A plan to quiet street performers along portions of Michigan Avenue and State Street is back up for consideration today after the measure was blocked last month.

But as of this publication,it’s unclear whether aldermen will vote on the original ordinance drafted by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) or a substitute. Ald. Reilly told reporters Tuesday that he’s still working on a substitute with the administration, street performers who’d be impacted by the noise limits, and other community stakeholders. Ald. Reilly declined to detail those possible changes, saying the language wasn’t finished.

At the February City Council meeting, two aldermen used a parliamentary procedure to block action on the item. Any item that is deferred and published by two aldermen is held until the next council meeting and re-writes are not subject to reconsideration by committee.

Highlights of Items Up For Vote

  • An amendment clarifying boundaries and meters around Wrigley Field where surge pricing (doubling the hourly rate to $4 during games and events) would take effect starting April 10th. More than 1,100 meters would be impacted for a projected annual revenue increase of $2.4M (O2017-912) / (Our Coverage)
  • Class 6(b) property tax incentives for Summit Industries, Inc. in the 33rd Ward; Quality Armature, Inc. in the 37th Ward; and for Mays Chemical Company in the 9th Ward  (full list)/ (Our Coverage)
  • A proposal from Ald. Tom Tunney (44) and Ald. Rob Sawyer (6) to lower the legal age eligibility to serve and sell alcohol in Chicago from 21-years-old to 18-years-old. This would cover restaurants, supermarkets and any other business that sells liquor. (SO2017-231)  
  • A resolution reaffirming Chicago as a Sanctuary City, supporting the DACA and DAPA program and denouncing the practice of deporting military veterans and Gold Star Families
  • Expenditure of Open Space Impact Fee Funds for:  Kil-Parker Community Garden (31st Ward), 42nd Sheet Garden projects (3rd Ward), Brown Memorial Park (6th Ward),  Christiana Park 24th Ward), and for the construction of 6049 S. Whipple St. Park (16th Ward)
  • Appointment of Anthony Simpkins  to the Chicago Low income Housing Trust Fund Board
  • Limitations on rooftop features in Residential (“R”) Zoning Districts (TAD-555) and a requirement that any new small venue entertainment or sports facility that wants to locate in the Elston Corridor (Planned Manufacturing District No. 2-A) (O2016-8421)

Major land sale, zoning and planned development items:


  • A new $44M Dore Elementary School in the  Clearing neighborhood near Midway Airport.(O2016-8493)
  • A $1.6 million horse riding facility and barn for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood
  • A new $22 million annex for Zapata Elementary School in Little Village.
  • A land acquisition that’d facilitate a new tech and employment incubator at the former Bouchet Annex in the 8th Ward (O2017-918)
  • New northwest side satellite hearing facility  and payment office for the Departments of Finance and Administrative Hearings. The ordinance allows them to rent out about 7,000 square feet at the Albany Square stripmall. (O2017-954)


  • Goettsch Partners’ Riverfront 52-Story Office Tower for 110 N. Wacker, a roughly $600M endeavor to replace old General Growth Building. A new public pocket park and riverfront walkway are planned, as the glass building abuts the Chicago River.  (O2017-156) / (Renderings  / Exhibit)
  • Lagunitas’ proposed expansion for their existing facilities in Douglas Park. (O2016-7308)
  • A 99-unit, 8-Story Wicker Park Hotel that’ll replace a Shell gas station at the corner of Ashland and North Avenues (O2016-643)
  • Praedium Development’s A proposed 197-unit TOD (transit oriented development) at the corner of Broadway and Wilson, a few steps away from the Wilson Red Line stop. (O2016-5600)
  • A new senior residence building for Englewood (16th Ward) – The approximately $28 million affordable senior housing project, called the “Montclare Senior Residences of Englewood” includes 102 units. MR Properties will be taking advantage of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (O2016-2622)
  • Mega Realty’s planned four-story, 39-unit mixed-use building with ground floor retail near the Jefferson Park Transit Station (O2016-1622)