Join friends, family, and neighbors for the Roberts Square Park Annual Summer Picnic & Potluck.
There will be lots of surprises for all ages. It’s free, but a donated dish or snack will not be turned down. In case of rain, head on over to the Jefferson Memorial Field House, 4822 N. Long, and join in on the fun.
The event takes place this Saturday, July 15, at Roberts Square Park, , 5200 W. Argyle, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. I hope to see you there!
Drink, Dance, and Support The Gift Theatre on July 16
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee, is hosting a Summer Release Bash at Old Irving Brewery Co., 4419 W. Montrose, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, July 16.
Drink select craft beer, dance to live music, and hang out with The Gift ensemble as they unveil their new season.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.
Team Up to Clean Up on July 22
There are lots of upcoming events in Jefferson Park: Jeff Fest, Jefferson Park Sunday Markets, Chicago Fringe Festival, and more.
Take pride in your neighborhood by joining Jefferson Park Forward, the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, and Build-On for a clean-up event on Saturday, July 22, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Volunteers will meet on Milwaukee and Lawrence near CVS.
Bring work garden gloves to help weed, mulch, and clean. Students can earn service hours for participating.
Picnic in the Park
Join Jefferson Park Forward on Sunday, July 23, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Jefferson Memorial Park near the pool house, 4822 N. Long, for a picnic in the park!
What better way to get some families together to meet, eat, and play some games.
Please bring your own food and beverages to accommodate your family. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market will also be available with food to purchase until 2 PM.
Jefferson Park Forward is working on some fun games and activities for the kids. If you have games you are willing to share for the event, please let JPF know so they can coordinate.
Save the Date for the Annual Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5, 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. Contests then compete in three categories: best pairing, best beer, and best BBQ.
The event will take place on Saturday, August 5, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the parking lot at St. Viator Church, located at 3644 N. Kedvale. Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased online.
Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Returns to Jefferson Park
Back for its 17th year in 2017, Jeff Fest returns to Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long, August 4-6.
Located only a block from the Jefferson Park Transit Center, this unique summer festival attracts people from all over to the friendly neighborhood of Jefferson Park. The festival will feature plenty of tasty food, beer, music, wine tasting, arts and crafts, and kid-friendly activities.
The festival will take place on Friday, August 4, from 6:00-10:00 PM; Saturday, August 5, from 2:00-10:00 PM; and Sunday, August 6, from 2:00-9:00 PM. Just $5 per day at the gate will give you access to a weekend sure to be full of fun and entertainment.
To learn more about the entertainment line-up and other activities, view the event online.
Become an OMD Coach and Make a Difference
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Help support low-income, highly motivated community college students on their paths to success. Volunteer just a few hours a month and make a profound difference in the lives of One Million Degrees (OMD) scholars.
OMD Coaches meet with scholars in-person once a month on Saturday mornings during the academic year at one of ten community colleges in the Chicagoland region. Join their team of coaches who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of community college students in Chicago. To learn more and sign up, visit One Million Degrees’ website.
School Supplies Drive for Irving Park Food Pantry
Throughout the month of August, the Irving Park Community Food Pantry distributes school supplies to approximately 400 1st-12th grade students. They are looking for donations to help provide low-income students enter the school year prepared with the right tools. Please consider making a donation of the following supplies:
- Loose-leaf paper;
- Spiral notebooks;
- Pocket folders;
- Glue Sticks;
- #2 pencils;
- Crayons (24 pack);
- Colored pencils;
- Pens; and
- Monetary donations earmarked “School Supplies”
Donations can be dropped off at the Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler, during Pantry operating hours (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Wednesdays). Donations are also being accepted at Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose, at the July 23rd Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield, or my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
Host an AFS Exchange Student
AFS is looking for Chicago families to host foreign exchange high school students for the 2017/2018 school year.
As a host family, you will open your home and heart to a student who will become a member of your family. Hosting an AFS exchange student is a great way to enrich your family by sharing your daily life with a young person from another culture and country. It also allows you to introduce your city and culture to the student.
Students arrive with their own spending money, excellent medical coverage, and are looking forward to participating as active members of their host families, schools, and community.
There is no typical host family. Couples with or without children (any age), single parents, or single adults are all welcome to open their homes to a student.
