Please support our River North Businesses that support our neighborhood!

Our River North streets are quiet these days and the impact is felt by our local businesses. RNRA’s loyal sponsors always support our neighborhood and in turn, we encourage you to support them by:

  • Taking advantage of take-out options
  • Purchasing gift cards to share with friends and family
  • Support those essential services that are open

For more information about these outstanding local businesses and their products and services, please download the FREE My River North mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.   Any business marked with an asterisk (*) below is on the My River North Mobile App with their phone number and website listed for handy reference.

Please make sure to call these businesses first before stopping in.

RNRA SPONSORS – RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKE-OUT

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR MENUS

RNRA SPONSORS – OTHER BUSINESSES OPEN

Animal Services

Financial Services

Groceries

Health Care

Hotels

Other Essential Services

To see our full list of sposors, click HERE.

We look forward to better times when we can once again enjoy our community’s wonderful events, dining and nightlife in the company of our friends and neighbors.

Take care of yourselves, we’ll get through this together.

Let’s Show our local heroes some River North Love! For 4 minutes on April 4 River North Becomes a Beacon of Gratitude!

Let’s show our local heroes some River North Love!

Join us on April 4th from 8:00 to 8:04 p.m. Step out onto your balcony or go to your window and shout out some love, shine a flashlight or cell phone or blink your apartment lights to express our gratitude to Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Essential Personnel who selflessly serve and sacrifice for our community every day.

Share your pictures and videos with us at info@RNRAChicago.org.

For a copy of a flyer to post or circulate in your building, CLICK HERE.

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation VIRTUAL Run to Remember – Join Team 018 Blue for Bauer!

We are just one month away from the event.  Due to the pandemic and orders banning crowds, CPMF is moving the 2020 Run to Remember to a virtual event. Many of your questions will be answered on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation website.

What is a virtual 5K?
A Virtual 5K is a race that you choose to complete where ever you would like. You can walk, run, use a treadmill, or participate in another race. The beauty of a virtual 5K race is that you can run the race at your pace wherever you choose.

The CPMF appreciates  your continued support of CPMF. CPMF prioritizes the safety of the citizens of Chicago and the CPD extended family and feels this is simply the right thing to do.

For those of you who have not registered, please do! Our Police Officers are out on the street protecting us whether or not there is a global pandemic. Show your support for those in Blue!

Make sure to register under “Join a Team”  –  Team 018 Blue for Bauer

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has given $11.1 million of assistance to Chicago Police Families in need.

CENSUS 2020 – Complete the Census – Invest in our city!

The City of Chicago is striving for a complete count and hope that all Chicago residents will take this opportunity to invest in their city. You can complete the questionnaire online, by mail or over the phone. It is safe and private. In fact, federal law prohibits anyone at the Census Bureau from sharing personal census information.

The questionnaire is short and asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for all people living in your household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or bank account information.

If you have not already completed the form, please take the next 10 minutes to complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov. And, if you have already completed the short questionnaire, thank you, and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Chicago Park District – March 31st COVID-19 Response Update

https://rnrachicago.org/16917/

Neighborhood Notice: Governor Pritzker Extends Stay At Home Order to April 30, 2020   

This afternoon, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced he is extending the “Shelter in Place” (or “Stay at Home”) Order until April 30, 2020 in a further effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Illinois residents.

As a reminder, the Stay at Home Order requires all residents to stay at home, unless traveling for essential needs or business. In accordance with the extension, City Hall, Chicago Public Libraries, certain Chicago Park District properties, and Chicago Public Schools will remain closed until April 30th as well, with remote learning beginning on April 13th.

To keep up-to-date on current information from the Chicago Department of Public Health, 

CLICK HERE

Opportunities to Help Your Neighbors

Below is a list of local organizations in need of assistance. While volunteer opportunities are more limited at this time, there are still opportunities for healthy and able-bodied individuals to assist nonprofit organizations across the city.

Individuals who prefer not to do in-person volunteer activities at this time may instead help out by donating needed items, or making monetary contributions, to local organizations that are working with vulnerable populations.

If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbors on your block or in your condo, please take time to call and check up on them. You may also consider volunteering to go to the store on their behalf for food and other necessities.

Chicago Help Initiative
• Volunteer to help them prepare to-go bag meals on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for Chicagoans in need. If you are able to help Chicago Help Initiative with bag meals,  drop them off Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in front of Catholic Charities, at 721 N. LaSalle Street from 10 am to 10:30 am.   Ideally, each bag meal should contain one sandwich, piece of fruit, bag of chips, one single drink, and a treat.  For more information, visit http://chicagohelpinitiative.org, or call Jacqueline at 312-861-1700.
Deborah’s Place
• Thermometers are a precious commodity right now and very difficult to find anywhere. However, if you happen to have access to thermometers you do not need, please consider donating some to Deborah’s Place. They can be dropped off at or sent to the main office at 2822 W. Jackson Blvd.
Make a monetary donation online.  Donations made via check may be delayed in processing due to staffing.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository
• Volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is hard at work responding to the increased need for food. Support their work by making a monetary donation.
The Salvation Army
• Donate today. The Salvation Army needs support from communities to continue to meet the daily needs of vulnerable populations. Your donations will continue to help them respond to the many people who may people impacted by COV-ID 19.
Several local nonprofit organizations could use your time and money to make sure vulnerable populations are cared for during the pandemic.
• Those interested in Donating Blood can find information through the Red Cross or through Vitalant (formerly LifeSource)
Support for Chicagoans Serving on the Front Lines

While first responders, healthcare professionals, and other essential personnel work on the front lines during the fight against the spread of COVID-19, their families are in dire need of child care during this unprecedented time.

