Six Corners and the Filament Theatre are hosting a Social after Six event featuring tacos and board games. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 11, from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. The event will be BYOB with tacos at $1 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, view the event online.
Hitch Elementary’s Annual Main Event on March 24
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll the night away!
The Hitch Elementary PTA is hosting their annual fundraiser, The Main Event, at Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee, from 6 PM to 11 PM on Friday, March 24.
This night of dancing, raffles, auction, dinner, and cheer is Hitch Elementary’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Tickets are $50 in advance or $75 at the door. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Erin Ravelingeen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Department of Aviation Career Fair
Learn about different career opportunities at O’Hare International Airport during a Chicago Department of Aviation community career fair. The career fair will be on Thursday, March 23, from 9 am to 1 pm at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett.
There will be representatives from various companies looking to hire individuals with airlines, cargo, concessions, construction, hospitality, security, and more.
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District has reported several burglaries in Jefferson Park that occurred during the month of February and March.
During the incidents, the unknown burglars broke into apartments and homes through windows and doors. They then stole personal property. The incidents occurred at:
- The 4400-block of North Laramie between 8 am and 7:50 pm on February 24;
- The 5300-block of North Leamington at 12:56 pm on February 28;
- The 5300-block of North Laramie at 2:02 pm on March 1; and
- The 5300-block of North Luna at 10:30 am on March 2.
Please be aware of this pattern of burglaries and alert your friends, family, and neighbors about these crimes. Please make sure to lock all windows and doors and be aware of individuals soliciting products or services on behalf of any governmental agency or utility company.
If you see any suspicious activity, call 911 and provide a detailed description, including any vehicle description, license plate information, and direction of flight if known. If you have any information about these break-ins, please contact the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Chicago PD Filming Notice
Universal Television, LLC will be filming scenes for an upcoming episode of the NBC television show Chicago PD on Tuesday, March 14. Please be aware of the following No Parking/Tow Zone signs that will be posted in order to park necessary vehicles and equipment for filming.
Signs will be posted from 8 PM Monday, March 13 through 6 PM Tuesday March 14, in the following locations:
- Both sides of Kostner from Irving Park to 4052 N. Kostner; and
- The north side of Irving Park from Kilbourn to Lowell
Signs will be posted from 9 Am to 9 PM on Tuesday, March 14, on the following streets:
- Both sides of Milwaukee from Agatite to Montrose;
- The north side of Montrose from Lavergne to 5150 W. Montrose;
- The south side of Agatite from Milwaukee to Lavergne; and
- The north side of Agatite from Milwaukee to 5054 W. Agatite
Please also be aware of the following full street closure onTuesday, March 14, from 9 am to 3 pm:
- Kostner between Irving Park an Berteau
Finally, please be aware of the following Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) from 5 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, March 14, in the following location:
- Milwaukee from Agatite to Montrose
Universal Television, LLC will work closely with the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department to ensure a safe and positive film experience.
Discuss Chicago’s Segregation Issue with Author Natalie Y. Moore
Chicago native, author, and WBEZ reporter Natalie Y. Moore is hosting a discussion of her book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation“. The discussion will be at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 14, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.
Moore will be joining the African-American book group at St. John’s to discuss her book. The book group is dedicated to reading and reflecting on classic literature surrounding the black experience in the United States to forge new conversations on race in America. In her book, Moore highlights the impact of Chicago’s historic segregation and ongoing policies that continue to perpetuate these systems today. “Segregation is crippling because it’s the common denominator in innumerable challenges in black communities, from housing to jobs to food access to education to violence,” she writes.
Copies of “The South Side” will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the March 14 event. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to read the book in advance, however, so as to participate more knowledgeably to the discussion.
Six Corners Spring Clean Up & Art Dedication
The Six Corners Association is hosting a Spring Clean Up & Art Dedication on Saturday, April 1.
Volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti, and report potholes around the shopping district.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community and boost the overall attractiveness of the neighborhood for residents and visitors.
