I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Cubs on winning the 2016 World Series. After a 108 year drought, a suspenseful playoffs, and a dramatic Game Seven – our Cubbies have finally done what so many thought was impossible. Chicagoans have never been happier to Fly the W.
Please be aware that due to the Cubs World Series Parade, my office will be closed tomorrow, November 4. I hope you will join me and other fans to celebrate the Cubs and their long overdue victory in the World Series.
Also, please be aware that in observation of Election Day, there will be no Ward Night this upcoming Tuesday, November 8. I encourage all Chicago residents to visit the Chicago Board of Election’s website to find their polling place for Election Day. Polling places close at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 8. The next Ward Night will be the following Tuesday, November 15, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Finally, please be aware that observance of Veterans’ Day, my office will be closed on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12. We will re-open the following Monday, November 14.
Election Day is November 8
Early voting continues through Monday, November 7, at 15 W. Washington as well as at 50 ward sites. Early voting for the 45th Ward is at the 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Voters can cast their ballot during the following time and dates:
- Oct. 31 thru Nov. 4: 9 am to 7 pm
- Nov. 5: 9 am to 5 pm
- Nov. 6: 10 am to 4 pm
- Nov. 7: 9 am to 7 pm
The Presidential Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8. To check your polling place on Election Day, visit the Chicago Board of Election’s voter information page and enter your address. To view other wards’ early voting locations, visit the Chicago Board of Election’s early voting page.
Voter registration is allowed at early voting locations or your polling place on the day of the election. If you need to register to vote, please bring two forms of identification, one of which has your current address.
Cubs World Series Parade Details
The parade honoring the Cubs in their World Series championship will kick off at 10 am Friday, November 5, at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, and end with a noon rally in Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph Street.
The City of Chicago is asking fans to view the parade at three locations: Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove; North Michigan from Oak to Ohio; and Columbus between Monroe and Balbo. These are the only three parts of the parade where the vehicles carrying the team will proceed slowly at “parade speed”.
Finally, please be aware that due to the Cubs World Series Parade, my office will be closed tomorrow, November 4. I hope you will join me and other fans to celebrate the Cubs and their long overdue victory in the World Series.
Emergency Heating Repair Grant Applications Now Open
The 2016-17 Emergency Heating Repair Program is now open through April 1, 2017, or until all funds have been exhausted. You can download the application package online.
Eligible properties must be located in Chicago, habitable, owner-occupied, and not at risk of foreclosure. This is a one-time service program for single-family, one to four units, and owner-occupied properties located in the city of Chicago. Any owner-occupied property that has received this service in the past will be ineligible to receive service again.
Households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program. The total gross income of all owners and other household members shall be included and may not exceed this limit. The gross incomes of all adults, 18 and older, who reside in the property, are included in determining income eligibility.
If the owner sells, transfers title or longer occupies the unit within one year of the grant, the owner will be required to pay the balance of the loan from the time of transfer to loan ending period date.
Applicants can also download the application package and view eligibility requirements on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program
Beginning Saturday, October 1 through Wednesday, November 30, eligible Chicago homeowners affected by the increase in property taxes can apply for the City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program.
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.
Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person at any of the 26 neighborhood processing locations, including City Hall. For residents of the 45th Ward, the closest rebate locations are:
– 3401 W. Foster, open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm;
– 6100 W. Irving Park, open on Monday and Wednesday from noon to 7 pm, on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm; and
– 3160 N. Milwaukee, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.
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 a processing center.
Visit the city’s website for more information on eligibility requirements, documentation requirements, additional neighborhood processing locations and hours, rebate amounts, and supplemental grant opportunities.
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 when the Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 9 am to noon and on November 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Some local businesses also help collect donations. You can find a list of those businesses by visiting the Pantry’s Facebook page.
The deadline for contributing toys is Friday, December 16. 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.
Year of Public Art Submissions
2017 has been declared the Year of Public Art, which will celebrate the city’s iconic public art while investing in all 50 wards to bring more local talent and art work to our neighborhoods.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites submissions from artists who live or work within the city limits to the exhibition The Subject is Chicago: Places, People, and Possibilities. The exhibition seeks submissions that illuminate most vividly the experience of living in Chicago. Artworks in all media (including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, new media, and installation) will be considered and selected by an external jury as well as DCASE Visual Art curatorial staff.
The application is currently open via the CaFÉ online system. The application deadline is Sunday, November 13, at midnight.
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.
Chicago Park District’s Message on Lead-Contaminated Water Results
The Chicago Park District recently implemented a comprehensive testing program following EPA protocols for lead sampling in all of their drinking fountains and kitchen sinks.
The results show that 14 of 544 indoor drinking water sources (fountains and sinks) and 445 of 1,891 outdoor fountains contained levels higher than the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). In response, the Chicago Park District disabled the affected fountains. The fountains will undergo further testing and will be removed, repaired, or replaced as necessary. The full results of every park’s water sample can be found online.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) indicate that children under the age of six are at the highest risk for harmful lead exposure, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources. If you are concerned about your child’s possible lead exposure risks, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends going to your pediatrician or local health care provider for testing. Additionally, CDPH’s lead hotline can address any health related questions you may have or help you in deciding whether to have your child tested. The number for the Lead Hotline is 312-747-LEAD (5323).
Hands to Help Amends Seafood Dinner Fundraiser Opportunity
Hands to Help Ministries, The Fish Guy, and Wellfleet are partnering to provide supporters with a unique opportunity to enjoy the best seafood in Chicago. For $125 a person, you have the opportunity to enjoy mouthwatering seafood prepared by the renowned Chef Leo Bari. The prix fixe menu will feature Blini, Oysters Leo, Sturgeon Caviar, Tataki, Sashimi, and more.
