Annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban Now in Effect
December 4, 2015
Chicago's annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban on critical arterial streets is in effect until April 1, 2016.
There are 107 milesofcity streets considered critical arterial streets, and the nightly ban is in effect between the hours of 3:00am and 7:00am regardless of the presenceofsnow.
Violators of the Winter Overnight Parking Ban may face a $150 towing fee (minimum), a $60 ticket and a daily storage feeof$20. Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 South Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 North Sacramento).
Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are affected by the Overnight Parking Ban.
Overnight parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.
The 2 inch winter parking ban on marked arterial streets or "Snow Routes" is in effect year round to allow emergency vehicles and snow clearing equipment to pass. These parking restrictions are strictly enforced when snow accumulation of over 2 inches is present.
Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are effected by the Arterial Street Snow Route Ban.
Arterial Street Snow Route parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.
Alderman Reilly Secures Dog Access Through Grant Park
November 17, 2015
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Today, Alderman Brendan Reilly announced that he has successfully negotiated a compromise with Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly to allow dog access through the northern portion of Grant Park near Maggie Daley Park and along the perimeter of the Cancer Survivor's Memorial.
"After months of negotiations, I am pleased to announce a compromise that will allow dogs and their owners to walk through and enjoy Chicago's most popular park, while also addressing the concerns of non-dog owners who worry for wear-and-tear on the new park and potential conflicts that could involve young children and dogs," Reilly said.
After many months of discussions with Superintendent Kelly, Alderman Reilly believes the new compromise agreement will address the needs of dogs and their owners seeking to walk through Grant Park to access the Lakefront, while respecting the wishes of non-dog owners by requiring all dogs to remain on-leash and on the designated "dog-friendly" pedestrian paths through the Park at all times.
"I want to thank Superintendent Kelly and his team at the Park District for working with me to strike a fair balance between the opposing interests in the Lakeshore East neighborhood," said Reilly. "I am thrilled that we could secure an agreement that will once again allow our four-legged friends to visit northern Grant Park, as they had for many years - while respecting the concerns of non-dog owners. Personally, I look forward to using these dog-friendly routes with our two Yorkies: Buster and Max."
Access will be provided in an efficient north-south pathway from two points on upper Randolph to Monroe Street. Dog owners can enter the park from either the eastern or western boundaries of Cancer Survivor's Garden, travel south along the Gardens to the curving pathway along Lake Shore Drive to the Monroe Street sidewalk.
Per city ordinance, all dogs on Park District property and in dog-friendly areas must be currently registered with the Chicago City Clerk's Office. Dogs must remain on-leash in public parks and owners are responsible for cleaning-up after their dogs and disposing of the waste properly.
To register your dog with the City of Chicago, click here to visit the Clerk's Office website.
Marina City Landmarking Recommendation Unanimously Approved by Commission on Chicago Landmarks
November 6, 2015
Aderman Reilly is very pleased to announce that the final recommendation for landmarkingBertrand Goldberg's Marina City was unanimously approved at yesterday's meeting of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks!
Marina City, view to the northwest, 2012
With strong record of preservation and appreciation for the city's historic fabric since his tenure in 2007, Alderman Reilly immediately understood the importance of these iconic towers within the Chicago landscape. Citing their presence in every Chicago souvenir snowglobe, the prominence of their architect and contribution to the history of Chicago architecture, the case was easily made for landmarking.
Alderman Reilly also saw tremendous opportunity for the homeowners of Marina City with landmark designation. In the Chicago Zoning Code is a density bonus entitled, "Adopt-A-Landmark". This zoning density bonus allows developers of nearby parcels to "adopt" a landmark structure by entering into an agreement with that landmark building owner to assist with capital projects, typically for exterior elements/systems, that contribute toward the overall preservation and lifespan of the building. These capital projects must be "shovel ready" and pass eligibility criteria set forth by the Landmarks Division within the city Department of Planning and Development. Based upon a 2014 amendment to this bonus, Alderman Reilly widened the eligibility radius to include Marina City and several other landmarks. These beloved historic structures are now within the radius of several new development proposals where they could benefit from developer contributions for major preservation efforts.
The Commission's recommendation will be introduced to City Council in December, and be referred to the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards. At the Committee meeting where designation is considered, property owners or any member of the public may make an oral statement and/or present a written statement for the Committee's consideration. Upcoming Committee meeting agendas are posted on the City Clerk's website. After Committee, the landmarking will require a full council vote.
