Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting a celebration of their new playground today, May 6, from noon to 3 PM, at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
There will be games, music, food, and giveaways. I will also be sponsoring a photo booth. Make sure to invite all your friends and family to join in on the fun!
While at the park, swing by the field house for the 10th annual Pre-Mother’s Day Fine Craft Fair. Over 30 artisans will be offering a wide variety of handmade materials including jewelry, furniture, clothing, and much more.
5150 Zoning Hearing Update
The LSC storage facility planned for the 5150 Northwest Highway development site has been the topic of plenty of impassioned debate in our community in recent months.
Since the proposal’s deferral at the March Zoning Committee meeting, I have met with Local School Council members, faith leaders, and many residents to discuss the proposed storage facility and housing for veterans, people with disabilities and working families. This is in addition to meetings with leadership at the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Park Forward, and Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association before the community meeting I convened on this proposal on Feb. 9.
I and my staff have worked hard in those meetings to assuage residents’ concerns about the impact of this development, laying out the $36 million program we negotiated to relieve school overcrowding, our game plan to address traffic and congestion in the area, and breaking down the steps we are taking and have already taken to ensure the area remains safe and well-policed.
While there have been voices both for and against, one thing has been made clear by all sides–we cannot stand for empty lots and vacant businesses for years to come. The question is how we move forward.
Over six years and two elections, I have expressed a vision for achieving this progress by filling vacant lots with housing in scale to its neighboring buildings, creating retail, parking and pedestrian improvements. That progress will not occur without reasonable density around the Jefferson Park transit core. Most of those developments are moving forward after discussion and compromise by stakeholders.
While development of any size raises concern over change, no development that I have worked on has seen this level of debate. For much of the vocal opposition, the concern is truly about the inclusion of affordable housing in the plan for 5150 N. Northwest Hwy., and unfortunately, a desire to keep people from certain backgrounds out of our area. This is a conversation I am eager to have–and one that speaks volumes about who we aspire to be as a city and a community.
I know many of you were eager to make your voices heard on this topic at the May 9 Zoning Committee meeting. However, I have asked Chairman Solis to convene a special hearing just on this proposal. This way, we can ensure as many voices are heard as possible.
While in the past, Zoning Committee discussion on this topic has been limited to the storage facility, I have asked Chairman Solis to allow constituents to discuss the issue that is clearly at the heart of the matter–the veterans and disability-accessible housing component of the proposed development.
I will also use this time to honor a last minute request for another meeting with several organizations who are currently opposed to the development, including Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association. Along with representatives of neighborhood and business organizations, that meeting will include veterans groups and disability advocates as we seek a workable solution. Chairman Solis has agreed to take part in this meeting to help us all come to a common understanding.
I believe we can sit down together as a community, listen to each other, and build solutions that work for us all–including homeowners, parents, veterans, our neighbors with disabilities and local business owners.
I’d like to thank Chairman Solis for his willingness to make an exception as we create space to pursue a realistic compromise that does not leave us with blight and stagnation. Below, you can read a note from him directly on this matter.
Whatever the outcome of these discussions, I hope we can all seize this opportunity to come together to have an honest, frank conversation about our shared values and vision for the future of Jefferson Park. I am thankful to all for what you do to stay engaged and active in our community.
“I would not normally allow for a special meeting like this, but for this unique case, I have agreed to honor Ald. Arena’s request. I applaud Ald. Arena for his efforts to make sure this sensitive issue is handled with care–and for his steadfast work to bring more accessible housing for veterans, people with disabilities and working families into his ward. I will be announcing the date for the special meeting at the May 9 Zoning Committee meeting.”
— Zoning Committee Chair Ald. Danny Solis (25)
Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12
Teachers work tirelessly to educate, shape, transform, and inspire students’ lives every day. During the week of May 8-12, make sure to say, “Thank You!” for all the time that they spend teaching, lesson planning, and nurturing their students.
Thank you, teachers, for your diligence to your work with students and meeting the constant demands to play different roles daily. Your efforts to educate each generation of learners is greatly appreciated and important to support a diverse and ever changing society.
However, appreciation of our educators needs to extend beyond just saying thank you. We need to continue to put pressure on Governor Rauner for fair funding of Chicago Public Schools.