Volunteers will meet on the morning of Saturday, April 1, at 9 am at 4041 N. Milwaukee for coffee, donuts, and supplies before hitting the neighborhood. Volunteers will clean up until about noon before heading to an art dedication ceremony.
Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and wear old clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty. More information regarding the Spring Clean Up is available online.
Olives Garden for the Hungry Needs Your Help
Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry is hosting its annual fundraiser from 3 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, April 1, at Rabbit’s Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards purchasing seeds, plants, and supplies for the upcoming growing season. The food grown in the garden helps serve 70-80 families per week at the Northwest Church of Christ’s food pantry.
Admission to the event is free and open to families and children. There will be raffles for items donated by local businesses and a cash raffle prize. Contact Andy email@example.com or at 773-502-4651 to buy raffle tickets, donate a prize, become a sponsor, or for more information.
Donate to the Irving Park Food Pantry to Receive Discount on Filing Income Taxes
Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, as again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every $20 contribution a client makes to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry during the month of March, Liberty Tax will offer a 50% discount on individual income tax return preparation fees.
The hours of operation are 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays. Call 773-286-6900 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Spring Programming at Chicago Parks Districts
Spring programs are under way at our local parks and registration is now open.
From baseball to gymnastics, the Chicago Parks District offers a diverse range of programs to keep you and your kids active.
You can view all programming and register at the Chicago Park District’s website.
Share Your Feedback on CTA Buses
Active Transportation Alliance has launched a new project focused on speeding up Chicago’s buses. Their goal is to promote near-term, low-cost bus service improvements to the city’s highest ridership routes. CTA is currently working with them in an advisory capacity, with the #80 Irving Park bus as one of the focus routes.
Active Transportation Alliance is in the early stages of this project and is seeking feedback. Please complete a brief survey to share your experiences with Chicago’s bus system.
More information about the survey and the campaign is available online.
Youth Can Share Best Cupcake Recipe to Win Scholarship
The French Pasty School (FPS) is launching an open call for best cupcake recipe and a caption on “What Inspires You to Bake” from youth throughout Chicago’s 50 wards to express their passion for pastry-making, baking, and the confectionary arts.
Twelve finalists will receive personal mentoring and coaching from FPS master chefs before they participate in May’s live competition, where one finalist will be awarded the Mayor’s Cup.
The winner of the inaugural cup will be awarded a French Pastry School scholarship valued at $23,700, along with other prizes and educational opportunities. The remaining finalists will also receive various prizes and awards.
In addition, one youth finalist from each of the remaining wards will receive a certificate recognizing them as their ward’s youth pastry essay winner for 2017.
To be considered, high school students ages 14-19 residing in the City of Chicago must submit their best cupcake recipe and an essay in 100 words or less on “What Inspires You to Bake”online.
Spring 2017 Environmental Leadership Training Series
The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2017 Environmental Leadership Training Series. Learn from community and environmental leaders about urban sustainability challenges and opportunities for change. Participants will also lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from the Nature Museum.
To participate in the training course, you must be an adult Chicago resident, attend an orientation, and submit an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, from 6:15-8:45 PM on Thursdays, April 27 thru June 15. A $125 fee covers covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.
To sign up for an orientation or to learn more, visit the Nature Museum’s website or call 773-755-5100 ext. 5039.
Chicago Scholars Seeking Mentors
Chicago Scholars is currently seeking dynamic individuals to serve as mentors to their academically ambitious students.
Chicago Scholars selects, trains, and mentors students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who whill transform their neighborhoods and our city. They provide college counseling, mentoring, and a supportive community to their students throughout their seven-year program.
Mentorship is the cornerstone of their program. Mentors guide students as they complete the college admissions process in their senior year of high school and successfully transition into their first year of college. Mentors offer advice, assist students with their college applications and essays, and encourage students to explore a wide range of colleges and careers.
Learn more about becoming a Chicago Scholars mentoronline.
Summer Internship Opportunity for High School Students
The Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI) is seeking high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in careers in investment banking, accounting, asset management, government, information technology, and architecture/engineering.
