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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Alderman Reilly Helps Break Ground for Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center in Streeterville!
May 21, 2015
Reilly recently joined Mayor Emanuel, Senator Mark Kirk, Northwestern
University President Morton Schapiro, and other leaders in the
Northwestern community for the groundbreaking of the new Louis A.
Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center on East Huron
L to R: Alderman Brendan Reilly; Patrick M. Magoon, President and CEO,
Lurie Children's Hospital; Eric G. Neilson, MD, Vice President for
Medical Affairs, Feinberg School of Medicine; Louis A. Simpson,
Northwestern donor and trustee; Kimberly K. Querrey, Northwestern donor;
Morton Schapiro, Northwestern President; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Carol L.
Bernick, Chair, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Board. Photo by Nathan
new 600,000 square foot facility, designed by Perkins + Will, features a
curved glass exterior and flexible floor plans for laboratories. The
building's design will foster a dynamic collegial environment that will
draw research faculty and students from across Northwestern's Evanston
and Chicago campuses and affiliated medical institutions.
To read the full press release, click here.
Alderman Reilly - In the News!
December 9, 2014
Alderman Reilly Joins CIM Group for Block Thirty Seven Apartment Tower Groundbreaking
November 18, 2014
Alderman Reilly joined Mayor Emanuel and executives from CIM
for a commemorative groundbreaking to celebrate the start of
construction on CIM's 34-story, 690-unit apartment tower at Block Thirty
located on State Street between Randolph and Dearborn Streets.
northern end of the block atop the five-story,
275,000-square-foot Block Thirty Seven retail center, the residential
is the final phase of the development, creating a mixed-use
property at this high profile State Street location. The sleek,
glass-clad tower's recreation and relaxation areas are designed to take
advantage of the sweeping city views with a fifth floor amenity deck
outdoor pool and spa and a rooftop spa and fitness center.
acquiring Block Thirty Seven at 108 N. State Street in the heart of
Chicago's retail corridor, CIM Group has been implementing its plan to
reposition and enhance the center as an attractive destination for the
community. The company recently announced it is bringing an 11-screen
Dine-In Theatre to the fourth floor. The new theatres join the
previously announced 22,000-square-foot sophisticated casual
multi-concept dining hall to be created by Richard Sandoval Restaurants
third floor and a signature new restaurant from the Lawless
on the ground floor at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn
To learn more, click here to read the full press release.
Alderman Reilly's Council Recap on WGN Radio with Dean Richards
September 12, 2014
After City Council on Wednesday, September 10th, Alderman Reilly stopped by the WGN Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano Show
hosted by Dean Richards for a recap of the Council meeting. The
Alderman discussed hot topics including Filming and Arts in Chicago,
and Red Light Cameras, as well as addressing City service
To listen to the interview, click here. Please Note: Alderman Reilly's segment begins at 1:04:08.
Alderman Reilly Welcomes New Bennett Day School to the West Loop!
August 22, 2014
(Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr.; Kate Cicchelli, Co-Founder / Head of School; Cameron Smith, CEO / Co-Founder; Ald. Brendan Reilly)
week Alderman Reilly joined 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.,
Grand Opening and Community Open House Celebration for Bennett Day School, located at 657 W. Fulton Street.
(Ribbon Cutting for Bennett Day School)
School is a new Chicago two-year old through eighth grade school
is passionate about serving families a progressive education based
Reggio Emilia collaborative approach of self-directed learning.
school's innovative West Loop location provides opportunities for
students to interact with the local community and be a part of Chicago's
For more information about Bennett Day School please visit: www.bennettday.org.
Alderman Reilly Votes Against Weakening Legislative Inspector General
August 1, 2014
This week, Alderman Reilly voted against a proposal that would strip the Legislative Inspector General of his authority to investigate aldermen for allegations of campaign
finance violations. The ordinance would shift those investigative duties
Board of Ethics - the agency that is responsible for
adjudicating these cases.
of Ethics has acknowledged that investigating allegations of
campaign violations would pose a conflict of interest, given the agency
ultimately determine the outcome of these cases. Further, the
does not have the resources or capabilities to conduct these
investigations in a thorough manner.
On Wednesday, the City Council voted 42-6 to approve stripping the Legislative Inspector General of this investigative authority. Alderman Reilly was one of the 6
aldermen who voted "no." Alderman Reilly was joined by Aldermen
Hairston (5th), Waguespack (32nd), Arena (45th), Fioretti (2nd) and
(36th) in opposing the legislation.
