Community Alert – 018th District – Motor Scooter Thefts

Recording of NASCAR Chicago Street Race Community Engagement Meeting

Earlier this week, NASCAR hosted a virtual community engagement meeting to share information about the upcoming Chicago Street Race Weekend. If NASCAR didn’t answer your question during the meeting, you can submit it on their website.

If you were unable to attend, please click here to view the recording. Additionally, street closure information and race weekend run-of-show can be found on NASCAR’s website.

Rush Hour Concerts begin June 6 (Free!)

Announcing Rush Hour Concerts 2023. Opening June 6, 2023 and running through August 22, 2023, Classical Music Chicago’s (CMC’s) long-running summer staple once again offers free concerts by acclaimed musicians at St. James Cathedral. Each concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk at 5:15 pm hosted by WFMT presenter, Robbie Ellis. The full concert lineup can be viewed at:


Take Alderman Reilly’s Survey – Clark Street Extended Dining Closure

This survey was launched today 4/12/23 in Reilly Reports. Please weigh in by taking this survey.

“In 2020, the City launched the Extended Outdoor Dining (EOD) program to close streets in key commercial corridors to accommodate additional capacity for guests looking to dine outdoors.

Clark Street between Grand Avenue and Kinzie Street was closed to vehicular traffic. Before further closures get implemented, we’d like to know what you thought! Click below to take the survey.”



Filming Notice – April 12, 2023

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (4:00 am – 11:45 pm)

  • Both sides of N Dearborn St from 730 N Dearborn St to 754 N Dearborn St
  • Both sides of W Superior St from 7 W Superior St to 61 W Superior St
Permits and traffic control, if required, are being coordinated by the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department. They will NOT block driveways, loading zones, fire hydrants, bus stops or disabled parking zones.

If you have additional questions regarding this or other filming in Chicago, please contact the City of Chicago Film Office at 312-744-6415.

Source:  Ward 2 – Alderman Brian Hopkins 4/11/23 Newsletter

April is 9-1-1 Education Month – Tips for Calling 9-1-1

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) wants to remind residents to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious please call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.

When calling 9-1-1, you should always remember the 5 Ws:

What is happening or what type of service do you need?
Where is your location? Be as specific as possible and provide an exact address, intersection or provide a landmark.
Who are the offenders, can you provide a description? Are you the victim or someone else?
When did the event occur or is it happening now?
Weapons – are there weapons involved and what is it? A gun, knife, bat, brick, etc

National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Drive to collect for Maryville Crisis Center

Our 018 Community Policing Office does a lot of great work helping out those in need in the community from kids to seniors.  This is an opportunity to help support their work and do some good for those families in need.  Consider starting a drive in your building by identifying a drop off point for residents and finding an individual who is willing to take the items to the CPD drop off location.  We can make a difference. CLICK HERE for a copy of this flyer.

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.