On Saturday, November 19, Northwest Side residents have the opportunity to attend a Chicago Property Tax Rebate Workshop. From 9 am to 4 pm at the Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W. Lawrence, Chicago homeowners can meet with a representative to help process and submit applications.
Chicago homeowners with a household adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less earned in 2015 that saw an increase in the city portion of their most recent property tax bill compared to last years, may be eligible to apply for a rebate to offset the property tax increase.
I encourage all property owners in the ward to review the checklist of eligibility requirements and required documentation before visiting a rebate processing center. Applications are available to download online or available for pick up in the Ward Office, located at 4754 N. Milwaukee.
Completed applications and all required documentation must be returned to one of the 26 processing centers located throughout the city or at the Jefferson Park Library on Saturday.
Sunday’s Tragic Accident
As many are aware, on Sunday, November 13, a two-year-old boy passed away and a 39-year-old woman sustained injuries after they were struck by a cargo van when the driver ignored a stop sign on Giddings Ave. The driver – who was taken into custody and issued five tickets for the crash – was making a left turn onto Central Avenue from Giddings Street. The woman and the boy were crossing Central when they were struck.
I am deeply saddened by this loss. It is every parents’ worst nightmare to lose their child, and I send the family my deepest condolences.
The section on Central where this tragic accident occurred has clear crosswalk markings and signage to indicate that pedestrians may be present. It is the responsibility of motorists to take extra precautions and remain cognizant of their surroundings when driving.
In 2015, through our Participatory Budgeting process, residents of the 45th Ward approved the installation of pedestrian bump-outs throughout the ward, including at the intersection of Central and Leland – just one block south of where the accident occurred. After conducting traffic surveys, however, CDOT determined that the intersection of Central and Giddings as a more ideal location for the installation.
Bump-outs are extensions of the sidewalk that work to calm traffic and curtail pedestrian accidents by reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians and increasing motorists’ visibility of said pedestrians. In light of Sunday’s accident, I have discussed with CDOT steps we can take to speed up the installation process, and I will continue to work them on getting these measures in place.
But all of the tools we have will not be effective unless drivers adjust their behavior. Minding stop signs, reducing our speed, and staying focused on driving by actively looking for pedestrians and cyclists will have the biggest effect on safety in our city. The Illinois Vehicle Code requires that when traffic signals are not in place or not in operation, a motorist must stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the street within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling. Motorists are also required to stop and yield the right-of-way when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the street as to be in danger.
Many residents have contacted my office inquiring how they can help in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy. For those who are interested in making a monetary donation to help alleviate some of the difficulties the family will face in the coming months, can do so online.
Join St. John’s Lutheran for Thanksgiving Dinner
The Joined Hands Food Pantry is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving dinner for all to enjoy.
On Thursday, November 24, join neighbors and congregation members to give thanks, socialize, and enjoy delicious food.
Dinner will be from 1 pm to 4 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4939 W. Montrose.
Changes in Refuse Collection Schedule for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday
In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, November 24, please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule next week:
There will be no garbage collection on Thursday, November 24. All city collected refuse will be serviced on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection.
Additionally, Waste Management will collect recycling Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Residents should ensure all blue recycling carts are accessible throughout the entire week of collection.
Community Alert: Garage Burglaries.
The 16th District has reported several garage burglaries on the Northwest Side that occurred during the month of November.
During the incidents, the unknown burglars broke into the garages by kicking or prying open the overhead or side doors. Offenders also entered through unlocked doors. They then stole lawn care equipment, bicycles, and I-Pads. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5500-block of West Edmunds between 11:00 pm on November 1, and 5:00 am on November 2;
- The 5500-block of West Higgins between 5:00 pm on November 3, and 4:00 pm on November 4;
- The 4700-block of North Long between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm on November 5;
- The 5500-block of West Giddings between 9:40 am on November 8, and 8:40 am on November 9; and
- The 5200-block of North Ludlam between 12:00 pm and 2:40 pm on November 14.
Please be aware of this pattern of burglaries and alert your friends, family, and neighbors about these crimes. Please make sure all your windows and doors are locked.
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.
Love Your Local on Small Business Saturday
Why spend hours in line for Black Friday when you can help local businesses thrive by partaking in Small Business Saturday?
Show your love for the Northwest Sides on Saturday, November 26, by buying your holiday presents locally. When you shop in our community, your money stays in our community – helping support your neighbors and increasing the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Small businesses in Gladstone Park and the Six Corners shopping district will participate in this year’s Small Business Saturday.
