Start your Sunday morning off right with Zumba and Yoga in the Portage Theater!
Six Corners Association and Retro Fitness are partnering up to host two all-levels fitness classes in the Portage Theater ballroom, 4050 N. Milwaukee, Sunday, April 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM.
Wear comfortable clothes and dancing shoes for Zumba at 10 and bring your yoga mat for Vinyasa Yoga afterwards at 11 AM. Tickets cost are available online for $10 and include drinks. Secure your spot today!
How would you spend $1 Million to Improve Your Neighborhood?
Come to a neighborhood assembly to share your ideas and help decide how to spend YOUR tax dollars.
Every year, each alderman is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds — yes, there is literally a menu to spend on infrastructure. In most wards, this money is allocated by the alderman, with varying degrees of input from city departments, staff, and residents. The 45th Ward, however, uses a process called participatory budgeting to give power to its residents to make real decisions that affect their lives.
We are in the beginning stages of the 2018 participatory budgeting cycle and want to reach as many residents as possible to join in on the process. Beginning May 4, we will host five (5) neighborhood assemblies where we will gather infrastructure improvement ideas from stakeholders. Past ideas have included pedestrian refuge islands, the Independence Park playground, pedestrian bump-outs, and bike lanes along Milwaukee.
The neighborhood assemblies will take place on:
- Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;
- Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;
- Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;
- Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and
- Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee
You can find more information on participatory budgeting in the 45th Ward online. I hope you will join me in working to improve the 45th Ward!
Clean and Green on April 22
Join your neighbors for Chicago’s annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 9 AM on Saturday, April 22. This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to gather and help beautify our neighborhoods. This year we will be focusing on the three following areas:
- CTA Jefferson Park Terminal (meet at 9 AM at 4917 N. Milwaukee);
- Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski (Meet at Potbelly at 4185 W. Irving Park at 9 AM);
- Along Avondale near Lawrence (Meet at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, at 9 AM); and
- The triangles at Milwaukee and Foster (meet at Habeleter Bowl, 5250 N. Milwaukee, at 8 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.
Independence Park Library Community Meeting Scheduled for May 15
On Sunday, March 19, John Ronan Architects was unveiled as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Park Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part of a unique agreement between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Public Library for a mixed-use development at the site. John Ronan Architects was recently the only Chicago finalist for the Obama Library.
After Independence Park Library’s former location closed in 2015 due to smoke damage from a fire at the adjacent building, neighbors and supporters lobbied for a new and improved library. In October, it was announced that the library would have a new permanent home where the former Hollerbach Funeral Home was located.
A public meeting to gather community input on the final design will be on Monday, May 15, from 5-7 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.
Jefferson Park CTA Public Art Meeting Rescheduled for May 31
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.
Jamie Pawlus was selected by the Chicago Transit Board for her renowned conceptual artwork that focuses on the urban environment. Her work has been exhibited in many places both nationally and internationally — including St. Louis, Kansas City, New York City, Indianapolis, and Cusco, Peru.
The installation of the new artwork will be installed in conjunction with a $25 million renovation scheduled for 2018, helping breathe new life into the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.
Enjoy a Unique Production of Ghostbusters while Supporting Chicago Fringe Festival
Support the Chicago Fringe Festival – coming to Jefferson Park August 30 thru September 10 – by attending a totally unique performance of Five/Fifths of Ghostbusters.
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 availableonline. 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. Last year’s event sold out, so make sure to secure yours today!
Help Beard School Raise Money by Recycling Paper
Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.
Beard has placed a recycling bin on the school’s property in the parking lot on Natchez. If you have newspapers, magazines, or any other paper materials that need to be recycled, consider taking them to Beard School. This is an easy, free way to help give back to one of our local schools.
Silver Star Banner
The Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs is seeking applicants for the 2017 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. Cook County Commissioners will honor the 2017 Silver Star Families of America at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 6.
Cook County Veterans Affairs is seeking service members and veterans to participate in the 20146 Silver Star Banner Program. Interested service members 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 in my office. 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 Veterans Affairs no later than Tuesday, May 16.
Questions can be directed to Bill Browne at via email at Bill.Browne@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-6423, or Audrey Mollo via email at Audrey.Mollo@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-2221.
Second Fly Quiet Rotation Test to Begin April 30
In collaboration with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC), the FAiR Coalition, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), I am pleased to announce that a second round of the Fly Quiet runway rotation program will start on April 30 and run for 12 weeks. The decision to enter a second rotation test was made based on overwhelmingly positive survey feedback and data collected during the first pilot program, which ended Dec. 25, 2016. The Fly Quiet runway rotation test was first implemented in July 2016, after receiving approval in May 2016.
