in the Loop

Due to electrical vault construction, starting Monday, October 13, the following bus stop will be relocated until Monday, November 23 (or until completion of work):

  • Clark at Adams (southbound, far side to nearside)- temporary bus stop relocation
  • Stop ID Number: 1869 to TBD
  • Routes Stopping: #22 – Clark, #24 – Wentworth

AT&T Fiber Optic Installation: 227 East Ontario

Starting at the beginning of the fourth quarter, AT&T plans to install fiber optic cable at 227 East Ontario Street. The work will occur on the south side of East Ontario, from a point 148' west of North Fairbanks Court, to a point 240' west thereof (curb lane).

Façade Work: 160 North LaSalle Street

Starting at the end of October, Bowa Construction will be performing 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 June 2021.

937 North Rush Street Demolition

Starting Monday, October 19, McDonagh Demolition will be tearing down 937 North Rush Street. Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. During the demolition, the following will be closed: 

  • 50’ of sidewalk in front of 937 North Rush Street (the sidewalk will reopen daily after work is completed)
  • 50’ of curb lane in front of 937 North Rush Street

McDonagh Demolition will have barricades, construction fencing, detour signs, and flaggers in place. The construction company will deploy dust mitigation techniques to prevent dust from leaving the site. 

All demolition work is expected to be completed by November 13, 2020.

Lake Street Bridge Closure Notice

The Lake Street Bridge will be closed for maintenance during the following dates/times:

  • Saturday, October 10 at 4am to Sunday, October 11 at 5am

CTA Elevated Brown Line Track Maintenance

Starting Saturday, September 19, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will begin structural maintenance on the Elevated Brown Line Track over Franklin Street, between Ohio Street and Huron Street. During the work, the following will be closed as needed:

  • Alleys on both sides of Franklin Street, between Ohio Street and Huron Street
  • Curb/Traffic lanes on both sides of Franklin Street, between Ohio Street and Huron Street
  • Sidewalks on both sides of Franklin Street, between Ohio Street and Huron Street

The CTA plans to work Monday-Friday, from 8am-3:30pm and Saturday-Sunday, from 8am-6pm. This project will cause moderate noise.

All work is expected to be completed by Sunday, November 15, 2020.  

AT&T Fiber Optic Installation

Starting at the end of the third quarter, AT&T plans to install fiber optic cable at 550 W. Washington Street. The work will occur at the northwest corner of Washington Street and Clinton Street. 

Lane/sidewalk closures will occur as needed.

IJKL Host and Crane Jump

As work continues rapidly on the LSE IJKL site, Lendlease Construction will be jumping (increasing the height) to its hoists and cranes over the weekends listed below:

  • Saturday, October 24 – Saturday, October 31

For safety, no other production work will occur on site during these jumps. All dates are weather dependent and if any changes occur, an updated schedule will be issued.

Arcade Place Intermittent Closure

Starting Tuesday, September 1, Executive Construction will be removing the pedestrian bridge between 10 S. LaSalle Street and 5 S. LaSalle Street. During the project, Arcade Place, between Wells Street and LaSalle Street will be closed intermittently to install and remove scaffold. 

All work is expected to be completed by in mid-November (weather dependent).

St. Clair Water Main Installation

Starting at the end of October, the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) will install 1,508 feet of 8-inch water main on the west side of St. Clair Street, between Illinois Street and Superior Street. 

Throughout the project, portions of the southbound traffic/curb lane and sidewalk will be closed as needed. Work will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. 

After the new water main has been installed, the described area will experience an increase in the availability of water for fire protection and domestic use. 

This project is anticipated to be completed in mid-November 2020.

Overnight Parking Ban Downtown this Weekend

Starting tonight at midnight until December 31, overnight parking will be restricted on the following streets:  

  • 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 Wabash 
  • Both sides of New Street, from Illinois to North Water
  • Both sides of Columbus Drive, from Monroe to Balbo 
  • North side of Wacker Drive 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

Chicago Police Department Commander Jill Stevens (18th District) and Commander Jacob Alderden (1st District) have ordered this temporary overnight parking ban to encourage restaurant and bar patrons to return home after dining out.  

