Alderman Reilly Reports
Alderman Reilly and Commissioner Degnen to Host Electronics Recycling Event This Saturday, April 24!
Alderman Reilly and Commissioner Degnen are hosting an Electronics Recycling Event this Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at 360 East North Water Street (North side of North Water Street, between New Street and McClurg Court). Please review the flyer below for a list of acceptable electronics.
Representatives from Alderman Reilly and Commissioner Degnen’s Offices will be present to address concerns or questions regarding city or county related matters. We look forward to seeing you at the Electronics Recycling Event!
Important Announcements and Updates
COVID-19 Update: All Chicagoans 16 and Older Now Eligible for Vaccination, Changes to the Emergency Travel Order, and the Latest Data
The City of Chicago moved to Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on April 19, meaning all Chicagoans age 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. To date, more than 1 million Chicago residents have received at least one dose of vaccine—nearly half of the City’s adult population.
The City of Chicago has reached a milestone in its vaccine rollout with 50% of Chicago adults having received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About four times as many Chicagoans have now received a first dose of vaccine as have ever been diagnosed with COVID.
Anyone 16 years of age and older living in the City of Chicago can look for vaccine appointments at zocdoc.com/vaccine or use the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to identify additional vaccine providers. For Zocdoc, Chicagoans under 18 must have a parent or guardian book vaccine appointments on their behalf. New appointments will be added frequently, and people are encouraged to check back.
With an increase in vaccine supply, City-run sites will also start accepting walk-ins beginning today, April 23, as availability allows. People are still encouraged to make appointments ahead of time to guarantee themselves a dose.
Click the links below to register at one of the City-managed sites, these locations will all be offering the Pfizer vaccine (which requires a second dose).
United Center (voucher code: CHIZIPVAX21)
American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way (next to Wrigley Field)
Chicago State University
Apostolic Faith Church
Richard J. Daley College
The following pharmacies offer vaccinations and their own scheduling: Chicago Costco Pharmacies, CVS, Jewel Osco, Mariano’s, and Walgreens. Contact the pharmacy directly about possible appointments.
Residents should also check with their primary care physicians. More than 350 hospitals, health clinics, medical practices, pharmacies and other providers receive vaccine for distribution to local residents.
The vaccine is offered at no cost, and insurance is not required. Documentation regarding immigration status is also not required. Proof of address is required for all first dose appointments at City sites, with the exception of United Center. Please see the list of documents one can provide to prove a Chicago address. To learn more about Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, click here.
In response to the changing dynamics of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to support Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City has issued a Travel Order applicable to anyone coming into the City of Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).
Yellow List: Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Mexico, Indiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Kansas, Wisconsin, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Idaho, Montana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Iowa
Orange List: New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Florida, Delaware, Connecticut, Colorado, Vermont, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Alaska, Virginia, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington
Vaccinated persons (returning travelers who live or work in Chicago, or visitors to Chicago) who have travelled domestically are not required to quarantine if they are:
fully vaccinated (i.e., are ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID- 19 vaccine series or ≥2 weeks following receipt of 1 dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine).
It is recommended that you bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records while traveling. For more information about the Emergency Travel Order, please click here.
As of April 22 the City’s positivity rate is 5.3% (down from 5.7% last week) and averaging approximately 626 new cases per day (down from 735 last week). Shown in the graph below, the City’s positivity rate is slowly starting to decline.
As stated earlier, more residents continue to receive vaccinations around the City. The map below shows the percentage of the population of each ZIP Code that has completed a vaccine series.
For the latest data in Chicago, please visit the COVID Dashboard or Coronavirus at a Glance.
Expanded Outdoor Dining in the Gold Coast
Beginning Saturday, May 1, the Rush/Bellevue corridor will be reconfigured to allow expanded outdoor dining for neighboring restaurants. Bellevue Place will have no obstructions and will be completely open to vehicular traffic. Rush Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Oak and Bellevue, and between Bellevue and Cedar (with the intersection of Rush & Bellevue being unobstructed), to allow additional seating areas.
