Bike 45 is back and they’re planning their first outing on Sunday, July 15.
Meet at the Jefferson Park fieldhouse, 4822 N. Milwaukee, at 9 am and then head off to three northwest side taco joints. Make sure to bring some money for lunch, a bike lock, and a hungry appetite!
More information is available online. I hope to see you there!
Three New Businesses Coming to Six Corners
On the heels of Fischmans Public House, 4060 N. Milwaukee, grand opening, three new businesses announced that they will open their doors in the Six Corners business district.
Junebug Cafe, 4944 W. Irving Park, will expand the culinary options available on the far northwest side. From meat pies to beignets, they will bring you all of your favorite Louisianan dishes. Make sure to follow them on Facebook for more updates on their opening date.
The Art House Gallery, 4910 W. Irving Park, recently relocated to Six Corners from Albany Park. On July 28, they will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an opening reception where you can enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. The event takes place from 3-7 pm in the gallery. More information is available online.
Concordia Day, 3696 N. Milwaukee, is an early learning center for infants through 5 years old. They offer individualized care and play-based curriculum for their students. They are offering open house tours every Tuesday from 10-11 am and Thursdays from 4-5:30 pm. More information is available at their website.
Construction on Jefferson Park Transit Hub Delayed to Fall 2018
A representative from the CTA announced at a chamber of commerce meeting Thursday that upgrades and updates to the Jefferson Park Blue Line terminal have been delayed. Work is now anticipated to begin in fall 2018.
The improvements come as a part of a $25 million dollar renovation to the station, which includes stops for nearly a dozen buses and the CTA Blue Line. Improvements to the station – which was built in 1970 – will include improvements to the bus terminal, new canopies, lighting, escalators, stairs, and public artwork.
I will share more information and specific time frames as they become available.
Elston Resurfacing Project
An upcoming resurfacing project on North Elston Avenue from Melvina Avenue to Foster Avenue is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, July 16, weather permitting.
The infrastructure work is a part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s arterial street resurfacing north area project.
The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement, bus pad construction, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, and striping.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of work.
All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed September 16, 2018.
Lockwood, Strong, Argyle, and Northwest Highway Water Main Replacements
Beginning early August, Department of Water Management (DWM) and NPL Construction Co. crews will begin the work to install 3,380 feet of 8-inch water mains in the following locations:
- North Lockwood Avenue – from West Carmen to West Strong
- West Strong Street – from North Lockwood to North Laramie
- West Argyle Street – from North Long to North Laramie
- North Northwest Highway – to 350 feet northwest of North Long
The water mains in these areas have been identified as being over 100-years-old and need to be replaced.
When crews are working in the street, they may close or limit it to traffic for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during working hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside of those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to preserve as much parking as possible.
DWM and my office understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout these projects, and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on your street.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman on the project site, email my office, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6638.
The project is anticipated to be completed by late November, 2018.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Pulaski Entrance for Irving Park Blue Line Station Temporarily Closed
The Irving Park Blue Line station’s auxiliary entrance/exit on the east and west sides of Pulaski road will be temporarily closed so crews can remove the decommissioned escalator and replace it with stairs. The stairs are expected to be completed by mid-August. The stairs will be installed temporarily while the CTA pursues funding for a new escalator.
While construction is completed at the Pulaski entrance, please use the main entrance/exit on the south side of Irving Park Road and the auxiliary entrance/exit on the north side of Irving Park Road.
For connections with the #53 Pulaski bus, board/exit buses at the corner of Pulaski and Irving Park road, located 1.5-blocks east of the Irving Park Road station entrances. #N53 Pulaski [owl] buses may be boarded in the bus terminal on the north side of Irving Park Road, on the east side of the expressway overpass.
Winnemac, Carmen, and Lamon Sewer Main Replacements
Please be aware that starting in late August, Deparment of Water Management crews will begin to install a new sewer main in Winnemac from Cicero to Lamon, in Lamon from Gunnison to Carmen, and in Carmen from Lamon to 396′ west. The old were main has been identified as being over 100 years old and needs to be replaced.
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to preserve as much parking as possible.
