April 5, 2024

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Alderman Reilly in the Media

Alderman Reilly did several media interviews to clarify previous reports regarding the future of Extended Outdoor Dining along Clark Street. Click the links below to read the articles and learn more. 

Alderman Reilly was proud to be a part of the creation of this program and has always supported extended outdoor dining throughout the 42nd Ward. Clark Street restaurant owners are considering their options and may apply for the Clark Street EOD closure.

Street Sweeping Began Monday, April 1st

Chicago’s annual street sweeping season began earlier this week and runs through mid-November or later, weather permitting. Throughout the season, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) deploys mechanical street sweepers at regularly scheduled times to clear debris from Chicago streets. Dozens of street sweepers have  begun to clear the debris and leaves that have accumulated during winter months on both residential and arterial streets. 

Residents are reminded to check for the bright orange signs announcing temporary parking restrictions. These signs are posted two days prior to scheduled street sweeping events. Some streets also have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.

Residents can also track the City’s street sweeping fleet in real time through the Sweeper Tracker online tool.

For more information, or to view the 2024 street sweeping schedule, visit the DSS website. Residents can also call 311 or check Sweeper Tracker to find the dates and locations of street sweeping in their area.

Upcoming Chicago Plan Commission (CPC)

On Thursday,  April 18, at 10:00am, the Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) will host a meeting to review proposed development applications and/or amendments. No 42nd Ward projects will be heard at April’s CPC meeting, however, one project is located nearby, in the 27th Ward (represented by Alderman Burnett), detailed below:

700 West Chicago Avenue

Onni Group proposes an amendment to the existing Planned Development (PD1399) at 700 West Chicago Avenue in order to permit the construction of a multi-building planned development across multiple sub-areas with a maximum height of 650 feet and consisting of 2,451 dwelling units, 1,950 parking spaces, 280 hotel keys, commercial and retail uses with accessory and incidental uses. A 3.1 FAR (Floor Area Ratio) bonus will be taken and the maximum overall FAR of the planned development will be 8.1. Click here to review more information about this project.

Residents who wish to provide input on this project are encouraged to attend the public CPC meeting, held on Thursday, April 18 at 10 AM, in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.  If you would like to observe the meeting without providing public comment, a link to live stream the meeting will be added to CPC’s website on April 18.

Alderman Reilly to Host Electronics

Recycling Event

Alderman Reilly is hosting an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at 205 Upper North Harbor Drive. 

Newtech E-Scrap accepts most items. They do not accept projection TVs and there is a $20 charge for CRT Monitors and old tube TVs.  

A representative from Alderman Reilly’s Office will be present to address concerns or questions regarding city-related matters.

We look forward to seeing you at the Electronics Recycling Event!

CAPS Meetings

18th District: (312-742-5778 / CAPS018District@chicagopolice.org)

  • There are no CAPS meetings for this district for month of April.

Click here for 18th District meeting locations.

1st District: (312-745-4381 / CAPS001District@chicagopolice.org)

  • Beat 122 CAPS meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30pm.

Cook County Funding

Cook County has received an additional $44 Million for behavioral health funding “Stronger Together”.  This opportunity is intended to fund community health centers, community-based organizations (CBOs), education agencies, faith-based organizations, and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) serving Cook County. 

The filing deadline for the grant is April 17, 2024,

For more information on the grant, eligibility, and next steps to apply, please visit https://cookcountyhealth.org/strongertogether/ .

Chicago Park District Earth Day

Site Captains Needed

The citywide Earth Day Parks Clean Up is Saturday, April 20. Join thousands of volunteers in parks across Chicago in picking up litter and putting down mulch to give our precious green spaces a fresh start for the season. Chicago Park Districts are in need of site captains to recruit and organize all those wonderful volunteers.To sign up to be a site captain, please click here.


Being a site captain involves:


  • Making a commitment to organize a cleanup crew on April 20 at your park.
  • Connecting and coordinating with the park’s supervisor. Park supervisors can assist with planning and may have access to tools or other materials.
  • Promoting the volunteer signup page through avenues such as social media, individual outreach, and posting flyers in the park, library and local businesses.
  • Setting up a meeting site for Earth Day and communicating with volunteers regarding the location.
  • Coordinating with FOTP staff to receive gloves and trash bags for the cleanup.
  • Hosting Earth Day Clean up!
  • Collecting and returning any paperwork.


To sign your park up to host an Earth Day Clean Up, please click here.


Bridge Lifts

In preparation for sailboat season, the following bridge lifts will be taking place in the next 2 weeks for testing purposes:

Backup Dates (if necessary):

  • Lake Street OR Wells Street Bridge: Saturday 4/6 and Sunday 4/7 from 11:59PM - 5AM
  • Congress Street Bridge: Saturday 4/13 and Sunday 4/14 from 11:59PM - 5AM

Our office suggests re-routing your commute during these lifts to avoid delays.

