Looking for an easy way to socialize, spend time outside, and get your hands dirty? Test your green thumb at the SRB Community Garden this Saturday, August 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm located at the corner of Higgins and Central. Join for any amount of time and test your green thumb.
Can’t join but want to support the garden? Make an online, tax deductible donation at their Go Fund Me page.
North Milwaukee Avenue Traffic Safety Improvements
In May, I announced a series of pedestrian refuge islands scheduled to for installation along Milwaukee Avenue this summer as a part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets program. Crews began construction earlier this month, and work should be completed in the next three weeks.
Chicago police data from 2014-2016 indicates that Milwaukee is one of the city’s more dangerous streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The Chicago Complete Streets program is an initiative to improve safety for all road users and reduce the number of crashes – sometimes fatal – that occur along these dangerous stretches.
This week, crews poured concrete for the pedestrian refuge islands north of the Union Pacific Northwest viaduct on Milwaukee. They also began striping Milwaukee near the Jefferson Park Transit Center for a bike lane and pedestrian refuge island. Pedestrians already cross Milwaukee in front of the transit center, and I have been working to get this refuge island installed for several years. The bike lane is a shared lane between Lawrence and the viaduct, except for in front of the transit center, where it will be a dedicated bike lane.
I want to thank the Chicago Department of Transportation for their diligent work making our streets safer for everyone.
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of residential burglaries that occurred in the month of July and August. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5000-block of North Major between 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM on July 25;
- The 5600-block of West Leland at 6:00 PM on July 25;
- The 4500-block of North Mobile between 10:00 PM August 5 and 11:00 PM August 6;
- The 5500-block of North Mobile between 11:00 Am August 12 and 12:01 AM August 13;
- The 5800-block of North Elston between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM on August 13; and
- The 5700-block of North Manton at 6:30 PM on August 20.
Please make sure all doors and windows are locked, keep the perimeter of your property well lit, and call 911 if you notice any suspicious people loitering.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Business Alert: Commercial Burglaries
The 16th District issued a business alert this week for business burglaries that occurred over the previous weekend.
During the incidents, a male offender entered the businesses, displayed a knife, and demanded money and cigarettes from the register.
The offender is described is described as a white or white Hispanic male between 20-25 years old. He is between 5’09” and 6′ and weighs approximately 180-200 pounds. He was wearing an orange sweatshirt with stripes on the sleeves, black pants, white gym shoes, and a gray and black knit hate. He also was wearing a white bandana to cover his face.
The incidents occurred at:
- The 6200-block of North Sayre at 3:15 AM on August 18; and
- The 6000-block of West Higgins at 4:26 AM on August 20.
Business owners are advised to pay special attention to any suspicious groups loitering in the area and to install a maintain a working surveillance system inside and outside of the business.
If you see any suspicious activity, call 911 and provide a detailed description, including any vehicle description, license plate information, and direction of flight if known. If you have any information about these incidents, please contact the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Watch “The Sandlot”, Drive-In Style
On Saturday, August 26, Cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a modern spin.The Six Corners Association will show The Sandlot in a drive-in movie eventlocated in the parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.
All ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Those attending in their car can listen to the movie simply by tuning into their radios. Pedestrians are also welcome and should bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on.
The cost is $30 per car, $15 for an adult pedestrian, and $5 for a child pedestrian (under 12-years-old).
The movie will start at 8:00 and tickets are available online. Make sure to secure a spot today!
Taste of Polonia Returns Labor Day Weekend
Taste of Polonia returns to the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, on Labor Day Weekend, September 1 through September 4.
The annual event features four performance stages, carnival rides, plenty of family-friendly activities, and a variety of great drinks and food sure to satiate everyone’s appetite.
Tickets cost $5 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm, and free for children 12 and under. Buy tickets in advance, review the entire entertainment line up, food options, and vendor list at the Taste of Polonia website.
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.
Attend the Independence Park Beer Fest September 16
The Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting their 4th annual Independence Park Beer Fest on Saturday, September 16, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
People aged 21 and older are invited to enjoy craft beer from over 15 local breweries, delicious options from local food trucks, live entertainment from the Lunar Ticks and Bill Reedy and the Smokin’ Cattails, and much more.
