Project will Ease Congestion, Modernize Traffic Flow, Enhance Safety and Improve Loop Connections to Neighborhoods
Mike Claffey, CDOT 312.744.0707 Michael.email@example.com
CTA Media Relations 312.681.3090 CTAMedia@transitchicago.com
Starting this week, commuting around the city just got easier with the launch of the Loop Link, a major modernization of the downtown transportation network that will make it easier, safer and more reliable for commuters to travel to and through the downtown area. Loop Link will provide a balanced separation of CTA bus, bike and regular traffic with dedicated lanes on Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal. The new configuration will improve reliability and speed for six CTA bus routes that travel the corridor and extend benefits to neighborhoods throughout the city where these routes originate.
“Loop Link is about getting Chicagoans from point A to point B quickly but more importantly, safely,” Mayor Emanuel said. “With each route, we build a stronger economy by providing direct access to jobs and a stronger link to our neighborhoods.”
CDOT, the CTA and Loop Link stakeholders launched an outreach and education campaign this week ahead of the Dec. 20th launch to familiarize transit riders, bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians with the features of Loop Link.
“CDOT has been working very hard to wrap up major work on Loop Link and deliver on schedule the benefits of this project to Chicago’s bus riders, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said. “We’ve been talking about addressing downtown Chicago’s traffic congestion for decades now, and thanks to Mayor Emanuel’s leadership, we are finally getting the job done, improving reliability and safety for all modes of transportation in this major corridor.”
“Loop Link will provide quicker and more reliable bus service to CTA customers,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “This project will improve their transit experience and may attract new customers who want an affordable, convenient way to get downtown and across the Loop.”
“Loop Link will be a welcome relief for anyone who has experienced the congestion and gridlock in Chicago’s Loop, particularly when traveling east or west,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “This modern transportation upgrade will make for a safer and easier commute for buses, bicyclists, and drivers. I am a proud long-time supporter of this project and the $24 million in federal funding that helped make this new bus service possible.”
”Chicago is one of the world's busiest transit hubs, serving millions of people every year,” said U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. “Returning taxpayer funds to the city to make everyday transportation easier for millions every year is the right thing to do.”
“Investments in transportation infrastructure are key to growing the region’s economy and helping Chicago compete globally,” said U.S. Representative Mike Quigley. “Too often, federal infrastructure investments focus solely on highway projects, but I’ve been proud to push for a multimodal approach to infrastructure funding. Support for Chicago’s transit system and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure can help increase safety, improve the livability of our community and solidify Chicago as a national leader in sustainable transportation. Mayor Emanuel has been a great ally in this cause, and I look forward to seeing the Loop Link in action soon.”
Improvements for bus customers
Loop Link features a number of improvements for CTA bus customers, including red bus-only lanes, enhanced signage clearly delineating the CTA bus lanes and early traffic signals for buses at key intersections, all of which improve bus speeds and service efficiency and eliminate bottlenecks at congested portions of the Loop.
The project also provides distinctive, more comfortable bus stations with large canopies for improved weather protection, raised platforms for easier boarding, CTA Bus Tracker screens and more seating for customers.
Buses using Loop Link provide critical connections to multiple Chicago neighborhoods, Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, CTA subways and Navy Pier. More than 1,000 CTA bus trips will traverse the Loop Link corridor each day.
Improving service reliability downtown is expected to have a positive ripple effect on the portions of these routes outside downtown, benefiting neighborhoods throughout the City, which include South Shore, Little Village, Austin and Logan Square, among others.
The six routes are the #J14, #20, #56, #60, #124 and #157. A seventh route, the #19, provides service to and from the United Center on event days, such as Bulls and Blackhawks home games. Also of note: The routes for the #J14 and #124, will be modified in the eastbound direction in order to take full advantage of the Loop Link corridor. Beginning Sunday, the #J14 Jeffery Jump route will run on Washington instead of Monroe between Clinton and Michigan Avenue; and the #124 Navy Pier route will run on Washington instead of Wacker between North Wacker and Michigan Avenue.
Improvements and changes for motorists
For cars and other motor vehicles, two general traffic lanes will remain for motor vehicle traffic through the Loop. To improve traffic flow, Loop Link includes 20 new left turn and right turn arrows at key intersections. Dedicated turn signals will increase turning capacity and reduce conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists.
City officials urge motorists to pay close attention to lane markings and new signage as they become accustomed to the new, modernized traffic configuration. Cars, except for emergency vehicles, are prohibited from driving in the red CTA bus-only lanes.
To prevent conflicts at the locations where motorists must cross the CTA bus lane to access a right turn lane, CTA buses will have a “queue jump,” or a special traffic signal before general traffic at the previous intersection. This will allow buses to cross the intersection first; motorists will then be able to cross the CTA bus lane behind any buses. Motorists will also have a protected right turn arrow and bicyclists will have a dedicated bicycle signal, eliminating conflicts between right turning cars and either bicyclists or pedestrians.
In addition, right turns are restricted at four locations where there are relatively few turning vehicles and nearby alternatives: Washington to southbound LaSalle; Madison to northbound Dearborn; Madison to northbound Wacker; and Jackson to southbound Canal.
