Families and Kids

RNRA hosts many community events throughout the year, not the least of which are our family events.  Our Family Programs Committee organizes fun, educational events to bring the children and parents of our community together in a safe, happy environment.  Scroll down for pictures!

The committee is composed of volunteer parents, and we are always looking for more parents to participate in the planning and hosting of our events. Please go to RNRAChicago.org/volunteer if you would like to help make this neighborhood a great community for your kids.
River North is fortunate to have as one of its many parks the beautiful and spacious A. Montgomery Ward Park, honoring one of Chicago’s great champions of open space.  It is in this park that RNRA hosts most of its well-attended family events.  All family events are free and open to the public.

Thank you to our participating local businesses & organizations!

Our family events would not be possible without the participation of local businesses and organizations who create all the fun with games & activities.    Thank you!

Aligned Modern Health

Belgravia Group, Ltd.

British Swim School

Butler Children’s Prep

Chicago Center for Music Education

Chicago Dance

Chitown Trainer

Companion Animal Hospital River North

Cradles to Crayons

Dance TO EvOLvE

Design Dance

Dog.Hotel | Day Care

East Bank Chiropractic

Friends of the Chicago River

Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls

GEMS World Academy Chicago


Gilda’s Club Chicago

Gino’s East


Jeff Stogsdill State Farm

Luspiration Fitness

Macaroni Kid Chicago

Mathnasium of Chicago – West Loop

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Music Institute of Chicago

Office Depot

Park Community Church

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Present Place

River North Hand Wash & Detailing

River North Gym

Roque Salon & Lashe Spot

Sonnets Academy

Sprouts Academy Preschool

Superior House

The Comedy Bar

The Habitat Company

VP Realty Team/ Keller Williams Chicago Lincoln Park

Save the 2019 Dates for these fun and fabulous River North sponsored Family Events:
  • June 1 (Saturday) – Spring Festival 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 20 (Tuesday) – Back-to-School Bash 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by a movie in the park!
  • October 26 (Saturday) –  Halloween Festival 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


We would like to invite you to participate  at our events.  It’s a great opportunity to meet neighborhood families and to promote your business/organization.
All our events are FREE– both to participating businesses and to the public, but space is limited.  We ask that you provide some kind of activity and/or prizes/giveaways for the kids.  There are no strict requirements.  We simply ask that they are safe and appropriate.
Interested in participating?   Please submit your on-line application by the deadlines given.  Each event requires an application.  To apply, click here.
  • Spring Festival – Application deadline 5-10-19
  • Back-to-School Bash – Application due by 7-31-19
  • Halloween Festival – Application due by 9-28-19





2018 BACK-TO-SCHOOL MOVIE PARTY – Before the movie Coco