RNRA Annual Meeting & Election

Join Your Friends & Neighbors

for RNRA’s
 Annual Meeting & Election
November 4th, 2015


We will be honoring our local charities along with featuring: 
  • 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly
  • Awarding winners of RNRA’s Inaugural Green Streets Initiative Program
  •  Update of development projects and 2016 plans
  •  Election of our President & Treasurer
The Hampton Social/The Bassment is conveniently located
at 353 W Hubbard St. 
All attendees must be 21 and over.

Please join us to honor these amazing River North organizations: 

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RNRA’s 4th Annual Halloween Event – Oct. 24th

pumpkinRNRA will host our 4th annual Halloween Event on Saturday, October 24th 2pm to 4pm in Montgomery Ward Park. Put on your costumes and come over for trick or treating in the park and pumpkin decorating. This FREE fun event is for all ages. We welcome back our “good neighbor” Jeff Stogsdill’s State Farm along with many others.

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We also appreciate all volunteers…even just for 1/2 hour to help decorate! For more information, contact us at info@rnrachicago.org. See you in the park.

Friends of the Chicago River-Bridge Lift Breakfast

images (1)Come to the Bridgehouse Museum Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 9:00am – 10:30am to enjoy breakfast bagels and pastries, fruit, coffee, and juice from Corner Bakery as you watch the bridges lift! Tickets are $25 or $15 for Friends of the Chicago River Members.

You can also reserve the entire museum for a 90-minute private Bridge Lift Breakfast for 30 guests.  Staff and bridge docents take guests on an incredible journey as they tell stories about Chicago’s movable bridges.

To book a your public ticket or a private Bridge Lift Breakfast, please contact Joanne Dill, Museum Director, at 312.939.0490, x23 or jdill@chicagoriver.org.

RNBA’s 7th Annual OctoberFeast-Oct. 6th

EventPhotoFull_OF_Tret Logo_300OctoberFeast is a tasting-tour of River North showcasing the association’s restaurant members.  Participating venues provide their specialty food items, along with a specialty drink, in tasting portions, for event participants to enjoy.  The event continues to grow each year and is becoming the River North Business Association’s signature event with over 300 participants expected this year.

NEW THIS YEAR! Pick your route when you register. Tickets began selling Sept. 1st – click here– don’t delay, there are a limited number of spots on each route!

Date/Time Information:
Registration 5 – 6 PM, at Maggiano’s Little Italy
Visit Restaurants 6 PM – 9 PM
After Party 9 PM – 10 PM, at Parliament Chicago
Contact Information:
Tickets go on sale September 1. Contact us for more information regarding this event.
All tickets are $75.
Tickets include all food and beverage at Registration, all Five Restaurants on your Route, and at the After Party!

This event is rain or shine and does involve walking to the restaurants.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel’s Final Spin – Sept. 27th

Navy Pier is commemorating the final spin of the current Ferris Wheel!

Before construction begins on Navy Pier’s new 200 ft. wheel for the Centennial Celebration in 2016, guests are invited to say #FerrWell to the current Ferris wheel throughout The Last Ride, First Bite Weekend, September 26-27.
Beginning at 10pm Saturday, September 26, the Ferris wheel will operate free of charge overnight, offering guests FREE rides until 9:45am Sunday, September 27. From 1pm – 4 pm each day, new and existing restaurants on Navy Pier will also offer guests free ‘bites’ of some of their favorite dishes. The final rides on Sunday will feature a special fireworks show, Chicago celebrities and iconic personalities participating in the historic #FerrWell rides.
Since the first-ever Ferris wheel was unveiled at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Ferris wheel has been a hallmark of Chicago. The wheel symbolizes how Chicago has remained true to Daniel Burnham’s vision for the “People’s Pier,” as articulated in his famous 1909 Plan of Chicago.
The current Ferris wheel will be replaced with a new 196-foot wheel, with state-of-the-art features and amenities, including accommodations for up to 180 more passengers per ride and temperature controlled gondolas allowing guests to enjoy rides year-round. Ferris wheel and Pier Park operations will be closed to prepare for the new wheel beginning on September 28, 2015 and will re-open in summer of 2016.
For more information regarding Navy Pier’s new wheel and the Last Ride, First Bite weekend please visit www.navypier.com.

Gilda’s Club Chicago-Great Gatsby Casino Night

Roar into the 20’s with a Great Gatsby Casino Night, presented by Erie-LaSalle Body Shop. Enjoy an evening of live music, dinner by Gibsons, premium cocktails, casino tables and raffle.

All proceeds to benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago

Purchase Tickets/More information


Thank you River North! 2015 MIP Season Concludes

Thank you to the thousands of residents who attended RNRA’s 10th Annual Movies in Ward Park this summer. We hosted a record seven movies beginning in May and concluding Tuesday night with our Back to School event. Look for our 2016 MIP film survey in January. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletters. Want to help us next year greeting and handing out programs? Contact us at info@rnrachicago.org.  Thanks to our following sponsors: Erie LaSalle Body Shop, Jeff Stogsdill State Farm, Pranzi, Chicago Children’s House, Webpass, Gino’s East River North.



Community Meeting for Proposed Development SW Corner of Franklin and Illinois – Sept. 8th


Celebrate RNRA’s 10th Anniversary of Summer Movies in Ward Park

We are continuing our 10th Anniversary of Movies In Ward Park, we have 1 movie left this summer. Please join us:

  • “Frozen – Sing Along” – August 25th Back to School Event

All our movies are shown on Tuesday nights in Ward Park and begin around dusk or when it gets dark (7:30pm). Movies are sponsored by your River North Residents Association (RNRA) and the Chicago Park District.

Thank you to the hundreds of residents who participated in our annual  MIP survey earlier this year.
Interested in volunteering for our Park Advisory Council, please email us at info@rnrachicago.org or Karen at kjones@rnrachicago.org. Volunteering is easy and fun, meet and greet neighbors before the movie by handing out programs and garbage bags! We appreciate even a 1/2 hour of your time.
We still have a few sponsorship opportunities available, contact us today! Click here for more information. Sponsoring a movie a great way to reach River North residents!
Just a friendly reminder, no dogs are ever allowed in the south end of Ward Park. Fines up to $300 may be given out this summer to pet owners. Movies have been cancelled or cut back in area parks due to the increase of dog waste. RNRA pays the Chicago Park District $6,000 each summer to show six movies in our neighborhood park. Also, the property is owned by the Park District and governed by them. Please do not abuse our volunteers when they remind dog owners that dogs are not allowed in this area of Ward park.

RNRA’s Annual Back to School Event – Aug. 25th

Please join us for our annual end of summer bash, August 25th at 5:30pm. Face painter, caricaturist, temporary tattoos and fun activities for our River North kids. Stay for the last movie in Ward park for the season, Disney’s “Frozen – Sing Along” edition.

Please RSVP. Event is FREE and open to all River North families. Sponsored by the River North Residents Association, Jeff Stogsdill State Farm Insurance Agency, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Chicago Children’s House Child Care. Stay tuned for more details. If you would like to be a sponsor, shoot us an email at info@rnrachicago.org