Chicago children account for 20% of the state and residents pay 20% of the income tax that funds public education, yet our students only receive 15% of the state’s spending on education. Furthermore, in December, Rauner vetoed a bill that would have provided CPS with $215 million to help alleviate some of CPS’ pension burden.
The inequality of funding and the budget impasse at the state level disproportionately affects lower-income and minority children, and these effects over time compound. With lack of fair funding, teachers have to become more resourceful, creative, and inspiring to keep our students focused and interested in learning. Many teachers have learned to take on the challenging roles as caregivers, mentors, instructors, catalysts for change, community and educational advocates, while constantly learning the new demands in their profession.
So during Teacher Appreciation Week, please do take time to thank our educators for their determination and dedication in working with our students. But also take time to ask Governor Rauner to show his appreciation by passing a state budget that fairly funds Chicago Public Schools.
Jefferson Place Update
On the heels of the recent approval of the development at 5201 W. Lawrence Ave, I have an exciting update on the continuing progress in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson Park: the proposed Jefferson Place mixed-use building planned for 4849 N. Lipps, next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 18th.
As you may recall, the proposal for this vacant lot has been in the works for more than 5 years. After an extensive process of community engagement, the builder has adjusted the proposal to address feedback and concerns from area residents.
Throughout my 6 years in office, I’ve heard residents say loud and clear that they want me to work to breathe new life into downtown Jefferson Park, especially the blighted vacant lots. Jefferson Place is a critical component to achieving that goal. It will bring plenty of new regular customers for local businesses, all while minimizing the impact on our blocks of single family homes and two-flats.
This building will provide a type of housing that does not currently exist in Jefferson Park: elevator-served apartments with super-fast and convenient access to transit. This kind of building will attract residents wishing to downsize from single family homes once children move out, as well as young professionals who seek easy transit access to the Loop, O’Hare, and the suburbs beyond.
Here’s a rundown on the updated Jefferson Place proposal:
- The modern tower will offer 114 apartments. These apartments will all be 1- and 2-bedroom, so we do not anticipate a significant impact on our local schools. Twelve of the units will be offered at affordable rates per the city code.
- Because it is adjacent to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, residents and customers will also enjoy immediate access to the CTA Blue Line, UP Northwest Line, and 12 bus routes.
- Featuring 10,000 square feet of new retail space with the northern-most unit offering an outdoor patio perfect for a restaurant or cafe. This will help jumpstart the economic rebirth of Jefferson Park.
- Pedestrians will enjoy a beautified and streetscaped Lipps Avenue, with both sides improved at the developer’s expense. These improvements include new trees, bike racks, crosswalks, and a widened sidewalk at the north approach to the CTA station.
- 200 parking spots will be available for residents, businesses, and the adjacent Veterans Square office building. These spots are critical for the success of the office building across the street and for special event public parking for Copernicus Center, mitigating some of the parking that happens on residential streets during events.
- In response to community feedback asking that the developer cut down the massing of the building and at the recommendation of the Department of Planning and Development, apartments have now been shifted to the south end of the building, creating additional height at one end and decreasing height at the other. For much of the building, the roof is at the 6th floor. At the south end, the building is 15 stories with a rooftop solarium and deck. Although it increases the height of the building, it decreases the massing, per residents’ requests.
- The plan now includes a beautiful solarium and outdoor space above the 15th floor as an added amenity for residents. This is in addition to the already planned outdoor patio space for a commercial tenant on the ground floor.
- Today, this lot generates just $21,000 in property taxes each year. Upon completion, this building is expected to bring in more than $50,000 in sales tax revenue and between $275,000 and $350,000 in property tax revenue – most of which will go to our public schools – every year.
I’m excited about Jefferson Place, and I hope you are too.
I look forward to discussing this proposal with you at upcoming Ward Nights, most Tuesdays from 5-7PM at the 45th Ward Service Office, and to continuing to work together to revitalize downtown Jefferson Park.
How would you spend $1 Million to Improve Your Neighborhood?
Come to a neighborhood assembly to share your ideas and help decide how to spend YOUR tax dollars.
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 its residents to make real decisions that affect their lives.