For more information about the landmark designation for Marina City, please visit the Department of Planning and Development, Historic Preservation Division's website.
About Marina City:
Marina City, located at 300 North State, was constructed between 1960 and 1967, and is considered an icon of Chicago architecture and urban planning. The Marina City complex consists of five interconnected but distinct components: two identical 60-story cylindrical residential towers, a saddle-shaped theater, and a 10-story commercial building, all of which are set on a four-story base with a marina fronting onto the Chicago River. With the exception of the theater, all of the structures in the complex are cast-in-place reinforced concrete construction.
This "city within a city," was the most ambitious and forward-thinking post-war urban renewal project in Chicago. It was the first development to layer residential, commercial, and entertainment uses into a dense high-rise complex in the center city.
Goldberg's comprehensive vision for Marina City introduced new ideas about form and structure and novel solutions for living and working in an urban environment. Marina City's success as a dense high-rise residential development anticipated the later transformation of downtown Chicago from a nine-to-five business district to a thriving and bustling residential and commercial community. The development's use of the Chicago River as an amenity was also years ahead of its time.
Marina City was the first planned development project in Chicago, and the first and largest federally-insured downtown housing project in the country. The scale and scope of the project was unparalleled at the time of construction. When they were completed in 1963, the residential towers were the tallest reinforced concrete structures in the world. Marina City was also Bertrand Goldberg's career-defining commission, catapulting him onto the world stage and solidifying his reputation as one of the most innovative architects of the twentieth century.
Stylistically, Marina City-in particular the designs of the residential towers and theater building-is an impressive and captivating example of the Expressionist Style within the Modern Movement in architecture. It marks the first built example of Bertrand Goldberg's use of the cylindrical form, which would become a hallmark of many of his subsequent designs.
Goldberg's design for the residential towers, which featured the repeated use of curving, petal-like shapes around a central cylindrical core, was unlike any design ever built in Chicago. The complex's location along the Chicago River only serves to heighten the visual impact of the towers, with their distinctive shape and rhythmic pattern of curved concrete balconies. Nearly 50 years after its completion, the buildings remain among the most distinctive structures in the City.
Alderman Reilly Welcomes UNIQLO Flagship Store to Chicago's Magnificent Mile
October 30, 2015
(From L to R: Chicago Luvabulls, Shobi Khan, Larry Meyer, Alderman Brendan Reilly, Stacy Hamai, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Billy Dec, Tadashi Yanai and Scott Sonnenberg. Photo by Gustav Hoiland)
Last Friday, October 23, Alderman Reilly joined Mayor Emanuel and UNIQLO USA Vice Chairman Larry Meyer at the opening of the company's flagship store at 830 N. Michigan Avenue. This is the first store in the Midwest and second largest store in the nation with 60,000 square feet of retail space.
The store has created 400 jobs, including talented Chicago youth through UNIQLO's partnership with the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 youth between ages 16 and 25 who are unemployed and not in school.
UNIQLO has also teamed up with the Chicago Bulls on a community program with After School Matters to host an art-related event and design contest.
Additionally, UNIQLO will work with the Museum of Science and Industry to sponsor events and free visits to the museum throughout the year as well as host in-store displays curated by the museum to feature extensions of the museum's seasonal exhibits.
Uniqlo Chicago will feature a full range of casual wear for men, women, children and babies along with seasonal collaboration items. For more information, click here to view the press release.
Letter from Alderman Reilly Regarding Vacation Rental Applications
May 21, 2015
Last week I attended the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing to consider the vacation rental application for 67 E. Cedar Street. Although my objection was documented and reinforced with the Board and neighborhood residents since the first hearing in March, I felt strongly about standing in support of my constituents with concerns about the changing nature of their block. The transiency of "hotel use" along this low-rise, exclusively residential block is clearly incompatible with surrounding long-standing homeowners. I am very pleased to report that the ZBA denied the application for Cedar Street last Friday.
For those of you unfamiliar with the issue and the ordinance, I would like to share some important background. I am the author and sponsor of the Vacation Rental Ordinance. After nearly two years and 26 drafts, the city Law Department and I finally passed the legislation on the books today. We underwent that painstaking process to protect downtown homeowners' largest investment: their residence. I clearly understand the disruption of "hotel" transiency within predominantly residential blocks.
