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Fulton Market Stretch To Close For 5 Weeks As City Works To Upgrade Streetscape

The second phase of the streetscape project will focus on improvements between Carpenter Street and Ogden Avenue.

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 West Fulton Market will be closed for more than a month starting next week as city crews work to implement streetscape upgrades on the historic street.

Beginning Monday, March 25, the street will close between Aberdeen and May streets and won’t re-open until Friday, May 3, according to a West Loop Community Organization alert. 

During the closure, pedestrians will be able to access businesses and shops along the street, the organization’s leaders said in an email.

The closure is part of the city’s $20 million, two-phase project to transform the historic area’s streetscape. Construction on the Fulton Market Streetscape began in 2017.

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City officials and West Loop leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on the completion of the first phase of the $20 million Fulton Market streetscape improvements Tuesday.

In November, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and West Loop leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Fulton Market streetscape project, which focused on improvements from Halsted to Carpenter.

As part of the streetscape work, the city installed reclaimed granite at intersections, sidewalks were widened, shorter pedestrian crossings at intersections were created and separate parking zones for trucks were created. New bike racks, energy-efficient LED street lighting and ADA-compliant ramps were also installed.

Last week, officials gathered outside of Jupiter Outpost and Mars Gallery, 1139 W. Fulton Market, to break ground on the second phase of the project, which focus on improvements between Carpenter Street and Ogden Avenue. The second phase of work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Credit: Mayor Rahm Emanuel/ Twitter
From left: West Loop Community Organization Executive Director Carla Agostinelli, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), and CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld at a Fulton Market groundbreaking ceremony this week.

The next Fulton Market phase two construction meeting is planned for 9 a.m. Wednesday at La Luce, 1393 W. Lake St.

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

Check out renderings of the Fulton Market streetscape project below:

Credit: Mayor Rahm Emanuel/ Twitter
A rendering shows what the Fulton Market streetscape will look like when completed.
Credit: City of Chicago
A rendering shows the Fulton Market Expo, a seasonal farmers market.
Credit: Mayor Rahm Emanuel/ Twitter
A rendering shows what the Fulton Market streetscape will look like when completed.

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