Jeff Semmerling and Art Side Out Studio & Mask Shop are back for their quarterly Vaudeville at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
At noon on Saturday, April 8, join friends, family, and neighbors to watch as some of Chicago’s finest actors and variety artists take the audience on an eclectic adventure of song, dance, and performance.
Every show features masks, puppets, and props from the studio. The host Brad French, “that juggling guy”, will guide you through an hour and a half of low-tech fun.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children, seniors and veterans.
Finally, please be aware that there will be no Ward Night this upcoming Tuesday, April 11. I apologize for any inconveniences.
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.
Jefferson Park Forward Pub Crawl
Strap on your walking shoes and pull up a bar stool during Jefferson Park Forward’s Pub Crawl. Back by popular demand, the Pub Crawl will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 2 PM to 7 PM.
Bar crawlers will meet at Jefferson Inn, 4874 N. Milwaukee, 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.
Tickets for the event cost $20, which includes a 22 ounce mug. Food will be provided at Windsor Tavern and Hops and Barley. View the event online for more information, bar locations, or to purchase tickets.
Congressional Town Hall Meeting April 17
Indivisible IL-5 (5th Congressional District of Illinois) is hosting a Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 17, from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.
Congressman Quigley (IL-5) and Congresswoman Schakowsky (IL-9) will address a variety of topics including how to ensure a fair and thorough investigation into ties with Russia, what comes next in the fight over health care, new threats to immigration, and will answer other questions as time permits.
The event is free to attend, though donations will be accepted to cover costs associated with the event. Doors to the event will open at 6 PM. Please arrive early, as the event will begin promptly at 6:15 PM.
To submit questions and learn more, join the Indivisible Chicago Northwest Side Facebook group.
Spring Yard Waste Collection
The Department of Streets and Sanitation is coordinating a dedicated yard waste collection team this spring to assist resident in clearing their yards, parkways, and storm drains of any debris.
The spring yard waste collection will run Monday, April 17, through Saturday, April 22. Residents may request a pick-up by calling 311, calling the ward office (773-286-4545), or byemailing my office.
Residents should bag yard waste and leave it next to their refuse and recycling carts in the alley or at the curb. A DSS truck will collect the bags based on 311 requests and take it to be composted.
As a reminder, yard waste should not be thrown into blue recycling carts as it contaminates the recycling stream.
Street Sweeping Schedule Now Available
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will begin 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 Open April 19
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. The application will open at 9 Am on Wednesday, April 19, online.
Vaughn High School Hosts a “Know Your Rights” Seminar
Community navigators will provide quality immigration information for families and community members during a Know Your Rights seminar.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about executive orders, learn their rights with ICE, learn about their rights with the police, be provided information where they can receive legal services, and learn how to prepare an emergency plan.
For time, date, and location of the event, call Vaughn High School at 773-534-3600.
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 three 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 18: George Westinghouse College Prep
3223 W. Franklin Boulevard
6:30 – 8:30 PM
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.
Annual Clean and Green on April 22
Join your neighbors for Chicago’s annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 10 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
- Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski
- Along Avondale near Lawrence
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.
To sign up, contact my office via email email@example.com or call (773)286-4545 by Tuesday, April 18.
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.
Irving Park Food Pantry Easter Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry will begin to give out Easter baskets to their clients’ children up to 8 years old starting March 22 and continuing for the three Wednesdays leading up to Easter (March 29, April 5, April 11, and the evening of April 12).
In order to do this, they need your support! The food pantry provides Easter baskets by gender and age range (under 2, 2 to 5, and 6 to 8 years old). In addition to individual items to fill baskets, the food pantry also accepts completed baskets. Typically, the baskets are medium-sized filled with grass and layers of fun dollar-items including:
- Wrapped candy
- Bubbles, Nerf balls, yo-yos, pinwheels, etc.
- Easter pencils, erasers, and toys
- Small stuffed animals
- Stickers, crayons, and markers
- Little books and activity pads
- Homemade bookmarks
- Please avoid woven baskets with handles. Rather, use plastic or fabric baskets that can be easily stacked
The food pantry will happily accept individual items and monetary donations earmarked for this program. Due to limited storage space, the food pantry is asking that you please arrange a time to deliver completed baskets.
For questions and to schedule a delivery time, contact Gina Hubberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Now Open
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit alone, not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers, however.
Families earning up to $55,000 of taxable income or individuals earning up to $30,000 of taxable income are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 19 sites across Chicago.
Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are:
- Mondays from 5 pm to 8:30 pm January 30 thru April 17;
- Saturdays 9 am to noon January 28 thru April 8; finally
- This location will be closed on February 20, April 14, and April 15.
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $31 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
For more information and to view additional locations, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
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Sat., Apr 8, 10 am-4 pm, Chicago Teacher’s Union Hall, 1901 W. Carroll. Activists, professional organizers, first-time activists, and everyone in between is invited to attend theIllinois Resistance Resource Fair. More info: email organizers. Free.
Sun., Apr 9, 11:30 am-2 pm, St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 W. Addison. Celebrate students’ artistic and academic achievements throughout the school year during an Art Show and Academic Fair.Halls will be filled with art and faculty will be present. More info: 773-545-2173.Free.
Sun., Apr 9, 12:30-3 pm, St. John’s Lutheran School, 4939 W. Montrose.Cub Scout Pack 3997 and Boy Scout Troop 997 are hosting theirannual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Spaghetti, meatballs, bread, and salad. Dine in or take out. Raffles. $6/person; Free/Kids 5 and under.
Sun., Apr 9, 3:30-4:30 pm, Luther North/New Life Church Campus, 5700 W. Berteau.Bring your whole family to join in on the 2nd Annual Portage Park Easter Egg Hunt. Meet neighbors, win raffle prizes, and get your hunt on. $7.
Tue., Apr 11, 12-1 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Pastor Jacki will lead a discussion on ancestry, tradition, and the power of the past during the weeklyBrown Bag Lunch N Learn. More info: email organizers or call 773-283-5557.Free.
Wed., Apr 12, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.BACP will host aHow to Start a Business (Cómo Empezar un Negocio) workshop in Spanish. Esta prsentación cubrirá los pasos para abrir un negocio en Illinois. Más información y para registrar: llama 312-744-2086 o envia uncorreo electrónico.Free.
Wed., Apr 12, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Learn what you can do about crime during the1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Apr 14, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Attorney Lema Khorshid of Fuksa Khorshid hosts a Ten Practical Legal Tips for Small Business Success workshop. Register: via emailor 312-744-2086.Free.
Mon., Apr 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Tue., Apr 18, 12 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. Attend the monthlyPortage Park Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. Guest speakers and complimentary lunch buffet. Registration required: 773-777-2020. Free.
Wed., Apr 19, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Jonathan Simon of Horizon Payments LLC hosts a Lowering Credit Card Processing Costs for Your Business workshop. Register: via emailor 312-744-2086. Free.
Thur., Apr 20, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Learn about the nature and cost of long-term care, what Medicare covers, Medicaid eligibility for singles and married couples, and the role of long-term care during a Long-Term Care: Who Will Pay? seminar. Seminar speaker will be Dave Lecik, a Medicare Training Specialist with the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Prgram. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Thur., Apr 20, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Fri., Apr 21, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn about programs to help your small business during a Small Business Resources to Help Your Business Succeed workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
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, 5-6:30 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.Join neighbors and the congregation for aSpaghetti 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, 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.
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, 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 theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
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, 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, 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.