- Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the reopening of the Chicago Riverwalk and its concession program in a Friday news release. Community Marketplace, which spotlights women- and minority-owned businesses, will also reopen in May. COVID-19 mitigations, including social distancing and masking rules, will apply to the Riverwalk and Community Marketplace. Lightfoot touted the economic benefits of the opening, writing in the release that “the Riverwalk is not only an important part of our city's economic engine, but it also adds to the liveliness of our iconic summers." Vendors will follow a “phased-in” resumption of services, beginning with Island Party Hut, Beat Kitchen on the River and City Winery. Other vendors slated to open include Northman Beer & Cider Garden, Chicago Brewhouse, Tiny Tapp & Café, Mercury Cruise Lines & Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Downtown Docks, Chicago Electric Boats, Chicago Cycleboats, Sweet Home Gelato, O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café and Urban Kayaks. Pier 31 on the Riverwalk, an outpost of the café Pier 31, will open for the first time this May.
- The Public Building Commission of Chicago put out an invitation for bids for construction of Belmont Cragin Elementary School. The school, located at 6112 West Fullerton Ave. In the 30th Ward, will be adjacent to the Riis Park Fieldhouse, which had $10 million in tax-increment financing allocated to it last month for improvements to the physical plant and the surrounding parkland. The school itself will have a multipurpose room, a gym and an auditorium. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will take place on April 15 at 1:00 p.m. and a non-mandatory technical review meeting will take place the same day at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings will be virtual.
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