Please be advised that in observance of the Easter holiday, my office will be closed on Saturday, March 31. It will re-open on Monday, April 2, at 9 am.
Consider patronizing a local restaurant to enjoy Easter brunch this Sunday. Local favorites, such as Fannie’s (5040 W. Montrose) and Community Tavern (4038 N. Milwaukee), have special menus to celebrate the holiday. Other local restaurants, such as Elly’s Pancake House (5310 N. Milwaukee) and Shila’s Restaurant (3938 N. Cicero), have delectable items on their menu sure to please any palate.
When you shop in our community, your money stays in our community – helping support your neighbors and increasing the vibrancy of our neighborhoods.
$94 Million in Property Tax Refunds Available
The Office of the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, announced that property owners can recover $94.1 million in overpayments on the Cook County Treasurer’s website
Because refund claims often are disputed among different payers – including mortgage companies, banks, buyers, and sellers – the application requires proof that the refund applicant paid the taxes.
The Cook County Treasurer’s website has been updated so property owners can either search by address or Property Index Number (PIN) and get an instantaneous response for available refunds going back 20 years.
To check if you are entitled to a refund:
- Go to the Cook County Treasurer’s website
- Select “Your Property Tax Overview”
- Search by address or by PIN
- Look for the results under “Are There Any Overpayments on Your PIN?”
- Complete the online application if you believe you are entitled to a refund
By Illinois law, the total annual payout of refunds that arose before 2009 is capped at $2.5 million. The money available for refund has been distributed to taxing districts. If a refund is granted, the Treasurer’s Office recovers the money from the appropriate local government.
Schurz Mini Maker Faire Applications Due April 3
The popular Shchurz High School Mini Maker Faire returns on May 5!
This popular event draws families from throughout Chicago to the neighborhood to see the unparalleled festival showcasing the creativity and innovation of artists, musicians, inventors, crafters, scientists, hackers, technophiles, and more.
The Makers Faire is accepting applications for exhibitions through April 3. Visit the Maker Faire website to learn more about the festival and to apply.
Olive’s Garden For the Hungry Fundraiser April 7
Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry is hosting its annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 7, from 3 to 6 pm at Rabbit’s Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster. There will be raffles for items donated by local businesses, and a cash prize!
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.
Contact Andy at email@example.com or at 773-502-4651 to buy raffle tickets, donate a prize, become a sponsor, or for more information.
Six Corners Community Spring Clean Up April 7
Join the Six Corners Association and 2112 Chicago on April 7th for their annual Community Spring Clean Up!
Community volunteers will pick up trash, clean sidewalks, and spruce up landscaping around the Six Corners area. All community members are encouraged to participate.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and boost the neighborhood’s overall attractiveness for residents, customers, and visitors.
The morning of Saturday, April 7, at 9:30 am, volunteers will meet at Lydia Home, 4839 W. Irving Park, for coffee, donuts, and supplies. Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothing that can get dirty and bring work gloves. Volunteers will work until roughly 12:30 pm.
More information is available at the Facebook event.
Jefferson Park Forward Pub Crawl April 14
Bar crawlers will meet at Jefferson Inn, 4874 N. Milwaukee, at 2 pm, where they will then make their way through Jefferson Park, visiting a handful of neighborhood bars along the way. The pub crawl will end at Hops and Barley, 4359 N. Milwaukee. Crawlers will spend approximately one hour at each bar before moving on to the next location. Some bars, including Babe’s and Jefferson Inn, are cash only, so please plan accordingly.
In past years, Jefferson Park Forward has raised over $1,000 for local charities including Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry and Chicago Canine Rescue. This year, JPF has chosen to raise funds for The Gift Theatre so they can continue nurturing the arts in Jefferson Park.
Tickets cost $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. The event will take place on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 2 pm. More information on participating bars, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities is available at the Jefferson Park Forward website.
Save the Date – Child Safety Seminar April 17
16th District Police are hosting a seminar entitled Keeping Your Child Safe: A Conversation about Sexual Abuse and Internet Safety. The seminar is Tuesday, April 17, at 7 pm, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Speakers will include Det. Charles Hollendoner of the Special Investigations Unit, and retired social worker Tom Plach.
I hope you’ll be able to make it to this important seminar on protecting our children.
