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Celebrate the Holidays in the 42nd Ward!

December 4, 2015


PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier



For the 15th year in a row, families from near and far will flock to Navy Pier and bask in seasonal bliss without bundling up. The PNC Bank Winter WonderFest returns on Saturday, December 5 with more than 24 rides and attractions and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages.


New attractions this year include the Polar Extreme, a double-sided inflatable slide and obstacle course, interactive Arctic Peaks Climbing Walls and an expanded, Winter Rules mini golf course. Guests can also enjoy the popular Blackhawks ice skating rink, soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger, or take in the view from the top of the towering 50-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel.


In between cups of hot cocoa, visitors can drop in on Santa and his elves at the Claus residence, snap a photo on the Giant Holiday Howdy Horse or decorate a freshly baked sugar cookie.


Now Open through January 10, 2016

Click here for hours of operation and ticket information

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue


Readers of Reilly Reportscan also receive $2 off a Winter Wonderfest Activity Ticket by using the promo code: STREET2015

**Valid through online advance sales only**


For more information, visit navypier.com.



Christkindlmarket Chicago



Christkindlmarket Chicago celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015! Recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the U.S., Christkindlmarket Chicago transforms Daley Plaza into a magical picturesque European Christmas village filled with candy cane striped wooden huts and twinkling lights that harkens back to the traditional holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany.


The Christkindlmarket hosts live entertainment and performances including school groups, professional singers, dance groups and much more. On weekends, the roaming Alpine Brass band with its festive German holiday music is sure to stir and awaken the spirit of the season in all. Special events include appearances by the Christkind (the namesake and symbol of the market), the annual Children's Lantern Parade, Theatre day and much more!


Open Now Until December 24, 2015

Sundays - Thursdays 11am - 8pm

Fridays & Saturdays 11am - 9pm

Christmas Eve 11am - 4pm

Daley Plaza

50 W. Washington Street


For more information, visit christkindlmarket.com.



Charlie Brown Christmas Show



Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre present the Charles Schulz classic, showing now through January 3, 2016. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again.


Select Dates through January 3, 2016

Click herefor showtimes and ticket information

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

175 E. Chestnut Street



Santa Sightings in the 42nd Ward!


Millennium Park



Santa's Midwest headquarters will open to children of all ages. They can inquire whether they have made his "nice" list, make gift requests and take photos. There is no charge to visit Santa, but you must take your own photos with your camera or smartphone.


Select dates through December 20, 2015

Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon - 6pm

Fridays before Caroling at Cloud Gate events 5pm - 6pm

Millennium Park Welcome Center

201 E. Randolph Street



900 North Michigan Shops



900 North Michigan Shops brings back the magic of the holiday season with the return of its naturally bearded Santa, sitting on a throne amongst custom holiday décor and a one-of-a-kind 50 ft tree glowing in the background. Each child who visits with Santa will receive a complimentary gift. Photos with Santa are available for purchase, with five different packages to choose from.


Now through Thursday, December 24, 2015

Click here for Santa's hours

900 North Michigan Ave., Level 3



Ice Skating in the 42nd Ward



Millennium Park Ice Rink



Don't miss the opportunity for ice skating at the one of Chicago's most popular winter destinations. For the last 14 years, the rink has drawn more than 100,000 skaters annually and is free and open to the public. The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, will still offer skate rental for only $12.


Open Now Until March 6, 2016

Click herefor ice rink hours

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph Street


For more information visit millenniumpark.org.



Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon



In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City's skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience "alpine in the city" as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.


Open Now Until March 6, 2016

Click here for skating ribbon hours

Maggie Daley Park

337 E. Randolph Street


For more information visit maggiedaleypark.com.


For more exciting things to do and see this holiday season, visitchoosechicago.com to see theHolidays in Chicago: 2015 Guide.



Update: Lower Wacker Drag Racing

July 20, 2015


Two months ago, Alderman Reilly appealed to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Department of Transportation (CDOT) to identify infrastructure and enforcement solutions to help end dangerous weekend drag racing and skidding contests on Lower Wacker Drive in the New Eastside neighborhood.