We are in the beginning stages of the 2018 participatory budgeting cycle and want to reach as many residents as possible to join in on the process. You still have the opportunity to attend four (4) neighborhood assemblies, where we will gather infrastructure improvement ideas from stakeholders. Past ideas have included pedestrian refuge islands, the Independence Park playground, pedestrian bump-outs, and bike lanes along Milwaukee.
The neighborhood assemblies will take place on:
- Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;
- Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;
- Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and
- Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee
You can find more information on participatory budgeting in the 45th Ward online. I hope you will join me in working to improve our community!
Community Alert: Business Burglaries
The 16th District has reported several business burglaries on the northwest side during the month of April.
During the incidents, the unknown burglars entered businesses by kicking or prying open the front or rear door. In some cases, burglars broke windows to break in. Once inside, they stole money and other various items, including electronics and cigarettes. The incidents occurred at:
- The 4900-block of West Irving Park between 11 AM and 4:20 PM on April 22;
- The 5700-block of West Irving Park between 6 PM on April 27 and 7:35 AM on April 28;
- The 6200-block of West Belmont between 2:51 AM and 2:59 Am on April 28;
- The 3600-Block of North Harlem between 11:30 PM and 11:58 PM on April 28; and
- The 4300-block of North Milwaukee at 4:55 AM on April 29.
Please be aware of this pattern of crime and alert nearby residents. Business owners are advised to pay special attention to any suspicious groups loitering in the area and to install and maintain a working surveillance system inside and outside of the business.
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.
Lend a Green Thumb at Olive’s Garden for the Hungry this Sunday
The hops are growing, raspberries are in the ground, bees are trying to stay warm, and the load of black gold spread around. Olives Garden for the Hungry, on the southwest corner of Gunnison and Laramie, is ready for planting.
Novice and gardeners off all experience levels are invited to swing by on Sunday morning to help plant seeds. For more information, email GardenfortheHungry@hotmail.com.
Shred-a-Thon Scheduled for May 20
Need to shred old, sensitive documents? I’m partnering with Midway Moving to host a Shred-a-Thon.
You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 20, between 10 AM and 2 PM.
Independence Branch Library Community Meeting Scheduled for 6 PM on May 15
On Sunday, March 19, John Ronan Architects was unveiled as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Branch Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part of a unique agreement between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Public Library for a mixed-use development at the site. John Ronan Architects was recently the only Chicago finalist for the Obama Library.
After Independence Branch Library’s former location closed in 2015 due to smoke damage from a fire at the adjacent building, neighbors and supporters lobbied for a new and improved library. In October, it was announced that the library would have a new permanent home where the former Hollerbach Funeral Home was located.
A public meeting to gather community input on the final design will be on Monday, May 15, at 6 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.
Attend St. John’s On The Table Discussion
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner, is hosting a potluck dinner and discussion for Chicago’s annual On The Table conversations at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 16.
Over the past three years, tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents have come together to participate in On the Tabe, an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships, and inspire collaborative action across the region.
Friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues are invited to discuss mental health and addition. Nancy Little, St. John’s parishioner and Project Director at Thresholds, will lead the conversation.
Attendees are welcome to bring a potluck dish to share. Drinks will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please email email@example.com.
Jefferson Park CTA Public Art Meeting Rescheduled for May 31
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.
Jamie Pawlus was selected by the Chicago Transit Board for her renowned conceptual artwork that focuses on the urban environment. Her work has been exhibited in many places both nationally and internationally — including St. Louis, Kansas City, New York City, Indianapolis, and Cusco, Peru.
The installation of the new artwork will be installed in conjunction with a $25 million renovation scheduled for 2018, helping breathe new life into the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.
Enjoy a Unique Production of Ghostbusters while Supporting Chicago Fringe Festival
Support the Chicago Fringe Festival – coming to Jefferson Park August 30 thru September 10 – by attending a totally unique performance of Five/Fifths of Ghostbusters.
Five local theater companies will come together to reinterpret, redefine, and reimagine the classic film into one unforgettable show.
Tickets cost $35 if purchased before May 15 and are availableonline. After May 15, ticket prices raise to $40.The price includes two cocktails, food, and access to a special Chicago Fringe Festival board-sponsored wine raffle and silent auction. Last year’s event sold out, so make sure to secure yours today!
