Share Feedback on New Lighting Project by 1/9

January 9, 2017

Mayor Emanuel announced this week that the City is conducting a public demonstration of next-generation streetlights in seven neighborhoods as part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, which will upgrade streetlights across the city starting next year. Residents are being asked to visit a demonstration site and provide feedback on the new lighting, which represents the latest advances in lighting technology. In the 39th Ward, the following areas will be affected:

  • Jersey Ave (Bryn Mawr to Hollywood)
  • Hollywood Ave (Jersey to Spaulding)  


The Chicago Smart Lighting Project is designed to enhance public safety and quality of life for all Chicagoans by providing better, more reliable outdoor lighting along with speeding up responsiveness to streetlight service requests. 


The Smart Lighting Project is being led by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) in close coordination with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). When completed it will be one of the largest LED conversion projects in the country and will create the nation’s largest lighting control network.


This ambitious city-wide lighting modernization initiative will take advantage of advances in lighting technologies to deliver higher quality, more reliable, outdoor lighting by:

                     Replacing approximately 270,000 outdated high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps with modern, energy- efficient LED lights.

                     Installing a wireless lighting management system that provides real time outage updates, greatly reducing outage response times.

                     Making targeted repairs to existing poles and wires, with the goal of extending useful life and reducing failure rates.



Through January 9, the City is conducting demonstrations of the proposed new LED lighting to solicit resident input, before the Chicago Smart Lighting procurement is finalized. New LED light fixtures have been installed in seven Chicago neighborhoods; on one arterial street, one residential block, and one alley in each area. The locations can be found here.


The City is asking residents to provide general feedback about light quality, lighting levels and visibility, by using this online comment form or by mail at:

CDOT Streetlight Demo

30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1100

Chicago, IL 60602


For more information about the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, go to


More information in this PDF.