On Friday afternoon, Alderman Reilly received CDOT's recommended infrastructure changes and he approved aldermanic menu funding for the installation of new barricades; speed-humps; and safety signage for Lower Wacker and requested the improvements be made as soon as possible. CDOT has indicated the infrastructure will be installed on Lower Wacker this week.


Based on recommendations from CDOT and CPD, the Alderman has also prepared ordinances for introduction at this month's July 29th City Council meeting to establish a "No Cruising Zone" in the area and a new late-night "No Parking/No Standing/No Stopping Tow Zone" along Wacker Drive between Stetson and Field Boulevard.  Both ordinances will provide the Police with more tools to prevent vehicles from cruising through (and gathering in) this area for drag racing.


Over the past several weeks, the 1st Police District has been responding to 911 calls-for-service related to drag racing and has also run enforcement missions on Lower Wacker Drive to issue citations for dangerous driving and other violations.


This past weekend, at Alderman Reilly's request, the 1st Police District conducted a comprehensive overnight mission on Lower Wacker - using a combination of tactical units and police overtime resources to assign 8 police squads to crackdown on drag racing and reckless driving. The mission lasted from late evening Friday until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, resulting in a number of citations being issued.


Just 20 minutes after the 1st Police District concluded their mission on Saturday morning, there was a drag racing-related fatality on Lower Wacker. The incident involved friends in a Jeep and BMW, traveling westbound on Lower Wacker at a high rate of speed. According toreports, one vehicle swerved in front of the other, clipping its front end and sending both vehicles careening into support beams.


The driver of the BMW, Jose Luviano Jr., was transported to Northwestern Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Jeep, Ivan Sanchez, was charged with one count of reckless homicide, one count of aggravated DUI, four misdemeanor counts of DUI and several traffic citations. Earlier today, Judge Chiampas ordered Sanchez held on a $150,000 bond with home confinement if he makes bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 7th.


On Friday, July 17th, the Chicago Tribune ran this story that included statements from Alderman Reilly, expressing his concern for public safety and worries that reckless driving could result in tragedy:


"Ald. Brendan Reilly told the Tribune he is pushing for 'strategically placed speed humps' and rumble strips, like those on the shoulder lane of highways, to stop drivers from racing or doing other dangerous stunts. He said he wants to 'put an end to this irresponsible behavior.'


"I understand people want to get their selfies and video footage, but at what cost?" he said. Reilly said he's seen a 'real uptick' of dangerous car activity in the past two years, which he partially blamed on Hollywood.


"I know this kind of behavior has been glorified by some popular movies like 'Fast and Furious,' but people need to remember those are movies with stunt drivers and controlled sets," Reilly said. "This is public infrastructure and driving like a movie star can end up with someone being killed."


Alderman Reilly extends his sympathy to Jose Luviano's family and hopes those who glorify and promoted illegal drag racing will learn from this horrible tragedy.


"I extend my sympathies to Jose Luviano's family and loved-ones for their loss - it was a senseless tragedy that could have and should have been avoided. And to those who still think drag racing is a crime without consequences: I'd encourage them to again review the details of this horrific incident and understand the profound impact this drag racing tragedy is now having on the Luviano and Sanchez families."



Message from Alderman Reilly on Mariano Park

June 26, 2015

A number of neighborhood residents have contacted my office recently with concerns regarding the Chicago Park District concession at Mariano Park. I am writing to provide you with some important details about the coffee concession - which is under the sole discretion of the Chicago Park District, which operates independently of the City Council.


For over 10 years, Whispers Café has operated at Mariano Park under a concession agreement with the Chicago Park District. This agreement is about to expire, which prompted the Chicago Park District to solicit Requests for Proposals and competitive bids for the concession operation in Mariano Park.