Schurz Mini Maker Faire
Schurz High School is bringing back the popular Maker Faire – a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.
From engineers to artists and scientists to crafters, the Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to showcase their hobbies, experiments, and projects. There will also be numerous DIY stations set up for participants to learn fun, simple, and engaging skills.
The event is open to families, students, and thinkers of all ages. Learn more about the greatest show (& tell) on earth at the North Side Mini Maker Faire website and then reserve your tickets online. If you’re interested in volunteering, email CNSmakerfaire@gmail.com.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. Glimpse into the future and get inspired!
Garden Donations Needed at Irving Park Food Pantry
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun work on their herb garden for the new season. The garden -just outside the pantry’s door at 3801 N. Keeler – grows basil, chives, cilantro, mind, orgeano, parsley, rosemanry, and thyme.
They are seeking any donations of herbs and gardening materials or tools. They harvest the herbs weekly to include in their food distributions.
Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays between 9 AM and noon at the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Help Beard School Raise Money by Recycling Paper
Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.
Beard has placed a recycling bin on the school’s property in the parking lot on Natchez. If you have newspapers, magazines, or any other paper materials that need to be recycled, consider taking them to Beard School. This is an easy, free way to help give back to one of our local schools.
Filament Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is back with their popular summer camp for children ages 7 through 12!
August 7 through August 11, campers can create their own dream roles as they develop unique, never-before-seen performances. Jameson, a camper, said, “It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize — you are creating your own script so it feels more natural. It’s your own play and words.”
Receive a $25 gift certificate to a future Filament class or performance when you refer a new parent/guardian to register their child for camp. Learn more for rules and conditions at the Filament website. Register your child for summer camponline.
Join the Art Side Out Studio Parade Club
Chicago is throwing a big kick off party for the completion of the Chicago Riverwalk on Saturday, May 20, with a variety of events from 9 AM to 9 PM.
Be a part of the fun by participating in the parade with Art Side Out Studio. They are looking for volunteers to walk down with their puppets starting at noon. Volunteers will meet at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 10:30 AM before heading to the parade.
Learn more and sign up at the Art Side Out Studio website.
Be a Part of Chicago Canine Rescue’s Art Unleashed Event
Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.
They are seeking your help in collecting various items so they can put on a great event and raise money to save more dogs.
CCR is seeking the following donations:
- Art set up supplies (easels, narrow set up tables)
- Food (They have a managing caterer, but are looking for as many culinary donations as possible)
- Beverages: wine, beer, alcohol, water, pop, club soda
- Music: live band and/or DJ
- Goodie bags and inserts
- Printing services
- Raffle prizes
- Silent auction items
- Auction paddles
- Sound system
If you’d like to donate an item, services, are interested in becoming a volunteer, or have a lead on any of these mentioned items, please firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you’re interested in attending the event, tickets are available to purchase online.
Help make this year’s event another howling success for the shelter pups!
Clothing Drive for Foster Children
The Mattress Firm at Six Corners, located at 4805 W. Irving Park, is hosting a clothing drive for foster kids May 5 through May 7.
Stop by during their business hours (10 AM to 8 PM Mondays thru Saturday, and noon to 6 PM on Sundays) to drop off clothing items for kids aged 0-12 years old.
SRB Community Spirit Garden
Join the SRB Community Spirit Garden (on the northeast corner of Higgins and Central) any or every Saturday during the growing season. You can swing by any time between 9 AM and 1 PM to practice your green thumb.
The SRB Community Spirit Garden is welcome to all who are interested in participating regardless of their level of gardening. They are looking to grow not only their garden, but the community too!
Make sure to like them on Facebook for more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest news on the garden.
Silver Star Banner
The Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs is seeking applicants for the 2017 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. Cook County Commissioners will honor the 2017 Silver Star Families of America at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 6.
Cook County Veterans Affairs is seeking service members and veterans to participate in the 20146 Silver Star Banner Program. Interested service members 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 in my office. 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 Veterans Affairs no later than Tuesday, May 16.
Questions can be directed to Bill Browne at via email at Bill.Browne@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-6423, or Audrey Mollo via email at Audrey.Mollo@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-2221.
