Chicago Ranked as Nation’s Greenest City by Green Building Adoption Index

According to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University, Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The city gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index.

According to the report, 69.8 percent of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 percent of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 percent. Los Angeles claimed fourth – up from sixth last year. Minneapolis rounds out the top five with 55 percent of office space certified.

To read more about the study, and Chicago’s strong environmental track record which includes the 2017 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report, click here.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 9/7/18

Meet Astro the Alderdog! Alderman’s Reilly’s Contribution to K9s for Cops

As a tribute to the important work the Chicago Police Department’s Canine Unit dogs perform every day, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation launched the Chicago K9s for Cops public art campaign.  The campaign was conceived to memorialize our city’s heroes while supporting the families of police officers that have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Life-size statues of German Shepard and Retriever Police dogs have been designed by local artists, and are on display now along the Magnificent Mile and other prominent locations throughout Chicago. The 50 hand-painted police K9’s will be on display through September 30. For a map of locations, click here.

For generations, police officers in Chicago have used dogs as partners to assist them in solving crimes and keeping communities safe. Today, approximately 70 canines help our officers protect the city every day. They are invaluable partners that are highly skilled and trained to serve law enforcement professionals in a variety of capacities.

Alderman Reilly helped contribute to this initiative with Astro the Alderdog, presented in loving memory of 18th District Commander Paul Bauer. Astro currently stands guard outside 600 N. Michigan.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 9/7/18

September 2018: Upcoming Chicago Business Workshops

• Wednesday, September 12th at 3:00pm: Facebook Family of Apps Advertising Best Practices
• Friday, September 14th at 9:30am: Como Empezar Un Negocio
• Wednesday, September 19th at 3:00pm: Managing Social Media in the Workplace-Do’s & Don’ts

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop, call 312-744-2086. A full list of upcoming workshops can be found HERE. You also can register by emailing

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Source:  Alderman Hopkins Newsletter 9/10/18

2018 Senior Fest in Millennium Park – September 13

Senior Fest 2018 is set for Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Millennium Park. Tickets are FREE and available by visiting any one of the City’s 21 Senior Centers.

For more information, call the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Area Agency on Aging at 312-744-4016.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 9/7/18

New Pickleball Courts Coming To Maggie Daley Park in September – Reopen on 9-12!

Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce upcoming improvements to the pickleball facilities at Maggie Daley Park! Pickleball is a popular paddle sport that combines the elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis, and is enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels.

The 42nd Ward is home to hundreds of active pickleball players. Earlier this summer, the pickleball community appealed to the Alderman to request dedicated pickleball courts to be striped at Maggie Daley Park.

Alderman Reilly is happy to report that he authorized a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund a number of improvements to the popular pickleball facilities at Maggie Daley Park.

Permanent pickleball court striping will be installed on two existing courts on September 10 and 11*. Later this year, the pickleball community will enjoy new portable pickleball nets, a pickleball scoreboard, and a court divider.

Alderman Reilly was happy to work with the Chicago Park District to fund improvements to the popular pickleball program at Maggie Daley Park. Please stay tuned to Reilly Reports for updates on the upgrades coming to Maggie Daley Park.

*Weather permitting. Please note, the tennis courts will be closed on September 10-11 for restriping, and will reopen for users on September 12.*

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 9/7/18

18th District – Rideshare Safety Tips

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Friends of the Parks’ 2018 Parks Ball – Thursday September 20

David Solzman’s  “Yin Yang” photo taken on the lagoon in Jackson Park is a fitting representation of  the Friends of the Parks’ annual  gala.

Friends of the Parks’ 2018 Parks Ball 
Thursday, September 20 
6pm – 9:30pm 

Friends of the Parks’ Park Ball 2018, “A Black and White Party for the ‘White City’,” will celebrate the 1893 World Columbian Exposition (nicknamed the White City for the color of the buildings in the fairgrounds) in Jackson Park and the Midway.

Join Friends of the Parks for a dinner and dancing cruise aboard the Odyssey, departing from Navy Pier near the Ferris Wheel (an attraction first introduced to the world at the Expo) with a tour to Jackson Park, weather permitting. We promise it will be tons of fun!

Funds raised will be used to support signature programs of Friends of the Parks, including environmental stewardship education for youth, park clean-up, and policy and advocacy work.

Click here to BUY YOUR TICKETS to the Parks Ball today!

Grand Opening – The Chicago Architecture Center – 8/31/18 through 9/3/18

Grand Opening  August 31–September 3 –  Opening the doors to the Chicago Architecture Center for the very first time! Check out the new space and delight in  breathtaking exhibits.

During your visit, you can participate in the #GetToTheCenter contest! Use the hashtag #GetToTheCenter and tag @chiarchitecture in your social media posts for a chance to win exciting prizes. Learn more about the #GetToTheCenter contest.

Get your admission voucher today! Click HERE.


Bridge Lift Breakfast Dates Set: Watch Michigan Ave. Bridge Lift From Inside Tower’s Gear Room

One of Chicago’s most unique eating experiences is back: the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Bridge Lift Breakfast resumes in September in the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge.

Noshers can view the raising and lowering of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue) from inside the Gear Room of the museum located in the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit by Corner Bakery Café.

Recently named one of “The Most ‘Chicago’ Things To Do In Chicago” by Thrillist, the five-story McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is operated by the non-profit environmental group Friends of the Chicago River.

The museum offers spectacular views of the Riverwalk, the Chicago River and the skyline along Michigan Avenue as well as the machinery of the bascule bridge. Chicago’s fall season is marked by boats returning from Lake Michigan to their winter storage on the Chicago River requiring the raising and lowering of the city’s iconic bridges.

The Saturday Bridge Lift Breakfasts are scheduled for September 22nd, September 29th, October 6th, October 20th and October 27th.

Call the museum at 312-977-0227 or email to make a reservation. Bridge Lift Breakfasts are $15 per person. Saturday lifts begin around 9 a.m.

Founded in 1979, Friends of the Chicago River is an award winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve and protect the Chicago River for people, plants, and animals. With over 6,000members, volunteers, and online advocates, Friends works to make the river greener and more accessible, while building awareness of the benefits that a clean, healthy river can bring to communities across the watershed. Friends of the Chicago River is working to make the Chicago River one of the world’s greatest metropolitan rivers. For more information on Friends of the Chicago River, please visit our website:

Community Alert – Seeking to Identify – Wanted for Strong Arm Robbery – 18th District (Near North) 8/22/18

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