Bar crawlers will meet at Jefferson Inn, 4874 N. Milwaukee, at 2 pm, where they will then make their way through Jefferson Park, visiting a handful of neighborhood bars along the way. The pub crawl will end at Hops and Barley, 4359 N. Milwaukee. Crawlers will spend approximately one hour at each bar before moving on to the next location. Some bars, including Babe’s and Jefferson Inn, are cash only, so please plan accordingly.
In past years, Jefferson Park Forward has raised over $1,000 for local charities including Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry and Chicago Canine Rescue. This year, JPF has chosen to raise funds for The Gift Theatre so they can continue nurturing the arts in Jefferson Park.
Tickets cost $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. The event will take place this Saturday, April 14, beginning at 2 pm. More information on participating bars, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities is available at the Jefferson Park Forward website.
Sears to Close Six Corners Location this Summer
I am saddened, but not surprised, to learn that Sears plans to close their location at Six Corners this summer, their last store in Chicago. With Sears’s well-documented issues, this was not unexpected. That’s why I have discussed the future of the site with the owners, Seritage Growth Properties. I have made sure they are aware of the Six Corners Master Plan so they will be mindful of the goals our community set forth. They are aggressively marketing the property, and I look forward to being able to present a specific plan soon.
Although the closing is a challenge, the redevelopment of the site also presents a unique opportunity. In just a few years, we’ve seen Binny’s, Culver’s, Retro Fitness, Community Tavern, Fischman’s, Josi’s, Distinct Bath & Body, along with many, many others decide to call Six Corners home. That progress will continue.
This corner will remain an anchor to the shopping district. We are now presented with an opportunity to attract businesses who will bring the same dedication to the community and call Six Corners home for another 80 years.
I would like to thank Sears for their commitment to the area and for their role in making Six Corners a shopping destination. I wish their leadership and employees the best of luck as they embark on new ventures.
Local Resident Jim Naughton to Participate in Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration
Special Olympics was born in Chicago 50 years ago – with its very first competition held at Soldier Field. Longtime athlete and 45th Ward resident Jim Naughton has been participating for 40 years, since he was just 15 years old. For Jim, his participation in the Special Olympics has taken him to Canada and Denver, earning more than 300 medals through the years.
Chicago is not only home to the Special Olympics’ very first games, but also home to many other inspirational athletes like Jim, who participate in countless competitions each year.
Additionally, the Chicago Park District is helping to organize and host the international 50th anniversary celebrations for Special Olympics in Chicago this summer. There will be a full week of FREE activities July 17-21, including an international soccer competition at Toyota Park, a festival at Soldier Field, and a night of concerts and entertainment at Northerly Island. More information on the 50th anniversary celebration and how to participate is available at the Special Olympics website.
Chicago Fringe Festival Presents Five Fifths of The Rocky Horror Show
The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for their totally unique take on the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show.
Five local theater companies will come together to reinterpret, redefine, and reimagine the classic film into one unforgettable show.
Tickets cost $35 if purchased before May 15 and are available online. After May 15, ticket prices raise to $40. The price includes two cocktails, food, and access to a special Chicago Fringe Festival board-sponsored wine raffle and silent auction.
Tickets to this popular event sell fast, so make sure to secure yours today!
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles Opens April 21
Friends of all ages are invited to a seaside party to experience the heartfelt whimsy and captivating wonder of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles. Once again, Filament Theatre has created an environment where kids and their adults can play together as they enter a world full of all the warmth and surprise of a message in a bottle.
Your favorite Filament actors adapt this award winning children’s book to the stage where they are joined by musical accompaniment by Tim McNulty. Audiences are encouraged to come early and stay after the performance to play and explore the themes of the show.
The show will run through June 3 at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Tickets cost $12 to $17.50 and are available to purchase online online. Consider purchasing a two show package to save 25%.
Volunteers Needed for Schurz Book Sale
Schurz is a block long and over a century old. That means lots of books have been hiding in storage throughout the building, including contemporary novels, nonfiction, historic books, and yearbooks.
The Schurz Library is leading a spring cleaning effort to clear out unused books and raise some money to purchase new ones. There will be hundreds of gently used books available for sale, and additional books available for free for use in art projects and other re-purposing projects.
Schurz is seeking out volunteers to help sort the books on Thursday, April 12, to help set up for th book sale on Wednesday, April 18, and to assist with sales ond other tasks during the book sale on Thursday, April 19 and Saturday, April 21.
Sign up and find more information online.
$94 Million in Property Tax Refunds Available
The Office of the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, announced that property owners can recover $94.1 million in overpayments on the Cook County Treasurer’s website
Because refund claims often are disputed among different payers – including mortgage companies, banks, buyers, and sellers – the application requires proof that the refund applicant paid the taxes.
The Cook County Treasurer’s website has been updated so property owners can either search by address or Property Index Number (PIN) and get an instantaneous response for available refunds going back 20 years.
