Ohio Place Dog Park Improvements – Starting week of 9/25

Ohio Place Dog Park Improvements

Based on constituent feedback, Alderman Reilly used the Aldermanic Menu to fund improvements at the Ohio Place Dog Park. 

Starting the week of September 25, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin repairs to the irrigation system and install sod to cover dirt patches. Residents can expect to see heavy equipment in the park. 

CDOT will cordon off sodded areas with mesh fencing to prevent dogs/residents from damaging it. Please be a good neighbor and keep your pets off the sod until fencing is removed. 

This round of improvements is expected to take three weeks to complete. 

Community Alert -Robbery: Armed – Handgun

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“I Love River North” Happy Hour at The Godfrey Hotel I | O Rooftop Lounge

Another fun RNRA Happy Hour Event!  You won’t want to miss this!  Join us for delicious appetizers, drinks and great company on Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Godfrey I|O Rooftop Lounge!  Incredible views!  Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.  Invite your friends and family!  Proceeds support River North Residents Association’s neighborhood advocacy and charitable activities. For a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE

The  Godfrey Hotel I|O ROOFTOP LOUNGE – 127 W Huron Street Chicago.  

Support for Migrants at the 18th District Police Station – Food & Clothing

Your Support for the 18th District is Still Needed….

With an increase in the number of Asylum seekers at the 18th District station, an online site was developed to coordinate the preparation and delivery of meals.   Please use the QR Code above or CLICK HERE to access the link.  The link will provide instructions.

Also, many meals have been coordinated through Faraz Saradharia’s restaurant, Tandoor and other restaurant partners through his non-profit chicare.org.  you can make donations for food prep here if you are unable to prepare food. CLICK HERE to make a donation.

How to Donate Items to Help Refugees

Clothing Donations and Donations of Personal Care Items for Migrants can be arranged with the Church of the Ascension.

The Church has a Refugee Free Store for the area.
Families Can Shop here on Wednesdays.
10 am – 2 pm

Call Liz to Schedule a drop off time.
1133 N LaSalle

Park Community Church at 1001 N Crosby
is Collecting Clothing for Refugee Free Stores in Rogers Park.

Call Ruth for more information about how to donate at Park.

How to Help with Tutoring

Project Education Plus has regular After School tutoring and now English Language Learning tutoring.

Call Vince Carter if you want to volunteer to tutor 312-520-0905
Holy Family Church
542 W Hobbie
2 pm – 6 pm
Spanish speaking is not necessary but helpful.

018 CPD – Community Engagement Opportunities to impact 2024 Strategic Planning

CPD 018 is offering three opportunities to engage in discussion to help form the 18th District’s strategic plan for 2024 on crime reduction priorities and community engagement.

“Community Conversations” will take place on two dates in two different locations on September 27 and October 11.  Registration is required.

To print a copy of the flyer to distribute, CLICK HERE.

The “Affinity Conversation” specifically designed for people who identify as part of an affinity group or are interested in helping the 18th District Community with an affinity group will take place at Park Community Church 1001 N Crosby on Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2023 @ 1:30 p.m.  No registration is required.  To print a copy of the flyer to distribute, CLICK HERE.  

If you have questions on any of these meetings, please reach out to 18th District Community Policing Office ag 312-742-5778 or email CAPS.018District@chicagopolice.org

Update – Bally’s Temporary Casino at Medinah Temple

Last week, a meeting was held to brief local community and business organizations on the status of the temporary casino facility being constructed in the historic Medinah Temple building on Wabash, between Ontario and Ohio in River North. 

City officials representing the Mayor’s office, the 42nd and 2nd Wards, the Department of Planning and Development, the Department of Transportation, the Chicago Police Department, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication were present, along with several representatives of Bally’s Corp, the casino operator. Representatives from River North Residents Association, Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, Magnificent Mile Association, Greater River North Business Association, and Neighbors of River West were also in attendance.

During the meeting, many issues of concern to the community were raised, including public safety, vehicular and pedestrian traffic management, liquor service, and parking. RNRA has prepared a brief summary of the information provided by Bally’s and City Officials, which can be accessed here. A link to this material has been posted on RNRA’s main casino page.

Practice gaming sessions, required by the Illinois Gaming Board prior to the issuance of a final operating permit, will be conducted on September 6 and 7. During these sessions, all aspects of facility operations will be monitored to ensure that all legal and regulatory requirements, including gaming activities, security, and food and beverage service, are satisfied. If the results of the practice sessions are deemed acceptable by the IGB, operations could begin shortly thereafter.

Since the City Council voted to proceed with the Bally’s casino development in May of 2022, RNRA has endeavored to identify and advocate for adjustments to the plan with the goal of reducing harmful impacts to the surrounding communities, the citizens of Chicago, and the natural environment. The full recommendations can be accessed here.

Currently, RNRA’s casino-related advocacy is focused on issues with the greatest impact on public safety, quality-of-life, and infrastructure. For more information on RNRA’s continuing casino-related advocacy, click here.

18th Police District Council Meeting – September 26

The 18th Police District Council meeting is open to all. The Councils are tasked with making recommendations and holding monthly meetings to gather and relay information between citizens and the CPD.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Our monthly meeting on 9/26/23 will include CPD Commander Rodney Hill, Area 3 Detective Division as a speaker.  Commander Hill leads the Detectives that work on solving crimes in our 18th Police District, as well as all of the other northside lakefront Police Districts.

When: Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 PM

Where: St. James Lutheran Church – 2050 N. Fremont

RSVPS are appreciated.

18th District CAPS Annual Candy & Costume Collection

You can make a difference for children of families in Domestic Violence Shelters!  Please help the 18th District CAPS Office collect candy and new costumes for these children.  A collection box will be located in the 018th District Station at 1160 N. Larrabee.   Drop off by October 22.

To find out what is needed and what can be accepted, please scroll down to the information page below.

Consider starting a collection in the lobby of your building and ask a volunteer to bring it to the police station.

For a PDF of the Flyer CLICK HERE.  For a PDF of the information page, CLICK HERE.


2023 September 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.

Sept 12  (Tuesday):  Beats 1822/1823  5:00 pm. and 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 542 W. Hobbie Street

Sept 19 (Tuesday):  Beats 1831/1832 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.




Sept 20 (Wednesday):  Beat 1214 6:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1118 N. Noble

Sept 23 (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 Calendarwhich can be found on RNRAChicago.org and on the My River Northmobile app.


RNRA FAMILY EVENT – Trick or Treating in the Park

Join us for games, costumes, trick or treating and more!  For a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE.  Registration required.