Starting June 23rd, a major renovation will begin to the lobby of the Daley Center. Bullet-proof glass for the public and turnstiles for attorneys and judges that will require new ID cards will be installed.
For the first week of construction, the east lobby of the building near Dearborn Street will close, allowing access only on the west side. From June 23 through June 30, the west lobby along Clark Street closes, and the east lobby reopens.
The renovations are being funded through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.
When the dust clears July 1, building patrons can expect to see a new entry and exit scheme.
Gone will be the retractable-belt stanchions at each corner of the lobby. They’ll be replaced by bulletproof glass barriers.
The security lines and metal detectors will remain in the same spots, but identification-carrying judges and attorneys won’t be allowed to walk around the side of the security equipment. Instead, they will be directed to access the elevators only through the turnstiles on the southern side of each lobby.
Users will tap new ID cards on a sensor to open the turnstiles, which will be supervised by sheriff’s deputies.
“They’ll scan them, their picture will pop up and then they’ll go through,” said Benjamin Breit, a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart.
Dart’s office plans to issue the new cards to authorized people once the turnstiles are installed.