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

Lake Shore Drive Bridge from Randolph to Grand - Weekend Work

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that the CDOT will be working on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and Viaduct Network between Randolph Street and Grand Avenue. Work will include expansion joint rehabilitation and gland installation.  

On April 12 - April 14, three lanes of traffic will be closed on northbound Upper Lake Shore Drive, from Randolph Street to Grand Avenue. This closure will occur during the overnight hours (9pm to 6am). On April 13 to April 14, from 6am to 9pm, two lanes of traffic will be closed along this stretch of Upper Lake Shore Drive. 

On April 19 to April 21, three lanes of traffic on southbound Upper Lake Shore Drive, from Grand Avenue to Randolph Street will be closed during the overnight hours (9pm-6am). On April 20 and April 21, from 6am to 9pm, there will be a two lane closure along this stretch of Upper Lake Shore Drive. 

Crane Lift - 555 N Michigan

On Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 13, from 8am to 5pm, Stevenson Crane will be conducting a crane lift at 555 N Michigan. During the lift, the following will be closed,

  • Sidewalk on the south side of Ohio, from a point 30' east of Michigan to a point 100' east thereof
  • Curb lane and two traffic lanes on the south side of Ohio, from Michigan to a pint 100' east thereof

One lane eastbound traffic will remain open throughout the lift.

Thompson Center Redevelopment Mobilization

Clark Construction began mobilizing for the Thompson Center Redevelopment project on Thursday, March 28. The following is what you can expect:

Clark Street - Clark Construction has installed jersey barriers and fencing along the west side of Clark Street, between Randolph Street and Lake Street. This stretch of Clark Street is reduced to one lane of southbound traffic. Pedestrians are being directed to the east side of the street - due to the sidewalk closure on the west side of Clark Street.

Randolph Street - On Monday, April 1, Clark Construction will begin building a pedestrian canopy on the north side of Randolph Street (sidewalk), between Clark Street and LaSalle Street. This work will occur during the overnight hours and take 4 days to complete.

LaSalle Street - At the end of next week, Clark Construction will begin erecting a pedestrian canopy on the east side of LaSalle Street (curb lane), between Randolph Street and Lake Street. The sidewalk on the east side of LaSalle will remain open until the canopy is built.

Lake Street - No changes through Wednesday, April 24.

CTA Structural Maintenance

The CTA will be performing structural maintenance on the elevated tracks over Wells Street, between Lake Street and Wacker Drive. Work is scheduled to occur on April 6-7, from 7am to 7pm. Throughout the project, residents can expect the following:

  • Curb lane closures
  • Rolling traffic lane closures

Franklin Street Bridge Project

CDOT crews began sidewalk replacement and selective roadway grating replacement at the Franklin Avenue Bascule Bridge over the Main Branch of the Chicago River.

Scope of Work:

The project consists of performing the following repairs: replacement of bridge sidewalk with fiberglass sidewalk panels, selective roadway grating panels replacement.

Construction Schedule:

7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday, from Monday, March 18th  until Friday, August 30th. End date is tentative, contingent upon expected Central Business District Moratoriums.


Traffic Impact during Construction:

  • Full closure of one sidewalk at all times.
  • A single vehicular lane closure adjacent to the sidewalk being worked on at all times.
  • One northbound though lane and northbound bike lane will remain open throughout during sidewalk repairs.

Crane Lift: 400 W Ontario

On Friday, April 5th at 9am to Sunday, April 7 at 8pm, there will be a crane lift at 400 West Ontario Street. Throughout the lift, westbound traffic on West Ontario, from North Orleans to North Kingsbury will be prohibited.


The Wellsley

On Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th, a commercial will be filming interior scenes inside The Wellsley (504 N Wells St). During filming, prep and wrap, parking will be prohibited at the following locations: 


 Monday, April 8th & Tuesday, April 9th from 4AM – 11PM

  • West side of N Wells St from Grand to Illinois
  • North side of W Illinois St from Wells to Franklin
  • South side of W Grand Ave from Franklin East to alleyway


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Daniel Marcus (Location Manager) at 312.539.6841.

Windy City Law

Minim Productions, Inc will be parking production vehicles for the TV Show titled “Windy City Law” in your neighborhood on Monday April 8 4 am – 11 pm.

In order to park essential vehicles and equipment, streets in your area will be posted in the following locations:

  • West Side of Orleans St from Huron St to Erie St
  • South Side of Huron St from Sedgwick St to Franklin St

Lake Shore Drive Bridge Repairs

Bridge Repairs have began on the Upper level of DuSable Lake Shore Drive Bascule Bridge over the Main Branch of the Chicago River.

