New Divvy Features Available Starting February 1st

Divvy bike share system is rolling out a series of new fare options and benefits on Thursday, February 1. The new options include a $3 “Single Ride,” a new “Explorer Pass,” and 15 minutes of additional ride time for annual members.

The brand new $3 Single Ride option will help commuters quickly get around town and enable Chicago residents to easily try the system before committing to an annual membership. For the low cost of $3 riders can get a 30-minute ride to and from any of the more than 570 Divvy stations, including more than 200 that are within a quarter of mile of a CTA or Metra station.

The new $15 “Explorer Pass” will enable recreational riders to take longer rides of up to three hours (up from the standard 30-minute ride) over a 24-hour period, to more fully experience the city. From a trip down the 606 to the full lakefront trail, beautiful bike rides around Chicago are easier than ever. The standard $9.95 24-hour pass will no longer be offered.

Finally, all annual Divvy members will immediately have access to extended 45-minute rides at no additional cost, up from the current ride time of 30 minutes.

In addition to these new products and pricing changes, Divvy is simplifying the overage fee structure to a flat rate overage fee of $3 for 30 additional minutes across all fare options.

Divvy is operated by the bike share company Motivate International, Inc. under contract with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

To learn more about the new product options, riders can visit The Explorer Pass and Single Ride pass will be available at Divvy kiosks and through the Transit app starting February 1.

Alderman Reilly Reports 1/26/18

Message from Alderman Hopkins – 2018 Winter Storm Advisory

Dear Neighbor,

I spent my day coordinating with the Commissioner of the Department and Streets & Sanitation and the 2nd Ward Superintendent, making sure that we are ready for this weekend’s winter storm.

A Winter Storm Warning is forecasted to begin 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, and is expected to last well into Friday night. Chicago could get up to 14” of snow over the duration of the storm, with an additional 1-3” of snow possible on Saturday and Sunday as well.

To ensure residents are prepared, here are some helpful tips:

• It is encouraged to stay off the roads during this storm if you can help it. Road conditions and visibility are expected to be very poor. Check the Emergency Closing Center to see the status of Chicagoland schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations
• The Department of Streets and Sanitation is expecting to deploy as many drivers and vehicles onto surface streets to keep up with the snow. Snowplows will focus on keeping arterial streets clear during the snow storm for emergency vehicles. Follow Chicago’s Plow Tracker online.
• Once it is determined by Street Operations that the arterial streets are safe and clear, only then will plow trucks be deployed into residential streets.
• This may include pulling garbage trucks and drivers to help clear the streets. If your garbage is not picked up on Friday, please send at e-mail to and and indicate the address with the missed pickup.
• Try and keep your sidewalks clear during the storm as often as you can. Lend a hand to seniors in keeping their sidewalks clear as well.
• When shoveling your sidewalks or driveways, please DO NOT SHOVEL SNOW INTO THE STREET. Adding additional snow onto the street makes it more difficult to keep the street safe and clear.
• Avoid parking your vehicle on arterial streets if possible and be sure you are not parking your car along any of the streets on the overnight parking ban map.

Chicago Public Schools has announced all schools will be closed on Friday, February 9.

The 2nd Ward Service Office will be open on Friday, February 9 with regular hours, and will be closed on Monday, February 12 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday. Over the weekend, staff and I will be actively monitoring the storm. To report snow-related issues, please send an email to, or send a tweet to @AldermanHopkins.
Stay Safe and Warm,

Alderman Brian Hopkins
2nd Ward

Alderman Reilly Introduces Measure to Protect Condominium Owners’ Privacy

Alderman Reilly recently introduced a new ordinance at the January 17, 2018 City Council meeting that would invoke Chicago’s “Home Rule Authority” to overrule Section 19(a)(7) of the Illinois Condominium Property Act that was recently passed by the Illinois State Legislature.  Alderman Brian Hopkins joined Alderman Reilly as a co-sponsor of the measure.

This section of the Illinois Condominium Property Act raises concerns about privacy because it forces condominium owners to make personal information, such as email addresses and telephone numbers, available upon request.

Since the state law was approved, Aldermen Reilly and Hopkins have received calls and letters from hundreds of condominium owners, asking them to use Chicago’s “Home Rule Authority” to invalidate the new requirements.

Alderman Reilly crafted the ordinance to defer to the wishes of local homeowner’s association.  As drafted, the ordinance would prevent a homeowner’s association from sharing unit owners’ private information, unless a majority of the full association votes to allow for the sharing of that personal information.

Stay tuned  for future updates on this important privacy matter.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/26/18

Kinzie Street Bridge Closure Postponed to Tuesday, February 13

Due to the current weather forecast, and projected snowfall for the remainder of the week, the Kinzie Street Bridge closure has been postponed to Tuesday, February 13, starting at 2:00am.  The bridge will reopen to traffic on Monday, February 19, 5:00am.