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

Jane Byrne Interchange Closures and Detours

Northbound I-90/94 Mainline Improvements Begin This Week

As of October 1, all traffic lanes were shifted left on northbound I-90/94 approaching Roosevelt Road. The far right lane will provide access to the flyover ramp connection northbound I-90/94 to westbound I-290. This ramp will remain reduced to one lane between Roosevelt Road and Taylor Street until late December 2020.

Overnight lane closures will be required to facilitate these improvements. On Thursday and Monday nights, closures will start at 10:00pm, with occasional full stops for no longer than 15 minutes at a time beginning at 1:00am. All lanes will reopen by 5:00am Friday and Tuesday mornings.

Furthermore, the northbound Roosevelt Road entrance ramp to I-290 closed on October 1. The detour for motorists is below:

  • Westbound I-290: head west on Roosevelt to Ashland, north on Ashland to access the Ashland entrance to westbound I-290.
  • Eastbound I-290: head east on Roosevelt to State, north on State to Ida B. Wells Drive.

Taylor Street Reopened

Taylor Street reopened to traffic on Thursday, September 17, between Halsted and DesPlaines Street. Taylor Street closed in June and was used as part of the eastbound I-290 to northbound I-90/94 detour route while the east-to-north ramp was being reconstructed.

New features to improve safety, increase visibility, and decrease decision point and conflict from opposing lanes have been made.

On Tuesday, October 6, the Taylor Street entrance tramp to northbound I-90/94 will open.

Adams Street Bridge

The Adams Street bridge is closed from Halsted Street to Desplaines Street. The bridge will be demolished and rebuilt, anticipated to reopen in the Fall of 2022. The Adams Street entrance and exit ramps to I-90/94 will also close with traffic entering the interstate via Madison Street and traffic exiting the interstate via Monroe Street. 

Detour routes for pedestrians and drivers are below: 

  • Vehicular Traffic will be directed south on Desplaines, west on Van Buren, and north on Halsted and then can continue west on Adams. 
  • Pedestrians should use the Monroe Street bridge as a detour route. 

The Adams Street bridge marks the final major bridge closure at the Jane Byrne Interchange for the 2020 construction season. The new bridge will have two westbound lanes and wider sidewalks on both sides of the street, enhancing connections and improving safety for all transportation users in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Madison Street Exit Ramp Closure

The northbound Madison Street exit ramp will close on Tuesday, October 6 until summer 2021. The detour route for drivers is below:
  • Continue north on I-90/94 to the Washington exit ramp, head east on Washington and south on Desplaines to Madison

For more information about the Jane Byrne Interchange project, please visit janebyrneinterchange.org.

One Chicago Square-1 W Chicago Pedestrian and Traffic Impacts

Although fencing is already in place for the sidewalk closure, pedestrians still have access to the sidewalk, but should exercise caution when walking by the construction site. 
The Curb Lanes along Chicago, State, Superior, and Dearborn will remain a No Parking/Tow Zone throughout the project, to allow for demolition, and then the protected pedestrian walkway.

The sidewalk along the east side of Dearborn, from Superior to Chicago, has been closed to pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the west side of Dearborn. 
Please stay tuned to Reilly Reports as additional construction updates and closures will be announced.

Vista Construction Update and Traffic Impact

Re-opening of Field Boulevard for vehicular traffic and pedestrians:

  • Due to safety precautions that involve the work overhead of public spaces and CDOT requirements, Magellan cannot open the underpass until initial occupancy.

Upper Wacker Drive within Project Scope:

  • Due to safety precautions, CDOT has permitted McHugh construction to take a portion of the Upper Level of Wacker Drive until the building achieves initial occupancy.

No-Left-Turn Configuration:
  • Until initial occupancy, when Wacker traffic can be directed eastbound through the new intersection, and then westbound along the north leg of Wacker, the current no-left-turn configuration will remain in place.
For more information or to speak with the General Contractor for the project, please contact McHugh Construction Company's Senior Project Manager for Vista, Joe Kuna at jkuna@mchughconstruction.com.