The Jefferson Park Sunday Market hosts their winter market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center again this weekend.
From 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, January 29, join neighbors for great selections from quality vendors in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.This winter they’re also offering a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting.
For more information on the Sunday Market and future winter dates, visit their website.
Mixed-Income, Veteran-Focused Housing Proposed in Jefferson Park
The Northwest Side will be home to a new, green-rated, 100-unit mixed-income housing development. The new seven-story building will be developed by Full Circle Communities at 5150 Northwest Highway, and 80 percent of units will be accessible to people at 60 percent of less of the Area Median Income (AMI), with the other 20 percent at market rate.
I am proud to help usher in this new development in the 45th Ward with special space reserved for veterans and those with disabilities. Now more than ever, we must make sure those who serve our country come home to the safe, high quality housing they deserve, right here in Chicago. The already vibrant, thriving community of Jefferson Park is the perfect place to welcome them and their families home, in turn they will help to support our local economy.
Full Circle said it envisions the building as a true community reflective of the greater Jefferson Park area, with housing solutions for veterans, working families, persons with disabilities, seniors and young professionals. The developer has pledged $75,000 annually for the life of the development to fund on-site social services for veterans and others in need of a leg up.
The 100 units will include studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with rents ranging from $300 to $1900 per month. Some of the units will offer rental assistance to ensure that the lowest-income residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their income.
The building site sits just a few hundred feet from the fully ADA accessible transit center serviced by 12 bus lines, Metra and CTA Blue Line. In addition, PACE Pulse express bus service will begin in 2017, providing service to the near north suburbs with stops along Milwaukee Ave. from Jefferson Park Terminal to Golf Mill Rd.
Each unit with feature a balcony and condo-quality finishes, and 10 of the units will be accessible to those with disabilities, with another 20 designated as “Type A,” or immediately adaptable 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 commercial/retail space and on-site parking.
Full Circle Communities has as its mission expanding access to quality affordable housing through preservation and development, thoughtful design, and the provision of significant and targeted supportive services to residents and the surrounding communities.
The building is expected to generate 120-130 construction and ongoing professional service jobs. In addition, because the project can leverage Federal Housing Tax Credits, it is expected to generate some $200 Million in local, state and federal tax and revenue growth over the life of the project.
A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, February 9, in the community room at the 16th District, 5151 N. Milwaukee.
Chicago Justice Filming Notice
Universal Television, LLC will be filming scenes for an episode of the NBC television show “Chicago Justice” in the 45th Ward on Tuesday, January 31. In order to park the necessary vehicles and equipment for filming, the following streets will be posted as a “No Parking/Tow Zone” from:
8:00 PM on Jan. 30 until 8:00 PM on Jan. 31:
- West side of Keeler between Byron and Grace;
- West side of Tripp between Byron and Irving Park;
- Both sides of Byron between Tripp and Kildare; and
- East side of Kildare between Byron and Irving Park.
Please note the following intermittent traffic closures from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Jan. 31:
- Kildare between Grace and Byron;
- Byron between Kildare and Keeler;
- Keeler between Byron and Grace; and
- Grace between Keeler and Kildare.
Universal Television, LLC will work closely with the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department to ensure a safe and positive filming experience.
Business Alert: Commercial Robberies
People are searching for two different suspects in two separate business robberies.
At 6:20 pm on January, 22, the suspect entered a business on the 5000-block of West Addison. He displayed a handgun and demanded money and other property from the victims. The offender is described as a Hispanic male between 5’10” and 6′. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and black gloves.
At 7:40 pm on January 23, the offender entered a business on the 5200-block of North Northwest Highway. He displayed a handgun and demanded money and other property from the victims. He is described as a black male between 23 and 27 years old. He is approximately between 6′ and 6’2″ and 180-220 pounds. He was wearing a black and blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Please be aware of this pattern of crime and alert other businesses. Business owners should equip their businesses with a working video surveillance system.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, contact the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Community Alert: Motor Vehicle Thefts
The 16th District has issued an alert of a recent increase in motor vehicle thefts during the month of January. The incidents have occurred since January 1, 2017, within the boundaries of Belmont to Irving and Cicero to Cumberland.
In some of the thefts, the offenders used a “Slim Jim” device or a pry tool to enter the vehicle. However, numerous vehicles were stolen that have been left unattended, unlocked, and running while owners were in the process of warming them up.
Make sure you are parking your vehicle in a well lit location and that it is locked and completely secured when you are leaving it unattended for any duration of time. Never leave your vehicle unlocked or running while unattended, as this makes it more vulnerable to theft. Finally, make sure you are removing any visible items from the interior of the vehicle when you are leaving it unattended.
Please be aware of this pattern of crime and alert your friends and families. If you have any information about the vehicular thefts, please contact the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Special Screening of On The Fringe
Have you always wondered what it was like to perform in a Fringe Festival? Or tour with a Fringe show? Or perform in Canada? Or none of the above?