My office and the Department of Water understand that construction always involved inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout this project and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project, you can register online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this sewer main replacement is 7245.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes, to the final restoration of the street.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman on the project site, email my office, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6635.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Summer Music Series at Six Corners
Meander along Milwaukee Avenue this July as Six Corners Association and Topher Allan School of Music present our Summer Music Series. Acoustic musicians will take to the Six Corners People Spot each Thursday night in July to entertain the locals and wanderers alike.
There is no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the performances. Attendees are encouraged to patronize local businesses before and after the event. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
7/19/18 – Rachel Katzman Farr
7/26/18 – Chris Morrow & Lynn Stys Nardelli
Tickets are available online.
Six Corners Thanks-a-Latte Nominations
Six Corners Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 #THANKSALATTE promotion. Launched in 2016, the Thanks-a-Latte promotional campaign recognizes neighborhood residents, activists, leaders, and stakeholders making a difference in the Six Corners community. Recipients are recognized for taking pride in their property, their block, their community, and their city.
Six Corners Association, a non-profit economic development organization, receives nominations from Association members, community members, property owners, and business owners.
If you know a person who deserves recognition for their contributions to the community, consider submitting a nomination for them online.
Property Tax Appeal Workshop July 16
The Cook County Assessor’s office has delayed the opening of the Jefferson Township.
However, county officials still wish to host a workshop on July 16 to assist residents with the process of submitting an appeal. Staff members from the Cook County Assessor’s office will be available to help answer questions about the process and help with submitting paperwork.
The workshop will take place on Monday, July 16, from 10 am to 4 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence.
Senior Citizens Owed $43 Million in Unclaimed Cook County Property Tax Exemptions
As many as 31,000 senior citizens could save a total of $43 million on their property tax bills due August 1, 2018, by applying for exemptions they received in the previous year, according to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. These may be homeowners who received the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption last year but have not reapplied. According to Pappas’ office, roughly 21,000 of the 31,000 seniors received the Senior Freeze Exemption last year but did not reapply for it this year.
To verify tax exemption going back four year, visit the Cook County Treasurer’s website and:
- Select the purple box that reads “Your Property Tax Overview”
- Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)
- Check the results under “Have You Received Your Exemptions in These Tax Years?”
State law requires that senior citizens reapply every year for these exemptions, which are available to homeowners who are 65 years of age or older. The Senior Freeze, which prevents increases in the taxable value of a home, is limited to seniors with annual household incomes of $65,000 or less. Some of the homes may no longer be eligible for the exemptions.
Applications for tax exemptions are available from the Cook County Assessor’s Office. If the Assessor’s Office grants the application, it will issue an adjusted bill for the Second Installment of Tax Year 2017, due August 1, 2018.
Public Hearings for Milwaukee Pace Buses Set for July 16 & July 18
Pace, a suburban bus division of the RTA, announced that they will host two public hearing on the proposed Implementation of the Pulse Milwaukee Line and the Reduction of Service on Route 270 (Milwaukee Avenue).
The public hearings are scheduled for:
1) Implementation of the Pulse Milwaukee Line:
Pulse is a rapid transit service proposed on Milwaukee Avenue which will provide fast, frequent, limited-stop express bus service between the Jefferson Park Transit Center in Chicago and Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles. Pulse stations will be located along Milwaukee Avenue at the following locations: Golf Mill Shopping Center, Dempster, Main, Oakton, Harlem, Touhy, Devon, Austin, Central, Jefferson Park Transit Center. Pulse stations include upgraded passenger amenities such as heated shelters, pavement snowmelt systems, bicycle racks, trash receptacles, and a vertical station marker with real-time bus arrival information. Pulse service will only operate to new stations. These stations are strategically located to serve most of the current Pace bus riders along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor. Additionally, the Pulse Milwaukee Line is proposed to improve the frequency and hours of service on Milwaukee Avenue. Pulse stations will also be served by local Route 270 — Milwaukee Avenue service and at some stations by CTA and Niles Free Bus routes.
