CTA to Provide Extra Service for Blackhawks, Bears Games

Full travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts. CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes ahead of time. More information about purchasing fares is below.

Event service/extra service

United Center
Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Thurs. 9/21 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sat. 9/23 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Rail: Green, Pink and Blue lines
  • Bus: #19 United Center Express, #20 Madison and #50 Damen

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field – Sunday 9/24 at 12 p.m.

  • Rail: Red, Orange, Green lines
  • Bus: #128 Soldier Field Express (from Ogilvie, Union stations) #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express

Buy your unlimited ride passes and fares in advance
Avoid long lines to buy fares! Customers can add  unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to pay per-ride to their Ventra cards ahead of time via the free Ventra app, at rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at more than 1,000 local retailers (for locations visit ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app).

Customers can also purchase from Ventra vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

Stay in the Loop on CTA Service
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

Neighborhood Notice: Construction near Clark and Huron – From Brian Hopkins 2nd Ward Alderman

Construction on the new 17-story development project at 100 W. Huron is expected to begin next week. The sidewalk of Huron Street (north side of the street) will be closed for the duration of the project while pedestrian canopies will be in place along the curb-lanes of Huron Street and Clark Street. There will be no driving lane reductions as a result of this project.   

Foundation and caisson work is expected to be completed by December 2017, at which point construction will start to build vertically.

If you have any additional questions please email Alderman Hopkins at Ward02@cityofchicago.org, or call the 2nd Ward Service Office at (312) 643-2299.

Be the Change – Become a Chicago Police Officer – Apply by 10-16-17

Chicago Police Open House at the Education & Training Division

Community Presentation for Proposed Development at 365 West Huron Street

Alderman Reilly invites you to join him at an informational presentation regarding a new development proposal at 365 West Huron Street.  Representatives of Morningside Huron, LLC will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about this proposal.

Morningside Huron LLC has submitted a proposal to construct a 10-story, 138-foot tall building containing 45 residential condominium units. The building will provide 51 parking spaces with a majority of the spaces below grade. The site is currently a surface parking lot.

WHAT:      New Condominium Development located at 365 W. Huron Street

WHO:        Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and the River North Residents Association

WHEN:      Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.

WHERE:    Godfrey Hotel – Truss Room (4th Floor) – 127 W. Huron Street

Alderman Reilly works hard to provide an open and transparent community review of all local development proposals. We hope you can join the Alderman and RNRA to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of their proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.

River North Gym Takes Over Former David Barton Gym Space at 600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

27,000 square foot facility will reopen under new management 4th Quarter 2017

RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, Illinois, September 18, 29017 – Almost 9 months after shutting down, the space once occupied by David Barton Gym, will be reopened under the management of River North Gym. The space is owned by ECQ 600 W. Chicago Property LLC. Club Ventures LLC originally owned and operated several of the David Barton Gym facilities. On December 21st, 2016, DavidBartonGym.com announced that they were closing their locations in New York, Boston, Miami, Bellevue (Wash), and 600 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Club Ventures stated their closing was due to filing for bankruptcy and “severe competitive pressures.”

The original location of River North Gym opened in 2011 inside of the Merchandise Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 951). This original location is now just under 22,000 square feet, having undergone three expansions from the club’s inception until present day. The 600 W. Chicago Avenue location will be their second under the River North Gym name. Both locations of River North Gym are privately owned and operated by Bernie LeCocq.

It was later discovered that Club Ventures III LLC, DBA David Barton Gym had 600 W. Chicago Ave. as it’s main place of business. They filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. Chapter 7 means that the company was going to liquidate. Three other locations of David Barton Gym, owned by Meridian Sports Club LLC remain open in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Once complete, the updated space will emphasize the natural light and incredible river views unique to this location, and feature new equipment and a variety of classes similar to boutique fitness providers but within a full-service gym,” Bernie LeCocq, owner of River North Gym.

River North Gym:

The original River North Gym, located in the world-famous Merchandise Mart, full-service health club facilities , personal training, small group training, cutting-edge group fitness classes and more. With over 22,000 square feet, our recently expanded and renovated facilities feature top-of-the-line cardio, strength, and free weight equipment, plus fully-appointed locker rooms and premium towel service.


Julie Fine

Assistant General Manager

River North Gym




Quincy Station Landmarking Recommendation Approved by Commission on Chicago Landmarks

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce that the final recommendation for landmarking the Quincy Elevated Station at 220 S. Wells Street was recently approved at the September 7, 2017 meeting of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

Opened for service on October 3, 1897, the Quincy Elevated Station has served generations of Chicagoans and visitors to the City, and remains the best example of an original Loop “‘L’ Station.

With the exception of a hiatus for restoration in the 1980s, the Station has been in daily service for 120 years.

The massive riveted steel elevated structure is a tangible symbol of the Industrial Revolution which involved major changes in construction and transportation. The structure also displays fine architectural detail, including Neoclassical-style pressed-metal ornamentation, and pressed metal and oak finishes in the station houses.

The Loop ‘L’ and Station was designed by engineer John Alexander Waddell, an authority on steel construction who designed bridges across the globe. The ‘L’ has become an iconic feature of the city.  Its encircling perimeter so clearly defines the central business district that it gave downtown Chicago its famous nickname, the Loop.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) requested the designation as part of its 125th anniversary of the Loop ‘L’ service in Chicago.

