One of Chicago’s favorite traditions returns to Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, this weekend with Shakespeare in the Park. This year, actors will perform a 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet.
One of the Shakespeare’s most popular plays, this family-friendly feature tells the story of two star-crossed lovers in Verona, Italy. The feud between the Capulets and the Montagues runs long and deep. Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden love disrupts the town and ends in tragedy.
The performance will take place on Saturday, August 12, starting at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday, August 13, starting at 4:00 pm. For more information or to view other Chicago Shakespeare Theater events, visit their website.
Community Shred Day August 19
Please join State Representative Jaime Andrade and myself for a Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 1 pm in the St. Viator parking lot at 4140 W. Addison.
Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information – such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications, and outdated medical records – to be safely shredded. Please remember to remove all paper clips, staples, and other bindings before sending documents off to be shredded.
Old eyeglasses, cell phones, and old or tattered American flags will also be accepted for donation.
For more information, please call my office at 773-286-4545 or Rep. Andrade’s office at 773-267-1880.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Thru August 28
Through August 28, residents of Jefferson Township can submit their property tax appeals with the Cook County Assessor’s Office.
Filing an appeal will not lower the rates of the property tax levy but rather will appeal the assessed value of your home, potentially lowering the amount owed to the assessor’s office.
You can appeal your assessed value via the Cook County Assessor’s online portal.
Axe Throwing & Board Game Night
Eric Lauren will be offering up sharp tunes sure to carve out the perfect evening. Taurus Restaurant will provide the tasty appetizers to satiate your appetite.
Live music will begin at 7 pm followed by an axe throwing workshop at 8 pm. Board games will be available all night.
Tickets cost $10 each and are available to purchase online. Ticket price includes 1.5 hours of axe throwing, one hour of live music, and tasty appetizers.
Attendees must be 18 years or older to participate in the axe throwing. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Check-in will end at 8pm.
Help Clear the Shelters August 19
Are you or someone you know considering adopting or fostering a pet? Chicago Animal Care and Control is hosting their annual Clear the Shelter Free Adoption day on August 19.
Summer is high season for the local shelters, with many of them at full capacity. This event is the perfect opportunity to free up space in the shelters while filling up your heart with love from your new best friend.
Regular adoption screening still applies. More information and participating shelters is available online.
Chicago Fringe Festival Returns to Jefferson Park
For the fifth year in a row, Chicago Fringe Festival returns to downtown Jefferson Park. The annual festival attracts visitors from across the region to witness engage, diverse, unique, and boundary-pushing productions.
This year, the festival runs August 30 through September 10, and will feature 47 groups in about 200 performances. These shows are unpredictable, unusual, and non-juried. There is also a selection of family-friendly programming.
For more information on performances and schedules, visit the Chicago Fringe website. Tickets are $10 per performance plus a $5 festival pin. Package deals are also available.
Those interested in volunteering can apply to do so online.
CPS Students Can Receive Free Museum Admission Beginning August 27
August 27 through September 1, Chicago Public School students can attend various museums throughout the city for free.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and explore Chicago Museums ahead of the new school year.
Visit my website for a list of eligible museums and dates.
Earn Money for the Irving Park Community Food Pantry by Walking
The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 32nd annual Hunger Walk will be held Saturday, September 16 at Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stoney Island. Volunteers and friends of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry will be walking the 2-mile course to help raise awareness about hunger in our communities.
The Walk is the Pantry’s biggest annual fundraising event. You can register or make a donation online. The deadline to register is Monday, August 28. Entry bibs and t-shirts will be delivered to the Pantry for walkers prior to the event, and you will need to arrange to pick it up for have it delivered.
Donations from the Hunger Walk page go directly to the Pantry’s GCFD account, from which they order foods from their menu at low volume prices (approximately $0.04 per pound).
You can also donate to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry at their website or by mailing a check to 3801 N. Keeler Ave., Chicago, IL 60641.
Contribute to Sculpture Project by Donating Local Artifact
Two weeks ago, I announced Bernard Williams as the artist selected to completed the public artwork project as part of the 50×50 Year of Public Art initiative.