AFS is looking for families for the following three students. You can choose which student you feel will be the best fit for your family:
- Federico – Federico is from Italy. He is outgoing, respectful, and kind. He loves to sing and enjoys sports. He currently attends a language school.
- Yiyang – Yiyang is from China. She is a bubbly and happy young lady who is a top student and a natural born leader. She enjoys playing table tennis, guitar, and violin.
- Ida – Ida is from Norway. She has a very kind and friendly personality. She enjoys gymnastics, sewing, and architecture.
For questions or more information, contact Linda P. Mellis at email@example.com or Kristi Svec at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culver’s Breaks Ground, Binny’s to Open by End-of-Month
This month has brought about exciting progress for the Six Corners revitalization efforts.
On Thursday, July 6, Culver’s broke ground for their first Chicago location at 4939 W. Irving Park Road. With construction underway – the butter burger serving, frozen custard outlet plans to open their doors in November of this year.
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 4901 W. Irving Park Road, has been busy at work stocking their shelves with a wide selection of quality liquor ahead of their July 21 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Elly’s Pancake House, 4925 W. Irving Park Road, has finished the demolition and in the process of acquiring their permits. Elly’s anticipates finishing the build-out and opening their doors by October of this year.
I am encouraged by the progress made in recent months at Six Corners and am confident the new developments will continue to have a ripple effect on the continuing revitalization efforts in our community.
Bernard Williams Selected as 45th Ward YOPA Artist
I am pleased to announce Bernard Williams as the artist selected to create a site-specific piece of public art in the 45th Ward as a part of the Year of Public Art (YOPA). This selection was based on community feedback collected through the online survey and interviews conducted with artists.
Williams approaches his artwork by reflecting on the history and dynamics of a place and creating pieces that will add to the social fabric of the area using symbols and patterns. He believes history and culture can make dramatic statements about society, and likes for his artwork to reflect those statements.
Williams has robust experience working with communities to create pieces that honor their history. You can find his artwork featured in Chicago’s Chinatown, Michigan City, Purdue University, and more. His sculpture “Talking Wall” is a great example of how the history of a place helped shape his work. This bold, yet engaging, sculpture invites in the public and encourages them to take a moment to experience the piece, often acting as a catalyst to conversation.
My office is eager to facilitate conversations between Williams and the community, and is confident that he will create a site-specific piece that will honor the community’s historical roots.
Carmen Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting the week of July 24, Department of Water Management and NPL Construction Company crews will begin to install a new water main along Carmen from North Laramie to Elston. The old water main dates back to 1909 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 involves 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 water main replacement is 1701041.
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.
Rollin’ Rec at Austin-Foster and Roberts Square Parks
The Chicago Parks District is bringing Rollin’ Rec to the Austin-Foster play lot and Roberts Square Park.
Rollin’ Rec is a specialized program that brings sports activities to play lots activities! Participants will have fun playing games, learning new skills, and making friends in the park.
Swing by the Austin-Foster play lots on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM through August 11, or Roberts Square Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM through August 10 to join in on the fun.
Activities change with every visit. No registration is required. Learn more at the Chicago Parks District website.
Hands to Help Community Lunches in July
Hands to Help Ministries will host community lunches on July 19 and July 26. Lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3857 N. Kostner. Young adults with the Serve Boldly program will cook and serve attendees the meals. Whether you are in need of help, hungry, or just want to check out Hands to Help – make sure to stop by and share lunch.
If you are struggling to maintain your housing or lost your housing come early and talk with their outreach worker, Harrison. Hands to Help is a community resource partnering with neighbors on the northwest side of Chicago to maintain and obtain housing. They offer resources and long-term relationships to help neighbors on the brink of homelessness as well as those currently experiencing homelessness.
Kids’ Summer Meal Program
Children can receive free healthy, nutritious summer lunches during their summer break in the social center at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster.
From noon to 1:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays through August 3, children 18 years and younger can pick up cold, individually wrapped lunches. Each lunch is pork and peanut free so parents do not have to worry about any potential dietary restrictions.
Since lunches are free, there is no requirement to register. Just swing by during the hours listed above!
For more information, call 773-283-5222.
