Public Safety News – New POD Cameras Installed in River North! 

We’re pleased to provide an update regarding a new public safety measure in River North.

Alderman Reilly worked with the River North Residents Association (RNRA)  to identify locations where additional Police Observation cameras should be installed to assist the Chicago Police Department in their efforts.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) surveyed these locations for potential placement of discreet Police Observation cameras. After receiving input from the Chicago Police Department, Alderman Reilly allocated a portion of his Aldermanic Menu to fund the installation of POD cameras at the following locations:

• North Franklin Street and West Chicago Avenue
• North LaSalle Street and West Hubbard Street
• North Kingsbury Street and West Ohio Street

These cameras can be monitored in real-time from the 18th District Headquarters’ Strategic Decision Support Center (SDSC), which is a technology-driven “nerve-center” that analyzes date to determine where to deploy officers and resources.

RNRA appreciates Alderman Reilly’s dedication to leveraging all available City resources and supplementing the work of the dedicated police officers to enhance safety in the 42nd Ward.

One of RNRA’s core pillars is Public Safety.  RNRA encourags all residents to attend their CAPS Beat Meetings.  To find your District & Beat, click HERE.  The next River North Beat Meetings take place in September.  Check out the RNRA Event Calendar for dates and times.

RNRA Family Event – Back to School Bash – 8/20 before the movie The Incredibles 2

RNRA 2019 Movies in the Park (Ward Park)- The Incredibles 2 on 8-20-19

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. 

2019 Lineup

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To print a flyer, click HERE.  

As a reminder, there is a DFA (Dog Friendly Area) located in the north section of Ward Park along Larrabee, but dogs are prohibited in the south section of the park where films are shown. 

The free films begin at dusk, weather permitting, and include fresh, hot popcorn for the first 150-200 attendees. 

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  2019 Night Out in the Parks initiative.  

Movies in the Parks is presented by T-Mobile.

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A huge THANK YOU to our Movies in the Park sponsors, whose generous support makes this program possible.

Run Mag Mile – September 7 – The Chicago Help Initiative is the Charity of Choice

The Chicago Help Initiative is once again the Charity of Choice for this year’s RUN Mag Mile on Saturday, September 7.

Runners, there still time to register! Click HERE.
The Chicago Help Initiative is also seeking volunteers both to help out before and during the race and manning their tent after the race to support runners and celebrating them with refreshments and goodies as they cross the finish line.
Click HERE to sign to volunteer to sign up.  To volunteer for tent duties, email Doug Fraser at


USO of Illinois’ 11th Annual Clark After Dark Presented by Jewel-Osco

August 15, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hubbard Street, between Clark and LaSalle Streets
This Thursday join USO of Illinois, through the support of Alderman Brendan Reilly and Boss Bar, in giving summer its last “HOO-AH!” by rocking the block at Clark After Dark.Radio personality “Fred in the Morning” from 103.5 Kiss FM, and Marley Kayden host of “Chicago’s Best” on WGN-TV will join Alderman Reilly behind the bar as celebrity bartenders for the event. All proceeds will be donated to the USO of Illinois!

USO of Illinois’ annual Clark After Dark block party celebrates America’s military service members and their families. Proceeds from the event benefit USO of Illinois programs and services that serve more than 326,000 military personnel and military families in Illinois.

The event will feature live music by 16 Candles (Voted Chicago’s Best Cover Band!) Liquidated Damages and LowDown Brass Band, military vehicle displays, food and drink specials, raffle and much more! USO Clark After Dark Presented By Jewel-Osco is held in River North at 420 N. Clark Street on W. Hubbard Street, between N. Clark and N. LaSalle.

A non-profit organization, USO of Illinois is fully supported by the generosity of the American people. USO’s Clark After Dark gives Chicagoans an opportunity to support U.S. Armed Forces members and show their appreciation.

Repainting of CTA Brown Line Tracks Huron to Erie Complete



Although the Chicago Transit Authority is a separate governmental agency that operates outside the purview of the Chicago City Council, Alderman Reilly (in coordination with CTA and Chicago Department of Planning and Development) created a density bonus fund that allowed him to commit private development dollars from nearby projects to this significant infrastructure improvement project.

In 2018, Alderman Reilly secured local impact funds from three private development projects (142 West Hubbard, 300 West Huron and 110 North Wacker) to repaint 895 feet of the Brown Line tracks, from just north of Huron Street to just south of Ontario Street.

Phase II and III of the project, which included painting the tracks between Huron Street and Erie Street, was completed during the first week of July. Phase I of the project, which included painting the tracks between Huron Street and Superior Street, was completed in 2018.

The CTA will soon begin work on Phase IV of the project, which includes the tracks between Erie Street and Ontario Street. Work on this important Public Benefit will continue through the summer and fall, as long as temperatures permit to facilitate the painting work.

Stay tuned for future updates on this significant infrastructure improvement!

Construction Updates

24 Hour Lane Reductions on Ontario, between Orleans and Wells, Starting Monday – August 5

Beginning Monday, August 5 at 12:01am, 24 hour lane reductions on Ontario, between Orleans and Wells will commence to allow for the repainting of the section of the Brown Line over Ontario Street. Traffic will be reduced down to two lanes during the work.

No Parking/Tow Zones will be in effect on Ontario, between Orleans and Wells for the duration of the work.

Beginning Friday, August 20 through Friday, September 16, Franklin between Ontario and Ohio will be closed to all vehicular traffic (weather permitting).

Work on this important Public Benefit will continue through the summer and fall, as long as temperatures permit to facilitate the painting work.

There will be noise (including nighttime periods) while the work is being performed:

• Beeping from backup alarms on construction vehicles
• Construction equipment traffic
• Flagging horns
• Railroad personnel communication

As residents may be aware, the CTA is currently repainting 895 feet of the Brown Line Tracks through local impact funds that Alderman Reilly secured from three private development projects in the Ward (142 W. Hubbard, 300 W. Huron, and 110 N. Wacker).

For more information about the Construction Activity Notices for the project, please click here.

LaSalle Street Bridge Lane Closures

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has implemented lane closures on the LaSalle Street Bridge over the Chicago River to allow for panel replacements. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during work.

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Although fencing is already in place for the sidewalk closure, pedestrians still have access to the sidewalk, but should exercise caution when walking by the construction site.

The Curb Lanes along Chicago, State, Superior, and Dearborn will remain a No Parking/Tow Zone throughout the project, to allow for demolition, and then the protected pedestrian walkway.

The sidewalk along the east side of Dearborn, from Superior to Chicago, has been closed to pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the west side of Dearborn.

Alderman Reilly’s Electronics Recycling Event – Saturday August 3 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Alderman Reilly is hosting an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, August 3, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The event will be held at the Ohio Place Dog Park, located at 360 W. Ohio Street. The flyer below provides further information about the event.

A representative from Alderman Reilly’s Office will be present to address concerns or questions regarding city-related matters. We look forward to seeing you at the Electronics Recycling Event!

18th & 1st District Community Policing – National Night Out 2019 – August 6

To Print a copy, click HERE.

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