Alderman Reilly Introduces Measure to Protect Condominium Owners’ Privacy

Alderman Reilly recently introduced a new ordinance at the January 17, 2018 City Council meeting that would invoke Chicago’s “Home Rule Authority” to overrule Section 19(a)(7) of the Illinois Condominium Property Act that was recently passed by the Illinois State Legislature.  Alderman Brian Hopkins joined Alderman Reilly as a co-sponsor of the measure.

This section of the Illinois Condominium Property Act raises concerns about privacy because it forces condominium owners to make personal information, such as email addresses and telephone numbers, available upon request.

Since the state law was approved, Aldermen Reilly and Hopkins have received calls and letters from hundreds of condominium owners, asking them to use Chicago’s “Home Rule Authority” to invalidate the new requirements.

Alderman Reilly crafted the ordinance to defer to the wishes of local homeowner’s association.  As drafted, the ordinance would prevent a homeowner’s association from sharing unit owners’ private information, unless a majority of the full association votes to allow for the sharing of that personal information.

Stay tuned  for future updates on this important privacy matter.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/26/18

Kinzie Street Bridge Closure Postponed to Tuesday, February 13

Due to the current weather forecast, and projected snowfall for the remainder of the week, the Kinzie Street Bridge closure has been postponed to Tuesday, February 13, starting at 2:00am.  The bridge will reopen to traffic on Monday, February 19, 5:00am.

The Kinzie Street Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River must be closed, and the single leaf bridge raised, to allow the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to perform needed repairs. This repair work will also help eliminate any noisy metal on metal sounds from the bridge.

Detour Information:
Motorists traveling east on Kinzie should take Desplaines south to Lake, proceed east on Lake to Wacker, east on Wacker to LaSalle, and then take LaSalle north to Kinzie.

Motorists traveling west on Kinzie should take LaSalle south to Wacker, proceed west on Wacker to Lake, west on Lake to Desplaines, and then take Desplaines north to Kinzie.

Bicycle Route:
As Kinzie is part of a major bicycle commuting route, a separate detour has been established for bicyclists coming into or leaving downtown via Milwaukee.

Bicyclists traveling southeast on Milwaukee, east on Hubbard, or east on Kinzie should turn north on Desplaines to travel eastbound using the Grand Avenue Bridge and then back to southbound Kingsbury east of the River.

Bicyclists heading westbound should travel north on Franklin to westbound Grand and then south on Desplaines west of the River.

Be the CHANGE – Become a Chicago Police Officer – Apply February 1-28, 2018

Gilda’s Club Chicago celebrates 20 years!

Please RSVP by calling 312-464-9900 or at bit.ly/GCC20years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Restaurant Week – January 26 to February 8

 

Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago, returns for it’s 11th year!  Support your River North restaurants and our RNRA Sponsors!

The following restaurants are  featured on RNRA’s mobile app My River North and are participating in Restaurant Week.  We hope that you will visit these establishments that help to support our community! If you are an RNRA member don’t forget to use your mobile app My River North to check out every day deals from these restaurants too!

Club Lago Restaurant

El Hefe

Hutch American Cafe

Kinzie Chophouse

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Portsmith

STK Chicago

The Capital Grille

Choose Chicago:  Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 returns on January 26 and continues through February 8 with two weeks of dining deals.

The 11th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch or lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

Wondering how to get in on all the fun? It’s easy:

• Browse the list of Chicago Restaurant Week participants – click here.
• Check out their special brunch/lunch/dinner menu offerings
• Make your reservations early to ensure you have a seat at the table by clicking on the restaurant name

Over 370 restaurants take part (including 115 new participants for 2018!), so get a taste of Chicago’s restaurant scene: Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs.


RNRA Members can also find offers available every day from these restaurants/venues on your “My River North” mobile app!

Da Lobsta

Dave & Busters

Gino’s Brew Pub

Gino’s East

Highline

The Chopping Block

The Redhead Piano Bar

 

2018 RNRA Movies in the Park – Cast your vote today! Vote before February 26!

Cast your vote for the five movies that will be shown in the A. Montgomery Ward Park during summer 2018. Movies are sponsored by the River North Residents Association (RNRA) and the Chicago Park District.

