I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and joyous Thanksgiving. As we gather with friends and family to enjoy a warm meal, let’s take a moment to express gratitude and the love for the ones we hold dear. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
If you’re looking for a fun activity the day after Thanksgiving, The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce and the Copernicus Foundation are sponsoring the screening of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. The screening will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Doors will open at 2 pm and kids can take pictures with Santa until 3. For more information, view the event online.
Please note that my office will be closed Thursday, November 24, Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Monday, November 28.
Annual Overnight Parking Ban Starts 3 am Thursday, Dec. 1
Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban begins Thursday, December 1 at 3 am. The parking ban, indicated throughout the city with signage, will be enforced along 107 miles of critical arterial streets through March 31, 2017. The parking ban does not allow vehicles to park on marked arterial streets from 3 am to 7 am, regardless of snow.
In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.
Cars violating the overnight parking ban restrictions prevent critical routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. Vehicle owners also are eligible to receive a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket, and a storage fee of $20 per day when they violate the winter overnight parking ban.
In addition to the overnight parking ban, starting December 1, there is another parking ban that goes into effect when at least 2 inches of snow falls on the street. Drivers parked during that time on those streets will be eligible for ticketing or having their cars relocated so plows can clear the streets. Streets with a 2 inches of snow parking ban are indicated with signage.
For an interactive map indicating streets affected by both winter parking restrictions, visit The Chicago Tribune’s website.
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.
Community Alert: Residential Break-Ins
The 16th District has reported three separate cases with similar modus operandi from the perpetrators.
In all three incidents, an unknown white female came to the door of an unsuspecting elderly person. The woman requested a bucket of hot water for her baby or to wash something down in the home. In two of the three incidents, the elderly victim took the female subject to the basement to get water. In the meantime, a second offender entered the home and ransacked the bedroom, stealing cash.
The female offender is described as white, between 37 and 43, think, having pock-marked complexion, and having short blond hair worn in a ponytail.
The vehicle associated with the offender is a 2-door silver vehicle (possibly a Mitsubishi). Victims have indicated that another person was spotted waiting in the car. The other person is described as a heavy-set white or white Hispanic male with short dark hair.
The 16th District has reported the incidents occurred at:
- The 5100-block of North Monitor Avenue on September 30;
- The 5500-block of North Natchez Avenue on November 12; and
- The 5500-block of North Lotus Avenue on November 19.
Please be aware of this pattern of break-ins and alert your friends, family, and neighbors about these crimes.
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.
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.
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 Side 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 local businesses 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.
Holiday Food Drive at the Irish American Heritage Center
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. It makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger.
The IAHC Holiday Food Drive runs from November 25, 2016, to January 6, 2017. Drop off items at the Center’s lobby. Items most needed include canned fruit, cereal, pasta, rice and soup.
Be an Angel this Holiday Season
Now through December 14, the Irving Park Food Pantry is seeking donations of new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 0-12. They are also seeking stocking stuffers for all ages, new hats, gloves, scarves, and socks in all sizes to distribute to pantry clients. Financial donations are also welcomed and will be used to purchase items needed for the December 21st holiday distribution at the Pantry.
Throughout the year, hundreds of children count on the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. During the holiday season, the Pantry brings extra joy to these children by providing them with a gift. For some, it may be the only gift they will receive.
Toy collection boxes have been placed in 9 locations throughout Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood, including at my office. My office is open from 9 am to 6 pm Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 am to 4 pm Fridays, and 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays.
Donations can also be made during Pantry hours, which are on Wednesdays from 9 am to noon.
Finally, 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 email@example.com.
5th Annual Filament Holiday Special
The Filament Theatre returns this season with their 5th annual Filament Holiday Special.
This beloved tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with friends, family, and neighbors.
At 3 pm and again at 7 pm on Saturday, December 3, there will be a screening of two holiday classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. These will be voiced by your favorite Filament actors with live accompaniment provided by their very own Slap Happy Jazz Trio.
Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Popcorn and other concessions will be available for purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Filament Theatre’s website.
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.
On Thursday, December 8 through Saturday, December 10, 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.
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,
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.
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. Guest speaker: photographer Andre LaCour. 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, 8 am-7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Get a FREE coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while you shop at the Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Sale. Cost of purchases.
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, 9 am, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Christmas Bazaar. Features mass, craft and bake sale, music, dance, and a visit from Santa Claus. More info and tickets: online or call 773-282-7035. Free to browse. Tickets required for breakfast at $12/adults and $8/children 12 and under.
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, 4-8 pm, Potbelly Sandwich Works, 4185 W. Irving Park. Enjoy great food during St. Edward School’s fundraiser. 25% of all sales will go directly to St. Edward School. 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 Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during the GIPNA Board Meeting. Guest Speaker: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will share a short presentation. 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, 10 am-10 pm, Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. The Six Corners Association is hosting a Twelve Hours of Christmas: Movie Marathon! Join them for the most jolly and wonderful time of year to share in the magic of classic holiday favorites. More info and tickets: online. Tickets in advance: $15/adult and $10/children. At the door: $20/adult and $15/children.
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.
Tues., Dec 13, 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.
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.
Tues., Dec 27, 10-11:30 am, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Celebrate the snow, the cold, and the holiday season with some Winter Projects and Crafts! Kids 6-11 years old. Register: online using activity code 189277. $5/kid.
Tues., Jan 3, 10-11:30 am, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Celebrate the snow, the cold, and the holiday season with some Winter Projects and Crafts! Kids 6-11 years old. Register: online using activity code 189278. $5/kid.