Benefits for bicycle commuters
Loop Link features protected bike lanes on Washington and Clinton for easier, safer bicycle commutes, including an eastbound bike lane against the southern curb on Washington that is protected from auto and bus traffic. A two-way bike lane has been installed on Clinton, similar to what currently exists on Dearborn Street. A westbound protected bike lane will be installed on Randolph in 2016. City officials advise bicyclists to pay close attention to the bicycle signals, pavement markings and new safety signage on the new green bike lanes. Bicyclists are required to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the bike lane.
Improved environment for pedestrians
Loop Link provides a more comfortable walking environment for pedestrians. Removing bus stations from sidewalks provides people with more room to walk, and 19 crosswalks have been shortened to make it safer and easier to cross streets. City officials urge pedestrians to avoid walking or standing in the green bike lanes and to obey signals when crossing at intersections for their own safety and to respect the dedicated turn signals for cars.
Extensive support for Loop Link
The effort to tackle downtown congestion and improve safety has long been supported by a number of business and civic organizations and downtown stakeholders, including the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), the Active Transportation Alliance, the Chicago Community Trust and the Chicago Loop Alliance.
Much of the civic work and advocacy for implementing the Bus Rapid Transit concepts in Chicago, including Loop Link has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The Foundation has been committed to the success of the city’s effort to address downtown congestion and make bus service more appealing, by providing support for technical analysis, education, branding and communications.
“Chicago’s investment in bus rapid transit will better connect people to the many opportunities that the city offers. The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to have supported the City's efforts to bring high-quality BRT services to Chicago residents,” said Michael Myers, managing director of The Rockefeller Foundation. “Reliable and efficient public transportation attracts new generations of skilled workers and fosters a more inclusive economy, where opportunities are broadly shared across the city.”
More improvements to come
Work will continue to improve Loop Link and other major downtown projects following Sunday’s launch, including completing final touches on some of the Loop Link stations after the Dec. 20th launch. Seven stations will be open Dec. 20, with the eighth station on Madison east of Wabash expected to open in January. A new westbound bike lane will be installed on Randolph Street in 2016. Work on the Canal Street leg of Loop Link is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016.
In addition, work is continuing on the Union Station Transit Center, a new off-street CTA bus-boarding center just south of Union Station that will help relieve traffic congestion around the train station that serves 120,000 people each day.
Another major ongoing downtown transportation project that will continue through 2016 is the new Washington-Wabash CTA station that will replace two century-old stations at Madison and Randolph with a single state-of-the art, fully accessible station with wider platforms.
For more information on Loop Link, go to www.transitchicago.com/looplink
For the next three Saturdays – September 5th, 12th, and 19th, Divvy, Chicago’s popular bike share system, is teaming up with T-Mobile to offer free 24-hour passes at all 475 Divvy stations across Chicago. The Divvy program, which is operated by Motivate (http://www.motivateco.com) on behalf of the Chicago Department of Transportation, consists of a fleet of more than 4,700 specially designed, heavy-duty, highly durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout the city.
“Divvy is grateful for T-Mobile’s generous support, which will make it possible for many more people to try out Chicago’s newest transit system and explore the City’s neighborhoods, parks and lakefront in a fun, healthy way,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said.
Taking advantage of the promotion is easy. On September 5th, 12th, and 19th, riders can simply walk up to any Divvy station, select “Get a Bike” and follow the prompts on the screen. The 24-Hour Pass, regularly $9.95, will be available at no charge, thanks to T-Mobile, when purchased on any of these three days. A credit or debit card is required as usage fees still will apply to all trips over 30 minutes. Riders can choose to take multiple rides during the 24-hour period simply by going to the kiosk and selecting “Request a New Ride Code”.
For video instructions on how to access the free rides, Chicagoans and visitors can go to www.DivvyBikes.com/video.
For more details about the promotional offer, you can also visit www.DivvyBikes.com/freeride.
To accommodate the expected increase in ridership, Divvy will be boosting its Valet Service on those days, with ambassadors available at popular “hotspot” stations. Valet Service is designed to guarantee you a space to dock your bike, even at the busiest stations, and to help riders learn about the bike share system.
Valet Service will be at the following stations between 12-6pm on each Saturday:
• Millennium Park
• Theater on the Lake • Lake Shore Drive & Monroe St.
• Streeter Drive & Illinois St.
• Lake Shore Drive & North Ave.
• Michigan Ave. & Oak St.
• Montrose Harbor
• Shedd Aquarium
• Indiana Ave. & Roosevelt Road
• Adler Planetarium
• Clark St. & Armitage Ave.
• Lake Shore Drive & Ohio St.
• Buckingham Fountain
Station locations and real-time bike and dock availability can be viewed at www.DivvyBikes.com/stations or by downloading the free “CycleFinder” app for iPhone or Android devices.
Additionally, Divvy is offering an “End of Summer” promotion for annual memberships, in which new members who sign up in September will receive a thirteenth month free for the regular price of $75. Chicagoans can sign up within minutes at
DivvyBikes.com/signup/pedal and will be mailed a key fob that can unlock a bike at any station across the city. The key entitles members to take as many 30-minute trips throughout the year as they want. Trips over 30 minutes incur incremental usage fees, which can be found on the Divvy website.
Divvy has added 175 new stations this year and is now the largest bike share system in
North America based on the number of stations and the size of our service area in North
America, thanks in part to the support and sponsorship of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Notice is hereby given that the Chicago Transit Authority Board desires public comment before it considers an ordinance to adopt the proposed 2016-2020 Capital Program of Projects, 2016 Operating Budget and Program, and the Financial Plan for 2017 and 2018. A public hearing will be conducted on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the CTA headquarters located at 567 W. Lake Street, second floor conference room, Chicago, Illinois, 60661. This facility is accessible to people with disabilities.