This work is separate from the ongoing Pin & Link work at the bridge and will not impact that construction, or require additional roadway closures. Details of the temporary sidewalk restrictions are below:

Scope of Work:

The work consists of upper level stringer repairs at the SE and NE bridge houses.

Construction Schedule:

  • 8:00 pm - 6:00 am Sunday, March 10th 2024 until Thursday, April 25th 2024.
  • Work will occur on Sunday nights - Thursday nights only. No work to occur on Friday nights or Saturday nights.

Traffic Impact during Construction: 

  • The east sidewalk and bike path will be reduced to a shared travel lane in both directions during working hours.
  • The east sidewalk and bike path will be completely open to pedestrians and bicyclists during non-working hours.
  • This work will not impact the ongoing Pin & Link construction or cause additional road closures.
  • The west sidewalk will remain completely open to pedestrian traffic at all times.

CDOT Construction: Pin & Link Plate Assembly and Expansion Joints

The Department of Transportation will begin a project to replace pin and link plate assemblies and expansion joints associated with the bridge structures of upper and intermediate Columbus Dr., Randolph St., and Stetson Ave. Pin and link plate assembly work will be performed from the underside of the bridge decks while expansion joint replacements will occur from above.  The work began in November 2023 and will progress to completion (anticipated Fall 2024).  

Work is to start along upper, intermediate, and lower levels of the following roadways: 

  • N. Columbus Drive between E. Wacker Drive and E. Randolph Street
  • E. Randolph Street between N. Michigan Avenue and N. Field Boulevard
  • N. Stetson Avenue between E. Wacker Drive and E. Lake Street

During construction, portions of these bridge structures will be barricaded off to prohibit vehicles and pedestrians directly over the active work. 

  • Vehicles will be shifted and/or detoured to allow the work to progress. 
  • The sidewalk on at least one side of the roadway and crosswalks at roadway intersections will remain open for pedestrians. 
  • Coordination of temporary access restriction may be required with private properties directly adjacent to the project.  

Murphy Auditorium Renovation

Driehaus Museum purchased the Murphy Auditorium (50 E Erie) in June 2023, and began the following interior renovations:

  • Offices are going to be renovated
  • Stage has sunken – leveled out; fix accessibility issue
  • New elevator to go all the way to the top floor

Throughout the project, the following will be in-place:

  • Pedestrian canopy over the sidewalk in front of 50 E Erie
  • 100' of curb lane will be closed in front of 50 E Erie for material deliveries and small crane

They will need to use a small crane periodically throughout the project to lift materials onto the roof that can't fit through the doorway. 

LSD Bridge & Viaduct Project - September 25 to Summer 2024

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) began working on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and Viaduct Network between Monroe and Ontario. This work will include removing and replacing link plates, stainless steel pins, and Teflon bushings and expansion joint rehabilitation.  

Upper Level Lake Shore Drive will have one permanent lane closure in each direction and an additional lane closure during off-peak hours.

Intermediate Level Lake Shore Drive will have two permanent lane closures in each direction.

This project is expected to be completed summer of 2024.

State & Lake Utility Relocations

Utility companies began relocating utilities in advance of the State and Lake CTA project. Train services will not be disrupted during utility relocations. 


At least 1 lane of traffic will remain open (1 lane each direction on State St) at all times, but other driving and parking lanes may be closed. 

Construction equipment and materials will be stored on the street, including during time periods between active work. Work will primarily occur 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays, but there will be limited work during nights. Utility companies are aware of and required to abide by the Chicago noise ordinance, which limits noisy work during overnight hours.

Kennedy Expressway Bridge Rehabilitation

In 2023, IDOT began rehabilitating the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94), from the Edens Expressway (I-94) junction to Ohio Street.

The estimated $150 million project consists of rehabilitating 36 bridges and the Reversible Lane Access Control system, replacing overhead sign structures, installing new signage and modernized LED lights, pavement patching, and structural painting. Additionally, Hubbard’s Cave, from Grand Avenue to Wayman Street, will be painted and new LED lighting installed.

The work will take place over three consecutive construction seasons, broken down into the following stages:

  • 2023 – Inbound Kennedy: Click here for stage 1 fact sheet.
  • 2024 – Reversible Express Lanes: Click here for stage 2 fact sheet.
  • 2025 – Outbound Kennedy: Click here for stage 3 fact sheet.

The Kennedy Expressway officially opened in November 1960, with the last major rehabilitation completed in 1994. The project will improve safety, traffic flow and reliability for the more than 275,000 motorists who use the expressway each day.

Click here for a project overview.

Click here for a FAQ

Click here to see photos and videos of the project.