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


RNRA Annual Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3rd 5:30-7:30pm

the-grid-bar-3 Please join us for RNRA’s Annual Meeting and Election Tuesday, Dec. 3rd 5:30-7:30pm at The Grid. The Grid is conveniently located at 351 W. Hubbard. Great way to meet your neighbors. Alderman Reilly along with 18th District Police Commander William Dunn will be on hand.

100th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting-Nov. 26th

christmas tree lighting

The City of Chicago and UL presents the 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza on Tuesday, November 26. The centennial celebration begins at 5 pm with a music program and the tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. Admission is FREE. Live performances begin at 5pm with feature performer Darlene Love, best known for her work with Phil Spector in the 1960s holiday favorite “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home.”

 The program and ceremony will be emceed by father-and-son journalists Lester Holt, host of Dateline NBC and weekend anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News, and Stefan Holt, Anchor, Mornings, NBC 5 Chicago. The hour-long program will feature The Trainees from the Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of The Joffrey Ballet, performing an excerpt from the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Other performances include songs from Broadway in Chicago’s Elf the Musical and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™.

 In 1913, the first Christmas tree was a gift to the residents of Chicago from an associate of Captain Herman Scheunemann and was lit in his honor. He was the captain of the Rouse Simmons, known as the “Christmas Tree Ship.” The ship was lost in a storm on Lake Michigan on November 23, 1912.

 The first municipal Christmas tree was lit on December 24, 1913 by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park.  The tree was a 35-foot Douglas Spruce placed on 40-foot poles and studded with smaller trees to give the appearance of a much larger tree. It was decorated with 600 multi-colored lights and topped with the Star of Bethlehem.

 Since 2009, Chicago’s Christmas tree has been a single tree donated by a Chicago-area family. During the summer and early fall, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events received more than 90 submissions from Chicagoland residents who hoped that their tree would be selected to shine on Daley Plaza during the holidays.

Chicago Ave. Bridge Repairs Oct. 21-Nov. 27th

chicago ave bridge
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is planning to replace or repair existing expansion joints along with sidewalk concrete repairs on the Chicago Avenue Bridge over the north branch of Chicago River. Construction will start on Monday, October 21, 2013 and will be completed by Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
During construction, one lane in each direction of vehicular traffic and at least one sidewalk will be maintained at all times. For more information, contact CDOT.