Please be advised that there will be no Ward Night on Tuesday, June 12. The next Ward Night will be on Tuesday, June 19, from 5-7 pm in the ward office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
The Point Community Meeting June 21
I am pleased to announce that Ryan Companies US and Clark Street Real Estate now have an updated proposal for the vacant land at the southeast corner of Milwaukee and Irving Park. We’ll host a community meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
The proposal calls for 50,000 square feet of retail space along Milwaukee and Irving Park, along with 265 market rate senior units, and 237 parking spaces. The total proposed height of the proposal is 10 stories on the northern half, and one story on the southern portion.
The proposal includes a variety of public spaces, including a public plaza along Milwaukee and a pedestrian connection between Milwaukee and Irving Park. The senior living community will offer an abundance of amenities and programs, along with three residential care levels: independent living, assisted living, and memory care.
Please join me Thursday, June 21, to learn more. I look forward to seeing you there.
Two Beaubien Students Awarded Lou Drebohl Memorial Scholarship
Thursday morning, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce awarded its Lou Drebohl Memorial Scholarship this morning to two Beaubien eighth-graders — Isabella Ramos (holding envelope on left) and Marissa Martinez (holding envelope on right).
I would like congratulate the graduates and their parents. I would also like to extend a big thank you to Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee, for hosting the event.
GIPNA Summer Picnic June 11
Bring your kids, blanket, chairs, your favorite games, a picnic basket, or purchase food during the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association’s (GIPNA) picnic at the Independence Park Farmers Market this Sunday.
There will be games, face-painting, sing-alongs, and information about local school programs for the kids. There will also be a free raffle entry for each family who attends. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors and catch up with old ones!
The farmers market takes place on Sunday, June 10, from 9 am to 1 pm, with the picnic from 11 am until 1 pm. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held on Sunday, June 24.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
For more information, call 773-283-5222.
Help Build Keeler Gardens’ Pollinator Habitat
Keeler Gardens is planting their new Pollinator Habitat and needs your help to get the plants in their new home. If you are excited about planting native forbes, grasses, and shrubs for all sorts of pollinators, and are willing to get a little dirty, come out for a planting day and help create this wonderful new community resource.
Keeler Gardens, located at 3631 N. Keeler Ave. in Old Irving Park, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization educating on the physical, mental, and cognitive benefits of connecting with nature and how to incorporate nature into your life. Learn more at Keeler Gardens’ website.
2018 Movies in the Parks Schedule
Grab your blankets and stock up on your favorite snacks for a favorite Chicago tradition: Movies in the Parks.
This season features an eclectic mix of movies across the Northwest Side. From kid-friendly classics, such as The Sandlot,to recent blockbuster hits, such as Wonder Woman, you’re sure to find something for everyone with this year’s schedule.
Parks in and near the 45th Ward will feature the following movies this year. All movies begin at dusk:
- June 13: Space Jam at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn
- June 15: Guardians of the Galaxy at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield
- June 21: Wonder Woman at Portage Park, 4100 N. Long
- July 6: The Sandlot at Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina
- July 13: Despicable Me 3 at Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard
- July 20: Jumanji at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield
- July 25: Mi Mundial at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn
- July 30: Finding Dory at Portage Park, 4100 N. Long
- August 9: Coco at Portage Park, 4100 N. Long
- August 17: Black Panther at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield
- August 23: A Dog’s Purpose at Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee
- August 23: ET at Portage Park, 4100 N. Long
For more information on Movies in the Parks across Chicago, visit the Chicago Parks District website.
2018 Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards
City gardeners! Get out your shovels – and your keyboards! It’s time to enter the annual Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA). The application deadline is June 20 and there is no entry fee.
CEGA is open to residents of the city of Chicago. Only one entry per garden will be accepted. Judging will begin in July. Winners will be notified by late summer, with awards to be presented in a ceremony on October 12.
CEGA is Chicago’s only citywide gardening honors. It’s open to the public and recognizes the hard work and creativity that make our city a healthier, more beautiful, and more sustainable place. Entries are being accepted for vegetable, ornamental, container, and specialized gardens (including green roofs or walls, enabling or rain gardens), as well as community gardens and urban farms.
For more information or to enter your garden, visit the CEGAwebsite.
Windy City Performs Presents The Jungle Book June 2-9
The Conservatory Teen Company as a part of Windy City Perform’s “Teens for Young Audiences” will perform The Jungle Book June 2 through June 9.
Adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this production features a host of colorful characters and favorite songs from the kids movie. Teens planned, produced, and will preform in this kid-friendly, immersive, and high-energy production.
