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July 2018

“Dog (& Cat) Days of Summer” Free Adoption thru 7-31-18

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - July 31 @ 6:00 pm
Chicago Animal Care & Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL

Find Your New Best Friend at the “Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer” Free Adoption Event Chicago Animal Care and Control has waived its adoption fee through July 31, 2018 for dogs and cats 6 months or older. Give them a chance and you may find your new best friend! Check the list of dogs and cats currently available here. Photos, video, and bios for adoptable pets can be found on the volunteer-run CACCAdoptables page. For more information about adoption requirements, click here.

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Community Presentation for Proposed Development at 444 N. Dearborn

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Albert Theatre (Inside Goodman Theatre), 170 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601
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Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association invites you to join us  at an informational presentation regarding a development proposal for the site located at 45-75 W. Illinois St., 430-450 N. Dearborn St., 46-76 W. Hubbard St., 431-451 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois. Representatives of the EC 42 Developer LLC (“Applicant”)  development team will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about this proposal. Alderman Reilly will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion and record your feedback.…

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2018 Taste of River North

July 20 - July 22
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Taste of River North – 17th Season of 3 fun filled days dedicated to the River North good life! The River North neighborhood will dazzle once again when its signature food and culture festival, Taste of River North, takes place for a 17th consecutive season, July 20-22. With its unique location in Ward Park, this colossal summer party differs from the typical Chicago street festival. 35,000-plus are expected to gather in the picturesque green park setting next to the Chicago…

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Movies in the Park – The Greatest Showman

July 24 @ 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Call a friend, grab a blanket and join us in A. Montgomery Ward Park for a movie under the stars.  All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. To confirm weather-related cancellations call the Movies in the Park Hotline (312-742-1134), go to My Chi Parks mobile app or RNRA social media. Follow us and Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Please remember, the Chicago Park District prohibits dogs in this section of Ward Park. July 24, 2018:   The Greatest Showman PG Special performance by Chicago…

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Second Community Presentation for Proposed Development at 444 North Dearborn

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Springhill Suites, 410 N. Dearborn Street - 2nd Floor Breakfast Area
Chicago, IL 60654
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  Thank you to those who were able to attend the 444 North Dearborn community meeting on July 16!  Alderman Reilly appreciates your feedback. Please find the links for the presentation and traffic study below: Presentation Traffic Study Due to low attendance at the initial community meeting on July 16, Alderman Reilly has asked the development team to host a second meeting closer to the impacted area for the convenience of nearby residents. The development team will present their plans and answer any…

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August 2018

Alderman Reilly and Representative Stratton Host Community Shred Day

August 6 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ohio Place Dog Park, 360 W. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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  Alderman Brendan Reilly and State Representative Juliana Stratton are cohosting a Community Shred Day on Monday, August 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ohio Place Dog Park located at 360 West Ohio Street. Help protect yourself from identity theft!  Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information - such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications and outdated medical records - to be safely shredded. Please remember to…

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CANCELLED – RNRA Inaugural Community Walks/018 District National Night Out

August 7 @ 4:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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18th District National Night Out:  August 7, 2018  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The 018th District is hosting the “35th Annual National Night Out”.   National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to build strong community partnerships and promote safe neighborhoods.  Come out and join your neighbors to help build a stronger, safer community, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership. Family Style Barbeque, Kids activities, games, bouncy-house, face-painting, give-aways, Chicago Police S.W.A.T., Mounted, Canine, Chicago Fire Department Engine…

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Movies in the Park – The Post

August 7 @ 8:15 pm - 10:11 pm
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Call a friend, grab a blanket and join us in A. Montgomery Ward Park for a movie under the stars.  All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. To confirm weather-related cancellations call the Movies in the Park Hotline (312-742-1134), go to My Chi Parks mobile app or RNRA social media. Follow us and Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Please remember, the Chicago Park District prohibits dogs in this section of Ward Park. August 7, 2018:  The Post  PG-13 Movies in the Parks is…