The Chicago Park District and their management team are now reviewing competitive bids and will choose the next operator in Mariano Park. As Alderman, I do not play a role in the selection of the concession or operator for Mariano Park; I can only advocate and provide input on the matter.


It is my understanding that roughly 10 bids were submitted for the concession - including "Shake Shack," "Gibson's on behalf of Ralph Lauren" and "Whisper's Café." I also understand some of the bids submitted to the Park District would call for prepared meals and liquor.


As Alderman, I do play a key role in the liquor licensing process in the 42nd Ward. Please note that I will not support a liquor license in Mariano Park. Further, I do not support a cooking operation in the Park, which would require a much larger structure and far more frequent food deliveries and larger volumes of trash that accompany a prepared meal program.


I also have concerns regarding the larger building footprints that have been proposed for Mariano Park. I believe that the concession structure should be of a size similar to the existing, full footprint of the coffeehouse and outside vending envelope in the Park. I am sharing these concerns with Superintendent Mike Kelly of the Chicago Park District.


I strongly encourage you to contact the Chicago Park District to communicate your concerns regarding the future Mariano Park concession, as this is the agency with the jurisdiction over such matters.


You can­ call the Chicago Park District at: (312) 742-7529 or e-mail Mr. Michael Kelly, the General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District at: michael.kelly@chicagoparkdistrict.com.


It is my pleasure and honor to serve as 42nd Ward Alderman. I look forward to working with you in the future to help keep downtown Chicago a great place to live, work and play. 




City Vehicle Sticker and Residential Permit Parking Reminders

June 17, 2015


Purchase Your City Sticker Online:

The easiest and fastest way to get your vehicle sticker is buying online. Use EZ>BUY to purchase new 2015 Chicago City Vehicle Stickers or Chicago Residential Parking Daily Permits online. You can either use your renewal form or your license plate number, street name and last name to pull up your record on file with the Chicago City Clerk's Office.


Please allow 10 to 14 business days for the delivery of Chicago City Vehicle Stickers purchased online.


Residential Permit Parking Information:

Chicago City Vehicle Stickers have the residential zone information printed on the annual vehicle sticker.


Residential parking permit (RPP) zones limit parking to residents and their guests during specified hours. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences.  Vehicles parked in an RPP zone must display an RPP annual permit or daily pass on their windshield or they may be ticketed.  In addition, residents parking in an RPP Zone must adhere to any other parking regulations or restrictions on the street - including, but not limited to paying meters, adhering to rush hour or tow zone regulations, and street cleaning parking restrictions.  It is the driver's responsibility to read and comply with all the posted parking restriction signs.


Residents can check to see if their address falls in a residential parking zone by clicking here


A city vehicle sticker is not required to purchase daily guest passes. Daily passes are for guests of a RPP zone resident. The pass is valid for no more than 24 hours from the time written on the permit. All other traffic restrictions must be followed while displaying a permit. By ordinance, an RPP zone resident can purchase up to 30 daily passes every 30 days.


Please be advised that residents will need to bring a photo id with their current address or proof of residence (mortgage or lease, water, gas, light, satellite or cable television or land line phone bill), in order to purchase the annual residential permit parking sticker or daily guest passes.


Please visit the City Clerk's website for additional information on vehicle stickers and residential passes, or call them directly at 312-744-6770. 



42nd Ward City Sticker Sale is THIS SATURDAY, June 20, 2015!

June 17, 2015


Alderman Reilly has once again partnered with City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza to give 42nd Ward drivers the opportunity to purchase their Chicago City Vehicle Stickers.


Please Note: The 2015 Ward Sales are for motorists whose vehicle stickers expire in June (June 30) or July (July 30) ONLY.


42nd Ward City Sticker Sale

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00am - 2:00pm

325 W. Huron Street, Lobby

Chicago, IL 60654


When you visit a Ward Sale location, you must bring your 2015 Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Courtesy Reminder or State Vehicle Registration ID Card.


For more information on 2015 City Sticker Ward Sales, please visit the City Clerk's website.



Respect. Honor. Remember.

