April 26 Public Safety “Walk & Talk” with 18th District CPD Community Policing


Thank you to everyone who came out to walk with RNRA Leaders and our 18th District Community Policing Officers on Tuesday night April 26th. We kicked off the walk at Clark & Hubbard where residents had a chance to voice concerns and ask questions.  Sgt. Chris Schenk and Officer Peggy Benz arranged for the group to visit the new Cook County Sheriff’s command post located at 500 N. Clark.  The Cook County Sheriff’s office is providing additional resources to the area and working closely with CPD. To learn more about the new command post, CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned for more “Walk & Talks” in 2022!



CAPS Upcoming Beat Meetings



To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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.


18th District

  All meetings are also posted on the RNRA Calendar of Events.

Beat 1821: May 19 (Thur) – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beat 1822: May 17 (Tue) 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beat 1823:  May 17  (Tue) – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Beat 1824:  May 19 (Thur) – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Beat 1831:  May 24  (Tue) –  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beat 1832: May 24  (Tue) – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Beat 1833: May 26 (Thur) – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beat 1834: May 26 (Thur) – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to view the full 2022 schedule of District 018 CAPS Beat Meetings.

Other Resources for District 18

• Check https://twitter.com/ChicagoCAPS18

• Call 18th District CAPS Office at: (312) 742-5778

12th District

Beat 1214:  April 27 (Wed) – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

June 15 (Wed) – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Other Resources for District 12

Current Results for RNRA Bally’s Tribune Casino Survey

On April 6, RNRA launched a survey to capture public input about the Bally’s Tribune casino proposal. Survey results have been published and will be updated regularly. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do so and let your voice be heard. Please share this information with any individuals or organizations that may be impacted by this development.

Save the Date for the 18th District National Night Out! August 2nd at Lincoln Park Zoo! Volunteers Needed!


Join millions nationwide as we come together to promote police community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Food, Activities, SWAT, K9, Mounted Fire Truck, Zoo Rides!

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo – 2001 N. Clark Street

Follow the CAPS18 Twitter Account to keep up with current news.

Interested in volunteering? CPD needs volunteers for set-up, tear-down and working the event. Please contact:

Stephanie Nomellini
Police Officer, Community Relations Office
18th District, Near North Station
(Office) 312-742-5778 (Fax) 312-747-3903

Chicago Casino – Bally’s Tribune Survey – Participate in the Survey

The Bally’s Tribune Casino would impact on our community more than any development in the last 25 years. RNRA is conducting a survey to collect well-informed public input. Samir Mayekar, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development, said “Community engagement is at the center of this process”. Please review the information, complete our survey, and encourage others to do the same.

Paper Shredding, Electronic & Prescription Drug Drop-off at CPD 18th District Station – April 20th

Come shred your personal papers/documents and recycle electronics safely with the help of R4 Services.    The service is provided free of charge, but only open to 18th District residents.  Prescription drug drop-off will also be available in the lobby of the 18th District Station.

When:  April 20th 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:  18th District Police Station Parking Lot – 1160 N. Larrabee Street



Urgent call to Residents: Register and Attend April 6 Community Meeting on Proposed Casino at Tribune Publishing Site!

Dear Neighbors,

River North Residents Association’s strong opposition to Bally’s casino proposal for the Tribune Publishing site is set forth in our December 3, 2021 letter to 27th Ward Alderman Burnett, 42nd Ward Alderman Reilly, and 2nd Ward Alderman Hopkins. 

RNRA’s letter, which may be accessed HERE, describes significant negative impacts that a large-scale entertainment complex would have on traffic, public safety and quality of life for thousands of residents in the densely populated surrounding area.

On March 22, the City of Chicago announced the selection of three finalists, one of which will receive the sole license to operate a Casino in our city. Three community meetings are scheduled, where you will learn more about each site and have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments or concerns. 

River North residents are strongly encouraged to register and attend the April 6 meeting on the Tribune Publishing site (shown below).

April 6 from 6-8 p.m.

Bally’s Tribune Site

Tribune Publishing Plant (700 W Chicago Ave)

For those wish to also attend community meetings on the two other finalist proposals, links are provided below.

April 5 from 6-8 p.m.
Hard Rock Chicago at ONE Central
Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street)
Register: https://chicagcasinohardrock.eventbrite.com 
April 7 from 6-8 p.m.
Rivers 78
UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road)


ASL interpretation will be provided. Additional accessibility needs or Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and other language interpretation requests should be sent to chicagocasino@chicago.org by April 1. All events will also be livestreamed at: Chicago.gov/live . 

To learn more about the casino proposal finalists, click HERE. An overview of these proposals can be found in the evaluation report, which may be accessed by clicking HERE.

City Center Community Town Hall – April 2 at Harold Washington Library – Registration Required

Learn more about the City’s community safety efforts in the Near North, South Loop and West Loop Communities. Registration required, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for a PDF to print, post and share.


National Child Abuse Awareness Month – Help 18th District CPD collect goods to benefit the Maryville Crisis Nursery

Click Here for a PDF to print, post and share

Introducing Art on theMART’s 2022 Spring Program!

Choral, Marlena Novak & Jay Yim – Photography Courtesy of Art on theMart

Kicking off a new year of programming is the premiere of two climate change-themed projections. ‘Choral’ by Marlena Novak and Jay Yim spotlights marine life while ‘Floe’ by Carrie Hanson, featuring contemporary dance company The Seldoms, marks the first of Art on theMART’s Year of Chicago Dance projections. The program, presented in partnership with Shedd Aquarium, premieres on April 9 at 8:30 p.m. and will run twice nightly at 8:30 and 9 p.m. through June 29.

Want to watch the program from home? Tune into the livestream on Art on theMART’s Facebook   For more information, CLICK HERE.