To cast your vote, click here.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in our survey.
We value your feedback. The survey will be open through February 26.

Chicago Park District’s Teen Opportunity Fair – Saturday 1-27 at Malcolm X Community College

Recreation, Education & Job Readiness – Saturday 1-27 at Maclolm X Community College Conference Center – Free for Ages 13-19 – From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Interested, REGISTER at:  www.ChicagoParkDistrict.com.  Be sure to reference Malcolm X Activity Code 229020

NEED TRANSPORTATION?   Jesse White Community Center will provide transportation at 9:00 a.m.  They will also provide the transporation back to Jesse White Community Center from Malcolm-X.

If you are interested in transporatoin, please call the Jesse White Community Center ahead of time at 312-742-2410.

Red Light Cameras Installed at Strategic Michigan Avenue Intersections to Deter Light Running and Improve Safety

Red Light Cameras Installed at Strategic Michigan Avenue Intersections to Deter Light Running and Improve Safety

Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce that Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement (RLC) Cameras at the intersections of Michigan Avenue and Ontario Street, and Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard will be activated on Monday, January 22.  Violations will not be issued for the first two weeks, until February 5.

Alderman Reilly negotiated with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to have RLCs installed at the intersection of Michigan and Ontario based on residents’ feedback about safety concerns. This intersection also has one of the largest pedestrian volumes in the City.

The RLCs replace cameras that were removed from other locations last year.  The two new locations that were chosen have consistently scored high for potential red-light camera placement due to the high number of crashes and the unique characteristics of the intersections. Both intersections have large number of pedestrians and heavy vehicular movements which make pedestrians particularly vulnerable.

CDOT has posted new signage on the approach to the affected intersections to alert motorists that the cameras have been installed. Failure to stop at red lights at these intersections will result in a $100 fine starting February 5.

The placement of these cameras follows the release of a Northwestern University Transportation Center study on the effectiveness of Chicago’s RLC program.  One of the key findings was that the program’s safety benefits can be enhanced if a small number of existing cameras be relocated to more effective intersections.  Based on recommendation in the Northwestern study, in March the City proposed that four cameras be removed and placed in new locations.

To learn more, click on the following links for more information about the City’s Red Light Camera Enforcement Program and the Northwestern University Transportation Center study.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/19/18

Museum Week – January 18-26 Chicago’s Best – Yours to Explore!

January 18-26

For nine days in January, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating museums. Illinois residents will receive up to 25% off admissions at all museums. From culture to constellations, art to animals, this is your chance to experience Chicago’s most beloved institutions in a whole new way!

For more information, click here.

Chicago Sets New Tourism Record in 2017 with 55 Million Visitors

Mayor Emanuel and Choose Chicago recently announced that visitors to the city in 2017 reached 55.2 million – a new record and 2.5 percent increase over the previous year.

Chicago’s tourism industry supported an estimated 146,500 jobs in 2017, a 17 percent increase since Mayor Emanuel took office. Prior to 2011, there were an estimated 124,400 tourism-related positions. The projected 55.2 million visitors to Chicago in 2017 generated an estimated additional 22,000 jobs. In 2010, Chicago saw about 39.25 million visitors. 2017’s performance is an approximately 40 percent increase.

2017 marked another major increase in leisure visitors to the city, as Chicago hotels reported an overall annual increase of 6.3 percent. This increase of the leisure segment was particularly strong in the key summer months as hotels reported an increase of 7.4 percent during the four-month period June through September – more than double the growth of the previous summer. Overall, Chicago hotel demand in terms of rooms occupied grew 3.3 percent in 2017.

Another key segment generating overnight visitors is the important convention and meetings industry convening at McCormick Place. Of the largest 40 conventions held, 21 achieved increased attendance over their prior year event including 10 that experienced all time attendance records. Seven of the 40 largest conventions broke previous records in terms of the sale of exhibit space – another encouraging industry trend.

The positive momentum being generated is also helping fuel industry growth as Chicago opened five new hotels in 2017 with another eight new hotels currently scheduled to open in 2018.

To read the full press release, click here.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 1/19/18