As you are barbecuing, camping, and celebrating the holiday weekend, please take a moment to honor our fallen heroes who dedicated their lives to serving our nation.
In remembrance of the courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives serving in the military, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will host a Memorial Day event to reflect on their contribution to our country. NVAM uses artwork created by veterans as a medium to communicate the profound impact of combat on individuals who served as well as on society. The event will take place on Monday, May 28, from 1-3 pm at 4041 N. Milwaukee. There will also be open hours featuring the newly opened Artifacts exhibit from 11 am to 4 pm. A list of the full program is available at their website.
In observance of Memorial Day, my office will be closed on Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 29 at 9 am.
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.
NVAM New Exhibit: Artifacts
The National Veterans Art Museum’s (NVAM), 4041 N. Milwaukee, latest exhibit, Artifacts, is now open.
Artifacts examines the personal, cultural, and historical significance of objects that have specific meaning to those directly and indirectly impacted by war. Bringing together photography, sculpture, and installation, the pieces in Artifacts serve to expand the definition of “artifact” and examine the ways in which collected objects hold meaning and significance for people, societies, and history impacted by war.
The exhibit will run through September 22. To learn more, visit the NVAM website.
Refuse Collection Schedule for Memorial Day Holiday
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, please be advised that the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of May 27.
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 Tuesday through Saturday. To ensure recycled items are collected, residents should continue to put out blue recycling carts throughout the week according to their typical schedule.
You can view your regular refuse collection day and week of recycling collection at the 45th Ward map.
New Public Art in 45
The 45th Ward received new public art this week in Gladstone Park and at Six Corners.
The Six Corners Association sponsored “The Essence of Nature” by Janet Austin in partnership with Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. The sculpture, located in front of 4021 N. Milwaukee, celebrates nature in our urban environment.
Pictured: “The Essence of Nature”
Sterling Bay Development generously donated “Weighing-Scale of Nature” by Jorge Leyva, which was placed in the plaza area located at Northwest Highway and Central. This thought-provoking piece will serve as a catalyst to dialogue while activating a previously empty space.
Pictured: “Weighted: The Scales of Nature”
Both sculptures will remain in place for one year through the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. I hope you will take time over the long weekend to experience both in person.
Schurz High School Slated to Receive a New Athletic Field
My office has been working with Schurz High School, Friends of Schurz, adjacent neighbors, and other community members to retool the proposal for a new regulation-sized soccer field in what is now the muddy lot northwest of the school.
As you may recall after the last plans were discussed with the community, I committed to keeping Waveland open to vehicular traffic, and I remain committed to that. However, to accommodate the field and allow Schurz to play IHSA-regulation home games for the first time in its history, Waveland would need to be narrowed by a few feet, and Waveland will need to be one way heading from Milwaukee into the community.
In addition to the soccer field, the proposal includes a softball field, a running track, and exercise equipment. Those amenities would be open to the community during non-school use. No buildings or permanent stands are planned. Lighting will be engineered to prevent spillover from the field.
Schurz, as a high school, is improving greatly. With its STEM Grow Food Science Lab, International Baccalaureate program, Junior ROTC program, AVID college readiness program, Honors program, Career and Technical Education programs, after-school activities, and a growing athletic department, Schurz has made great strides.
This proposal is another step toward supporting our students and giving the community a sense of pride in their neighborhood public school. It’s another step on the path toward making Schurz one of the best neighborhood high schools in the city.
In the coming weeks, Schurz will host a public open house to offer more details on this plan. Ultimately, the community’s input from the last meeting allowed CPS to design a multi-use sports field that accommodates vehicular traffic and offers the quality amenities that allow our student athletes to compete at the highest level.
You can view the scope of the plans on my website.
Casa de Luna Grand Opening May 26
This newest addition to the neighborhood offers a traditional Mexican menu, sure to satiate any appetite.
At 2 pm on Saturday, Casa de Luna will host a Mariachi band to help celebrate bringing more dining options to the far Northwest side.
How Would You Spend $1 Million to Improve Your Neighborhood?
Every year, each alderman is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds — yes, there is literally a menu to spend on infrastructure. In most wards, this money is allocated by the alderman, with varying degrees of input from city departments, staff, and residents. The 45th Ward, however, uses a process called participatory budgeting to give power to our residents to make real decisions that affect their lives.