Fourth Annual Wine & Cheese Party on November 19
What’s better than enjoying some wine and cheese? Supporting the community while drinking delicious wine and eating delectable cheese.
From 4 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, November 19, GIPNA hosts their fourth annual Wine & Cheese Party at the Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. This fundraiser benefits John B. Murphy School and the Independence Park Farmers Market.
Last year GIPNA made a $10,000 donation to Murphy School, which enabled them to continue their arts and music programs. This year, GIPNA plans on continuing to support Murphy school as well as help cover some of the costs of the beloved Independence Park Farmers Market, which costs GIPNA more than $3,000 each summer.
In addition to all the feasting and fun, there will be raffles, a silent auction, and a Neighbors Wine Basket. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online.
Irving Park Food Pantry Holiday Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun gathering donations for its two holiday distributions, this month and on December 21.
They are asking for contributions of funds, food, and fun (i.e. books and toys) to make the season brighter for those in our community who need a helping hand during the holiday season.
In November, the food pantry provides clients with their regular weekly distributions and with additional meat and trimmings for a Thanksgiving dinner. On December 21, they hold a special distribution during which clients will receive the makings for a full holiday dinner. They also allow clients to select a gift for each of their children, along with a book and a stocking stuffer.
For these special distributions, they are especially in need of juice, cranberry sauce, canned yams and vegetables, instant potatoes, cake mixes, Jell-O, and pumpkin pie filling.
They typically give out about 400 toys to children (ages infant to 12). For some, it will be the only gift they receive. They especially need gifts for older children (age 10 to 12), especially boys. In years past, they have received far fewer gifts for that demographic. Soccer balls and basketballs are popular options. They have also found that these older boys enjoy biographies, books related to sports, and other nonfiction books.
Unwrapped new toys and food donations can be delivered to the Pantry at the Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler, during office hours. To check office hour times, call 773-283-6262.
Donations can can also be delivered to my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee, now through December 14 during office hours. Donations can include unwrapped toys, stocking stuffers, hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. Visit my website to check for office hours.
Donations can also be made during Pantry hours, which are on Wednesdays from 9 am to noon. Finally, some local businesses are also helping collect donations. You can find a list of those businesses by visiting the Pantry’s Facebook page.
Volunteers are needed to collect toys, organize the toy room, and help with the toy distribution on December 21. For more information or to volunteer, email Sara Yoest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CTA Holiday Train Returns
The CTA Holiday Train returns this holiday season to add a little extra cheer and joy to the residents of Chicago. Starting on Saturday, November 19, the Holiday Train will hit the Chicago L trains.
Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11, the Holiday Train will make its appearance on the CTA Blue Line. For more information and to see the full train line rotation, view the schedule online.
Register Your Child for Winter Break Camp
Chicago Parks District’s Winter Break Camps registration is now open.
Kids can enjoy their school break with other kids their age in a fun and supervised environment at an affordable cost. Campers will participate in recreational activities, arts and crafts, sports, and more.
Most camps run the weeks of December 21 and December 28 and are for children ages 6 through 12. The times vary, but most are at least six hours long.
For more information, to view the winter camps, and to register, visit the Chicago Park District’s website.
Taxi Access Program Now Available
Effective November 1, the Taxi Access Program (TAP) requires all Chicago taxi providers to accept TAP cards. TAP, managed by PACE, provides ADA Paratransit eligible riders the option of using taxis at reduced rates for same-day trips that begin within the City of Chicago.
Those with a disability or health condition that prevents them at times from using fixed bus routes or rail services and are certified as being eligible for ADA Paratransit services by the RTA are eligible to apply for TAP.
To apply for a TAP card, simply complete and return a TAP card mail order form or request one by calling 800-606-1282 and press option four.
For more information and to download the TAP card mail order form, view the TAP user guide online.
Jefferson Park SBIF Application Open Through November 30
Alderman John Arena invites local small businesses to apply for the $260,000 recently made available through the city’s Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF). These funds can go towards storefront and building improvements, including awnings, build-outs, and more. Grants can be rewarded up to $150,000.
Businesses within designated areas of the Jefferson Park neighborhood have until November 30 to submit an application. Applications are available to download online.
For more information, contact the Alderman’s office at 773-286-4545.
Fall Leaves and Yard Debris Refuse
Please remember that it is illegal to blow leaves into the city streets. When leaves are disposed of in our streets, it clogs the drains and makes it so street sweepers cannot effectively clean the streets. Instead, please bag leaves and yard debris for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to collect.
As part of the citywide effort to clean up leaves before winter, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is coordinating dedicated bagged leaf and other yard waste collection trucks this fall to assist residents in clearing their yards, parkways, and storm drains of leaf debris.