Similar to last year, the plan will rotate on a weekly basis the runways used between 10 PM and 5 AM. By rotating runway usage during Fly Quiet, night time noise is shared by communities around O’Hare rather than being concentrated over our neighborhoods.
The second runway rotation test should help alleviate the amount of noise Northwest Side residents endure overnight while we await final approval from the FAA for a permanent rotation plan. A schedule of the runway rotation schedule is available online.
As a member of the ONCC and the ad-hoc Fly Quiet Committee, I am pleased with the collaborative efforts put forward by the CDA, ONCC, the FAiR Coalition, and the FAA to improve the quality of life for those living in our community. I especially want to thank the members of the Suburban O’Hare Commission who have been partners in creating this equitable noise sharing relationship. We all benefit from the economic engine that is O’Hare, and we are all working to find innovative solutions to the challenges a complex airfield imposes on the communities that surround it.
Register Your Child for Summer Day Camp
Summer day camp season is almost here! Day camp runs June 26 through August 4, and late summer camps August 7 through August 18. Summer camp is a great way to keep your kids active, engaged, and safe throughout the summer.
Registration opens at 9 am on Monday, April 24 for parks west of California Avenue and at 9 am on Tuesday, April 25, for parks east of California Avenue. You can view camps now and start building a wish list before registration opens now at the Chicago Park District’s website.
Street Sweeping Schedule Now Available
The Department of Streets and Sanitation began their residential street cleaning schedule starting in April. Street cleaning runs through November.
The city hangs bright orange temporary parking restrictions the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin. Those who fail to move their vehicle between the restricted hours, between 9 AM and 2 PM, will be eligible to receive a $60 ticket.
The street sweeping schedule is available to view online at
the Sweep Around Us website. Residents also have the option to sign up for text or email alerts to ensure they don’t inadvertently miss a street cleaning notice on their block. Instructions for how to sign up for text or email alerts is available online. Those who signed up for alerts in previous years will need to resubscribe, as alert subscriptions do not carry over into the new year.
Jumping Jack Applications Now Open
In 2016, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the Jumping Jack application is now anonline process. Applications are no longer accepted in paper form, email, or fax.
The application is accessible by smartphone, computer, or tablet, and improves the efficiency of the application process. Applicants will be able to view available dates for the jumping jack, allowing them to plan their block parties accordingly. Applicants will also receive notice within approximately 8 hours of submitting their application.
The Jumping Jack Program only operates on Saturdays and Sundays from May 27 through August 27. Applications are now open and can be completed online.
Chicago Policing Advisory Panel Seeking Public Input
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and members of the Community Policing Advisory Panel (Panel) are seeking public input from Chicago residents on how to engage with our communities and share ideas on the future of CPD’s community policing efforts. The Panel will be hosting two more Town Hall Meetings as well as collecting feedback via an online portal to receive direct input as the Chicago Police Department continues to renew its focus on community policing and building trust between CPD and the residents they serve.
The Panel is chaired by CPD Chief of Patrol Fred Waller and consists of national experts in the field, members of CPD Command Staff, and Chicago community leaders. This strategic planning group was appointed in the fall to provide a comprehensive and thoughtful report proposing ways CPD can engage and collaborate with communities to fight crime and restore trust by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Comments collected through the Town Hall sessions and theonline portal will be reviewed by the Panel to inform recommendations. The Town Hall Meetings will take place at the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, April 25: Sullivan High School
6631 N. Bosworth Avenue
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 2: Corliss Early College STEM High School
821 E. 103rd Street
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Please take a moment to provide thoughtful feedback online or attend a Town Hall Meeting to help strengthen community relationships with our local police departments.
Host an On the Table Discussion
Over the past three years, tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents have come together to participate in On the Tabe, an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships, and inspire collaborative action across the region.
These conversations will continue with On the Table 2017 on Tuesday, May 16.
Friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues will take part in mealtime conversations across the Chicagoland area. The act of people coming together to discuss the issues that matter most to them has never been more important. When we come together as a community to learn from each other, we have the power to impact our neighborhoods and lives.
Previous On The Table conversations have been enlightening and thought provoking. I look forward to engaging with community members once again this year for these important discussions.