A renovation project for Quincy Station is also underway to make the 120-year-old station fully wheelchair accessible, while preserving its historical appearance. The $18.2 million project is the largest renovation in nearly 30 years for Quincy, which serves more than 2.2 million riders annually via the Brown, Orange, Pink and Purple lines and is a major transfer point for 10 CTA bus routes, Union Station and the LaSalle Street Metra Station.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Commission on Chicago Landmark’s recommendation will be introduced to City Council in October, and be referred to the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.  At the Committee meeting where designation is considered, the public can make oral or written statements 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 City Council vote.

For more information about Quincy Elevated Station, click here to read the Department of Planning and Development’s preliminary summary.

Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibit envisions the future of the Riverwalk

A floating ecology classroom, a boating raceway, and an audiovisual performance space are among the 27 visionary ideas for Chicago’s riverfront by the River Edge Ideas Lab exhibit unveiled today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), nine participating architects and other partners and funders.

Part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the River Edge Ideas Lab features development concepts from world-class architectural firms for three iconic locations: the Civic Opera House waterfront; beneath the Congress Parkway bridge; and below the St. Charles Air Line Bridge. Each location represents a unique challenge to the Riverwalk’s potential 1.8-mile extension from the main branch to Ping Tom Park in Chinatown.

Participating River Edge Ideas Lab architects include Adjaye Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Perkins+Will, Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, site, SOM, Studio Gang, and SWA.

Beginning Saturday, the firms’ design concepts for each location are on display at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St, through Jan. 8, 2018. The public is invited to provide feedback at the exhibit or at www.ChiRiverLab.com. The 27 visions will be posted on that site Saturday.

“With the success of our Riverwalk and the four new boathouses we’ve built throughout the City, we’ve begun to transform our river into the next recreational frontier, but there is more work to be done,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This bold initiative will help us imagine new possibilities to further develop our riverfront in ways that will benefit current and future generations of Chicagoans.”

DPD will incorporate public feedback from the River Edge Ideas Lab into updated River Design Guidelines in 2018. The updated guidelines will offer best practices to create a continuous pedestrian and bicycle path with accessible connections and open spaces incorporating integrated landscaping, artwork and lighting.

A traveling version of the River Edge exhibit will open Monday, Sept. 18 at the Bridgehouse Museum at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, followed by a new location every two weeks.

Special gallery talks and panel discussions involving architects and planners are also scheduled during the four-month exhibition.

Further details on these events can be found at the Ideas Lab website.

September is National Preparedness Month: Plan for Emergencies Before They Happen

As the country recognizes National Preparedness Month in September, the City of Chicago is reminding residents to prepare for potential hazards and ensure readiness if a crisis occurs.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Fire Department provide tips on how to prepare for large-scale emergencies and natural disasters.

There is no known threat in Chicago, though the City recommends planning for the unexpected by making an emergency plan and building a kit of supplies, for medical, financial and pet needs. It is also important to stay informed of ways to mitigate hazards, respond to emergencies, and to be aware of current events.

Throughout the month of September, OEMC is making extra efforts to continue to provide readiness messaging throughout Chicago with outreach measures including speaking engagements, school events and social media.  Everyone is encouraged to utilize the emergency preparedness tools available at www.GearUpGetReady.org  or www.Ready.gov as well as sign-up for emergency alerts at NotifyChicago.

As part of National Preparedness Month, CDPH is launching its #PrepareChicago public education campaign, providing tips for Chicagoans to prepare for large-scale emergencies and natural disasters. #PrepareChicago educates residents on how they can prepare their families, how to work together as a community and how they can volunteer during public health emergencies.
Emergency preparedness messages will be displayed throughout Chicago via the CTA and Metra transit systems, billboards, newspaper and social media ads. This year’s campaign also includes foreign language online and print publications as well as bus shelter ads in the five most commonly spoken languages in Chicago: English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Tagalog.

Residents looking for additional ways to help can volunteer their skills by signing up for the Chicago Medical Reserve Corps (CMRC). CMRC has over 400 medical and non-medical professionals who assist in public health emergencies and local disasters. Chicagoans can sign up to volunteer online or by emailing ChicagoMRC@cityofchicago.org.  For more information, visit www.CityOfChicago.org/HEALTH.
If You See Something, Say Something
OEMC encourages everyone – residents, visitors, businesses – to always be aware of surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1, notifying on-site security or by calling the toll free local number for Chicago and Cook County at 855-RPRT-2-S4 (1-800-777-8274).

Notify Chicago
Get Chicago emergency alerts by signing-up for OEMC’s Notify Chicago alert system.  This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.


Ginny Sykes’ Rora Mosaic Restored and Reinstalled this week at Erie Terrace!

Alderman Reilly is happy to announce than an iconic public art piece, Ginny Sykes’ Rora mosaic, has been fully restored and was reinstalled this week at Erie Terrace located at Erie Street and the Chicago River.

The tile glass mural was commissioned in 1998, as part of the construction of Erie Terrace, through the City of Chicago’s Percent for Art Program. Rora’s consists of three mosaic segments – two horizontal elements on the upper level reflect ecological and natural elements of the Chicago River.  These flank the stairway leading to the lower level, where the circular centerpiece depicts an abstraction of industry and the City, with high-rises, bridges and other urban elements.  The design also reflects the dual nature of the site.

In collaboration with the Chicago Department of Transportation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Wolff Clements and Associates, and Chicago Public Art Group, Rora at Erie Terrace received an Honor Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999.

Shortly after the project was completed, the abutment started cracking, which created breaks in the mosaic and caused the tesserae to fall out.  Repeated repairs were made, but the cracks continued to reopen.  The mosaic was removed in 2011.

Rora has been repaired and mounted to a stable background.  The mosaic now hangs like a painting secured to a wall and will no longer suffer any damage as the infrastructure continues to settle and shift.