Chicago Here We Come!


I am excited to announce that I will be joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago on May 16th to run the Chicago Department of Transportation.  I am excited for a new exhilarating adventure and to serve the wonderful people of Chicago (I am amazed at how friendly everyone is here btw).

I am sad to leave my wonderful friends, family, and former coworkers in Washington D.C. but as Helen Keller said “life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all,” right?

This is an opportunity to continue public service in the 5th largest urban economy in the world, for a leader every bit as reform-minded and results oriented as former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty; to make Chicago an example nationally for innovation in transportation and public space, and most importantly, to positively impact quality of life for the 2.6 million residents of Chi-town.

Thanks for your continued support, and to everyone at CDOT: I can’t wait to meet and learn from you, build on your great work thus far, and accomplish great things together.

gabe klein

 

 

21 thoughts on “Chicago Here We Come!

  1. DC’s loss is Chicago’s gain – congratulations, Gabe. I hope to meet up with you in the windy city – perhaps you can show me the city by bike.

  2. Congratulations, Gabe! We are all so very proud of you. All the best in your new opportunity. If anyone can institute change, its you my friend.

  3. Welcome to Chicago Commissioner! As a former DOT staffer and resident of Chicago I look forward to your innovation and new ideas.

  4. The people of Chicago are indeed fortunate! Mayor Gray really messed up this one. Still, I visit Chicago from time to time so I look forward to enjoying the improvements I’m certain you will make.

  5. Congratulations! Having moved to Chicago in ’06 after working for Councilmember Catania for 7 years (including when he served on the WMATA Board), I’ve followed your fantastic achievements from afar. Although you might not be able to enjoy all the city has to offer THIS summer in the midst of your transition, here’s hoping it’s only the first of many. Wish list – Improved access to the Lakefront on the South side across LSD; Making neighborhood street roundabouts more effective; and more red-light cameras!

  6. Congratulations Gabe!
    My name is Jim Boratyn, I am a Grant Compliance Manager with the Illinois Department of Transportation, currently I oversee the CDOT Bike & Pedestrian safety grants. I am very excited about Mayor-elect Emanuel entrusting his confidence in you to head the Chicago Department of Transportation and I hope to have an opportunity to meet with you in the near future. Please always feel free to call me on my state cell phone at: 312-485-1714, I am available 24/7.

  7. G-
    You are a rock star, dude. Honored to be affiliated with you, bro.

  8. Gabe,

    Welcome to Chicago. I read the article in the Tribune – as a Professional Civil Engineer and Chicago native, I appreciate the ideas you laid out. Infrastructure improvements in this city, and county are long overdue.

  9. Welcome to Chicago Gabe, I’ve seen what you did in DC and look forward to see how you handle the challenges in Chicago. I live in a near burb now, but will be retiring and moving into the city in a few years. Hoping for better biking infrastructure in my golden years.

  10. Nice to hear. Please, please consider streetcars for Chicago. The city once had the largest streetcar network in the world. The streets are screaming for them once again. They fit Chicago very well. The old vintage ones look nice, but if not, even the newer models like in Portland, OR would be welcomed.

  11. I am a long term resident of the 1500 block of Jackson Blvd. As you may know this block is a designated Chicago and United States Historical District. Therefore, with great concern, I have learned that CDOT has plans to install a bike lane on our street. What I need to know, as soon as possible, is if the planned bike lane on Jackson, in front of my house at 1529, will consist of the same elements that have been installed on Kinzie Street: in particular the white flexible marker posts. Please contact me at foundchicago@gmail.com. Thanks. Michael J. Schmitt, resident of 1529 W. Jackson since 1974.

  12. Congratulations! Having moved to Chicago in ’06 after working for Councilmember Catania for 7 years (including when he served on the WMATA Board), I’ve followed your fantastic achievements from afar. Although you might not be able to enjoy all the city has to offer THIS summer in the midst of your transition, here’s hoping it’s only the first of many. Wish list – Improved access to the Lakefront on the South side across LSD; Making neighborhood street roundabouts more effective; and more red-light cameras!
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