Please be advised that in observance of Lincoln’s birthday, my office will be closed on Monday, February 12. It will re-open on Tuesday, February 13, at 9:00 am.
Update on 5150 N. Northwest Highway
I’m pleased to share an update on the development of 5150 N. Northwest Highway.
The City has issued a demolition permit, and the construction of the new storage facility on the northern end of the site is expected to begin this spring. The zoning and Planned Development ordinances for the storage facility passed the City Council last year.
As for the proposal for housing for veterans and people with disabilities, the non-profit developer, Full Circle Communities, remains committed to pursuing this development, but in a revised form. In response to community feedback, Full Circle Communities has adjusted the proposal to include 75 units, 25 fewer than originally proposed, with a smaller overall footprint and fewer three-bedroom apartments. By reducing the number of three-bedroom units, we can further ensure the development’s minimal impact on our local schools and area traffic. Full Circle submitted a revised proposal to the Illinois Housing Development Authority for the low-income housing tax credits that will make the construction of this $26 million building possible.
I continue to strongly believe this development will be a great benefit to our community. The building, which will be primarily designed for people with disabilities and veterans, will be green-rated, and each unit with feature a balcony and condo-quality finishes. The elevator-served building will feature 15 units built as accessible to residents with disabilities, with the remainder of the units immediately adaptable to accessibility standards as needed.The elevator-served building will have community amenities including entertainment and fitness rooms, a library and business center, outdoor recreation space, and a dog run. The first floor will consist of approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 40 on-site parking spaces, more than is required for a transit-oriented development like this.
The building will feature 5 studios, 16 one-bedroom units, 16 two-bedroom units, and 38 three-bedroom units. Fifteen units will be offered at market prices, while the rest will be offered on a sliding scale determined by household income.
The building is expected to generate 120 union construction jobs and additional long-term professional service jobs. Additionally, it is expected to generate $75,000-$100,000 in annual property tax revenue.
I look forward to continuing the conversation in our community about responsible new development, particularly centered around public transit. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns.
An updated FAQ reflecting these changes to the development is available on my website.
CPD Announces New Joint Task Force to Combat Carjackings
The Chicago Police Department announced a joint task force with federal authorities to address the recent spike in carjackings across the city.
CPD officers joined agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week to begin work to address this issue.
I am confident that our experienced officers in the 16th District along with the expertise from federal agents will be able to combat the recent string of carjackings on the far northwest side.
Reminder: Shovel Your Sidewalks
With winter in full swing and more snow expected this weekend, I want to remind residents and business owners that city ordinance requires you to shovel your sidewalks in a timely manner. 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 remainder of 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 email@example.com. 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. It’s these small acts of kindness that keep our community strong.
Chicago PD Filming Notice
Universal Television, LLC will be filming scenes for an upcoming episode of the televisions show Chicago PD on Monday, February 12. Please be aware of the following No Parking/Tow Zone signs that will be posted in order to park necessary vehicles and equipment for filming 9:00 pm Sunday, February 11 to 2:00 pm Monday, February 12:
- Both sides of Lowell form Irving Park to Belle Plaine
- Both sides of Belle Plaine from Kildare to Lowell
- North side of Irving Park from Kildare to Lowell
Please note on Monday, February 12 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm there will be Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) on Lowell from Irving Park to Belle Plaine during filming.
Please be aware of the following No Parking/Tow Zone signs that will be posted from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Monday, February 12:
- Both sides of Irving Park from Tripp to Keeler
- Both sides of Tripp from Irving Park to Byron
Finally, please be aware of the following No Parking/Tow Zonesigns that will be posted from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on Monday, February 12:
- East side of Milwaukee from Montrose to Agatite
- North side of Montrose from Milwaukee to Lavergne
Universal Television, LLC will work closely with the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department to ensure a safe and positive film experience.
Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Deadline Extended
The Cook County Assessor’s office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption application for Tax Year 2017 from February 7 to March 2, 2018. Any application postmarked by Friday, March 2, will be on time.
Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 second installment property tax bills mailed this summer.
