If you’re looking for a fun activity to do this weekend, I recommend visiting either the Jefferson Park Farmers Market, 4822 N. Long, or the Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield, on Sunday, July 9.
In addition to enjoying an array of items from local vendors, both farmers markets have a variety of activities for people of all ages. It’s the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.
The Jefferson Park Sunday Market runs every other Sunday through October from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. More information about vendors and upcoming markets can be found at theirwebsite.
The Independence Park Farmers Market runs twice a month through October from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. More information about upcoming markets is available at the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association’s website.
Carmen Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting the week of July 9, 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.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Culver’s Breaks Ground, Binny’s to Open by End-of-Month
This week 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.
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.
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 Wednesday July 12, 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.
Summer Learning Challenge at Independence Park
The Independence Branch Library invites kids to join them for their fun Summer Learning Challenge programs.
The Independence Branch Library will host six library programs at Independence park, 3945 N. Springfield, through August 3. All programs will be held in the auditorium of the Independence Park Field House.
Keep your child engaged and learning throughout the summer with tons of art projects, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, and more before they head back to school in the fall.
Learn more and register your child online.
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.
City Kid Theatre Camp July 8-August 26
Looking for a fun summer camp for your child this summer? City Kid is hosting a theatre summer camp is hosting a theatre summer camp on Saturday mornings from 10 am to noon July 8 through August 26 at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.
Kids will learn theatre techniques, improv skills, and enjoy theatre games. Throughout the summer, kids will also rehearse the classic play “Annie”, which with a final performance taking place on the last day of camp.
Camp is for children ages 3-10. More information, pricing, and registration is available online.
Get your Irish on at the 32nd annual Irish American Heritage Festival on July 7-9
Irish Fest showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance, and family activities. The festival is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center at 4626 N. Knox and is their biggest fundraiser.
Confirmed performers include Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, Scythian, Makem and Spain, and many more. In addition to the great music lineup, the weekend will be packed with festival favorites including Irish and American food and drink from vendors, step dancing, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, and dozens of vendors and artisans selling Irish gifts.
Tickets are $10 in advance if purchased by the end of the day on July 5, $15 thereafter, and free to children 12 and under. Visit the website for more information on festival hours, parking, and to purchase tickets.
Apply to Become a Crossing Guard
Help give back to your community with this job opportunity as a crossing guard.
Crossing guards are responsible for stopping and directing traffic to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians as they cross the street on their way to school.
Any Chicago resident aged 19 or older can apply for this opportunity. The position pays $13.80 an hour and is part time. There are currently 45 vacancies the city is looking to fill.
For more information and to apply, visit the City of Chicago’s Careers website.
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Fri., July 7, 6-10 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Come hungry and leave happy during Bands and Brats 3. This fun-filled event is open to all ages and will feature great bands such as Jade the Ivy, El Chupacabbo, The Broken, and Jay Scraub. $5.
Sat., July 8, 10-11 am,CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western.Learn about proper vet care, socialization, and training tips for puppies at a Puppy Parents Workshop. Workshop is for humans only. There will be info on puppy training classes, though. Free.
Mon., July 10, 7 pm, Basement of the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association monthly meeting. Free.
Tue., July 11, 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.
Tue., July 11, 6:30 pm, Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee #301. Get involved to make a difference in your community by attending a Six Corners Association Meeting. Promotions meets at 6:30 followed by design at 7:30. Free.
Tue., July 11, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., July 12, 10-11:45 am, Cook County Elder Justice Center, Concourse Level, Room CL-16, 50 W. Washington St.Want to learn more about the operations of the courthouse? Join the Cook County Elder Justice Center for a guided tour. Learn about the basic structure of the court, learn about senior services, and insights into navigating the court system. Register: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Wed., July 12, 7 pm,Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
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.
Sat., July 15, 11 am-2 pm, Roberts Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle.Join friends, family, and neighbors for the Roberts Square Park Annual Summer Picnic/Potluck. Many surprises for all ages. It’s free, but a donated dish or snack will not be turned down. In case of rain, please come to the Jefferson Memorial Park Field House. Free.
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.
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,Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. 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.
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.
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.