The Teen Company consists of students ages 13 and up. Students in the program learn advanced-level skills in drama, vocal production, and dance while preparing a full-length theatre piece. Teen Company audiences consistently have their expectations exceeded with the quality and professionalism of the students’ work.
Performances begin Saturday, June 2 at The Playhouse, 4766 N. Milwaukee, and will run through Saturday, June 10. More information and tickets are available online. Tickets are free for kids 12 and younger, and only $10 for those ages 13 and older.
Vaughn Fest June 9
Friends of Vaughn is hosting a Vaughn Fest fundraising event on Saturday, June 9, from 10 am to 2 pm at the school, 4355 N. Linder.
The event will feature original artwork done by the students, food, musical performances, a bouncy house, and carnival games. Silent art auctions and raffles will be available to help raise funds for the school.
For more information, call 773-534-3600.
Celebrate Principal Sister Marie Michelle Hackett June 10
St. Edward School and Parish will celebrate Principal Sister Marie Michelle Hackett’s 27-years of contribution to the community on June 10, starting at 11 am at St. Edward Church, 4350 W. Sunnyside. Following Mass, a reception will be held at 4447 N. Lowell, with the building being dedicated to the Springfield Dominicans for over 108 years of service to St. Edward School. All are welcome,
Sister Marie Michelle Hackett, O.P. will step down as principal of St. Edward School on June 30. She has guided St. Edward School since 1992, with the recent recognition as a 2017 Exemplary High Performing School National Blue Ribbon School by the United States of America Secretary of Education.
Belding Annual International Festival June 15
Belding School will host their annual International Festival fundraiser on Friday, June 15, from 3:30-7 pm at Belding School, 4527 N. Tripp.
Community members are invitied to join in to reflect on the school year. With students from more than 70 nations and speaking more than 20 different languages at Belding, this annual event provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the diverse community that makes up the student body.
For weeks leading up to the event, students will learn about cultures from around the globe. Then, on June 15, students and professionals with feature a variety of dance performances including Mariachi, Monumental, Dabka dance Trinity Irish Dancer, and more. The Schurz High School band will also be in attendance to play an eclectic mix of music. An inflatable bouncy house, crafts, games, and cultural displays will also be available for participants to engage with.
Admission to the event is $10 for ages 5 and older, and $3 for ages 4 and younger. Food is not included in the ticket price, but will be available to purchase separately.
Summer Kickoff at Independence Park June 15
The Independence Park Advisory is hosting a Summer Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, June 15, from 5:30-7:30 pm at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
This free family-friendly event will help you get in the summer spirit. There will be bounce houses, activities, music, and plenty of fun to go around.
Afterward, stick around for a movie in the park. The Independence Park Advisory Council is sponsoring Guardians of the Galaxy. Make sure to gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets to enjoy this family favorite. All movies in the park begin at dusk.
Then on Saturday, June 16, re-convene at the park from 9-11 am for a day of clean up and community service. Members from the Independence Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Parks Foundation for a morning filled with cleaning up the park, tree mulching, garden cleanup, and community bonding.
Safe Summer Rally June 16
The 16th District Police Station is hosting a Safe Summer Rally on Saturday, June 16, from 12-3 pm at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.
Officers will be at the event to provide helpful tips to protect yourself. There will be activities for children and entertainment.
Swing by to get to know your local police and neighbors while building a stronger community.
GIPNA 14th Annual Gourmet Pancake Breakfast June 17
Are you looking to tread your dad, grandpa, or husband to something sweet this Father’s Day? Consider attending GIPNA’s 14th annual Gourmet Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, from 9 am to noon at the Independence Park Bungalow at Hamlin and Byron.
This annual pancake breakfast serves a delectable variety of gourmet pancakes created by Bobbie Bolociuch and her team of gourmands as well as other treats. The menu will surely leave you wanting more. It only costs $10/adults, $7/seniors, and $5/children 12 and younger.
Tickets are available to purchase online.
2nd Annual GPNA Pub Crawl June 21
GPNA is back for a second year with a new neighborhood tradition: the Gladstone Park Pub Crawl!
On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.
A $20 ticket will get you a t-shirt, food, raffles, and drink specials. T-shirts are available only to people who purchase pre-sale tickets. Make sure to secure yours today at the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association website.
City Sticker Sale and CityKey ID Event June 22
On Friday, June 22, I will host a City Sticker Sale and CityKey ID event from 10 am to 2 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence.
To purchase a vehicle sticker, you must bring your 2018 Chicago city vehicle courtesy reminder form. If you have lost your courtesy reminder, please bring your state vehicle registration card, which includes your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The ward sale is limited to drivers with stickers expiring June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle sticker purchased in June by July 1 to avoid tickets.
