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Safety and Security
What good are fine art, great architecture, world-class cuisine, cultural events and valuable real estate without public safety? One of the keys to the desirability of the River North Community is its reputation as one of the safest neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. This does not happen by accident. It is the result of a successful partnership between Residents, Local Businesses, Community Organizations and Public Safety Officials. Each of these parties must play their part to ensure that this continues to be a safe and secure area.
This page contains information and resources related to public safety in River North.
Curfew Ordinance Revised
Effective March 22, new curfew hours are from 10:00 pm -
6:00 am Sun - Thu and from 11:00 pm - 6:00 am Fri & Sat.
Click Here to access the CPD announcement.
Don't Be A Victim!
The 18th District have produced two new posters to remind citizens of essential measures they can take to avoid becoming the victim of late-night crime or auto theft.
Click here to access a PDF copy of the Late Night Crime poster.
Click here to access a PDF copy of the Auto Theft poster.
Late Hour Liquor Licensee Safety Plan Ordinance
4-60-130(f) requires all holders of late-hour liquor licenses to submit comprehensive safety plans to the DBA including exterior lighting and cameras, adequately trained security personnel and measures to reduce noise, loitering, littering, fighting, etc. DBA Bulletin.
Late Hour Ordinance for Non-Liquor Businesses
4-113 requires non-liquor businesses to operate responsibly and avoid causing public nuisances between 12:00 and 5:00 am. DBA Bulletin.
Deleterious Impact Ordinance Enacted
On March 11, 2007 the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing announced that a new ordinance took effect to provide communities with new tools to address negative impacts caused by local liquor establishments, and to provide hospitality business owners with an opportunity to improve their operations and avoid more costly administrative sanctions. Click here to access the DBA fact sheet.
Noise Control Ordinance
The Department of Environment (DOE) and the Chicago Police Department enforce the Chicago Environmental Noise Ordinance, a section of the Municipal Code that sets time limits and noise standards on a range of sources in the City. Click here for details.
Just Say No To Aggressive Panhandling
The 18th District Community Policing Office wants you to know the facts about this illegal activity. Click here for more info.
CAPS (Chicago's Alternative Policing Strategy)
The City of Chicago has a new weapon in the fight against crime -- and that new weapon is you, the community. A new partnership between police and community is the foundation of Chicago's own philosophy of community policing, known as CAPS -- Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy.
Here in our neighborhood, Beat Meetings are held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month at Admiral's Point, 645 North Kingsbury. At these meetings, Police Officers, residents and local business representatives share information and ideas about public safety. Each condominium and town home association is strongly encouraged to send a representative to these monthly meetings.
18th Chicago Police District
We are fortunate to have a large and well-equipped Police station conveniently located at 1160 North Larrrabee, on the southwest corner of Larrabee and Division. The 18th District Commander is Steve Georgas and the Community Policing Officer is Sergeant Cynthia Schumann.
The general information number for the 18th District Station is (312) 742-5870 and the email address is CAPS018District@ChicagoPolice.org.
Get In The Loop!
The Chicago Police Department now offers an email information system called "Clear Path" that can keep you up to date on issues in your neighborhood, new enforcement initiatives, major operations and current community alerts.
18th District Resources for the Homeless
Click here for PDF
Troop 784, A True Success Story...
18th District Community Policing Sergeant Cynthia Schumann describes her experience with developing a local Brownie Scout Troop and the impact it has made on our community.
Find out about reported criminal activity in our community. Citizen ICAM allows the public to query the Chicago Police Department's database of reported crime. The information on this web page is also accessible through the Chicago Police Department's Records Division
This data reflects crimes as reported to the police as of the current date, occurring during the selected date range for the selected area. These crimes are based upon preliminary information supplied to the Police Department by the reporting parties and have not been verified.
911 Emergency Services
In Chicago, 911 is the connection to police, fire and Emergency Medical Services. The call takers and dispatchers at the 911 Center are highly trained, dedicated professionals who staff the Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Chicago's 911 system has a 1.2 second call connection time, the Fastest Call Connection Time in the World! Automated mapping, computer aided dispatch and language interpretation services are among the special features that contribute to the effectiveness of our system.
If citizens are in doubt about whether to call 911 or 311 (city services), they are encouraged to call 911. Trained operators will perform triage on each call and route it appropriately.
Fire Protection in River North
River North is well-protected, with firehouses at the following locations:
Illinois and Dearborn
Orleans and Hill
Division and Larrabee
The Chicago Fire Department's website contains a wealth of information about fire prevention, emergency preparedness, health and fitness and life safety.
Animal Care and Control
The RNRA believes that a robust and vibrant hospitality sector is one of the elements that make our neighborhood appealing, however, with so many liquor establishments in close proximity to such a large and rapidly growing residential community, there is bound to be some friction.
Peaceful coexistence depends on two conditions: reasonable expectations on the part of residents, and responsible behavior by the owners, managers and staff of our local hospitality businesses.
To help facilitate this process, RNRA has developed a list of our "Top 10 Pieces of Good Advice for Hospitality Businesses".
River North Residents Association
Emergency Contacts and Resources
When in Doubt, Call 911
- Anonymous Calls are Accepted by the Following City Hotlines
- Bomb & Arson: 773-533-3473
- Domestic Violence: 877-863-6338
- Drugs: 800-272-2544
- Gangs: 773-533-4264
- Children’s Memorial Hospital: 773-880-4000
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital: 312-926-2000
• Commonwealth Edison: 800-334-7661
• Peoples Energy: 866-556-6002
Non-Emergency City Services: Call 311
- Animal Care, Control and Rescue
- Warming and cooling centers
- Crisis intervention
- Public health and human services
- Police reports
- Snow plowing, street cleaning and sanitation
- Meetings and events
Hon. Brendan Reilly
Community Meeting Presentations
If you missed the lastCommunity Meeting, click here to access a PDF copy of the slide show.
River North Residents Association
Local Business Association