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: nadiagarcia@gildasclubchicago.org 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 lberkovich@rnrachicago.org.

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 info@rnrachicago.org. As our River North families keep growing, we can only host events with help from you!



Early Voting Ends April 4th

This week is your last chance to vote early in the April 7th Mayoral Election.  It is important that every Chicagoan exercise their right to vote!

Hurry, Early Voting is only offered until Saturday, April 4th.

Downtown Early Voting Sites:

  • Chicago Board of Elections
    69 W. Washington Street, Lower Level Conference Room
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications
    360 N. State Street
  • Access Living 
    115 W. Chicago Avenue

City elections have a direct impact on our daily lives, especially when it comes to major policy decisions that impact our quality-of-life and local tax burden. Don’t let someone else pick your next Mayor for you – take 5 minutes to cast your ballot for Chicago Mayor.

Community Meeting for Proposed Development-West Hubbard and North Wells St. – March 31st

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Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) are cohosting a community presentation for a development proposal at the property on the southwest corner of West Hubbard Street and North Wells Street. Per the Alderman’s direction, representatives of the Centrum Partners LLC 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 an 8-story office building and 22-story residential building containing 193 residential units. Both buildings will have ground floor commercial space. 91 parking spaces located in the residential building will serve both buildings.
  • WHAT: SW corner of West Hubbard Street and North Wells Street
  • WHO: Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and River North Residents Association WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Where: Paris Club, 59 W Hubbard St, 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.

2015 Summer in Ward Park Movies Announced


The votes have been counted…and the six movies that will be shown in the A. Montgomery Ward Park during RNRA’s  Summer 2015 season are:

“Unbroken”, “The Fugitive,” “Into the Woods,” “Groundhog Day”, “A League of Their Own,” and “Frozen – Sing Along.”

Our first movie will begin June 16th. Other dates will be announced once confirmed by the Chicago Park District.

Movies are sponsored by your River North Residents Association (RNRA) and the Chicago Park District.

Thank you to the hundreds of residents who  participated in our survey.
Interested in volunteering for our Park Advisory Council, please email us at info@rnrachicago.org.
Interested in sponsoring a movie, please contact us too.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

10329257_10153140013169561_6708853033958733720_nThe roots of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced as far back as 1847!  The Show, held each March at Chicago’s Navy Pier (March 14-22, 2015), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long and cold Chicago winter.

Presented by Mariano’s, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show creates an experience that the attendee will never forget by presenting realistic, as well as DIY solutions to inspire, educate and motivate the next generation of gardener.

For More information.

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Chicago Parade


Festivities for the Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, will kick off at 9:30 am when the Chicago River is transformed to a bright shade of Emerald Green. The dyeing ceremony takes place at the intersection of Columbus Drive and the Chicago River.  The best viewing locations this year are the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Columbus Drive Bridge, or Upper and Lower Wacker between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.

The annual Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade follows the river dyeing ceremony. One of the largest in the country, this year celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the parade’s sponsorship by the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Local Union 130 UA. The parade begins at noon and the route runs on Columbus Drive between Balbo Drive and Monroe Street.


2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Start Time: 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday, March 14th

Admission: FREE

More Information: Visit the Official Website


Parade Route: North on Columbus Drive between Balbo and Monroe


Boundaries of Parade: (including staging area)Columbus

from Roosevelt to Randolph

Congress from Michigan to Columbus

Jackson from Michigan Ave to Lake Shore Drive


Street Closure Times:    

Staging area – 8:00am

Eastbound Congress (from semi-circle to Columbus) – 8:00am

Balbo (from LSD to Michigan) – 8:00am

Columbus – full shutdown around 8:30am

*Streets will reopen after the parade has concluded, streets have been cleaned and public safety issues subside, approximately 3:00pm.


If you are planning to attend any St. Patrick’s Day festivities, or will be traveling in the area during this time, please consider taking public transportation. Information is available on the CTA website.

Come out and Play! Spring Registration for Chicago Park District Programs Now Open

Online registration for spring park programming opens this week. The Park District works with residents to ensure that programming is affordable regardless of income level. In December, the Park District launched a redesign of the registration site, including a mobile friendly version.  Learn more about the design changes here.

Residents can register for programs online. Spring registration stared Monday, February 23 for parks located WEST of California Ave. and opened Tuesday, February 24 at 9:00am for parks EAST of California Ave. In-person registration for most parks begins on Saturday, February 28 for most parks.  Spring programs and activities begin the week of March 30, and end the week of June 1st.

Register for spring programs and earn 400 Park Points™ per registration (up to 2,000 total points for spring session). Visit www.chiparkpoints.com to learn more.

For more information, contact your local park, call 312-742-PLAY or visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.