Street Closure: Helicopter Lift – Sunday April 2

From 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins 3/30/23

Dear Neighbors,

Please be advised on Sunday, April 2, 2023 Midwest Helicopters will be conducting a helicopter lift at 100 W Chestnut St.  Midwest will then conduct a safety brief with the customer and position crowd control (if needed) and make sure the area is controlled – Crowd control may roam to appropriate areas.

The following streets will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, starting at 10:00 am:

• Chestnut St between Dearborn St and LaSalle St
• Clark St between Delaware St and Chicago Ave

The project is expected to be complete by 12:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the 2nd Ward Service Office at (312) 643-2299, or send us an email at

RNRA & Friends of the Parks Earth Day Park Clean-up in Ward Park – Register Now!

Let’s celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our lovely Ward Park! Gloves and supplies are provided. Join us at 9am and help us nurture nature.

Register for Chicago River Day – May 13

Join Friends of the Chicago River on May 13 for the 31st annual Chicago River Day. The spring litter cleanup and restoration event draws thousands of volunteers every year to work along the 156-mile Chicago-Calumet River system at more than 75 locations from Lake County to the Calumet region and southwest to Summit, Palos and beyond.

While the overall health of the Chicago River system in greatly improved, litter is a persistent problem and is harmful to people and wildlife. Over the years, volunteers have carted off hundreds of tons of garbage from the 156-mile Chicago River system and now many are working to restore riverbanks and upland areas and work on trails. Friends began this volunteer-driven free, family-friendly tradition in 1992 and it has steadily grown into Friends’ largest and most popular volunteer event of the year that moves us toward a Litter Free Chicago-Calumet River system. This year’s activities also mark World Migratory Bird Day.

The three-hour litter and restoration cleanup event kicks off at 9 a.m., and runs to 12 noon. Registration is required. Register before May 5 to receive a Chicago River Day T-shirt featuring this year’s river species, the blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale). Each year Friends features a river animal as part of Chicago River Day to help connect us to the many different animals that rely on us to care for and protect the river system.


Please Sign up to Run/Walk on Team Blue for Bauer for the 2023 Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Run to Remember!

Help us raise money for Chicago Police Families in need and also honor the memory of Commander Paul Bauer.  Join RNRA on Team Blue for Bauer.  Let’s take home the trophy for our 18th District!

CPMF assists the families of fallen and catastrophically injured Chicago Police Officers.

CPMF supports  the brave work Chicago Police Officers do each and every day. Running the Run to Remember is a small way we can show our support!


April 19th – Coffee and Conversation with the Commander of the 18th District

Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with Commander Jon Hein.  Learn about public safety initiatives in your neighborhood, share ideas, and learn about ways to get involved.

Location: 600 W. Chicago Avenue

2023 May CAPS Beat Meetings – Be part of the solution!

We encourage all residents to participate in their CAPS Beat Meeting. This is an opportunity for you to engage with your Beat Officers.

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.

To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

May 16  (Tuesday):  Beats 1822/1823  5:00 pm. and 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 542 W. Hobbie Street

May 24 (Wednesday):  Beat 1214 6:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1118 N. Noble

May 18 (Thursday):  Beats 1821/1824 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at The Clark Apartments, 1201 N. Clark Street.

May 23 (Tuesday):  Beats 1831/1832 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Victory Italian, 434 W. Ontario Street

May 25 (Tuesday):  Beats 1833/1834 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Northwestern University 303 E. Superior Street

See the full 18th District 2023 schedule and save the dates on your calendar!  Click HERE.

See the full 12th District 2023 schedule and save the dates on your calendar!  Click HERE.

CAPS Beat Meetings are also posted on the RNRA Event Calendar which can be found on and on the My River North mobile app.


Neighborhood Notification – Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Please be advised that streets will be closed to traffic on Sunday, March 26, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. as runners pass through the area.  More information on Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle street closures is available at










Car Jacking Safety Webinar – March 27 at 6:00 p.m.


Alderman Reilly on the Lisa Dent Show

Earlier this week (week of 3/6/34) , Alderman Reilly joined Lisa Dent to explain why he’s against city plans to move the Taste of Chicago to Polk Bros. Park near Navy Pier during the same weekend as the NASCAR race planned for Grant Park in July. Please click here to listen to the radio interview. The Alderman also discussed these concerns with CBS, WGN, and NBC.

Filming Notice for March 15 and 16