Community Meeting for 353 West Grand – Monday, June 22nd

The River North Residents Association and Alderman Brendan Reilly are cohosting  a community presentation for a development proposal for the property located at 353 West Grand Avenue on Monday, June 22nd at East Bank ClubAR-121019823.

Representatives of the ONNI Group and its development team will present their plans and answer questions you may have about this proposal. Alderman Reilly will co-host the meeting with RNRA to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.

The applicant has submitted a proposal for the development of a 32-story mixed-use building. The proposed building will include ground floor retail, a total of 330 residential units located within the 2nd – 32nd floors, 65 onsite interior parking spaces for retail users and 206 onsite interior parking spaces for residents. The proposed building will also include a podium on the 5th floor, which will include an outdoor pool and accessory amenities.

WHAT:           353 West Grand Avenue

WHO:            Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and

                        River North Residents Association (RNRA)                  

WHEN:         Monday, June 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

WHERE:      East Bank Club

                        Riverview Room, 1st Floor

                        500 North Kingsbury Street

                        Chicago, IL 60654

Please join Alderman Reilly and RNRA to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of their proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.


Ward Park will Be “Singin’ in the Rain” this Sunday – May 17th

download River North Residents Association is proud to announce that A. Montgomery Ward Park has been chosen to be part of the City of Chicago’s 3rd Annual Night in the Parks to coincide with the cities inaugural weekend.  The Chicago Park District with your RNRA will host the classic musical comedy “Singin in The Rain” (partly due to a chance of rain in the forecast) this Sunday night, May 17th at sundown (approximately 7:45pm ish). Grab your blankets, one for the ground, one to keep you warm. Please remember Dogs are never allowed in the south end of Ward Park. We have been warned by CPD, fines up to $300 will be levied to owners who fail to comply. This is Chicago Park District property and their ordinance.

Thank you to all our Residents!


Thank you to all our members of the River North Residents Association (RNRA) and Pet Owners
Committee for their help  cleaning up the park and riverwalk this past Saturday. Please remember Dogs are not allowed in the south part of Ward Park. Fines of up to $300 may be given to dog owners who keep walking their dogs in Montgomery Ward Park.

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Chicago Help Initiative “Helping Hands” Benefit

Community Meeting for the Northwest Corner of Ontario & Wells – May 12th

Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) are cohosting a community presentation for  a development proposal for the property located at the northwest corner of Ontario & Wells. Representatives of the JDL Development team will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about this proposal.

 The applicant has submitted a proposal for the development of a 22-story building containing approximately 253 residential units with ground floor retail, commercial space and a 2-story commercial building. 117 accessory off-street parking spaces will be provided.

WHAT:     Northwest corner of Ontario & Wells, Chicago, Illinois

WHO:      Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and

River North Residents Association (RNRA)   

WHEN:     Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm

WHERE:   Gino’s East

500 N. LaSalle, 3rd Floor

Chicago, IL 60654

We hope you can join Alderman Reilly and your RNRA to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of their proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.

Special Announcement from Anti-Cruelty: I-Bark-In-the Park

After 20 years hosting Chicago’s first dog-friendly event, The Anti-Cruelty Society regrets to report that Bark in the Park 21 has been cancelled due to a local outbreak of Canine Influenza.

Due to the highly contagious nature of this virus, The Anti-Cruelty Society feels it pertinent in following our mission to promote a healthy and safe community to cancel the event scheduled for Sunday, May 3 at Montrose Harbor.

While we are deeply saddened by this decision, we hope our friends and supporters understand. Further, we’d like to extend a call to action to continue fighting on behalf of the thousands of homeless pets the Society serves each year by participating in iBark in the Park! 

River North Open Books Moving May 22nd



Sadly, Open Books is moving from River North but not too far from us. Open Books’ new home will be conveniently located at 651 W. Lake Street and will reopen on May 22nd. Thank you Open Books for being such a good neighbor and good luck in your new location!  The last date to donate books at the River North location at 213 W. Institute Place was Sunday, April 19th.


Gilda’s Club Red Door Runners Marathon Registration Ends April 21st

RDR_0The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 21!

Marathon Registration Ends on Tuesday, April 21 – Don’t Wait, Sign Up Today and run for Gilda’s Club Chicago!

Are you or someone you know thinking about running the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?  Sign up today as a Red Door Runner to support Gilda’s Club Chicago and guarantee your entry into the race.  Registration ends on April 21st!

Our Red Door Runners raise critical support to keep more than 350 activities free each month for anyone impacted by cancer.  You’ll also have access to free training from Coach Brendan and a Gilda’s Club Chicago running T-shirt. Dust off those running shoes to help increase funding and awareness for GCC!

Contact Nadia Garcia to guarantee your spot now: or (312) 464-9900

Street Sweeping Season Starts Wednesday, April 1st

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) will resume their seasonal street sweeping schedule on Wednesday, April 1 through November 30.  DSS fleet of street sweepers help to keep streets clean and prevent dirt and debris from entering the sewer system – ultimately allowing for better drainage during a rain storm.

Click on the image below to view an interactive map of the 2015 Street Sweeping Schedule for the months of April and May 2015 only.   

For the first few weeks of the street sweeping season, DSS will operate using the old ward boundaries. An updated sweeping schedule will be released when they switch to the current, new ward boundaries.

To download the schedule through May 15, click here to visit their website.


RNRA Annual Spring Egg Hunt April 4th-Noon

egghunt in parkYour River North Residents Association (RNRA) is hosting our annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th beginning at noon in Montgomery Ward Park. This is another FREE RNRA event. The Egg hunt will START promptly at 12:30pm.

To make sure we have enough eggs, please RSVP to

RNRA is an ALL volunteer neighborhood association and we welcome residents who would like to help us even for 1/2 hour before, during or after our event.  If interested, please contact us As our River North families keep growing, we can only host events with help from you!