Join your neighbors for Chicago’s annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 10 am this 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
Volunteers interested in focusing on Avondale between Lawrence and Laramie are meeting at the old firehouse on Lipps and Ainslie at 10 am. Volunteers interested in working on Avondale between Pulaski and Irving Park and under the Irving Park Blue Line viaduct are meeting in the Potbelly’s parking lot, 4185 W. Irving Park, at 10 am.
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.
Lamon and Wilson Billboard Meeting Scheduled for May 2
You may recall that in 2015, the city attempted to permanently close the intersection of Lamon and Wilson to all vehicle traffic without having any conversation with my office or the community. After I halted construction with my vehicle, they agreed to work through this issue with us.
After several years of discussions between the Mayor’s Office, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Department of Water Management, the Law Department, the Finance Department, and my office, they are now ready to present their third plan for this intersection to the community.
The meeting will be 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 2, at the Copernicus Center Annex, 5214 W. Lawrence.
In the discussions, city lawyers indicated that a digital billboard must be installed at the site due to a contract the city entered into with the billboard company, and no other site is available. (By the way, I voted against the ordinance authorizing these billboards on city property back in 2013 in part because concerns about the contract.)
According to Department of Water Management records, underground infrastructure related to the Mayfair Pumping Station prevents the billboard from being located on the front lawn of the pumping station or on other nearby city-owned land.
Also, state regulations prevent the billboard from being located further to the east on city land because of the proximity of another billboard.
To try and accommodate both the contractually-required billboard and access to the community, CDOT has created a plan where Lamon and Wilson would remain two-way with a stop sign at the billboard. Previously, they offered a plan where Lamon would be one way at the billboard, but that plan was scrapped after a community meeting in 2015.
Construction is expected to begin May 7, with a full closure of the intersection during work. Work is expected to wrap up in mid-August, weather permitting.
I hope you’ll be able to join us at the meeting May 2, where you will have the chance to ask representatives from the various city departments about why the billboard needs to be located there and about plans for the intersection.
Make Sure Your 2016 Property Tax Bills are Paid
The Cook Country Treasurer announced today that 39,100 property owners are at risk of their unpaid taxes being offered for auction at the Annual Tax Sale beginning Friday, May 4. Property owners can prevent this by immediately paying delinquent bills.
About 16,000 owners may be unaware of the tax sale because the U.S. Postal Service has returned their bills and subsequent notices.
Property owners can see if their property taxes are delinquent at the Cook County Treasurers’ website and entering the Property Index Number (PIN).
To ensure that payments are recorded before the Tax Sale begins:
- Pay at the Cook County Treasurers’ website by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2018; or
- Pay in person with cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or money order. Personal check are not accepted.
After a Tax Sale, to prevent losing title to their property, owners must repay the delinquent taxes, penalties, and fees at the Cook County Clerk’s Office.
Community Alert: Armed Robberies
16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of armed robberies that occurred in the month of April. During the incidents, the robbers approached the victim, displaying either a handgun or a baseball bat, and then demanded the victim’s property. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5300-block of West Windsor at 9:45 pm April 11;
- The 5000-block of West Grace at 8:55 pm April 12; and
- The 6000-block of West Grace at 9:30 am April 13.
The offenders are described as a group of Hispanic males, thought to be between the ages of 17 and 25, around 5’4″ and 5’8″, weighing between 125 and 140 pounds, and wearing dark-colored or gray hooded sweatshirts and dark pants. One suspect was seen wearing a bandana.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
16th District Slated to Receive Additional Officers
Earlier this year, Alderman Reboyras, Villegas, Sposato, Santiago, Taliferro, Napolitano, and I held a joint meeting to request additional officers in the 16th District. That meeting resulted in 10 officers being assigned to the district immediately. This week, I learned that by October, we will receive an additional 30 officers as a result of our advocacy efforts.
I would like to thank my Northwest Side colleagues for their support and collaboration in ensuring the 16th District receives the resources they need to keep our neighborhoods safe.
Peoples Gas Testing on Mulligan and Avondale
As a part of Peoples Gas’ system modernization program – their ongoing effort to distribute natural gas safely and reliably – in the coming weeks they will be performing work on the southeast side of Mulligan and Avondale.
They will install 7 temporary devises, about the size of a shipping container, in the parking lane. The device, called a Frac Tank (pictured above), holds water to fill the new natural gas main for testing. These devices will remain in place for approximately 10 days. Testing is anticipated to be completed by mid-May.
Contractor and company crews will be on site at various times around the clock in the area. They will be checking these devises regularly to ensure that the pipeline test is performing properly.
Learn more about People Gas’ modernization program online or call their customer service department at 866-556-6001.
