Cold temperatures are supposed to last through the weekend, with highs in the mid-twenties on Saturday and Sunday.
If you plan on spending time outdoors, make sure to wear several layers of loose and warm clothing. Keep you head, hands, and feet covered when outdoors to avoid potential frostbite.
There are warming centers located throughout the city. You can find a list of these on the city’s website or by calling 311.
President Obama’s Farewell Address
President Obama announced that he will deliver a Farewell Address to the American people on the evening of Tuesday, January 10, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive.
Tickets will be available to pick up in person at McCormick Place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 7. Tickets are free, and one ticket per person will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. No one will be permitted to line up prior to 6 a.m. CST on January 7. Loitering, camping, or other overnight activities will be prohibited outside of McCormick Place prior to 6 a.m.
The only entry point to McCormick Place during the ticket distribution event will be through Parking Lot A and the Gate 4 entrance. All arrival options are ADA accessible.
While public transportation is encouraged, parking will be available in Parking Lot A, located at 2301 S. Prairie. Parking is $23 per car. Once parked, follow directional signage to the ticket distribution, located on the ground level of McCormick Place.
Those opting to use public transportation can get to McCormick Place via the Green and Red L lines, as well as multiple bus stops that are located within walking distance to McCormick Place.
If you are taking a taxi or other ride share services, you will need to be dropped off outside of Gate 4, located next to the main entrance to the Hyatt McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive.
Those unable to obtain a ticket or unable to attend the speech have the option of live streaming at the White House’s website.
Share Your Feedback on New LED Streetlights Through Jan. 9
The City of Chicago installed new LED streetlight test locations in seven neighborhoods as a part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project.
The goal of the new program is to replace approximately 270,000 streetlights throughout the city with energy-efficient LED lights. The initiative also calls for installing a wireless lighting management system that provides real time outage updates, which are aimed at reducing outage response times. Finally, the new lights will allow city officials to make targeted repairs to existing poles and wires, with the goal of extending useful life and reducing failure rates.
The city needs your feedback before making a final decision, however. Through January 9, the city is collecting responses to an online survey. Please take a moment to complete the survey before then. It only takes a minute!
Recycle Your Christmas Tree Through Jan. 21
Rather than throwing away your Christmas tree, consider recycling it instead. Through January 21, there will be 24 tree recycling locations across the city.
The city’s tree recycling program diverts thousands of trees from filling up landfill space and allows environmentally-conscious residents a green alternative to dispose of their trees.
The closest recycling location for 45th Ward residents are:
- Portage Park, 4100 N. Long;
- Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma; and
- North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski.
Please make sure your tree is free of tinsel and other ornaments before taking it to a recycling location.
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.
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.
Irving Park Community Food Pantry Seeking New Board Members
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry (IPCFP) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing caring, consistent service through an equitable distribution of pantry resources to all clients experiencing food insecurity. The Pantry is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors that employs and Executive Director and a Client Services Coordinator. A volunteer staff of upwards of 90 individuals assist with all phases of operation and run the pantry on a weekly basis.
The IPCFP board meets 6 times per year and members are asked to participate on one of two committees: outreach and fundraising. The board is looking for dedicated, interested people with a wide variety of skills.
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is located at 3801 N. Keeler, in the lower level of the Irving Park United Methodist Church.
For more information, contact IPCFP Board President Belma Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Participatory Budgeting Cycle
As I mentioned in an earlier 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!
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.
Performances begin January 14th at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Shows will run at 11 am and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
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.
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Fri., Jan 6, 6 pm, Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Enjoy an evening full of great music withStann Champion followed byMore Tuba Please at 8 pm. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Jan 7, 2:45 pm & 5:30 pm, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. With the help from Windy City Music Theater, St. Edward School is excited to perform James and the Giant Peach. More info and tickets:online. $3/17 and under; $5/adult.
Tue., Jan 10, 11-11:30 am, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. Join Oak Street Health forNational Cut Your Energy Cost Day and learn great ways to keep dollars in your wallet. Free.
Tue., Jan 10, 12 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join neighbors for aBrown Bag Lunch to discuss the importance of intergenerational relationships. Ms. Hope Chernich, Director of Youth Programs, will host the discussion. RSVP requested: email@example.com. Free.
Tue., Jan 10, 12-1:30 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.
Tue., Jan 10, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Jan 11, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Dr. Mandy Terc leads a workshop introducing the fundamentals of conceiving and launching a new venurte during aStartup 101: How to Start a Better Business. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086.Free.
Wed., Jan 11, 7 pm, Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Fri., Jan 13, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Lema and Fuksa Khorshid present a Financing and Protecting Your Small Business seminar. Register:email organizers or call 312-744-2086. 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.
Mon., Jan 16, 7:30 pm, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. I, Ald. Arena, will be the guest speaker. Free.
Tue., Jan 17, 6:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Mr. David W. Angel hosts a Talking Politics: Moving Forward Post-Election dialogue. RSVP Requested: email organizers. Free.
Wed., Jan 18, 12-1 pm, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. Guest speaker Dr. Steven Arculeo, DC will be at the clinic to discuss new solutions for common aches and pains during a Knee, Hip, and Back Pain Presentation. Free.
Wed., Jan 18, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Anthony Bertuca leads a How to Obtain a Sidewalk Cafe Permit workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Jan 18, 7 pm, Community Room at 16th District Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 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 Forwardmonthly meeting. Agenda and more info: online. Free.
Fri., Jan 20, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Craig Feldman hosts An Important Cash Flow Conversation – Understanding Working Capital workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086.Free.
Fri., Jan 20, 8 pm, Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. Gear up for Mardi Gras with some New Orleans style music during theFour 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.
Tue., Jan 24, 1-2 pm, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. Hear care managers provide some practical tips for Fighting the Winter Blues. Free.
Wed., Jan 25, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Donna R. Rockin hosts a How to Write a Business Plan- What you Need to Know! workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Jan 25, 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. Hands to Help Ministries, Jefferson Park Lions Club, and Friends of Vaughn will speak. Free.
Thur., Jan 26, 6 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Cook County Board of Appeals and my office is hosting aProperty Tax Appeal Workshop in the auditorium. Free.
Fri., Jan 27, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Nick Sarillo hosts a Creating an Enticing and Effective Menu seminar. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
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 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.