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
600 E. Grand Avenue
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**Valid through online advance sales only**
For more information, visit navypier.com.
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
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!
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
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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, visit choosechicago.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.
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 to reports, one vehicle swerved in front of the other, clipping its front end and sending both vehicles careening into support beams.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.