Informational Meeting on Redevelopment at 1100 N. State Street
December 3, 2012
Reilly invites neighbors to attend one of two public meetings to
learn more about the reconstruction of a new restaurant, Maple & Ash, to open at the corner of State and Maple (currently operating as Hunt Club Chicago, 1100 N. State Street).
Monday, December 3rd, 6pm or Tuesday, December 4th, 6pm at Hunt Club, 1100 N. State
Maple & Ash,
to be located on the first and second floors of the new building,
will be a sophisticated version of Chicago's most successful
restaurant venues. It will possess components of traditional
steakhouse principles: a simple menu, expensive dishes, and a
celebratory atmosphere. Maple & Ash, named after the
hardwoods that will be used for cooking, will stay true to these
principles, but with a more energetic atmosphere.
night club (under a separate name) will open on the third floor and
mezzanine of the property. (Please note: a late-hour liquor license
already exists at this location and will be used for the newly named
venue.) The venue will span 4,500 square feet inclusive of a mezzanine
and 20 foot ceilings and attract a sophisticated clientele through
great music and craft cocktails. The house-made vodka in casks will
support this innovative approach.
ownership decided not to maximize their development rights which allows
them to build a mid-rise structure at approximately three times the
proposed height, but chose to reconstruct a restaurant that fits with
the density and scale of the surrounding neighborhood.
for this project is expected to take 10 months beginning January 15,
2013. The new structure will be steel and concrete construction, with
basement bathrooms and kitchen prep, first floor bar and dining,
second floor main restaurant, and a third floor/mezzanine lounge and
If you are unable to attend either meeting but have questions about the proposal, please contact: Jim Lasky at email@example.com.
North Grant Park to be Re-named after Maggie Daley
August 27, 2012
past month at the Chicago Plan Commission, the Chicago Park District
presented plans for the renovation of the northern portion of Grant
Park. Scheduled improvements will consist of extensive repair of the
East Monroe Street Parking Garage in addition to the installation of a
recreational network running diagonally between the northeast and
southeast corners of the site that will include a play garden, a
climbing park and seasonal ice skating loop.
Reilly is pleased to announce that the newly renovated children's
playground will be renamed in honor of Mrs. Maggie Daley. Her
dedication to the children of Chicago through her After School Matters
programs in addition to bringing public awareness to the importance of
arts education and creativity will live on with each child's
exploration and enjoyment of this new park.
about the climbing wall were its overall massing at 60' and general
safety issues about children attempting to scale walls that high.
The revised design features three types of
climbing: bouldering, lead-harnessed and top rope climbing. The
climbing feature is divided into two components; a beginner wall and
advanced walls. The beginner wall will reach a max height of 23 feet
above park level.
advanced wall originally was designed at 60 feet above park level;
which at its peak extends 43 feet above Upper Randolph Street. At the
Alderman's suggestion, the Park District was able to reduce the
advanced wall down to 40 feet above park level.
These wall heights are comparable to other
rock climbing facilities studied as precedents within the region and
across the United States and are the minimum heights necessary to
provide a sustainable programming function. The industry standard as
determined by the International Federation of Sport Climbing requires
the minimum length of a climbing route to be 15 meters in length.
Meeting these standards will allow the facility to be programmed in a
meaningful way and allow kids to progress through all skill levels.
The Climbing feature has limited access
points into the park to prevent unauthorized access into the
facility. After operational hours, all climbing equipment will be
secured and lower hand holds of the wall removed to prevent
unauthorized access onto the facility. To view an elevation drawing of
the climbing structure, please click here.
Tree Removal / Replanting
the community meeting, it was mentioned that many of the landscaping
(trees, shrubs) in Peanut Park were ceremonial plantings to honor
loved ones. Old Growth trees cannot be saved, but at Alderman Reilly's
direction, the Park District will save and re-use the smaller caliper
trees/plantings wherever possible.
the design process, the Park District will continue to evaluate the
removal of the existing trees and landscaping from the project area and
is mindful of the residents' concerns. They are committed to
preserving as many trees as possible and any landscape material that
is of a size and condition that can be relocated will be. At the
completion of the renovation, over 900 new trees will be planted to
provide a diverse landscape and reestablish the lush natural park
setting that visitors expect from Grant Park.