Chicago's Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony

May 21, 2015


The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) present Chicago's Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony this Saturday, May 23.


The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.


Brigadier General Alicia A. Tate-Nadeau of the Illinois National Guard will serve as the parade's Grand Marshal. BG Tate-Nadeau was named Assistant Adjutant General, Army, in March 2015, becoming the Illinois National Guard's first female general. With 30 years of military service, including a tour in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, she currently oversees the Illinois National Guard's homeland security response.


For the wreath laying ceremony and parade, BG Tate-Nadeau will join Mayor Emanuel, service members, veterans and Gold Star families in remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


Gold Star family members are identified by the Gold Star Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Lapel Pin that are presented to families who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, the Gold Star Pins are not an award, but symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones.


The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. The 2015 parade will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the City of Chicago will give special recognition to the epic challenge faced by the "Greatest Generation." Participants in the parade include area high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps as well as many veterans' groups, 6,000 JROTC cadets and the military.


City of Chicago Memorial Day Events - Saturday, May 25, 2015 


11:00am Wreath Laying Ceremony -  

Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets)


12:00pm noon Memorial Day Parade -  

Step off from Lake and State, proceed south to Van Buren


Memorial Day has a rich history. It began shortly after the Civil War ended when General John Logan proclaimed that the 30th day of May be designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of soldiers who died. The day, first observed on May 30, 1868, was called Decoration Day. The modern day event is similar, but the original idea has been expanded and now honors all fallen soldiers.


The Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony is presented by the City of Chicago. For more information about the Illinois Gold Star visit, goldstarpins.org and for more information regarding the parade, please call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316 or visit cityofchicago.org/dcase



2015 Chicago Inauguration Celebration

May 6, 2015


The swearing in ceremony for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, City Treasurer Kurt Summers and all 50 members of the City Council is scheduled for Monday, May 18. Inaugural festivities will take place all weekend, beginning Saturday, May 16 with a citywide day of community service and ending with an afternoon open house at City Hall on Monday, May 18 with Mayor Emanuel and wife, Amy Rule.


Inaugural Weekend Details:

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015:

    The weekend kicks off with a city-wide Day of Service at locations in all 50 wards Chicagoans will be able to choose from projects ranging from painting a school to cleaning a park or vacant lot. Specific projects will be available on the inauguration website later this week.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2015:

    The City and Chicago Park District will launch the third annual "Night Out In The Parks" arts programming in parks across the city. A full schedule of theater, dance and other events will be posted shortly.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:30am:

    The inauguration ceremony, which includes the swearing in of the Mayor, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, City Treasurer Kurt Summers and all 50 members of the City Council, will be held at The Chicago Theatre, 175 North State Street. Tickets are available to the public.  Click here to request tickets.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm:
    Mayor Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule host a public open house in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 5th Floor.

For full details about these events, please visit the official Inauguration website: http://www.cic2015.org.



March in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade with Alderman Reilly!

March 10, 2015

The Downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held this Saturday, March 14, 2015 at noon. As always, Alderman Reilly will be marching with a contingent in the parade and would love for you to join! All marchers must be lined up by 11:15am.


This year we will be located in Slot #42, on the west side of Columbus Drive, south of Balbo Drive. Please look for our trolley, complete with Alderman Reilly's St. Patrick's Day banners. If you have any trouble finding us, feel free to ask any Parade Marshal in a yellow t-shirt and they will be able to direct you.


To RSVP, please e-mail rsvp@reillyforchicago.com or call 312-274-0042. Don't forget to include the names of friends and family that you will be bringing!


Alderman Reilly looks forward to marching with you on Saturday, March 14th!




Downtown Chicago's 2015 St. Patrick's Day River Dyeing Ceremony and Parade

March 10, 2015


Festivities for the Downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, will kick off at 9:30 am when the Chicago River is transformed to a bright shade of Emerald Green. The dyeing ceremony takes place at the intersection of Columbus Drive and the Chicago River.  The best viewing locations this year are the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Columbus Drive Bridge, or Upper and Lower Wacker between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.


