What's Happening in The Magnificent Mile® District?
Lakefront Trail Improvements between Oak & Ohio
Chicago’s 18-mile Lakefront Trail welcomes residents and visitors from all around the City. Running from Ardmore Ave. on the north, to 71st St. on the south, the trail provides important access to the lake for recreational purposes and has increasingly become an active transportation route for many Chicagoans. On any given day activity along the trail includes people commuting to work, training for marathons, caregivers with children in strollers, tourists on rental bikes, teens on skateboards, and thousands of other people taking a leisurely stroll.
Trail Separation Project
In an effort to enhance the trail experience and ensure safety of all users, a project is underway to divide the main trail into two separate trails, one for pedestrians and the other for bikers. Design and construction of the trails will occur in segments during spring, summer, and fall months from spring 2017 through 2018. Listed below are the segments currently in process. As the remaining segments advance in design, they will be added to this page.
Lakefront Trail separation, provided by the generosity of Ken Griffin.
For more information, please visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lakefront-trail/
Warner Brothers Upcoming filming will involve low helicopter flights over Michigan Avenue
June 10 - 11
Upcoming filming will involve low helicopter flights over Michigan Avenue. Safety zones will be put in place for each low flight by closing streets and restricting pedestrian access temporarily.
SATURDAY JUNE 10
North Michigan Ave between Oak St and Erie St
15 minute closures between 9:00am and 10:30a
SUNDAY JUNE 11
North Michigan Ave between Superior St and the River
15 minute closures between 9:00am and 10:00am
North Michigan Ave between Illinois St and South Water St
15 minute closures between 10:00am and 11:00am. This will include needing to temporarily hold river traffic in this area as well.
Shots over Michigan Ave. will have several low helicopter passes over the Chicago River at varying times. On Saturday June 10 there will be a flight over the Chicago river between Wabash and the turning basin. While this flight will not be low enough to warrant closing the river, it will require closing streets in the vicinity for 15 minute intervals. Over the following weekend of June 17 and June 18, work will be concentrated around the Franklin Bridge, and Wacker Drive between Wells St and Lake St. On both Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, there will be low helicopter flights over the Chicago river which will require temporary river closures of 15 minutes increments. These flights will happen between 9:00am and 3:00pm each day.
New Disability Regulations for Chicago Businesses
Effective July 1, 2017
The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requires that Chicago businesses ensure that their facilities, products, and services are available to individuals with disabilities. On July 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations go into effect. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do in order to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities.
The IRA is in communication with the Commission on Human Rights on questions regarding "grandfathering", requirements for existing facilities, and undue hardships on businesses. Click here for helpful guide from the City on "Is Your Business Accessible?" (to wheelchair users as others with disabilities) from 2015.
Valet Parking in Central Business District Ordinance Introduced
Alderman Brendan Reilly has introduced an ordinance related to valet parking operators in the Central Business District that restricts the hours of operation for a valet parking operator for a business establishment to the hours the establishment is physically open. It provides exceptions to this rule as follows: 1) 1/2 hour before the establishment opens, or 2) 1/2 hour after the establishment closes or until all vehicles parked during the business' open hours are returned to their drivers, whichever occurs later. The ordinance would take effect on July 1, 2017.
Loading Zone Pilor Program
The City of Chicago is implementing a pilot program in the Central Business District to convert current business-paid loading zones to user-paid loading zones in order to create higher turnover in loading zones and reduce downtown congestion. Click here to read the letter that the City has sent to the 407 businesses in the Central Business District that currently have a loading zone that will eventually be impacted by this pilot program.
April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month
The 2017 campaign, “Chicago Goes Blue for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention,” kicked off on Saturday, April 1 at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The capstone of this kickoff event is the tying of thousands of blue bows on trees along Michigan Avenue in front of the church which creates a vibrant visual awareness display. Learn more about starting your own unique Blue Bow Campaign.
Commercial Loading Zone Pilot Program
As of March 15, the City of Chicago has started the pilot program conversion of loading zones to user-paid commercial loading zones in an area bounded by the Chicago River on the North, Lake Michigan on the East, Randolph Street on the South, and Michigan Avenue on the West. Tickets will start being issued on Wednesday, March 22.
Requested Action Regarding Proposed Siren & Motorcycle Decibel Level Legislation (House Bill 2402)
Illinois General Assembly Representative Christian Mitchell (26th District) has introduced a bill (HB 2402 – see here) into committee recently which would set limits on the audible signal intensity of a siren on an ambulance or rescue vehicle stipulating that the siren shall not exceed 100 decibels at a distance of 50 feet from the siren. In addition, House Bill 2402 sets limitations on motorcycle decibel levels and limits on types of permitted motorcycle muffler systems.
Many of our members have consistently raised issues with the intensity of siren and motorcycle noise in The Magnificent Mile District and its impact on hotel visitors, tenants in commercial property and area residents. If the decibel intensity of sirens and motorcycles is a concern to you, your tenants or your business, we encourage you to take a few moments to express your support for this proposed legislation.
Support Proposed Legislation Here >>
• Once on this link click on CREATE WITNESS SLIP FOR HB 2402 and fill out the form with your name address and company information.
• Then indicate you are a PROPONENT.
• Then click in the “I agree to terms” box and then submit the slip.
It will be very helpful if we could generate support for this bill. You do not have to be a registered lobbyist to submit a witness slip.
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."
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.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 >>
- If you're traveling to an international destination, skip the customs queue line upon your return and sign up for Global Entry (TSA Pre-Check inculded) >>
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.
- How to Report Suspicious Behavior and Activity
- Training Opportunity: SAR Training for PrivateSector Security Partners
- CP3: Become a Partner
- Active Shooter Preparedness
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.