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A carriage ride in extremely hot, cold weather? Neigh!

  • Blair Cushman and his horse carriage wait for customers at Michigan Avenue and Pearson Street.
Blair Cushman and his horse carriage wait for customers at Michigan Avenue… (Abel Uribe/ Chicago Tribune )
April 10, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Forget about taking a romantic carriage ride downtown on a super steamy summer night.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Michele Smith (43rd) on Wednesday proposed a measure to notify people of an existing rule that prohibits horse-drawn carriages from operating during extreme hot and cold weather.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are restricted when the National Weather Service determines the temperature at O’Hare is 90 degrees or hotter or 15 degrees or colder.  Restrictions are also in place when the wind chill is zero degrees or below. 

The proposal calls for carriages to display a decal that they are not allowed to operate in such extreme weather and for people to report the violation by calling 311.

The measure goes to the Committee on License and Consumer Protection for consideration.

Other items introduced at Wednesday's City Council meeting include:

- Calling on the budget director to provide an update on overtime status and impact to fiscal year 2013 budget. The resolution goes to the Committee on Budget and Government Operations.

- Acquiring property to improve the triple intersection of Damen, Fullerton and Elston Avenues. It goes to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate.

- Granting landmark status to Portage Park Theatre at 4042-4060 N. Milwaukee Ave., a movie theater dating back to the 1920s and to Oppenheimer-Goldblatt Bros. department store building at 4700 S. Ashland Ave. in Back of the Yards neighborhood. The proposals go to the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.

- Executing an intergovernmental agreement with the Chicago Park District allocating $500,000 in tax-increment financing to improve Coliseum Park at 1466 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop with an expanded dog-friendly area, new playground equipment and landscaping. The proposal goes to the Finance Committee.


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