Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs) Permit and Tag $5

Dog friendly areas are designated sections within Chicago parks or beaches, where dogs are allowed to run and play off -leash, the only areas in the city where this is allowed.  Until the creation of these areas, dogs were only allowed in the city’s parks on a leash. Many of these sites provide features such as doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for shy dogs, dog owner bulletin boards, trash receptacles and extra doggie bags.

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a dog friendly area must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. Please be responsible when using these areas by following the policies and procedures for Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Areas.
We hope your dog enjoys running, playing and socializing with other dogs in a Chicago Park District dog friendly area. Remember to be safe, obey the rules, and respect the park and others.

For further information on dog friendly areas:

Where can I get a permit and tag? Permits and tags are available at participating Chicagoland veterinary offices. If you are an out-of-state resident you have the option of contacting a participating veterinary office.   Most of the Chicagoland veterinarians will assist those whose own vets are not participating.  You should call them first to confirm that they will assist you, what paperwork is necessary to obtain the permit and tag, and to determine how much they charge for an office visit. You can also have your own veterinarian purchase the tag on your behalf from the Chicago Park District. They can contact us at 312-742-4687.  View the list of participating Chicagoland veterinary offices. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/dog-friendly-areas/participating-veterinarians/

Liquor Licensing Hearing Tuesday June 17th-10am

A City Hall Community hearing concerning GTE Development Group/ Board Room will be held at 10 am, Tuesday June 17th at 121 N. LaSalle St. in room 805.Boardroom

RNRA Summer Movies in Ward Park Begin June 17th!

mipjunernrascreenFor the second year in a row, hundreds of our River North residents voted in our summer movie survey.  Shown in A. Montgomery Ward Park, movies will begin Tuesday June 17th at sundown. We are looking for volunteers to help us greet and hand out programs prior to the movies. Interested, please contact info@rnrachicago.org.

This year’s movie line-up:

  • June 17thAs Good As it Gets
  • July 1st – Captain Phillips
  • July 15th – Chicago
  • July 29th – Gravity
  • August 12th – The Blind Side
  • August 26th – The Lego Movie

The six movies are sponsored by RNRA with the support of the Chicago Park District. The cost of each move is paid by RNRA along with support from local businesses who sponsor our program. The movies are selected from a catalog supplied by the Park District. All movies are rate PG-13 or lower.

Please remember Dogs are NOT allowed in A. Montgomery Ward Park at anytime. Alcohol is also prohibited.

See you in the park!

Chicago Blues Festival June 13-15th

 

bluesflyercoverThe 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival, June 13 through June 15 in Grant Park is the largest FREE blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. This year the festival theme celebrates “Blues by the Lake,” with three days of the finest blues music featuring headliners Carolina Chocolate Drops, Otis Taylor Band and a special celebration commemorating the centennial of John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson featuring Billy Boy Arnold and The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band with Sam Lay. Also headlining, Theo Huff, Willie Clayton, Bettye LaVette Nikki Hill, Aaron Neville and Dr. John.

The FREE admission Chicago Blues Festival is open from 11am to 9:30pm daily. The Petrillo Music Shell will feature headliners at 6pm–9:30pm on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. The stage will run 5:30pm–9:30pm on Sunday, June 15.

During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor. Admission is free.

Please visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us for more information.

 

Member Cards Available Here

MC_2014_ArtLooking for discounts in River North? Please sign up for your Member Card today!

Filming & Construction in River North

Spring has sprung and Hollywood has returned to River North! Please take note of upcoming filming schedules in our neighborhood.

Filming Notification on Kinzie

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Location: 66 W. Kinzie

Traffic Impact: The north side of Kinzie

CTA Construction Activity under Brown Line

Date and Time: Every night beginning Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to Friday, May 16, 2014 from 7 pm to 6 am the next day

Location: Franklin St (between Illinois and Chicago)

Traffic Impact: To accommodate installation of new steel structure to remove a slow zone there will be a “No Parking / Tow Zone”

 

CTA Construction Activity under Brown Line

Date and Time: Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 6 am to 8 pm

Location: Franklin St (between Illinois and Chicago)

Traffic Impact: To accommodate installation of new steel structure to remove a slow zone there will be a “No Parking / Tow Zone”. Please note there may be noise prior to 9 am for staging of trucks and preparing equipment, but the most loud noise will take place after 9 am

 

Community Meeting for 167 West Erie Street and 720 North LaSalle Street

The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Monday, May 19 at 6 pm for a development proposal for properties located at 167 West Erie Street and 720 North LaSalle Street. The meeting will be held at Gino’s East former site, 633 N. Wells Street.   Representatives of the Magellan Development team will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about these two proposals.