Be advised that, as to the Capital Program of Projects, the Chicago Transit Authority is seeking financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the United States Department of Transportation under the Federal Transit Act of 1964, as amended, and related statutes; the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) under the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (Part 8.5) and related statutes; and the Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) under the Regional Transportation Authority Act. If the following program does not change, then it will be considered the FY 2016-2020 final Capital Program of Projects. This notice is to meet the requirements of the FTA, IDOT, and the RTA.
Urbanized Areas: Total $485,113,491
Chicago Transit Authority $267,057,248
Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (Metra) $156,550,801
Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (Pace) $36,835,482
Regional Transportation Authority $0
Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) $24,485,182
Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) $184,778
Perform Mid-Life Bus Overhaul - Articulated Hybrids (208) (193,503), Mid-Life Rehabilitation 3200 Series Rail Cars (15,027,853), Replace Buses - Option 4 - Lease Interest (867,029), Replace Buses - Option 4 - Lease Principal (7,044,671), Replace Buses - Articulated Hybrid - Lease Interest (510,832), Replace Buses - Articulated Hybrid - Lease Principal (6,031,881), Replace Buses - Option 125 Buses (23,985,269), Upgrade and Support Computer Systems (405,000), Upgrade Office Computer Systems (1,583,645), MMIS Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) (1,626,835), Bus and Rail Facilities - (State of Good Repair) – Design (283,829), Maintenance Facilities (8,000,000), Office Building – Interest (3,529,650), Office Building - Principal (2,660,000), Rehabilitate Signals Systemwide - Brown Line (1,416,155), Rehabilitate Rail Stations - Systemwide (1,018,452), Elevated Track and Structure Systemwide (3,563,380), Program Management (2,648,027), Bond Repayment Principal and Interest (43,828,775), and 95th Street Station (Red) - Terminal (1,354,713)
Net 2016 FTA 5307 Formula Projects…. $125,579,499 FTA 5307 Formula Total…. $125,579,499
Program Management (4,041,973), 95th Street Station (Red) - Terminal (645,287), Purchase Up To 846 Rail Cars - 7000 Series (14,104,548), Rehabilitate Signals Systemwide - Brown Line (7,500,000), Bus and Rail Facilities - (State of Good Repair) – Design (5,973,622), MMIS Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) (1,354,713), Bond Repayment Principal and Interest (95,959,789), Perform Mid-Life Bus Overhaul - Articulated Hybrids (208) (9,563,140), Perform Bus Maintenance Activities (P1) (2,334,677), North Main Line - Red/Purple Modernization - Conceptual Design (5,053,526), Red Line Extension - Environmental Impact Statement (5,000,000), Rehabilitate Blue Line - East Lake Substation (9,624,028) Elevated Track and Structure Systemwide (18,092,872), North Main Line Track Renewal (3,275,000), 95th Street Station (Red) - Terminal (8,000,000), Rail Station Replacement - Wilson (12,381,484), Purchase Up To 846 Rail Cars - 7000 Series (2,091,903), Rehabilitate Signals Systemwide - Brown Line (23,131,289), Upgrade Substation (Broadway) (12,209,327), Mid-Life Rehabilitation (3200 Series) Rail Cars (976,590), Upgrade Substation (Kimball, State, Princeton) (2,163,515), Upgrade Substation (Illinois) (7,734,317), CTA Open Fare Payment System (27,238,261), Equipment and Non-Revenue Vehicles (3,000,000), Bus Facilities - (State of Good Repair) - 103rd Street Garage (5,027,888), Replace Buses - Articulated Hybrid up to 50 (BRT) (4,056,000), Implement Security Projects (3,000,000), CTA Open Fare Payment System (1,875,000), North Main Line - Red/Purple Modernization (212,000,000), Origin - Destination Model Update (500,000), Software and Hardware Enhancements to Improve Efficiency (1,500,000), IT Project Implementation (1,200,000), Control Center - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Implementation (500,000), and Facilities and Vehicle Maintenance Improvements and Efficiencies (1,137,000)
FTA Section 5337 State of Good Repair $129,579,932
FTA Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Formula $11,897,817
FTA Section 5307 CMAQ $4,056,000
Department of Homeland Security (HLS) $3,000,000
RTA ICE $4,837,000
CTA Funds $1,875,000
CTA Bond $145,000,000
CTA Bond for Red/Purple Modernization $212,000,000
Total Phase I Supplemental Funding ……………… $512,245,749
The proposed 2016-2020 Capital Program of Projects, 2016 Operating Budget and Program, and the Financial Plan for 2017 and 2018 will be available for public inspection, in standard size print and large print, on Monday, October 26, 2015 and will continue to be available between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. through Tuesday November 17, 2015 at the CTA reception desk, second floor, Chicago Transit Authority, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60661. These same financial documents will also be available during this period on CTA's website, www.transitchicago.com, in both pdf and plain text formats.
At the public hearing, an American Sign Language Interpreter and a Spanish interpreter will be available on site. Individuals with disabilities who require other accommodations to review the budget should contact Amy J. Serpe, Manager, ADA Compliance Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org at 312-681-2608 or Relay.