Last year, various locations around the City in key commercial corridors were converted into expanded outdoor dining programs, providing much-needed relief to restaurants of all sizes. In the 42nd Ward, restaurants in three areas expanded their seating into the street – Rush / Bellevue, Clark between Grand and Kinzie, and Wells between Superior and Huron.
Stay tuned to Reilly Reports for additional updates and new expanded dining areas in the 42nd Ward as they become available.
Eurostar Hotel License Discipline Hearing Next Wednesday, April 28
A number of residents have contacted Alderman Reilly’s office with concerns regarding the Eurostar Magnificent Mile Hotel, located at 660 North State Street.
Alderman Reilly began discussing these concerns about downtown hotels with the Illinois Hotel Lodging Association (IHLA), the Department of Business Affairs (BACP), and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in July, 2020. As some residents may know, several downtown hotels have reduced their rates to an all-time low because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These low rates, coupled with the limited hours and capacity of downtown entertainment venues, have transformed hotels into convenient alternatives to bars and restaurants.
Eurostar Hotel was identified as a “hotspot” location based on numerous reports our office received of large gatherings, guests throwing bottles from balconies, lighting fires on balconies, and not enforcing proper safety protocols or other COVID-19 restrictions. Most alarming was a recent media report that a CPD traffic stop in River North led to the arrests of 6 individuals for handgun possession; these individuals were all guests of the Eurostar Hotel.
Because of the deleterious impact the business has had on the River North community, Alderman Reilly formally requested that the BACP and CPD conduct task force investigations of the Eurostar Hotel.
Between March, 2020 and March, 2021, the BACP conducted 11 task force inspections at the hotel, and issued numerous citations for violations of Chicago Municipal Code and COVID-19 guidance.
Based on BACP’s inspection results, and the Hotel’s continued disregard for public safety, the Law Department filed a public nuisance case against the Eurostar Hotel. Please click here to review the list of charges, which relate to specific incidents of public nuisance and noncompliance with COVID guidelines. These charges will be resolved via the Mayor’s License Discipline Commission (MLDC) at a “virtual” hearing.
The Rules and other information about the MLDC hearings being conducted on the Cisco Webex platform are available on BACP’s website here. If you wish to stay up to date on the matter, please use the information below to virtually access the meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9:30 AM.
Join by Video (Webex Link)
Meeting Number: 187 840 0346
Join by Phone: (312) 535-8110
Access Code: 187 840 0346
Please continue to report any issues requiring immediate Police attention in real-time by calling 9-1-1.
Navy Pier Announces Phased Reopening for Friday, April 30
(image courtesy of Heidi Zeiger, Navy Pier)
Navy Pier will begin its phased reopening on Friday, April 30, restoring public access to select outdoor spaces and attractions and cautiously resuming partial operations with public health and safety at the forefront.
As part of this initial phase, the following will be open and accessible to the public: Navy Pier parking garages, Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, North and South Docks, Pier Park (including select rides and attractions), East End Plaza, tour boats and cruises, the new Sable hotel, and select restaurants at limited capacity (per government guidelines).
Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday during this phase, although hours may vary per establishment. Navy Pier has been temporarily closed to the public since Labor Day to limit the financial impact and implications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on the nonprofit organization and the nearly 70 small and local businesses it houses.
To celebrate its reopening, the Pier will host a special 10-minute fireworks show at 9 p.m. every Saturday in May until Memorial Day Weekend. The first fireworks presentation on Saturday, May 1 will be dedicated to healthcare professionals and frontline workers in honor of their hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to helping our community navigate the ongoing pandemic. Guests are welcome to enjoy the display from the Pier’s open areas.
Pier Park will also resume operations on select rides and attractions, including the iconic Centennial Wheel, Pepsi Wave Swinger and Carousel. The opening of new rides will follow in the coming weeks. Both of Navy Pier’s parking garages will also resume operations at a $29 flat rate until Memorial Day Weekend. The rest of the Pier, including interior spaces, food experience, retail shops and other select attractions will reopen sometime in May, along with Navy Pier’s free community programs. The full reopening date is to be determined based on state and city guidance.
