Update – Bally’s Temporary Casino at Medinah Temple

Last week, a meeting was held to brief local community and business organizations on the status of the temporary casino facility being constructed in the historic Medinah Temple building on Wabash, between Ontario and Ohio in River North. 

City officials representing the Mayor’s office, the 42nd and 2nd Wards, the Department of Planning and Development, the Department of Transportation, the Chicago Police Department, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication were present, along with several representatives of Bally’s Corp, the casino operator. Representatives from River North Residents Association, Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, Magnificent Mile Association, Greater River North Business Association, and Neighbors of River West were also in attendance.

During the meeting, many issues of concern to the community were raised, including public safety, vehicular and pedestrian traffic management, liquor service, and parking. RNRA has prepared a brief summary of the information provided by Bally’s and City Officials, which can be accessed here. A link to this material has been posted on RNRA’s main casino page.

Practice gaming sessions, required by the Illinois Gaming Board prior to the issuance of a final operating permit, will be conducted on September 6 and 7. During these sessions, all aspects of facility operations will be monitored to ensure that all legal and regulatory requirements, including gaming activities, security, and food and beverage service, are satisfied. If the results of the practice sessions are deemed acceptable by the IGB, operations could begin shortly thereafter.

Since the City Council voted to proceed with the Bally’s casino development in May of 2022, RNRA has endeavored to identify and advocate for adjustments to the plan with the goal of reducing harmful impacts to the surrounding communities, the citizens of Chicago, and the natural environment. The full recommendations can be accessed here.

Currently, RNRA’s casino-related advocacy is focused on issues with the greatest impact on public safety, quality-of-life, and infrastructure. For more information on RNRA’s continuing casino-related advocacy, click here.

18th Police District Council Meeting – September 26

The 18th Police District Council meeting is open to all. The Councils are tasked with making recommendations and holding monthly meetings to gather and relay information between citizens and the CPD.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Our monthly meeting on 9/26/23 will include CPD Commander Rodney Hill, Area 3 Detective Division as a speaker.  Commander Hill leads the Detectives that work on solving crimes in our 18th Police District, as well as all of the other northside lakefront Police Districts.

When: Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 PM

Where: St. James Lutheran Church – 2050 N. Fremont

RSVPS are appreciated.

18th District CAPS Annual Candy & Costume Collection

You can make a difference for children of families in Domestic Violence Shelters!  Please help the 18th District CAPS Office collect candy and new costumes for these children.  A collection box will be located in the 018th District Station at 1160 N. Larrabee.   Drop off by October 22.

To find out what is needed and what can be accepted, please scroll down to the information page below.

Consider starting a collection in the lobby of your building and ask a volunteer to bring it to the police station.

For a PDF of the Flyer CLICK HERE.  For a PDF of the information page, CLICK HERE.


Information Session – Refuge Crisis In River North

Want to learn about the refuge crisis in River North?

  • Why did they leave?
  • A common refuge journey
  • Near North and 18th Police District Community Response

This session will also provide attendees with tangible ways they can help from volunteering to help tutor students to giving financially to a 501C3 that would provide for basic needs at the 18th District. CLICK HERE for a PDF of the flyer.

18th District CPD Shredding, Electronic Recycling & Prescription Drug Drop Off Event

To print a copy of this flyer, CLICK HERE.

Community Business Alert – Commercial Burglary – Bureau of Detectives – Area 3




For a PDF to print and post, click HERE.

18th Police District Council August Meeting – August 22 – Open to All!

The 18th Police District Council meeting is open to all. The Councils are tasked with making recommendations and holding monthly meetings to gather and relay information between citizens and the CPD.

When: Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 PM

Where: Park Community Church – 1001 N. Crosby Street

CLICK HERE for a a PDF of the flyer.

RSVPS are appreciated.

Hello Neighbors,

We have a significant update to our agenda for our August 22ndDistrict Council meeting.  COPA Chief Administrator Andrea Kersten will speak at the meeting to address the process followed when allegations are made against a Chicago police officer.  This is particularly relevant considering the recent allegation against an 18thDistrict Police Officer.  While reviews of allegations are an important element of oversight, it is also important to acknowledge an allegation must be evaluated and sustained before any judgements are made.

Please attend this meeting to understand the process following an allegation as well as updates on other public safety issues. We hope to see you there!

18th Police District Council Members:
Bob Johnson, Karen Kane, and Brad Kessler 

RNRA’s 2023 FREE Back to School Bash – 8/15 Registration Required

RNRA is back with another free fun Family Event!  Join us for o our Back to School Bash before the movie “Minions: The Rise of Gru”  There will crafts, music, games, and more. Families can snap a picture at our special photo station and then settle in to watch the movie in beautiful Ward Park!  CLICK HERE for a PDF of the Flyer.  The event is free but registration is required. Register below/











2023 Movies in the Park – Next Movie 8/7/23 Monday

Movies in the Park
Movie in the Park

Each Summer since 2006, the River North Residents Association has hosted a series of outdoor films for residents and visitors. Community input is collected via an online survey and the selected films are shown in beautiful A. Montgomery Ward Park, located on the riverfront at Kingsbury and Erie. 

CLICK HERE for a PDF Flyer to share.

2023 Film Program Lineup

CLICK HERE to print a flyer to post and distribute

Monday, August 7
Ticket to Paradise @Univeral Pictures

Tuesday, August 15

MinionsMinions: The Rise of Gru    @Universal Pictures

There are no restrooms at Ward Park  or near Ward Park.  

Movies in the Park is supported by: San Pellegrino.


A huge THANK YOU to our

local Movies in the Park sponsors

whose generous support makes this program possible.

Please visit our sponsor tables before the movie!

Full Season Sponsors

Classical Music Chicago
Classical Music Chicago
FirstService Residential
FirstService Residential
Lira Guzi Salon
Lira Guzi Salon

Lofty Ventures

Lure FisbharLure Fisbhar
Onni GroupOnni Group
Tao ChicagoTao Chicago
The Gardner School
The Gardner School
The Godrey Hotel ChicagoThe Godrey Hotel Chicago
Victory ItalianVictory Italian
Wintrust River North
Wintrust River North

Monthly Movie Sponsors

Sprouts Academy Preschool Managed by Bright Horizons
Sprouts Academy Preschool
River North BistroRiver North Bistro
Twenty Six – An Event Venue

Interested in becoming a movie sponsor?

Click HERE for more information.

Try these Movie Specials from our Sponsoring Restaurants!

Park Address: 630 N. Kingsbury Street

           Lure FishBar – PICNIC IN THE PARK
Let Lure Fishbar pack you an amazing snack to enjoy with your movie in the park. Enjoy our delicious sushi or zesty chicken lollipops along with a caprese pasta salad, our famous deviled eggs and cookies fresh from the oven. We will deliver to the park. We will take pre orders until 10am the day of the movie and deliver everything before the movie starts. To Order call 312-660-6180.


Indulge in a delightful fully prepared 3 or 4-course family meal with Victory Italian’s Family Meals. Choose a salad, appetizer, and pasta. Big appetite? Add a fourth course with one of our classic Italian entrees. Buon appetito! (Available for carryout and delivery only). Order here

Community Alert – 18th District – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

To print a PDF of this Alert, CLICK HERE.