Register Your Child for Summer Day Camp
Summer day camp season is almost here! Day camp runs June 26 through August 4, and late summer camps August 7 through August 18. Summer camp is a great way to keep your kids active, engaged, and safe throughout the summer.
Registration opens at 9 am on Monday, April 24 for parks west of California Avenue and at 9 am on Tuesday, April 25, for parks east of California Avenue. You can view camps now and start building a wish list before registration opens now at the Chicago Park District’s website.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open Thru May 15
The City of Chicago’s One Summer program will return this summer, providing the city’s youth with over 30,000 job and internship this summer. Now through May 15, 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.
This year’s One Summer Chicago will also link young men and women participating in Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) to jobs with After School Matters, one of the city’s leading youth employers and One Summer Chicago partners. Exposure to these programs has proven to reduce involvement in crime and to increase on-time high school graduation rates by nearly 20 percent. 2,000 BAM and WOW participants will have an opportunity to build on progress made during the school year with meaningful work opportunities this summer.
A new-and-improved application process will use a tiered matching process to pair youth
applicants with jobs, apprenticeships and skill-building opportunities based on their interest area and skill-level. New opportunities in 2017 include the Youth Arts Corps, enabling youth to contribute to public art projects as part of the city’s 2017 “Year of Public Art.” Returning this year are the traditional work and apprenticeship opportunities—including urban agriculture, bike repair, outdoor forestry projects—as well as office and clerical work.
This year’s program includes a new crowd-funding component, allowing the general public to donate funds to the mission of keeping youth safe and engaged in productive experiences during the summer months public a chance to support positive summer opportunities and safer communities through the OSC program, focusing on enhancements to four distinct program areas: neighborhood beautification, college access, youth-led anti-violence initiatives and summer opportunities and supports.
Sponsorship ranges from financing work supplies and transportation for participants, to major community beautification projects, like murals and planters; donations can also support FAFSA workshops for students and families, and stipends for books for first-time college students. A top tier donation can support an entire summer job to serve an additional youth in the program, and all donations made to the One Summer Chicago Fund will directly benefit the youth participants through added opportunities to contribute to their communities and build new skills.
Donations to the “One Summer Chicago 2017 Fund,” a fund of the McCormick Foundation, can be made online or by mail with checks payable mailed to: One Summer Chicago 2017, 23912 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1245.
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Fri., May 5, 6:30 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce presentsA Night at the Cabaret. There will be a raffle to help Hands to Help Ministries. Cocktails at 6:30 and a performance at 7:30. More info and tickets: online.$25/advance; $30/door.
Sat., May 6, 10-11 am, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Learn about proper vet care, socialization, and training tips for puppies at a Puppy Parents Workshop. Workshop is for humans only. There will be info on puppy training classes, though. Free.
Sat., May 6, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is hosting the 10th annual Fine Craft Fairjust in time for Mother’s Day. Email organizers if you’re interested in participating.Cost of Purchases.
Sat., May 6, 2 pm, City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero. Join neighbors for a Rent Party. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 7, 8 am-12 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church gym, 4057 N. Harding. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake extravaganza to support Boy Scout troop 863. Swedish pancakes, regular pancakes, lingonberries, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk. $10/adults; $6/children and seniors.
Sun., May 7, 9 am,City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero.Join neighbors for a Bluegrass Jam. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 7, 9 am-1:30 pm, Copernicus Center Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. Find great bargains during theCommunity Flea Market. Cost of purchase.
Sun., May 7, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market hosts their final Winter Market of the season in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 7, 10 am-3 pm, Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr.Join neighbors, friends, and family for a whole day of LDS Awareness and fun. Live music, face painting, food trucks, split the pot, balloon release, and more.Donations accepted.
Sun., May 7, 4-7 pm, Fannie’s Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose. Fannie’s Cafe partners with Keeler Gardens to host a Mother’s Day Garden Event. This is a unique opportunity to connect with nature and each other. Create a garden journal, get seeds, speak one-on-one with a chief horticultural specialist, and ask about plants you’d like to add to your garden. Cost of purchases.