Spring Boat Run Schedule
The City of Chicago began the first of its annual spring sailboat runs last week, with the raising of 27 bridges from S. Ashland Ave. to Lake Shore Drive. The annual boat runs allow recreational sailboats to move from boat storage yards to harbors in Lake Michigan. Chicago’s harbors will open officially on May 1.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has completed testing each bridge and will lift the movable bridges over the south and main branches of the Chicago River, allowing boats to safely and easily move into summer docking locations up and down the shoreline.
During boat runs, the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of eight to 12 minutes. Because of construction work on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, the lift could take up to 45 minutes.
The spring 2021 bridge lift schedule is as follows:
Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, May l, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, May 5, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 8, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 15, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 22, 8 a.m
Wednesday, May 26, 9:30 a.m.
**No Lift on Saturday, May 29**
Wednesday, June 2, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 5, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 12, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, June 16, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 19, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 26, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, June 30, 9:30 a.m.
It typically takes about four hours for the boats to reach the lake and lift the 27 bridges. Please plan accordingly when getting around on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
City of Chicago Rental Assistance Program (RAP) Accepting Applications until April 30
The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has partnered with the Chicago Department of Housing (DOH) to launch the Rental Assistance Program (RAP). The RAP provides funding to Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless. RAP helps Chicagoans who have housing right now, but who may become homeless soon because they lost income or had another eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent.
Assistance May Include:
Payment of future rent, or rent arrears to prevent eviction
Security deposits in cases of fire, flood, foreclosure, domestic violence, or eviction
You Are Eligible If:
You live in the City of Chicago
You are at risk of becoming homeless due to eviction, loss of income or other emergency
You economically classify as a low-income household
Your landlord completes the RAP requirements
Options To Prove Eligibility:
Eviction notice, proof of loss of income or proof of other qualifying emergency
Paystub, benefits statement, or affidavit (explanation) of no income
Driver’s License, State ID, CityKey, or other
Landlord agreement forms
Online RAP applications will be accepted until Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Residents also can submit a paper copy of the RAP application at one of the City’s six community service centers. RAP informational documents and videos are available here.
IDHS Launches Crisis Counseling Program
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has launched a pilot program to provide community-based crisis counseling to individuals who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Illinois Crisis Counseling Program offers disaster-related relief services to individuals identified through free and confidential crisis counseling sessions.
The program focuses on helping disaster survivors understand their reactions and connect with other individuals and agencies that may assist them in improving their situations. Staff members who provide individual crisis counseling are active listeners who offer reassurance, practical assistance, and emotional support, while teaching behavioral techniques for coping with stress.
Please visit illinois-strong.org for more information and resources available near you.
Wear A Mask! Protect Yourself and Others
Earlier this year the CDC published updated guidance on mask usage. Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.
Choose a mask with a nose wire
A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask.
Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.
Use a mask fitter or brace
Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.
A mask should fit snugly against the sides of your face and not have gaps.
Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin
Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.
Add layers of material
Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric.
Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask (the second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face).
Combine two disposable masks
Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.
Combine a KN95 mask with any other mask
Only use one KN95 mask at a time.
KN95 masks are a type of filtering facepiece respirator that are commonly made in China and similar to N95 masks commonly used in the United States.
BE AWARE: About 60% of KN95 masks in the United States are counterfeit (fake) and DO NOT meet NIOSH requirements.
Finally, the CDC recommends you do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments. As a reminder, scarves, ski masks, etc. are not substitutes for masks. More information about mask guidance can be found on the CDC’s website.
Police Alerts and Community Notices
1st District Community Alert – Motor Vehicle Theft, Criminal Damage to Vehicle
18th District Business Alert – Commercial Burglary
CAPS Personal Safety Tips
Grant Park Clean Up – April 24
Chicago Cross Community Clean-Up Challenge – May 1
Chicago Public Library Online DACA, Naturalization, and Green Card Sessions
CDOT Hiring SAFE Ambassadors
Chicago Citywide Clean & Green
Saturday, April 24, 2021
On Saturday, April 24, you and your neighbors can make an immediate difference in your community by volunteering for Chicago’s citywide Clean & Green Day of Service.
