April 19, 2024

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Aldermanic Menu Funded Resurfacing Projects

Based on feedback from residents, Alderman Reilly used the Aldermanic Menu Fund to authorize the following street/alley resurfacing projects:

  • West Huron Street, from North Hudson Avenue to North Sedgwick Street (Start Date: April 24)
  • Alley Bounded by Superior/LaSalle/Huron/Clark (Start Date: April 24)
  • Alley Bounded by Illinois/LaSalle/Hubbard/Clark (Start Date: April 24)
  • North New Street, from East Illinois Street to East River Drive (Start Date: April 24)
  • East Grand Avenue, from Lake Shore Drive to North Streeter Drive (Start Date: April 25)
  • East River Drive, from North New Street to North McClurg Court (Start Date: April 26)
  • North McClurg Court, from East River Drive to East North Water (Start Date: April 26)
  • Ramp from Upper East Wacker Drive, from North Columbus Drive to Lake Shore Drive (Start Date: April 26)
  • North Harbor Drive, from East Water Drive to East Randolph Street (State Date: April 29)

Throughout each project, vehicular access to the above streets and local driveways/parking garages will remain open. However, please expect delays (one or two minutes) while the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is on-site. 

At the beginning of each project, CDOT will remove the top layer of asphalt and return at a later date to install binder and new asphalt. 

Each project is expected to take a month to complete. Project start and end dates are weather dependent.

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!

Earth Day

The Chicago Park District, in partnership with Friends of the Parks, hosts the citywide Earth Day Parks Clean Up on 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. Click the links below to register to help keep parks in the 42nd Ward looking their best! 

A Montgomery Ward


630 N Kingsbury Street

Jane Addams Memorial


500 East Grand

Grant Park (April 21)


331 E. Randolph St.


All events take place on Saturday, April 20, from 9am - noon. To view the park locations in an alphabetical list, click here.

Protected Bike Lane Installation: East Side of Clark, from Oak to Grand

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is expanding its protected bike lane network throughout the City. They have decided to install a southbound protected bike lane on the east side of North Clark Street, between West Oak Street and West Grand Avenue. This bike lane will connect to the westbound bike lane on the north side of West Grand Avenue.

CDOT's Scope of Work:

  • Swap the location of the existing bike lane and parking lane. The bike lane will be adjacent to the curb and the parking lane will be between a lane of traffic and the bike lane.
  • Install bicycle signals (select intersections).
  • Install pedestrian bump-outs/refuge space.

Please click here to review CDOT's site plans. Work is expected to begin in early May. 

CAPS Meetings

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

  • There are no CAPS meetings scheduled in this district for the remainder of the month.

Click here for 18th District meeting locations.

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

  • There are no CAPS meetings scheduled in this district for the remainder of the month.

42nd Ward Traffic Closures & Construction Projects

Demolition Project: 720 North Wells Street / 207 West Superior Street

Milburn Demolition will began demolition of 720 North Wells Street and 207 West Superior Street this week. Work hours will be Monday - Friday, from 8am to 5pm. 

The following will be closed throughout the project:

  • 40 feet of the north/south alley on the south side of West Superior Street, between North Franklin Street and North Wells Street
  • Sidewalk and curb lane on the south side of West Superior Street, between North Wells Street and North Franklin Street
  • Sidewalk and curb lane on the west side of North Wells Street, from West Superior Street to a point 48 feet south thereof. 

The bike lane on the west side of North Wells Street will remain open throughout the project. Demolition is expected to be completed by August 1, 2024 (weather dependent).

400 N LSD Construction Update

Week of 4/22

  • Continue Installation of tower crane sheeting
  • Demobilization of caisson equipment
  • Delivery of mobile crane for concrete operations
  • Begin excavation of site at Ogden slip and under inbound LSD ramp
  • Begin installation of concrete walls inside the cofferdam


Week of 4/29

  • Continue excavation at Ogden slip
  • Begin installation of concrete walls inside cofferdam
  • Begin pouring of cofferdam walls and tower crane foundation

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 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. 

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.


Power Force

On Tuesday, April 23rd, a TV Show will be filming interior and exterior dialogue scenes at the Four Seasons Hotel at 120 E Delaware Place. During prep work, filming, & wrap up parking will be prohibited at the following locations: 

  • Monday, April 22 from 5AM until Wednesday, April 24 at 5PM
  • Both sides of Walton from Rush to Ernst Ct
  • Monday, April 22 from 10PM until Tuesday, April 23 at 10PM
  • South side of Delaware PL from 115 E Delaware PL to Michigan
  • Tuesday, April 23 from 5AM until Wednesday, April 24 at 5AM
  • North side of Walton from Michigan to Rush
  • Both sides of Rush from Walton south to the alley
  • North side of Delaware from Rush to Ernst Ct

Ernst Ct between Delaware Pl and Walton St will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 12am on Tuesday, April 23rd. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paolo Lopez, 773-558-0745, or Bobby Demakis, 224-588-2037.


On Monday, April 22nd, "EOOP" will be filming dialogue scenes inside 160 N LaSalle. During filming, prep, and wrap, parking will be prohibited at the following locations: 

  • Sunday, April 21st from 8:00PM to Monday, April 22nd at 11:59PM: 
  • Both Sides of Lake St from Wacker Dr to LaSalle St
  • East Side of Clark St from Washington to Madison

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jaimese Kellogg, 773-209-2036. 

Do note that the Clark St is for a lunch and support location at First United Methodist.

Commercial Filming

On Friday, April 19th, a commercial will be filming exterior scenes at the Chicago Riverwalk. During the filming parking will be prohibited at the following locations: 

  • West Side of Clark St from Wacker Dr to Lake St
  • North Side of Lake St from LaSalle St to Clark St

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vinh Lu, 630-890-1029. 

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.