Mon., May 8, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Learn about how you can become more involved with the community by attending the monthly Old Irving Park Association meeting.Free.
Tues., May 9, 10-11 am, Pope Francis Global Academy, South Campus, 6143 W. Irving Park. Learn how Pope Francis Global Academy will prepare your child for success in high school and beyond during a Tour and Information Session. Arrive early with your little one for a free Wolf Pups class from 9-10 AM. RSVP by 5/5 to Linda Garrett at 773-736-8806.Free.
Tue., May 9, 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., May 9, 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.
Tue., May 9, 7 pm,Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler.French organist Jean-Luc Guiionnet, who is part of a French jazz ensemble, will be performing in a series of Chicago events May 5-10. Everyone is welcome!Donations welcomed.
Wed., May 10, 7 pm,Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Thur., May 11, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Andrew Salata hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar.RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Thur., May 11, 7-8:30 pm, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N Pulaski. The 17th District commander and officers, representatives from OEMC, and many more join for aHispanic Outreach Community Beat Meeting. Resources, crime prevention tips, and establish community relationships with the police. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., May 13, 12-1 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Love animals, but don’t want the long-term commitment? Attend a Homeless Animal Foster Parent Workshop. Free.
Sat., May 13, 2 pm,City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero.Join neighbors for La Pompe, Gypsy Jazz. Cost of purchases.
Sat., May 13, 5 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Scott Alexander, Ph.D. and associate professor of Islamic studies, presents: Islam and Muslims in the Current Global Context: Moving Beyond Media Sound Bites. More info: 773-725-9026. Free.
Sat., May 13, 7 pm,Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.Local musicians come together and raise their voices in story and song for the fifth annual Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash. More info: online.$20/General Admission; $150/Benefit Table.
Sun., May 14, 10 am-2 pm, Fannie’s, 5040 W. Montrose. Treat your mother to unique Mother’s Day Brunch experience featuring live music from Gypsy Jazz Band Belleville and an all you can eat buffet of Fannie’s signature handmade items and Mother’s Day specials. More info: 708-320-2294.$15/adults; $8/kids.
Sun., May 14, 10 am,City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero. Join neighbors for Stan Champion. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 14, 4-7 pm,Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Six Corners Association partners with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for the 2nd annualYesterday and Today Walking Tour. More info: online. $30.
Mon., May 15, 7:30-9 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online.Free.
Tue., May 16, 11 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during a Senior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Tue., May 16, 7 pm,Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the West Walker Civic Association general meeting. Free.
Wed., May 17, 7 pm,16th District Community Room, 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.
Wed., May 17, 7:30 pm, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., May 18, 7 pm,Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm,Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.
Sat., May 20, 9 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during a Peer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Sat., May 20, 10 am, City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero. Join neighbors for a Rent Party. Cost of purchases.
Sat., May 20, 11 am-12:30 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Between April and October, thousands of kittens arrive at Chicago Animal Care and Control – many without a mom and too young to eat on their own. Learn more about how you can help bottle babies at a Keen on Deck Program workshop.Free.
Sun., May 21, 10 am-2 pm, Vaughn High School, 4355 N. Linder. Vaughn High School hosts a Spring Fair. Live music, carnival games, vendors, bounce house, food, Cubs & Sox tickets. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 21, 2 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Join the church for the Anne Nakamura Stoelting Memorial Concert.Free.
Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and te Illinois Department of Emplyment Security- Pilsen Workforce Center host ther 7th Annual Memorial Day Veterans Hiring & Resource Fair. Free.
Thur., May 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Detective Sergeant James Hennelly and Assist State’s Attorney Clarissa Palermo host a Common Financial Frauds & Scams that Target Seniors seminar. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Sun., May 28, 5:00-11 am, Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive Starting Line. Active Transportation Alliance hosts its annual fundraiser:MB Bike the Drive. Route timing, start locations, and tickets available online. $49. Save $3 with online promo code ChiWard3.
Tue., May 30, 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., May 31, 1-5 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. Minton Regan Properties hosts a Senior Living Expo. Free health screenings, raffle prizes, food, beverages, products, services. RSVP: online. Free.
Wed., May 31, 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. Speaker will be Nathan Dall from the Ho-Chunk Nation Branch Office. Free.