18th District National Night Out – August 1, 2017

National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to build strong community partnerships that promote safe neighborhoods.

Family Style Barbecue, Kids Activities & Games, Clown Face Painting, Chicago Police Canine, Mounted, SWAT, Chicago Fire Department Engine, Informational Tables:  Cook County Treasurer’s Office, Citizen’s Untility Board Walgreens

August 1, 2017, 18th District, 1160 N. Larrabee, south parking lot:  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Sponsors:  Target, Ala Carte, Pepsico, Jewel-Osco, McDonald’s, Mariano’s, Marriott

Alderman Reilly Collecting Items for Homeless Veterans through Operation Help-A-Hero

Operation Help-A-Hero, a citywide household item collection drive to assist formerly homeless Veterans moving to permanent housing, runs between Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Residents can donate new, store bought products for a formerly homeless veteran at one of over 60 designated drop-off locations throughout the City.

Last year’s inaugural collection drive raised $500,000 worth of goods to help formerly homeless veteran. The items help assist thousands of veterans to successfully live independently.

Led by Alderman O’Shea and the 19th Ward, the Operation Help-A-Hero drive includes partnerships between Aldermanic Ward offices – including the 42nd Ward, the Chicago Park District and Military Outreach USA, a faith based non-profit organization supporting those who have served in the United States’ armed services

For a list of the most commonly requested items or more information on Operation Help-A-Hero, including a complete list of drop off locations, visit

2017 Movies in the Park

We’re pleased to bring you the 12th season of  Movies in the Park!

Thank you for taking the survey.  The results are in.  These are the movies you have chosen for 2017!  Save the dates, call a friend, grab a blanket and join us in A. Montgomery Ward Park  for a movie under the stars!  Fresh, hot popcorn is FREE for the first 150 to 200 people!

All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. To confirm weather-related cancellations call the Movies in the Park Hotline (312-742-1134), go to My Chi Parks mobile app or RNRA social media. Follow us and Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Please remember, the Chicago Park District prohibits dogs in this section of Ward Park.

The 2017 Movie Line-up

June 20, 2017:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off   PG 13

July 11, 2017:  Rogue One  PG 13

July 18, 2017:  La La Land  PG 13

August 8, 2017:  Sully  PG 13

August 22, 2017:  The Secret Life of Pets  PG

Thank you to our generous RNRA Sponsors who make these movies possible.  Please check out their websites and patronize their businesses.

Aligned Modern Health

Ambra Salon & European Spa

Erie LaSalle Body Shop & Car Care Center

First Community Management

Hutch American Cafe

GI Stone

Kinzie Chophouse

Lester Lampert Jewelters

Lewin Law Group, P.C.

Motor Brand Design

Onni Group

Related Realty

Sonnet’s Academy

Saper Law

Studio 41 Home Design Showroom

The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group

The Habitat Company

Wesson Residential Group

Compete in the River North Business Association’s River North Challenge on June 27, 2017

Gather your friends and colleagues to compete in the River North Business Association’s Annual River North Challenge on June 27.  Win prizes and have fun!

Participants start the evening at The Holiday Inn Mart Plaza and venture out to other River North hotels and checkpoints to conquer fun challenges.Teams are faced with new challenges at each location providing competitors the chance to earn points towards a grand prize.

Clues to find Bonus Spots along the way offer teams the opportunity to gain a competitive edge over others. Food and beverages at each Challenge Location will keep you fueled for the fun! Dress as your favorite Chicago Character because the team with the most creative attire will win the Best Costume prize!

Register your team of four for $200, or purchase a single ticket for $50 and be placed on a team. If you have more than one team from your company, register for a Corporate Challenge Squad (3 teams from the same company) for $480.

The Platinum Sponsor for the Challenge is Comcast Business and Wintrust Bank Chicago is the Gold Sponsor.

More Details and Registration Here

Alderman Reilly Rejects Dana Hotel’s “Erie Street Hotel” Expansion

Based upon his review of the proposal, and the continuing neighborhood quality-of-life concerns surrounding the Dana Hotel’s operations, Alderman Reilly has informed the Developer that he will not support their proposal and it will not move forward.
For more information, click here.

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