Clean & Green is a great opportunity for residents, school groups and community organizations to team up and beautify areas in their neighborhood. The City will provide brooms, rakes, shovels, and bags needed for the clean-up projects.
Please practice physical distancing and wear face coverings in compliance with CDC guidelines. To register, please call 3-1-1 or visit CHI 311 by April 19, 2021.
Community Meeting for Development Proposals at Plymouth Court and Van Buren Street
Monday, May 3 from 5:00-7:30pm
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Ald. Sophia King (4th) will co-host a town hall meeting to review development proposals for City-owned land at the northeast corner of Plymouth Court and Van Buren Street in The Loop.
The 16,000-square-foot site was subject to a DPD Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in 2020 through the C40 Reinventing Cities competition. Four teams (below) are actively bidding to redevelop the property with a mix of uses.
Common Good Collaborative
The City’s pending selection of a winner is expected to be Chicago’s first net-zero carbon high-rise, a highly efficient building that operates on carbon-free renewable energy. Due to the site’s nearby public transportation options, each project is proposing zero parking. Each is also maximizing its proximity to adjacent Pritzker Park through coordinated site planning and funding for physical improvements.
The public meeting to review the four proposals will be held via Zoom from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3. To register for the webinar, please click here. A public survey is also available through Sunday, May 16, to help stakeholders provide input on each proposed project.
The winning proposal is expected to be selected this spring. A formal review and approval process will follow, including public hearings for potential zoning changes and the sale terms for the property.
While this proposal is in the 4th Ward, this location is just one block south of the 42nd Ward boundary. Alderman Reilly encourages nearby 42nd Ward neighbors to learn more about the proposals and share their feedback.
42nd Ward residents and members of the public are welcome to email questions for the meeting ahead of time to DPD@cityofchicago.org and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garfield Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Saturation
Now through Sunday, May 9
Recently ranked the number one garden in North America by Yelp, the Garfield Park Conservatory is now open again for visitors! The Garfield Park Conservatory’s 2021 Spring Flower Show “Saturation” will be on display Saturday, February 27 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9.
This year’s show will immerse visitors in virtually the entire spectrum in the rainbow. Instead of typical garden design which incorporates different colors scattered throughout the landscape, Saturation concentrates groups of blooming flowers so that visitors will be able to see and understand the wide range of hues and tints within each color and enjoy their vivid, rich and intense nuances.
For more information, please click here.
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.
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.
Attention Residents: New in 2021, each beat will be hosting its own meeting, departing from the sector model. They will also be virtual (via Zoom) until further notice.
The 1st District will be hosting the following Zoom meetings this month, please email CAPS.email@example.com to register.
Beat 111 – May 3 at 3:00pm
Beat 113 – May 5 at 3:00pm
Beat 121 – May 11 at 3:00pm
The 18th District will be hosting the following Zoom meetings this month, please email CAPS.firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Beat 1824 – May 20 at 6:00pm
Beat 1831- May 25 at 5:00pm
Beat 1832 – May 25 at 6:00pm
Beat 1833 – May 27 at 5:00pm
Beat 1834 – May 27 at 6:00pm
Please make sure to confirm the details for upcoming meetings with your Police District’s CAPS office.
1st District: 312-745-4290
12th District: 312-746-8396
18th District: 312-742-5870
To find your district and beat, please click here.
42nd Ward Street Closures and Construction Notices
Madison Street Bridge Repairs
From today, April 23 to Monday, April 26 at 6pm, the Madison Street Bridge will be closed while the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) completes concrete bridge repairs.
Detour: Westbound Madison Street to Southbound Wacker Drive, to Westbound Adams Street, to Northbound Canal Street, and back to Westbound Madison Street
Crane Lift: Galter Pavilion
Northwestern Hospital will conduct crane lifts at Galter Pavilion during the following dates:
Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April 25
Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 20
During both lifts, the following will be closed:
curb lane and sidewalk on the south side of Huron, from St. Clair to the first driveway west thereof (approximately 200′)
They will have barricades and flaggers in-place throughout the lifts.