And about the Zoning Board of Appeals: the "ZBA" is an independent body, appointed by Mayor Emanuel. They review Specials Uses, taking Council input under advisement only. It is here that I appreciate the participation of concerned citizens, like those who attended last week's hearing to testify with me. Community involvement at these hearings, is key. They are designed for the very purpose of collecting neighborhood feedback in order for the Board to make an informed, responsible decision. Up until the hearing for 67 E. Cedar, public turnout and submitted objection documents is typically low.
I ask that those of you affected by this incompatible use now or in the future to actively participate in the public hearings. The democracy of this process is delivered by the city to ensure the highest quality-of-life possible for you. As your representative, I take issues like these very seriously and fight for the best possible outcome. I am grateful to those who have joined me in this important work so far.
Alderman, 42nd Ward
Alderman Reilly Welcomes New Streeterville Whole Foods Market!
February 3, 2015
(From L - R: Alderman Reilly, Tom Marciniak, Edwin Morales, Laura Bucher, Matt Mell, David Schwartz, and Michael Bashaw)
Alderman Reilly participated in the official "Bread-Breaking Ceremony" last week to celebrate the opening of the new Streeterville Whole Foods Market at 255 E. Grand Avenue. To learn more about the store's unique offerings, click here to read the official press release.
The Streetervillle location is the first of seven new Chicagoland Whole Foods Markets planned to open in 2015. Another 42nd Ward store is scheduled to open Wednesday, March 25 in the West Loop at 1 N. Halsted Street.
Chicago Riverwalk Attractions Opening this Summer!
June 3, 2015
The newest section of the Chicago Riverwalk recently opened, connecting the existing Riverwalk east of State Street to Lake Shore Drive. Located along the main branch of the Chicago River, the Riverwalk is being constructed as a continuous walkway and recreational amenity connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.
The three new sections are thematically named:
- The Marina (from State to Dearborn), features a restaurant and area for boats to dock;
- the Cove (Dearborn to Clark), offers rentals and other amenities for kayakers; and
- the River Theater (Clark to LaSalle) will connect Upper Wacker to the River through a series of steps and a ramp designed to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.
The Marina and the Cove are now open, and the River Theater will open in early June.
A unique lineup of vendors will provide dining, educational, cultural and recreational activities along the waterfront stretch from LaSalle to Lake Shore Drive for the 2015 summer season. The Riverwalk will also offer live music later this summer through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
The following dining and activity vendors are confirmed and set to open in the coming weeks.
Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue
Electric bike rental and guided tours
485 East Riverwalk South- adjacent to Lake Shore Drive
Returning to the riverwalk, kayak rental and guided tours
435 East Riverwalk South
Island Party Hut
Island-themed food / drink, charter boat rentals and live music
355 East Riverwalk South- between Field Drive and Columbus
Wheel Fun Rentals
Will offer bike rentals for the entire family
305 East Riverwalk South- immediately east of Columbus
Cyrano's Café & Wine Bar
Returning to the Riverwalk, French food and wine
233 East Riverwalk South- immediately west of Columbus
Charter Boat tours with the Chicago Architecture Foundation
112 East Upper Wacker Drive
O'Brien's Riverwalk Café
Returning to the Riverwalk, food, beverages, live entertainment
45 East Riverwalk South- east of the bridge
Bike and Roll Chicago
Bike rentals, guided tours on bike, foot and on Segways
316 North Wabash- Upper Wabash Plaza near Vietnam Memorial
The Marina- State to Dearborn
Food, drink and live music in the new section of the Riverwalk
11 West Riverwalk South- State Street Side
Transient docking for motorized recreational boats
27 West Riverwalk South- Dearborn side
The Cove- Dearborn to Clark
Flanders Belgium Beer and Fries
Belgium inspired beers and food
55 West Riverwalk South- Dearborn side
Kayaking outpost for paddlers to escape the busy river
71 West Riverwalk South- Clark Street side
The River Theater - Clark and LaSalle
Water taxi service on weekends
105 West Riverwalk South
The final phase of the Riverwalk will begin this summer extending the River walk to Lake Street, with the following three themed sections: The Water Plaza (LaSalle to Wells); The Jetty (Wells to Franklin) and The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake).
For more information, click on the following links to read thefull press releaseand see theRiverwalk Dining and Activity Map.
Historic Du Sable Bridge Celebrates 95th Anniversary!
