Announcing RNRA 2019 Movies in the Park (Ward Park)

Each Summer since 2006, the River North Residents Association has hosted a series of outdoor films for residents and visitors. Community input is collected via an online survey and the selected films are shown in beautiful A. Montgomery Ward Park, located on the riverfront at Kingsbury and Erie. 

2019 Lineup

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As a reminder, there is a DFA (Dog Friendly Area) located in the north section of Ward Park along Larrabee, but dogs are prohibited in the south section of the park where films are shown. 

The free films begin at dusk, weather permitting, and include fresh, hot popcorn for the first 150-200 attendees. 

For more information, visit or call 312.742.7529 or 312.747.2001 (TTY)

Call the Movies in the Parks hotline for daily listings and weather-related cancellations at 312.742.1134

Use the My Chi Parks mobile app, or check or RNRA Facebook page

Movies in the Parks is presented by the Chicago Park District as part of the Mayor’s  2019 Night Out in the Parks initiative.  

Movies in the Parks is presented by T-Mobile.

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A huge THANK YOU to our Movies in the Park sponsors, whose generous support makes this program possible.

18th District CPD presents Public Safety & Situational Awareness Seminar – June 26 – 5:30 p.m.

To print, CLICK HERE.

Taste of River North – July 19, 20 and 21

Coffee with a Cop – This Wednesday 6-19-19


When:  Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – 9:30 a.m.

Where:  Merchandise Mart  – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza (Marshall’s Landing)

Coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the Officers in your communtity.

For more information call 18th District CAPS office at 312-742-5778


18th District CPD Public Safety Workshop – Saturday June 15, 2019 3:00 p.m.


Please join the 18th District Community Policing Office for a free workshop covering the important topics of street safety and crime prevention awareness.

When:  Saturday, June 15, 2019   3:00 p.m.

Where:  18th District Police Station – 1160 N Larrabee, Chicago, IL

Speaker:  Officer Kelly

For more infrmation please contact:  18th District Community Policing Office at 312-742-5778

New Ethics Reform Package Introduced at City Council 

This week at City Council, a new package of ethics reforms were introduced that will increase ethics requirements for members of the City Council and bring greater transparency to the City’s legislative and policymaking processes. The proposed changes include restrictions to outside Aldermanic employment, expanded City Council oversight by the Office of the Inspector General and increased fines for ethics violations.

Alderman Reilly was on WGN Radio to discuss the Mayor’s new ethics initiatives.  Click the following links for more information about the ethics reforms and to listen to the radio show.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 6/14/19

Recyling in Chicago

Do you have questions about recycling policies or guidelines in the City of Chicago and want to learn more? Recycle by City – Chicago is your online resource for everything you want to know about recycling in Chicago.

Residents can look up their recycling schedule, learn how to properly dispose of common household items, how to request bulky items to be picked up and much more.

If you are interested in learning more about recycling in Chicago, please CLICK HERE  for more information.

CDOT and Divvy Offering Free Bicycle Riding Classes for Adults

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Divvy are adding more than 100 spots to the City’s free bicycle riding classes for adults, offered in the summer bike-riding season.

Classes are offered at three locations on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on Chicago’s west, south, and near north sides. CDOT is now accepting reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis for classes that start June 10. To RSVP any time before the class, please email or call (312) 744-8147.

The classes are taught by CDOT’s safety education team, the Bicycling Ambassadors, and are designed to encourage adults who have never ridden a bike or haven’t ridden recently to feel comfortable riding a bike on city streets.

Participants in the two-hour classes will receive a free helmet. The classes are also open to children if space is available, however, children under 16 are required to provide their own bike, as Divvy does not allow riders under 16. Riders under 5 feet 3 inches may feel more comfortable on a smaller bike if they can bring one.

From June 10 – August 31, the classes will alternate between three locations; the closest classes to the 42nd Ward will be at Seward Park, 375 W. Elm Street on Thursdays. For the full schedule and additional details please CLICK HERE.

Community Alert – Robberies – 018th District (Near North)

To print a copy, click HERE.

River North Clean Streets – A Cleaner, Safer & More Compassionate Neighborhood

River North is a unique and wonderful neighborhood with miles of riverfront, historic architecture, world class dining and thriving nightlife.

The Problem: Unfortunately, our many visitors often leave a shocking amount of litter behind when they head home after a night on the town. Since the Department of Streets and Sanitation has limited resources on weekends, the neighborhood has to live with unsightly and unsanitary streets and sidewalks until Monday morning.

The Solution:  The River North Clean Streets has arranged for Cleanslate Chicago  to tidy up our neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  In their bright yellow vests, the friendly, well trained Cleanslate crews pick up tons of garbage and recyclable materials, leaving our community cleaner, safer and healthier.

The Benefits:  Keeps our neighborhood looking great, promotes recycling, deters crime, improves public health and safety and provides life-changing support, training and temporary employment for hardworking Cleanslate interns eager to move toward self sufficiency.

Now in it’s third successful year, River North Clean Streets is a 501(c)3 non-profit, jointly managed by the River North Residents Association and the River North Business Association and endorsed by both Alderman Brendan Reilly and Commander Daniel O’Shea.

In 2018:

  • 620 bags of trash and 292 bags of recyclables (over 10 tons) were removed from our streets.
  • 101 hard-working crew members received potentially life-changing opportunities.

This program is made possible by local businesses, organizations and individuals who are willing to become block or program sponsors.  We wish to express our gratitude to all of our sponsors who are helping to maintain a cleaner, safer and more compassionate River North.

  • To view participating Block Sponsors, click here.
  • To view participating Program Sponsors, click here.

Click here to learn about the amazing deal and current service area. To become a sponsor click here.