One Earth Film Festival – March 5-14, 2021

If you love movies and you care about your health, your community and our magnificent planet we call home, join the tenth anniversary season of the One Earth Film Festival, which takes place from March 5–14, 2021.

This year’s festival theme is “10 Years of Inspiring Change,” and you’re invited to watch more than 25 outstanding short and feature-length films that shine a light on the most important issues of our time. Learn solutions and actions addressing climate, environmental justice, conservation, waste and more. Watch online from the comfort of your own home, and participate in filmmaker and expert Q&As. Be moved. Be amazed. Be ready to create change.

Most film watch parties are free and advanced registration is highly recommended. Visit for a festival schedule and to reserve your tickets.

River North Aldermen’s Current Newsletters

To see the latest newsletter publications from our Aldermen on  go to Community, Ward Contacts & Current Newsletters.

Ward 42 – Alderman Brendan Reilly – February 26, 2021

Ward 27 – AldermanWalter Burnet – February 26, 2021

Ward 02 – Alderman Brian Hopkins – February 22, 2021



Gilda’s Club Chicago – UNTAPPED – March 11th – Purchase Tickets Now!

Join the Associate Board of Gilda’s Club Chicago and
Goose Island Brewing Co. from the comfort of your own home for a virtual food and beer tasting event.

March 11th:  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Each package consists of a three course meal and
three 32 oz growlers to compliment the food selections. Food and Beer pairing (enough food and drink for 2) – $100
Orders must be placed by March 5th.  View Full Menu

Purchase Tickets Today! 

RNRA’s Valentine’s Day Pet Photo Contest – The Winners!


Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to RNRA’s Valentine’s Day Pet Photo Contest. Six finalists were selected and an online ballot was conducted. The community voted for their favorites – and the winners are……..

First Place – Coco
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

Second Place – Louie
Woof You Be Mine?

Third Place – Domino
My Happy Place

Congratulations winners!

Winners were awarded Kriser’s Natural Pet gift cards in the amounts of $50.00, $25.00 and $10.00 respectively.

A special thank you to our generous partners at Kriser’s Natural Pet.   Check out their deal on the My River North mobile app.

Download My River North FREE from the App Store or Google Play. The “My River North” mobile app provides convenient access to River North news, events and resources, plus special discount offers at a variety of participating local businesses.


City of Chicago Expands Indoor Dining Service

In the week of 2/15/2021, the City of Chicago increased capacity of indoor service at bars, restaurants and event venues to the lesser of 40% capacity or 50 people per room or floor. This increase is due to the significant progress that Chicago continues to make in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and is based on the framework for reopening that Chicago announced last week.

In order to ensure that the reopening does not endanger the progress made in recent weeks and months, all other existing regulations for businesses remain in place for now and are listed below:

Restaurants, Bars and Events  
  • Indoor capacity restricted to the lesser of 40% or 50 people per room or floor
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. This means that bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can operate indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment so that food is available to patrons at all times (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).
  • Outdoor service is allowed without capacity restrictions, which includes tables located within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open, tents with at least 50% of their walls open, and single-party structures such as igloos or greenhouses
  • Maximum of six patrons at indoor or outdoor tables
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Patrons can sit at bars, with six feet of social distancing between parties
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Reservations are encouraged
  • The sale of alcohol must end at 11pm, including alcohol sold for on-site consumption, delivery or carry out
  • Establishments must close for on-site service at 12am

Health and Fitness Centers  

  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Group classes of 15 or fewer can resume under the 40% capacity restriction
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Indoor Recreation  

  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Movie Theaters and Performance Venues  

  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Retail Stores

  • Grocery stores and pharmacies can operate at 50% capacity, all other stores at 40% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Alcohol sales from establishments with a Package Goods license must end at 9pm


  • Can operate indoors at 25% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Personal Services

  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings can be removed only for services that require their removal

Places of Worship  

  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Special events capped at no more than 40% capacity or 50 people, while following indoor dining regulations
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

This cautious expansion of indoor service is possible due to Chicago recording fewer than 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, based on the seven-day rolling average, for each of the last three days. This means that all four metrics that Chicago is using to determine when and how to cautiously reopen have now moved into the “Moderate-Risk” level for at least three days, allowing for this expansion of indoor dining. The following metrics are being used to determine the process for continuing to ease COVID-19 regulations:

  • COVID cases diagnosed per day: currently averaging 344, in the “Moderate-Risk” level
  • COVID test positivity: currently averaging 3.6%, in the “Low-Risk” level
  • Emergency Departments visits for COVID-like illness: currently averaging 62 per day, in the “Moderate-Risk” level
  • ICU beds occupied by COVID patients: currently averaging 117, in the “Moderate-Risk” level
Residents can track the City’s progress on the reopening metrics on the COVID Dashboard, and updated COVID-19 regulations can be found at
Source:  Reilly Reports 2/19/2021

Does Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs Have Money for You?

Most people are surprised to learn that the state might have their missing money or unclaimed property – and they don’t even know it.

How much money? More than $3.5 billion. You can see if your name is among the thousands who have missing money by clicking here. Search your name, a relative’s name, the name of a business or the name of a non-profit.

Why might the treasurer have your money? Sometimes, a letter or check is mailed to the wrong address. Examples of unclaimed property include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. The State Treasurer is legally required to return the property to the rightful owner no matter how long it takes.

An estimated one-in-four people in Illinois have unclaimed property. Because unclaimed property is surrendered to the treasurer’s office twice each year, you should check the database twice each year; for example, on your birthday and six months later. Go to and learn more.

Filming Notice – No Parking/Tow Zones (Feb 22 – Feb 23)

Brown Line Track Repairs

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is performing maintenance on the Brown Line Elevated Track over North Franklin Street, between Hubbard Street and Grand Avenue. Work will occur from 8am-3:30pm during the weekdays and from 8am-7pm on the weekends.

North Franklin, between Grand Avenue and Hubbard Street will be closed (during the hours listed above) to vehicular traffic from Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 26.

Throughout the project, the following will be closed intermittently:

• Curb lanes and parking
• Alley access
• Sidewalks

All work is expected to be completed at the end of March 2021 (weather dependent).

Coffee with a Cop – February 12 – 2:00 p.m. 515 N. State Street



18th District CPD Presents Anti-Vehicular Hijacking Webinar – Saturday February 6th at 2:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the flyer

Zoom Webinar ID #835 0743 2553

Passcode 053223

February 6th – Saturday at 2:00 p.m.