Chicago Aldermen Cast a Brazen Vote for Self-protection
Chicago Tribune Editorial - August 1, 2014
Just how dumb does the Chicago City Council believe its constituents to be?
Really, really dumb.
Wednesday approved an ordinance that weakens their own inspector
general. They hope Chicago voters will believe the baloney that the City
Council was merely "closing a loophole." That's quite a chunk of Oscar
review: The aldermen hired Inspector General Faisal Khan in 2011 to be
watchdog on ethics matters. When he arrived they gave him no
investigative staff, insisted he get sworn statements from all
whistleblowers (a surefire chilling effect), and told him he couldn't
investigations without approval from the Chicago Board of Ethics.
appointed by the mayor, has not issued a finding against an
alderman in more than 25 years. During that time, more than 20 aldermen
been convicted of felonies.
And now, more of the same council self-protection as the aldermen further insulate themselves from Khan.
Wednesday, Khan had been doing the job of investigating complaints
aldermanic conduct. He has wanted the authority to initiate
investigations, just like other inspectors general, rather than have to
for signed, sworn complaints. Instead, the council gave that power
do-little ethics board - which doesn't even want the
Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th - who, the Tribune reported Thursday,
allegations that he violated the city's ethics rules - the council
speedily passed an ordinance that limits how soon and how far Khan can
with his inquiries. And the ethics board now has the awkward roles of
initiating investigations and also adjudicating them.
O'Connor, who knew there was an ongoing ethics probe into his
fundraising, deliberately trying to thwart Khan? O'Connor denies that he
O'Connor told the Tribune his ordinance strengthening the ethics
a seven-member panel, had nothing to do with his case. O'Connor
he engaged in no wrongdoing.
"Unequivocally, no, there will not be any finding against me," he said.
motivation here, why would council members make themselves look
by reducing Khan's authority to look at them?
We remember: Chicago aldermen place top priority on protecting
collective behinds. They might occasionally battle it out on
or budget issues, but there's one thing you can count on them to
lock step: thwart transparency.
the council's vote now jeopardizes dozens of investigations he had
pursuing. Which is exactly what aldermen evidently wanted.
day Khan arrived, the City Council has been largely uncooperative.
Aldermen and staff members often don't turn over documents. They don't
messages. Sometimes, they don't even show up for scheduled
interviews. Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past has brushed off Khan's
reports, at one point saying he had neither the "time or interest" to
Some council members would love for Khan to resign out of frustration. In the meantime, they've voted to undercut him.
O'Connor's ordinance passed 42-6.
aldermen who voted no: Bob Fioretti, 2nd; Leslie Hairston, 5th; Scott
Waguespack, 32nd; Brendan Reilly, 42nd; Nicholas Sposato, 36th, and John
Ald. Natashia Holmes, 7th, was absent and Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd, did not vote.
live in Chicago and your alderman went along with this, he or she
against better government and hoped you were too dumb to notice.
might be the most revealing roll call of 2014. Remember it when
alderman's name appears on the February primary election ballot.
Alderman Reilly Commends the Polk Family on their Legacy Gift to Navy Pier
July 18, 2014
L to R:
Howard Polk, Sandra Polk Guthman, Bruce Bachmann from Polk
Foundation Board of Directors; Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier; Mayor
Bill Brodsky, Navy Pier; and Alderman Reilly. Credit - Greg
was honored to participate in the announcement made earlier this
Navy Pier's $20 million Legacy Gift from Chicago's legendary
will contribute to the dramatic transformation of the Pier,
marks marks the single largest private gift ever made to Navy Pier
nearly 100-year history.
family gift will
the redevelopment of Navy Pier's 13 acre entrance - Gateway Park
its new fountain, promenade and exciting performance lawns. The
family's generosity will be recognized by naming various elements
new Polk Bros Park, which will serve as Navy Pier's green front
inviting the public into a revitalized Pier.
of Polk Bros Park, the main promenade connecting the city with
Pier will be widened and enhanced with a Welcome Pavilion, which
house Park amenities, such as bicycle and skate rental. The new
Bros Park also will include two magnificent new performance spaces
southern end to host live arts and culture events against the
of the lake and spectacular Chicago skyline.
To read the full press release, see renderings and learn more about the Polk Family's commitment to Chicago, click here.