Seniors must reapply annually for both the Senior and the Senior Freeze Exemptions in order to continue to receive the deductions on their second installment property tax bills.
To qualify or the Senior Citizen Exemption for Tax Year 2017, the property owner must have:
- been born prior to or in the year 1952
- owned the property during 2017 or have a lease or contract for 2017 which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes
- used the property as her or his principal place of residence in 2017
Please note: The new law will increase savings this year for the Senior Exemption from $5,000 to $8,000 in Equalized Assessed Value (EAV). It is important to note that the exemption amount is not the dollar amount by which a tax bill is lowered.
EAV is the partial value of a property to which tax rates are applied; it is the figure on which a tax bill is calculated. The Assessor does not set tax rates. The savings for a Senior Citizen Exemption is calculated by multiplying the exemptions savings of 8,000 by the local tax rate.
To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2017, taxpayers must have:
- been born prior to or in the year 1952
- a total household income of $65,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2016
- owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
- used the property as her or his principal place of residence as of January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
- been liable for payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes
Those who don’t qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption because they exceed the income level may still be eligible for the Senior Exemption. The Senior Exemption has no income restrictions.
Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption will automatically receive the Homeowner Exemption. Seniors receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption automatically receive both the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemptions.
Eligible seniors who never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemption in the past may visit the Assessor’s website and download an application or contact the Assessor’s Office at 312-44307550 and request a form be mailed to them. Applications for the Homeowner Exemption and additional exemptions are also available online.
Support the Jumpin’ Jellies in the 18th Annual Polar Plunge
The Jumpin’ Jellies, comprised of coaches and athletes from our local Independence Park, are gearing up for the 50th Annual Special Olympics Chicago by jumping in Lake Michigan during the 18th annual Chicago Polar Plunge!
Please consider making a tax-deductible online donation to help support the athletes. Any amount is appreciated, and your donation can make a big difference in continuing the Chicago Special Olympics’ mission of building communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people. More than 7,000 individuals enjoy programs throughout the year, and your donation will have a direct impact on enhancing the experience of these superstar athletes.
The 18th annual Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, March 4, at 10 am at North Avenue Beach, 1601 N. Lake Shore Drive. For more information on how you can participate in the Polar Plunge, please visit the Chicago Polar Plunge website.
Free Days at Chicago Museums
Throughout the month of February, Chicago museums will be offering free admission days to Chicago residents.
Chicago’s state of the art museums are among the finest in the country, offering residents and visitors alike an interactive experience in learning about history and culture.
A full list of free museum days is available online.
Apply for a Share the Warmth Grant from Peoples Gas
As of February 1, customers will no longer need to provide a matching payment in order to receive a Share the Warmth Grant.
This grant program is administered for Peoples Gas by the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA). Share the Warmth provides heating grants to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers can receive grants of up to $200 on their bills.
To apply, call the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) at (800) 571-2332 or use the CEDA Energy Service Site Locator to find the application site nearest you. Applicants are required to submit:
- Proof of household income or any financial assistance for the past 30 days for all members of the household over age 18; and
- Your current residential heating bill.
More information on eligibility requirements and application sites are available at the Peoples Gas website.
Fair Housing Seminar Feb. 20
The Housing Opportunity Project will host a free event for housing providers, community members, and service providers. Experts from the Housing Opportunity Project and the Northwest Side Housing Center will lead a presentation and discussion on the federal, state, county, and city fair housing laws and policies that impact tenants, landlords, realtors, and property managers.
Topics will include:
- Protected classes under federal, state, and local fair housing laws
- Housing accommodations for people with disabilities
- The Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Tenant screening process
If you are in need of a foreign or sign language interpreter or special accommodations, please call the Chicago Commission on Human Relations at (312) 744-4111 or email the Commission at CCHR@cityofchicago.org at least 48 hours prior to the event.
The event will take place on Tuesday, February 20, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Learn more and register online.
Election Judges Needed
The Chicago Board of Election is looking for election judges to serve during the primary election on March 20. The pay is $125, plus $45 for attending a training.
I hop you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online 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.
