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Phase II of Wolf Point Development

Alderman Reilly has asked River North Residents Association to share the latest information on the Wolf Point Development. Below is an excerpt from the Alderman’s letter on the subject, which can be viewed in its entirety here.

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In early 2013, after nearly two years of extensive work by Alderman Reilly, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), our River North neighbors (RNRA) and the project developers, an amendment to PD 98 for the Wolf Point site was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. This approval granted development rights for three phases to contain three separate structures in addition to dozens of public improvements and amenities—with more to come!

At that time, the Alderman negotiated with the developers via the planned development process to maximize the amount of publicly accessible open green space, gain traffic improvements and fund infrastructure projects on and around the Wolf Point site that the city would not have been able to fund or afford.

Following over a year of intense negotiations—including 2 project deferrals at the Alderman’s request in order to finalize many important details—dozens of public benefit items were added to the project scope.

Phase 2 of the project, Wolf Point East, will be presented to Chicago Plan Commission at the next meeting on October 20th for public view.  As stated at the initial Plan Commission hearing in 2013, the remaining process for the next two phases is an administrative approval through the Department of Planning and Development called “Site Plan Approval”.  Although there is no required public process per ordinance, Alderman Reilly insisted upon a public presentation where residents can attend to better understand the plan.  A preview of the Plan Commission submittal is available for download here for 42nd Ward residents.

Alderman Reilly worked to ensure that this next phase is in conformance with the existing planned development approval and that certain elements were revisited as the site has further evolved with the construction of the first phase.  The Alderman asked the developers to reconsider the height, density and site coverage based upon ever-increasing traffic in River North and the fact that the Wolf Point site is landlocked.  The final plan package to be presented will show a reduction in height, density and site coverage in addition to an updated traffic plan which contemplates changes on and around the site since 2013.

This upcoming phase will include a 660′ tall building with 700 residential apartment units, amenity retail space and accessory parking at 313 W Wolf Point Plaza.

Alderman Reilly and RNRA encourage you to review all of the project plans as well; as the traffic study and provide feedback on the proposal to his office (office@ward42Chicago.com) and the RNRA (info@RNRAChicago.org).

Of course, all are welcome to attend the Chicago Plan Commission presentation on October 20, 2016 at 10:00am in City Hall Chambers on the 2nd floor.

To access Alderman Reilly’s complete letter on the Wolf Point Development, click here.

Deadline for RNRA Green Streets Initiative 2016 Nominations – Sept. 15th

GSI Logo 1-mdRNRA is currently compiling a list of River North properties that have contributed to our quality of life by creating, expanding or enhancing public spaces, streetscapes or facades through innovative landscaping.
Do you know a commercial, residential, municipal or other property that deserves recognition? Let us know! To nominate a property, click here! We will present awards at our Annual Meeting in the fall.
Deadline September 15th. Good Luck!

28th Annual Oyster Fest – Shaw’s Crab House – September 30

The 28th Annual Oyster Fest presented by Shaw’s Crab House combines seafood and live music.   River North’s original Oyster Fest offers oysters, seafood, LIVE blues and more on Friday, September 30.

Buy your tickets today for this delicious event here in River North! Shaw’s is offering $5 OFF tickets to all RNRA members.  Enter the code:  OYSTER (all caps).

For tickets and information, click here.

Thank you all who attended our 15th Annual Taste of River North

Our 15th Annual Taste of River North was a little stormy this year, but we thank all the thousands who braved the heat and weather to celebrate River North.  Thank  you to all the restaurants, merchants and bands that made this year’s ToRN so very special.

Going into our 19th year, we are looking for more volunteers to help our wonderful neighborhood association. If interested, contact us at info@rnrachicago.org.

Already planning for ToRN 2017!
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RNRA Announces our 15th Annual Taste Of River North Music Lineup

TORN 15th Anniversary logoRNRA is proud to announce our band schedule for the 15th Annual Taste of River North July 22nd-24th.

Band Schedule
Friday 7/22:
8:30pm – 10:00pm – Lucky Boys Confusion
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Sidewalk Chalk
6:00pm – 6:45pm – Sleep On It
5:00pm – 5:45pm – Armitage

Saturday 7/23:
8:00pm – 10:00pm – sixteencandlesband
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Boy Band Review Chicago
4:00pm – 5:30pm – Run Forrest Run
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Nick Lynch
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Band Called Catch

Sunday 7/24:
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press
4:30pm – 5:30pm – ‘Stache!
3:00pm – 4:00pm – The Funk Crusaders
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Chris Buehrle Band
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Fletcher Rockwell

New Grace Period Rules for Chicago City Vehicle Stickers Effective July 1st

Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza is urging Chicago motorists to be aware of a change in grace period rules regarding deadlines for purchasing and displaying their Chicago City Vehicle Sticker.
Beginning July 1, 2016, changes to the Chicago Municipal Code regarding the grace period will make motorists eligible to be ticketed immediately following their vehicle sticker’s expiration.
For example, if your vehicle sticker expires on June 30, you are eligible to be ticketed on July 1. The $200.00 ticket can be issued daily.
The grace period for late fees will be extended from 15 to 30 days effective July 1. A motorist with a vehicle sticker expiring June 30 will have until July 30 to purchase a sticker without paying an additional $60.00 late fee.
The Office of the City Clerk wants motorists to avoid tickets and additional fees at all costs. Please purchase and display your vehicle stickers in a timely manner. Also remember that the City Clerk’s office has over 350 community partner vendors, including currency exchanges, which are open on weekends and holidays.
Please visit ChiCityClerk.com to conveniently purchase your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online via EZ>BUY or to find the nearest location to buy in person.

RNRA Announces Executive Director Opening

RNRA river picRiver North Residents Association, like our neighborhood, has grown since our start in 1997. We are now seeking an Executive Director for our association.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for management of RNRA operations including programs, finances, administration, technology and communication. Working with RNRA volunteer leaders, the ED provides continuity and professionalism and enhances organizational efficiency.Please click here for position details. Thank you.

Street Closures – Thru June 13th

Sewer Main Repairs: Intersection of Kinzie and Dearborn
Now through Monday, June 13th, the Chicago Department of Water Management will be preforming sewer main repairs at the intersection of Kinzie and Dearborn.
Traffic Impact:
    • Eastbound Kinzie, at Dearborn will be closed nightly, between the hours of 9pm and 5am, Sunday through Thursday nights only
  • Eastbound Kinzie will remain open on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Westbound Kinzie will remain open throughout the project
Detour Information:
  • Eastbound Kinzie Street traffic will be detoured to Northbound LaSalle Street, to Eastbound Hubbard Street, to Southbound State Street, and back to Eastbound Kinzie Street
  • Westbound Kinzie Street traffic, and northbound Dearborn Street traffic, will remain open at all times
  • Way-finding signage will be posted

RNRA’s 11th Annual Summer Movies in Ward Park Ends Aug. 23rd

Thank you to the hundreds of residents who have come out to our 11th Annual Summer Movies in the Ward Park.  It’s hard to believe we only have one movie left on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd “Minions.” Movies are sponsored by your River North Residents Association (RNRA) and the Chicago Park District.

We value your feedback! Interested in volunteering for our Park Advisory Council, please email us at info@rnrachicago.org. We need residents to help hand out programs and garbage bags before each movie. Have a 1/2 hour to spare, contact Karen TODAY kjones@rnrachicago.org.
Interested in sponsoring a movie, please contact us too, info@rnrachicago.org.