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.
Please note that due to the holidays, there is no Ward Night Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. Ward Night will resume Jan. 9. I hope you enjoy the holidays.
Holiday Office Hours
Please note that my office will have abbreviated hours over the holidays. Those hours are:
- Friday, Dec. 22: 9 am to 1 pm;
- Saturday, Dec. 23: closed;
- Monday, Dec. 25: closed;
- Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29: 10 am ti 4 pm;
- Saturday, Dec. 30: closed;
- Monday, Jan. 1: closed;
- Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Wednesday, Jan. 3: 9 am to 4 pm
Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 4. Please note that there will be no ward night on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.
Update on The Point at Six Corners Development
For several months, we have been in discussions with the owners The Point at Six Corners on the future of the development. Although a plan for 100,000 square-foot of retail at the location has already received city approvals, and permits were issued, the owner chose not to move forward with construction.
My office has reengaged the owner in a discussion on how to move this development forward. We have repeatedly pointed the owner toward the Six Corners Master Plan as a guide, and the owner is considering adding a residential component to the site and partnering with a senior living provider. Those discussions continue, focusing on the potential height of the structure, the retail and parking mix, and how the building addresses and adheres to the Six Corners Master Plan.
We have made much progress over the last six years at Six Corners, and in all our business districts. From Binny’s and Culver’s at Six Corners, to Weston’s and Tipsy Cow Cantina in Jefferson Park, to Midwest Kitchen and Mini City 21 in Gladstone Park, my office has worked hard to foster a hospitable businesses environment, unstick city red tape, and encourage reluctant landlords to fill their vacant commercial spaces. Those efforts have resulted in real commercial gains throughout the ward.
While I share the general frustration with the delays at The Point, I am dedicated to bringing development to that space that works for the betterment of our community. It is more important to get development of this scale done right than it is to take the first offer.
I look forward to updating you with more information as it becomes available. Once we have a coherent plan that meets our community’s high standards, I will host a community meeting to introduce the plan. Until then, any proposal is speculative.
Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule
Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule to to Christmas on Monday, December 25, and New Year’s Day on Monday, 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.
We appreciate your patience as our Streets and Sanitation crews work hard to collect all refuse.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 9
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 2018 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 12:01 am Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the 311 website. When you call, make sure to specify that you are interested in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Applications made prior to this date will not be accepted.
This is a very popular program that fills up within hours. Do not delay enrollment on January 9 if you are interested.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Through Jan. 9
Through January 9, residents of Jefferson Township can submit their property tax assessment with the Cook County Board of Review via their online portal. Residents may also pre-file before the township opens on December 11 via the online portal.
Prepay Your 2017 Property Taxes
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is accepting online prepayments of next year’s First Installment property tax bill. For taxpayers who prefer to pay by mail or in person, Pappas will also enable taxpayers to download and print a prepayment bill themselves.
The improvements are being made as the number of prepayment requests surges this year.
Under state law, 2017 First Installment taxes, due March 1, 2018, are 55 percent of the prior year’s total tax. To prepay, taxpayers must have their 14-digit Property Index Number (PIN), which can be found at the top of the most recent tax bill, near the amount due. Taxpayers can also use their property address to look up their PIN at the treasurer’s website.
Here’s how to prepay:
• Online at the treasurer’s website and select “Prepay Your 2017 Taxes.” You can use your bank account or credit card to pay.
• By mail—Send the prepayment bill and your payment to: Cook County Treasurer, PO Box 805436, Chicago, IL 60680-4115.
• In person—Submit the prepayment bill and payment at a Chase branch bank or the Treasurer’s Office, 118 N. Clark St., Room 112, Chicago.
Find more information at the treasurer’s website.
Be a Hero for Children in Need of Warmth in the 17th District
The 17th District Police Station is collecting donations for Operation Warm, an organization that provides kids in need with new winter coats. CAPS will provide students in schools throughout the 17th district with coats from donations they collect.
The average cost of a new child’s winter coat is about $20, which helps keep them warm throughout the season. If you make an online donation, Operation Warm and People’s Home Equity will be matching dollar for dollar. That means a $20 donation will be able to provide 3 children with new coats.
Help the 17th District meet their goal of providing 150 children with new coats by making an online donation in any dollar amount.
Help Students Succeed: Become a College Success Mentor
Pass With Flying Colors (PWFC) prepares Chicago’s underserved first-generation students for college and career success. With 8 yeas of unwavering support, PWFC scholars will graduate college at dramatically higher rates and will be equipped to thrive in their careers.
When you volunteer as a college success mentor, you play a key role in helping each PWFC student successfully navigate the unfamiliar college experience and transition into a career. Mentors make a 5-year commitment o one scholar, beginning their junior year of high school. As a mentor, you provide the support, encouragement, and guidance they need to solve problems and celebrate successes.
Mentoring with PWFC is flexible. Training and ongoing support are provided to every volunteer.
PWFC is currently seeking mentors for 22 scholars. Individuals and companies interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the Executive Director, Jessica Paulsen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work at Culver’s
Are you looking for an employment opportunity? The new Culver’s located at 4939 W. Irving Park Road is hosting a hiring event on Wednesday, December 27, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Austin-Irving Branch, 6100 W. Irving Park.