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will be open through February 28. The exam will be on Saturday, May 5, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr.
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.
You must be at least 20-years-old by July 31, 2018 to apply. More information and applications are available online.
View the Draft Jefferson Park Master Plan and Submit Final Comments Through Feb. 12
Teska has completed the draft recommendations for the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan. These recommendations are the result of an extensive community input process over the past nine months that included 15 meetings and outreach events, numerous interviews, two public surveys, and hundreds of comments.
The draft recommendations are available to view at the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan website. Residents have through February 12 to provide feedback via an online comment submission form. Once these comments have been collected, Teska will prepare a full draft of the Master Plan.
I would like to thank the community for their participation over the past several months in this process and for their ongoing commitment to our community. It gives me great honor to serve residents who are invested in the betterment of our neighborhood.
File Your Taxes with Liberty Tax & Support the Irving Park Food Pantry
Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, again this tax season as a way to give back to our community.
For every person who files their tax return with Liberty Tax between January 29 and February 28, they will donate $5.00 to the food pantry. Their tax professionals can answer all your questions about your return, including a program to receive your return quicker for qualified recipients.
Liberty Tax Service is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and available by appointment on Sundays through the tax season. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call (773) 286-6900.
Portage Park Village Meeting Feb. 21
Are you interested in making the Portage Park neighborhood and surrounding area more age-friendly? Would you like to help isolated older adults make connections? The Department of Family and Support Services is hosting a meeting where interested residents can learn more about this initiative and sign up to volunteer.
The village meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. If you have any questions ahead of the meeting, feel free to contact Sean Dolan at 312-744-9022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pay Your Property Tax Bill Online
As of January 22, property owners who use their bank accounts to pay their tax bills online will no longer have to pay a $1 fee. The removal of the fee is to encourage taxpayers to use the convenient electronic payment system. In 2016, 485,000 property owners successfully paid their tax bill online.
To pay your 2017 property tax bill online, visit the Cook County Treasurer’s website and select the “Make an online Payment” option. For property owners paying their taxes using a credit card, third-party processing fees still may apply.
Property owners may also opt to receive future tax bills by email by selecting the “eBilling” option. Please note that by selecting to receive bills via email, you will no longer receive a bill in the mail.
Property owners may also obtain a copy of their tax bill by selecting the “Download Your Bill” option. Taxpayers can print that bill and use it to either pay by mail or in person.
First installment property tax bills for the tax year 2017 are due March 1, 2018.
Schurz Basketball to Play at United Center Feb. 10
The Schurz High School boys’ basketball team has been invited to play at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 10.
This provides a unique opportunity to watch the Schurz basketball team compete on a world-class court followed by a Bulls game. Schurz High School has 375 tickets for only $30 each. This small fee will get you a seat in the 100 level for the Schurz game and the 300 level for the Bulls game afterward.
For those interested in this unique opportunity to spend a fun-filled day cheering on our local high school team and the Chicago Bulls can call Lucille at Schurz High School at (773) 534-3420 for more information on how to purchase tickets.
St. Viator Trivia Night Feb. 10
St. Viator’s 8th grade class is hosting a Trivia Night fundraising event. Community members are invited to come together for this fun social event where you can show off your knowledge.
The event is on Saturday, February 10, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the recreation gym at the school, 4140 W. Addison. Tickets cost $25 per person and a table can seat up to 8. Registration forms are available at my website.
Become a Chicago Scholar
Chicago Scholars is now accepting applications for students to join the class of 2023!
Chicago Scholars is focused on transforming the leadership of Chicago. This nonprofit organization is committed to breaking down fundamental barriers for academically ambitious, first-generation college students from under-resourced communities.
Chicago Scholars provides an opportunity for high school juniors to gain mentorship and guidance in preparation for and throughout college. Chicago Scholars has a high success rate in helping students graduate from high school and college, while also placing scholars in internship and career positions.
Interested students can apply online through February 12.
CFPTA Training Sessions Begin in February
The Chicago Police & Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) will be hosting information sessions throughout the city of Chicago during the months of February, March, and April.