National Veterans Art Museum Spring Ice Breaker April 18
Join the National Veteran Art Museum (NVAM) for their fourth annual Spring Ice Breaker.
This annual fundraiser is a meet and greet aimed at engaging the community with the museum to continue supporting veteran artwork. Proceeds collected from the event will directly support NVAM and its mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit art created by veterans and inspired by combat.
This year’s event will be on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.
Annual Clean & Green April 21
Join your neighbors for Chicago’s annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 10 am on Saturday, April 21. This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to pitch in to help beautify our neighborhoods.
This year, we will be focusing on the following areas in the 45th Ward:
- Along Avondale from Lawrence to Laramie and nearby areas (e.g. Transit Center)
- Along Avondale between Pulaski and Irving Park
- Under the Irving Park Blue Line viaduct
In addition to the supplies available at my office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags. Please bring your own work gloves and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
To sign up, contact my office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 286-4545 by Friday, April 13.
Hands to Help Trivia Night April 28
Hands to Help Ministries is hosting their annual Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm in the gym at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Harding.
Hands to Help Ministries works with our most vulnerable neighbors on the Northwest Side: those on the brink of becoming homeless and those that already are homeless. This community event and fundraiser will continue to support services and activities that break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Individual tickets cost $50 in advance online or $60 at the door. Tables that seat up to 8 people are available for $400, which includes a bottle of wine.
More information and tickets are available to purchaseonline.
Beaubien Spring Fling April 28
Beaubien Elementary is hosting its annual Spring Fling fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Biagio’s, 4242 N. Central.
Enjoy and evening full of delicious appetizers, dinner, dessert, and raffle prizes, including a 7-9 vacation at the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua (valued at $2,100). The event will also include a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items including experiences, memberships, and tons of other goodies.
Can’t attend or feeling extra generous? Organizers are still accepting donations – gift cards of any amount are welcome as in-kind donation. Join local businesses such as Distinct Bath & Body, the Filament Theatre, and Backlot Coffee in supporting one of your local public schools.
Jumping Jack Application Now Open
Jumping jack applications for the 2018 season are now open. The Jumping Jack Program only operates on Saturdays and Sundays from May 28th through August 28th and is determined on a first come, first served basis. Applications must be completed onlineand will not be accepted in paper form, email, or fax.
More information on block parties is available at my website.
Street Sweeping Schedule Now Available
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will begin their residential street cleaning schedule starting in April. Street cleaning runs through November.
The city hangs bright orange temporary parking restrictions the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin. Those who fail to move their vehicle between the restricted hours, between 9 am and 2 pm, will be eligible to receive a $60 ticket.
The street sweeping schedule is available to view at the 45th Ward Map. This handy tool also has recycling pick-up dates, beat maps, and more useful information for 45th Ward Residents. The map is also available to view on the homepage of the 45th Ward website.
Volunteer for the 2019 Participatory Budgeting Cycle
After our largest voter turnout from last year’s cycle, my office and our Participatory Budgeting volunteers are gearing up for another round!
Participatory Budgeting provides a unique opportunity to determine how your tax dollars are spent on various infrastructure projects throughout the neighborhood. It is most effective when community members are engaged in the process. It is a rewarding experience to see in a tangible way how your efforts and vote can make a big difference in your community.
We are always seeking new volunteers to help the process and provide additional perspectives throughout the cycle. If you are interested in joining a dedicated team of community members to affect substantive change in your ward, email my office at Ward45@cityofchicago.org or call (773) 286-4545 and ask for Leslie.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open Thru May 21
The City of Chicago’s One Summer program will return this summer, providing the city’s youth with over 30,000 jobs and internships this summer. Now through May 21, youth ages 14 to 24 can apply online.
The One Summer program connects Chicago’s youth with valuable work experience, helping them realize their full potential and work towards a brighter future.
Learn more and apply online.
Silver Star Banner
The Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs is seeking applicants for the 2018 Silver Star Banner Program, which recognizes service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone.
Interested service members and veterans must meet the following requirements:
- Any Armed Forces personnel either currently serving honorably or those who have served honorably from ANY war; or
- Any Armed Forces personnel that has been wounded or contracted a serious illness and could be rated at least 10% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. All wounds, injuries, or illnesses must have originated in a war zone.
