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Neighborhood Update

We are committed to keeping our neighbors apprised of our plans and informed of our progress as we move forward with construction of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab®, located at 355 East Erie. The regular updates to this page will be a useful tool full of relevant information regarding all things construction related. In addition, we encourage all of our neighbors to sign up for our email updates by clicking here. We are honored to remain a part of the Streeterville community and look forward to our continuing partnership with the community. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Molly Rinehart at 312-238-6209 or


  • The construction logistics plan was developed in collaboration with Alderman Reilly and the City of Chicago to minimize disruptions and to allow safe and unobstructed pedestrian use of adjacent sidewalks.

Hours of Construction

  • Typical construction hours will be 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., six days per week. However, at times, seven days may be required. (Adhering to the City of Chicago’s laws of 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. for construction activities.)

Impact on Streets and Sidewalks

  • Partial traffic lane closures may be required from time to time, but will be communicated in advance whenever possible.
  • Sidewalk and curb lanes closed for the duration of the project:
    • North side of Ontario Street
    • South side of Erie Street
    • West side of McClurg Court.

Truck Traffic

Truck routes will be coordinated with the City of Chicago throughout construction to minimize impact and disruption to the community as much as possible.

Construction traffic will be radioed in and brought immediately into the site to reduce idling congestion;

Workers will be provided to safely and efficiently direct the trucks entering and exiting the site.

Site Maintenance

The site will be watered down periodically (weather permitting) in order to control dust.

Trucks entering and leaving site will be covered to mitigate the spread of debris.

Regular and frequent street sweeping for the duration of substructure activities (excavation and foundations).

Lighting and Safety

Street lighting and traffic signals will be maintained, utilizing relocated and/or temporary installations.

Perimeter security lighting will be directed into the site.

Building lighting will be shielded and on timers when practical.

On-site security will be in place during all non-construction hours.

Communications with the Community

  • Community Updates posted here at least monthly
  • Updates to Alderman Reilly’s office for inclusion in his e-newsletter.
  • Monthly email updates (You may subscribe here)
  • Special email alerts for current happenings
  • Flyers posted in adjacent buildings
  • Meetings with Community, as appropriate

For More Information

For more information, or if you have additional questions, please contact:

Molly Rinehart
Community Relations
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Nancy Paridy
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Chuck Blazek (On site)
Senior Superintendent
Power Construction