As you celebrate Labor Day with family and friends, I hope you’ll join me in remembering the women and men who fought, and in some cases died, for the 40-hour work week, workplace protections, and the right to bargain collectively. It is because of their struggle that we get to enjoy these rights. And it is our duty to carry the torch and continue to safeguard the gains earned through their sacrifice.
In observation of Labor Day, my office will be closed Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3. It will re-open on Tuesday, September 4 at 9 am.
Schurz Field Work Slated to Begin September 7
After years of hard work and planning, I am pleased to announce that Chicago Public Schools next week will begin work on a new, $2.7 million athletic field for Schurz High School.
On Sept. 7, workers will install construction fencing. Site excavation for drainage is scheduled to start Sept. 10. Work on the field and on Waveland, which will be narrowed once construction is finished, will take two to three months. During construction, Waveland will be temporarily closed from Milwaukee to Lowell, but it will reopen to one-way traffic after work is finished.
We have worked with Schurz High School, Friends of Schurz, adjacent neighbors, CPS, and other community members to retool the proposal for a new regulation-sized soccer field in what is now the muddy lot northwest of the school. These discussions are already giving many students a renewed sense of pride in their school.
I remain committed to keeping Waveland open to vehicular traffic. However, to accommodate the field and allow Schurz to play IHSA-regulation home games for the first time in its history, Waveland will be narrowed by a few feet, and Waveland will need to be one way heading from Milwaukee into the community.
In addition to the soccer field, the work includes a softball field, water fountain, and a running track. Those amenities will be open to the community during non-school use. No buildings are planned and lighting is engineered to prevent spillover from the field.
The scope of the project leaves a section on the east side that is not needed for the sports fields. This gives the community options to consider. Possible uses include an outdoor fitness trail, dog park, or outdoor classroom space. All would include natural landscaping. We’d love to hear your thoughts on those options during an open house in the Schurz Library Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 pm.
With its STEM Grow Food Science Lab, International Baccalaureate program, Junior ROTC program, AVID college readiness program, Honors program, Career and Technical Education programs, and a growing athletic department, Schurz has made great strides.
This asset is another step toward supporting our students and giving the community a sense of pride in their neighborhood public school. It’s another step on the path toward making Schurz one of the best neighborhood high schools in the city.
5150 N. Northwest Highway on Planning Commission Hearing’s September Agenda
The mixed-used, mixed-income building for veterans and those with disabilities at 5150 N. Northwest Highway is on the agenda for the Department of Planning’s September 13 hearing.
Leading up to this hearing, I have heard much feedback on this development from all parties; beginning with the first community meeting in February 2017, the numerous meetings with community groups and various stakeholders, the four-hour City Hall zoning hearing, the community teleconference, and the dozens of ward nights in between. Throughout, the one thing that has resonated with me is the overwhelming number of local, long-time residents that have either approached me personally or contacted my office inquiring how they can apply for a unit in this building. Adding it all up, I feel this building is a step in the right direction toward helping our residents remain in their community while providing them with quality accessible housing within close proximity to a myriad of resources.
If you would like to learn more about this development, leave feedback, or sign up for the interest list, you may do so on the builder’s website. Of course, you can always attend a Ward Night most Tuesdays from 5-7 pm in my office at 4754 N. Milwaukee, email Ward45@cityofchicago.org, or call 773-286-4545.
I look forward to continuing to work with residents to attract a variety of housing options to meet the diverse needs of the residents of the 45th Ward.
Chicago Fringe Festival Returns to Jefferson Park
For the sixth year in a row, Chicago Fringe Festival returns to downtown Jefferson Park. This annual festival attracts visitors from across the region to witness and engage with diverse, unique, and boundary-pushing productions.
This year, the festival runs August 30 through September 3, and will feature 24 groups in about 100 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.
Taste of Polonia Returns Labor Day Weekend
Taste of Polonia returns to the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, over Labor Day Weekend, August 31 through September 3.
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 on the Taste of Polonia website.
Community Alert: Garage Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a pattern of garage burglaries in the area. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5600-block of West Grover between 3:45 am and 4:15 am August 12;
- The 5200-block of North Leamington between 6 pm August 22 and 8 am August 23;
- The 5200-block of North Leamington between 10:30 pm August 22 and 6:30 am August 23;
- The 7100-block of North Mason at 6:30 am August 23; and
- The 4200-block of North Parkside at 7:15 am August 24.
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.
Refuse Collection Schedule for Labor Day Holiday
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, please be aware that the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of September 3.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will collect all refuse Tuesday through Friday. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection.