Join the Chicago Fringe Festival for a special screening ofOn the Fringe – a documentary that chronicles the adventures of artists touring the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit.
Filmmakers traveled over 10,000 miles to bring you the stories behind the stories and the scenes behind the scenes.
The screening will take place at the Lincoln Loft, 3036 N. Lincoln, on Monday, February 6. Doors and the bar will open at 6 PM, the screening will be at 7 PM followed with a Q&A session with film producer Nancy Kenny and representatives from the Chicago and Elgin Fringe Festivals. Hang around afterwards to network and meet new people.
More information and tickets are available online.
Become a School Crossing Guard
The city is currently seeking part time school crossing guards.
Crossing guards are responsible for stopping and directing traffic to ensure the safety of school children and other pedestrians at designated intersections. They are also responsible for guiding and assisting children and other pedestrians safely across the intersection. Finally, they are responsible for reporting traffic violations to a supervisor by providing information on the vehicle’s license plate number, make, and model.
For more information on this position and to apply, visit the city’s CAREERS website.
Hey Chicago: Bring Your Own Bag!
In an effort to reduce the number of disposable bags used in Chicago, the city is implementing a tax on one-time-use paper and plastic bags used to carry goods out of stores. Beginning Wednesday, February 1, businesses will begin collecting a $0.07 tax on disposable paper and plastic bags.
Here is the good news, you can avoid this tax entirely by simply bringing reusable bags to the store when you shop.
There are multiple disposable bag exemptions, including paper and plastic bags used to package loose bulk items like fruits and vegetables, bags provided by a pharmacist to contain prescription drugs, dry cleaning or garment bags, newspaper bags, bags sold in packages that contain multiple bags (i.e. garbage bags, pet waste bags, or yard waste bags), and bags provided by a dine-in or take-out restaurant.
The impact of plastic bags on the environment is deleterious, from the fossil fuels required to manufacture and distribute them to the detrimental effects on marine life. But they also have a real impact on the cost of city services. One-time-use plastic bags slow the sorting machines in our recycling facilities and effect the efficiency of our water processing plants. Tons of these bags are deposited in landfills each year. Every ton of waste sent to a landfill represents a cost to the taxpayer. The more we reduce this costs, the more resources the city can put towards more productive city services.
To encourage shoppers to get in the habit of bringing reusable bags before the new ordinance goes into effect, my office will be giving away 100 reusable bags on a first come first served basis (one bag per household).
More information regarding the ordinance is available online.
Updated Disability Rights Regulations
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) Board of Commissioners approved updated disability rights regulations under the City’s Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (CHRO).
These newly revised regulations, effective July 1, 2017, are designed to improve citywide accessibility for all residents and visitors through added clarity to existing disability protections. These changes will, in turn, help businesses make their goods and services more accessible for people with all types of disabilities.
For technical assistance on this regulation and the corresponding requirements of the ADA, residents can contact the MOPD’s Accessibility Compliance Unit at 312-744-4441.
Read the CCHR’s press release regarding this update in full at the City of Chicago’s website.
2016 Cook County Property Tax Exemptions
The 2016 Cook County property tax exemption applications are now available on the Cook County Assessor’s website.
In Cook County, the due date for the first installment of property taxes is always due the first business day in March. According to Illinois law, the first installment taxes are 55% of the prior year’s total tax (or 55% of the adjusted tax if an assessment certificate of error is certified by the previous November 30). The first installment tax bills will be mailed on January 31, 2017.
For more information on Cook Country property taxes, visit the Cook County Treasurer’s website. For more information on property tax exemptions and exemption descriptions, visit the Cook County Assessor’s website.
Request for Qualifications Now Open for 50×50 Year of Public Art Project
2017 has been declared as the Year of Public Art. As such, the city is seeking artists for a 50×50 public arts project.
The 50×50 initiative was inspired by Chicago’s 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of two of the city’s most iconic public artworks – the Picasso in the Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect, which once stood on the South Side.
Artists – including painters, photographers, and sculptors – interested in brightening and enhancing the city are invited to submit their qualifications for the project online before February 24.
More information on the Year of Public art -including a year of exhibitions, performances, tours, and other public events – can be found at the Department of Cultural Affair’s and Special Event’s website.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Opens Late January
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit alone, not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers, however.
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 19 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 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are:
- Mondays from 5 pm to 8:30 pm January 30 thru April 17;
- Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm February 3 thru April 7; and
- Saturdays 9 am to noon January 28 thru April 8; finally
- This location will be closed on February 20, April 14, and April 15.
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $31 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 the Tax Prep Chicago website.
The Filament Theatre Presents: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers fighting for justice – seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the mistreated.
It’s a tale that’s been told a thousand times, although never quite like this. There are heroes and villains, sword fights and explosions, love and loss. A cast of two breathes new life into the beloved tale of The Adventures of Robin Hood with exuberance, athleticism, and heart.