We are in the beginning stages of the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle and want to reach as many residents as possible to join in on the process.
Though the neighborhood assemblies have wrapped up, you still have two opportunities to submit an idea between now and Memorial Day.
1) Submit an idea online
You can submit an idea online via the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting Google Form.
2) Submit an idea at an idea box
Idea boxes will be located throughout the ward. The idea boxes will be placed in the following locations beginning late next week:
- Jefferson Park Branch Library (5363 W. Lawrence)
- Independence Park fieldhouse (3945 N. Springfield)
- Wilson Park fieldhouse (4630 N. Milwaukee)
- 16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee)
- Rosedale Park fieldhouse (6312 W. Rosedale)
- Gladstone Park fieldhouse (5421 N. Menard)
- Jefferson Memorial Park fieldhouse (4822 N. Long)
- Farnsworth Elementary (5414 N. Linder)
- Beard Elementary (6445 W. Strong)
- Hitch Elementary (5625 N. McVicker)
- Prussing Elementary (4650 N. Menard)
- Gray Elementary (3730 N. Laramie)
- Beaubien Elementary (5025 N. Laramie)
More information on participatory budgeting and projects that have won in the past is available on the PB45 website.
Thank you for pitching in to make your community better!
Discussions on Police Reform Scheduled
The Public Safety Committee of the City Council has scheduled five meetings across the city to gather input on how the Chicago Police Department should be reformed and how police misconduct should be handled.
Currently, there are four different ordinances pending before the City Council, all with differing degrees of community oversight of the department and discipline.
The meetings will be facilitated by Renee Haynie-Jackson, the founder and director of training and development for the Next Generation of Leaders, INC.
The meetings will be at:
- 6:30-8:30 pm May 29, at Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin;
- 6:30-8:30 pm May 31, at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett;
- 6:30-8:30 pm June 5, at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen.
I hope you can attend one of the meetings and make your voice heard on this critical issue.
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.
Aoife Gallagher Benefit June 3
Twelve-year-old Aoife Gallagher fights a debilitating disease called Leukodystrophy. Aoife’s form of the disease is so rare, only 250 people worldwide have been diagnosed. This neurologically degenerative disease has no cure.
Diagnosed more than 10 years ago, Aoife has lost the ability to walk and talk and depends on her parents and 10-year-old brother Fionn for her every need. After years of medical treatment, Aoife had a recent major setback that required intensive care treatment for more than three months.
Aoife is a student at Disney II Magnet School on Chicago’s Northwest side. Aoife’s father, John Gallagher, hails from Crossmolina, CO. Mayo, Ireland. Her mother is Margaret McIntyre, and her brother Fionn plays for the Windy City Gales Irish youth football team for which John coaches.
On top of the emotionally and physically intense years of medical procedures and extensive medications, this ordeal has resulted in a sizable financial burden for the family.
A benefit to support this resilient family will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 3-8 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, you can find a donation commitment form on my website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information and a list of answers to frequently asked questions, visit the CityKey website.
Friends of the Jefferson Park Library Book Drive and Sale
Jefferson Park Forward and Eden United Church of Christ have partnered with the Jefferson Park Branch library to host a book drive and sale.
Through May 30, you can drop off books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition at the Jefferson Park Branch library, 5363 W. Lawrence. The Friends of the Jefferson Park Library will then host a sale to help raise funds to purchase tables, bulletin boards, and CD holders for the library.
The sale will take place on Thursday, May 31, from 3 pm until 7 pm; on Friday, June 1, from 10 am until 4 pm; and on Saturday, June 2, from 10 am until 4 pm. Teachers can receive a special 50% discount on June 2 from 1 to 4 pm.
If you are interested in volunteering, they are seeking volunteers to set-up, help with the sale, and clean-up afterward. Those interested can sign-up at the Jefferson Park Forward website.
This is a great opportunity to build community while raising funds for our local library, support the environment by promoting recycle and re-use, and help promote a love of reading and learning.
Registration Open for Wresting Camp at Rosedale Park
Registration for wrestling camp at Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, is now open.
Children ages 8-11 years old are invited to learn about this great individual sport that can serve as a self-esteem booster. Basic rules and fundamentals will be introduced during the camp, as well as defensive and offensive techniques.
The camp will run August 13 thru August 17 from 9 am to 11 am at the park and costs $22 per child. More information and registration is available online.