The anticipated opening date is January 29, 2018.
The Filament Theatre Partners With Fannie’s to Bring Back Van Gogh Cafe
Back by popular demand, the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, will partner with Fannie’s Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose, to bring back this popular immersive theater experience.
January 20 through February 4, audiences will be led through a 5-course culinary journey of a small, roadside cafe’s story based on Cynthia Rylant’s book.
10-year-old Clara knows that anything is possible after lightning strike and the food starts to cook itself. After a neighboring possum displays magical powers, she doesn’t question if magic will happen – but when. This family-friendly production is appropriate for people ages 8 and older.
Purchase tickets by December 31 and all tickets are automatically $30, a savings of up to $15 per ticket! Tickets and showtimes are available online.
Changes to Ventra Cards
The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, will begin to expire Dec. 31, 2017. As a courtesy, Ventra will send email notifications to registered customers two months before their cards expire. The email notifications will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address so they can receive their free replacement card through the mail.
If you haven’t already, register your card at the Ventra website with your current address, and a new card will be mailed to you for free. Registering allows customers to manage their accounts via the Ventra app or online, protects balances if cards are lost or stolen, allows for the setup of autoload of unlimited-ride passes or transit value, provides account notifications, and more.
If you’ve already registered your Ventra card but have moved since 2013, be sure that Ventra has your current address bylogging into your account or by calling customer service at (877) 669-8368.
Because customers who do not register their Ventra cards will lose unused balances on their account once the card expires, CTA strongly recommends customers to register their cards ahead of time.
Ventra is also discontinuing the prepaid debit function Dec. 31. Customers who have opened prepaid debit accounts as a part of their Ventra accounts can transfer funds to new prepaid debit cards. Customers can also spend down their prepaid balances, transfer their funds to a new prepaid debit card, or have their funds returned to them via check.
For more information, visit the Ventra website.
Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open
Do you have an exceptional neighbor or know a business person, community activity, or youth member who is dedicated to the amelioration of the Northwest Side? If so, nominate them to be featured as a 2018 Northwest Side Hero.
The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Six Corners Association, Jefferson Park Forward, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, and my office have partnered with local resident Nora Kerr and her business Memoir For Me to share the stories of our local heroes. The northwest side of Chicago is filled with remarkable individuals, and now is the chance to tell a story to a larger audience.
Nominees must be either a resident or owner/employee of a northwest side business or organization. For the purposes of this project, Memoir For Me is defining the “northwest side” as north of Addison and west of the Kennedy Expressway. There are no age restrictions.
Nominations can be completed online and will be accepted now through December 31, 2017.
Thanks for reading,
Sun., Dec 24, 10 am-2 pm, Fannie’s, 5040 W. Montrose. Take a break from all the holiday cooking and enjoy a Christmas Eve Brunch at Fannie’s. Cost of purchases.
Tue., Dec 26, 2-4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. The library supplies the bricks, you supply the imagination! Children ages 5 and older and their parents are invited to Lego at the Library! Free.
Wed., Dec 27, 2-3 pm, Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Bernadette Foch hosts Winter Art: Snowy Owls for kids in grades K-8. Register: online. Free.
Wed., Dec 27, 3-4 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont.Kids in kindergarten and older are invited todesign a tree house for one of three scientists doing research in the rainforest for a year. It must be animal-proof and wheelchair accessible. Space is limited to 20 people. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Fri., Dec 29, 2-3 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Kids ages 7 and older are invited to makeSnowbots with Bernadette Foch. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Tue., Jan 2, 7 pm, Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during theGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Thur., Jan 4, 4-5:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont.Kids ages 7 and older can play Giant Word Winder. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Tue., Jan 9, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. The Domestic Violence Liaison Officer and community partners host a Domestic Violence Sub-Committee Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Jan 9, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Jan 10, 7 pm, Athletic Park Fieldhouse, 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.
Thur., Jan 11, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives: When, What, and Why? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sat., Jan. 13, doors open 5:30 pm, show at 7 pm, Our Lady of Victory Parish Hall, Laramie & Sunnyside. Our Lady of Victory presentsElvis Tribute, Featuring Ronnie Vegas. Admission includes beef sandwich, salad, chips, dessert. Beer and wine cash bar. More info and tickets: [ElvistributeOLV.brownpapertickets.com]Event website. $25.
Mon., Jan 15, 7:30 pm, Location TBD, Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Jan 16, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Receive resources and tips on senior-related topics during the Senior Sub-Committee Meeting. Features activities and informative talks. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Jan 16, 1-3 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn about personal and property safety and crimes that target seniors during the Senior Meeting. Refreshments served and BINGO games with great prizes. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 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 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 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 the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 4-5:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Kids ages 7 and older can play Giant Word Winder. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Agenda and more info: online. Free.
Thur., Jan 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Reverse Mortgages: What You Should Know to Make An Informed Decision. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sun., Jan 28, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, Annex Space, 5214 W. Lawrence. TheJefferson Park Sunday Market continues in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There is even a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter.Cost of purchases.
Tue., Jan 30, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Jan 31, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Policy adviser and CTU member Kurt Hilgendorf will be a guest speaker. He will be discussing transparency and budgeting. Free.