Copies of the proposed 2016-2020 Capital Program of Projects, 2016 Operating Budget and Program, and the Financial Plan for 2017 and 2018 are also available for review in standard size print and large print at the main office of the Regional Transportation Authority, reception desk, Suite 1650, 175 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois, 60604; at the Archer Heights Branch Library, 5055 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60632; Austin Branch Library, 5615 West Race Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60644; Harold Washington Public Library, 400 South State Street, 5th floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60605; Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60630; South Shore Branch Library, 2505 East 73rd Street, Chicago, Illinois 60649; Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60625; West Town Branch Library, 1625 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622; Woodson Regional Public Library, 9525 South Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60628; Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201; Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 South Troy, Evergreen Park, Illinois, 60805; Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60301; Riverdale Public Library, 208 West 144th Street, Riverdale, Illinois, 60827; and at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 West Oakton, Skokie, Illinois, 60077.
At the public hearing, the CTA will afford an opportunity for interested persons or agencies to be heard with respect to social, economic, environmental and other related aspects of the proposed 2016-2020 Capital Program of Projects, 2016 Operating Budget and Program, and the Financial Plan for 2017 and 2018.
Written and oral comments will be taken into consideration prior to adoption of the proposed 2016-2020 Capital Program of Projects, 2016 Operating Budget and Program, and the Financial Plan for 2017 and 2018. This input will be welcomed at the public hearing or by correspondence addressed to Gregory P. Longhini, Assistant Secretary of the Board, Chicago Transit Authority, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661. Input can also be sent via e-mail to: email@example.com or fax to 312-681-5035.
The deadline to submit written comments is Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by 5:00 P.M.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that it has completed work on a repair project for the Cortland Street Bascule Bridge ten days ahead of schedule. The bridge, which had bike lanes added to it, re-opened to motor vehicular traffic this morning.
“We are very pleased to have completed this project that provided important structural repairs and added bike lanes to the Cortland Street Bascule Bridge, delivering safety improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said. “The Cortland Street Bridge is an important east-west artery on the near North Side and this project demonstrates the commitment of Mayor Emanuel’s administration to ‘Building a New Chicago,’ and providing 21st Century infrastructure for all of the City’s neighborhoods.”
CDOT’s in-house construction forces carried out the work on the bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River. The project, which was scheduled for completion at the beginning of November but finished ten days ahead of schedule, was needed to repair sections of the roadway as well as floor beams, trusses and sidewalks.
The work also included installation of a five-foot wide concrete bike lane along the curb in each direction, and resurfacing the approach on both sides of the bridge.
At least one sidewalk was kept open to pedestrian traffic and bicyclists were allowed to walk their bikes across it during the project.
Although the Cortland Street Bridge no longer functions as a movable bridge, it was the first Chicago Style Fixed Trunnion Bascule Bridge when it was originally built in 1902. The design was developed by City of Chicago engineers in the late 1890s. This model has been copied worldwide since. As the very first bridge of this type, the Cortland Street Bridge is now considered an historical landmark.
CHICAGO – For the eighth consecutive year, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is participating in the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s “2015 Light the Way to Find a Cure” campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink lighting, ribbons and other decorations are on display at O’Hare and Midway International Airports during the month of October.
“On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are proud to join the nationwide effort to bring attention to this major health issue that affects so many women and men, and their families,” said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans, “As the global gateways to Chicago, O’Hare and Midway can help spread this important message about breast cancer awareness to millions of travelers.”
At O’Hare, the CDA Operations Tower and International Terminal 5 are lit with pink lights, and pink ribbons and messages of support are in rotation in digital signage at the entrance and exit at O’Hare.
At Midway, 12-foot, lighted pink ribbons are affixed to the Cicero Avenue Bridge heading north/southbound. Hundreds of pink ribbons are placed in planters along the terminal roadway and in the terminal itself, along with pink lighting in some areas of the terminal.
For more information about the Lynn Sage foundation, click here.
The future of the Hoosier State Line has been up in the air for some time now. As of August 1, 2015 the Hoosier State Line will rub four times a week between Chicago and Indianapolis under a two year contract with Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings.
The Hoosier State Train is a new route offered by Amtrack that runs between Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, Indiana. The route is available four times a week. Average commute time is just over 5 hours and a one way trip will cost $48.00 to go the full distance, between Chicago and indianapolis. Other routes vary from $24-$48.
Most Amtrak trains include food service and wifi for a more comfortable traveling experience.
Tickets are available at Amtrak.com
Events & Activities around Chicago for the week of August 10th-16th, 2015.
Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl
August 12, 2015
6:00PM - 9:00PM
This year $1 of each ticket sale will be donated to Care for Real, Edgewater's food pantry.
Enjoy your favorites, discover new eateries, and Andersonville's Farmers Market.
Chicago Bears play Miami Dolphins
August 13, 2015
Chicago Bears play the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field for their first Pre-Season game.
Chicago Air & Water Show 2015
August 15 & 16, 2015
10:00AM - 3:00PM (Both Days)
Come out and watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Breitling Jet Team fly across the Chicago Lakeshore.
Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival
August 15 & 16, 2015
Chicago Botanical Gardens
Celebrate summer at the Chicago Botanical Gardens with the Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival by making paper fans, kites, and more!
American Lobster Fest at Navy Pier
August 15 & 16, 2015
The Midwest's largest lobster fest, returning again to Navy Pier for it's 2nd year. Enjoy love lobster flown in fresh from Boston, live music, family friendly games, and activities.