May 21, 2015
Du Sable Bridge at Michigan Avenue
Du Sable Bridge at Michigan Avenue, which celebrates its 95th
Anniversary this month, first opened May 14, 1920 on the 50th
of Mayor William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson.
Michigan Avenue Bridge is the second of four double deck trunnion
bascule bridges built downtown. Both decks carried vehicular
six lanes of boulevard traffic on the upper deck and four lanes of
commercial traffic on the lower deck. What appears to be one large
bridge is essentially two smaller bascule bridges side-by-side.
are tied together to operate as one but can be operated
four neoclassical beaux arts style bridgehouses and its central
location make this the most recognizable, and to many the most
beautiful, of Chicago's bascules. Functionally, the bridge only
two bridgehouses for operation (NW and SE corners). The second
added to make an architectural statement about the importance of
crossing as a gateway between the north and south sides of the
names have been proposed over the life of the iconic bridge. In
the Chicago Historical Society suggested a name change to the
"Marquette-Joliet Bridge." In 1939, the Fort Dearborn memorial
suggested to the city council that the bridge be named the "Fort
Dearborn Bridge." Both of these naming attempts were unsuccessful.
2009, Alderman Reilly introduced a resolution to rename the Michigan
Avenue Bridge the "Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable Bridge," to honor the
first non-native settler of Chicago and our city's founder. Click here to read the resolution.
Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable established the first settlement on
the north branch of the Chicago
River in 1773, at the current site of the Tribune Tower. He lived
with his wife and close to one hundred other Potawatomi. The
settlement grew rapidly, and was soon distinguished for having
ethnic and cultural harmony and mutual respect among its diverse
The settlement founded by Du Sable was incorporated in 1833 as the
Town of Chicago, and reincorporated as the City of Chicago in 1837. Du
Sable was declared the Founder of Chicago on October 26th, 1968 by the
State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.
Sailing by the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
In June of 2006, the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum opened in the SW bridgehouse. The museum is maintained and operated by
Friends of the Chicago River. It is the best place to learn about
Chicago River and the only place to observe the lifting machinery
bridge in operation.
To learn more about the history of the Du Sable Bridge, visit www.chicagoloopbridges.com.
January 6, 2015 Snow Command Update and Winter Reminders
January 6, 2015
FULL SNOW PLOW FLEET DEPLOYED ON CHICAGO STREETS
evening, snow removal vehicles focused on salting and plowing main
and Lake Shore Drive to ensure streets are safe for motorists
emergency vehicles. Once the snow stopped and main routes were
DSS redeployed the full fleet of over 280 snow plows and salt
spreaders along with over 20 smaller 4x4 snow plows to all neighborhoods
over 300 snow plows will focus on salting and plowing neighborhood
streets to ensure streets are safe and passable for motorists.
continues to monitor weather conditions from Snow Command and will
adjust resources as needed.
is the City's top priority, and motorists are urged to be
patient when driving during inclement weather, to be cautious and drive
according to the conditions.
the snow fleet in real time with the Plow Tracker tool, visit www.chicagoshovels.org. For additional updates on snow removal efforts, follow the Department on Twitter @Streetsandsan.
WINTER REMINDER: Take Precautions During Cold Weather
the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC),
Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), other City departments and
agencies, remind residents about City-offered services during the
months and tips to avoid weather and health emergencies during
residents to prepare for cold temperatures and snowy conditions
throughout the winter by taking steps, such preparing emergency kits for
residences and vehicles and stocking up on necessities, which will help
emergency situations or if weather conditions become dangerous.
of Chicago works with AccuWeather to monitor the weather on an
on-going basis to prepare for extreme weather as early as possible
it occur, and continues to implement, coordinate and improve
to adapt to changing conditions to keep residents safe during the
manages snow removal for more than 9,400 lane miles of roadway and
maintains a fleet of more than 280 snow removal vehicles, including 19
snow plows and four new, smaller 4x4 snow plows for this winter. The
will begin the winter season with approximately 400,000 tons of
stationed at 19 salt piles across the City. DSS monitors snow
removal operations, road conditions and weather from the Snow Command
through access to over 1,400 citywide camera feeds, Doppler radar
and atmospheric and road data sensors.
season, DSS and the Department of Innovation and Technology
have improved communication with residents around snow removal
operations through the online Plow Tracker tool. Residents will continue
able to watch snow removal operations as plows began on main and
arterial streets and then move to neighborhood streets once the snow has
stopped. New this year, residents can view the direction of travel for
snow removal vehicles in real-time. Residents will also be able to
snowfall totals for each snow system and for the entire winter
Parking Restrictions and Overnight Bans
advised that Chicago's annual winter Overnight Parking Ban is now
effect and will be enforced through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from
to 7:00AM, regardless of snow. Cars parked in violation of the
Overnight Parking Ban prevent critical routes from being fully plowed
salted when it snows. During a snowfall, a build-up of snow next to
vehicles on these routes further reduces traffic flow.