Cicero Resurfacing to Begin in May
Beginning in May, the Chicago Department of Transportation will begin to resurface the stretch of Cicero between Irving Park Road and Grand Avenue, spanning a total of 2.75 miles.
Throughout the different phases of street resurfacing, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed during working hours. Lanes closures may occur throughout the duration of the project, so plan your commute accordingly.
Work on the corridor is anticipated to by completed by mid-August.
Cicero and Byron Fiber Optic Conduit Installation to Begin in May
Starting in May, Suneys will begin to install a fiber optic conduit at the intersection of Byron and Cicero.
This project comes as an effort by Sunesys to build up their infrastructure in order to bring advanced cellular technology to the area.
This project will be completed in conjunction with the street resurfacing along Cicero to mitigate further disruption to vehicular traffic.
Shred-a-Thon May 12
Need to shred old, sensitive documents? I’m partnering with Midway Moving to host a Shred-a-Thon.
You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.
Disney II Glass Slipper Prom Donation Drive
Disney II Magnet High School is hosting their 2nd annual, student-organized Prom Glass Slipper even April 23 thru April 27.
They are seeking donations of formal and semi-formal wear, including dresses, suits, menswear, shoes, purses, jewelry, unused make-up, and hair tools for a prom pop-up shop. These donations will help students with economic hardships partake in this social right of passage with their peers.
In addition, the school is also looking for donations of medium and large paper and plastic bags, tissue paper, and hangers for the event. Finally, they are also seeking to borrow long mirrors and rolling racks from April 20 through May 2.
Donations can be dropped off or shipped to: Disney II Magnet High School, c/o Kelly Novac, 3900 N. Lawndale, Chicago, IL, 60618.
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%.
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.
This year, Hands to Help is excited to announce th return of the Pitchfork Music Festival raffle in support of the fundraiser. The winner will receive two Pichfork +PLUS passes ($750 value) to this year’s festival on July 20-22. Raffle tickets are on sale now and you do not need to attend Trivia Night to win! The drawing will be held at the event on April 28. Purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or three for $20 online.
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.
Bicycling Ambassadors Now Hiring
The City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors is accepting applications for part-time seasonal employees for summer 2018.
The Bicycling Ambassadors are the Chicago Department of Transportation’s education, safety, and outreach team. The Ambassadors are highly motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills leading outreach with children, youth, adults, and seniors to encourage safe transportation behaviors by all road users – bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.
The Ambassadors will be expected to support and promoteVision Zero Chicago initiatives and events to help eliminate death and serious injuries from traffic crashes by 2026. Ambassadors work individually or as a team to deliver traffic safety expertise through face-to-face demonstrations in public places, at community events, schools, and day camps.
More information on qualifications, compensation, and job duties and responsibilities is available online. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the Program Manager, Lauren Crabtree, via email email@example.com by April 30.
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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Sat., Apr 21, 10 am-1 pm, Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee.Hundres of gently used books will be for sale or for free during theSchurz 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 their annual 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.
Sat., Apr 21, 4:30 pm, Handzel Center Gym, 5864 W. Ainslie. St. Constance School hosts a Taste of Poland Diner Dance fundraiser. There will be a Polka Mass at 4:30 in the church followed by a cocktail hour (cash bar) and dinner. Dennis Motyka & The Good Times Band. Dinner will be catered from Montrose Deli. Cash raffle and other prizes. More info: 773-283-2311. 21+.$40.
Sun., Apr 22, 11:30 am-2 pm,St. Viator School, 4140 W. Addison.Join St. Viator for a day to celebrate their students’ artistic and academic achievements for the school year during an Open House. Halls will be transformed into a fine art gallery and the rooms will have examples of the students’ academic work. Faculty and staff will be present. More info: 773-545-2173. 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.
Thur., 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.
Thur., Apr 26, 7 pm, NEIU Campus, BBH Room 102, 5500 N. St. Louis. Jeff Skrentny of the Labagh Restoration Leadership Team shares our local natural history from Native American wars and treaties to the 800 species found in the Labagh Forest Preserve in celebration ofEarth Week. More info: online. 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.
Wed., May 2, 5:30-7 pm, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center, 3435 N. Cicero.Experience lively performances from the Latin Dance teens group and beautiful vocals of Upbeat Music & Arts teens. Artwork, presentations, and delicious food also available at theSpring 2018 Salon. Free.
Wed., May 2, 6:30-8 pm,Albany Park Community Center, 5101 N. Kimball. Learn about resources available in your neighborhood, prevention tips, and how to work together to make a safer neighborhood during theHispanic Outreach Beat Meeting. Presentation in Spanish. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.