As Chicago enters the last month of Summer take advantage of the warm weather with some of Chicago's charities. Join Chicago runners from world class athletes to casual walkers at events around the city. 5K's, 10K's, and other Marathons are a great way to help raise money for local charities helping our communities through out Chicago. Here is a list of some opportunities to run through our city raising money and awareness.
August 9, 2015
Start Time: 8:00AM
Start Location: Grant Park, Arvey Field
NE of the S Columbus Drive & E Roosevelt Road Intersect.
2015 Chicago Lymphoma Walk
August 9, 2015
Start Time: 10:00AM
Start Location: Montrose Harbor, 4400 N Simonds Dr
Don't miss the Jesse White Tumbling Team, emcees, humorist, & auctioneers.
August 15, 2015
Start Time: 7:00PM
6K for Water by World Vision
August 22, 2015
Start Time: 9:00AM
Start Location: Montrose Harbor/Chicago, IL
Provide clean water to one person!
SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk & Run
September 13, 2015
Start Time: 10:15AM
Start Location: Lincoln Park
Aids Run & Walk Chicago
September 26, 2015
Start Time: 8:00AM
Start Location: Museum Campus
Run at the Runway
September 27, 2015
Start Time: 8:00AM
Start Location: O'Hare International Airport
Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to run on O'Hare's newest runway built as part of the O'Hare Modernization Program before it opens to air traffic in mid-October.
Chicago Half Marathon
September 27, 2015
Start Time: 7:00AM
Start Location: Jackson Park
Ginza Holiday Festival
August 7-9, 2015
The Midwest Buddhist Temple - 60th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival on August 7-9 which takes place on our temple grounds located at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago. Ginza Holiday has been sharing Japanese food and culture for the past 60 years and has become a major neighborhood festival on Chicago's summer calendar. Be sure to visit our Ginza At a Glance page for details about this year's festival.
Retro on Rosco
August 7-9, 2015
Referred to by Patch as a “Generation X haven”, Chicagoans looking for a blast from the past don’t need to look further than the 20th annual Retro on Roscoe festival. Go back in time with music enthusiasts, families, and gearheads for a back in the day weekend. Performances by "Too White Crew", "Breakfast Club", and more!
Admission to Retro on Roscoe is a $10 suggested donation.
Bud Billiken Parade
August 8, 2015 (10AM)
Start Point: King Drive at Oakwood Blvd
End Point: Garfield Blvd (55th Street) and Ellsworth Drive
Located in Washington Park southeast of 51st and King Dr. with picnics, entertainment, school supply giveaways and other treats.
WLS-TV Channel 7 live from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Robert Sengstacke Abbott, also founder of the Chicago Defender
Year of the 1st parade?
Who is Bud Billiken?:
It is an idea that was the brainchild of Robert Sengstacke Abbott to symbolize the best for children. It is named after the Billiken, the guardian angel of all children according to Chinese legend.
Wrigleyville Summerfest 2015
August 8-9, 2015
3300 N. Seminary
Crafts, games, & family friendly attractions. Live music from "Too White Crew", "The Oh Yeas", and more!
Northalsted Market Days
August 8-9, 2015
Halsted Street (Between Belmont and Addison)
The 34th Annual Northalsted Market Days® is coming to you live!
A crowd from across the country will come together to celebrate the largest two-day
street festival in the Midwest, right here on Halsted.
Northalsted Market Days® is famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors,
local arts & crafts, and craft food & drink.
August 13-16, 2015
Taylor Street at Ashland Ave
Festa Italiana will fill your senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs. The 10th annual Festa Italiana stretches along Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street.
Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Italian and Italian-American singers will perform American and Italian classics. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, a well-loved Italian folk dance performed at Italian weddings. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli (of course, not at the same time!), and buy Italian-themed art, Christmas ornaments and other merchandises.
Glenwood Ave Arts District Festival
August 14-16, 2015
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 100+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood. The 14th annual Fest will take place the weekend of August 14-16, 2015. Mark your calendars! Join us at the fest launch party, the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam, on Friday from 6pm to 10pm and the artists' market on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 11am to 9:00pm.
The Cuban Festival
August 14-16, 2015
Fullerton & Narragansett
The Great American Lobster Fest (At Navy Pier)
August 15-16, 2015
The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest's largest Seafood Festival, returning again to Navy Pier for its 2nd year. Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from Boston, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, and cold beverages. This festival also takes place during the legendary Chicago Air & Water Show and Saturday night fireworks off Navy Pier...what's not to love!?
Chicago Air & Water Show
August 15-16, 2015
Fullerton to Oak Street Lakefront
The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.
Albany Park World Fest
August 22-23, 2015
Lawrence & Kimball (Brown line)
Globe-spanning music. Eclectic cuisine. Cool artisans. Carnival rides... and more! Albany Park, the eclectic Chicago neighborhood on the city's northwest side, will again celebrate its ethnic diversity at the second annual Albany Park World Fest this August at Lawrence and Kimball (3400 W, the terminus of the CTA's Brown Line).
With more than 70 languages spoken in the community and its mix of restaurants, food markets and retailers, the two-day fest will mirror the neighborhood's melting pot culture. This includes nationalities hailing from Latin and Central America, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe, to name just a few.
The music itself will make Albany Park World Fest worth checking out. From Brazilian beats and salsa to calypso, West African folkloric and Asian drums, the tunes will have a truly unique world flavor.
