The Jefferson Park Sunday Market hosts their final Winter Market of the season in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence, this Sunday, April 29, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Metropolitan Farms will be back at this market with hydroponic greens, fish, pesto, and more. Other favorite will be back with fresh produce including Frank Farms and Wright Way Farm. You can also purchase craft meats, homemade condiments, and unique artisan items. The winter market even has a cash bar to help make your brunch a little more interesting!
While you’re there, make sure to stop by the Sunday Market table to pick up a schedule for their summer market.
Water Main Installation in 45th and 30th Wards to Begin in May
Please be aware that staring in May, the Department of Water Management will begin to install new water mains in the 45th and 30th Wards. The old water mains are over 100 years old and need to be replaced.
Construction will occur in the following locations:
- On Keeler Avenue (from Addison to Milwaukee);
- On Eddy Street (from Keeler to Pulaski);
- On Cornelia Avenue (from Keeler to Kedvale); and
- On Kedvale (from Cornelia to Milwaukee).
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to preserve as much parking as possible.
My office and the Department of Water understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout this project and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.
The Department of Water Management will make every effort to expedite completion of the project and minimize inconveniences to residents. They anticipate completing the water main installation by late August.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman on the project site, email my office, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6635.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Community Alert: Public Indecency
The 16th District issued a community alert this week of a man who inappropriately touched himself as two young females were walking by him. The incident occurred on April 23 at approximately 8:40 am on the 4600-block of North Austin.
The girls described the offender as a white male in his 40’s, between 5;8″ and 5’10”, and weighing 160 to 180 pounds. His hair was brown and slicked back. He was wearing a blue jacket and white cargo pants.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8200.
Jefferson Park Resident Leaves Behind a Legacy of Selflessness
Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune
Jefferson Park lost a beloved community member this week, Russ Gremel. Russ passed away in his home on Sunday surrounded by neighbors, friends, and with his dog on his lap.
Russ spent his living giving back to his community. He spent more than 60 years serving as a Boy Scout leader to Jefferson Park’s troop 979, and last year he donated more than $2 million in Walgreens stocks to create a bird sanctuary. His legacy serves as an inspiration to be generous with our time, compassion, and – when we have the privilege to do so – our money. The Chicago Tribune wrote a touching article honoring his life and legacy.
Visitation is scheduled for May 3 and May 4 at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N Milwaukee. Funeral services will take place on May 5 at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Lawrence.
Host an On the Table Discussion
Over the past four years, tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents have come together to participate in the Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table, 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 2018 on Tuesday, May 8.
The Chicago Community Trust’s goals are to inspire action and spark real change. On the Table has already made a real impact – including a grassroots campaign about tolerance reminding us that “Hate Has No Home Here,” creating and printing a coloring book to help victims of sexual assault, organizing new winter coat and book “giving events” at neighborhood libraries, creating a proven alternative to the emergency room that provides mental health assessment and peer support, and more.
On the Table is inviting YOU to host a mealtime conversation with your network. You can register online at their website.
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.
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 purchaseonline.
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.
giftLIT Salon May 1
Historically, a salon has been defined as “a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of participants through conversation.” During thegiftLIT, all performers will receive the same prompt and then share their stories while participants sip great wine and enjoy delicious food.
Both Community and the Gift Theatre believe that these story-sharing experiences create meaningful connections among individuals in our community.
Tickets only cost $10 each and are available to purchase online.
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.
Schurz Maker Faire May 5
Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee, is hosting their annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am to 4 pm at the school.
This festival showcases the creativity and innovation of artists, musicians, inventors, crafters, scientist, hackers, technophiles, and more. The participants come from all across the city and county, as well as student and faculty participants from Schurz. To get a taste of what sorts of projects are showcased, view a video from 2017’s World Maker Faire on YouTube.
The event is open to families, students, and thinkers of all ages. More information about the event and how you can get involved is available online.
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.
Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash May 19
The Filament hosts their sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
There will be birthday cake, a cash bar, raffle and silent auction items, and plenty of great live music to boot.
More information and tickets are available to purchaseonline. Individual tickets and VIP tables of 4 are available.
Irving Park Community Food Pantry Neighborhood Walk May 19
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is organizing a walk through the Old Irving Park neighborhood to raise funds and generate awareness of hunger in our community.
Neighbors and friends will meet at the Food Pantry at 9 am on Saturday, May 19, and walk about 1.7 miles through the neighborhood. The route should take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
Those interested in participating can ask friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them. Toiletries, food, and socks donations will also be collected to add to the pantry’s stock for clients.
Schools, church groups, neighborhood associations, and individuals are encouraged to participate to build a stronger community and support an organization that works tirelessly to give back to our neighbors in need. Students will be eligible to receive two hours of service time for participating.
Chicago Fringe Festival Presents Five Fifths of The Rocky Horror Show May 24
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 Now Open
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 28, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. A guest speaker from Proven Winners will attend the Portage 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 Playersfrom 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.
Tue., May 1, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community at the monthly GIPNA Board Meeting.Free.
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.
Sat., May 5, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association is hosting the 11th annual Fine Craft Fair just in time for Mother’s Day! The fair will feature original handmade craft items including, jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, pet products, apparel, home accessories, and more. All work is original and handmade by local artisans. If you are an artist and would like to participate, pleaseemail organizers.Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 6, 8 am-12 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gym, 4057 N. Harding. Enjoy a delicious meal during the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast. Cost of entry applies.
Tue., May 8, 3:30-4:30 pm, Beard School, 6445 W. Strong. Beard Preschool is hosting an Open House. Staff will be giving tours of the preschool classrooms and answering questions. If your child is going to be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, they can apply for full day, half day, blended classrooms, or special education preschool programs. More info: 773-534-1228. Free.
Tue., May 8, 7 pm,Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., May 8, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., May 9, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., May 10, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sat., May 12, 10-11:30 am, Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler. Keeler Gardens continues to grow. As they grow, they need some help. They will host a Spring Volunteer Orientation to learn more about the specific needs of Keeler Gardens and match your skills and desired learning to projects that can help you connect with nature. Space is limited to 30 volunteers Sign up online. Free.
Sat., May 12, 7 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents Once in a Lifetime: Judy & Liza at the London Palladium. More info and tickets:online.$25/advance; $35/door.
Mon., May 14, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., May 16, 7 pm, 16th District Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., May 16, 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 the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., May 17, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Sat., May 19, 9 am-4 pm, West Walker, Save the date for the annual West Walker Garage and Yard Sale. Event will happen, rain or shine! Cost of purchases.
Mon., May 21, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Thur., May 24, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Navigating Foreclosures: What Happens When You Get Served with Foreclosure Papers? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.
Wed., May 30, 7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.