2019 Enrollment Dates Opening Soon for HealthCare.Gov

Open enrollment for 2019 Health Care coverage runs from November 1st to December 15th. Starting November 1st, you can log in to HealthCare.gov, fill out an application, and enroll in a 2019 Marketplace health plan. Enroll by December 15, 2018 and coverage starts January 1, 2019. 2019 plans and prices will be available to preview shortly before November 1.

If you don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered.

• If you have job-based insurance: You can buy a plan through the Marketplace, but you’ll pay full price unless your employer’s insurance doesn’t meet certain standards. Most job-based plans do meet the standards.
• If you have Medicare: You can’t switch to Marketplace insurance, supplement your coverage with a Marketplace plan, or buy a Marketplace dental plan.
Source:  Alderman Hopkins Newsletter 10/9/18

Notice of Department of Water Management Work – Near North

The Department of Water Management (DWM) is currently working on the following projects in the 2nd Ward:

Project No: 1301291
Near North

The Department of Water Management will be working on Chestnut Street between Orleans and Wells. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps will be repaired or installed where needed, along with repair of damaged parkway and sidewalk. The final restoration of the street will include milling the surface, placing new asphalt, and painting the street markings. Over the next few weeks additional work will begin to restore the street temporarily with concrete until complete restoration of the street with asphalt can be done. The concrete work is expected to be completed by Mid-October 2018.

Source:  Alderman Hopkin’s Newsletter 10/9/18

RNRA’s 21st Annual-Meeting and Reception on November 13

Registration for this event has reached capacity.

Use the RSVP below to join the standby list.

Join us on November 13 at the the City’s most exciting new venue, Tao Chicago for RNRA’s Annual Meeting and Reception.

Pursuant to the Association’s Bylaws, the agenda will include the election of Directors. Please click here to view a list of the candidates who have have been nominated to serve on the Board.

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and 18th District Commander Daniel O’Shea will join RNRA leaders to update attendees on development, public safety, neighborhood events and many other topics concerning River North.

The event is free, but space is limited and reservations are required.  Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP today. See you next month!

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Please be advised that the response to this invitation has been unprecedented and event registrations have already reached capacity. By completing the form below, your name will be added to the standby list and you will be notified via email If cancellations enable us to move you from standby to reserved status. Thank you for your support of the RNRA and the River North neighborhood.

When:  Tuesday November 13 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Tao Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

RNRA wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the management and staff of Tao Chicago for agreeing to host and sponsor this event.

RNRA Family Events – Halloween Festival – October 27 in Ward Park – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago Festival: October 13-14, 2018

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is the city’s annual architecture festival, taking place this year on October 13-14, 2018.

This free public festival offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across Chicago.  Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces.

For a list of 2018 sites, click here.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 10/5/18

444 North Dearborn Advances to Plan Commission – Proposal Will Construct $15M Fire House with Private Funds

This month, EC42 Developer LLC [Friedman Properties], will appear before Chicago Plan Commission to present their proposal located at 444 North Dearborn Street. The hearing will be held on October 18th at 10AM, in City Council Chambers located at 121 North LaSalle, 2nd Floor.

This summer, Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) co-hosted two community meetings for this project. The RNRA has issued a letter of support for the project.

The proposal includes plans to construct a new firehouse for City of Chicago Engine Co. 42, funded completely by the developer, which would save Chicago taxpayers over $15,000,000. Subsequently, the developer proposes to demolish the existing firehouse and construct a new 455 foot tall (614,648 SF) commercial tower at the southwest corner of North Dearborn Street and West Illinois Street.

All loading for the new tower will occur through the alley to the south of the site, which will be managed by a full time dockmaster. Ambulances and smaller Chicago Fire Department (CFD) vehicles will be able to access the new Fire Station through the alley, something that is not possible today.

CFD will also have the ability to control the traffic lights at both the Clark & Illinois and Dearborn & Illinois intersections from inside the station, allowing them to flush traffic from the block before exiting for a service call. This modern technology will better control traffic for the safety of residents, as well as allow the CFD to limit use of their sirens to clear the street.

This proposal includes the creation of a Planned Development, incorporating the properties on the block bounded by Clark, Illinois, Dearborn, and Hubbard Streets. The Planned Development would transfer the development rights for the properties in the PD to the office tower, ensuring that no other property on the block will ever be developed past its current height.

If the proposal clears Plan Commission, it will advance to the Chicago City Council Zoning Committee. If the aldermen in this committee vote in favor of the proposal, it will then appear before the full City Council for a vote.

For more information, click on the following links to download the presentation packet and traffic study.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 10/5/18

Traffic Advisory for 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Weekend Events 

On Sunday, October 7 over 45,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon – a 26.2 mile course which starts and finishes in Grant Park, winds through downtown streets in the 42nd Ward and Chicago neighborhoods to the north, west and south. Motorists and pedestrians should anticipate delays due to street closures and large crowds. In addition, parking bans will be in effect along the route.

This year, 815 42nd Ward residents will be participating, among the more than 9,000 Chicagoans representing all 50 wards.

The Chicago Marathon begins at 7:20am (wheelchair race), 7:30am (marathon wave 1) and 8:00am (marathon wave 2), and will continue throughout the day. The Start and Finish Line are both located in Grant Park on Columbus Drive. The route extends north to just before Irving Park, west to Damen Avenue and south to 35th Street.

Traffic Impacts for Chicago Marathon-Sunday, October 7
Anyone traveling throughout downtown and the various neighborhoods along the route should allow extra time and expect delays. Motorists should consider alternate routes – such as the expressway system – to avoid the impacts of the race. Some street and lane closures are already in place in the Grant Park area, including Columbus from Roosevelt Road to Balbo Drive and Balbo Drive from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive.

By Saturday, expect additional Grant Park street closures on Columbus, Balbo, Congress, Jackson and Monroe, with most streets in Grant Park reopening by Monday morning. Street closures along the route will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Sunday and are anticipated to be reopened by 4:30 p.m. or when it is deemed safe to do so.

Please click here to view the street closure list and map.

The towing of vehicles along the course will be strictly enforced beginning at 1:00am on Sunday, October 7th. Please check signage for parking restrictions if you are parking near the marathon route. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto-pound. For inquiries about towed vehicles, please call 312-744-4444.

Traffic Impact for Chicago International 5K-Saturday, October 6
Returning for the 3rd year in a row, the Chicago International 5K will occur the day before the Bank of America Marathon on Saturday, October 6.

The Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K course will start at Daley Plaza at 7:30am and weave through downtown taking runners on a 3.1 mile journey past iconic Chicago landmarks.

Please note that participants will only be running along Michigan Avenue, from Harrison, down to 11th street and then back to Harrison.

Additional information on traffic impacts can be found on the Chicago Marathon website: www.chicagomarathon.com.

As always, public transportation is encouraged. For more information on CTA services and reroutes, visit www.transitchicago.com or call 836-7000/1-888-YOUR-CTA.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 10/5/18


Let Your Voice Be Heard!

The RNRA encourages all eligible individuals to register and vote in November’s General Election. Here are some important dates to remember.

• Tuesday Oct 9 – Deadline to vote by mail
• Oct 16 through Nov 5 – In-person early voting at any Chicago site
• Sunday Oct 21 – Deadline for online registration & name/address change
• Tuesday Nov 6 – General Election

For complete information on early, mail and in-person voting, as well as voter status confirmation and polling place locations, visit ChicagoElections.com.

Community Alert – Robbery – 18th District (Near North)

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