Friday, December 25, 2015

Argyle Streetscape Work Looking Good, Closes For Winter Season

One of the biggest projects in the 48th Ward portion of Uptown is the revitalization of Argyle into Chicago's first "shared street." Construction got underway this past spring with the replacement of century-old gas and water mains under the street.  Then the streetscaping began.  The north side of Argyle is already looking very nice with its new sidewalk pavers running all the way between Broadway and Sheridan. Only the south side of Argyle between Kenmore and Sheridan is left to complete before work begins on bringing the street up to the same level as the new sidewalks. There are new brighter street lights installed as well.  In his latest weekly newsletter, Ald. Osterman says,
"All paver work on Argyle is complete, while paver work continues on Kenmore south of Argyle.

At the end of the day today (Friday December 18), the Argyle Streetscape contractors will shut down for the winter. All large, work-related vehicles and materials will be gone; however, some intermittent work will be done on the lighting and some touch-up paver work and punch list items will be addressed over the next few weeks.

All traffic will remain one-way eastbound throughout the winter shutdown months and work is scheduled to start up again on or around April 1, 2016, weather permitting. Click here for the Shared Street project schedule."


  1. With the winter we're having, why don't they continue working?

    1. The work is being done by a private contractor, not by the city, so the contract was probably drawn up months ago and specified the dates the work would be performed. Contractor may have other jobs scheduled already during the downtime.