Filming in the Loop Next Week
98 East Wacker Drive
On Monday, April 26, from 5pm to 8pm, Drone Media Chicago will be using a drone to take pictures of the Chicago River near 98 East Wacker Drive.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dustin Schoenfeld (Location Manager) at 224-484-7862 or Razvan Sera (On-site Coordinator) at 224-513-1132.
12 South Michigan Avenue
On Tuesday, April 27, Stalwart Productions LLC. will be filming scenes for an upcoming TV show inside 12 South Michigan Avenue. In order to park essential vehicles, parking will be prohibited at the following locations:
East side of Columbus, from Monroe to Jackson (April 26, at 8pm to April 27, 9pm)
East side of Wabash, Madison to Adams (April 26, at 8pm to April 27, 9pm)
South side of Madison, Michigan to Wabash (April 26, at 8pm to April 27, 9pm)
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Natasha Olguim (Location Manager) at 773-297-3906 or Alex Gillespie (On-site Coordinator) at 773-559-5094.
Crane Lift: 175 North State Street
On Tuesday, April 27, from 9am-5pm, there will be a crane lit at 175 North State Street. During the lift, East Benton Place, between North State Street and North Wabash Avenue will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
There will be barricades and flaggers on-site throughout the lift.
Crane Lift: 900 North Michigan Avenue
On Tuesday, April 27 to Thursday, April 29, there will be a crane lift at 900 North Michigan Avenue. During the lift, North Rush, between East Delaware and East Walton will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Throughout the project, barricades, detour signs, and traffic control will be on-site.
Crane Lift: 68 East Oak Street
On Wednesday, April 28 at 8pm to Thursday, April 29 at 3am, there will be a crane lift at 68 East Oak Street. During the lift, Oak Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and motorists will be detoured at Oak/Rush and Oak/Michigan to East Cedar Street.
There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers on-site throughout this lift.
Temporary CTA Bus Stop Elimination
The following bus stop change will take effect on Monday, April 12, at 9am:
Michigan at Superior (southbound, nearside)—Temporary bus stop elimination (Stop ID Number: 14488)
Route Stopping: #3 – King Drive, #10 – Museum of S & I, #26 – South Shore Express, #125 – Water Tower Express, #143 –Stockton/Michigan Express, #146 – Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 – Outer Drive Express, #148 – Clarendon/Michigan Express, #151 – Sheridan
Regular service is expected to return on Friday, April 30.
MCI Infrastructure Relocation in Streeterville
Starting Monday, April 5, MCI will be relocating conduits on the west side of St. Clair Street, between East Superior and East Huron. Work hours will be 8am-5pm.
The project includes infrastructure trenching in the street. Throughout the project, St. Clair Street, from East Superior to East Huron will be reduced to one lane of traffic. MCI will have traffic control on St. Clair Street at East Huron and East Superior.
This project is expected to be completed early May 2021 (weather dependent).
Vaulted Sidewalk Fill-in: 600 W. Jackson
Starting at the beginning of May, the vaulted sidewalks adjacent to 600 W. Jackson will be filled and the sidewalks repaired. During the work, the following will be closed:
Sidewalk/curb lane on the west side of Jefferson, from Jackson to Adams
Sidewalk/curb lane on the north side of Jackson, from Jefferson to the first alley west thereof
There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers on-side throughout the project. All work is expected to be finished by mid-June.
Vaulted Sidewalk Fill-in: 8 East Randolph
Starting at the beginning of May, the vaulted sidewalk adjacent to 8 East Randolph Street will be filled and the sidewalk will be repaired. During the work, the sidewalk on the east side of State Street, between Randolph Street and Benton Place will be closed to pedestrian traffic.
The contractor will construct a protected pathway for pedestrians, using jersey barricades, in the curb lane on the east side of State Street, between Randolph Street and Benton Place. All work is expected to be completed by mid-September.
Lower Harbor Service Drive Restoration
In early April, Lendlease began resurfacing Lower Harbor Service Drive, between Harbor Drive and Lake Shore Drive. At the beginning of the project, the covered pedestrian walkway will be dismantled.
During the project, access to 195 N Harbor’s parking garage will be maintained. Lendlease will have traffic control on-site throughout the project. Work is expedited to be completed by mid-July (weather dependent).
