New Illinois Law for Disabled Parking Placard Usage

A new Illinois law narrowing the use of disability parking placards went into effect Wednesday, January 1st. The law allows free metered parking only for drivers who receive placards based on their doctor’s attesting that they meet certain criteria as defined in the law.As of January 16th, the City of Chicago is now issuing tickets to motorists in violation of this new law.

The new Secretary of State-issued yellow and gray placards will allow qualified drivers to park for free at a meter. Blue placards will still be issued and will entitle people to park in parking lots, but they will not be permitted to park for free in metered spots.


To qualify for a new yellow and gray placard, drivers must have their doctor attest that they cannot do one of the following:

  • Feed parking meters “due      to the lack of fine motor control of both hands.”
  • Feed meters because they      need to use a wheelchair.
  • Reach above their heads      “to a height of 42 inches above the ground.”
  • Walk more than 20 feet due      to an orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular or lung condition.

Anyone ticketed for violating the new law in the Central Business District (CBD) will receive a $65 fine. Violations in areas outside the CBD will be $50.To learn more about changes to the Persons with Disabilities Parking Program, please click here or visit the FAQ page.

Gene Siskel Film Center to Host “Neigborhood Night” Feb. 17th

images 2On Monday, February 17, the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., the only movie theater in the Chicago’s Loop Theatre District, will host its second Neighborhood Night, an evening of community and quality cinema.

Last July’s event was such a success that the Film Center is eager to host a second one. The Film Center welcomes local workers, visitors, and most notably area residents to experience the unique cinema. Attendees will enjoy member ticket prices for the night, paying only $6 per screening, while Film Center members pay $5. A reception courtesy of Whole Foods Market will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A wide array of films are scheduled for the evening:

BAY OF ANGELS (6:00 p.m.), by director Jacques Demy, an elegant French tale of love and destruction; 7 BOXES (6:00 p.m.), a humorous Paraguayan thriller; Juliette Binoche in Auguste Rodin biopic, CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (7:45 p.m.), directed by noted filmmaker Bruno Dumont; and IN NO GREAT HURRY (8:00 p.m.), a documentary by Thomas Leach that focuses on the late pioneer of color photography, Saul Leiter.

For tickets and more information, visit

Hubbard Street Lane Closure

imagesCAX7ZICJPartial Lane Closure on Hubbard Street

Date and Time:  Starts Tuesday, January 14 to early February, 2014

Location:  Hubbard Street (from Orleans to Kingsbury)

Traffic  impact:  To accommodate an electrical hookup to a construction site,  there will be partial lane closures and temporary parking restrictions  along the block

Recycle Christmas Tree Locations

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation in partnership with the Chicago Park District will offer Holiday tree recycling through Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 23 locations citywide.

 Live Holiday trees with ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands removed can be dropped-off inside tree corrals set up at all 23 Park District locations.  Forestry Crews from the Department of Streets and Sanitation will chip trees into free mulch for residents. Limited amounts of free mulch will be available for residents to collect from all tree drop-off locations beginning on Friday, January 10.  The Holiday tree recycling program is not able to accept tree decorations, tree lights, wreaths or garland at these locations.

recycletreeHoliday tree Recycling drop-off locations nearest to River North:

  • Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr.
  • Lincoln Park, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)
  • Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Condominium Refuse Rebate Program

298[1]The following information is intended for Condominium Property Managers and Condominium Board Members regarding the annual Condominium Refuse Rebate application. One  application per Condominium Association shall be submitted by the  Property Management Company or Condominium Association. ***ATTENTION PROPERTY MANAGERS:  You must return all completed 2013 refuse rebate applications to Alderman Reilly’s City Hall office no later than JANUARY 15, 2014, or your application may be denied.DO NOT DELAY!

Application forms and additional information are available at the Committee on Finance website.   Submit completed applications to Alderman Reilly’s City Hall Office, located at 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 200 no later than January 15, 2014, or your application may be denied.

 Please ensure that completed applications are sent via a method that provides a “delivery confirmation” receipt.

 If  you have any questions about the Refuse Rebate program, please contact  the Committee on Finance at (312) 744-3332 or Alderman Reilly’s City  Hall Office at 312-744-3062 or via email at


Please note: Applications submitted after January 15, 2014 may be ineligible for the 2013 rebate and all subsequent years.

Wells Street Bridge is OPEN

cityshotnightAfter being closed for the past year, the newly reconstructed Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River opened up on Thursday, November 21st.  Alderman Reilly joined Mayor Emanuel, CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein, CTA President Forrest Claypool and other officials to reopen the bridge.

The complex project included replacing the trusses and all of the steel framing for the lower level road and upper level railway structures.  The mechanical and electrical components were also replaced, and the bridge’s historic elements, railings, bridge houses and major structural components were reconstructed to preserve the 1920s look of the bridge.

At the same time, the CTA rebuilt the Loop ‘L’ junction at Lake and Wells Streets, known as Tower 18, and performed additional track replacement at the curve over Hubbard Street between Wells and Franklin Street.  Combining their work saved CDOT and CTA a total of $500,000 in construction coordination costs.

The $50 million Wells Bridge project was funded through a combination of state and federal transportation improvement funds.

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Now thru Jan. 1st

holiday warm hands

Join the 18th District Police Department in a holiday drive to help homeless and needy families now until January 1st.Donations of new gloves, mittens, scarves and socks are needed for men, women and children, along with children’s pajamas, socks and underwear. All donations can be dropped off at the 18th District Community Policing Office at 1160 N. Larrabee.

For additional information, please call (312) 742-5778 or


2013 Holiday Food Drive Now thru Dec. 15th

food driveThe 18th District has announced their 2013 Holiday Food Drive now thru Dec. 15th.

Donations of non perishable food items may be made directly to

the Community Policing Office at 1160 N. Larrabee

Items will be donated to Near North homeless/needy families

and the Greater Chicago Food Depository

For additional information, please call (312) 742- 5778 or email

Happy Thanksgiving River North!

imagesCADJ6VWI Wishing all our River North friends, residents and businesses a very Happy, safe Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you at The Grid on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd 5:30-7:30pm for RNRA’s annual meeting.


Chicago Fire Department Memorial Dedication-Dec. 9th

firetruckOn Monday, December 9th, the Chicago Fire Department is dedicating a memorial for the 21 firefighters from Engine 42, Truck3 and Squad 1, who have died in the line of duty between the years of 1857 and 1981. To this time, there has been no local recognition or acknowledgement for the sacrifices these firefighters have made.  The Chicago Fire Department is inviting those who have developed valuable partnerships with them. Surviving family members are also invited as we pay proper respect and convey to them that after all these years, their loss has never been forgotten. There will be a brief presentation and refreshments will be served, followed by an open house at Engine 42.

Engine 42, Truck 3 and Squad 1 Memorial Monument Dedication

Monday, December 9, 2013

10:00 a.m.

Engine 42, located at 55 W. Illinois Street

Chicago, IL 60610