The Kinzie Street Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River must be closed, and the single leaf bridge raised, to allow the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to perform needed repairs. This repair work will also help eliminate any noisy metal on metal sounds from the bridge.

Detour Information:
Motorists traveling east on Kinzie should take Desplaines south to Lake, proceed east on Lake to Wacker, east on Wacker to LaSalle, and then take LaSalle north to Kinzie.

Motorists traveling west on Kinzie should take LaSalle south to Wacker, proceed west on Wacker to Lake, west on Lake to Desplaines, and then take Desplaines north to Kinzie.

Bicycle Route:
As Kinzie is part of a major bicycle commuting route, a separate detour has been established for bicyclists coming into or leaving downtown via Milwaukee.

Bicyclists traveling southeast on Milwaukee, east on Hubbard, or east on Kinzie should turn north on Desplaines to travel eastbound using the Grand Avenue Bridge and then back to southbound Kingsbury east of the River.

Bicyclists heading westbound should travel north on Franklin to westbound Grand and then south on Desplaines west of the River.

Be the CHANGE – Become a Chicago Police Officer – Apply February 1-28, 2018

Gilda’s Club Chicago celebrates 20 years!

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Chicago Restaurant Week – January 26 to February 8


Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago, returns for it’s 11th year!  Support your River North restaurants and our RNRA Sponsors!

The following restaurants are  featured on RNRA’s mobile app My River North and are participating in Restaurant Week.  We hope that you will visit these establishments that help to support our community! If you are an RNRA member don’t forget to use your mobile app My River North to check out every day deals from these restaurants too!

Club Lago Restaurant

El Hefe

Hutch American Cafe

Kinzie Chophouse

Maggiano’s Little Italy


STK Chicago

The Capital Grille

Choose Chicago:  Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 returns on January 26 and continues through February 8 with two weeks of dining deals.

The 11th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch or lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

Wondering how to get in on all the fun? It’s easy:

• Browse the list of Chicago Restaurant Week participants – click here.
• Check out their special brunch/lunch/dinner menu offerings
• Make your reservations early to ensure you have a seat at the table by clicking on the restaurant name

Over 370 restaurants take part (including 115 new participants for 2018!), so get a taste of Chicago’s restaurant scene: Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs.

RNRA Members can also find offers available every day from these restaurants/venues on your “My River North” mobile app!

Da Lobsta

Dave & Busters

Gino’s Brew Pub

Gino’s East


The Chopping Block

The Redhead Piano Bar


2018 RNRA Movies in the Park – Cast your vote today! Vote before February 26!

Cast your vote for the five movies that will be shown in the A. Montgomery Ward Park during summer 2018. Movies are sponsored by the River North Residents Association (RNRA) and the Chicago Park District.

To cast your vote, click here.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in our survey.
We value your feedback. The survey will be open through February 26.

Chicago Park District’s Teen Opportunity Fair – Saturday 1-27 at Malcolm X Community College

Recreation, Education & Job Readiness – Saturday 1-27 at Maclolm X Community College Conference Center – Free for Ages 13-19 – From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Interested, REGISTER at:  Be sure to reference Malcolm X Activity Code 229020

NEED TRANSPORTATION?   Jesse White Community Center will provide transportation at 9:00 a.m.  They will also provide the transporation back to Jesse White Community Center from Malcolm-X.

If you are interested in transporatoin, please call the Jesse White Community Center ahead of time at 312-742-2410.

Red Light Cameras Installed at Strategic Michigan Avenue Intersections to Deter Light Running and Improve Safety

Red Light Cameras Installed at Strategic Michigan Avenue Intersections to Deter Light Running and Improve Safety

Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce that Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement (RLC) Cameras at the intersections of Michigan Avenue and Ontario Street, and Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard will be activated on Monday, January 22.  Violations will not be issued for the first two weeks, until February 5.

Alderman Reilly negotiated with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to have RLCs installed at the intersection of Michigan and Ontario based on residents’ feedback about safety concerns. This intersection also has one of the largest pedestrian volumes in the City.

The RLCs replace cameras that were removed from other locations last year.  The two new locations that were chosen have consistently scored high for potential red-light camera placement due to the high number of crashes and the unique characteristics of the intersections. Both intersections have large number of pedestrians and heavy vehicular movements which make pedestrians particularly vulnerable.

CDOT has posted new signage on the approach to the affected intersections to alert motorists that the cameras have been installed. Failure to stop at red lights at these intersections will result in a $100 fine starting February 5.

The placement of these cameras follows the release of a Northwestern University Transportation Center study on the effectiveness of Chicago’s RLC program.  One of the key findings was that the program’s safety benefits can be enhanced if a small number of existing cameras be relocated to more effective intersections.  Based on recommendation in the Northwestern study, in March the City proposed that four cameras be removed and placed in new locations.

To learn more, click on the following links for more information about the City’s Red Light Camera Enforcement Program and the Northwestern University Transportation Center study.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/19/18