2) Reduction of Service on Route 270 – Milwaukee Avenue:
Route 270 will continue to operate weekday, Saturday, and Sunday service between the Jefferson Park Transit Center and Golf Mill Shopping Center. On weekdays and Saturday, certain Route 270 trips will continue to operate between the Jefferson Park Transit Center and Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview. However, given the proposed increased frequency and hours of service on the Pulse Milwaukee line, Pace is proposing a service reduction on Route 270 (see below).
Any person wishing to comment on the proposed service changes is welcome to attend the public hearing. Prior to the public hearing, written comments may be submitted to Pace, External Relations, 550 West Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 or on the Pace Bus website in the “Public Hearing Comment Form” area.
Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend this hearing and who require accomodations other than transportation, and individuals who require translation into a language other than English to allow them to observe and/or participate are requested to contact Pace at 847-364-7223 option 3 (voice). Please request these accomodations five business days prior to the scheduled hearing.
Dog Pool Party July 28
Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, will host a Dog Pool Party on Saturday, July 28, from 10-11:30 am.
Bring your furry best friend to cool off in pools and sprinklers located throughout the park while you mingle with neighbors and friends.
Save the Date for the Annual Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 4, for this delicious community tradition,
This world-class event attracts the best BBQ in Chicago paired with the area’s best breweries to the Northwest side. Contestants then compete in three categories: best pairing, best beer, and best BBQ.
The event will take place on Saturday, August 4, from 1-5 pm in the parking lot at St. Viator Church, located at 3644 N. Kedvale. Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased online.
Keeler Gardens Pollinator Celebration August 4
Celebrate the grand opening of the Keeler Gardens Pollinator Habitat. The habitat will provide year-round opportunities for community members to learn about Illinois native plants, native pollinators, and why they are both so important through environmental educational partnerships with local schools. The habitat will be open to the public for both education and recreation.
Join the community on Saturday, August 4, from 3-7 pm at Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, for an afternoon filled with pollinators, the plants that support them, and highlights of upcoming programs. Interactive opportunities for all ages will be offered, like building insect hotels, along with tours throughout the event.
Keeler Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization working to improve the health and sustainability of urban community life through environmental experiences, supporting diversity and youth development, and building a love of nature through service to self and the natural world. More information is available at their website.
Local Resident Jim Naughton to Participate in Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration
Special Olympics was born in Chicago 50 years ago – with its very first competition held at Soldier Field. The longtime athlete and 45th Ward resident Jim Naughton has been participating for 40 years since he was just 15 years old. For Jim, his participation in the Special Olympics has taken him to Canada and Denver, earning more than 300 medals through the years.
Chicago is not only home to the Special Olympics’ very first games, but also home to many other inspirational athletes like Jim, who participate in countless competitions each year.
Additionally, the Chicago Park District is helping to organize and host the international 50th-anniversary celebrations for Special Olympics in Chicago this summer. There will be a full week of FREE activities July 17-21, including an international soccer competition at Toyota Park, a festival at Soldier Field, and a night of concerts and entertainment at Northerly Island. More information on the 50th-anniversary celebration and how to participate is available at the Special Olympics website.
Free Adoptions at CACC thru July 31
Summer is Chicago’s favorite season, and it’s even more special when shared with a pet from the city shelter.
The dogs and cats at Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) have been waiting for humans who promise to love and care for them, and give them a chance to take an evening walk or nap on a sunny windowsill. In exchange, CACC’s dogs and cats offer lifelong love, appreciation, and companionship.
Give them a chance and you may find your new best friend!
The free adoption event runs through July 31. They are open for adoptions from noon to 6 pm daily and they’re located at 2741 S. Western. Free parking is available.
For more information and a list of available cats and dogs, visit CACC’s website.
Vote for Delightful Pastries thru July 31!
A local favorite, Delightful Pastries (5927 W. Lawrence), is in the running to be named the Sweetest Bakery in Ameria. Help them gain local and national recognition by voting for them.
People can vote online, once per day per device and in-store thru July 31!
Kids’ Summer Meal Program
Children can receive free healthy lunches during their summer break in the social center at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster.
Beginning June 25 through August 9, children 18 years and younger can pick up cold, individually wrapped lunches. Since lunches are free, there is no requirement to register. Children can just swing buy Monday through Thursday between noon and 1 pm (except on July 3 & July 4).
