I want to start by wishing you and your family a safe and festive holiday season. I hope you are able to enjoy the time with your family and friends, and embrace the spirit of the season.
Holiday Office Hours
Please note that my office will have abbreviated hours over the holidays. Those hours are:
- Thursday, Dec. 22 – 9 am to 4 pm;
- Friday, Dec. 23 – 9 am to 2 pm;
- Saturday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Dec. 26 – closed;
- Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 30 – 10 am to 4 pm;
- Saturday, Dec. 31, through Monday, Jan. 2 – closed;
- Tuesday, Jan 3 – 9 am to 4 pm.
Normal office hours will resume Wednesday, Jan. 4. Please also note that there will be no Ward Night on Dec. 27, or Jan. 3.
Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule
Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to Christmas on Sunday, December 25, and New Year’s Day on Sunday, January 1.
During these respective holiday weeks, all city-collected refuse will be serviced Tuesday through Friday. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, and not solely on their regular day of collection.
Waste Management will also be collected Tuesday through Saturday during the holiday weeks. Residents should continue to put out their blue recycling carts throughout the week according to their typical collection schedule.
We appreciate your patience as our Streets and Sanitation works hard to collect all refuse.
Irving Park and Addison Blue Line Stations to Receive Public Art Displays
As the final stage part of the Your New Blue renovation program, the Chicago Transit Board awarded contracts to two renowned artists who will commission new public art for permanent display at the Irving Park and Addison Blue Line stations.
The CTA selected two artists from nearly 350 proposals submitted to the agency as a part of a Call for Artists that was issued in February 2016. For the Irving Park Blue Line, they have selected Chicago-based artist, curator, and educator Dan Devening. Internationally acclaimed Italian artist Franesco Simeti has been selected for the Addison Blue Line station.
Devening is currently an Adjunct Professor of Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since the mid 1980’s, his paintings and works on paper have been featured nationally and internationally. Devening is also the Director of devening projects + editions, a gallery project in East Garfield Park featuring exhibitions and site-specific installations by emerging and established international artists.
Simeti was born in Palermo, Italy and graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Among the most internationally acclaimed Italian artists, Simeti is currently engaged in a number of public art projects in the United States, including the Brooklyn subway stop in New York. He has also made site-specific installations in various museum spaces, including MARCO of Rome, the RISD Museum, Providence, Art & Idea Gallery in Mexico City, and Columbia University of New York.
The CTA will host public meetings with the selected artists to gather community input, which will assist the artists in their development of the site-specific artwork. Meeting details will be announced in the coming months.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan.10
Homeowners interested in splitting the cost of sidewalk replacement with the city can join the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. The program allows homeowners to have new sidewalks installed at a significantly reduced cost over what they would pay a contractor.
The Chicago Department of Transportation will open the 2017 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 12:01 am Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the 311 website. Applications made prior to this date will not be accepted.
This is a very popular program that fills up within days. Do not delay enrollment if you are interested.
2018 Participatory Budgeting Cycle
As I mentioned in an early newsletter, my office is taking the 2017 Participatory Budgeting cycle off due to changes in the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Aldermanic Menu schedule. We’ll use the time to focus on improving the process, increasing participation, and making important infrastructure improvements in 2017.
Participatory Budgeting provides a unique opportunity to determine how your tax dollars are spent and is most effective when residents become engaged. As such, we are always seeking and welcoming to new potential committee members. It is a great way to become more involved in your community and affect substantive change.
Those interested in becoming involved in the Participatory Budgeting process are encouraged to email my office or call 773-286-4545.
Together, we can make the 45th Ward an even better place to live!.
Please Remember to Shovel Your Sidewalks After Snowstorms
With winter in full swing and more snow expected this weekend, I want to remind residents that city ordinance requires you to shovel your sidewalks in a timely manner. La Niña is expected to bring cold temperatures and snowy weather this year, shoveling your sidewalks is the neighborly thing to do. Also, please be aware that failing to clear sidewalks of snow could result in a fine.
Please also lend a helping hand to our elderly and disabled neighbors throughout the winter. The 45th Ward has a large senior citizen demographic who cannot always clear their sidewalks with ease. It is the neighborly thing to do and will help everyone get through the winter.
Finally, those interested in helping additional elderly and disabled residents keep their sidewalks clear of snow are asked to email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. After snowstorms, we will send you a list of addresses that have indicated that they’re in need of shoveling assistance.
Though Chicago winters are long and grueling, lending an extra hand to a neighbor in need can make the slightest difference in enduring them for everyone.
Annual Helping Hands Campaign
Now through January 6, I am partnering with Commissioner John Fritchey’s office for the Annual Helping Hands Campaign.
My office is collecting toiletries to help our neighbors in the most need. Toiletries can include toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, diapers, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, soap, and more.
Donations can be dropped off at my office located at 4754 N. Milwaukee during office hours. You can email my office at email@example.com if you have questions or for more information.
Disability Rights Regulations in Public Accommodations Goes Into Effect January 1
The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requires that Chicago businesses ensure that their facilities, products, and services are available to individuals with disabilities.
On January 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations go into effect. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities.
View an overview of the New Disability Rights Regulations in Public Accommodations online for more information.
Give the Gift of Home this Holiday Season
As Hands to Help Ministries celebrates the holiday season and get ready for 2017, they want to take a moment thank all of you for partnering with them to support our neighbors on the brink of losing their homes and those who are experiencing homelessness. Hands to Help is a small grassroots organization run and supported by individuals and families like YOU who believe in supporting our neighbors and local community. With your hands and funds, Hands to Help helped one hundred neighbors stay in their homes and find housing this year.