Through November 30, residents can call either 311 or my office at 773-286-4545 to request separate bagged leaf collection.
Laves and other yard waste should be left in the alley or at the curb for collection, and bagged separately from garbage in the black carts and separately from recycling in the blue carts. A DSS truck will collect the bags based on 311 requests and take it to be composted.
DSS will continue street sweeping throughout the fall to capture leaf debris in the streets and to curtail draining issues during the winter. Residents are also encouraged to clear curb lanes and areas around storm drains.
To learn more about bagged leaf collection, visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s page on the city’s website.
Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open
Do you have an exceptional neighbor or know a business person, community activist, or youth member who is dedicated to the amelioration of the Northwest Side? If so, nominate them to be featured as a 2017 Northwest Side Hero.
The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, The Six Corners Association, and my office have partnered with local resident Nora Kerr and her business Memoir For Me to share the stories of our local heroes. The northwest side of Chicago is filled with remarkable individuals, and now is the chance to tell our story to a larger audience.
Nominees must be either a resident or owner/employee of a northwest side business or organization. For the purposes of this project, Memoir For Me is defining the “northwest side: as north of Addison and west of the Kennedy Expressway. There are no age restrictions.
Nominations can be completed online and will be accepted now through December 31, 2016.
Thanks for reading,
Office Contact Info
We’re at 4754 N. Milwaukee. We’re open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 am – 6 pm; Tuesdays, 9 am – 7 pm; Fridays, 9 am – 4 pm; and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm.
Fri., Nov 18, 2-3 pm, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. Join the Oak Street Health family in giving thanks during a Thanksgiving Gathering. Music, treats, and socializing. Invite friends. More info and RSVP: call 773-724-6200. Free.
Sat., Nov 19, 4-8 pm, Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell. St. Edward Boy Scout Troop 904 hosts their Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner. Proceeds will benefit scout camping trips and other activities. $10/adults, $7/children 10 and younger.
Sun., Nov 20, 1:30-3 pm, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt, 4032 N. Milwaukee. Join other special needs families for the monthly No Apologies Needed private event. One child in the family must be diagnosed with a mental or physical disability to participate. Learn more: online. Free.
Sun., Nov 20, 3:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5106 N. LaCrosse. Several area churches hold their joint annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service. Collection of money and non-perishable food items for the Northwest Church of Christ Food Pantry. More info: email Jacki or call 773-655-4357. Free.
Mon., Nov 21, 7:30 pm,Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Join neighbors for the monthly Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Nov 22, 10 am-noon, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. Hear USA will be onsite to offer free Hearing Screenings. More info and RSVP: call 773-724-6200. Free.
Tues., Nov 22, noon-1 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051. Bring a brown bag lunch to the new Lunch N Learn Series. David Angel presents the topic Strategic Planning. More info: email organizers. Free.
Wed., Nov 23, 6:30-8 pm, Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster. Boys and girls attending kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to join AWANA Clubs every Wednesday. Free.
Fri., Nov 25, 3 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce and the Copernicus Foundation sponsor the screening of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Doors open at 2 pm and kids can take pictures with Santa until 3. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Nov 26, 1-3 pm, City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero.Sing along or enjoy the music during the Winter Wonderland event. Cooperative church caroling. Free.
Sun., Nov 27, 4-6 pm, Copernicus Center Annex, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Copernicus Foundation sponsors the Classical Sunday Soiree. This brings together performers, friends, family, and music lovers from across the community. Featuring members and friends of the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra. More info: online. Free.
Tues., Nov 29, noon-1:30 pm, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center for a seminar discussion on Seniors in the Workforce: Knowing Your Rights. Reserve your seat: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Tues., Nov 29, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Tues., Nov 29, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Nov 30, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Charles Krugel – a Management Side Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Attorney – hosts a Social Media Workplace Polices, the Law & Litigation workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Nov 30, 6:30-8 pm, Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster. Boys and girls attending kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to join AWANA Clubs every Wednesday. Free.
Wed., Nov 30, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Join neighbors for the monthly Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Representatives from Grassroots Animal Rescue (cats/kittens) will give a presentation. Free.
Fri., Dec 2, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Learn about the prohibited building list, licensing and registration requirements, and guidelines during the Learn About the Shared Housing Ordinance workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Fri., Dec 2, 5-9 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the holiday spirit during Winterfest, sponsored by Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreathes and trees, a jumpy house, movies, food, and drinks. Mistletoe Market vendor registration: online. Cost of purchases.