Sophomore high school students expected to graduate in 2020 can apply for a unique partnership opportunity between Chicago Public Schools (CPS)4 and the CPFTA between February 1 and 5:00 pm on May 1.
Students will attend class two days a week from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Chicago Police Academy or the Fire Academy, participate in a two year after-school program to learn about a career in public safety, have hands=on classroom and fitness training with police and fire CPFTA instructors, will have an opportunity to receive EMT-B certification and unarmed security 20-hour certification, will have the opportunity for to apply for a paid summer internship with CPD or the Chicago Fire Department, and will receive preference in being considered for the Chicago Police Cadet Program.
After School Program at the 17th District
The 17th District Police is offering a free after school program for kids in 7th grade through 10th grade.
This program will include fun board games, drug and gang resistance awareness, homework assistance, and provide a safe environment for kids after school.
Students will meet in the community room at the 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski, every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
For more information on how to enroll your child or to sign up to volunteer, call the 17th District CAPS office at (312) 742-4588.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Now Open
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and stated Earned Income Tax Credit alone, and that’s not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.
Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 18 sites across Chicago.
Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2017 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2018. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
The closest sites for 45th Ward residents are:
Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett
- Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm February 2 through April 13 (closed March 30); and
- Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm January 27 through April 14 (closed March 31)
Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central
- Thursdays and Firdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 15 through April 13 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins
- Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 12 through April 9 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
For more information and to view additional locations, visit theTax Prep Chicago website.
ITIN Renewal Notice
Per federal law, households with one or more immigrant household members are now required to renew their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) before filing their 2017 tax returns.
The ITIN is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number. ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident immigrants may have a U.S. filing or reporting requirement under the IRS.
This is the second year of a new multi-year rolling federal process which will progressively require all ITIN-holders to renew. In 2017, the law applies to ITINs with the middle digits 70, 71, 72, or 80 (e.g. 9XX-70-XXXX) expired on January 1, 2018. Additionally, ITINs that have not been used on a tax return in the last three years (2014, 2015, or 2016) expired on January 1, 2018.
It is estimated that members of 9,000 Chicago households are among the ITIN users nationwide required to renew for the 2017 tax year. Those not renewing by the time they file their tax return may be deemed ineligible to receive certain tax credits, which could result in unanticipated tax balance due. Not renewing an ITIN number can also result in processing delays.
Ladder Up will provide free ITIN renewal assistance for families earning up to $55,000 and individuals earning up to $30,000 annually. They can also assist with the preparation and filing of tax returns. Capacity is limited and appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis..
Ladder Up can be reached via email at ITIN@goladderup.org or by calling 312-995-1140.
For more on ITIN renewal, the IRS has put together a fact sheet with frequently asked questions and additional information. It is available to view or download on my website.
Local Carpenters Union No. 181
Through Friday, February 16, Carpenters Local Union No. 181 will be entitled to refer candidates to the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program Office (1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove) to apply for future pre-apprenticeship training classes in general construction.
If interested in applying, please contact Carpenters Local Union No. 181 at 708-453-4400 for a recommendation letter.
Each candidate mus present the following requirements at the apprenticeship proram office at the above address between the hours of 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday no later than Friday, February 16.
- Must present letter of recommendation on a local union letterhead and signed by an officer.
- Must be at least 17 years of age (driver’s license or state I.D. required).
- Must present a copy of a high school diploma or high school transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum) or a copy of G.E.D. certificate.
- Must present copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for.
- Veterans – DD214 copy.
- A $25.00 non refundable application processing fee. Money orders and cashier’s check only payable to the “Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Center”. No cash will be accepted.
All (6) above-listed requirements must be submitted at the time of filing or the candidate will not be permitted to file an application.
Further details will be mailed to each applicant regarding the required pre-test session and aptitude test dates.
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Sat., Feb 10, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library, Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor. Join fellow gardeners and neighbors for thePortage Park Garden Club’sfirst meeting of 2018. 1st half of the meeting will be the “2017 PPGC in Review” slideshow followed by exercises with Fran, a seed exchange, and a group discussion. Bring non-perishable items and canned goods to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul/St. John’s Lutheran Food Pantry. More info:email organizers.Free.
