Coffee with a Cop – This Wednesday 6-19-19


When:  Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – 9:30 a.m.

Where:  Merchandise Mart  – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza (Marshall’s Landing)

Coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the Officers in your communtity.

For more information call 18th District CAPS office at 312-742-5778


18th District CPD Public Safety Workshop – Saturday June 15, 2019 3:00 p.m.


Please join the 18th District Community Policing Office for a free workshop covering the important topics of street safety and crime prevention awareness.

When:  Saturday, June 15, 2019   3:00 p.m.

Where:  18th District Police Station – 1160 N Larrabee, Chicago, IL

Speaker:  Officer Kelly

For more infrmation please contact:  18th District Community Policing Office at 312-742-5778

New Ethics Reform Package Introduced at City Council 

This week at City Council, a new package of ethics reforms were introduced that will increase ethics requirements for members of the City Council and bring greater transparency to the City’s legislative and policymaking processes. The proposed changes include restrictions to outside Aldermanic employment, expanded City Council oversight by the Office of the Inspector General and increased fines for ethics violations.

Alderman Reilly was on WGN Radio to discuss the Mayor’s new ethics initiatives.  Click the following links for more information about the ethics reforms and to listen to the radio show.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 6/14/19

Recyling in Chicago

Do you have questions about recycling policies or guidelines in the City of Chicago and want to learn more? Recycle by City – Chicago is your online resource for everything you want to know about recycling in Chicago.

Residents can look up their recycling schedule, learn how to properly dispose of common household items, how to request bulky items to be picked up and much more.

If you are interested in learning more about recycling in Chicago, please CLICK HERE  for more information.

CDOT and Divvy Offering Free Bicycle Riding Classes for Adults

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Divvy are adding more than 100 spots to the City’s free bicycle riding classes for adults, offered in the summer bike-riding season.

Classes are offered at three locations on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on Chicago’s west, south, and near north sides. CDOT is now accepting reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis for classes that start June 10. To RSVP any time before the class, please email or call (312) 744-8147.

The classes are taught by CDOT’s safety education team, the Bicycling Ambassadors, and are designed to encourage adults who have never ridden a bike or haven’t ridden recently to feel comfortable riding a bike on city streets.

Participants in the two-hour classes will receive a free helmet. The classes are also open to children if space is available, however, children under 16 are required to provide their own bike, as Divvy does not allow riders under 16. Riders under 5 feet 3 inches may feel more comfortable on a smaller bike if they can bring one.

From June 10 – August 31, the classes will alternate between three locations; the closest classes to the 42nd Ward will be at Seward Park, 375 W. Elm Street on Thursdays. For the full schedule and additional details please CLICK HERE.

Community Alert – Robberies – 018th District (Near North)

To print a copy, click HERE.

River North Clean Streets – A Cleaner, Safer & More Compassionate Neighborhood

River North is a unique and wonderful neighborhood with miles of riverfront, historic architecture, world class dining and thriving nightlife.

The Problem: Unfortunately, our many visitors often leave a shocking amount of litter behind when they head home after a night on the town. Since the Department of Streets and Sanitation has limited resources on weekends, the neighborhood has to live with unsightly and unsanitary streets and sidewalks until Monday morning.

The Solution:  The River North Clean Streets has arranged for Cleanslate Chicago  to tidy up our neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  In their bright yellow vests, the friendly, well trained Cleanslate crews pick up tons of garbage and recyclable materials, leaving our community cleaner, safer and healthier.

The Benefits:  Keeps our neighborhood looking great, promotes recycling, deters crime, improves public health and safety and provides life-changing support, training and temporary employment for hardworking Cleanslate interns eager to move toward self sufficiency.

Now in it’s third successful year, River North Clean Streets is a 501(c)3 non-profit, jointly managed by the River North Residents Association and the River North Business Association and endorsed by both Alderman Brendan Reilly and Commander Daniel O’Shea.

In 2018:

  • 620 bags of trash and 292 bags of recyclables (over 10 tons) were removed from our streets.
  • 101 hard-working crew members received potentially life-changing opportunities.

This program is made possible by local businesses, organizations and individuals who are willing to become block or program sponsors.  We wish to express our gratitude to all of our sponsors who are helping to maintain a cleaner, safer and more compassionate River North.

  • To view participating Block Sponsors, click here.
  • To view participating Program Sponsors, click here.

Click here to learn about the amazing deal and current service area. To become a sponsor click here.

































Make Music Chicago – June 21 – The largest single-day celebration of music!

On Friday, June 21, 2019, Chicago will join over 1,000 cities around the world in the largest single-day celebration of music. Inspired by France’s Fête de La Musique, Make Music Chicago is a free, citywide, do-it-yourself festival of music. Chicagoans of all ages and musical abilities, from seasoned professionals to those with no music experience, are invited to make music at any of the Make Music Chicago events, which include free sing-alongs, play-alongs, lessons, and performances. For a full schedule of events please visit

June 21st event highlights include:

Chicago Riverwalk – between Michigan Avenue and Lake Street
5:00-7:30PM – Make Music Chicago is thrilled to be offering a full evening of play-alongs, sing-alongs, and free music lessons along the Chicago Riverwalk. Instruments will be provided, just bring yourself!

Gallagher Way – 3635 N. Clark Street
6:30-8:00PM – Make Music Chicago is bringing our much-loved concert band play-along, Sousapalooza, to Gallagher Way! Bring your instrument and play some marches alongside the Navy Band Great Lakes. If you play flute, stick around for a play-along with the Chicago Flute Club later in the evening.*

*Registration required, please visit and

Breakey Theatre at Chicago State University – 9501 S. King Drive
2:00-7:30PM Try your hand at steel pans, harmonica and an array of percussion instruments at Breakey Theatre before jumping into a jam session with the South Side Jazz Coalition! Instruments will be provided, just bring yourself!

In case of inclement weather, the outdoor events (Chicago Riverwalk, Gallagher Way) will move to Broadway Armory – 5917 N. Broadway

Family Festival Fun in Ward Park

Despite an uncertain forecast, scores of River North families flocked to Ward Park for the RNRA’s annual Spring Family Festival. Laughter filled the air as the kids enjoyed flower planting, games, crafts, art, music, face painting, bubbles and balloon animals under mostly sunny skies in the beautiful riverfront setting. We sincerely appreciate the many local businesses and organizations whose activities and/or giveaways made the childrens’ experience so special. And a special thank you to our amazing volunteers, Marion Bryer, Margaret Nagala, Gina Spata, Stephanie Westerkamp, Nikki Sclafani and Nancy Kalchbrenner, without whom this wonderful event would not have been possible.

18th District CPD Faith & Action Prayer Walk in River North

On Friday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. 18th District Commander Daniel O’Shea led the community in a Faith and Action Prayer Walk from Evergreen and Hudson to Chicago and Larrabee and along the North branch riverwalk to Montgomery Ward Park (Kingsbury and Erie).   Pastor Randall Blakey of LaSalle Street Church led the group in prayer at several stops along the walk. It was a lovely night and a beautiful community experience.