The Anti-Cruelty Society – Bark Back in the Park – May 21

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 28th Annual BARK is Chicago’s oldest dog-friendly, outdoor fundraiser for the whole family! Join more than 1,200 dog lovers, canine companions, and people who want to help animals in need. The event begins with a 2.5 mile walk along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, followed by the best pup-party in town with food, beverages, music, family activities and dog demonstrations. For more information, CLICK HERE.

In honor of National Rescue Dog Week (May 16-20), we’re offering $10 off registration (total $30) until May 20 at 5 p.m.  Use code RESCUEDOG when registering.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Soldier Field at The Stadium Green—just steps from Lake Michigan


After the walk, pups and people can participate in a variety of fun activities including dog-friendly demonstrations, canine agility courses, product samples, dog massages, and family-friendly crafts. A variety of free food and beverages will be offered to attendees, as well as cold beer for those 21+.

Save the Date for River North Live! A Riverfront Music Festival – June 24th through June 26th

Attention music lovers – the next generation of our classic summer festival is coming to River Park at the MART June 24-26! River North LIVE will feature three nights of amazing on-stage performances in an exciting new riverfront venue.

Purchase your tickets NOW!

Run to Remember – Congratulations Blue for Bauer #1 Fundraising Team

Congratulation team Blue for Bauer who raised $21,031 for Run to Remember – the #1 Fundraising Team!  Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and walk/run with RNRA and our 18th District.

We participate in honor of fallen Commander Paul Bauer.  February 11, 2022 marked the 4th anniversary of his tragic death. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.



Community Meetings – Proposed Cannabis Dispensaries – May 10 & May 23 – In Person

RNRA Co-hosts River North
Cannabis Community Meetings
To operate an Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary, an Application for Special Use must be filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The ZBA will hold a hearing to consider the Special Use application, notice of which will be provided at a later date.
In advance of this hearing, applicants for Adult Use Cannabis Dispensaries are required to hold a Community Meeting to explain their proposal and gather community feedback. The following community meetings have been scheduled. Each meeting is co-hosted by the River North Residents Association and the proposed dispensary operator.
No RSVP is necessary for in-person meetings
PTS Corp in partnership with Bio-Pharm
Proposed dispensary at 605 North Clark Street
  • When: Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 PM (rescheduled from April 27th)
  • In-Person: Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Ave
  • Via Zoom: Link to Meeting – Meeting ID: 882 0928 7994, Passcode: 392806
  • For more information please contact the attorney for the Applicant, Mara Georges, at 312-209-3150.
GRI Holdings, LLC
Proposed dispensary at 612 North Wells Street
  • When: Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 PM (rescheduled from May 2nd)
  • In-Person: Westin Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn
  • Via Zoom: Link to Meeting – Meeting ID: 831 9197 3745, Passcode: 594728
  • For more information about this application and/or the community meeting, please contact the Applicant’s attorney, Nick Ftikas, Law Offices of Sam Banks, at 312-782-1983.
Alderman Reilly does not control the outcome of this public process. The Alderman may offer his opinion on the proposed Special Use to the Zoning Board of Appeals. He also encourages local residents to share their feedback and positions with the ZBA via written testimony.

CAPS Beat Meetings for 018 District


We encourage all residents to join these meetings.  Meetings will now be held in person again.  To print a copy of this flyer, CLICK HERE.To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

What is CAPS?  CAPS stands for Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. CAPS is a partnership between police and community that is the foundation of community policing. CAPS uses Beats to develop relationships between the community and the police.

CAPS meetings offer city residents an opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. The beat meeting is a chance to meet your neighbors and come up with strategies that affect the community.