The program is sponsored by the Illinois State Department of Agriculture, Presence Resurrection Medical Center, and the New Hope Community Food Pantry. It is administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
For more information, call 773-283-5222.
CPS Free Summer Lunch Program
Beginning Monday, June 25, the CPS LunchStop summer meal program will provide free lunch to children ages 1-18 at 100-outdoor community sites throughout the city. The CPS LunchStop program serves free, healthy meals in a fun and familiar environment to help make nutritious meals more accessible to students and the community during the summer.
LunchStop locations operate from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Friday. To find a location, parents can view the 2018 summer meal map online, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at 800-359-2163, or text FOODIL to 877877.
The LunchStop program is funded through the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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Fri., July 13, 6-8 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Professional dancers present a family-friendly concert of modern, jazz, and contemporary dance styles and showcase local youth dance programs duringDance in the Parks. Free.
Fri., July 13, dusk, Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. Gladstone Park hosts Despicable Me 3 as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sun., July 15, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from CACC. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., July 16, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighbor Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., July 17, 6:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Learn about Americans’ financial challenges and enjoy a light dinner during the documentary showing of Inequality for All. A brief time of optional discussion to follow the fill. Doors will open at 6:30, movie will begin at 7. RSVP by July 17 at noon: email organizers or call 773-283-5557.Free.
Wed., July 18, 11 am, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long (Parking/ Entrance at Berteau and Linder). Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community, and how you can become a volunteer during the Portage Park Village Meeting. Free.
Wed., July 18, 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 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., July 18, 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 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., July 19, 9 am-4 pm, Navy Pier, Festival Hall B, 600 E. Grand. The Mayor’s Office for Person’s with Disabilities (MOPD) is hosting an Access Chicago exposition. Register & more info: online. Free.
Thur., July 19, 2-4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence. Children ages 5 and up are invited to construct with LEGO, play Giant Word Winder, or enjoy a board game with family and friends at the library’s Let’s Play event. This program is offered every Thursday through August 30. Free.
Thur., July 19, 5:15 pm, Location TBD.Every third Thursday of the month, GPNA and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host a Thirsty Third Thursday at a local watering hole. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors while supporting a local business. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Thur., July 19, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Every month, JPF hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. Location and more info: online. Free.
Fri., July 20, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts Jumanji as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sun., July 22, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., July 22, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs the second and fourth Sunday through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., July 23, 5 pm, Gidley Management Group, 4210 W. Irving Park. Old Irving Park and Independence Park area businesses are invited to attend an Old Irving Park Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee Meeting. For more information or to RSVP, call 312-750-1200 or email organizers. Free.
Wed., July 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. Irene Flebbe from the Cook County Forest Preserve will share tips on keeping your garden weedless the ‘natural way’, and what types of insect bites may cause harm and how to safeguard against them. Free.
Wed., July 25, dusk, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Kilbourn Park hosts Mi Mundial as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. This movie is in Spanish but will have English subtitles. Free.
Thur., July 26, 2-4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence. Children ages 5 and up are invited to construct with LEGO, play Giant Word Winder, or enjoy a board game with family and friends at the library’s Let’s Play event. This program is offered every Thursday through August 30. Free.
Fri., July 27, 6-8 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Professional dancers present a family-friendly concert of modern, jazz, and contemporary dance styles and showcase local youth dance programs duringDance in the Parks. Free.
Sat., July 28, 1 pm, Habetler Bowl, 5250 N. Northwest Highway. Are you looking for a fun, new hobby? Or interested in picking up an old one? Attend a meeting to learn more about the Sunday Nite Earlybirds League. This is a USBC-sanctioned mixed league, where men and women 18+ bowl together in a friendly and fun competition. Bowling is on Sundays beginning at 6 pm. The 2018-2019 season begins August 19. Individuals and teams welcome! For more info, contact Heather Bosko at 773-981-7075 or Rob Reid at 630-291-7316. Meeting is free.
Sun., July 29, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from CACC. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., July 30, dusk, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Friends of Portage Park hosts Finding Dory as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Tue., July 31, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.