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Camp Northerly ’18

August 10 @ 4:00 pm - August 11 @ 10:00 am
Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL
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Experience the parks like never before next weekend (Friday 8/10 and Saturday 8/11) at this annual one-of-a-kind camp out on Northerly Island. Gotta keep  campers well fed! Enjoy an appetizer hour by Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, a camp-themed dinner feat. Luella’s Southern Kitchen & Vincent Chicago, and sweets by Eli’s Cheesecake, Edge of Sweetness, and Lifeway Kefir. Special s’mores station feat. homemade fixings by Katherine Anne Confections and Amy’s Candy Bar! Also available Goose Island’s Brewer’s Basecamp, CH Distillery, Rhine Hall Distillery, Social Sparkling Wine, Brew Dr. Kombucha, and Fruit Belt Sparkling Fruit Tonic. Plus, Goose’s Sofie-mosas…

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Highline presents Belgian Chocolate Brunch

August 11 @ 11:00 am - August 12 @ 4:00 pm
Highline, 169 W. Kinzie
Chicago, IL 60654
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Check out Highline on My River North mobile app for a special deal. Download My River North mobile app today from the App Store or Google Play!

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The 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show

August 18 @ 10:00 am - August 19 @ 3:00 pm
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The 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell Oil Products and the City of Chicago, will take place August 18 and 19 from 10am to 3pm daily along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as the show center. The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest FREE admission air and water exhibition of its kind in the United States. To mark the 60th year of the popular lakefront event, the show will…

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Honoring Chicago’s Founder: 200th Year Memorial of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable

August 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pioneers Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Join the DuSable Park Coalition, Chicagoans, and visitors, Saturday, August 18, 2018 for events honoring Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable (1745 - 1818), Chicago's first non-native settler. DuSable, a man of Haitian descent, worked as a trader and entrepreneur, establishing the first settlement on the north bank of the Chicago River in 1773, the current site of Tribune Tower. For more information, click here to view the event page, or contact Friends of the Parks at info@fotp.org.

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RNRA Family Event – Back to School Movie Party – Before the movie Coco

August 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Join River North Residents Association for our annual blockbuster Back-to-School Movie Party in Ward Park. Fun kids’ activities, sports, games, and prizes!  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Activities start at 5:30 p.m. Event followed by screening of Coco. Movie starts at dusk. To print this flyer, click here.

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IMF – Rush Hour Concerts

August 21 @ 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL
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The International Music Foundation Presents – Rush Hour Concerts 2018 Enjoy Free Weekly Classical Music Performances Just Steps Away From The Magnificent Mile The International Music Foundation (IMF) is proud to present the Summer 2018 season of Rush Hour Concerts (RHC). Beginning June 5 and continuing every Tuesday through August 28, join IMF for free weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral located at 65 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Rush Hour Concerts, founded by Deborah Sobol in 2000, aims to reinvent the…

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Movies in the Park – Coco

August 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Call a friend, grab a blanket and join us in A. Montgomery Ward Park for a movie under the stars.  All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. To confirm weather-related cancellations call the Movies in the Park Hotline (312-742-1134), go to My Chi Parks mobile app or RNRA social media. Follow us and Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Please remember, the Chicago Park District prohibits dogs in this section of Ward Park. August 21, 2018:  Coco PG Back-to-School Movie Party starting at 5:30 p.m.…

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Mariano Park Art Series

August 25 - August 26
Mariano Park, 1031 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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IMF Rush Hour Concert

August 28 @ 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL
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The International Music Foundation Presents – Rush Hour Concerts 2018 Enjoy Free Weekly Classical Music Performances Just Steps Away From The Magnificent Mile The International Music Foundation (IMF) is proud to present the Summer 2018 season of Rush Hour Concerts (RHC). Beginning June 5 and continuing every Tuesday through August 28, join IMF for free weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral located at 65 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Rush Hour Concerts, founded by Deborah Sobol in 2000, aims to reinvent the…

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Bubbles & Blades an STK Champagne Tasting

August 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
STK, 9 W. Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL
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Sip on several bubbled varieties of champagne and enjoy signature bites. For tickets, click HERE. Check out STK on My River North mobile app for a special deal. Download My River North mobile app today from the App Store or Google Play!

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RNRA Public Safety Meeting

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
18th District Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee
Chicago, IL 60610
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The RNRA Public Safety Committee meets regularly to discuss key River North public safety initiatives as well as to prepare for upcoming District Caps meetings.   For more information about the RNRA Public Safety Committee, click here.