Fri., Dec 2, 7 pm, Chopin Plaza, Intersection of Milwaukee/Elston/Melvina.The Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce and the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association host a Tree Lighting Ceremony. Socialize with neighbors as the neighborhood is brightened with holiday cheer and decorations. Free.
Sat., Dec 3, 11 am-9 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the holiday spirit during Winterfest, sponsored by Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreathes and trees, a jumpy house, movies, food, and drinks. Mistletoe Market vendor registration: online. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Dec 3, 1-4 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Meet other teens and practice your skills during a Girls’ Volleyball Jamboree. Must RSVP one week before event. RSVP and more info: call 773-685-6454. Free.
Sun., Dec 4, 8 am-2 pm, St. Edward’s Church, 4447 N. Lowell. Add holiday cheer to your home when you purchase a tree during the Christmas Tree Sale. Cost of tree.
Sun., Dec 4, 11 am-4 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the holiday spirit during Winterfest, sponsored by Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreathes and trees, a jumpy house, movies, food, and drinks. Mistletoe Market vendor registration: online. Cost of purchases.
Tues., Dec 6, 6:30 pm, Slingshots, 4839 W. Irving Park. Learn more about this great organization and enjoy a meal at the 2016 Slingshots Banquet Dinner. RSVP: online. More info: online. Free (consider making a donation online).
Tues., Dec 6, 7 pm, Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during the GIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Wed., Dec 7, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Officials from several city departments provide insight into operating safely, staying compliant, and helping prepare for inspections during a City Inspections – Ask Questions Get Answers workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Dec 7, 7:30 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. Join neighbors for an Advent Worship & Fellowship. Followed by an Open House at Parsonage. Free.
Thur., Dec 8, 7-9 pm, Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton. Meet other teens and and show off your skating skills during a Teen Ice Skating event. Must RSVP one week before event. RSVP and more info: call 773-685-6454. Free.
Fri., Dec 9, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Business Bragger presents all the tips and tricks you need to successfully communicate with your target market using hashtags during a Hastagging; What’s a #Hashtag Anyway? workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Sat., Dec 10, 11 am-1 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. Enjoy afternoon tea, sandwiches, and Christmas cookies while musicians and storytellers celebrate the music of the Christmas season during the annual Christmas Tea event. More info: online. Reservations required by December 5: call 773-282-7035. $25/adults, $8/children 12 and under.
Sat., Dec 10, 2-9 pm, Norwood Park Train Station, 6088 N. Northwest Highway. The Norwood and Gladstone Chambers present Winter Fest. Photoshoot with Santa, food, sleigh rides, holiday crafts, tree lighting ceremony, live holiday choir, hot chocolate, spiced wine, and businesses open late to shop. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Dec 10, 3:30-5:30 pm, Portage Park Playground, 4100 N. Central. Join the Friends of Portage Park for their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Holiday music, hot cocoa, Santa, and horse-driven sleigh rides through the park. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to Saint Cyprian’s Food Pantry. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Dec 11, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. IPFAC Presents: An Americana Christmas featuring Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel. Free. Donations welcome.
Sun., Dec 11, 2-8 pm, Norwood Park Train Station, 6088 N. Northwest Highway.The Norwood and Gladstone Chambers present Winter Fest. Photoshoot with Santa, food, sleigh rides, holiday crafts, tree lighting ceremony, live holiday choir, hot chocolate, spiced wine, and businesses open late to shop. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Wed., Dec 14, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Learn your rights as a consumer using a tax prep service and how to protect yourself from fraud during a Get Ready for Income Tax Season! workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Dec 14, 4-7 pm, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Kids ages 6-11 can participate in sports, games, and crafts while parents shop during a Drop N Shop. Please pack a dinner.$5.
Wed., Dec 14, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Dec 14, 7 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Join community members for the Independence Park Advisory Council’s monthly meeting. Free.
Thur., Dec 15, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting.Agenda and more info: online. Free.
Fri., Dec 16, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.The Small Business Administration (SBA) shares information about programs, services, and partners to start and grow your business during a Small Business Resources to Help Your Business Succeed workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Sun., Dec 18, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market kicks off their winter market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter. Cost of purchases.
Mon., Dec 19, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Join neighbors for the monthly Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., Dec 21, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.BACP shares information on the the prohibited buildings list, licensing and registration requirements, and guidelines during a Learn About the Shared Housing Ordinance workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Dec 21, 4-7 pm, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee.Kids ages 6-11 can participate in sports, games, and crafts while parents shop during a Drop N Shop. Please pack a dinner. $5.