Pan y Rosas Discos continues their partnership with the Jefferson Park Branch Library to provide innovative and experimental music concerts with their Library Experimental series. Saturday’s performance features Christopher Riggs, Will Soderberg, and Enid Smith.
Swing by the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence, between 2-4 pm on Saturday, July 7, to enjoy this collaborative endeavor of creativity and innovation.
Fischman Public House Now Open
After two years of intense renovations to the building at 4060 N. Milwaukee, Fischman Public House finally opened its doors on Thursday.
Fischman relocated to Six Corners due to a landlord dispute after spending nearly eight decades in Jefferson Park. During their time in Jefferson Park, Gus and Shanna created a community around the bar, with generations of people gathering to enjoy one another’s company. I am certain this same welcoming environment will transfer to their new location.
Please join me on Sunday, July 8 at 10:30 am for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location.
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.
7/5/18 – Paul Ramirez
7/12/18 – TBA
7/19/18 – Rachel Katzman Farr
7/26/18 – Chris Morrow & Lynn Stys Nardelli
Tickets are available 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.
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.
Construction on Jefferson Park Transit Hub to Begin July 20
Upgrades and updates to the Jefferson Park Blue Line terminal will begin Friday, July 20. 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.
Work during weekdays will take place from 7 am until 3:30 pm daily. Work will occur on select weeknights from 5:30 pm until 5 am the next night, and select weekends from 10 pm Friday until 5 am Monday.
There will be noise while work is being performed, including the use of pneumatic tools, excavation of dirt removal, hauling equipment, beeping room backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles, concrete breaking and pouring, steel erection including the use of cranes, flagging horns, equipment traffic, and railroad personnel communication. Streets, roadways, and sidewalks may be obstructed at various times throughout the construction of the station. Finally, traffic on Gale Street may be rerouted during various phases of the construction project.
My office and the CTA understand that this work may cause inconveniences while being performed. The CTA will do their best to keep them to a minimum throughout the progress of the construction.
Irving Park Blue Line Station: Pulaski Entrance Escalator
The CTA announced work to the Irving Park Blue Line station at the Pulaski entrance. The escalator at this entrance, which dates back to 1970, has extensive issues that the CTA cannot repair. This requires it to be permanently removed from service in order to be replaced.
The CTA is pursuing state capital funding to support escalator repairs and improvements throughout the system, including the new escalator at this stop. Because transit escalators are custom-made, specially designed and built for the unique spaces where they’re installed and the heavy use and weather they endure, they are expensive and require time to fabricate. The CTA is working diligently to procure a new escalator as soon as possible.
In the meantime, to provide better access to customers, the CTA is installing a temporary staircase. Work is underway and is anticipated to be completed by mid-August. Note that an escalator is still available to use at the Irving Park entrance of this station.
For more information about CTA elevators and escalators, visit the CTA’s website.
Tour de Tacos July 15
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!
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.
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. 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 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 Illionis 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 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Come and create images in light on a giant, light up screen based on the much-loved vintage game during PLAY BIG…with Light! Fun for all ages! Free.
Fri., July 6, dusk,Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Dunham Park hosts The Sandlotas 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 7, 2-4 pm,Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.Pan y Rosas Discos continues their partnership with the library to provide innovative and experimental music concerts. Today’s performance featuresChristopher Riggs, Will Soderberg, and Enid Smith.Free.
Sun., July 8, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th 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 cards accepted. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., July 8, 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 forth Sunday through October and offers a great selection. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., July 10, 7 pm,Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., July 10, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Wed., July 11, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., July 12, 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 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 Associationmeeting. More info: online. 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 the1722-1723 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 anAccess Chicagoexposition. 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 aThirsty 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 theJefferson 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 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 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 Associationmonthly 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 hostsMi 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 theSunday Nite Earlybirds League. This is a USBC-sanctioned mixed league, where men and women 18+ bowl together in 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 theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.