Proceeds from the event will help purchase new jackets and uniforms for the Independence Park special recreation group ahead of the Special Olympics Winter Games.
Tickets cost $40 online, and $50 at the gate. Online ticket sales will end at 11:00 AM the day of the event, so make sure to secure yours today!
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Are you looking to have a meaningful impact on your community? Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it also provides a great source of pride.
Now through October 16, the Chicago Police Department is accepting applications for those interested in making a lasting difference in their community. The Chicago Police Department offers a competitive salary and benefits.
Interested applicants must be 20 years old by December 31, 2017. If you’re interested, fill out a quick application at theChicago Police Department’s website by October 16. The test to become a police officer will be held on the weekend of December 16, 2017.
Infrastructure Improvement Updates
Agatite/Laramie Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting late August, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along West Agatite from North Central to North Lavergne, and along North Laramie from West Sunnyside to West Agatite. The old water main dates back to 1915 and needs to be replaced.
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.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project, you can register online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this water main replacement is 1701038.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes, to the final restoration of the street.
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.
Mason Sewer Lining Project
The Department of Water Management is scheduled began a sewer lining project on North Mason between West Seminole and West Bryn Mawr on Thursday, August 17.
This project will rehabilitate the existing sewer without the conventional digging method. This sewer rehabilitation will minimize, if not eliminate, street cave-ins due to failure in old sewers. In addition, it will bring better drainage to the area and may help alleviate flooding during heavy rain.
During work days, mobilization will start at 4:00 pm. Actual work will begin at 5:00 pm. Work is expected to be completed at 1:00 am. “No Parking” signs will be posted in the immediate area of work a day before any work is scheduled to occur. Residents are urged to move their vehicles away from the work site to avoid being towed. It will be necessary to close the lanes to traffic to ensure public safety during work hours. Equipment and materials will be on street during the work. If necessary, detours and alternative bus stops will be posted.
To prevent odors in your home during the main sewer lining project, please pour two to three cups of water into each basement floor drain and restrict your water usage as much as possible. An engineer will also be on site during the project to answer any questions from the residents.
The sewer lining project is expected to be completed by October 2017.
Apply for the Roof and Porch Repair Grant Program
The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formerly known as the EHAP program) provide grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for low to moderate income owner occupants of one to four-unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. Remedies will commensurate with the level of damage determined by the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Rehab Construction Specialist upon inspection. A property can receive service one-time only.
The 2018 roof and porch registration takes place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 14. On this day, residents can initiate the registration process online or by calling the city’s 311 service line.
Applicants will be selected via a lottery process on Tuesday, October 31, at 9:00 am in Preston Bradley Hall on the third floor at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.
Eligible owner-occupied properties must be located in the city of Chicago, in habitable condition, consist of one to four residential units, and not be at risk of foreclosure. Condominiums, commercial, and mixed-use units are not eligible for the program. Properties that received assistance in the past under the program (formerly known as EHAP) are ineligible to participate again.
Household earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI)are eligible to participate in the program. If the property is jointly owned, the total gross income of all owners will be included in this figure and cannot exceed the 80% limit.
For more information on the program and to apply for the grant, visit the Roof and Porch Repair page on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
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.
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.
Citizen Police Academy
Do you have a strong connection to your community and want to make a difference? Apply to join the Citizen Police Academy.
The fall session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin on September 19, and will run for ten weeks ending on November 21.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for individuals with strong community ties who will be good ambassadors for the department. Participating citizens will receive a condensed version of CPD recruit training.
Classes meet every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Education and Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson.
Applications are due by August 25. For more information or an application, please contact the 16th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4521 or atCaps016district@chicagopolice.org.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Fri., Aug 25, 4:30-7 pm, YMCA Irving Park, 4251 W. Irving Park. Join the Irving Park YMCA for theirBack to School Backyard Bash. Games and activities for the whole family. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Aug 27, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues 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 the Jefferson 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 27, 11 am,St. Bartholomew Church, Addison and Lavergne. St. Bartholomew Parish is turning100 Years Old! Celebrate with a 100 anniversary mass and reception.Free.