Secure Your Space for Hands To Help’s Annual Trivia Night
Hands to Help Ministries’ Trivia Night is filling up quickly! Enjoy tasty food, test your trivia knowledge, support your neighbors, and have a ton of fun.
Hands to Help is offering early bird pricing for this fun-filled evening. Purchase an individual ticket now for $45 each or a table (seats 8) for $350. Early bird pricing ends on April 1st and the event has a history of selling out, so buy your tickets now! Business sponsorship opportunities are available as well. More information and tickets can be purchased at Hands to Help Ministries’ website.
Trivia Night will be on Friday, April 28, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. This community event and fundraiser will continue to support services and activities that break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Support the Homeless and Enter a Chance to Win Tickets to Pitchfork
Hands to Help Ministries is offering an exclusive raffle opportunity to win a pass to the Pitchfork Music Festival.
The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.
The internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival offers over 40 bands highlighting the best in new and emerging music. The winner of the VIP pass — valued at $500 per pass — will receive exclusive access to the VIP-only area of the festival. The winner will also enjoy FREE BEER and watch the bands — including LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and many others — up close!
Raffle tickets are being sold online at 1 for $10 or 3 for $20. Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets are not required to attend Hand to Help Ministries’ Trivia Night to win!
Learn more and purchase your raffle tickets online.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open Thru May 15
The City of Chicago’s One Summer program will return this summer, providing the city’s youth with over 30,000 job and internship this summer. Now through May 15, 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.
This year’s One Summer Chicago will also link young men and women participating in Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) to jobs with After School Matters, one of the city’s leading youth employers and One Summer Chicago partners. Exposure to these programs has proven to reduce involvement in crime and to increase on-time high school graduation rates by nearly 20 percent. 2,000 BAM and WOW participants will have an opportunity to build on progress made during the school year with meaningful work opportunities this summer.
A new-and-improved application process will use a tiered matching process to pair youth
applicants with jobs, apprenticeships and skill-building opportunities based on their interest area and skill-level. New opportunities in 2017 include the Youth Arts Corps, enabling youth to contribute to public art projects as part of the city’s 2017 “Year of Public Art.” Returning this year are the traditional work and apprenticeship opportunities—including urban agriculture, bike repair, outdoor forestry projects—as well as office and clerical work.
This year’s program includes a new crowd-funding component, allowing the general public to donate funds to the mission of keeping youth safe and engaged in productive experiences during the summer months public a chance to support positive summer opportunities and safer communities through the OSC program, focusing on enhancements to four distinct program areas: neighborhood beautification, college access, youth-led anti-violence initiatives and summer opportunities and supports.
Sponsorship ranges from financing work supplies and transportation for participants, to major community beautification projects, like murals and planters; donations can also support FAFSA workshops for students and families, and stipends for books for first-time college students. A top tier donation can support an entire summer job to serve an additional youth in the program, and all donations made to the One Summer Chicago Fund will directly benefit the youth participants through added opportunities to contribute to their communities and build new skills.
Donations to the “One Summer Chicago 2017 Fund,” a fund of the McCormick Foundation, can be made online or by mail with checks payable mailed to: One Summer Chicago 2017, 23912 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1245.
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Sat., Apr 22, 8:30 am-1 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. CPS in partnership with the Arturuo Velasquez Institute invites you to attend the Spring DREAMer and Family Education Forum and Resource Fair. More info and register: online.Free.
Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-12 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Spend your Earth Dayhelping beautify a local park. More info and sign up:online. Free.
Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-5 pm, Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Village Network is hosting a Chicago Housing Expo. This year’s theme is “Living Better at Home”. Learn more:online. Free.
Sat., Apr 22, 10 am-12 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park./ Myrna Santiago- Martinez hosts aABC’s of Home Buying Process seminar. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Apr 22, 5-6:30 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.Join neighbors and the congregation for a Spaghetti Dinner Social event. Doors open at 4. For seating reservations or special raffle ticket numbers call: 773-725-0121.Adult/$12; Children 6 & under/Free.
Sun., Apr 23, 10 am-12 pm,Portage Theater Ballroom, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Start your Sunday monring off right with Zumba and Yoga in the Theater! Zumba starts at 10 and yoga at 11. Tickets: online. $10
Sun., Apr 23, 10 am, Addison & Avondale Mural Garden, Addison and Avondale. See the daffodils in bloom and join the A & A Mural Garden Committee for the first clean-up day of the season. Bring garden gloves, brooms, weeders, buckets, and other garden implements to help get the garden ready for the growing season. Be one of the first 12 volunteers to sign up and receive a free lunch of soup, salad, and bread sticks from Olive Garden. Sign up:email organizers.Free.