Overnight Parking Ban impacts more than 100 miles of Chicago's streets
signage is permanently posted along the impacted streets. Violators
face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of
per day for the first five days. Vehicles in violation of the ban
towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Ave) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).
Information for Homeowners, Renters
reminded residents to be cognizant of weather conditions, heed the
warnings given by experts, and recognize the implications of wind chill
advisories, winter storm watches and warnings. Residents should know the
and care of frostbite and hypothermia. Winter preparation
information is available at www.alertchicago.com , including links to other local, state and federal resources.
Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to
now to make sure pipes in homes are properly insulated and not
exposed to freezing air. This includes pipes in garages and unheated
of the home. If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open
thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad.
Chicago Heat Ordinance mandates that landlords supply heat to rental
during cold weather months. From September 15 to June 1, the
temperature inside a rental residence must be at least 68 degrees during
day. During the evening, the temperatures must be at least 66
degrees. The Department of Buildings encourages residents to first
contact their landlords when these temperatures are not maintained and
call 3-1-1 if no action is being taken. During extreme cold weather,
however, the Building Department's first priority is responding to heat
complaints and it reassigns inspectors to handle the increased number of
Chicago Fire Department (CFD) does not recommended using space heaters;
however, if used, be sure they are UL certified and at least 3 feet
anything that can ignite. Use of a space heater in children's rooms
be monitored closely as children sometimes move them close to or
the bed with tragic results. If extension cords are used, they
be rated at 15 amps minimum and never put cords under carpet.
the added demand on furnaces and boilers, CFD also reminds
residents are required by ordinance to have working carbon monoxide
detectors to protect against carbon monoxide leaks from a heating system
could be fatal over time.
snow, CFD asks that residents shovel around hydrants so they can
them and hook a hose up faster in the event of a fire. Don't park
15 feet of hydrants - the house you save could be your own.
individuals can sign up to volunteer with the Snow Corp program which
to pair volunteers with senior residents or people with
disabilities who require assistance to shovel their sidewalks.
manage energy costs and ensure residential safety, Peoples Gas
that you can winter proof homes by covering windows with plastic
sheeting, applying weather stripping around doors, insulating hot water
and installing programmable thermostats. These weatherization
measures are important tools during the heating season to help manage
appliances serviced by qualified contractor. Keep heating, ventilation
metering equipment free from debris, snow & ice. Ensure natural
appliances are correctly flued and have the correct ventilation to
carbon monoxide build up in living areas. Check/Install carbon
Community Economic and Development Association (CEDA) and ComEd
also host several utility assistance and community resource fairs
support those residents who are looking for help paying their energy
The first fair is this Saturday, January 10,
Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Representatives from Peoples Gas, CEDA and ComEd will be on site, along
number of city, state and human services agencies, to provide
information on programs and resources that are available to assist
residents. CEDA will take applications on site for the Low Income Home
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth
program. Click here to download the event flyer.
Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Community
Service Centers located throughout the city that double as warming
centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees.
will monitor the weather and make operational decisions regarding
warming center hours based on weather conditions and other circumstances
coordination with OEMC.
seeking a warm place to go after hours should call 3-1-1. Seniors or
individuals with limited mobility may call 3-1-1 to request a ride to
the centers. And individuals requiring emergency overnight
or transportation to a shelter, should also call 3-1-1.
Links to warming center information and flyers in English, Spanish and Polish are posted on DFSS's website .
Red Cross Safety Tips for Bitter Cold Weather
predicted for the Chicago region this week and the American Red
of Chicago & Northern Illinois offers the following steps
can take to stay safe during this hazardous weather.
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
signs of hypothermia - confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and
severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get
immediate medical attention.
for symptoms of
frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow
discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
pets indoors. If that's not possible, make sure they have
enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen
frozen pipes - run water, even at
trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat
the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing
- Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
- Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
- If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Learn how to treat cold weather related emergencies by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps.
More information about winter safety is available on redcross.org.