Ukrainian Days Festival
August 22-23, 2015
Grand & Campbell
Donation requested at entrance. Ukrainian Days Festival is held at Smith Park near Ukrainian Village in Chicago, Illinois. The annual festival includes live music and dance performances, ethnic food, children's activities, sports competitions, craft vendors and much more!
Bucktown Arts Festival
August 29-30, 2015
2200 N Oakley (Across from Holstein Park)
Celebrating its 30th year in 2015, the Bucktown Arts Fest is a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago’s premier arts festivals showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry and so much more. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually, we also focus on making art free to the public – hosting two music stages, dancers, poets & performers, arts activities for kids, food trucks (as of 2015!) and craft beer and sangria.
The winning entry by Rhode Island-based team Ultramoderne, Chicago Horizon, features a large, flat roof of cross-laminated timber that will house an architectural lending library and shelter in the city's Millennium Park.
Chicago's architectural achievements can be found in nearly every corner of the sprawling city, with the noteworthy exception of the lakefront, an area long protected as parkland and mostly free from development. As one of the initial programs of the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial, the Lakefront Kiosk Competition asked designers and architects to envision new pop-up public kiosks for the city's beachfront to demonstrate what can be achieved on this 20-mile stretch of public space. Starting this fall, four kiosks will be displayed in one of the city's showpiece public spaces, Millennium Park; the winner of an international competition that drew 421 entries from more than 40 countries (the minimalist Chicago Horizon design by Rhode Island-based team Ultramoderne), as well as three kiosks designed through collaborations between architects and local universities (Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner, Kunlé Adeyemi and Pezo von Ellrichshausen participated). All four will find more appropriate homes on different perches along the lakefront this spring, after the international exhibition of contemporary architecture concludes. Organizers hope that the inaugural class of buildings helps make a case for this competition becoming a Biennial tradition.
Chicago Safe Passage A program gaining attention for bringing together Veterans and Students of Chicago. Chicago Safe Passage allows Veterans to job search and pay off student loan debt through volunteering on the streets of Chicago. While this is volunteer work for Veterans they are paid for their efforts. Veterans with Safe Passage are providing safe passage for students walking home from school, acting as community crossing guards in dangerous neighborhoods where gang activity is present.
The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water show will take place this month on August 15th & 16th. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights will return to Chicago for it's Annual Air and Water Show presented by Shell and The City of Chicago along Chicago's Lakefront. This year, for the first time, they will be joined by the Brietling Jet Team as they make their U.S. debut tour. The team is widely recognized for their pricision and seamless coordination displayed throughout high-speed aerobatic performances, the France-based team brings their unmatched flying to North America for the first time.
“The Chicago Air and Water Show is a summertime favorite providing exciting family entertainment in the skies above Lake Michigan,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “For more than half a century, this event has grown into a spectacular display of aviation’s finest pilots in a unique setting making it a destination for residents and visitors alike.”
This week in Chicago
Tribute to the 80's, The Power of Prom is playing at "The Annoyance". Discount tickets available for $10
The Magic Parlour is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Playing the entire month of August.
Hear musicians and vocalists, see views from the terrace, buy cocktails & food, and visit the aquarium at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at the Shedd Aquarium the entire month of August.
Ginza Holiday offers Japanese dance, martial arts, drumming, bonsai, craftsmen at work, and teriyaki chicken at Midwest Buddhist Temple. Donation. August 7-9.
Bud Billiken Parade is said to be the oldest and largest African American parade in America. It goes south down Martin Luther King Drive from Oakwood Blvd. to a picnic with food vendors in Washington Park. August 8, 10:00AM.
Chicago Bears Family Fest includes activities and live music outside Soldier Field from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., plus a 10:15 a.m. youth football demonstration and an 11:35 a.m. team practice inside the stadium. Only on August 8.
Spicy Food Festival. Sample foods and hot sauces, and shop from dozens of vendors at The Great Chicago Fiery Foods Fest at 1340 W Washington Blvd. August 8-9.
Make a kite in a workshop and fly it, watch stunt kites perform to music, and buy lunch at the Kite Festival in the meadow at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. August 8-9.
It's Lollapalooza time! The annual music festival will take over Chicago's Grant Park July 31 to Aug. 1, and bring some of the biggest names in pop music past and present, as well as some of the hottest emerging artists of the day, to multiple stages for what is arguably the biggest and best summer festival of the year.
A long, long time ago, in an age before the Lady Gagas, Mumford & Sons and Bassnectars of the world, Lollapalooza was fashioned as the premier summer celebration of alternative rock. Founded by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell in 1991, it toured across North America for nearly a decade, bringing a smattering of the era’s biggest names. The first headliners? Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie & the Banshees and, of course, Body Count.
Lollapalooza went dormant for a couple of years before its revival in 2003. No longer touring, it made its home in Chicago and slowly evolved from its dirty alt-rock roots. Now the weekend stands as perhaps the biggest show in North America, bringing both scene favorites and multimedia bombshells every single year.
Obviously, the massive lineup can be difficult to tackle, but don’t worry: Red Bull Music has your back. We went through the 2015 Lollapalooza bill and highlighted every set you need to circle, complete with the day and time of course (all times below are Central time). So pack your stuff, take a deep breath and get ready for the last giant American festival until 2016.
