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What's Happening in The Magnificent MileĀ® District?

City Ordinance 10-28-064 Prohibits Advertising Signs onthe Public Way

The city's streets, sidewalks and parkways are considered to be the public way and the city is effectively the landlord of those spaces. As such, anything on the public way, such as a sidewalk cafe or bench, requires a permit, according to a city-produced guide for small business owners that warns sandwich boards are illegal.

The city's Department of Transportation began cracking down on illegal sandwich boards in 2011, with Ald. John Arena (45th)'s office telling small business owners in a September mass email that they "are considered unsafe for pedestrians and present untenable liability for the city."

Learn more about City Ordinance 10-28-064 via DNAinfo >>


Michigan Avenue Bascule Bridge Lower Level Sidewalk Rehabilitation
CDOT PROJECT No. E-6-641

Scope of Work: The project consists of rehabilitating the lower level sidewalks of the Michigan Avenue Bascule Bridge over the Main Branch Chicago River. The scope of the work consists of the replacement of the lower level river span sidewalks.

Construction Schedule:

  • December 5, 2016 until February 3, 2017: east sidewalk reconstruction.
  • February 6, 2017 until March 31, 2017: west sidewalk reconstruction.

Traffic Impact during Construction:

  • All vehicular lanes will remain open to vehicular traffic during construction.
  • At least one sidewalk will remain open to pedestrian traffic during the entire duration of construction.

Sidewalk Closures and Pedestrian Detour:

  • December 5, 2016 until February 3, 2017: east sidewalk closed for reconstruction; west side sidewalk open to all pedestrian traffic
  • February 6, 2017 until March 31, 2017: west sidewalk closed for reconstruction; east sidewalk open to non-ADA pedestrian traffic; ADA pedestrian traffic rerouted onto State Street via Hubbard Street and Wacker Drive.

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City of Chicago Sidewalk Snow Removal

Many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely.  According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Report locations that DO NOT clear their sidewalks by making a "Snow - Uncleared Sidewalk" request with  the City of Chicago 311 Service Request line. DIAL 311 or Online Snow - Uncleared Sidewalk Request.

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Chicago Sees Record Number of Tourists in 2016

Chicago has set a new record for tourism through the first three quarters of the year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said. Overall, tourism from January 1 to September 30 of this year was more than two percent higher than the previous record set last year.

"Tourism in Chicago creates thousands of jobs that drive economic growth throughout the city," Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. "These newest records show that our efforts are driving results and bringing more and more people to Chicago to support economic opportunities in our neighborhoods."

In 2015, 52 million people visited Chicago, generating $935 million in tax revenue. The mayor hopes to welcome 55 million visitors annually by 2020.

Article via ABC7Chicago >>


CIM Group in Partnership with Golub & Company Acquires Chicago's Historic Tribune Tower 

CIM Group and Golub & Company recently announced that they have completed the acquisition of the 35-story, 740,000-square-foot Tribune Tower and a 36,000 square foot development site located directly to the east of Tribune Tower fronting Cityfront Plaza. The acquisition follows the August 26, 2016 announcement that CIM had reached an agreement with Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO) to acquire the property.

“Tribune Tower is a signature asset for the community and for CIM Group,” said Avi Shemesh, Co-Founder and Principal, CIM Group. “We take our responsibility as stewards of this landmark building very seriously, and will develop a plan for the property that respects the history of the tower and maintains its prominence as a part of the overall project.”

The property, which includes the Tribune Tower and a surface parking lot, is currently zoned for a mix of uses that includes office, hotel, residential and retail. CIM is exploring various options that are appropriate for this evolving neighborhood. The company will collaborate with Alderman Reilly and the community in creating a plan that serves the needs of the community.

Completed in 1925, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower is a Chicago Landmark. As an experienced owner and manager of historic properties, CIM will work to maintain the historic integrity of the building while undertaking a repositioning that will also add to the overall vibrancy and value of the area.

“Tribune Tower is not only a Chicago icon, it also carries enormous potential as a well-located real estate investment,” observed Michael Newman, President and CEO of Golub & Company. “In our decades of ownership along the Magnificent Mile, this is one of the most historically important opportunities we’ve seen. We’re happy to be a part of a team that will bring this important piece of Chicago’s history into the 21st Century using a thoughtful and creative approach to the property and the adjoining site.”

View full article via KATC >>


3 New Ordinances from the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection 

In order to achieve a full, timely compliance with the Municipal Code of Chicago; the below are three new laws that have gone into effect on July 1st and August 1st.

Tobacco 21: Beginning July 1, 2016, the sale of tobacco products and accessories to people under age 21 will be prohibited.  Retail employees age 18 and older may still engage in selling tobacco products. It is now illegal to sell tobacco products to those under age 21.

Additionally, you may be required to post a new warning sign. In stores that have a Retail Tobacco License, a new warning sign reflecting the new age of 21 must be posted by July 1, 2016. Please remember that as the retailer, it is now illegal to sell tobacco products to those under 21. You are responsible for any violations committed by your employees, staff, or agents. You can get a copy of this warning sign on the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection website on the tobacco regulations webpage.

