Join neighbors, friends, and family this weekend for the seventh annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners. Gates open at noon on Saturday and close at 10 pm. On Sunday, gates open at noon and close at 9 pm.
Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into a beloved backyard bar-b-que with sizzling charcoal grills, summer-sweetened lemonade, and red checkered table cloths freckling the city’s sidewalks. This year they’re shaking things up a bit by offering a roller rink, classic lawn games, giant Jenga, and more.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes as this year’s festival will feature music from the legendary Lurrie Bell, Antony and the Tramps, Junkyard Groove, and more!
For more information, view the event on Facebook. I hope to see you there.
Avondale & Kedvale Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting in July, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along Avondale from Irving Park to Kedvale and along Kedvale from Avondale to Grace. The old water main dates back to 1891 and needs to be replaced.
With crews working in the street, they may close or limit 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 work 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.
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 these projects 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, please register for the WaterALERT program online. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this water main replacement is 1701022.
By signing up for the 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.
Street Resurfacing Plans for This Year
With construction season in full swing, I wanted to update you on the streets tentatively planned for resurfacing this year.
Those include 3900 N. Lamon, 5500-5600 N Luna, 5900 W. Strong , 5100 W. Strong, 5100 W. Winona, 5400 N. Long, 5700-5900 N. Mulligan, 4200 N Lamon, and 4800 W. Dakin. This is in addition to streets being resurfaced due to water or sewer work, and those streets left over from last year’s budget.
Please be patient ask crews complete this important work this construction season, and please report pot hole locations to my office or 311.
Public Artwork Meeting for Addison and Irving Park Blue Line Stations Scheduled for June 12
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Addison and Irving Park Blue Line stations on Monday, June 12, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Independence Park Field House, 3945 N. Springfield Avenue.
Francesco Simeti was selected by the Chicago Transit Board to create a site-specific installation at the Addison Blue Line station. He is known for creating thought provoking imagery using wallpapers, sculptures, and 3D collage. His work has been featured both nationally and internationally – including in Brooklyn, London, Milan, Finland, Rome, and more.
Dan Devening was selected to create the artwork installation at the Irving Park Line station. Devening is a curator, artist, and Adjunct Professor of painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since the mid 1980’s, his paintings and works on paper have been featured nationally and internationally.
The installation of the new artwork at both stations will add value to the station, community, and enhance the experience of daily commuters. The anticipated installation date is 18 months from the community meeting. I hope you will join me in providing input to guide the direction of both of these projects.
Host an International Young Professional or Student
Do you enjoy showing guests around Chicago? Want to get your kids more globally-engaged? Consider becoming a homestay host.
WorldChicago seeks short-term homestay hosts for 33 visitors this summer. Home hosts provide a bed, meals, and a glimpse into everyday life in America. Visitors take part in workshops, service learning and peer-to-peer learning weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, with evenings and weekends free to spend with their hosts.
One of these opportunities is the 2017 U.S. Department of State Iraq Young Leaders Exchange Program, which runs from July 20 to August 3. The program features 14 Iraqi high school students who were selected for this distinguished program through a competitive, merit-based process.
Additionally, six Ukrainian parliamentarians are looking for hosts July 20-26 as part of the Open World Program, and 13 students from the United Kingdom are looking for hosts August 13-21 through the UK Youth Dialogue Program.
Red-Light Camera Community Meeting June 14
There will be a community open house to discuss a CDOT plan to install two additional red-light cameras in the 45th Ward. It will take place on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Representatives from the Chicago Department of Transportation will be present to get community input on the potential relocation of red-light cameras at the intersections of Milwaukee Avenue/Central Avenue and Foster Avenue/Northwest Highway. Pending community input, the Department of Transportation plans on installing two cameras at each intersection.
There will be no formal presentation made at this meeting, rather residents are encouraged to stop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. CDOT representatives will be available to discuss the issue with individuals and answer questions about the location selection process and operation of the red-light system.
Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association Pub Crawl
Mingle with neighbors and support local businesses during Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association’s inaugural Pub Crawl on Thursday, June 15.
Crawlers will meet at Vaughn’s Pub, 5485 N. Northwest Highway, at 5:15 PM. From there, they will make their way to Jimmy Mac’s, 5581 N. Northwest Highway, and then crawl up to Highway House, 5653 N. Northwest Highway.
A $20 ticket will get you a t-shirt, food, raffles, and drink specials. Make sure to purchase your’s today at at the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association website.
Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting June 19
What’s your vision to improve the Jefferson Park station area? What types of amenities and uses would you like to see? Consider pedestrian crossings, signage and plazas, restaurants, housing, and stores.
Join my office and Teska on Monday, June 19, from 6-7:30 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence to learn more and share your input.
Ward City Sticker Sale June 30
On Friday, June 30, I will host a City Sticker Sale from 10 AM to 2 PM at my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
To purchase a vehicle sticker, you must bring your 2017 Chicago city vehicle sticker 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 vehicle stickers expiring June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle stickers 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 by via mail following instructions on the back of your renewal notice.
If you have any questions leading up to the sale, please email my office.
Help Homeless Veterans by Donating Basic Household Items & Toiletries
My office is partnering with Operation Help-A-Hero for the second annual donation drive.
There are currently hundreds of homeless veterans who live either 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 hundred of Chicago veterans who are homeless. All donations will be delivered to the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA)/ The VA will then distribute materials to qualifying veterans in need.
New, store bought items that will be collected include:
- Personal Hygiene Items such as bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine pads, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes;
- Kitchen & Cleaning Items such as plastic kitchen trash cans, Windex, Pine Sol, dish washing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, and paper towels; and
- Bathroom & Miscellaneous Items such as 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.
For more information on this program, please email my office.
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 June 26 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.