This year, absolutely no cash payments will be accepted. Please plan ahead and bring an alternative form of payment. Accepted forms include check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
If you would like to purchase your city sticker before June 30, you can purchase one at the City Clerk’s satellite office located at 5430 W. Gale Street, at most currency exchanges (service fees may apply), online, or via mail following instructions on the back of your renewal notice.
At this year’s event, the residents will have the opportunity to purchase a City of Chicago CityKey ID. The CityKey ID program was established to bring Chicago together as one community.
The CityKey program enables Chicagoans an opportunity to obtain an optional, valid, government-issued ID. The new city ID acts as a Ventra card, a library card, and offers cardholders an array of benefits at various businesses and organizations throughout the city.
Chicago residents of any age can obtain a CityKey ID either at the mobile printing event on June 22 or by scheduling an appointment with the City Clerk’s office.
Please be advised that other mobile printing sites have seen lines upwards of hundreds of people. The City Clerk’s office is working to implement ways to manage the expectations of constituents, however some may still be turned away due to capacity and resource limitations.
For more information and a list of answers to frequently asked questions, visit the CityKey website.
Night Owls Silent Auction June 22
Join the Murphy School community at Friends of Murphy’s 3rd Annual Silent Auction, Night Owls! This year the event will take place at Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant, and each ticket will include passed hors d’oeuvres, 2 complimentary drinks, raffles, games and exciting auction items!
Once your tickets are bought, sign up as a “bidder” to access all of their awesome auction items. Their silent auction items will be added to view online starting in early June, with online bidding starting June 18 and at Chief O’Neill’s during the event. Friends of Murphy will have some iPads available for use at Night Owls Silent Auction, but you can also bid right from your mobile device.
More information and tickets are available to purchase online.
Office of the Inspector General
The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent, nonpartisan oversight agency whose mission is to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in the administration of programs and operation of City government. OIG conducts investigations, audits, evaluations, and reviews examining issues regarding City employees, elected and appointed officials, vendors and contractors, and programs and operations of the City.
The public is encouraged to submit suggestions, comments, and complaints online or by calling the OIG Tipline at 866-448-4754 (TTY: 773-478-2066). Anonymous tips are accepted.
Yard Waste Collection thru November
In an effort to assist residents in clearing their yards, parkways, and storm drains of debris, please be reminded that the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) has implemented a coordinated collection of yard waste debris across the city.
Residents can call 311 to request separate bagged yard waste collection service April through November.
Yard waste should be bagged separately and left in the alley or at the curb, outside of black garbage carts and blue recycling carts for pickup. Yard waste and other debris should not be thrown into the blue recycling cart as it contaminates the recycling stream. A dedicated DSS truck will collect yard waste based on 311 requests and take the bags to be composted in an effort to increase diversion from landfills.
Filament Summer Camp
Filament camps focus on amplifying the creativity of its young participants. In Filament camps and classes, there are no scripts and no assigned roles – each participant creates their own dream role.
Through drama and creative play, Filament’s experienced teaching artists support everyone in creating their own dialogue, characters, stories, costumes, and ultimately their own play. Participants will explore creative problem solving, teamwork, confident public speaking, analysis of text, speaking directly to the audience, community engagement, and more – all while creating something fun that makes them proud.
This summer, Filament will host three summer camp sessions, with the first one begging on July 9. For more information on sessions and to register your child, visit the Filament Theatre’swebsite.
Windy City Performs Summer Camp
Windy City Perfroms Conservatory summer camps are among the best in Chicagoland.
Their camps teach the basics in music theatre performance while preparing students for a final performance, semi or fully-produced based on age group.
Windy City Performs integrates games, social events, team-building activities and outdoor time at Jefferson Memorial Park to ensure their students have a well-rounded summer camp experience.
For pricing and scheduling information, visit the Windy City Performs website.
Register Your Child for Summer Day Camp
Summer day camp season is almost here! The Chicago Park District day camp runs June 25 through August 3.
Summer camp is a great way to keep your kids active, engaged, and safe throughout the summer. In celebration of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary, the day camp theme this year is “Unified: We Choose to Include. This theme reflects the Chicago Park District’s enduring commitment to provide inclusive recreational opportunities for every community throughout Chicago. This theme will be woven into camp activities throughout the summer.
The Chicago Park District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program in conjunction with summer day camp. Lunches and/or snacks will be provided for enrolled children.
Registration is now open and available online.