And if you can't make it to Chicago this year, be sure to tune in to Red Bull TV's Lollapalooza livestream all weekend long over at lollapalooza.redbull.tv.
As fun as it's been, it can be a little disconcerting how vehemently rock music gets buried in 2015. All these rappers and producers are so exciting, and they've totally lapped an entire genre of music in terms of relevance, acclaim, success, merchandising, whatever. That's why the War on Drugs warms our heart. Six random goobers from Philly playing some of the smoothest emotional pleas in the industry. In this weird, scatterbrained world, an hour-long meditation on taste and midlife crisis can be the most forward-thinking rock album of the year.
In 2015, anyone can be a superstar. Take DJ Snake, for instance. The French producer grew up in love with dance music and got his big break back in 2011, producing Lady Gaga’s monster LP “Born This Way.” He made a lot of money, but he was still mostly in a behind-the-scenes role. However, as Diplo, Calvin Harris and dozens of others have proved, you don’t need to be in front of a microphone or guitar to be at the top of festival bills anymore. “Turn Down for What” solidified Snake as one of the most sought-after DJs in the world, and the rest is history.
Alabama Shakes found a lot of success with debut 2012 album "Boys & Girls," but it was this year’s "Sound & Color" that catapulted them out of the stratosphere. Brittany Howard and Co. held up in a Nashville, Tennessee, studio for months and returned to the public with a delightful blend of folk, blues and a surprising dose of lead, scuffed-up garage rock. The public responded and carried this crew of northern Alabama miscreants all the way to No. 1 in the Billboard 200.
Dillon Francis’ life changed at the end of the last decade. That's when he caught the attention of DJ and tastemaker Diplo for his song “Que Que.” Before long the upstart Angeleno was releasing music on Mad Decent, as well as Dim Mak and Skrillex’s label, OWSLA. In 2014, he put out his debut album, equipped with the very apt name "Money Sucks, Friends Rule," which brought together the disparate guests of Twista, Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, and DJ Snake. Expect a lot of colors, a lot of genres and a lot of fun.
You probably don’t need me to tell you that you should see Paul McCartney at Lollapalooza. After all, he was in Wings! And he played on Ringo Starr’s "Y Not!" Oh yeah, and he also played guitar in a band called the Beatles who are generally considered to be the prime godfathers of everything we like in pop music. McCartney is 73 and, let's be honest here, he’s not going to be playing shows like this for long. Get in before it’s too late.
Abel Tesfaye was once a failed R & B singer trying to reboot a career on his own terms. That’s where the Weeknd started, as a couple of songs uploaded to YouTube. That balled into an untouchable triptych of mixtapes released through 2011 and a studio album, "Kiss Land," released in 2013. However, Tesfaye is reaching his peak notoriety right now, with his "50 Shades of Grey" cut “Worth It” tearing up the Billboard 100 and a stacked second album called "Beauty Behind the Madness" due out later this year.
While a lot of the world’s top DJs are imported from Europe and South America, Kaskade has been the American face of EDM for more than a decade. Once a relatively minor name in the scene, the man born Ryan Raddon is routinely at the top of Beatport charts and played over a hundred shows last year. Expect massive LED screens and scanning white strobe lights. Also, he often rolls up to his gigs in flip-flops, just like the former skateboarder he is.
Flying Lotus, a former Red Bull Music Academy participant, has steadily grown from West Coast IDM favorite to international luminary over the past few years. In 2009, he was a shy, secluded producer making heady beats and warped records, but Steven Ellison has really come into his own since 2012’s "Until the Quiet Comes." Lately he’s been rapping under the Captain Murphy moniker and growing his Brainfeeder label into one of the most respected names in all of dance music. Expect the usual beats, but with an added dose of MCing and gently forthcoming banter.
RL Grime is Henry Steinway, a 24-year-old producer nurtured in the sunburnt hills of Los Angeles. He studied the music business at New York University and returned to California to start his producing collective, WeDidIt. It’s there he made strides in his music career, collaborating with other regarded names like Shlohmo, Groundislava and LOL Boys. In November of last year he put out his first album of dank, dark, trap-rave, featuring guest spots from Boyz Noize and Big Sean. Expect a live show that feels like the apocalypse.
Remember when Odd Future were the scariest people on the planet? We didn’t know anything about them, save for some bleary, almost laughably gothic music videos and Tumblrs. Now, Tyler has done hundred of interviews and has released three honest-to-god albums that you can buy in any mall across America. He’s got a career, a now-deceased TV show and the occasional sponsorship. This year’s "Cherry Bomb" still hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200. He’s just getting started.
(StatePoint) Parents often wonder how to maintain their kids’ health. One important step that may be overlooked is to ensure that young children are properly hydrated. It can also be a challenge for parents to create a menu kids will enjoy that meets the recommended Daily Value (DV) of vitamins and nutrients.
“By including U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic fruits and vegetables in your children’s diets, you can help ensure your child is staying hydrated from the water in them, while also consuming the necessary vitamins, minerals and protein that they need to grow healthy and strong,” says Dr. Deena Blanchard, Pediatrician at Premier Pediatrics in New York City and a consultant for Ella’s Kitchen brand, which makes organic food for babies, toddlers and kids. “Nutritional shakes provide proteins, vitamins, and minerals, the necessary building blocks of a healthy immune system, to supplement kids’ daily diets for complete nutrition; and electrolyte waters with naturally-occurring electrolytes can also help keep kids hydrated.”
