Please join us for 18th District Community Policing Faith & Action Prayer Walk – May 25 – 5:00 p.m.

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RNRA Family Events – Spring Festival – June 2 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Montgomery Ward Park


Montomery Ward Park:  630 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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Taste of River North – Save the dates – July 20, 21 and 22

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Community Alert – Wanted for Aggravated Battery – 018th District – May 13, 2018




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Chicago Police Department – Safety Tips for Rideshare

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Secretary of State Mobile Drivers Services Facility – June 5, 2018


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Chicago Police Memorial Foundation – “Run to Remember” – 18th District Team Bauer wins the Superintendent’s Cup








Congratulations to the “18th District Team Bauer” who won the Superintendent’s Cup at the 14th Annual Run to Remember on Saturday May 5.  Team Bauer alone had nearly 500 registered runners and walkers.  What a lovely tribute to our beloved Commander Paul Bauer.   The community rallied around our 18th District to show support and appreciation.  Officer Yolanda Ortiz was the Captain of the winning team.  Great job Officer Ortiz!

Thousands of people showed up Saturday morning to run and walk in honor of fallen and injured Chicago police officers.  Commander Paul Bauer’s widow Erin and daughter Grace kicked off the race.  The weather couldn’t have been better.  The race started at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park at 1410 S. Museum Campus and proceeded South winding back along the lakefront.  It was a perfect day!

River North residents, let’s make this a time honored tradition and mark our calendars for next year.

Chicago River Day – Thanks to all who participated in the Ward Park Clean-up!

To celebrate Chicago River Day, River North Residents Association (RNRA) and the Chicago Rotary Club partnered with Friends of the Chicago River to clean-up Ward Park on Saturday, May 12.

Thank you to all our volunteers who came out despite the rain and cold.  The park looks great!



Our clean & beautiful Ward Park


Grand Avenue Streetlight Upgrade Completed as part of Citywide Smart Lighting Modernization Program

(Smart Lighting Fixture Close-up)

Alderman Reilly is happy to announce that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has recently completed an upgrade to the streetlights along Grand Avenue, spanning nearly the entire width of the 42nd Ward, as part of the City’s Smart Lighting Modernization Program.

The new lights will produce a soft white light and consume 50-75 percent less electricity than traditional High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights which produce orange light, generating significant electricity cost savings that will offset the cost of the modernization. LED fixtures also last two-to-three times longer than HPS lights. LED lights provide better nighttime visibility, and the LED light fixtures selected by the City are “full cut-off,” meaning they are designed to project light downward where it is needed on streets and sidewalks, not into the night sky or nearby properties.

The modernization program will replace over 270,000 of Chicago’s street, alley and viaduct lights with high-quality LED fixtures during its four-year timeframe. Chicago is also installing a citywide lighting management system for the new LED lights. When it becomes operational later this year, the system will alert the City when lights need service; however, residents are asked to continue calling 311 to report inoperative street lights.

The City expects to cut its streetlight electricity costs by more than half through the modernization, yielding savings of approximately $100 million over 10 years. In addition, through ComEd’s energy efficiency incentive efforts, the City will earn ComEd rebates that subsidize the cost of converting outdated HPS lights to LED technology. These rebates are projected to total $35 million.

To date, more than 42,000 new streetlight fixtures have been installed.  Streetlight fixture replacements in the first year have been focused in South and West Side neighborhoods with heightened public safety concerns, providing more reliable lighting. By the end of this summer, the new lights will be installed on more than a dozen major arterial routes across the city. The scope of this program does not include ornamental fixtures or previously installed white light fixtures.

The program was procured by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) in coordination with CDOT and the Department of Innovation and Technology (DOIT). The CIT is dedicated to assisting the City in executing large-scale and complex public projects efficiently and economically.

To learn more, click here to read the full press release. Chicagoans can also track the progress of the program at

Source:  Reilly Reports 5/11/18

New Public Art Sculpture, Upright, Unveiled in River North! Clement Meadmore Sculpture at Hubbard 221

Earlier this week, Alderman Reilly joined representatives from Hubbard Street Group, Centrum Realty and Development, Rosenthal Fine Art, The Clement Meadmore Foundation, River North Residents Association and River North Business Association  for the formal unveiling of UPRIGHT (2002), a sculpture by the late Clement Meadmore that was recently installed in the public plaza at the corner of Hubbard and Wells in River North.
Meadmore was an Australian-American artist known for creating massive outdoor steel sculptures – many incorporating elements of minimalism and abstract expressionism. The 11-foot-tall sculpture “UPRIGHT” is a single, rectangular volume repeatedly twisting and turning upon itself before lunging into space, as in a mood of aspiration or exhilaration, or simply to release physical forces held in tension.
Meadmore Upright, 2000
Garden Scale Sculpture, 4/4 (last multiple in an edition of 4).
Dimensions:  11 “5” x 3’ 5” x 4’ 5” (approx)
Material:  Aluminum plate (1/4” thick), painted black w/flat polyurethane.
Meadmore’s works fuse the elements of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, including their formal clarity, their basis in geometry, their preference for smooth, uninflected surfaces, and, above all, in their penchant for single, unitary forms. His sculptures express ideas and feelings beyond the minimalist analytics of an idea developed in advance. Instead his compositions were arrived at intuitively.