The annual Downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade follows the river dyeing ceremony. One of the largest in the country, this year celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the parade's sponsorship by the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Local Union 130 UA. The parade begins at noon and the route runs on Columbus Drive between Balbo Drive and Monroe Street.


2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Start Time: 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday, March 14th

Admission: FREE

More Information: Visit the Official Website  


Parade Route: North on Columbus Drive between Balbo and Monroe  


Boundaries of Parade: (including staging area)Columbus

from Roosevelt to Randolph

Congress from Michigan to Columbus

Jackson from Michigan Ave to Lake Shore Drive


Street Closure Times:    

Staging area - 8:00am

Eastbound Congress (from semi-circle to Columbus) - 8:00am

Balbo (from LSD to Michigan) - 8:00am 

Columbus - full shutdown around 8:30am

*Streets will reopen after the parade has concluded, streets have been cleaned and public safety issues subside, approximately 3:00pm. 

If you are planning to attend any St. Patrick's Day festivities, or will be traveling in the area during this time, please consider taking public transportation. Information is available on the CTA website.



CDOT's Annual Shared Cost Sidewalk Program opens Tuesday, January 13 

January 6, 2015


The Chicago Department of Transportation administers the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program (SCSP) each year. Traditionally, the program has opened to Chicago property owners on New Year's Day.


CDOT has implemented a change in the opening date and time for the 2015 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program in response to citizen requests. The 2015 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. 


Applicants can begin calling the City's 311 System or access the City's service request website at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.





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


(click image to enlarge)


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 

Dear Neighbor,


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.




Brendan Reilly

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


Urban Kayaks
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


Mercury Cruises
Charter Boat tours with the Chicago Architecture Foundation
112 East Upper Wacker Drive

Wabash Avenue


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


City Winery
Food, drink and live music in the new section of the Riverwalk
11 West Riverwalk South- State Street Side


Downtown Docks
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


Urban Kayaks
Kayaking outpost for paddlers to escape the busy river
71 West Riverwalk South- Clark Street side


The River Theater - Clark and LaSalle


Wendella WaterTaxi
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


The Du Sable Bridge at Michigan Avenue, which celebrates its 95th Anniversary this month, first opened May 14, 1920 on the 50th Birthday of Mayor William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson. 


The Michigan Avenue Bridge is the second of four double deck trunnion bascule bridges built downtown. Both decks carried vehicular traffic - 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. The two are tied together to operate as one but can be operated independently if needed.


The 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 needed two bridgehouses for operation (NW and SE corners). The second pair was added to make an architectural statement about the importance of this crossing as a gateway between the north and south sides of the river.


Different names have been proposed over the life of the iconic bridge. In 1921, the Chicago Historical Society suggested a name change to the "Marquette-Joliet Bridge." In 1939, the Fort Dearborn memorial committee suggested to the city council that the bridge be named the "Fort Dearborn Bridge." Both of these naming attempts were unsuccessful.


In 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 there with his wife and close to one hundred other Potawatomi.  The settlement grew rapidly, and was soon distinguished for having racial, ethnic and cultural harmony and mutual respect among its diverse inhabitants.

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 the Chicago River and the only place to observe the lifting machinery of a 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




Beginning last evening, snow removal vehicles focused on salting and plowing main routes and Lake Shore Drive to ensure streets are safe for motorists and emergency vehicles.  Once the snow stopped and main routes were clear, DSS redeployed the full fleet of over 280 snow plows and salt spreaders along with over 20 smaller 4x4 snow plows to all neighborhoods and side streets.

The over 300 snow plows will focus on salting and plowing neighborhood streets to ensure streets are safe and passable for motorists.

DSS continues to monitor weather conditions from Snow Command and will adjust resources as needed.

Safety 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.

To view 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


Officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), other City departments and sister agencies, remind residents about City-offered services during the winter months and tips to avoid weather and health emergencies during cold and extreme weather.