Sun., Apr 23, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee hosts its final 2016-2017 concert. Featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio. Reception to follow concert. More info: online.Free/Donations accepted.
Tues., Apr 25, 10 am, Liberty Bank, 6210 N. Milwaukee. Liberty Bank will host aFinancial Abuse Among Seniorspresentation. RSVP by April 20 to Marsha: 773-489-4679. Free.
Wed., Apr 26, 9 am-1 pm, Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted. The Chicago Department of Aviation hosts acommunity career fair. Free.
Wed., Apr 26, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn the 3 steps to obtaining a business license as well as business resources during a Business Licensing 101 workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Commander Looney will attend as a guest speaker. Free.
Thur., Apr 27, 9-11 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Meet teachers, students, and parents while school is in session during the St. Edward School Open House. More info: online or 773-736-9133.Free.
Thur., Apr 27, 10 am-2 pm, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. The Planning and Placement Center hosts a Job Fair & Career Day. Resume and professional dress required. More info: 773-481-8527. Free.
Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.
Thur., Apr 27, 7:30-9:48 pm, Muvico Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr, Rosemont. St. John’s Lutheran Church presents Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World. All tickets must be purchased no later than April 20online. $11 + $1 booking fee.
Fri., Apr 28, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping during an Accounting in Quickbooks workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Sat., Apr 29, 8-10 am, Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee. Alex Pirus, former NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars will be the guest speaker at the 2nd annual Hope for Hockey Breakfast. Full buffet breakfast, hockey stories of faith, and raffle prizes. More info:online. Questions: email Elizabeth Globke or call 847-756-0166.$25/ticket.
Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.
Sat., Apr 29, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor.Guest speaker Emily Pastor will be at this month’sPortage Park Garden Club meetingpresenting “Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest. Second half will be dedicated to the 2016 PPGC Year in Review. More info: email organizers.Free.
Sat., Apr 29, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Roxanne Anzelone. Sign up: call June at 773-267-1774.$40.
Sat., Apr 29, 12-4 pm, National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee.Human Library Chicago revisits NVAM for a day of stereotype breaking conversation and art. More info:online. Free.
Sat., Apr 29, 3-4 pm, City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero. Local and international poets Snezana Zabic and Larry O. Dean will join City News Cafe for a Poetry Reading and Book Signing. Tasha Fouts will also read and bring her own poems to share. More info:online. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Apr 29, 7:30 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. The Trinity Irish Dance Company teams up with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for the third annualStomping Grounds, a dance concert highlighting different communities and rhythmic traditions. More info: online. Free.
Thur., May 4, 5-9 pm, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, #1212. Keynote Speaker Alpana Singh, Chicago restaurateur and master sommelier, will join BACP for1871 at the MART small business expo. Head shots, mini-makeovers, and small business workshops available. Register:online. Free.
Fri., May 5, 12-2 pm, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The 17th, 19th, 20th, and 24th police districts co-host aSeniors Cinco de Mayo party. All seniors invited.$2/person.
Fri., May 5, 6:30 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce presents A Night at the Cabaret. There will be a raffle to help Hands to Help Ministries. Cocktails at 6:30 and a performance at 7:30. More info and tickets: online.$25/advance; $30/door.
Sat., May 6, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is hosting the 10th annualFine Craft Fair just in time for Mother’s Day.Email organizers if you’re interested in participating.Cost of Purchases.
Tue., May 9, 6:30 pm, Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee #301. Get involved to make a difference in your community by attending a Six Corners Association Committee Meeting. Promotions meets at 6:30 followed by design at 7:30.Free.
Thur., May 11, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Andrew Salata hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Thur., May 11, 7-8:30 pm, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. The 17th District commander and officers, representatives from OEMC, and many more join for a Hispanic Outreach Community Beat Meeting. Resources, crime prevention tips, and establish community relationships with the police. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., May 13, 7 pm,Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Local musicians come together and raise their voices in story and song for the fifth annualBob Dylan’s Birthday Bash. More info: online.$20/General Admission; $150/Benefit Table.
Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm, Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.
Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen.
Sun., May 28, 5:00-11 am, Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive Starting Line.Active Transportation Alliance hosts its annual fundraiser:MB Bike the Drive. Route timing, start locations, and tickets availableonline. $49. Save $3 with online promo code ChiWard3.