Apply to Become a Substitute Janitor
Geralex Inc., is in the process of hiring substitute janitorial staff for year round, part time, and full time positions.
The substitute janitor/housekeeper position is a mobile, on call position filling for CPS and Geralex, Inc. Employees would work for region one on Chicago’s north side.
Applicants must pass all CPS & Geralex BIO Metric (fingerprinting) background requirements and a drug test to qualify for a position. For more information, please send an email with your contact information email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a voicemail at 312-942-0002 with your name and phone number for a call back.
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Sat., July 15, 10 am-3 pm, Corner of Berwyn and LaPorte.The Forest Glen community prides itself on its gardens – from their Garden Club that beautifies their award-wining community gardens at the Metra station and Edens Parkway to the annual Forest Glen Thumb awards. To honor and showcase this tradition, they are organizing a Garden Walk. Enjoy beautiful gardens, attend a gardening 101 session, and enter to win raffle prizes and more. More info:online. $8/advance; $10/day of event.
Sun., July 16, 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 thePortage Park Farmers Market. Animal Care and control will also be present with some adorable adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., July 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online.Free.
Tue., July 18, 11 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Tue., July 18, 7-9 pm,Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United continues its monthly community dialogue on the third Tuesday of every mont with Building Community: You, Me, and Government Taxes. Led by David Angel. Free.
Wed., July 19, 6:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Leaders of Pack 3963 and Troop 963 will be available to discuss the benefits of the Boy Scouts of America for boys in grades first through eighth during Eden UCC’s Info Night about Local Scouts. RSVP: via email.Free.
Wed., July 19, 7 pm,16th District Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., July 19, 7:30 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 the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., July 20, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Veterans’ Benefits: What Am I Enttiled To? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Thur., July 20, 5:30-6:30 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Bring your little ones to the playground for some sing-a-longs, sidewalk chalk art, and bubbles for aMovin’ to the Music event. Free lemonade will be available. Ages 12 and younger. Free.
Thur., July 20, 6-7:30 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Join friends, family, and neighbors for the 9th season of Dance in the Parks. Dance in the Parks brings an all-ages show of modern, jazz, contemporary, and tap works created and performed by Chicago artists. Each show features guest youth performers from neighborhood dance programs and ticket giveaways.Free.
Thur., July 20, 7 pm,Windsor Tavern, Rear Patio, 4530 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Upcoming JPF elections will be discussed. More info:online. Free.
Thur., July 20, dusk,Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. The 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.
Fri., July 21, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts Batman Lego Movie 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.
Sat., July 22, 11 am-12:30 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Between April and October, thousands of kittens arrive at Chicago Animal Care and Control – many without a mom and too young to eat on their own. Learn more about how you can help bottle babies at a Kitten on Deck workshop. Free.
Sun, July 23, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues 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 card accepted. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., July 23, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., July 23, 11 am-1 pm, 17th District CAPS Parking Lot, 4650 N. Pulaski.Ensure optimum safety for your child while driving by attending the 17th District CAPS OfficeChild Car Seat Safety Check. Prizes, goody bags, and more. Call to make an appointment, limited space available: 312-742-4588. Free.
Mon., July 24, all day,Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Participants wishing to register for a table to sell their goods for the Eden United Church of ChristRummage Sale. Restriction apply. More info and to register: email Sandy Damlos or call 773-332-5185. $15/table.
Tue., July 25, 7 pm,Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Tue., July 25, 7:30 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Do you have thoughts on how to improve Portage Park? Is there a specific event you would like to see in the park? Do you have fundraising ideas? Attend aFriends of Portage Park meeting to share your thoughts. More info: 773-720-5381. Free.
Wed., July 26, 7 pm,Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Eileen Donadek of the Jefferson Park Library Branch will be the keynote speaker and explain the process for obtaining free activity passes for various cultural institutions. Free.
Fri., July 28, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Athletic Field Park hosts Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 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.
Sat., July 29, Austin-Irving Library, Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor. Join thePortage Park Garden Club for a meeting. Viewing of “Urban and Suburban Meadows”, raffle, gardening discussion, and refreshments. More info: email organizers. Free.
Sun., July 30, 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 thePortage Park Farmers Market. More info:online. Animal Care and control will also be present with some adorable adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.