Taft High School Foundation
The Taft High School Foundation, formed in 2015, is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 class of the William Howard Taft Hall of Fame. They are seeking nominations of Taft graduates who have achieved success in their fields of endeavor, as well their participation in high school and community activities. Outstanding Taft teachers (retired) are eligible for nomination, as well as Taft High School teams.
Any Taft or retired Taft teacher is eligible to participate. Information on the nomination process is available online.
Previous inductees include such notables as Jim Jacobs, co-author of Grease; Lynn Morley Martin, former Congresswoman from Rockford and Secretary of Labor; Jim Grabowski, University of Illinois Hall of Fame running back and Green Bay Packers first round pick; retired Rear Admiral Larry Marsh; Terry Kath, co-founder of the rock group Chicago; and more.
The Taft High School Foundation was formed to raise funds to create a better environment at Taft, to renew a sense of community among alumni, and to recognize outstanding alumni, teachers, and school teams.
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.
Host an AFS Exchange Student
AFS is looking for Chicago families to host foreign exchange high school students for the 2018/2019 school year.
As a host family, you will open your home and heart to a student who will become a member of your family. Host an AFS exchange student is a great way to enrich your family by sharing your daily life with a young person from another culture and country. It also allows you to introduce your city and culture to the student.
Students arrive with their own spending money, excellent medical coverage, and are looking forward to participating as active members of their host families, schools, and community.
There is no typical host family. Couples with or without children (any age), single parents, or single adults are all welcome to open their homes to a student.
AFS is looking for host homes for the following three students. You can choose which student you feel will be the best fit for your home:
- Hatice: Hatice is from Germany. She is cheerful and loves to learn, especially math and science. She has been playing soccer since she was 7.
- Samuele: Samuele is from Italy. He is social, active in scouting and a member of a local volleyball championship team.
- Pann: Pann is from Thailand. He is a top student, musical, and participates in academic competitions.
Three Brothers Garden Seeking Summer Intern
Photo Credit: Partners for Sacred Places
Are you a college student interested in environmental science, biology, or non-profit management? Do you like vegetable gardening? Do you like people? Do you need a fun summer job? Or, do you know someone who checks these boxes? Then Carlson Community Services’ Three Brothers Garden needs you!
Three Brothers Garden is an organic food pantry garden located on the corner of Pulaski and Belle Plaine. All produce grown in the garden is donated to the Irving Park Food Pantry. To be considered for the position, you must be able to work Tuesdays from 5:30-8:00 pm and be able to drop off produce Wednesday mornings by 9 am throughout the summer. You must have access to a car and a valid driver’s license for produce delivery to the Food Pantry, located at Grace and Keeler. You must be able to lift 20 lbs, be personable, and willing to get your hands dirty.
The position pays $12/hour. The slected intern will work 4-5 hours per week (part time) for 11 weeks or longer if able. If you’re interested or know someone who is, please send an email of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send a longer job description and application. The deadline to apply is June 1.
Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program
Our local real estate market has almost bounced back from the 2008 crash. A great way to ensure that you hold onto that value is by registering with the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program.
The program already collects a small tax from almost every residential property in the 45th Ward, but to be eligible, you need to have your property appraised and sign up. After 5 years, and as long as the property is well maintained, the program guarantees the value of your property from the time of the appraisal, except in cases where market conditions are impacting the entire city.
You can double check that you live in the program service area on this map. To learn more, call the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program at (773) 622-0700.
Thanks for reading,
Tue., May 29, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., May 30, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Featured speaker is Jeff Skrentny, leader of a dedicated group of restoration volunteers, in conjunction with the Forest Preserve of Cook County. He will give insights into LaBagh Woods’ diverse population of wildlife. Free.
Sat., June 2, 8:30-10:30 am,Wintrust Bank, Gladstone Park, 6336 N. Milwaukee.Protect yourself from identity theft during a Free Shredding Event. No plastic bags. Limit 3 paper bags/3 small boxes of shredding. Free.
Sun., June 3, 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 thePortage 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.
Tue., June 5, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community at the monthly GIPNA Board Meeting.Free.
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 the Jefferson 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, 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 Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., June 13, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Learn what you can do about crime during the1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th 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.
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 the Portage 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 the1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. 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, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
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 the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., June 26, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.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 the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Thur., June 28, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.