18th Police District Council May Meeting – Topic Safe-T Act – May 28th

The 18th Police District Council  monthly meeting is on May 28th at 6:30PM at Lake Shore Park at 808 North Lake Shore Drive.

Parking Information: metered street parking and pay parking lots

The Safe-T Act has generated significant discussions at our prior meetings. Our guest speaker this month is State Representative Kam Buckner, who was a primary sponsor of the Safe-T Act. Please attend this meeting and have the opportunity to voice your questions on the Safe-T Act from one of its significant supporters. State Representative Kam Buckner also ran for Mayor in 2023.

18th District Commander Michael Barz (or a representative from 18th) will also attend to answer any questions.

Please note the meeting this month starts at 6:30 PM rather than the typical 6:00 time.

When:  Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Lake Shore Park – 808 N. Lake Shore Drive

Registration is not required, but appreciated.

RNRA “I Love River North” Happy Hour at NO VACANCY – June 4

Celebrate Spring at RNRA’s “I Love River North” Happy Hour – Purchase your Tickets now!

When: Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: No Vacancy – 509 N. Wells Street

Guests will enjoy appetizers and libations courtesy of our generous host and sponsor, No Vacancy. All proceeds support RNRA’s neighborhood advocacy.

Space is limited! Get your tickets now!

Tickets $40 in advance and $50 at the door

Food & beverages included with ticket

Delicious appetizers and three complimentary drink tickets will be provided – redeemable for select premium spirits, wine or beer offerings

$10 raffle tickets available at the door

$10 each or 3 for $20

Winners must be present

Raffle Prizes – $265 Gift Certificate from HOTWORX – CHICAGO, IL (RIVER NORTH): Two $392 Gift Certificates from V/O Med Spa: Two $50 GIft Certificates from No Vacancy.

No Vacancy is located in the heart of Chicago’s prominent River North neighborhood. The venue features an elevated American bar fare menu–which is simply “back to basics” with superior ingredients. They wouldn’t call themselves a wine bar, but offer incredible selections by the ounce and by the glass that are typically unavailable in this format; being able to do so in utilizing their innovative wine dispensing system. No Vacancy also features an advanced draft beer dispensing system that uniquely fills each glass from the bottom—UP! Each beer glass is chilled, deodorized, and sanitized every pour using an imported technology called THRILL. The combination of these systems provide a perfect beer pour every time. The cocktail menu is designed to tease any palate—while providing some flair in places for the social media gurus. Everyone is welcome at NV…if you want to be bougie you’re in the right place, but if you want to be anything else you’re sure to find comfort. Welcome home!

RNRA Family Event – Plant & Play – June 8th – Register now!

Join us in Ward Park for games, activities, giveaways, treats and more!  Kids (12 & under) can plant their own flower and take it home!     Registration is Free.  Donations are welcome.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the flyer.

Filming Notice – Wednesday 5/22 through Friday 5/24

2024 July 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.

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

July 17 (Wednesday):  Beat 1214  7:00 p.m. Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Avenue

July 18 (Tuesday):  Beats 1821/1824 5:00 pm. and 6:00 p.m. at Clark Street Apartments 1201 N. Clark Street

July 23 (Tuesday):  Beats 1831/1832 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Merchandise Mart (theMart) – 2nd floor Food Court

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

See the full 18th District 2024 schedule and save the dates on your calendar Click Here.

See the full 12th District 2024 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 RNRAChicago.org and on the My River North  mobile app.


Ohio Place Dog Park Temporary Closure – Monday 5/13 for three weeks

Message from Alderman Brendan Reilly

Based on resident feedback, Alderman Reilly has allocated a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund improvements at the Ohio Place Dog Park.

Last fall, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) installed sod throughout the Park at the Alderman’s request. Unfortunately, residents allowed their dogs to play on the sod while fencing and “Keep Off Grass” signage was in-place. This ruined the sod because it wasn’t able to take root.

On Monday, May 13, CDOT will close the park and conduct hydroseeding. The Park will be closed for three weeks to allow the new grass to grow uninterrupted.

Ward 42  encourages you to use the Larrabee Street Dog Park during the closure.

Community Alert – Criminal Sexual Abuse – 18th District – May 3, 2024


If you have any information about this incident, Please call the Area 3 Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8200.

Chicago Housing Authority – Cabrini Now Kickoff Celebration – Community Driven Planning

The Chicago Housing Authority is excited to invite you to the Cabrini Now kickoff celebration and first community consultation on May 8, 5:30-7:30pm at Ogden-Jenner Elementary School (1119 N. Cleveland Ave). Cabrini Now is a community driven planning and design effort to improve the Cabrini neighborhood through housing and economic development on CHA properties.

The Cabrini Now process will build on previous community planning efforts, including the 2015 Development Zone Plan, to create an updated plan that furthers the neighborhood’s vibrant vision while responding to current affordable housing needs in the neighborhood and across Chicago. The May 8th kickoff celebration will not only provide information about the planning process that is starting for Cabrini but will also invite community members to express their vision and priorities and share what they love most about living in Cabrini.

Please see the flyers provided below. This family-friendly event is an open-house / drop-in format, so please feel free to stop by at any time.

Earth Day Clean-Up in Ward Park – Thank you Volunteers!

Thank you to everyone that came out to the RNRA and Friends of the Parks Earth Day Clean-up in Ward Park Saturday April 20th.  The park look great!  Save the date for our next clean-up “Pitch in for the Parks” on Saturday June 15th from 9:00 to 11:00.

Coffee & Conversation with the Commander – April 18th