CSBI offers a six-week internship program providing hands-on experience working with top companies, non-profit agencies, and local government offices located in the Loop business district.
CSBI is hosting a free Job Readiness Workshop where prospective applicants can learn more about the organization and the six-week internship program. The workshop will be from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, March 18, at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle.
The application for the summer internship program is open. Applications must be completed online by March 31.
Help Vaughn Students get to D.C.
A special needs teacher at Vaughn High School is raising money to take students on a trip to Washington, D.C.
These students have a wide range of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, autism, emotional disabilities, physical disabilities, and more.
With many of the students coming from high poverty and high crime areas, this field trip presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Visit the GoFundMe page to make a contribution.
Metra Fare Study
Metra is conducting an online survey to ask customers, former customers, and prospective customers their opinion on a variety of potential faire and ticket options. These options include off-peak and reverse commuting prices, one-day and seven-day passes, loyalty programs, and other ideas.
Please take a moment to complete the survey and share your feedback.
Van Gogh Cafe Returns to Fannie’s Cafe
The popular immersive theater experience, Van Gogh Cafe, returns this March.
10-year-old Clara knows that anything is possible after ligthning strikes and the food starts to cook itself. After a neighboring possum displays magical powers, she doesn’t question if magic will happen – but when. This family-friendly production is appropriate for people aged 8 and older.
In the fall of 2016, the event sold out at Community Tavern. This time around, the Filament Theatre will partner with Fannies Cafe, 5044 W. Montrose, to offer audiences this unique experience.
Performances will take place March 11 through March 26. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children. The ticket price includes a prix fixe menu inspired by the story.
View the event online for scheduling information and to purchase your tickets.
Save the Date for Hands to Help’s Annual Trivia Night
Hands to Help Ministries is excited to announce they will be hosting their annual Trivia Night at 7 pm on Friday, April 28, at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. This community event and fundraiser will continue to support services and activities that break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Hands to Help is offering early bird pricing for this fun-filled evening. Purchase an individual ticket now for $45 each or a table (seats 8) for $350. The event has a history of selling out, so buy your tickets now!
For more information, email Gayle firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-599-0502.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Now Open
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit alone, not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers, however.
Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 19 sites across Chicago.
Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are:
- Mondays from 5 pm to 8:30 pm January 30 thru April 17;
- Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm February 3 thru April 7; and
- Saturdays 9 am to noon January 28 thru April 8; finally
- This location will be closed on February 20, April 14, and April 15.
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $31 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
For more information and to view additional locations, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
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Fri., Mar 10, 6 pm,City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero. Enjoy the blues of Lurrie C. Bell as he plays an acoustic set. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Mar 11, 12-1 pm, Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent.The Twice As Nice Moms support group for mothers of multiples is hosting aSpring Resale. Buy gently used and like-new clothing from newborn to size 10+. No strollers allowed.$1/general admission + cost of purchases.
Sat., Mar 11, 1-3 pm,Chicago Read MHC, 4200 N. Oak Park.The National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting an Open House Fundraiser for Chicago Read.Admission is free, contributions collected.
Sat., Mar 11, 1 pm-Midnight, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.Celebrate all things Irish at the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. Music, food, fun, and more! More info:online. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Mar 11, 7 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. Meet neighbors and play games during Game Night in Fellowship Hall. Free.
Mon., Mar 13-16, St. Bartholomew School, 4941 W. Patterson.It’s Spring Enrollment Week at St. Bartholomew School! See their classrooms in action. More info:online or 773-282-9373. Free.
Tue., Mar 14, 12-1 pm, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. Learn more about financial savings programs for which you may qualify during anExtra Help With Medicare workshop. RSVP: 773-724-6200. Free.
