Coffee with the Commander – Wednesday 8/17 at Merchandise Mart – Marshall’s Landing

Welcome new RNRA Board Members!

At its August Board Meeting, RNRA welcomed three new Directors: Michele Berman, Eileen Murray, and Debra Schalk. Each brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and imagination, along with the requisite love of River North. Their ideas and passion will be welcome additions to the leadership team.

RNRA Fundraising Appeal 2022

For 25 years, RNRA has fought to protect quality of life in our community. Like many non-profits, RNRA has been severely impacted by recent events and has launched an urgent fundraising appeal. If you value principled & effective neighborhood advocacy, please support RNRA with a donation by visiting our GoFundMe page.

Thank you.

RNRA’s Back to School Bash on August 16th – Must Register by August 12

Join us as we celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new school year with games, activities, treats and more! Come for the party – stay for the season’s last Movie in the Park – Disney Picture’s “Encanto.” Participation is free – but registration is required no later than August 12.  

To print a copy of this flyer, CLICK HERE.


CTA Renews Agreement with CPD for Additional Police Resources

For Immediate Release
August 10, 2022

CTA Renews Agreement with CPD for Additional Police Resources
New agreement offers increased pay for off-duty officers who volunteer to patrol CTA

As part of its ongoing commitment to making Chicago’s public transportation system even safer for both customers and employees, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced the renewal of an ongoing agreement with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) for volunteer, off-duty officers to patrol CTA properties.

Earlier today, the Chicago Transit Board authorized an intergovernmental agreement between the CTA and the City of Chicago for additional police security services on CTA property through CPD’s Voluntary Special Employment Program (VSEP).

“The extension and enhancement of this invaluable program for volunteer officers to patrol the CTA is the latest in a series of steps taken by both CTA and CPD in recent months to provide everyone with a safer transit riding experience,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “We remain steadfast in our commitment in ensuring customer and employee safety is our No. 1 priority, and we will continue to work with CPD to identify new ways to boost crime deterrence.”

Under this three-year agreement, covering 2022-2025, CTA will be provided additional sworn police officers who volunteer to police the CTA system on their days off and who will be supervised by full-time, dedicated CPD supervisors.

Among the improvements made to the longstanding program was an increase in pay for volunteer officers. CTA will now reimburse CPD for services provided by off-duty officers at one-and-a-half times the particular officer’s regular straight time rate, including premium pay when applicable.

The use of VSEP officers is in addition to plans recently announced by CPD to assign additional police officers to CTA trains and platforms. The CTA and CPD continue to build upon their decades’ long partnership and leverage a number of tools and measures to deter crime.

Each day, officers from CPD and its dedicated Public Transportation Section are strategically deployed across our system, complemented by CTA’s teams of unarmed guards. Unarmed guards are deployed seven days a week to help educate and inform riders of rules for traveling CTA; and also patrol the system to keep an eye out for and report any suspicious activity or acts of crime.

Alderman Reilly on the Lisa Dent Show

On Monday, August 1st, Alderman Reilly joined Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand on WGN’s Chicago’s Afternoon News Radio. They discussed the extension of the City’s contract with Lollapalooza, NASCAR, violence in the City, and new pedicab restrictions that Alderman Reilly proposed to City Council last month.  Please click here to listen to the radio interview.

Movies in the Park – August (Tue) Encanto after the Back to School Bash

©Walt Disney Pictures

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. 

Join us Tuesday night, August 16th for Encanto.

  • As a reminder, there is a DFA (Dog Friendly Area) located in the north section of Ward Park along Larrabee, but Park District rules prohibit dogs in the south section of the park where films are shown. 
  • The films begins at dusk, weather permitting.
  • There are no public bathrooms in or near Ward Park.
  • 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  2022 Night Out in the Parks initiative.


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Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to Review Cannabis Dispensary Proposal

The ZBA will consider the Special Use application for the following proposed cannabis dispensary at an upcoming (virtual) public hearing on Friday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m.

• PTS/Bio-Pharm – Proposed dispensary location: 605 North Clark Street
Click here to learn more
Anyone wishing to oppose the proposal should attend the virtual meeting on August 19th to provide public testimony. 
• Public testimony is the preferred method of public comment. Members of the public wishing to speak must join the Zoom meeting at the link below at 8:30 a.m. the day of the meeting.
• Meeting ID: 819 6670 3950
• Passcode: 649339
Written statements from members of the public will be accepted at until 5 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting (8/15).
If you cannot access the Zoom meeting via a computer or smartphone, additional options are on the ZBA’s website. If you wish to watch the meeting, a link to livestream will also be made available to observe on the morning of August 19th.

ZBA is a quasi-judicial body made up of Mayoral appointees. They are solely responsible for approval or denial of Special Use licenses and are not obligated to give special consideration to comments from local Aldermen.


July Public Safety “Walk & Talk” with 018th District CPD & RNRA Public Safety Committee

Thank you Sgt. Chris Schenk from our 18th District CPD, the RNRA Public Safety Committee and everyone that came out for the July 27 Walk & Talk. To find out more about the 18th District Court Advocacy Program, go to Keep informed:

Attend your September Beat Meetings.  Your beat meetings are the place to connect with your beat officers, discuss issues and come up with solutions. We encourage all residents to attend their beat meetings.  Beat meetings are now held in person.


The Chicago Help Initiative – Help Provide Bagged Meals

To learn more about CHI, visit