Sat., Feb 10, 5 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Celebrate Darwin Day with a conversation about climate change and the future of our food supply. Speakers Dr. William Bromer and Vicki Westerhoff will be in attendance. More info: online.Free.
Sat., Feb 10, 7:30 pm, St. Robert Bellarmine School, Kernaghan Hall, 4646 N. Austin.Adults ages 21 and older are invited to St. Robert Bellarmine’sBingo Blast. 14 games with 12 cards for each game. Over $1,500 in prizes. Proceeds from event will benefit the school. $20. Dabbers available for $2/each.
Mon., Feb 12, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. Free.
Tue., Feb 13, 6 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join Eden United for aMardi Gras Meal and MovieChocolat. Doors open at 6 pm. The simple Mardi Gras themed meal and ambience will include a movie at 7:15 pm. Attendees are welcome to arrive at any time. RSVP by Sunday 2/11: 773-655-4357.Free.
Wed., Feb 14, 10:15-11 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringPreschool Story Time. Stories, rhymes, songs, STEAM activities, and crafts. 3-5 yeas old. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.
Wed., Feb 14, 11:15-11:45 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringBaby and Toddler Time. Mother Goose rhymes, stories, and songs for babies and toddlers from birth to 36 months. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.
Wed., Feb 14, 1:15-2:15 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. The Portage-Cragin Branch hosts a three-week series of beginner classes focused around learning digital tools. This class will focus on Email Basics. Register: 312-744-0152. Free.
Wed., Feb 14, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Feb 14, 7 pm, Athletic Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Mon., Feb 19, 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.
Thur., Feb 20, 6-7:30 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett. Are you planning a rehab project in your bungalow or vintage home? Come be inspired by winning projects from the Chicago Bungalow Association’s Richard H. Driehaus Bungalow Awards during an Inspiring Rehab Projects: Tips From the Winners seminar. Before and after photos and several winners available to explain their process and answer questions. RSVP: online.Free.
Wed., Feb 21, 10:15-11 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringPreschool School Time. Stories, rhymes, songs, STEAM activities, and crafts. 3-5 years old. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.
Wed., Feb 21, 11:15-11:45 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringBaby and Toddler Time. Mother Goose rhymes, stories, and songs for babies and toddlers from birth to 36 months. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.
Wed., Feb 21, 1:15 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.The Portage-Cragin branch hosts a three-week series of beginner classes focused around learning digital skills. This class will focus onIntermediate Email. Register: 312-744-0152.Free.
Wed., Feb 21, 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.
Thur., Feb 22, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Long-Term Care: Who Will Pay?seminar.RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.
Thur., Feb 22, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sat., Feb 24,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Save the date for theWest Walker Winter Social. RSVP by Feb. 19 to Cindi Webber via email or 773-539-8346. No Cover Charge.
Sat., Feb 24, 7:30 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.The Mikey O’Comedy show will host a Stand Up for St. Barts!fundraiser. Enjoy a fun night out in the community and support St. Bartholomew School. Food and drink available for purchase. Cash bar. Tickets: email organizers. Doors open at 6:15 pm.$25.
Sun., Feb 25, 5-7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gym, 4100 N. Harding. Support the local non-profit Carlson Community Services during aSoup & Bread Benefit. More info: online.$15/adults; $10/seniors and teens; $5/kids 3-12; free/kids under 3.
Tue., Feb 27, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Feb 28, 10:15-11 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringPreschool Story Time. Stories, rhymes, songs, STEAM activities, and crafts. 3-5 years old. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.
Wed., Feb 28, 11:15-11:45 am,Jefferson Park Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence. Join in on the fun duringBaby and Toddler Time. Mother Goose rhymes, stories, and songs for babies and toddlers from birth to 36 months. More info: 312-744-1998. Free.
Wed., Feb 28, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Feb 28, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Michael Reeb, Procurement Manager, and Elizabeth Lopez, Volunteer Coordinator, from Habitat for Humanity and ReStore Chicago will give insights into their organization.Free.