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Chicago Jazz Festival Millennium Park Concerts

August 31 - September 2

The 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival showcases prominent jazz artists from Chicago and around the world. Concerts held at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park are scheduled through September 2. Headliner performances in Millennium Park include Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, and Chicago native Ramsey Lewis on September 1, performing his last live concert in Chicago before retirement The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago…

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Grand Opening – The Chicago Architecture Center

August 31 @ 9:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
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Grand Opening  August 31–September 3 -  Opening the doors to the Chicago Architecture Center for the very first time! Check out the new space and delight in  breathtaking exhibits. During your visit, you can participate in the #GetToTheCenter contest! Use the hashtag #GetToTheCenter and tag @chiarchitecture in your social media posts for a chance to win exciting prizes. Learn more about the #GetToTheCenter contest. Get your admission voucher today! Click HERE.

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September 2018

City Club of Chicago presents Transparency Revolution

September 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
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City Club of Chicago presents Transparency Revolution: How Budget Transparency Will Help Illinois’ Recovery, with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Mendoza ran for office on a platform of prioritizing the most vulnerable residents at a time when the state was suffering through two years without a budget. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. More info.

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CPD – 18th District Beat Meeting 1831, 1832, 1833 & 1834

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
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CAPS meetings offer city residents an  opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat  officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing  feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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Run Mag Mile – Run to Help Ease Local Poverty – Run for The Chicago Help Initiative

September 8 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Chicago Help Initiative is the charity benefiting from Run Mag Mile.  All donation proceeds will benefit the year-round weekly meals and programs of The Chicago Help Initiative for people in need and experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago. Rally your family and friends, neighbors co-workers, build a team and sign up for RUN MAG  MILE to build a better Chicago for everyone. For more information and to register, click HERE. CHI is also in need of volunteers to help with the…

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S.E.A. BLUE – 14th Annual Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & Run

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lincoln Park – LaSalle & Stockton, 1790 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL
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CPD -18th District Beat Meeting 1821, 1822 & 1823

September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
18th District Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee
Chicago, IL 60610
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CAPS meetings offer city residents an  opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat  officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing  feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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Upcoming Chicago Business Workshop – Facebook Family of Apps Advertising Best Practices

September 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street - Room 805
Chicago, IL
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Presented by Facebook - This workshop will focus on best practices to utilize the ads manager tool to it’s full potential to drive results with your ads! We will cover the best way to approach set up, targeting, which platforms to use and how to best make creative to drive conversions or ad recall. The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register…

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2018 Senior Fest in Millennium Park

September 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Senior Fest 2018 is set for Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Millennium Park. Tickets are FREE and available by visiting any one of the City's 21 Senior Centers. For more information, call the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Area Agency on Aging at 312-744-4016. Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 9/7/18

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Upcoming Chicago Business Workshop – Como Empezar Un Negocio

September 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street - Room 805
Chicago, IL
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Presented by Quiroga College and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) Este taller cubrirá los primeros pasos para abrir un negocio en Illinois: El plan de negocio. Considerará desde la idea de negocio y la identificación de mercado a aspectos fundamentales como la educación financiera, operaciones, normas y dinámica de equipos. En este taller proporcionaremos orientación en áreas claves del negocio, incluyendo relaciones con los clientes, organización y operaciones. The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer…

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Art on Sedgwick’s Beginners Art Class

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Art on Sedgwick, 1408 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL
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Neighbors who create together stay together! No art experience necessary! Art on Sedwick's artists will lead you through simple, creative steps to explore elements of design and create unique pieces of art. Give it a try. If you can write your name, you can learn how to draw and paint. Art on Sedgwick is located at 1408 North Sedgwick Street. For more information visit this link. Source:  Alderman Hopkins Newsletter 9/10/18

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Coffee with the Commander

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Eva’s Cafe, 1447 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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Join RNRA Public Safety Committee Members at Eva’s Cafe for “Coffee with the Commander.”  Stop by and share a cup of coffee with the 18th District Officers of the Chicago Police Department.   