Watch a Recording of Special Casino Committee Meeting – May 9th

Watch a Recording of the
May 9 Special Casino Committee Meeting
The Special Casino Committee held a virtual subject matter hearing to
“discuss the finalists selected to develop a casino in the City of Chicago”
on Monday, May 9. A recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

Tribune Site Casino TownHall – May 12 – Register & Attend

RNRA encourages residents to REGISTER & ATTEND
Townhall Meeting for Bally’s Casino Tribune site.
When: Thursday, May 12 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: UIC Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road
Registration: Required
The meeting is also available to livestream at:
Representatives from the city and Bally’s Corporation will be there to share additional information, respond to questions, and hear from community members.
Ample public parking is available nearby on Morgan Street, just north of Roosevelt Road. ASL interpreting will be provided. If you require other accommodation or need language interpretation, please email by Monday, May 9.

Possible Cinco de Mayo “Celebrations” on Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has indicated they are preparing for a large number of cars and caravans in the Downtown neighborhoods in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, on Thursday May 5, 2022. The City has not permitted any planned events, but CPD is closely monitoring social media chatter and proactively planning to mitigate traffic delays.
It is expected that this may affect routes on Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, and State Street. CPD is prepared to divert traffic in order to minimize the negative impact on businesses and residents, and may enact street closures to divert the caravan into alternate routes as needed. Alderman Reilly encourages residents to allow for extra travel time when traveling in the area.
Residents can receive real-time alerts from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) relating to traffic closures. Notify Chicago is a city service that provides residents with text messages, and/or e-mail alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations (including traffic impacts, severe weather emergencies, and hazardous materials) taking place throughout Chicago. Click here to register.

Alderman Reilly Quoted In Crain’s Casino Article

On Tuesday, April 20, Alderman Reilly went on record with Crain’s Chicago Business to raise serious concerns about the objectivity of the selection process for the Chicago casino. Please click here to read the Alderman’s comments.

New Cook County Sheriff Command Post in River North


COOK COUNTY, IL – Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced on April 27 the opening of a Sheriff’s Office command post in Chicago’s River North neighborhood to help deter crime, an expansion of the Office’s effort to combat violence throughout the city.

The River North command post at 500 North Clark has been opened since January and is aimed at increasing law enforcement presence in the area and supporting the Chicago Police Department. Sheriff’s Police started assisting in the downtown area during the unrest in May 2020. Sheriff’s Police also have a command post in Austin on Chicago’s West Side and have been engaged in constant collaboration with CPD throughout the city, including in Chinatown and the Central Business District.

“I’m committed to helping ensure the safety of our city and its suburbs,” Sheriff Dart said. “We’re here in River North to bolster police presence, and we will continue to collaborate with Chicago Police to create a safer downtown for everyone who works, visits, and lives here.”

Sheriff Dart was joined by Deputy Mayor John O’Malley, CPD Superintendent David O. Brown, Alderman Brian Hopkins, Cook County Commissioners Bridget Degnen and Scott Britton, the River North Residents Association, and the Magnificent Mile Association.

“The Chicago Police Department and the Cook County Sherriff’s Office share a long history of collaboration,” Superintendent Brown said. “This new office location in the city’s central business district and the historic River North neighborhood is just the latest example of our shared commitment to making our city and our county safer for all.”

“I welcome Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s satellite office on N. Clark Street and his partnership with our other law enforcement agencies,” Alderman Hopkins said. “This office will provide additional resources and diverse tasks to combat crime and mayhem in the Central Business District.”

Sheriff’s Police presence in Chicago is not out of the ordinary. Sheriff’s Police have had permanent post in Austin since 2018 and since then the area has seen a decrease in shootings and homicides.
Shootings were down 15% in 2021 compared to 2020 in the Chicago’s 15th Police District, which includes Austin. Homicides were down nearly 30%.

This year through April 24, the 15th district has seen an 11% decrease in shootings and a 17% decrease in homicides when compared to the same time period last year.

In addition to proactive policing in Austin, the office has strong partnerships with local organizations and regularly engages with its residents to strengthen the bond between the community and law enforcement.

In 2020, Sheriff Dart formed the Sheriff’s Police Community Safety Team, which focuses on suburban areas with high criminal activity. The team focuses on proactive policing as well as engaging residents and business owners to help address their public safety needs.

Brian Israel, RNRA President