Tue., Mar 14, 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., Mar 15, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn how to become either a Mobile Food Dispenser or a Mobile Food Preparer licensed food truck operator during a How to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Mar 15, 5-9 pm, Mo Dailey’s, 6070 N. Northwest Highway. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support the Luther North College Prep Booster Club during a St. Patrick’s Day Party. 20% of food sales go to the booster’s club. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Wed., Mar 15, 7 pm,Community Room at the 16th District Police Station, 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.
Thur., Mar 16, 7 pm,TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forwardmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Fri., Mar 17, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Explore effective ways to integrate videoconferencing into your business model during a Better Business Through Videoconferencing workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Sat., Mar 18, 10 am-2 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. Listen to keynote speaker Laura Gutierrez Ramos of Nuevo Leon Restaurant, receive free assistance from business consultants, receive free resources for small businesses, and more during the Small Business Expo. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Mar 18, 6 pm,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin, Eastwood Entrance.Join neighbors and congregation members for aSpaghetti Dinner.$5/kids 5 and under, $7/6 and older.
Sat., Mar 18, 7 pm,The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park.The non-profitPatrick Lives On is hosting a Film Festival for Charity to raise awareness about gun violence. Tickets: online. $20.
Sun., Mar 19, 9 am,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin. Enjoy sweet treats and coffee during theSweet Table Bake Sale. Free samples and coffee. Accepting baked goods in Kernaghan Hall kitchen on Mar. 18 from noon to 3 pm. More info: email Trina Eifert or call 773-286-6240. Cost of purchases.
Sun., Mar 19, 3 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. The St. John Concert Series presents Mio Nakamura. Free.
Mon., Mar 20, 7:30 pm, Location TBA.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 8 am, LYDIA Home, 4300 W. Irving Park.Meet other businesses, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at thePortage Park Chamber of Commerce Monthly Networking Meeting. Registration required: email organizers. Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 11 am,17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Seniors are invited to meet officers during aSenior Citizens’ Meeting. Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 7 pm,Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during aWest Walker Civic Association meeting.Free.
Wed., Mar 22, 11 am-2 pm, 2102 W. Ogden, Room 1. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities presents a Discussion about Fire Safety and Tenants Rights. Register & more info:online. Free.
Wed., Mar 22, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn all the components of writing a comprehensive business plan during the How to Write a Business Plan – What You Need to Know workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Thur., Mar 23, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Learn how to protect your finances and identity, learn the laws and regulations that protect depositors, and learn about financial preparation for emergencies during a Safeguarding Your Savings: Best Practice of Banking Institutions. Seminar speakers: Mary Killough and Michael L. Taylor. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., Mar 24, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn about the Request for Proposals process, how to operate a business at the airports, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program during a How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Fri., Mar 24, 10 am-12 pm, 16th District Parking Garage, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th District police station is hosting aFree Child Car Seat Check. Make sure your child is safe and secure when you’re on the road. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Sat., Mar 25, 6:30 pm-Midnight, 4447 N. Lowell. Win great prizes during this luau themed Big Red Auction for St. Edwards. Cost of purchases.
Tue., Mar 28, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Mar 29, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Develop the right business etiquette for selling almost anything during a Learn How to Sell Products and Services Effectively workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Mar 29, 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.
Fri., Mar 31, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Get an introductory understanding of common tax issues that self-employed individuals often encounter during aTax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals and Businesses Workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Fri., Mar 31, 6 pm,Ridgemoor Country Club, 6601 W. Gunnison, Harwood Heights. Luther North College Prep invites you to an enjoyable evening to support the school during a 2017 Spring Auction. Dinner, open bar cocktail hour, cash bar following dinner. Tables available for groups of 8 to 10.RSVP online by 3/24. Auction sponsorships: emailLinda Lunt.$75/person.
Sat., Apr. 1, 8 am-12 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. Businesses may sponsor the event fro $25-$150 or by donating a silent auction item. Proceeds will benefit the church’s program, which includes space sharing arrangements with organizations like Jefferson Park Forward. More info and sponsorship packets: online. Email Jacki or call 773-283-5557 to purchase tickets. $5/ticket if purchased by 3/31, $7/door, free/5 and under.