18th District Retail Theft

CPD StarAbout the Crime:
This alert gives notice to businesses (Retail Department Stores) in the 018th District of an increase in retail theft related incidents during the month of July. In these incidents, the offenders entered a retail establishments, took several high-end purses from the shelves and fled the scene. These incidents have occurred in the afternoon hours in the general geographical locations listed below:


  • 0-100 Block of E. Grand on June 27, 2016 during the early afternoon hours
  • 100 Block of E. Oak on June 30, 2016 during the afternoon hours
  • 100 Block of E. Oak on July 20, 2016 during the late afternoon hours
  • 0-100 Block of E. Grand on July 31, 2016 during the afternoon hours

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RNRA Families Spring Fling Rescheduled May 15th

RNRA Planting May 2013 077Are you ready to celebrate Spring in River North?
Your RNRA will be hosting another fun free family festival Sunday, May 15th from 2 to 4 pm. Event details and to RSVP.
Local businesses will be on hand with fun activities.

Regina Burnett of Burnett Studio will capture one of your first Spring family photos. Stop at her table for a quick snapshot of your whole family (a link to the gallery of photos will be provided 3-days post event).  

Lil’ Kickers  will have fun activities!
Bike safety demos by Luries Children’s Hospital – bring your kid’s bike helmet to check for proper fit!
A local non-profit Cradle to Crayons will host an activity to benefit children in need.
More activities from our partner businesses at:  Chicago Center for Music Education, Gilda’s Club, British Swim School, Cocoon, Jeff Stogsdill StateFarm Insurance Agency

Refreshments from Peet’s Coffee and Tea

Fun, games and crafts….
Of course, this is a weather permitting event. We do cold, but not rain. In case of rain, event will be rescheduled.
We always welcome and appreciate volunteers, even for 1/2 an hour, please contact Kim at kgrady@rnrachicago.org.


RNRA Welcomes Executive Director – Mickie Gordon

River North Residents Association (RNRA) is proud to announce the appointment of Mickie Gordon as its first Executive Director. Mickie  joined the executive committee on August 1st.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an accomplished leader a Mickie Gordon announcements Mickie to our organization,” said RNRA President Mike Riordan. “As River North continues to grow and thrive, Mickie will bring our organization to the next level with her extraordinary drive and leadership skills.”

Mickie has proven strengths in corporate leadership, strategic planning, relationship building, communications and operational excellence. Mickie’s organizational skills along with her ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams to achieve measureable results will be an additional asset to RNRA. Mickie thrives on developing collaborative relationships.

A River North resident since 1994 Mickie adds, “River North is my home and where my family resides. I am dedicated to making a difference in our community.” She is also a volunteer with the Chicago Help Initiative and is currently leading the re-launch of the Adult Literacy Program.

Mickie can be reached at mgordon@rnrachicago.org.

Thank you Officer Cynthia Schumann

... Chicago and eight police detectives and officers for their role in hisOne of Chicago’s finest and great friend to River North, Officer Cynthia Schumann’s final tour of duty will be 15, May 2016.  Dr. Schumann  has been a Chicago Police Officer for twenty-nine years, the 18th District Community Policing Sergeant for more than half of those twenty-nine and have served and helped to protect the citizens of this city for more than half of her life.
Dr. Schumann came to the 18th District at a time of great transition. She is “grateful to have had the opportunity to grow up with the Near North Community and work personally with so many residents on a variety of initiatives. ” In her letter to the community,  she shares our support for the 18th District, the Community Policing Staff, has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for which she couldn’t be more thankful.
In the days ahead, she plans to continue teaching, writing, speaking and collaborating in experiential training opportunities and online educational course development.  She says she has so much more to learn and so much more to share!
We wish you the very best as you start your next chapter.

RNRA Families Spring Fling POSTPONED

rainy river north (1)Unfortunately, we are postponing our May 1st event to a later date due to weather.
We will keep you updated.
Thank you to our following supporters and hopefully we will be able to reschedule soon. Come on Spring!

 Lurie Children’s Hospitalmake sure your kid’s bike helmet has the proper fit! 



  • Regina Burnett of Burnett Studio  
  • Lil’ Kickers and Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls
  • Old Town Gardens
  • Sonnets Academy
  • A local non-profit Cradles to Crayons
Our community partners:
Elysium Spa, Gilda’s Club, CocoonCare, Peet’s Coffee,
Jeff Stogsdill StateFarm Insurance Agency
Of course, this was a weather permitting event.

We do cold

, but not rain.
Hopefully, our free event will be rescheduled. 
Please check our Facebook Pages and RNRA Twitter. And our RNRA website.
We always welcome and appreciate volunteers, even for 1/2 an hour, please contact


Run for Gilda’s Club Chicago-Deadline April 12th

Run some fun into fundraising

Thank you for attending our Annual Spring Egg Toss

20120_809656365796108_4389470496487215533_nThank you to the hundreds of families that attended the River North Residents Association (RNRA) annual Spring Egg Toss in Montgomery Ward Park. Look for pictures to be posted on our RNRA Facebook page.

This was another FREE RNRA event.

RNRA is an ALL volunteer neighborhood association and we welcome residents who would like to help us even for 1/2 hour before, during or after our event.  If interested, please contact us, info@rnrachicago.org.

As our River North families keep growing, we can only host events with help from you!

RNRA Annual Spring Egg Toss

egghunt in parkYour River North Residents Association (RNRA) is hosting our annual Spring Egg Toss on Saturday,  March 26th beginning at 1pm in Montgomery Ward Park. This is another FREE RNRA event. The Egg Toss will START promptly at 1:30pm.  Don’t forget your baskets.

To make sure we have enough eggs, please RSVP to Kim, kgrady@rnrachicago.org or Lana, lberkovich@rnrachicago.org.

RNRA is an ALL volunteer neighborhood association and we welcome residents who would like to help us even for 1/2 hour before, during or after our event.  If interested, please contact us info@rnrachicago.org. As our River North families keep growing, we can only host events with help from you!

Be Kind and Responsible River North

Ward Park Dogs-V3With the beautiful spring like weather here in River North, please be kind to other residents. If you walk your dog, please pick up after them. And please remember we have 2 Dog Friendly areas in River North.  Please do not walk your dog in the south end of Montgomery Ward Park. New friendly reminders have been posted. Enjoy!

Marina City Complex Awarded Landmark Status by Chicago City Council

Congratulations to River North’s Marina City Complex! Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City towers was approved as an official City of Chicago Landmark District by the City Council earlier this month.  According to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly who shared the importance of these iconic towers within the Chicago landscape.  Citing their presence in every Chicago souvenir snowglobe, the prominence of their architect and contribution to the history of Chicago architecture, the case was easily made for landmarking.  To learn more, click here to visit the Department of Planning and Development’s Historic Preservation Division website.