You can help by volunteering to provide child care for the family of one of these workers keeping our city going through Sittercity’s “Chicago Responds” program.

Launched in partnership with the City of Chicago, the “Chicago Responds” program will connect members of the public and public-sector employees like yourselves with first responders who are looking for volunteers to provide sitter services in their homes. The program will also give all Chicago parents working as first responders free access to Sittercity Premium. Please consider donating your time to these local heroes and their families.

Based in Chicago, Sittercity has been digitally connecting families with quality child care since 2001. They provide tools to help caregivers easily connect with local families including:

• Detailed Profiles
• Secure Messaging
• Interview Scheduling
• Background Check Options

Thank you for considering volunteering your time. Chicago and our first responders need your care and compassion now more than ever.

Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response – Playgrounds Closed – Lakefront, Riverwalk and 606 Trail Closed – Other Outdoor Areas & Dog Friendly Areas Open – Critical to practice social distancing

In response to the excessive gatherings of people along Chicago’s Lakefront, Riverwalk and 606 Trail this week, effective immediately, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has issued an executive order closing these spaces to the public until further notice. These measures are designed to protect the health and safety of residents amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). For more information on this executive order, please click here .

Please read the following response from the Chicago Park District.  Please note that WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PLAYGROUNDS, all outdoor spaces are open for public use.  Dog Friendly Areas remain open.  ALL PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED.

For everyone’s safety please continue practicing social distancing by keeping 6 foot distances, continue hand washing for 20 seconds and please stay home if you feel ill.   

REMINDER: Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order March 21 at 5:00 pm

Governor Pritzker has issued a “Stay at Home” Executive Order in a further effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Illinois residents. The Order is effective TODAY,  March 21st at 5 p.m. and directs residents to stay home unless engaged in essential activities.

According to the Order, residents should not engage in public gatherings and should avoid travel, unless absolutely essential. However, you may leave your home for health care needs, to buy groceries, exercise or to take care of someone who needs it. The Executive Order will remain in place until April 7th, unless extended.

There is some confusion and misinformation about what the “Stay at Home” Order entails. Please remember this Order is mandatory. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect neighbors and vulnerable populations, please stay home.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Order:

How will this order be enforced?
Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. The Illinois State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order but adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

Will the Illinois National Guard be enforcing this order?
No. The Illinois National Guard will be supporting logistics, transportation, and medical response efforts. The Guard will not be enforcing this order.

I work in an essential service. How will the police know I’m allowed to be outside my house?
Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries, or just taking a walk. Illinoisans should abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

Will grocery stores be open?
Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:
* Grocery stores
* Gas stations
* Pharmacies
* Police stations
* Fire stations
* Hospitals, clinics, and healthcare operations
* Garbage/sanitation
* Public transportation
* Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines
* A full list can be found in the executive order

How can I get medical care if I need it?
If you are feeling sick, call your doctor, a nurse hotline, any telehealth hotline set up specifically for COVID-19 (check with your insurance company) or an urgent care center. Do not go to an emergency room unless necessary. Nonessential medical care like eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, healthcare visits should be done remotely. Contact your healthcare provider to see what tele-health services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
State Operated Developmental Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Community Integrated Living Arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.

If you have any specific questions about your support and services, please reach out to your provider or Individual Service Coordination (ISC) Agency. To receive updated information on DDD services, please sign up for the State’s email database, or to update your contact and service information, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services DDD webpage.

What if I still have to go to work?
Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you should stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

What if I think my business should be closed but I’m still being asked to operate?
Essential businesses will remain open during the Stay at Home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Illinoisans. Those businesses include, but are not limited to, pharmacies, certain government offices, day care centers that provide care for the children of essential employees, and restaurants providing take-out meals.

If you work for an essential business, you should continue to practice social distancing and should stay at home outside of work hours. If you believe your business is nonessential but are still being asked to show up to work, you may discuss this with your employer.

Can I order food/groceries?
Yes, grocery delivery will be available as well as meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options.

A certain service is essential for me, but the Governor didn’t include it, what do I do?
The Stay at Home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Illinoisans. While some businesses like fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. A full list of businesses that will still operate during this time are listed in the executive order.

Can I go out to do laundry?
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that will remain open. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

Can I take my child to daycare?
If you are considered an essential worker under the Order, you can take your child to a daycare that is licensed on an emergency basis for the purpose of childcare for essential workers. Licensed daycare homes for up to 12 children will be closed but may reopen as an unlicensed day care home for up to 6 children.

Can I leave home to exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Can I pick up meals being provided by my child’s school?
Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pick-up and take-home basis. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?
Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.

Can I leave home to go to religious services?
Large gatherings, such as church services, will be cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What about my pet?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?
State parks will be closed during the Stay at Home order. Families will still be able to go outside and take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.

What if my home is not a safe environment?
If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and urged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. You may call the domestic violence hotline at 1-877-863- 6338 or contact your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who can’t stay at home?
The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Illinoisans, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to provide funding and resources to ensure our homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food.

Will public transportation and ridesharing be available?
Public transportation and ridesharing should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk or drive yourself.

Will roads in Illinois be closed?
No, the roads will not be closed in Illinois. You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.

Can I take a flight out of state?
Planes and any other form of travel should only be used for essential purposes.

To keep up-to-date on current information from the Chicago Department of Public Health, 

CLICK HERE