OEMC urges 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 in emergency situations or if weather conditions become dangerous.


The City of Chicago works with AccuWeather to monitor the weather on an on-going basis to prepare for extreme weather as early as possible should it occur, and continues to implement, coordinate and improve plans to adapt to changing conditions to keep residents safe during the winter season.


DSS 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 new snow plows and four new, smaller 4x4 snow plows for this winter. The City will begin the winter season with approximately 400,000 tons of salt stationed at 19 salt piles across the City. DSS monitors snow removal operations, road conditions and weather from the Snow Command center through access to over 1,400 citywide camera feeds, Doppler radar control, and atmospheric and road data sensors.      


This winter season, DSS and the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) have improved communication with residents around snow removal operations through the online Plow Tracker tool. Residents will continue to be 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 all snow removal vehicles in real-time. Residents will also be able to view snowfall totals for each snow system and for the entire winter season.


Parking Restrictions and Overnight Bans

Motorists are advised that Chicago's annual winter Overnight Parking Ban is now in effect and will be enforced through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 3:00AM to 7:00AM, regardless of snow. Cars parked in violation of the Overnight Parking Ban prevent critical routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. During a snowfall, a build-up of snow next to parked vehicles on these routes further reduces traffic flow.


The Overnight Parking Ban impacts more than 100 miles of Chicago's streets and signage is permanently posted along the impacted streets. Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day for the first five days. Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Ave) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).


Information for Homeowners, Renters

Officials 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 signs and care of frostbite and hypothermia. Winter preparation information is available at www.alertchicago.com , including links to other local, state and federal resources.


The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to act now to make sure pipes in homes are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air. This includes pipes in garages and unheated areas of the home. If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad.


The Chicago Heat Ordinance mandates that landlords supply heat to rental units during cold weather months. From September 15 to June 1, the temperature inside a rental residence must be at least 68 degrees during the 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 to 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 heat complaints.


The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) does not recommended using space heaters; however, if used, be sure they are UL certified and at least 3 feet from anything that can ignite. Use of a space heater in children's rooms should be monitored closely as children sometimes move them close to or into the bed with tragic results. If extension cords are used, they should be rated at 15 amps minimum and never put cords under carpet. With 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 that could be fatal over time.


In heavy snow, CFD asks that residents shovel around hydrants so they can find them and hook a hose up faster in the event of a fire. Don't park within 15 feet of hydrants - the house you save could be your own.


Through www.ChicagoShovels.org, individuals can sign up to volunteer with the Snow Corp program which helps to pair volunteers with senior residents or people with disabilities who require assistance to shovel their sidewalks.


To help manage energy costs and ensure residential safety, Peoples Gas remind that you can winter proof homes by covering windows with plastic sheeting, applying weather stripping around doors, insulating hot water pipes and installing programmable thermostats. These weatherization measures are important tools during the heating season to help manage energy costs.


Have appliances serviced by qualified contractor. Keep heating, ventilation and metering equipment free from debris, snow & ice. Ensure natural gas appliances are correctly flued and have the correct ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide build up in living areas. Check/Install carbon monoxide detectors.


Peoples Gas, Community Economic and Development Association (CEDA) and ComEd will also host several utility assistance and community resource fairs to support those residents who are looking for help paying their energy bills.


The first fair is this Saturday, January 10, at 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 with a 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 Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program. Click here to download the event flyer.


Warming Centers

The 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. DFSS will monitor the weather and make operational decisions regarding warming center hours based on weather conditions and other circumstances in coordination with OEMC.


Those 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 any of the centers. And individuals requiring emergency overnight shelter, 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

Frigid air is predicted for the Chicago region this week and the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois offers the following steps people can take to stay safe during this hazardous weather.

  1. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  2. Know the signs of hypothermia - confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
  3. Watch for symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
  4. Bring the pets indoors. If that's not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  5. Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
  6. Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  7. Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
  8. If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  9. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  10. 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.




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