Public Meetings

Upcoming Public Meetings

CREATE Project GS1 Public Outreach Opportunity

The Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) cordially invites you to participate in the final public outreach of the preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase I) for the improvement of IL 43 (Harlem Avenue) from 63rd Street to 65th Street in the City of Chicago, Villages of Summit and Bedford Park, Cook County. 

Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, the Department is currently sharing details on the project and encourages public participation by August 25, 2021, through the interactive project website at www.il43study.org.

There will also be a Virtual Public Forum on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, from 5 pm – 7 pm. You can register for that here.

Archive of Previous Meetings

CREATE Project GS1 Public Meeting – Virtual through August 15, 2020

Comments were accepted through August 15, 2020 on proposed improvements to Illinois 43 (Harlem Avenue) between 63rd Street and 65th Street (CREATE Project GS1), including possibly grade separating the roadway and railroad at two adjacent grade crossings affecting the City of Chicago and the Villages of Bedford Park and Summit.

In place of an in-person meeting, the project website was available at www.il43study.org to watch a video, explore exhibits on a range of proposed alternatives and leave comments.

CREATE Project GS11 Public Hearing – November 14, 2019

A public hearing for the Columbus Avenue & Belt Railway Company Grade Separation (GS11) was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at:
Monument of Faith Church
2750 West Columbus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60652

The purpose of the public hearing was to provide an overview of the project and obtain public input on the project

For more information on the project, please visit www.ColumbusBRC.org.

CREATE Project GS9 Public Meeting – September 18, 2018

A public meeting for Archer Avenue at BRC Grade Separation Study, CREATE Project GS9, was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
St. Richard Parish
5030 South Kostner Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632
*Basement level

The purpose of the public meeting was to learn about the project, ask questions, provide valuable input and learn more about the next steps of the project.

For more information on the project, please visit the project website: www.archerbrc.com

CREATE Project P6 Public Hearing – September 19, 2018

A public hearing for the CP Canal (IHB/CN) Separation Study, CREATE Project P6, was held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at
Summit Park Gym
5700 S. Archer Road
Summit, IL 60501

The purpose of the public hearing was to:

  • Provide an overview of the project
  • Present the benefits, impacts, and mitigation measures for the project
  • Obtain public input on the project

For more information on the project, click here. opens in a new tab (PDF)

CREATE Project EW3 Public Hearing – May 22, 2014

A public hearing was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at:
Olive Harvey College
10001 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

The purpose of the public hearing was to:

  • Provide an overview of the CREATE EW3 Project
  • Present alternatives considered for the EW3 Project
  • Discuss the potential noise abatement measures
  • Obtain public input

For more information: EW3 Project Public Hearing Notice opens in a new tab (PDF)

CREATE Program 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th Street CIP) – April 22, 2014

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at:
Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ
1459 West 74th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60638

Information is available: https://75thcip.org/

The purpose of the public hearing was to:

  • Provide an overview of the 75th St. CIP and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Review alternates developed to address project purpose and need.
  • Present the benefits, impacts, and mitigation measures for the project.
  • Obtain public comment on the 75th St. CIP and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The Central Avenue at the Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) Railroad Grade Separation Study (GS2) – March 4, 2014

A second public meeting was held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at:
Mayfield Banquets
6072 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638

The purpose of this meeting was to present the problem statement and purpose and need, discuss the range of alternatives, identify the next steps for the project and solicit public input.

Information is available: http://www.centralbrc.org/

GS2 Public Information Meeting #1 – June 26, 2013

A Public Information Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at:
John F. Kennedy High School, 6325 West 56th Street, Chicago, IL 60638.

Information is available: http://www.centralbrc.org/

The purpose of this meeting was to provide an overview of the study process and schedule, present the public involvement activities, and solicit public input on the transportation issues and needs of the crossing.

Grand Crossing Public Meeting – March 2012

The 2nd public meetings for the Grand Crossing Rail Project (P4) were held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on March 28, 2012 at the Sherwood Park Field House, 5701 S. Shields Ave, Chicago, IL 60621.

More information can be found at www.grandcrossingrail.com.

Project P4 Public Meeting – December 2011

Public meetings for the Grand Crossing Rail Project (P4) were 4:00-7:30 p.m. on December 12, 2011, Grand Crossing Park Field House, 7655 S. Ingleside Avenue and December 13, 2011, Sherwood Park Field House, 5701 S. Shields Avenue.

The meeting materials are available at www.grandcrossingrail.com.

Projects P2, P3, EW2, GS19 Public Meetings – October 27, 2011

The last public meeting for CREATE 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project was on October 27, 2011. For more information, please visit: www.75thcip.org.

Project B4B5 Public Meeting Notice – March 22, 2009

Project B4B5, located along the Indiana Harbor Belt rail line, is just less than 8 miles long from North Avenue south to the extension of Plainfield Road. Project B4B5 includes improved signaling through the project area, upgrading a side track to a main track, and adding crossovers and connections to reduce delays.  The goal of the proposed improvements is to improve operating speeds, minimize congestion and reduce delays.  The proposed signal and track improvements will occur within railroad right-of-way.  The communities alongside and/or crossing this project area include McCook, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Broadview, Bellwood, and Melrose Park.  Westchester is just west of the project and Maywood is east of the project.

Project B4B5 Public Meeting Notice opens in a new tab (PDF)

Project B4B5 Location Map opens in a new tab (PDF)

Project GS25 Public Hearing – February 28, 2008

Project GS25 Legal Notice opens in a new tab (PDF)

Public Meeting on Project P1 – January 18, 2008

CREATE project P-1 near 63rd and State Streets, which is proposed to expand the railroad system capacity, improve railroad operations, reduce train delays and congestion, thereby improving air quality, and increase safety. The proposed plan does not require permanent property acquisition or relocation of businesses. Temporary construction access easements may be required during construction. Two viaducts (60th and 66th streets) are recommended for closure. Drainage improvements for the 61st Street viaduct will be included.

P-1 Project Brochure opens in a new tab (PDF)

P-1 Comment Sheet opens in a new tab (PDF)

Railroad Employment opens in a new tab (PDF)

Public Meeting on Project P1 – June 26, 2007

Brochure 6-9-07 opens in a new tab (PDF)

Comment Sheet opens in a new tab (PDF)

Flyer 6-11-07 opens in a new tab (PDF)

Invitation Letter opens in a new tab (PDF)

Legal Notice opens in a new tab (PDF)

P-1 PM shows 6-19-07 opens in a new tab (PDF)

Birds Eye Map opens in a new tab (PDF)

Profile Map opens in a new tab (PDF)