Hands to Help Ministries serves neighbors like Al, who works full-time as a manager at a local coffee shop. Over the summer, while he was experiencing homelessness, he was referred to Hands to Help. Their Outreach Worker helped him create a budget and connected him with the Irving Park YMCA. In September, with a grant from our Client Assistance Fund, he moved off the street and into his own home.
Your financial support makes a huge impact on their work. Together, we identify neighbors before they are evicted and work with neighbors living on the street. Please take a moment to visit their website and consider our neighbors in need this holiday season. Thank you!
Chicago Property Tax Rebate Deadline Extended to December 30, 2016
The Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program has been extended through Friday, December 30, 2016.
Chicago homeowners with a household adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less earned in 2015 that saw an increase in the city portion of their most recent property tax bill compared to last years, may be eligible to apply for a rebate to offset the property tax increase.
Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person at any of the 26 neighborhood processing locations, including City Hall. For residents of the 45th Ward, the closest rebate locations are:
- 3401 W. Foster, open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm;
- 6100 W. Irving Park, open on Monday and Wednesday from noon to 7 pm, on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm; and
- 3160 N. Milwaukee, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.
I encourage all property owners in the ward to review the checklist of eligibility requirements and required documentation before visiting a rebate processing center. Applications are available to download online or available for pick up in the Ward Office, located at 4754 N. Milwaukee. Completed applications and all required documentation must be returned to a processing center.
Visit the city’s website for more information on eligibility requirements, documentation requirements, additional neighborhood processing locations and hours, rebate amounts, and supplemental grant opportunities.
Free Rain Barrel Program Ending Dec. 28
In April, I partnered with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) and the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to offer residents of the 45th Ward up to four free rain barrels. Your last chance to request a free rain barrel is Dec. 28.
Please note that, due to exceptional demand, delivery of the rain barrels is several months behind. If you have not yet signed up for a rain barrel and are interested, you can do so online atmy website.
Apply to Become a Chicago Police Officer
Are you interested in making a real difference in our community? If so, consider becoming a Chicago Police Officer.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for Chicago residents 18 and older to become part of a team working to make a lasting difference in our communities. The Chicago Police Department offers a competitive salary and benefits in a career that offers a lot of pride.
The Police Department is hosting a Training Academy Open House for interested applicants. Attendees will be able to interact directly with police officers and sample parts of the pre-recruitment test. These will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on January 14, and January 28 at 1300 W. Jackson. More information on the free Open House is available online.
Applications are now open online and must be completed by January 31, 2017. The test to become a police officer will be held on April 1st and 2nd, 2017 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King.
Thanks for reading,
Thur., Dec 22, 6:30 pm, Jacobson Theater Portage Park School, 5330 W. Berteau. Portage Park School Dramatics presents A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday play by Charles Dickens. More info: 773-534-3576. $5.
Fri., Dec 23, 7:30 pm,Tapestry Center, 3824 W. Irving Park. Enjoy Curtis Wayne Hunt’s music during his Just For You concert. $10 suggested donation.
Tues., Dec 27, 10-11:30 am,Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Celebrate the snow, the cold, and the holiday season with some Winter Projects and Crafts! Kids 6-11 years old. Register: online using activity code 189277. $5/kid.
Tues., Jan 3, 10-11:30 am, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Celebrate the snow, the cold, and the holiday season with some Winter Projects and Crafts! Kids 6-11 years old. Register: online using activity code 189278. $5/kid.
Tues., Jan 3, 6:30 pm, Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee, #301. Get involved to make a difference in your community by attending aSix Corners Association Committee Meeting. Promotions meets at 6:30 followed by design at 7:30.Free.
Fri., Jan 6, 6 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Enjoy an evening full of great music with Stann Champion followed by More Tuba Please at 8 pm. Cost of purchases.
Tues., Jan 10, noon-1:30 pm,Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Learn about Power of Attorney for healthcare and property during a Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives: When, What, & Why? seminar. Register: Call 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., Jan 13, 9 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Join neighbors for Fretknot Friday open mic and the Vandabobs. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Jan 14, 10 am-2 pm, 1300 W. Jackson. Learn more about the Chicago Police Department and interact directly with police officers during a Training Academy Open House. Sample parts of the pre-recruitment test. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Jan 14, 7 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Kick off the new year with a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches during A Night in Vienna Paderewski Symphony. More info: 773-313-9157 or 773-467-9000.Main Floor/$44-$59; Balcony/$36-$54.
Sat., Jan 14, 8 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Stay warm with delicious drinks and good music during the The And Four concert. Cost of purchases.
Wed., Jan 18, 7 pm, Community Room at 16th District Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Jan 19, 7-8:15 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Agenda and more info: online. Free.
Fri., Jan 20, 8 pm, Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Gear up for Mardi Gras with some New Orleans style music during the Four Stars Brass Band concert. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Jan 21, 8 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Enjoy great rock music during the Lord Stanley concert. Cost of purchases.
Fri., Jan 27, 8 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. What’s better than punk music? Punk Polka music. Join friends for a fun-filled night during thePunkaholics concert. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Jan 28, 10 am-2 pm, 1300 W. Jackson. Learn more about the Chicago Police Department and interact directly with police officers during a Training Academy Open House. Sample parts of the pre-recruitment test. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Jan 28, 8 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Enjoy some eclectic folk music during theIce Bombe, Rent Party, Cody & Chickenfat Klemzer Orchestra concert. Cost of purchases.
Sun., Jan 29, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market hosts their winter market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter. Cost of purchases.