There was a concern that there are no restrooms located proximate to the playlot.
Park District understands the concern some parents have. The design
team has evaluated the project and can commit to providing direct
access to public restroom facilities to be located in the future
concession closest to the playground entrance. Also, there are
existing restroom facilities are located within the Daley Bicentennial
Fieldhouse approximately 650 feet north (a short 5-minute walk) from
the entrance to the Play Garden.
Tennis Court Lighting
was concern over the lighting provided for the tennis courts and its
potential for spilling into residential windows in the evening.
Park District will be outfitting the light poles with light shields
to minimize overall light pollution and prevent glare into residential
spaces after dusk.
residents had concerns about the substitution of the skating rink for
a skating ribbon. The Park District has committed to finding a
location further south within Grant Park to locate a rink for team
sports and recreation.
Public Outreach for Construction
Chicago Park District has agreed to hold another public meeting, date
TBD, to explain the construction staging and schedule. The Park
District will make every effort to minimize inconvenience to
residents. The scheduling of that meeting will be announced in a
future Reilly Reports.
Park District will abide by city code requirements related to
construction times and staging restrictions. Any disruption of the
public-right-of-way will be widely messaged well in advance of the
For more information about this project, please visit the official website, www.northgrantpark.org.
850 N. Lake Shore Drive former Lakeshore Athletic Club Re-Use Update
July 23, 2012
North Lake Shore Drive, also known as the Lake Shore Athletic Club,
is a historic structure designed in 1924 by the noted architect Jarvis
Hunt, who is regarded as an important part of Chicago's rich
Alderman Reilly took office on 2007, the pending demolition of the
Lake Shore Athletic Club was the first controversial development issue
that hit his desk. After hosting community meetings, reviewing the
facts and speaking with experts on both sides of the issue, Alderman
Reilly determined that every effort should be made to preserve and
re-use this historic building. The Alderman's decision was met with
criticism from some 'real estate experts' who claimed it was
'economically impossible' to re-use the building.
2008, a plan was approved to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Athletic Club
for use as residential building for seniors consisting of 138
dwelling units and related off-street parking and loading facilities.
that time, the owners of the property, 850 Investors LLC, worked to
market the plan and secure the necessary financing. Unfortunately,
those marketing efforts were met with limited response. Further, the
bankruptcy filing of the project's primary competitor, the Clare at 55
E. Pearson Street, in 2011 confirmed that financing to construct a
senior residential project would not be available for some time. The
ownership then considered alternatives with their primary objective of
re-purposing the historic strucure.
owners are now proposing to redevelop the existing building to
contain 200 market rate dwelling units, the number of units authorized
in the existing Planned Development. As required by the Planned
Development, 200 off-street parking spaces and the building's loading
facilities will be established in the building's ground floor,
basement, second and fourth floors.
For more information about the revised proposal, please click here to view the plans.
Upcoming Informational Presentation for 70 - 104 E. Oak Street
June 11, 2012
E Oak LLC, the owners of the Esquire property, has released plans for
the redevelopment of the parcels immediately east of their property at
70-104 East Oak Street. To address the rising demand for Oak Street
retail space, ownership is proposing to demolish the existing walk-up
buildings and construct a three story retail structure in context with
the character and scale of Oak Street. The image below illustrates
the existing building and proposed structure:
new building will continue the successful concept implemented at the
Esquire providing tenants with unique and individually branded Oak
Street facades that incorporate large retail display windows. Similar to
the Esquire frontage, streetscape improvements will include trees in
the signature Oak Street black granite parkway planters and continuous
black concrete sidewalk paving to match the existing right-of-way.
proposed three-story building will combine ground level retail space
with single or multi-tenant commercial floors on levels two and three.