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Upcoming Chicago Business Workshop – Managing Social Media in the Workplace – Do’s & Don’ts

September 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street - Room 805
Chicago, IL
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Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resource Attorney Attorney Charles Krugel discusses how you can supervise what employees say about your business & your customers on social media. This includes what employees can record in the workplace, and what they can post. The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop, call 312-744-2086. A full list of upcoming…

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CPD – 12th District Beat Meeting 1214

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Goldblatt’s Building, 1615 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
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CAPS meetings offer city residents an  opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat  officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing  feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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Friends of the Parks’ 2018 Parks Ball 

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

David Solzman's "Yin Yang" photo taken on the lagoon in Jackson Park is a fitting representation of Friends of the Parks' annual gala. Friends of the Parks' Park Ball 2018, "A Black and White Party for the 'White City','' will celebrate the 1893 World Columbian Exposition (nicknamed the White City for the color of the buildings in the fairgrounds) in Jackson Park and the Midway. Join Friends of the Parks for a dinner and dancing cruise aboard the Odyssey, departing from Navy Pier…

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Midnight Circus in Lake Shore Park

September 21 - September 23
Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
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Enjoy the incredible Midnight Circus in Lake Shore Park. Live performances will take place on Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd. The Friday performance will start at 7:00 pm and the weekend performances start at both 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Lake Shore Park is located at 808 N Lake Shore Drive.  For more information, click HERE. Source:  Alderman Hopkins Newsletter 9/10/18

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2nd Ward Shedding and Recycling Event – September 22

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1400 N. Ashland, 1400 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
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Save the date for our next 2nd Ward Paper Shredding, Electronics Recycling, and Medication Takeback Event on September 22nd, located behind the 2nd Ward Service Office at 1400 N. Ashland Avenue.  

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Bridge Lift Breakfast: Watch Michigan Ave. Bridge Lift From Inside Tower’s Gear Room

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
McCormick Bridge House & Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
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One of Chicago’s most unique eating experiences is back: the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Bridge Lift Breakfast resumes in September in the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Noshers can view the raising and lowering of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue) from inside the Gear Room of the museum located in the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit by Corner Bakery Café. Recently named one of “The Most…

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EXPO CHICAGO

September 27 - September 30

Opening the fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO hosts leading international art galleries presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. EXPO CHICAGO is located at Chicago's historic Navy Pier in the Festival Hall, located at 600 E Grand Ave. For more information please visit this link. Source:  Alderman Hopkins Newsletter 9/10/18

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Bridge Lift Breakfast: Watch Michigan Ave. Bridge Lift From Inside Tower’s Gear Room

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
McCormick Bridge House & Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
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One of Chicago’s most unique eating experiences is back: the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Bridge Lift Breakfast resumes in September in the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Noshers can view the raising and lowering of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue) from inside the Gear Room of the museum located in the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit by Corner Bakery Café. Recently named one of “The Most…

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Art On theMART Launches September 29th as the Largest Digital Art Projection in the World

September 29 @ 7:15 pm - 7:50 pm

The inaugural program Art on theMART will launch Saturday, September 29, 2018! This series of digital artworks will be projected across 2.5 acres of theMART's exterior river-façade, creating the longest-running and largest digital art projection in the world. Alderman Reilly is happy to welcome the Art on the Mart program to the 42nd Ward.  This one-of-a-kind public art installation will help further activate the Chicago Riverwalk, and will bring dynamic and engaging visual art to downtown residents and visitors using state-of-the-art technology.…

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October 2018

OctoberFeast – A Tasting Tour of River North

October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Use Promo Code RNRA and receive a $10 discount on your ticket!  Important - You must enter RNRA in all CAPITAL letters. OctoberFeast is a tasting-tour of River North showcasing River North restaurants. You will start and end your journey with a group of 25-30 people. Participating venues provide their specialty food items in tasting portion, along with a red or white wine for event participants to enjoy.  The event continues to grow each year as the River North Business…

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Bridge Lift Breakfast: Watch Michigan Ave. Bridge Lift From Inside Tower’s Gear Room

October 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
McCormick Bridge House & Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
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One of Chicago’s most unique eating experiences is back: the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Bridge Lift Breakfast resumes in September in the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Noshers can view the raising and lowering of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue) from inside the Gear Room of the museum located in the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit by Corner Bakery Café. Recently named one of “The Most…

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Chicago Marathon

October 7

More than 45,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a 26-mile course which starts and finishes in Grant Park, winds through downtown streets, River North, and other Chicago neighborhoods to the north, west, and south. Motorists and pedestrians should anticipate delays due to street closures and large crowds. Parking bans will be in effect along the route. Begins at 7:20 a.m. and continues throughout the day. More info.