Tue., Aug 29, 7 pm,Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Teska will be attending to discuss the Jefferson Park Master Plan. 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 the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Congressman Quigley, State Representative Martwick, and State Senator Mulroe will be in attendance providing updates from Springfield and Washington, D.C. Free.
Sat., Sept 2, 9 am-1 pm, SRB Community Spirit Garden, Higgins & Central. Looking for an easy way to socialize, spend time outside, and get your hands dirty? Test your green thumb at the SRB Community Garden work day. Join for any amount of time. The more the merrier. Can’t join but want to support the garden? Make an online, tax deductible donation. Free or cost of donation.
Sat., Sept 2, 10-11 am, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Learn about proper vet care, socialization, and training tips for puppies at aPuppy Parents Workshop. Workshop is for humans only. There will be info on puppy training classes. Free.
Tue., Sept 5, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during a GIPNA Board meeting. Free.
Tue., Sept 5, 7:30 pm, Six Corners Lofts, 4041 N. Milwaukee, #301.Get involved to make a difference in your community by attending theSix Corners Association design meeting. Free.
Fri., Sept 8, 6:30-8:30 pm,Storehouse Church, 5701 W. Montrose. The 16th District invites youth ages 12-19 to join them for a Youth Ice Cream Social. Leaders discuss the benefits of giving back to your community by volunteering and how we can better our neighborhood. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sat., Sept 9, 9 am-1 pm, SRB Community Spirit Garden, Higgins & Central. Looking for an easy way to socialize, spend time outside, and get your hands dirty? Test your green thumb at the SRB Community Garden work day. Join for any amount of time. The more the merrier. Can’t join but want to support the garden? Make an online, tax deductible donation. Free or cost of donation.
Sat., Sept 9, 9 am-3 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Swing by the front lawn, the side lawn, and the main field house for the Dunham Park Neighborhood Yard Sale. More info & register for a spot: online.$15/10 ‘x 10’ spot. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Sept 9, 10 am-12 pm, Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway. Join the 17th District for a Women’s Self Defense Workshop. Email organizers or call 312-742-4588 to RSVP. Free.
Sat., Sept 9, 12-7 pm, 4144 N. Kenneth. George Gonzalez and Mary Foster showcase their work in an Art in the Garden show. This is an oudoor art show in a private city garden. Join for an afternoon of botanical paintings, photography, flora, fauna, and fun. More info:online. Free.
Sun., Sept 10, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a week through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK car accepted. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 10, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 10, 10:30 am-1:30 pm,Throwback Festival, 6030 N. Milwaukee. Swing by beer tent #3 during Throwback Fest to support the SRB Community Spirit Garden. They will be serving beer and working for tips to go back to the garden. Cost of purchases.
Mon., Sept 11,7pm, Basement of the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. Free.
Tue., Sept 12, 1-3 pm, The Kilpatrick Renaissance, 4655 W. Berteau. Join the Kilpatrick Renaissance for an afternoon of welness information, give-aways, door prizes, and refreshments during a Health & Wellness Senior Fair. Raffle winner every 15 minutes. More info: 773-283-4655. Free
Tue., Sept 12, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Sept 13, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Sept 16, 9 am,17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during aPeer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sun., Sept 17, 9 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center Parking Lot, Lawrence and Lipps. There is something for everyone at thisFlea Market/Garage Sale. Upwards of 30 vendors will attend. Music by Stephen Gulyas and sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation. Cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 17, 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, specialty 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., Sept 18, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Sept 19, 11 am, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Sept 19, 1 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room 5151 N. Milwaukee. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during the Monthly Senior Meeting. Special guest Angela M. Gambino from Brokerage Resources will attend. Win fun prizes during Bingo! More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Sept 20, 7 pm, 16th District Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, Community Room.Learn what you can do about crime during the1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Sept 20, 7:30 pm, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Learn what you can do about crime during the1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Sept 21, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Sept 24, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues 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 cards accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 24, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Sept 26, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Sept 27, 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.Free.