Shows run at 11 am and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased online.
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.
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.
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Sat., Jan 28, 2-4 pm, St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 W. Addison. Learn about the educational programs and opportunities at St. Viator during their Open House. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Jan 28, 7:30 pm, Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church – Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Join Chicago’s funniest comics for Stand-Up St. Barts. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Parking available. More info and to buy tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org 773-213-4310. $25.
Sat., Jan 28, 8 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Enjoy some eclectic folk music during the Ice 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.
Sun., Jan 29, 10:45 am-1:30 pm, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Tour the campus & meet teachers, parents, and students during an Open House. More info: online or 773-736-9133. Free.
Sun., Jan 29, 12-3 pm, Saint Bartholomew Catholic School, 4941 W. Patterson.Meet teachers and staff, learn about educational opportunities, and discover financial aid possibilities during the Saint Bartholomew School Open House. More info: online773-282-9373. Free.
Sun., Jan 29, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee (IPFAC) presents Ben Melsky in Concert. More info: online or 773-398-6766. Donations gratefully accepted.
Tues., Jan 31, 12-1 pm,Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Frank Suerth and Dan Pogorzelski host an interactive presentation focused on Jefferson Park’s history. Bring a bag lunch as you connect with neighbors. RSVP: text 773-655-4357. Free.
Tues., Jan 31, 6-7 pm, Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Tim Mies discusses the benefits of having an active social media presence along with tips to increase your online visibility on social media during a Social Media Workshop: Let’s Get Social. Tickets: online. $5.
Tues., Jan 31, 7 pm,Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Guest speaks Carrie Lawlor and Bea McDonough from the Norwood Senior Network will share wellness tips and discuss their services. Free.
Sat., Feb 4, 9 am-2 pm,New Life Portage Park, 5700 W. Berteau. Dr. Eric, Pamela Reedmond, Pastor Paco Amador, Maritza Eru, and Claudaniel Fabien will all be guest speakers at aGenuine Relationships Conference. Develop the skills to better relate in authentic ways and create strong, thriving relationships that last. More info:online. $40/couples; $20/singles.
Sat., Feb 4, 2-4 pm,Portage-Cragin Library, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Do you and your family need to get out of the house? Join the library for Family Play Time. For families with kids 3 and older. Sign up at the branch. Free.
Sat., Feb 4, 5-8 pm,Lutheran North College Prep Cafeteria, 5700 W. Berteau. Enjoy a Gourmet Italian Meal by guest chef Marcos Uruchima. Proceeds benefit booster club. Tickets & more info:online. $12/adults at the door, $10/adults in advance, $8/senior citizens, $5/children.
Sun., Feb 5, 3-11 pm, Buckley Hall, 4451 N. Lowell. Support a local school during St. Edward’s Super Bowl Party. Free.
Tue., Feb 7, 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.
Tue., Feb 7, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during the GIPNA Board Meeting.Free.
Thur., Feb 9, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, 20th Floor, Courtroom 2005. The Circuit Court of Cook County ELder Justice Center hosts a two-partReverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending seminar. This is the first part. More info and register: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sat., Feb 11, 2-3 pm,Portage-Cragin Library, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Build literacy skills and engage the senses with books, song, and play during Sensory Story Time. Limit to 12 children. Register at the branch. Free.
Sat., Feb 11, 6 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Celebrate Darwin’s birthday with Science and Faith: A Bishop/Biologis Embraces Both. This will be a moderated discussion with retired Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Free.
Sun., Feb 12, 5-7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church Gym, 4057 N. Harding. Thaw out with Carlson’s Soup & Bread. Take a break from winter hibernatio with a steaming bowl of soup from great restaurants and cooks served among friends and neighbors — all for the good of neighborhood programs. More info: email Liz or call 773-398-6766. $15/adults; $10/seniors and teens; $5/kids 3-12; free/kids 3 and under.
Mon., Feb 13, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Learn how you can become more involved with the community by attending the monthly Old Irving Park Associationmeeting. Free.
Thur., Feb 16, 7-9 pm,Smokey’s BBQ, 5481 N. Northwest Highway. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forwardmonthly meeting. Guest speaker: Merry Ellen from the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. Agenda and more info:online. Cost of purchases at Smokey’s.
Sat., Feb 18, 2-4 pm, Portage-Cragin Library, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Do you and your family need to get out of the house? Join the library for Family Play Time. For families with kids 3 and older. Sign up at the branch. Free.
Mon., Feb 20, 7:30-9 pm,TBA, Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., Feb 22, 7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and dsicuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Sun., Feb 26, 10 am-4 pm, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon. There are so many ways to give back to your community in 2017. Save the date to find one that’s right for you at the 5th Annual Chicago Volunteer Expo. Whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. Free and open to all.
Tues., Feb 28, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Free.