Williams is requesting some assistance from you – the public – in completing this task. In an effort to incorporate as much neighborhood history into his piece as possible, he is putting out a call for local, weather resistant artifacts which might be used in the sculpture. Williams is looking for outdoor objects, such as signs, architectural fragments such as railings, ornamental and non-ornamental fencing or gates, and other related things.
Anyone with a potential artifact or artifact idea should start by sending in a photo to my office email@example.com with the subject line YOPA artifact. This could be a photo of something you already have or something that is still standing outdoors and can be removed or relocated as part of the sculpture.
Sheet Metal Apprenticeships
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union ’73 is now accepting apprenticeships for those interesting in sheet metal trade as a career.
Through October 4, interested persons ages 17 and older can apply for an apprenticeship where they will learn the skills necessary for a long-term career in the sheet metal trade. For requirements and more information regarding the application process, visit the Sheet Metal Workers’ website.
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Sat., Aug 12, 9 am-4 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Help the church continue outreach programs like open gym, building community dialogues, and the Eden Conflict Resolution Center when you shop at their Summer Rummage Sale. Also a chance to meet representatives of the Cub, Boy, and Girl Scout programs housed at Eden. More info: 773-332-5185.Cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Aug 12, 9:30-10:30 am, Avondale and Addison Mural Garden, Addison and Avondale. Spend an hour with Mural Garden Committeemembers weeding, pruning, and cleaning-up the garden to keep it looking beautiful. No previous experience required. Tools and gloves provided. Free.
Sun., Aug 13, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK card accepted. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun, Aug 13, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Aug 13, 10:30 am, Our Lady of Victory Church, 5212 W. Agatite. Meet with your neighbors and beat officers for the Chicago Police Department’s Faith and Action Event initiative. Refreshments and a meet and great will be held after mass. Mass starts at 10:30, roll call at 11:30, meet-and-greet with officers at 11:45. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sun., Aug 13, 11 am-2 pm, Chicago Joe’s, 2256 W. Irving Park.Enjoy a brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas while benefiting Chicago Canine Rescue duringBrunch for Pups. $30.
Mon., Aug 14, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, Courtroom 2005, 50 W. Washington. The senior enrichment series hosts a When a Mental Illness Requires Protective Care seminar. Register: 312-603-9233. Free.
Tue., Aug 15, 11 am,17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Tue., Aug 15, 1 pm,16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Meet officer sand receive helpful resources during the Monthly Senior Meeting. Special guest Karla Davis from Northside Community Resources will attend. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Aug. 15, 7 pm,Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join your neighbors for Building Community: On-Line, In-Person, and In-Between, a discussion on what it means to build community. Light dinner served. More info: email the facilitator. Free.
Wed., Aug 16, 7:30 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Thur., Aug 17, 7 pm,Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Fri., Aug 18, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts La La Land as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sat., Aug. 19, 8 am-noon, 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Get your car clean and help Girl Scouts during the Girl Scout Troop 21822 Car Wash Fundraiser.
Sat., Aug 19, 8 am-3 pm, New Life Community Church Portage Park, 5700 W.Berteau. Heartlight Ministries founder and host of Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston is ready to whip your parenting techniques into shape. Attend the Tough Guys and Drama Queens seminar to avoid the common pitfalls of parenting teens. Sign up: onlineor call 773-777-3360.$45 or $35/early bird (by July 31). Breakfast included in price.
Sat., Aug 19, 11 am-12:30 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Between April and October, thousands of kittens arrive at Chicago Animal Care and Control – many without a mom and too young to eat on their own. Low more about how you can help bottle babies at a Kitten on Dec workshop. Free.
Sun., Aug 20, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N.Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, speciality items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Animal Care and control will also be present with some adorable adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Aug 21, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Wed., Aug 23, 6:30-8 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. The 17th District CAPS hosts a Keeping it Real Burglary Prevention Workshop. Includes an in-depth discussion on burglary awareness and a panel of “professional burglars” who want to give back to the community. More info: email organizers or call 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Aug 23, 7 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Aug 24, 7 pm,St. Bartholomew, Church Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sun., Aug 27, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK card accepted. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Aug 27, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Aug 29, 7 pm,Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Aug 30, 7 pm,Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Congressman Quigley, State Representative Martwick, and State Representative Mulroe will be in attendance providing updates from Springfield and Washington, D.C. Free.