Help Homeless Veterans by Donating Basic Household Items & Toiletries
For the third year in a row, my office is partnering with Operation Help-A-Hero for their annual donation drive.
There are currently hundreds of homeless veterans who either live unsheltered or in shelters throughout the city. When a veteran leaves a shelter or transitional home to move into a more permanent residence, they often do not have basic household items.
Through July 4, we will be collecting basic household items and toiletries in an effort to help the hundreds of Chicago veterans who are homeless. All donations will be delivered to the united States Department of Veterans Affiars (VA). The VA will then distribute materials to qualifying veterans in need.
New, store bought items that will be collected include:
- Personal Hygiene Products including: bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine pads, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes;
- Kitchen and Cleaning Supplies including: plastic trash cans, Windex, Pine Sol, dish washing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, and paper towels; and
- Bathroom & Miscellaneous Items including: shower curtains, toilet paper (4 or 6 pack), plungers, toilet brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, bath towels, wash cloths, smoke detectors with batteries, flashlights with batteries, garbage bags, laundry baskets, hampers, and laundry detergent.
This year, all Jewel-Osco stores in city of Chicago limits will also accept donations.
For more information, contact my office at 773-286-4545 or email Ward45@cityofchicago.org.
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Sun., June 10, 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., June 10, 9:30-1:30 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.
Mon., June 11, 6:30 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. OIPA is shaking up their monthly meeting by hosting an Ice Cream Socialevent. Kick off summer and enjoy time with old friends and meet some new ones. There will be a make your own sundae bar, so they are seeking volunteers to lend an extra hand. Sign up online. Note earlier start time of 6:30 (30 minutes earlier than typical OIPA meetings). All are welcome. Free.
Wed., June 13, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., June 13, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Fri., June 15, 6:30-8 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Kids ages 8-18 will perform rock and roll classics from all eras and genres in theirSchool of Rocklive show. Free.
Fri., June 15, dusk,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hostsGuardians of the Galaxy as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. The movie will start following the Summer Kickoff event. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sun., June 17, 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, speciality 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 Chicago Animal Care and Control. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., June 18, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., June 20, 11 am, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long (Parking/Entrance at Berteau/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., June 20, 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 the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., June 21, 3-7 pm, 6417 W. Irving Park.School’s out for the summer! Join Youth Outreach Services for theirOwn the Summerevent. There will be food, activities, games, prizes, a DJ, and so much more! More info: 773-777-7112.Free.
Thur., June 21, 5:15 pm, Location TBD. Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association 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: Facebook.Cost of purchases.
Thur., June 21, 5:30-6:30 pm,Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Bring your litte ones to the playground for some fun music that will get them grooving during Movin’ to the Music at Athletic Field Park. Free.
Thur., June 21, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Thur., June 21, dusk, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Friends of Portage Park host a Wonder Womanas a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Bring your family, friends, snacks, and blankets to enjoy this family-friendly favorite.Make sure to come dressed as your favorite super hero! Free.
Fri., June 23, 10 am-12 pm, Sulzer Library, Community Room, 4455 N. Lincoln. Liz Houtz hosts a Helping Feral Cats Near You workshop. Learn how to trap, neuter, and return (TNR) community cats using humane traps. More info: email organizer or call 773-898-9899.Free.
Fri., June 23, 1-10:30 pm,Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark. The music event of epic proportions returns! Join the Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago Police Department forRock The Badges VI. This first responder charity fundraiser will feature a candlelight vigil honoring CFD Juan Bucio and CPD Paul Bauer. Tickets and more info: online. $10.
Sun., June 24, 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 card accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., June 24, 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.
Mon., June 25, 2-4 pm, Dickinson Playlot, 4101 N. Lavergne. Enjoy storytelling, music, movement, and nature play rooted in neighborhood stories duringArtSeed. Young people and their families are invited to explore the stories and legacies of Chicago based artists and imagine the creative possibilities in their own neighborhood.Free.
Tue., June 26, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., June 27, 2-4 pm, Dickinson Playlot, 4101 N. Lavergne. Enjoy storytelling, music, movement, and nature play rooted in neighborhood stories duringArtSeed. Young people and their families are invited to explore the stories and legacies of Chicago based artists and imagine the creative possibilities in their own neighborhood.Free.
Wed., June 27, 6:30 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Guest speaker Karina Gil from Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center will host aKeeping Your Child Safe: Understanding and Preventing Child Abuseseminar. The presentation will be conducted in Spanish. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., June 27, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., June 27, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Guest speaker Sara Moskowitz from the Citizens Utility Board will speak about ComEd and their “real time pricing” and pushy electric companies wanting your business. Free.
Thur., June 28, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.