Alderman Reilly will co-host the meeting in conjunction with your River North Residents Association (RNRA) and monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.

WHAT:     167 West Erie Street and 720 North LaSalle Street

WHO:       Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and River North Residents Association (RNRA)

WHEN:     Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:   Gino’s East Restaurant (note the former location)

               633 N Wells Street

               Chicago, IL 60654 

 

We hope you can join RNRA and Alderman Reilly 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.

Thank you River North Families & Volunteers!

egg hunt in park Thank you to all our of our volunteers and families for another successful event Spring Egg hunt! We had record turnouts for hunting 1500 eggs on Saturday. A BIG thank you to our Family chair Lana Berkovich (lberkovich@rnrachicago.org) for organizing this year’s event along with our very special sponsors, Jeff Stogsdill State Farm, Connie Regas’ Fleur de lis, Suzuki-Orf music and Cleo. We also want to thank our volunteers and RNRA committee chairpersons for lending their help. We would love to host more FREE events for our families and are always looking for volunteers.

 

 

RNRA/Aldm. Reilly Community Meeting for Proposed 750 N. Hudson Project

The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Monday, April 28th at 6 pm for a development proposal for the property located at 750 N. Hudson Avenue. The meeting will be held at Kinmont Restaurant, 419 W. Superior Street.   Representatives of the ONNI Group development team will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about this proposal.  Alderman Reilly will co-host the meeting in conjunction with the River North Residents Association (RNRA) and monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.

The ONNI group has submitted a proposal for the development of a 25-story mixed use building to contain 240 residential units, 10,000 square feet of retail space, two landscaped roof terraces for residents, and an open green space at the corner of Kingsbury Street and Chicago Avenue.

WHAT:     750 N. Hudson Avenue Proposal

WHO:       Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and River North Residents Association (RNRA)

WHEN:     Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:   Kinmont Restaurant

               419 W. Superior Street

               Chicago, IL 60654 

 

We hope you can join RNRA and Alderman Reilly 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.

April is a Great Month to Visit a Museum for Free

free museum

Looking for something to do when the weather can’t decide if it’s spring or still winter? Check out some of Chicago’s best museums this month for free.

Monday

Adler Planetarium | Illinois teachers and active military personnel receive FREE general admission.

The National Museum of Mexican Art | Admission is FREE all month of April.

Tuesday

Adler Planetarium | Illinois teachers and active military personnel receive FREE general admission.

Swedish American Museum | FREE admission the second Tuesday of every month. (April 8)

Museum of Contemporary Art | FREE admission on Tuesdays year round for Illinois residents (April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29).

Loyola University Museum of Art | FREE for all visitors on Tuesdays (April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29). Free with proper identification to members, Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff, Loyola students, clergy members, employees of other museums, youth 17 and under, and active military members and their families.

The National Museum of Mexican Art | Admission is FREE all month of April.

Wednesday

Adler Planetarium | Illinois teachers and active military personnel receive FREE general admission.

Clark House Museum | FREE admission on Wednesdays (April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30).

Glessner House Museum | FREE admission on Wednesdays (April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30).

Charnley-Persky House | 1 tour at noon on Wednesdays (April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30): It’s first come first serve and there is a limit of 15 people who can take the tour.

The National Museum of Mexican Art | Admission is FREE all month of April.

Thursday

      Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier |  Kraft Free Family Night: Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. (April 3, 10, 17, 24).

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | FREE admission on Thursdays for Illinois residents (April 3, 10, 17, 24).

The National Museum of Mexican Art | Admission is FREE all month of April.

Adler Planetarium | Illinois teachers and active military personnel receive FREE general admission.

Art Institute of Chicago | FREE admission for Illinois residents every Thursday evening (April 3, 10, 17, 24) from 5-8 p.m.

Friday/Saturday

The National Museum of Mexican Art | Admission is FREE all month of April.

Adler Planetarium | Illinois teachers and active military personnel receive FREE general admission.

Sunday

Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier | FREE admission the first Sunday of the month for visitors age 15 and under. (April 6)

The National Museum of Mexican Art | Admission is FREE all month of April.

Adler Planetarium | Illinois teachers and active military personnel receive FREE general admission.