Community Alert – Seeking to Identify

Chicago City Council Approves Bally’s Casino Proposal

On May 25, the City Council approved Bally’s proposal, including a permanent casino on the Tribune Publishing site and a temporary Medinah Temple facility, by a vote of 41 to 7. The measure now goes to the Illinois Gaming Board for final approval. RNRA will work with local Alderpersons to review the plan and recommend adjustments with the goal of reducing negative neighborhood impacts.  Stay tuned to our website for updates –

Chicago Police Department Youth District Advisory Council Summer Leadership Institute

CLICK HERE to learn more and apply. For more details on this specific program call 312-745-5900.

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One Summer Chicago – Jobs for Youth 18 to 24

CLICK HERE to learn more and apply.

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Run to Remember – Congratulations Blue for Bauer #1 Fundraising Team

Congratulation team Blue for Bauer who raised $21,031 for Run to Remember – the #1 Fundraising Team!  Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and walk/run with RNRA and our 18th District.

We participate in honor of fallen Commander Paul Bauer.  February 11, 2022 marked the 4th anniversary of his tragic death. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.



Community Meetings – Proposed Cannabis Dispensaries – May 10 & May 23 – In Person

RNRA Co-hosts River North
Cannabis Community Meetings
To operate an Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary, an Application for Special Use must be filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The ZBA will hold a hearing to consider the Special Use application, notice of which will be provided at a later date.
In advance of this hearing, applicants for Adult Use Cannabis Dispensaries are required to hold a Community Meeting to explain their proposal and gather community feedback. The following community meetings have been scheduled. Each meeting is co-hosted by the River North Residents Association and the proposed dispensary operator.
No RSVP is necessary for in-person meetings
PTS Corp in partnership with Bio-Pharm
Proposed dispensary at 605 North Clark Street
  • When: Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 PM (rescheduled from April 27th)
  • In-Person: Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Ave
  • Via Zoom: Link to Meeting – Meeting ID: 882 0928 7994, Passcode: 392806
  • For more information please contact the attorney for the Applicant, Mara Georges, at 312-209-3150.
GRI Holdings, LLC
Proposed dispensary at 612 North Wells Street
  • When: Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 PM (rescheduled from May 2nd)
  • In-Person: Westin Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn
  • Via Zoom: Link to Meeting – Meeting ID: 831 9197 3745, Passcode: 594728
  • For more information about this application and/or the community meeting, please contact the Applicant’s attorney, Nick Ftikas, Law Offices of Sam Banks, at 312-782-1983.
Alderman Reilly does not control the outcome of this public process. The Alderman may offer his opinion on the proposed Special Use to the Zoning Board of Appeals. He also encourages local residents to share their feedback and positions with the ZBA via written testimony.

Watch a Recording of Special Casino Committee Meeting – May 9th

Watch a Recording of the
May 9 Special Casino Committee Meeting
The Special Casino Committee held a virtual subject matter hearing to
“discuss the finalists selected to develop a casino in the City of Chicago”
on Monday, May 9. A recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

Tribune Site Casino TownHall – May 12 – Register & Attend

RNRA encourages residents to REGISTER & ATTEND
Townhall Meeting for Bally’s Casino Tribune site.
When: Thursday, May 12 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: UIC Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road
Registration: Required
The meeting is also available to livestream at:
Representatives from the city and Bally’s Corporation will be there to share additional information, respond to questions, and hear from community members.
Ample public parking is available nearby on Morgan Street, just north of Roosevelt Road. ASL interpreting will be provided. If you require other accommodation or need language interpretation, please email by Monday, May 9.

Possible Cinco de Mayo “Celebrations” on Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has indicated they are preparing for a large number of cars and caravans in the Downtown neighborhoods in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, on Thursday May 5, 2022. The City has not permitted any planned events, but CPD is closely monitoring social media chatter and proactively planning to mitigate traffic delays.
It is expected that this may affect routes on Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, and State Street. CPD is prepared to divert traffic in order to minimize the negative impact on businesses and residents, and may enact street closures to divert the caravan into alternate routes as needed. Alderman Reilly encourages residents to allow for extra travel time when traveling in the area.
Residents can receive real-time alerts from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) relating to traffic closures. Notify Chicago is a city service that provides residents with text messages, and/or e-mail alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations (including traffic impacts, severe weather emergencies, and hazardous materials) taking place throughout Chicago. Click here to register.

Alderman Reilly Quoted In Crain’s Casino Article

On Tuesday, April 20, Alderman Reilly went on record with Crain’s Chicago Business to raise serious concerns about the objectivity of the selection process for the Chicago casino. Please click here to read the Alderman’s comments.