To check if you are entitled to a refund:
- Go to the Cook County Treasurer’s website
- Select “Your Property Tax Overview”
- Search by address or by PIN
- Look for the results under “Are There Any Overpayments on Your PIN?”
- Complete the online application if you believe you are entitled to a refund
By Illinois law, the total annual payout of refunds that arose before 2009 is capped at $2.5 million. The money available for refund has been distributed to taxing districts. If a refund is granted, the Treasurer’s Office recovers the money from the appropriate local government.
Save the Date – Child Safety Seminar April 17
16th District Police are hosting a seminar entitled Keeping Your Child Safe: A Conversation about Sexual Abuse and Internet Safety. The seminar is Tuesday, April 17, at 7 pm, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Speakers will include Det. Charles Hollendoner of the Special Investigations Unit, and retired social worker Tom Plach.
I hope you’ll be able to make it to this important seminar on protecting our children.
National Veterans Art Museum Spring Ice Breaker April 18
Join the National Veteran Art Museum (NVAM) for their fourth annual Spring Ice Breaker.
This annual fundraiser is a meet and greet aimed at engaging the community with the museum to continue supporting veteran artwork. Proceeds collected from the event will directly support NVAM and its mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit art created by veterans and inspired by combat.
This year’s event will be on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.
Murphy School Walk-a-Thon April 20
Cheer on the Owls during Murphy School’s 3rd annual Walk-A-Thon!
At 1 pm on April 20, Murphy students will meet to begin their walk. They will walk with their classes to celebrate the neighborhood and demonstrate their school spirit.
Friends of Murphy is asking residents to set up lawn chairsalong the way to cheer on students and show their support as they walk by. This is a perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the community and the school!
Annual Clean & Green April 21
Join your neighbors for Chicago’s annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 10 am on Saturday, April 21. This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to pitch in to help beautify our neighborhoods.
This year, we will be focusing on the following areas in the 45th Ward:
- Along Avondale from Lawrence to Laramie and nearby areas (e.g. Transit Center)
- Along Avondale between Pulaski and Irving Park
- Under the Irving Park Blue Line viaduct
In addition to the supplies available at my office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags. Please bring your own work gloves and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
To sign up, contact my office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 286-4545 by Friday, April 13.
Connect With Nature on April 22
Many celebrate Earth Day as a time of service in the community with cleaning, planting, and educational events. Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, would like to invite you to connect with nature after your day of service.
Keeler Gardens will host a relaxing afternoon to allow you to take a breath and appreciate nature. Explore the booms, sit by the fire, draw, read, photograph, and maybe even learn a little.
The event will take place on Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 6 pm, starting earlier than previously reported! For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Hands to Help Trivia Night April 28
Hands to Help Ministries is hosting their annual Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm in the gym at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Harding.
Hands to Help Ministries works with our most vulnerable neighbors on the Northwest Side: those on the brink of becoming homeless and those that already are homeless. This community event and fundraiser will continue to support services and activities that break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Individual tickets cost $50 in advance online or $60 at the door. Tables that seat up to 8 people are available for $400, which includes a bottle of wine.
More information and tickets are available to purchase online.
Beaubien Spring Fling April 28
Beaubien Elementary is hosting its annual Spring Fling fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Biagio’s, 4242 N. Central.
Enjoy and evening full of delicious appetizers, dinner, dessert, and raffle prizes, including a 7-9 vacation at the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua (valued at $2,100). The event will also include a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items including experiences, memberships, and tons of other goodies.
Can’t attend or feeling extra generous? Organizers are still accepting donations – gift cards of any amount are welcome as in-kind donation. Join local businesses such as Distinct Bath & Body, the Filament Theatre, and Backlot Coffee in supporting one of your local public schools.
16th District Diaper Drive
During the month of April, the 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, will be collecting diaper wipes, diapers, new socks, new underwear and new pajamas.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open Thru May 21
The City of Chicago’s One Summer program will return this summer, providing the city’s youth with over 30,000 jobs and internships this summer. Now through May 21, youth ages 14 to 24 can apply online.
The One Summer program connects Chicago’s youth with valuable work experience, helping them realize their full potential and work towards a brighter future.
Learn more and apply online.
Silver Star Banner
The Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs is seeking applicants for the 2018 Silver Star Banner Program, which recognizes service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone.
Interested service members and veterans must meet the following requirements:
- Any Armed Forces personnel either currently serving honorably or those who have served honorably from ANY war; or
- Any Armed Forces personnel that has been wounded or contracted a serious illness and could be rated at least 10% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. All wounds, injuries, or illnesses must have originated in a war zone.
Those interested must complete a Silver Star Service Banner request form, available online. Applicants must also include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred. The request form must be signed and returned to the Cook County Office of Veteran Affairs no later than Friday, May 11.
