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Chicago Avenue Construction Kicks Off


The City of Freeport is excited to announce the beginning of the Chicago Avenue Streetscape Project. Public improvements along Chicago Avenue, between Douglas and Jackson Streets in downtown Freeport, will result in a safer, more vibrant environment for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicular traffic for generations to come. Construction has already begun. Please follow construction and traffic flow signage.

The phased improvements along Chicago Avenue will include upgrades to water, gas, electrical, and telecommunications infrastructure that is over 140 years old. The project will also include transportation enhancements, such as the addition of an on-street designated bike lane, resurfacing, and intersection improvements to make crossings safer for pedestrians. Design elements will be included along the avenue that strengthen its identity as a cultural corridor, including new street furniture, dedicated space for future art installations, and infrastructure that will allow street trees to mature without damaging the pavement.

All businesses along Chicago Avenue will remain open throughout construction and free parking is still available at convenient city parking lots throughout downtown. All of Downtown Freeport’s popular summertime events will continue with minimal interruption from the construction.

“With the improvements made for Chicago Avenue, we are bringing our infrastructure to the 21st century, and, at the same time, we are developing an attractive destination for fun, shopping, and entertainment. This project will be a positive improvement in our downtown for years to come,” says City Manager, Randy Bukas.

For construction updates, street closures, and FAQ’s regarding Chicago Avenue Reconstruction & Streetscape project, please visit our webpage: Additionally, Fischer Excavating is now located in the Luchy’s building at 11 W Stephenson Street as their construction headquarter for the project duration on Chicago. This office is open and offers business owners and residents a place to stop in person to discuss issues or complaints during the project.

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