Waste Management will collect recycling Tuesday through Saturday. To ensure recycled items are collected, residents should continue to put out blue recycling carts throughout the week according to their typical schedule.
For more information on your regular collection day, you canemail my office or call 773-286-4545.
Save The Date: County Fair Chicago September 8 & 9
Chicagoans will taste the flavor of down-home this fall when urban meets rural! County Fair Chicago invites city dwellers and country folk to experience Americana with an urban twist as Six Corner Association fixes to blend the farm with the city for Portage Park’s newest event.
Stroll the Midway and graze on delicious, locally-made cuisine; pick up new skills from a variety of educational, interactive, maker-focused workshops; take in the sounds of bluegrass, rockabilly, and country jams humming from the “Grandstand” stage; and, lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance once the sun goes down Saturday night.
No matter your preference – cowboy hats or baseball caps, riding boots or gym shoes – they’re serving up the best of both worlds at County Fair Chicago.
Tickets only cost $10/day or $18 for both days and are available to purchase online or at the Six Corners Association office located at 4041 N. Milwaukee #301.
Bike 45 Pub Peddle September 8
Join Bike 45 Chicago to explore some great watering holes on the Northwest Side. The ride will kick off at 10:30 am at the field house at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. From there, cyclists ages 21 and older will head out for a fun-filled day.
Stop 1 Eris Brewery and Cider House > Stop 2 Metropolitan > Stop 3 Alarmist > Last Stop County Fair Chicago.
You must be 21 years of age to participate in this ride. Bike 45 wants everyone to have a good time while enjoying themselves responsibly and reserves the right to dismiss anyone from the ride at any point. Bring your helmet, ID, cash and a lock, just in case you find a new favorite along the way!
Attend You & Me at the Filament Theatre Thru Sept 15
You & Me is a two-person, entirely improvised, no suggestion-inspired set with Gift Theatre owner Michael Patrick Thornton and a guest artist.
You & Me has played at The Second City, Steppenwolf, The Den Theatre, The Chicago Improv Festival, and at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where Artistic Director Les Waters called the show “Hilarious, horrifying, and human. Quite magical, really.” Chicago Reader Recommended. This show is not recommended at all for youngsters, the easily offended, or those who dislike wheelchairs.
Proceeds from this run of You & Me will be donated to Filament Theatre. The show will run at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, through September 15. Purchase tickets and view show times online.
Calling All Home Brewers
Jefferson Park Forward had so much fun last year, that they’re once again teaming up with Lake Effect for their second annual JPF Home Brewers event.
The event will be held during their First Friday Happy Hour event in November and they are looking for some home brewers willing to brew at least one beer for the occasion.
JPF will hos the event privately and will also manage a beer judging context. The first place winner will get the opportunity to scale up their beer for public release with fold at Lake Effect Brewery, a JPF Business Member. Prizes will also be available for second and third place. As if that wasn’t enough, all home brewers who are not already members will be granted a free one-year membership with JPF. Last year, Phil Collins won with his Sheehan’s Farmhouse Ale, a golden-colored Saison beer.
To sign up, view the rules of the competition, and learn more, visit Jefferson Park Forward’s website.
Stems and Steins September 8
Help support Chicago’s oldest home while enjoying drinks at this neighborhood event! This fund-raiser includes 3.5 hours of unlimited wine or beer tastings, with 50 beers or 50 wines available for $55 (when purchased before Sept. 1, 2018).
Treat yourself to hors d’oeuvres, pretzels and mustard, pizza, cheese and crackers, a silent auction, and instant-win raffle on the expansive grounds of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House.
The event features a huge silent auction at which you can bid on wine or beer baskets and gifts, sports memorabilia, dance and theater tickets, lessons and memberships, and many other items. Feeling lucky? Instant-win raffle winners take home a “mystery” bottle of booze, which may also include airline tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gift cards, and other exciting prizes. Raffle tickets are $10 each (cash only, and you must be present to win). The silent auction and raffle close at 6 p.m.
You can order each of the wines or beers you taste from the liquor vendor, Foremost Liquor Center, at the end of the evening. A $20 cash deposit is required to place an order.
Attendees must be 21 to enter. No children allowed. All reservations will be held at will-call at the door. Absolutely no refunds.Tickets are available to purchase online.
If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, Norwood Park Historical Society is looking for people to help with security and setup on Saturday. Different shifts are available so volunteers can still attend. For more information or to sign up, call Angela at 847-275-6665.