Questions can be directed to Bill Browne via email atBill.Browne@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-6423.
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Fri., Apr 13, 5:30 pm, Schurz High School, Auditorium, 3601 N. Milwaukee.Join family and friends to see the heartwarming movingWonder during Schurz’s Family Movie Night. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6. Admission is free, snacks and pizza for sale to benefit Schurz student clubs.
Sat., Apr 14, 8 am-3 pm, St. John’s Lutheran, Gym, 4939 W. Montrose. Find great used items during St. John’s Lutheran’s Annual Rummage Sale. Donations will be accepted 4/9 thru 4/12. Early bird shopping will be from 8-9 am for $5/person. There will be a bag sale at 2 pm, with each bag costing $8. Entrance fee: $0.50 or 1 canned food item as a donation to the food pantry.
Sat., Apr 14, 11 am-12 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Children up to age 12 are invited toSensory Story Time. Build literacy skills and engage your senses with books, song, and play. Designed to work for kids with special needs.Free.
Sun., Apr 15, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Usher in spring with an afternoon of coffeehouse and salon music during Bach’s Coffee Contanta and Other Songs of Simple Pleasure. Donations to provide summer choir camp scholarships for children’s choir members will be accepted.Concert is free.
Mon., Apr 16, 6:30 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. NEIU Varsity Band hosts a Big Band Concert. Free.
Mon., Apr 16, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., Apr 18, 11 am-12 pm,Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community, and how you can become a volunteer during the Portage Park Village Meeting.Free.
Wed., Apr 18, 4-7 pm, Irving Park YMCA, 4251 W. Irving Park.Bring in samples of soil and water to be tested for lead for free during the YMCA Lead Health Fair. Resources will be available to learn how to reduce exposure to lead and a chance to enter to win a $50 gift card and a Pur water filtering pitcher. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Apr 18, 6:30 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Join neighbors and friends for theNational Veteran’s Art Museum Spring Icebreaker. Catch up with friends, generate support, and raise awareness for veteran-made fine arts in the community. More info: online.$20/advance.
Wed., Apr 18, 7 pm, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Apr 19, 12-7 pm, Schurz High School, 3801 N. Milwaukee.Hundreds of gently used books will be for sale or for free during the Schurz Used Book Sale & Giveaway. Kids are also invited to come out for a story time with dogs from Safe Humane (time TBD). Costs vary depending on purchases.
Thur., Apr 19, 1-4 pm, 17th District Police Station, Parking Lot, 4651 N. Pulaski. The 17th District Police Station is hosting a Shred-A-Thon. Bring old sensitive documents and help prevent identity theft. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Apr 19, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Apr 21, 10 am-1 pm, Schurz High School, 3801 N. Milwaukee.Hundres of gently used books will be for sale or for free during the Schurz Used Book Sale & Giveaway.Costs vary depending on purchases.
Sat., Apr 21, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting theirannual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Kym Frankovelgia. More info: call June at 773-267-1774 or Priscilla at 312-806-5168.
Sat., Apr 21, 2 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Join in for a spirited Sing-A-Long. Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artist Mary Peterson and Linda Smith will take participants on a journey of tunes. Free.
Tue., Apr 24- 6-8 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United hosts aFaith and Health Community of Practice. This is a gather for leaders in faith communities who are concerned about those who have experienced abuse, shaming, exclusion, and judgement from their faith leader or faith community. Register: online.Free.
Tue., Apr 24, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Apr 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Financial Literacy: Managing and Protecting Your Assets seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Wed., Apr 25, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Guest speaker Laura Bare, financial planner, will discuss saving for retirement, saving for a new home,. saving for college, paying down student loans, and in what order. Free.
Wed., Apr 25, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. A guest speaker from Proven Winners will attend thePortage Park Garden Club meeting. Seed exchange and discussion to follow speaker. More info: email organizers. Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 10 am-1 pm,Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Braodway. Come explore all Chicago has to offer this summer during a Summer in Chicago Children and Youth Resource Fair. People aged 6 to 24 and their families can explore enrichment and employment programs available to keep children and teens safe, engaged, and thriving. Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 10 am-2 pm, O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard St., Skokie. The MWRD and DEA are partnering to host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Bring your human or pet meds to safely dispose of them during this event.Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 2 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Relive a time when radio was king during anOld Time Radio Classics Live.Those Were the Days Radio Players from Norridge will perform famous radio skits. Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 7 pm, Irving Park Lurtheran Church, Gym,4057 N. Harding. Support a local non-profit that helps our most vulnerable neighbors by attending theHands to Help Trivia Night Fundraiser. More info: online.$50/advance individual; $60/individual at the door; $400/table that seats 8 and a bottle of wine.
Sun., Apr 29, 10 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center, Annex Space, 5214 W. Lawrence. TheJefferson Park Sunday Markethosts their final winter market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There is even a cash bar to make your brunch a little more interesting.Cost of purchases.