Neighborhood development can have both positive and negative implications. Most residents of River North recognize the value of expanding the tax base to pay for city services and of transforming vacant or underutilized properties into more attractive, safer, revenue-generating additions to the neighborhood. They know that business owners require certain levels of pedestrian and vehicular traffic before opening new stores and offices and they recognize that developers have the right to build on the properties they acquired for this purpose, subject to applicable procedures, rules and laws.
A busier skyline, increased congestion and disruption during construction may be some of the unavoidable consequences of creating a desirable community. RNRA believes that developers should look beyond the economic viability of a particular project and endeavor to contribute to the quality of life in the community and the value of local real estate.
Our due diligence for each development proposal includes assessments of its potential impact on neighborhood and architectural character, security, green space, traffic, parking, sight lines, the pedestrian experience, pet resources and retail commerce. Projects should be designed to improve, rather than degrade, these essential elements.
If development is conducted in this way, we believe that residents will generally be more supportive and that by working together to cultivate River North’s reputation as a vibrant, creative and desirable community, all parties will benefit in the long run.
Current Project Overviews
To view renderings of current projects with brief descriptions and links to additional information, where available, click here.
Our Development Committee tracks the status of local projects in the matrix below (click to enlarge). To download a printable PDF copy, click here.
- 42nd Ward Alderman Reilly’s Development Page
- Chicago Department of Planning & Development
- Curbed Chicago Development News
- Chicago Architecture Foundation Building Database
Please email us with any development or environment concerns.