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Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago Festival: October 13-14, 2018

October 13 @ 9:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is the city’s annual architecture festival, taking place this year on October 13-14, 2018. This free public festival offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across Chicago.  Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces. For a list of 2018 sites, click here. Source:  Alderman Reilly Reports 10/5/18

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Night of a Thousand Noogies – Gilda’s Club of Chicago

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Park West, 322 West Armitage Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60614
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Join Gilda’s Club Chicago’s Associate Board for an evening of unique comedy at the annual “Night of A Thousand Noogies,” where Second City actors improvise skits and songs based on interviews with Chicago’s finest celebrities. Guests will enjoy a unique improv comedy show, raffle, silent auction, tasty bites and drinks. To Purchase Tickets, CLICK HERE. $75 – General Admission $125 – VIP Contact Nadia Haeflinger (312) 464-9900 NadiaHaeflinger@gildasclubchicago.org

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City Club of Chicago – Negotiating the Path of Chicago’s Financial Future with Paul Vallas

October 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
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City Club of Chicago presents Negotiating the Path of Chicago’s Financial Future with Paul Vallas, a nationally recognized education and finance expert who has served the public interest for four decades. He currently serves as the founding CEO of the School Construction Fund, a new national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting K-12 schools. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. More info.

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City Club of Chicago presents going ON to 2050 – The New Comprehensive plan for Chicagoland with Joseph Szabo

October 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
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City Club of Chicago presents Going ON to 2050 – The New Comprehensive plan for Chicagoland, with Joseph Szabo, executive director of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. CMAP and its partners are developing a new comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. More info.

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Coffee with the Commander

October 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Eva’s Cafe, 1447 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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Join RNRA Public Safety Committee Members at Eva’s Cafe for “Coffee with the Commander.”  Stop by and share a cup of coffee with the 18th District Officers of the Chicago Police Department.   

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Bridge Lift Breakfast: Watch Michigan Ave. Bridge Lift From Inside Tower’s Gear Room

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
McCormick Bridge House & Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
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One of Chicago’s most unique eating experiences is back: the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Bridge Lift Breakfast resumes in September in the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Noshers can view the raising and lowering of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue) from inside the Gear Room of the museum located in the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit by Corner Bakery Café. Recently named one of “The Most…

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Oktoberfest at Motel Bar

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Motel Bar, 600 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Motel Bar on Saturday, October 20th from 12pm to 5pm. Tickets are $20 and include a cookout, beer tasting, wine stations, live music and a Stein hoisting contest!  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Chicago Real Estate Council presents Self Storage Investment & Development Market Update

October 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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October 23 – Panel Discussion Chicago Real Estate Council presents Self Storage Investment and Development Market Update. Moderated by R.K. Kliebenstein, Vice President Acquisitions, Metro Self Storage. Panel includes Mark Sullivan, leading self-storage architect in Chicago and nationwide for both conversions and new ground-up developments; John Mengel, experienced Chicago self-storage developer with Chicago’s largest new conversion re-development; Marc Boorstein, leading self-storage broker and consultant in Chicago and nationwide. 11:30 a.m. Check-in. 12:00 p.m. Lunch and presentation. East Bank Club, 500 North Kingsbury Street. Cost: $75. More…

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City Club of Chicago presens Lori Lightfoot

October 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
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October 23 City Club of Chicago presents Lori Lightfoot, former federal prosecutor and President of the Chicago Police Board from 2015 to 2018. As chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Accountability, she and her colleagues issued a frank and powerful report revealing systemic problems within the Chicago Police Department and calling for a significant overhaul of Chicago’s police accountability infrastructure and reinvestment in training and other areas. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. More…

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RNRA Public Safety Meeting

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
18th District Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee
Chicago, IL 60610
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The RNRA Public Safety Committee meets regularly to discuss key River North public safety initiatives as well as to prepare for upcoming District 18 meetings. For more information about the RNRA Public Safety Committee, click here.