Garden Donations Needed at Irving Park Food Pantry
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun work on their herb garden for the new season. The garden -just outside the pantry’s door at 3801 N. Keeler – grows basil, chives, cilantro, mind, orgeano, parsley, rosemanry, and thyme.
They are seeking any donations of herbs and gardening materials or tools. They harvest the herbs weekly to include in their food distributions.
Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays between 9 AM and noon at the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Help Beard School Raise Money by Recycling Paper
Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.
Beard has placed a recycling bin on the school’s property in the parking lot on Natchez. If you have newspapers, magazines, or any other paper materials that need to be recycled, consider taking them to Beard School. This is an easy, free way to help give back to one of our local schools.
Filament Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is back with their popular summer camp for children ages 7 through 12!
August 7 through August 11, campers can create their own dream roles as they develop unique, never-before-seen performances. Jameson, a camper, said, “It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize — you are creating your own script so it feels more natural. It’s your own play and words.”
Receive a $25 gift certificate to a future Filament class or performance when you refer a new parent/guardian to register their child for camp. Learn more for rules and conditions at the Filament website. Register your child for summer camp online.
Flipped Summer Camp at Irving Park Lutheran Church
Are you looking for a fun summer camp for your child? Flipped at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine, is offering a 4-week curriculum summer camp starting July 31 for children aged 3 years old through 6th grade.
Each week, children will participate in arts and crafts, critical thinking activities, group games, and a weekly field trip. Snacks are provided, but children attending full-day camp will need to bring a sack lunch.
Pricing for half day camp costs $65/week and $120/week for the full day camp. There is also a $20 registration fee. Applications for flipped are available online. For more information, email Janeth at email@example.com.
Be a Part of Chicago Canine Rescue’s Art Unleashed Event
Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.
They are seeking your help in collecting various items so they can put on a great event and raise money to save more dogs.
CCR is seeking the following donations:
- Art set up supplies (easels, narrow set up tables)
- Food (They have a managing caterer, but are looking for as many culinary donations as possible)
- Beverages: wine, beer, alcohol, water, pop, club soda
- Music: live band and/or DJ
- Goodie bags and inserts
- Printing services
- Raffle prizes
- Silent auction items
- Auction paddles
- Sound system
If you’d like to donate an item, services, are interested in becoming a volunteer, or have a lead on any of these mentioned items, please firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you’re interested in attending the event, tickets are available to purchase online.
Help make this year’s event another howling success for the shelter pups!
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Fri., June 9, 6-11 pm, St. Bartholomew, 4910 W. Addison.Join the neighbors and the parish for the100 Year Anniversary Carnival. More info: call 773-286-7871. $50/4-day ride passes or $20/day.
Sat., June 10, 9:30 am, Addison and Avondale. Join the Addison & Avondale Mural Garden Committee for theirsecond work day of the growing season.
Sat., June 10, 9:30 am-12:30 pm,Gompers Park Lagoon, 4222 W. Foster. The 17th District Community Policing Office is sponsoring a Hooked on Fishing outing at the Gompers Park Lagoon. Event is open to kids ages 6 thru 13. Event limited to 60 kids, so pre-registration required. Bait, tackle, and snacks provided. Parking available at Keeler and Foster. Register: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., June 10, 4-11 pm, St. Bartholomew, 4910 W. Addison.Join the neighbors and the parish for the100 Year Anniversary Carnival. More info: call 773-286-7871. $50/4-day ride passes or $20/day.
Sun., June 11, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3801 W. Irving Park. Kick off another year of theIndependence Park Farmers Market. Expect a great season with your favorite farms and vendors returning. Music and other events at each market. Credit cards and LINK card accepted. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., June 11, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4820 N. Long.Kick off summer the right way by purchasing locally grown, fresh food at the first Jefferson Sunday Market. Some of your favorite vendors will be back with delectable selections and fun activities. More info: online.Cost of purchases.
Sun., June 11, 2-10 pm, St. Bartholomew, 4910 W. Addison.Join the neighbors and the parish for the100 Year Anniversary Carnival. More info: call 773-286-7871. $50/4-day ride passes or $20/day.
Mon., June 12, 7 pm, Basement of Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park.Learn how you can become more involved with the community by attending the monthly Old Irving Park Associationmeeting. Free.
Wed., June 14, 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 the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., June 15, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Fri., June 16, dusk, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. The Jefferson Memorial Advisory Council, the Silent Film Society of Chicago, and the Jefferson Park Sunday Market host a Movie in the Park. Bring your family, friends, snacks, and blankets to enjoy Charles Chaplin in “The Kid”. Free.
Sat., June 17, 11:30 am-1 pm, Chicago Animal Care and Control, 2741 S. Western. Check out the newly renovated dog pavilions and more during theChicago Animal Care and Control Open House. Free.
Sat., June 17, 9 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during a Peer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-742-4599. Free.
Sun., June 18, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long (Market is held on the corner of Irving Park and Long). Vendors gather on the SW 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. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., June 19, 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., June 20, 11 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during a Senior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., June 21, 7:30 pm, 17th District 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., June 22, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Managing Evictions and Code Violations: Useful Tools seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., June 23, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts Sing 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., June 24, 10 am, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.Celebrate summer with friends, family, and neighbors at aSummer Kickoff Party sponsored by the Independence Park Advisory Council. There will be crafts, a bounce house, music, and fun! Free.
Sun., June 25, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th 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. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sat., June 24, 10:30 am, Forest Glen Woods, 5400 N. Forest Glen. Join the North Branch Trail Alliance of Greater Chicago for theirInaugural Ride. The five-mile jaunt will include the 1.8-mile extension of the trail completed last year. More info: email the North Branch Trail Alliance. Free.
Sun., June 25, 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. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., June 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Park Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., June 28, 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. Free.