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Fulton Market Gateway Entrance To Close for 5 Weeks As Part of City Streetscape Upgrades

Phase one of the streetscape project is expected to be completed in late fall.

Portions of Fulton Market will close for five weeks during the completion of work as part of the city's Fulton Market streetscape project.
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FULTON MARKET — A block-long stretch of Fulton Market will be closed for more than a month starting next week.

Beginning Monday, July 9, Fulton Market will be closed from Halsted Street to Green Street, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.  The CDOT streetscape contractor will be closing the street for five weeks. 

The closure is part of the city’s $19.6 million, two-phase project to transform the historic area’s streetscape. Construction on the Fulton Market Streetscape began last year.

“This is another necessary street closure to go with the completion of phase one of the [Fulton Market Streetscape project], said Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization.

During the closure, pedestrians will be able to access the street, Agostinelli said.

Phase one of the Fulton Market Streetscape project, which includes improvements from Halsted to Carpenter, is expected to be completed in late fall. Phase two, which includes work from Carpenter to Ogden, is expected to begin in the fall, Agostinelli said.

The improvements will include wide sidewalks; shorter pedestrian crossings at intersections; improved lighting; separate truck parking zones; a wide through lane allowing adequate room for cars to maneuver; formalized angled and parallel parking areas that serve as loading zones during industrial hours and parking during entertainment hours. 

The enhancements, which will improve public safety in the area and upgrade outdated infrastructure, aim to “respect the historic character and significance” of the street, Agostinelli said. 

The project was first introduced at a public meeting in 2015.

The next Fulton Market Phase One construction meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 10 at WeWork, 220 N. Green St., in conference room 2B.