RCN Infrastructure Relocation
In early March, began to relocate conduits on St. Clair Street, from Erie Street to Illinois Street. Work hours will be 8am-5pm.
The project includes infrastructure trenching in the street and on the sidewalk. There will be intermittent lane and sidewalk closures throughout the project. RCN will have barricades, traffic control, and detour signs in place during the project. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project.
This project is expected to be completed at the beginning of May 2021 (weather dependent).
CDOT Resurfacing Project in River North
Starting in mid-March 2021, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin resurfacing North Wells Street, from West Chicago Avenue to West Illinois Street. This project includes ADA ramp improvements and curb repairs.
There will be intermittent traffic lane closures as needed. The project is expected to be finished by June 2021.
South Water Street Viaduct Replacement
Starting in mid-March 2021, the Chicago Department of Transportation will begin demolition of the South Water Street Viaduct, between Lower Beaubien Court and Stetson Street. Work hours will be 8am-8pm, daily.
This project is expected to take two years to complete (weather dependent).
354 North Union Construction
At the beginning of April 2021, the Onni Group will begin construction of 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.
Renovations at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street
On February 15, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) began renovating the Grand Army of the Republic Rotunda and Hall at the Cultural Center, located at 78 East Washington Street. Throughout the project, DCASE will be using the Cultural Centers loading zone at 129 North Garland Court as storage for the project and to place their construction dumpster.
On Monday, April 19, canopies will be installed at the following locations:
South side of Randolph, from Michigan to a point 50′ west thereof
West side of Michigan, from Randolph to a point 75′ south thereof
The project is expected to be completed February 2022.
Construction: 609 West Randolph Street
Construction of a 15-story commercial building at 609 West Randolph Street began in mid-January. Throughout the duration of the project, the following will be closed:
Curb/Traffic lane and sidewalk on south side of West Randolph, from North Jefferson to 621 West Randolph
There will be a canopy with a concrete crash wall and plywood enclosure for pedestrian use in the closed traffic lane on West Randolph, from North Jefferson to 621 West Randolph.
There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers in place for the duration of the project. This project is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2022 (weather dependent).
Aon Plaza Renovations
Renovations on the Aon Plaza located at 200 East Randolph Street began in December 2020. Throughout the project, the sidewalk on Upper East Randolph Street in front of the plaza, and on Lower East Randolph Street, will be reduced to 6’.
The project is expected to be completed by August 2021 (weather dependent).
Construction: 61 West Erie Street
In November 2020, LG Construction began construction of a five-story, 28 unit apartment building at 61 West Erie Street. A small crane will be placed in the traffic lane in front of 61 W. Erie Street from Monday, March 15 to Tuesday, March 16. The crane will be removed while work is not occurring and the traffic lane will reopen.
Throughout the construction process, the following will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic:
100′ of sidewalk and curb lane in front of 61 W. Erie Street
The alley adjacent to the west side of 61 W. Erie Street
There will be detour signs, barricades, and flaggers in place for the duration of the project.
Façade Work: 160 North LaSalle Street
Bowa Construction began work in October 2020 to perform façade and cladding work at 160 North LaSalle Street. During the work, there will be scaffolding on the east, north, and south sides of the building.
All work is expected to be completed in June 2021.
Overnight Parking Ban Downtown
Until further notice, overnight parking will be restricted on the following streets during the weekend:
Both sides of Oak, between Michigan and Clark
South side of Oak, between LaSalle and Wells
Both sides of Chicago, between Michigan and Wells
Both sides of Ohio, between Michigan and Wells
Both sides of Hubbard, between Michigan and Wells
North side of Illinois, between Dearborn and Clark
Both sides of Illinois, between Wabash and Dearborn
Both sides of Rush, between Grand and Ohio
Both sides of Rush, between Erie and Oak
Both sides of Wabash, between the Chicago River and Grand
Both sides of State, between Kinzie and Oak
Both sides of Erie, from Rush to Wells
Both sides of Huron from Rush to 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, 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
As always, please make sure to read all posted signage before parking your vehicle downtown.
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.