Minimum Wage Increase: Effective July 1st the new hourly minimum wage goes up to $10.50 per hour. Tipped minimum wage workers will also see a raise as their per hour wage increases to $5.95.  

The Mayor's 2014 ordinance phases in annual increases every July 1st.  The hourly wage will increase to $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018 and $13 by 2019. The ordinance affects employers operating within the city and employees who work at least two hours in the city.  It does not cover businesses with four or less employees, not counting the employer's parents, spouse, children or other members of the employer's immediate family.

Plastic Bag Ban: The second phase of the City of Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban begins August 1, 2016. Smaller chain and franchise retailers with floor space less than 10,000 square feet will be required to come into compliance as larger stores were required last year. The ordinance does not apply to take-out or dine-in restaurants.

Under the ordinance stores can provide customers plastic bags if they are reusable, made of recyclable paper or commercially compostable plastic bags.

As part of the City's coordinated effort to build awareness about these changes, the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection will host a workshop regarding the new laws on Wednesday, August 10,2016 at City Hall Room 805 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Please stay tuned for more information that will be posted online.                                                             


Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee Update

The tragedy that occurred in Orlando on June 12, 2016 causes all of us to assess both our personal security as well as the safety of our customers and associates. 

Members should know The Magnificent Mile Association maintains very regular contact with elected officials and city departments such as the Chicago Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, and the Chicago Fire Department, as well as the Cook County State’s Attorney. The Association, along with other downtown business groups, serves on a variety of safety and emergency preparedness groups focused on proactive practices and communication. 

The Association’s Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee meets monthly to review current issues. The committee hosts an annual safety and security forum every fall. Members with specific assignments for security and loss prevention are invited to attend. Contact Phil Levin at (312) 344-2318 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Our events have extensive safety and security plans utilizing members and vendors who coordinate with and complement local law enforcement personnel.

The Magnificent Mile Association strongly recommends that your business and/or building register with two City of Chicago websites to facilitate prompt emergency communication:

  • www.alertchicago.com: Receive real time emergency preparedness information
  • www.preparedchicago.com: The City’s Facility Information Management System (FIMS) database and the Chicago Public Private Partnership (CP3) portal, to provide critical information to the City (such as key contact people and your building’s floor plans) to facilitate response to your property during an emergency situation.

Our prayers are with the victims and families as they deal with this unprecedented attack. Please feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), President & CEO, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Planning Director, should you have any questions.


We Advocate for your Business or Property- Help Us Help You!

The Magnificent Mile Association’s Advocacy Committee, as part of the Planning and Advocacy Division, is made up of members of the Board of Directors and leaders from the various member groups of the Association. The committee is co-chaired by Holly Agra, President/Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and  Robert Christie, Sr. VP, External Affairs/Northwestern Memorial Healthcare.
 
This committee monitors legislative issues that may have an impact on Association members. The committee coordinates strategy with the various industry groups such as the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, Illinois Restaurant Association, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Loop Alliance, Metropolitan Planning Council, Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Choose Chicago.
 
Through the Advocacy Committee, you as a member have a voice on matters affecting your business or property and the Magnificent Mile District.
 
The Advocacy Committee is currently monitoring the following issues:
 
1)   AIRBNB - proposed ordinance regulating short-term residential rentals
2)   Proposed paid sick leave ordinance
3)   The regulation of siren levels in the downtown area
4)   The State of Illinois’ current financial situation
5)   Procedures for the conduct of protests and other uses of the public way in the District

 
Should you have any questions, suggestions for monitoring, or would like more information about a particular legislative issue, please feel free to contact Phil Levin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 312-344-2318.


Upcoming Travels? Save Time by Enrolling in One of these Programs

  • If you're vacationing to or from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile this year, take the fast lane and sign up for TSA Pre-Check >>

Member Safety Awareness and Information

The Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee recently met to discuss member safety awareness and is providing the below handouts to our membership.


Sign Up To Receive Business Alert Information

•As a member benefit, you can sign up to receive Business and Neighborhood Alerts from the Association. Over the past several years, The Magnificent Mile® Association has been sending security alerts and security information from the Chicago Police Department, the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and other sources to members who want to be kept informed of security related issues occurring in the Magnificent Mile District.

It is important that real time area security and emergency preparedness information be provide to the appropriate security staff in your store or property. As a member service, we will continue  to provide members with important information on such occurrences as: area pickpocketers, thefts, acts of graffiti, area protests and marches, inclement weather warnings, etc.

•If you are currently receiving SECURITY ALERTS from The Magnificent Mile Association, we will continue to send them to you. 

•If you have other staff that would like to receive these alerts, please provide us with their contact information.

•If  you have not been receiving SECURITY ALERTS and would like to, please provide us with your name or names of your security managers and staff. 

Please send CONTACT INFORMATION (name, position, email, phone number) to:  Philip Levin, Planning Director at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).