Dr. Blanchard recommends the following tips to help parents make good choices for their children.
• Hydrate children, especially when sick: When children are sick, the importance of proper hydration cannot be overestimated. If eating or drinking is difficult, try giving your child smaller amounts, more frequently. Choose water, 100 percent juice or drinks that contain naturally occurring electrolytes and other components that help support kids’ immune systems.
• Choose wisely: Watch out for artificial flavors, colors and preservatives as well as the amount of added sugars in sports drinks and other beverages. It is important to provide kids with beverages that are free of artificial ingredients and contain fruits and vegetables. You can be sure you’re avoiding those additions when you choose USDA organic beverages, such as Ella’s Kitchen Organic Coconut Water Electrolyte Drinks or their new Smoothie Drinks, which provide one full serving of fruit per 8 fluid ounces.
• Don’t forget to hydrate when playing sports: Kids can become dehydrated while playing sports or engaging in other physical activity. At the ballpark or playground, it is important to keep drinks on hand. Good choices include organic fruit and veggie purees, which contribute significant water to the diet and naturally-occurring electrolytes for natural rehydration.
• Supplement: Though vital to proper growth and development, meeting the recommended daily intake of vitamins and nutrients can be tough, especially for little ones who are picky eaters. A tasty, protein-packed nutritional shake can help parents ensure kids get the calories and nutrition they need. Consider trying Ella’s Kitchen Coconut + Milk Nutritional Shakes, which are made with certified USDA organic low-fat milk, fruit + veggie purees and coconut water, providing 44 percent of the recommended DV of protein, 30 percent DV of calcium, as well as vitamin B12, riboflavin, iodine and electrolytes. Made with ingredients parents recognize, these shakes provide a boost of nutrition with a taste that kids will enjoy.
Visit EllasKitchen.com for more options for healthy hydration and nutrition for the little ones.
In the warmer months, proper hydration is especially crucial. Parents should seek out choices for kids that support a healthy immune system.
(StatePoint) Traffic deaths are on the rise, and experts fear the trend will continue this summer during a period known as the 100 Deadly Days. Summer weekends tend to be the most dangerous, with seven out of 10 crashes happening on a Saturday or Sunday in the summer of 2014.
“While the statistics point out a dangerous trend, we have the ability to influence outcomes through our choices and behavior,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC). “Summer is typically a high-exposure period with lots of miles driven and several long holiday weekends. Take your responsibilities behind the wheel this summer seriously and ensure that you get to your destination safely.”
Traffic deaths in the U.S. increased each month during the six months leading up to the summer, compared to the same six month period a year ago.
NSC believes the spike in fatal car crashes is due in part to an improving economy. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates often lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive, and many travel long distances and take vacations.
Certain crash factors, such as speeding and alcohol, are also more common during the summer. A yearly average of 2,781 deaths in June, July and August involve speeding, and 2,846 involve alcohol, according to NSC analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
To help stay safe on the roads this summer, NSC recommends drivers:
• Learn about their vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them. Free resources, such as MyCarDoesWhat.org can help drivers understand the ins and outs of such features as blind spot, lane departure warning systems and backup cameras. Visit www.MyCarDoesWhat.org to learn more.
• Buckle up for all trips -- short and long, even back seat passengers.
• Designate a non-drinking driver or arrange alternate transportation.
• Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
• Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free.
• Monitor teens’ driving habits. An NSC survey found many parents are more inclined to loosen household driving rules during the summer. Teen passengers are one of the greatest distractions.
“We believe that by taking the proper precautions, we can make the roads safer and save lives this summer,” said Hersman.
(StatePoint) Demand for public transportation is on the rise. In fact, 10.7 billion trips were taken on public transportation in 2013, the highest in 57 years, according to the latest statistics from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA.)
Even those who drive should take note of these statistics, which show that communities that invest in public transportation stand to gain. APTA figures point to a four-fold economic return on investment for every dollar spent on public transportation.
“Where public transportation goes, businesses thrive, property becomes more attractive, and tax revenues increase,” says Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO of APTA.
Substantial and robust public transportation infrastructure is one key innovation that helps to support economic growth in local communities, say experts. With federal funding for public transportation poised to be a critical issue for Congress this year, public transportation advocates are calling for funding legislation that is reliable and sustainable in order to plan, build, maintain and repair these systems.
“As we approach the May 31 deadline for a new surface transportation bill, it is critical that our national leaders come together to create legislation that will ensure years of economic growth and opportunity for communities across the country,” says Melaniphy.
Here are several ways such investment in public transportation could affect an individual community:
• If you are a homeowner, public transportation in a community could spell financial security during times of economic uncertainty. Residential property values performed 42 percent better on average during the last recession if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors and APTA.
• Seventy percent of millennials prefer a city or town that features a multimodal transportation option that includes public transportation. By investing in public transportation infrastructure, a community increases the likelihood of attracting new talent and industry to the area, especially as public transportation systems adopt technologies like smartphone charging stations on vehicles and facilities and fare collection via smartphone.
• Public transportation is a 61 billion dollar a year industry that puts people to work – 1.1 million jobs are created or sustained annually. As such, public transportation advocates say that by supporting measures that improve these systems, local residents will be doing their community a favor.
Information about the impact of public transportation on local communities is available at www.publictransportation.org.
No matter how you get around your community, a robust public transit system stands to impact you and your local economy.