Wildlight Yoga Grand Opening September 14
Wildlight Yoga, 4140 N. Milwaukee, invites you to join them to celebrate their opening in the Portage Park neighborhood on Friday, September 14, from 5-9 pm.
Wildlight Yoga is an adventure-inspired studio where seekers and finders from the world over are welcomed to explore the practice of yoga as a lifestyle and a journey.
Drinks and snacks will be served during the grand opening celebration. For more information on Wildlight Yoga studio, the grand opening event, pricing, and scheduling visit theirwebsite.
Team Adventure Club at Athletic Field Park
Do you have a teenager that’s looking for a way to connect with nature? Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison, is forming a Team Adventure Club for teens ages 13-17.
The new club will feature a variety of field trips that allow teens to explore outdoor activities including biking, camping, climbing, hiking, kayaking, and travel.
Registration opens online on September 6 and the club begins on September 14. For more information, contact Athletic Field Park at 773-478-2889.
Beer Fest September 15
The Independence Park Advisory Council (IPAC) is hosting their 5th annual Independence Park Beer Fest on Saturday, September 15, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
People aged 21 and older are invited to enjoy craft beer from local breweries, delectable options from a variety of food trucks, live entertainment, and the company of friendly neighbors!
Proceeds from the event will support the park and IPAC events.
Tickets cost $40 online and $50 at the gate.
St. Constance School Color Run September 15
Come run come all to join in the fun at the second annual St. Constance School Color Run at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve Grove number 7 in Niles. The FUNdraiser will be held on September 15, with onsite registration opening at 8 am in anticipation of the 10 am start time.
The St. Constance School Color Run/Walk features a designated 5K course along the trail between Bunker Hill Preserve and Caldwell Woods. During the Color Run, participants are doused with food color at various color stations ending with a final color celebration at the finish line. Details and preregistration are available on the St. Constance School website.
Filament Theatre and Paderewski Symphony Orchestra Awarded CityArts Program Grants
Please join me in congratulating two 45th Ward organizations for being awarded a CityArts Program grants. Both the Filament Theatre Ensemble, located at 4041 N. Milwaukee, and the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, located at 5844 N. Milwaukee, were honored with this opportunity through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Four individual artists living in the 45th Ward also were awarded Individual Artist Program grants for music, dance, and visual arts.
These grants will help these two arts and culture-focused organizations and individual artists continue to pursue endeavors that enrich the lives of 45th Ward residents and all Chicagoans alike.
Election Judges Needed
The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for election judges to serve during the 2018 mid-term general elections on November 6. The pay is $140, plus $50 for attending a training.
I hope you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Applyonline or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
Portage Park Village Survey
The Department of Family and Support Services has been hosting monthly meetings with seniors and residents on the northwest side more age-friendly.
The Portage Park Village is a collaborative volunteer network, aiming to increase the accessibility of resources for older residents who want to age in place and engage them in social and civil opportunities.
They are conducting a survey to identify the specific needs of seniors living on the northwest side to better serve them. Residents may either complete a survey online or pick one up at the Portage Park Senior Center located at 4100 N. Long.
The village meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month at 11 am in the Portage Park Senior Center. For more information or to volunteer, call 312-744-9057 or email email@example.com.
Register for the Victory Run 5K
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is hosting its inaugural Fun Run/Race Fundraiser!
Come out Saturday, September 15 for a fun and exhilarating 5K race around Portage Park. This run welcomes all levels of athletes, from the serious runner to the hobbyist, or even families just looking for a great day in the park.
Proceeds from the run will support the Our Lady Victory Youth Ministry. Participants who register before September 1 can use the coupon code “OURLADY” to receive a discount rate.
The Victory Run 5K starts promptly at 8 am, rain or shine. More information and registration is available online.
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will remain open through October 1. The exam will be on Saturday, December 8.
This is an opportunity to serve your community and pursue a meaningful career. Chicago police officers will be eligible for healthcare benefits, tuition reimbursement, uniform allowances, a retirement plan, and a competitive salary.
The minimum age to apply and take the police exam is 20. More information and applications are available online.
Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program
The Home Equity Program of the Northwest Side of Chicago has launched a new website. The website allows residents to learn more about how the program works, view boundaries, review meeting minutes, and contact board members.
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Mon., Sept 3, 2 pm, 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski.The 17th District Police is hosting aBack to School Event. Pick up school supplies and receive other resources. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Sept 4, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your neighborhood at the monthlyGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Tue., Sept 4, dusk,Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard.Gather your blankets and join friends, family, and neighbors for the make-up viewing ofDespicable Me 3. The Gladstone Park Advisory Council will be on site selling refreshments and snacks to raise funds for the newly founded organization.Free.