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Bridge Lift Breakfast: Watch Michigan Ave. Bridge Lift From Inside Tower’s Gear Room

October 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
McCormick Bridge House & Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
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One of Chicago’s most unique eating experiences is back: the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Bridge Lift Breakfast resumes in September in the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Noshers can view the raising and lowering of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue) from inside the Gear Room of the museum located in the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit by Corner Bakery Café. Recently named one of “The Most…

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RNRA Family Event – Halloween Festival

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Games, Costumes, Trick-or-Treating, Pumpkin Deocrating and more! Join us in A. Montgomery Ward Park! To print a copy, CLICK HERE.

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Halloween Party at Motel Bar

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Motel Bar, 600 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
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Details: Start your night early at Motel Bar on Saturday, October 27th for our Halloween Party! From 7pm - 10pm, enjoy a $25 wristband package that includes draft beer, well drinks, select red & white wine and passed appetizers.  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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November 2018

CPD – 18th District Beat Meeting 1831, 1832, 1833 & 1834

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
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CAPS meetings offer city residents an  opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat  officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing  feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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Free 2nd Ward Shredding and Recycling Event

November 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
State Street Parking Lot, 1254 N. State Parkway
Chicago, IL
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Join Alderman Brian Hopkins on Saturday, November 3rd, at 1254 N. State Parkway for FREE paper shredding and electronics recycling. In addition, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department will be on-site to collect and properly dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs. The event starts at 9:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm. Alderman Hopkins and his staff will be in the State Street parking lot (1254 N. State Parkway) to assist you. There is a limit of 3 boxes of paper…

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Alderman Reilly Hosts Community Electronics Recycling Event

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ohio Place Dog Park, 360 W. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Alderman Reilly is hosting a Community Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ohio Place Dog Park located at 360 West Ohio Street. This is your opportunity to recycle old unwanted electronics and electronic material. Please visit Newtech E-Scrap's website here for information regarding electronics that the company accepts. The following items will not be accepted: Tube TVs, Cathode Ray Tube monitors, loose batteries, light bulbs, or hazardous waste. A…

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City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 121 N LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL
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Chicago's Official Veterans Day Ceremony will take place in City Hall Council Chambers on Sunday, November 11, at 11. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, together with combat veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth will honor local and national veterans at this year's ceremony. Brigadier General Mark C. Jackson of the Illinois Army National Guard will deliver the keynote address, and members from each branch of the United States military, civic leaders, and cadets from…

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RNRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Reception at Tao Chicago -REGISTRATION CLOSED

November 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Registration for this event has reached capacity. Registration is Closed You must have a confirmed reservation to attend.  We are unable to accommodate individuals on the stand-by list or walk-ins.  We hope to see you next year!   Join RNRA at the city's most exciting new venue, Tao Chicago.  This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and hear from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, 18th District Commander Daniel O'Shea, and members of the RNRA leadership team who will…

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CPD – 18th District Beat Meeting 1821, 1822 & 1823

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
18th District Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee
Chicago, IL 60610
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CAPS meetings offer city residents an  opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat  officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing  feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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Millennium Park Art Market

November 16 @ 11:00 am - November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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NEW this year, the Millennium Park Art Market, in partnership with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters, will feature one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, and drawings on sale by more than 150 student artists. Part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth, the Holiday Art Market is supported by the Millennium Park Foundation. The market has free admission and will run November 16-18, 11am-7pm in a heated tent on the…

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105th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Millennium Park will be the epicenter of holiday cheer in Chicago, featuring your favorite seasonal traditions, Chicago’s official Christmas Tree, ice skating, music, exhibitions, a NEW art market and free family fun. The 105th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 16, at 6pm, featuring music, Santa Claus and program emcee Miguel Cervantes, who can now be seen as Alexander Hamilton in the Hamilton Chicago Company currently playing Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre, as well as fireworks…