The building is appropriately scaled for Oak Street at 45 feet in
height and a F.A.R. (floor are ratio) of less than 3.0, which is well
below the 150 foot height threshold and 5.0 F.A.R. allowed by the DX5
Zoning District. The project requires a hearing before the Chicago
Plan Commission for approval pursuant to the Lakefront Protection
Ordinance. This is a public hearing at City Hall and information is
posted at the end of this item.
construction on site is scheduled to start late summer with the
demolition of the existing structures. Construction of the new building
will immediately follow. Retail spaces are schedule to be turned over
to tenants as early as March of 2013 with store openings possible by
June of 2013.
the existing Esquire redevelopment with the proposed 70-104 East Oak
Street building, a total of 180 feet of street frontage and sidewalk
on the north side of East Oak Street will be re- activated. This
redevelopment represents almost 25% of Oak Street's total frontage
between Michigan Avenue and Rush Street. The combined projects will
introduce of over 17,000 square feet of exceptional, in demand ground
level retail space to one of Chicago's most desired shopping
WHAT: 70-104 E. Oak Development Project
WHO: Hosted by Alderman Reilly's Office and
The Oak Street Council
WHEN: Monday, June 25th at 5:30 P.M.
WHERE: Loyola University - Corby Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 206
Lakefront Protection Application will be presented before the Chicago
Plan Commission on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 1:00pm in City Hall,
121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Fl. Council Chambers. To learn more about
this project, please click on the following links to view the LF Application, Exhibits and Site Plan.
Chicago Plan Commission, comprised of 22 members including mayoral
appointees made with City Council consent, is responsible for the review
of proposals that involving Planned Developments (PDs), the Lakefront
Protection Ordinance, Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs),
Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts. To
see the full meeting agenda, which will be posted soon, please visit
Development Proposal at 435-463 N. Park Drive
May 28. 2012
Chicago Plan Commission (CPC), comprised of 22 members including
mayoral appointees made with City Council consent, is responsible for
the review of proposals that involving Planned Developments (PDs), the
Lakefront Protection Ordinance, Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs),
Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.
They met on May 24, 2012 to review the Planned Development Amendment
and Lakefront Protection Zone Application for 435-465 N. Park Drive,
currently a surface parking lot bounded by North Park Drive, East Upper
North Water Street and North New Street.
applicant, New Water Park, LLC sought to amend Sub-Area B of
Residential Business Planned Development No. 368 for the development of
Parcel 7 and 7A.
2009, the CPC approved the development of a new hotel to be 1200 feet
in height and contain 348 hotel rooms and 352 apartments. This was
approved by the City Council but was never developed. At last Thursday's
meeting, the CPC approved New Water Park's new proposal to amend PD
368 to allow Parcels 7 and 7A of Sub-Area B to be redesigned and
developed with a 590 foot tall building containing 53 stories, with
400 hotel rooms on the lower floors and 398 residential units on the
upper floors, and accessory parking for 230 vehicles. The FAR of the
building as proposed is 12.39
amendments to Sub-Area B of PD 368 include lowering the height of the
proposed building from 1200 feet to 590 feet, removing the pedestrian
sky bridge connection over New Street to City View and providing for
an additional 74 dwelling units to be permitted within Sub-Area B.
project was carefully reviewed by Alderman Reilly in collaboration
with SOAR The transparent community process the Alderman requires of
developers seeking to build in the 42nd Ward fosters an open dialogue
which, in this case, helped make necessary improvements to the proposal
for this very important site.
many emails, phone calls, condominium association discussions and
community meetings held regarding this proposal identified three major
concerns: (1) traffic and quality of life concerns related to
above-grade loading dock bays; (2) the treatment of New Street as an
inactive, pedestrian unfriendly corridor (3) existence of a public
pedestrian bridge through the hotel property to an adjacent residential
many months of work, two separate community meetings and a deferral
from the Plan Commission agenda last month, this revised proposal
better fits the aesthetic context of Streeterville and is now
compatible with the surrounding infrastructure.
upon the feedback received from those community meetings, the
Applicant incorporated the following improvements into the project:
loading docks and parking access from New Street (above-grade) to
Lower North Water Street (below-grade) to address concerns about traffic
and quality of life concerns with above-grade loading;
A redesign of the
New Street elevations to reflect an active, pedestrian friendly
streetscape featuring window enhancements, additional trees and
planters. The New Street sidewalks will also be widened to accommodate
residential and commercial pedestrian volumes;
The addition of
pedestrian lighting along New Street, on the underside of the overpass
and along Lower North Water Street to address security concerns in the
Elimination of the
Sky Bridge proposed in the previous planned development, considered
potentially disruptive and a security risk to the adjacent residential