Thur., Sept 6, dusk, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Dunham Park hosts The Sandlot 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.
Fri., Sept 7, 5-8 pm, Fischmans Public House, 4056 N. Milwaukee. JoinJefferson Park Forward at their monthly First Friday Happy Hour event. This is a great way to meet neighbors and support a local business.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Fri., Sept 7, 5 pm,Roberts Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle St. The summer Art Cart visits the park to bring some fun, creative activities for children ages 4-10. Dance, theatre, woodcraft, music, art: you never know what will be coming your way!Free.
Sat., Sept 8, 12-3 pm, Prism Optical Chicago, 3594 N. Milwaukee. Prism Optical is celebrating their 27th Anniversary with sangria and a trunk show! Learn more about the Sangria, Sunglasses, and More eventonline. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Sept 8, 7 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, Garden, 3857 N. Kostner. In the garden at dusk under romantic lighting, a gourmet dinner accompanied by live music awaits you! Gather with friends to feast, laugh, and toast one of the last summer evenings of the season during a Twilight Dinner. Free childcare provided on site. Vegetarian dinner option is available. Tickets:online. $30 in advance/$40 at the door. Cash bar.
Sun., Sept 9, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14t year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local 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 9, 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 twice a month through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 9, 12 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Al DeReu with Openlands TreeKeepers will host a Tree Walk at Independence Park. The tour will focus on tree identification, the importance of trees, and appreciation. Meet outside the eastern entrance of the fieldhouse. Register: online.Free.
Sun., Sept 9, 12-2 pm,Independence Park Farmers Market.Experience the aroma and flavor of Puerto Rican Sofrito during aSofrito Conversationsevent. Garlic, onion, aji dulce, and cilantro are the ingredients that give Puerto Rican cooking its unique flavor. Join artist and community organizer Jorge Felix in the making of his grandma Lula’s old fashioned sofrito and continuing her cooking tradition.Free.
Mon., Sept 10, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Associationmeeting. Meetings take place in the church basement. More info: online.Free.
Tue., Sept 11, 1-3 pm, The Kilpatrick Renaissance, 4655 W. Berteau. Join the Kilpatrick for an afternoon of wellness information, give-always, door prizes, and refreshments during a Health & Wellness Senior Fair. Raffle winner every 15 minutes. More info: 773-283-4655. Free.
Tue., Sept 11, 7 pm, Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott.Learn what you can do about crime during the1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Sept 11, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Wed., Sept 12, 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 the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Sept 15, 8 am-1 pm, St. Benedict Preparatory School, Gym, 3941 N. Bell. The St. Benedict parish and school host their 11th annual Baby & Kids Green Garage Sale. All sizes of kids and baby clothes, maternity clothes, Halloween costumes, books, movies, music, games, toys, bikes, and more. Power hour from noon to 1 pm (no admission fee, everything 50% off). Go green by bringing a bag from home for all your treasures. $1 admission fee.
Sun., Sept 16, 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, fresh meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from Chicago Animal Care and Control. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Sept 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Every month, PPNA hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. For location and more information, view their calendar online. Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 11 am, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long (Parking/Entrance at Berteau and Linder). Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community and how you can become a volunteer during the Portage Park Village Meeting. Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 6:30 pm, Gladstone Park Fieldhouse, 5421 N. Menard. Learn how you can help further park development through volunteering, fundraising, and support during the Gladstone Park Advisory Council meeting. The GPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on GPAC news. Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 7 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Help plan upcoming events and identify priorities to better the neighborhood park during theIndependence Park Advisory Council meeting. Show your community pride and have fun in the process! IPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on IPAC news. Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 7 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 7 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 the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Sept 20, 5:15-7:45 pm, Location TBD.Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host aThirsty Third Thursday at a local watering hole. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors while supporting a local business. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Thur., Sept 20, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Every month, JPF hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. This meeting is JPF’s annual meeting where they will elect the next JPF Board of Directors. For location and more information, view their calendar online. Free.
Fri., Sept 21, all day, Near the Jefferson Park Terminal. JPF has so much fun and held such a successful event, that they’re hosting another Park(ing) Day event again this year. This new annual tradition helps you re-imagine the use of public space. More info: online.Free to attend, supporting local businesses with purchases encouraged.
Sun., Sept 23, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local 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 23, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown produce and other delectable items at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs twice a month through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Sept 25, 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., Sept 26, 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.
Sun., Sept 30, 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, fresh meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from Chicago Animal Care and Control. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.