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BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – A Full Day of Family Fun

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 7:30 pm

Chicago is home to the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration – the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Held this Saturday, November 17, the event will jump start the holiday season with a full day of family friendly activities, live music concerts, and holiday shopping. This beloved holiday tradition begins with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue led by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The lighting procession will step-off this year at 5:30pm…

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Art on theMART

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TheMART has a new look! Wednesday – Sunday, now through December 31 from 7:00  – 9:00 p.m., theMART transforms into Art on theMART, the newest addition to Chicago’s vibrant public art scene and the largest digital art projection in the world! For more information, visit artonthemart.com. Don’t miss the seasonal imagery that started on November 17th, and will culminate in a special New Year’s Eve viewing. Bring your hot chocolate, and check out Chicago’s latest holiday destination! Photo:  Joshua Brott, Obscura Digital

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Memorial – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

November 19 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL
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Join Vision Zero Chicago on November 19 at 11:30 a.m. in Federal Plaza (50 W Adams St) in commemoration of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR). The event will feature a display dedicated to the memories of the victims of traffic crashes over the past year in Chicago and a press event with agency officials and partners speaking to remember these individuals. RSVP here. Family and Friends of Victims: In memory of the victims of traffic crashes in the City, Vision Zero Chicago will be commemorating  World Day…

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Coffee with the Commander-CANCELLED FOR NOVEMBER

November 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Eva’s Cafe, 1447 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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CANCELLED FOR NOVEMBER Join RNRA Public Safety Committee Members at Eva’s Cafe for “Coffee with the Commander.”  Stop by and share a cup of coffee with the 18th District Officers of the Chicago Police Department.   

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CPD – 12th District Beat Meeting 1214

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Goldblatt’s Building, 1615 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
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CAPS meetings offer city residents an  opportunity to address crime and safety issues directly with the beat  officers who patrol their neighborhood, as well as to provide ongoing  feedback, which help the police to monitor crime issues. To find your District & Beat, click HERE.

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Art on theMART

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - November 25 @ 9:00 pm

TheMART has a new look! Wednesday – Sunday, now through December 31 from 7:00  – 9:00 p.m., theMART transforms into Art on theMART, the newest addition to Chicago’s vibrant public art scene and the largest digital art projection in the world! For more information, visit artonthemart.com. Seasonal imagery started on November 17th, and will culminate in a special New Year’s Eve viewing. Bring your hot chocolate, and check out Chicago’s latest holiday destination! Photo:  Joshua Brott, Obscura Digital

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The Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The Uncle Dan's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, from 8:00am to 11:00am, and will run along State Street from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street.  The parade will be broadcast live locally and nationally on Chicago's own WGN Channel 9 and WGN America. To view a map of the parade, including step off, staging areas and disbanding areas, please click here.

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27th Annual Art Institute Wreathing of the Lions

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Start the winter season with this Chicago family favorite. Join dancers from the Joffrey Ballet production of The Nutcracker on the museum's Michigan Avenue steps as The Art Institute reveals their beloved lions wreathed in festive greenery. Enjoy a special performance from mariachi-style band Cielito Lindo and complimentary hot chocolate while you welcome the holiday season. Following the ceremony, head inside the museum for art-filled activities in the Ryan Learning. For more information, click here.

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Caroling at Cloud Gate – The Old Town School Community Church

November 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance onWednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7pm, weather permitting. Caroling At Cloud Gate Schedule • November 23: The Old Town School Community Choir • November 30: Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME • December 7: Chicago Chamber Choir…

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Small Business Saturday – Support the businesses that support our neighborhood!

November 24

We are thankful for the local sponsors that support our River North Community.  Please remember them on Small Business Saturday! My River North mobile app Sponsors All River North Sponsors Download My River North Mobile app today! The app is FREE for all users and is compatible with virtually any mobile device. Using your mobile device, download the app from the App Store or Google Play.  

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Community Meeting – Wild Mile Chicago – Note change in meeting location!

