Street maintenance: Upper Wacker Drive reinforcement

IMG_1658dIron Workers Local 1 began replacing the links and pins of the expansion joints on Upper Wacker Drive, which connect the large sections of concrete that form the street, in May.

The stainless steel links are attached to both sides of the thoroughfare’s elevated pavement sections. They hold the street together while allowing a roughly two-inch gap to remain so that “the roadway can move in the hot and cold,” says Iron Worker Scott Witry.
The process requires crews to work on the north side of the structure while suspended by canopy some thirty feet over the banks of the Chicago River.

Meahwhile, G & C Construction replaced the black strips of plastic that extend from sidewalk to sidewalk and cover the joints on the street’s surface.

“We remove everything completely,” explains G&C’s Nick Garcia. “On the sidewalks, we recess one side and install a steel cover plate that will be flush with the existing concrete.”


Landscaping at former Chicago Spire site

The gaping hole where the Chicago Spire was to be constructed in 2008 was recently beautified with fresh grass, trees and other assorted greenery. Take a look for yourself via the newly opened access to the DuSable bridge via the south west tower stairs.

Movies in the Park at Lakehore East begin Thursday, June 30

One night every month throughout the summer, Magellan Development Corporation will turn the neighborhood into an outdoor movie theater. The program begins Thursday June 30 with Dirty Danicing followed by This is Love on July 28 and Star Wars on August 25. Movies start at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Pre-show music starts at 6 pm.


MILA Tower ready for renters to move in

IMG_2177bThe 41-story MILA Tower at 201 N. Garland Ct. began showing apartments to potential tenants and welcoming new residents in May.

Besides its outstanding location Chicago’s Cultural Mile, MILA boasts a rooftop pool and offers room service and valet parking for guests of residents from the nearby Hard Rock Hotel.

For more information, visit www.milachicago.com.


Louis Vuitton hosts America’s Cup World Series event at Navy Pier June 10

IMG_5078aThe Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series sails into the fresh waters of Lake Michigan — the first freshwater venue to host America’s Cup racing in the event’s 164-year history — on June 10. The event represents the initial stage enroute to the 2017 World Cup in Bermuda.

Competing teams will be awarded points based on their individual performances in what the race committee considers to be “an early opportunity to put points on the board that carry forward into the next stage of the competition.”

Besides the defending champion ORACLE USA, teams from Sweden, Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan, and France will compete in the event.

Each team will race “on foiling, wingsailed catamarans — an updated version of the AC45 raced in the last series,” according to a press release.

To enhance viewing accessibility and celebrate the occasion, Louis Vuitton and a number of sponsors will host a number of attractions including a beer garden and food court at “Race Village” in Navy Pier. Admission is $29 for children, $59 for adults.


CAPS Wrap: attendee encourages residents
to oust “hustlers” from Lower Wacker Dr.

During the June CAPS meeting at 400 E. Randolph, a local business professional urged residents to provide assistance in an attempt to evict the individuals who appear to prey on motorists and passersby near the intersection of Lower Lake St. and Lower Michigan Ave.

“They’ve got a little hustle there and they approach cars to ask them if they are lost,” the person explained afterwards. “I want the city to clean it up.”

The person also supplied a number of “Criminal Trespass Affidavit” forms used by the Chicago Police Department to gain permission to enter premises and while homeowners and business operators are away.


Mariano’s encourages New Eastside residents
to report unattended shopping carts

A representative from upscale New Eastside grocery Mariano’s at 333 E. Benton Pl. underscored the store’s committment to reduce neighborhood clutter by encouraging residents to call (312) 228 1349 to report any sightings of unattended shopping carts.

Once the call is made, the representative said, “We’ll send someone over.”
Additionally, Mariano’s schedules a “cart person” who retrieves the mobile grocery transporters at least once every hour from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., every day of the week.


Friends of the Chicago River to host Summer Cruise

IMG_6689aOn Wednesday June 22, the McCormick Bridgehouse Museum will host a twilight riverboat cruise on a 250-passenger Wendella vessel launching from the dock of the Trump Tower in River North and rolling down to Bubbly Creek in Bridgeport.

Appetizers, drinks, and three pop-up concerts will nourish and entertain guests along the way. Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit the Friends Bridgehouse Museum. For more information, visit www.bridgehousemuseum.org.


— Daniel Patton, Staff Writer

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