Get your Fringe on this weekend! Join the Chicago Fringe Festival for their annual Festival Lottery Party. They will be celebrating and announcing the final list of artists and organizations that will be performing in the 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival.
The Lottery Party will be from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM this Saturday, March 4, at Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose.More information is available online.
Please be aware that in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day, my office will be closed Saturday, March 4, through Monday, March 6. We will reopen on Tuesday, March 7 at 9 am.
Refuse Collection Schedule for Pulaski Day Holiday
In observance of the Pulaski Day holiday, please be aware that the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of March 5.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will collect all refuse Tuesday through Friday. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection.
Waste Management will collect recycling Monday through Friday according to their regular schedule.
For information regarding your regular collection day, you can email my office or call 773-286-4545.
Support Chicago Special Olympics & Watch Me Jump in the Lake
This Sunday, I’m participating in the 17th Annual Polar Plunge!
Help support the athletes of Special Olympics Chicago by making a tax-deductible donation online. Any amount is appreciated, and your donation can make a big difference in the lives of these athletes by connecting them to equipment and opportunities.
For more information on how you can participate in the Polar Plunge, please visit Chicago Polar Plunge’s website.
If nothing else, you get to tell an alderman to go jump in a lake.
Thanks for your support!
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District has reported several burglaries in Jefferson Park that occurred during the month of February.
During the incidents, the unknown burglars broke into apartments and homes through windows and doors. They then stole jewelry, cash, and other miscellaneous items. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5200-block of West Berteau between 12 PM and 4 PM on February 9;
- The 4200-bock of North Parkside at 3:20 PM on February 15;
- The 4000-block of North Mason between 2:45 PM and 3 PM on February 15;
- The 4900-block of West Hutchinson at 3:30 PM on February 16; and
- The 4100-block of North Long between 2:15 PM and 2:45 PM on February 24.
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.
Tacos and Board Games Rescheduled to March 11
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.
Sewer Main Replacement
The Department of Water Management (DWM) will begin to install a new sewer in Peterson Avenue (from Nagle to Melvina), in Melvina Avenue (from Peterson to Milwaukee), and Milwaukee Avenue (from Melvina to Holbrook). The old sewer dates back to 1917 and needs to be replaced.
When crews are working in the street, they may close or limit it to 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 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.
DWM and my office 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 your street.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-502-4651 to buy raffle tickets, donate a prize, become a sponsor, or for more information.
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.
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 will 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 mentor online.
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.
Macbeth Comes to Six Corners
All Stars Theatre Company takes the audience through the story of the detrimental effects of power hungry political ambition in their rendition of Macbeth.
This murderous tale, directed by Ellen Cribbs, will be featured at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, through March 5.
View the event online to purchase tickets and view showtimes.
Join the Art Side Out Parade Club
You’ve seen their unforgettable costumes before in parades. Well, now you can get in on the action!
Meet neighbors, tap into your creative side, and have a ball by joining the Parade Club. Learn more and sign up online.
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 email@example.com or call 773-599-0502.
Request for Qualifications Extended to March 10 for 50×50 Year of Public Art Project
2017 has been declared as the Year of Public Art. As such, the city is seeking artists for a 50×50 public arts project.
The 50×50 initiative was inspired by Chicago’s 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of two of the city’s most iconic public artworks – the Picasso in the Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect, which once stood on the South Side.
Artists – including painters, photographers, and sculptors – interested in brightening and enhancing the city are invited to submit their qualifications for the project online. The RFQ application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 10.
More information on the Year of Public art -including a year of exhibitions, performances, tours, and other public events – can be found at the Department of Cultural Affair’s and Special Event’s website.
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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Sat. Mar 4, 6:30-10 pm, Luther North College Prep, 5700 W. Berteau. Join neighbors and friends for the chance to win a $500 cash prize during aTrivia Night. 21+. More info: online.Table/$250.
Sun., Mar 5, 12-5 pm,4447 N. Lowell. Join neighbors for theMcNulty/Kelly Corned Beef Dinner.Cost of purchases.
Tue., Mar 7, 11 am,Community Room atthe 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn about victims’ rights during a Domestic Violence Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Mar 7, 2-3 pm,17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Faith leaders from all religious communities are invited to a Faith Leaders Meeting to discuss strategies for bringing peace and unity to our neighborhoods. More info or RSVP: Call 312-742-4588.Free.
Tue., Mar 7, 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 Committee Meeting. Promotions meets at 6:30 followed by design at 7:30. Free.
Tue., Mar 7, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during aGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Wed., Mar 8, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. The City of Chicago protects its most vulnerable residents by requiring persons and businesses that offer immigration assistance to obtain a license, to provide disclosures to customers, and limit the services the business may offer. Learn more about this during theImmigration Assistance for Businesses and Consumers workshop. Register:via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Mar 8, 7 pm,Athletic Field, 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.
Thur., Mar 9, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Room CL 115. Learn about budgeting your income, manage your credit and debit, and building and protecting your assets during aFinancial Literacy: Managing and Protecting Your Assets seminar. Guest speakers: Charles D. Johnson. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., Mar 10, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn how to capitalize on your company’s intellectual property during a Keep Your Ideas Yours – Protecting Yourself with an IP Strategy workshop. Register:via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
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, 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.
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.
Thur., Mar 16, 7 pm, TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly 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 a Spaghetti Dinner.$5/kids 5 and under, $7/6 and older.
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.
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.
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.
Wed., Mar 22, 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 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.