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Park Community Church, 1001 N. Crosby
Chicago, IL 60610
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Wild Mile Chicago will be a floating eco-park located on the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River, a man-made channel along the east side of Goose Island between Chicago Ave and North Ave. Wild Mile Chicago was first conceived as part of the North Branch Framework Plan. The Wild Mile Kick-off Community Meeting will be held on November 26th at 6:00 pm. THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE TO THE MEETING LOCATION FOR MONDAY.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT: Park Community…

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Giving Tuesday – Support Local Charities

November 27

Every year RNRA provides financial and promotional support to a number of local non-profits doing incredible work in our community. Please remember them on Giving Tuesday, November 27.  Friends of the Parks, Friends of the Chicago River, Gilda’s Club Chicago, River North Clean Streets, The Anti-Cruelty Society, The Chicago Help Initiative.

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Art on theMart

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 9:00 pm

TheMART has a new look! Wednesday – Sunday, now through December 31 from 7:00  – 9:00 p.m., theMART transforms into Art on theMART, the newest addition to Chicago’s vibrant public art scene and the largest digital art projection in the world! For more information, visit artonthemart.com. Seasonal imagery started on November 17th, and will culminate in a special New Year’s Eve viewing. Bring your hot chocolate, and check out Chicago’s latest holiday destination! Photo:  Joshua Brott, Obscura Digital

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CHI’s 3rd Annual “Miracle on 34th Street” on Nov. 29 at Music Box

November 29 @ 6:00 pm
Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
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Please join The Chicago Help Initiative as they host the 3rd Annual "Miracle on 34th Street".  It's holiday fun for the entire family with a sing-a-long, Christmas raffle and appearance from Santa! The Chicago Help Initiative provides meals and resources to Chicago's homeless.  All proceeds from the event sponsors meals for those in need.   For more information, Click HERE For a copy of the flyer, Click HERE.

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Caroling at Cloud Gate – Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance onWednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7pm, weather permitting. Caroling At Cloud Gate Schedule • November 23: The Old Town School Community Choir • November 30: Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME • December 7: Chicago Chamber Choir…

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December 2018

Energy Efficiency Idea Exchange Workshop

December 5 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Malcolm X College Conference Center, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
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The City of Chicago and nonprofit partner, Illinois Green Alliance, are hosting an Energy Efficiency Idea Exchange Workshop for organizations and buildings interested in learning more about lowering energy use in their buildings and saving money on their utility bills. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:00am – 10:00am Malcolm X College Conference Center 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612 Attendees will hear from Illinois Green, City of Chicago, ComEd, Peoples Gas, and others, about great programs and energy efficiency topics, learn…

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RNRA Public Safety Meeting

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
18th District Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee
Chicago, IL 60610
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The RNRA Public Safety Committee meets regularly to discuss key River North public safety initiatives as well as to prepare for upcoming District 18 meetings. For more information about the RNRA Public Safety Committee, click here.

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Art on theMart

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - December 9 @ 9:00 pm

TheMART has a new look! Wednesday – Sunday, now through December 31 from 7:00  – 9:00 p.m., theMART transforms into Art on theMART, the newest addition to Chicago’s vibrant public art scene and the largest digital art projection in the world! For more information, visit artonthemart.com. Seasonal imagery started on November 17th, and will culminate in a special New Year’s Eve viewing. Bring your hot chocolate, and check out Chicago’s latest holiday destination! Photo:  Joshua Brott, Obscura Digital

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Caroling at Cloud Gate – Chicago Chamber Choir

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance onWednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7pm, weather permitting. Caroling At Cloud Gate Schedule • November 23: The Old Town School Community Choir • November 30: Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME • December 7: Chicago Chamber Choir…

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Caroling at Cloud Gate – The King’s Singers, Apollo Chorus of Chicago & ChiArts: The Chicago High School for the Arts, in collaboriation with Harris Theater

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance onWednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7pm, weather permitting. Caroling At Cloud Gate Schedule • November 23: The Old Town School Community Choir • November 30: Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME • December 7: Chicago Chamber Choir…

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Caroling at Cloud Gate – Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

December 14 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance onWednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7pm, weather permitting. Caroling At Cloud Gate Schedule • November 23: The Old Town School Community Choir • November 30: Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME • December 7: Chicago Chamber Choir…

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