Those interested must complete a Silver Star Service Banner request form, available online. Applicants must also include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred. The request form must be signed and returned to the Cook County Office of Veteran Affairs no later than Friday, May 11.
Questions can be directed to Bill Browne via email atBill.Browne@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-6423.
Citizen Police Academy
Do you have a strong connection to your community and want to make a difference? Apply to join the Citizen Police Academy.
The spring session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin on April 10, and will run for ten weeks through June 12.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for individuals with strong community ties who will be good ambassadors for the department. Participating citizens will receive a condensed version of CPD recruit training.
Classes meet every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Education and Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson. Participants are required to commit to attending at least 8 of the 10 sessions.
For more information or an application, please contact the 16th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4521 or atCAPS.email@example.com. Those interested in the 17th District can contact the 17th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4588 or at CAPS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Now Open
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and stated Earned Income Tax Credit alone, and that’s not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.
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 18 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 2017 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2018. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
The closest sites for 45th Ward residents are:
Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett
- Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, through April 13 (closed March 30); and
- Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, through April 14 (closed March 31)
Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central
- Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, through April 13 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins
- Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, through April 9 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 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 theTax Prep Chicago website.
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Sat. March 31, 10 am-12 pm, Grace Covenant Church, 4201 N. Monticello.Prepare for the holiday during anEaster Craft Party. More info: emailTroy Cady. Free.
Sun., Apr 1, 8, 9, & 11 am, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Enjoy coffee, treats, and an Easter Egg Hunt following each service at St. John’s Episcopal.Free.
Tue., Apr 3, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your neighborhood at the monthlyGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Tue., Apr 3, 10:30 am-7 pm,Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Hall, 5500 N. St. Louis. The Green Conservation Group invites you to attend the 3rd Annual Green Initiatives Conference. More info: online. Free.
Mon., Apr 9, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., Apr 11, 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., Apr 11, 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.
Thur., Apr 12, 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. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Sat., Apr 14, 11 am-12 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. Children up to age 12 are invited to Sensory Story Time. Build literacy skills and engage your senses with books, song, and play. Designed to work for kids with special needs.Free.
Mon., Apr 16, 6:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.NEIU Varsity Band hosts a Big Band Concert.Free.
Mon., Apr 16, 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., Apr 18, 11 am-12 pm,Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. 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., Apr 18, 6:30 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Join neighbors and friends for theNational Veteran’s Art Museum Spring Icebreaker. Catch up with friends, generate support, and raise awareness for veteran-made fine arts in the community. More info: online.$20/advance.
Wed., Apr 18, 7 pm, 17th District 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., Apr 19, 1-4 pm, 17th District Police Station, Parking Lot, 4651 N. Pulaski. The 17th District Police Station is hosting a Shred-A-Thon. Bring old sensitive documents and help prevent identity theft. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Apr 19, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Apr 21, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Kym Frankovelgia. More info: call June at 773-267-1774 or Priscilla at 312-806-5168.
Sat., Apr 21, 2 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Join in for a spirited Sing-A-Long. Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artist Mary Peterson and Linda Smith will take participants on a journey of tunes. Free.
Tue., Apr 24, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Apr 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Financial Literacy: Managing and Protecting Your Assets seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Wed., Apr 25, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Guest speaker Laura Bare, financial planner, will discuss saving for retirement, saving for a new home,. saving for college, paying down student loans, and in what order. Free.
Wed., Apr 25, 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., Apr 26, 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.
Sat., Apr 28, 10 am-2 pm, O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard St., Skokie. The MWRD and DEA are partnering to host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Bring your human or pet meds to safely dispose of them during this event. Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 2 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Relive a time when radio was king during anOld Time Radio Classics Live.Those Were the Days Radio Players from Norridge will perform famous radio skits. Free.
Sat., Apr 28, 7 pm, Irving Park Lurtheran Church, Gym,4057 N. Harding. Support a local non-profit that helps our most vulnerable neighbors by attending theHands to Help Trivia Night Fundraiser. More info: online.$50/advance individual; $60/individual at the door; $400/table that seats 8 and a bottle of wine.
Sun., Apr 29, 10 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center, Annex Space, 5214 W. Lawrence. TheJefferson Park Sunday Markethosts their final winter market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There is even a cash bar to make your brunch a little more interesting.Cost of purchases.