Hands to Help Ministries works with the homeless population on the Northwest Side to connect them to housing. They also help those on the brink of becoming homeless by connecting them with a variety of resources, including housing referrals, job referrals, financial assistance, faith organizations, and more. This fundraising opportunity will help them in their tireless efforts to help Chicago’s most vulnerable citizens.
The prix fixe menu cost $125 per person. Dinner will be on Thursday, November 17, at Wellfleet, 4423 N. Elston. To purchase your seat, email Hands to Help’s Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Park District 2017 Special Event Applications Now Open
The Chicago Park District’s 2017 Special Event Permit Application process opened on November 4, 2016 at 9 am. This will be for all 2017 event levels.
The Chicago Park District has implemented a simple two-step process for special events. The first step is to purchase a non-refundable $35 2017 Permit Application Fee online. This secures applicants’ space in the first-come first-served processing queue. Once this is purchased, applicants can complete the Special Event Permit Application online. Both simple steps can be completed online at the Chicago Park District’s website.
2017 Individual Artists Program
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the 2017 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grants process and schedule.
The IAP program aims to assist Chicago’s professional artists and creative entrepreneurs in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago.
2017’s IAP program includes significant updates to guidelines and eligible program categories. All applicants are required to attend an Application Assistance Workshop in order to apply for a grant.
The mandatory application workshops will start on November 7 and the application will open on December 1. For eligibility requirements, grant calendar, and to RSVP for workshops, please visit DCASE’s IAP webpage.
Feedback Needed for Fly Quiet Rotation Test
The Chicago Department of Aviation is still compiling data, including submitted surveys, for the Fly Quiet Rotation Test. We are now half way through the six-month pilot program, and your feedback is paramount in determining a balanced long-term solution to jet noise pollution.
This plan rotates the O’Hare Airport runways used at night every week. The plan also limits the use of the airport’s longest runway, reducing the noise for the residents who live near the south side of the airport. This runway, however, is still available for landing for larger cargo planes.
The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) needs accurate information from residents impacted by jet noise pollution. This means they need residents to take the time to complete the online survey. This survey will serve as one component in measuring the rotation plan’s effectiveness in abating aircraft noise.
Once the rotation test is completed on December 25, the Fly Quiet Program will return to its original format. The ONCC will then make an educated recommend whether to continue the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation plan permanently. It can only do so, however, if it has all the test data information and surveys.
Please take a moment to complete the survey online. You can also learn about the test plan, see the weekly rotation schedule, and view weekly reports about nighttime runway usage while online.
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.
The Gift Theatre Presents: A Life Extra Ordinary
September 29 through November 20, The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee, will feature A Life Extra Ordinary.
Written by Melissa Ross and directed by John Gawlik, this play tells a story of Annabel Anderson McCafferty. Filled with mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life after Annabel vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.
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Fri., Nov 4, 1-2 pm, Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park. A member from Swedish Covenant Rehab Services Team will present a Stroke Seminar. More info and RSVP: 773-724-6200. Free.
Fri., Nov 4, 7-9 pm, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose. Is your teen looking for a fun and healthy way to spend their Friday evening? A Glow in the Dark Dodgeball game will surely do the trick. Teens must RSVP one week before event. RSVP: call 773-685-6454. Free.
Sat., Nov 5, 9 am-9 pm, Village Crossing Barnes & Noble, 5405 Touhy Ave, Skokie. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while helping to raise funds for Disney II Magnet during a Bookfair. There will also be a mini maker faire starting at 11 am. Mention bookfair code 11851573 to ensure that a percentage of your purchase goes to the school. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Nov 5, 2-4 pm, Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster. Join neighbors and the congregation for Operation Christmas Child Packing Party. Attendees will pack 600 shoeboxes of toys and hygiene items for children in need around the world. Music, food, and more. Free.
Sun., Nov 6, 11 am-2 pm, Disney II Magnet High School, 3900 N. Lawndale.Take a tour of the campus and ask questions during an Open House. Free.
Mon., Nov 7, 7-10 pm, Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose. ALL Old Irving Park (OIPA), Protage Park (PPNA), and Jefferson Park Forward neighbors are invited to gather at Old Irving Brewing for a Neighbors Night Out. OIB will provide bar snacks and half price tasting flights. Regular menu and other drinks also offered. More info and RSVP: online. Cost of food and beverages.
Tues., Nov 8, 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., Nov 9, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. The Women’s Business Development Center hosts a What You Need to Know Before You Press Go! How to Open a Day Care workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Nov 9, 4-7 pm, Copernicus Center Annex, 5214 W. Larence. Member and non-members are invited to attend Northwest Side Multi-Chamber Networking Event. Free.
Wed., Nov 9, 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 9, 7 pm, Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Nov 10, 6 pm, Spanish Coalition for Housing, 1922 N. Pulaski. Receive a free energy assessment, free energy saving products, and connect to financing tools and qualified contractors that will make your property efficient and save money during an Energy Efficiency Workshop. More info: 773-933-7575. Free.
Sat., Nov 12, 5:30 pm, Our Lady of Victory School Hall, 4434 N. Laramie. Holy Name Society hosts their Annual Bingo Event. Over $1,500 in prizes. Food and beverages available for purchase. Must be 18 to play. $15 pays for all 14 games.
Tues., Nov 15, 8 am, More Than a Cafe, 3235 N. Central.Guest speakers Jeff Rose of Mather LifeWays and Megan Visk of Peoples Gas join for the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce monthly networking meeting.Complimentary breakfast. Registration requires. RSVP: email organizers or call 773-777-2020. Free.
Tues., Nov 15, noon-1:30 pm, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The Elder Justice Center presents a Senior Awareness: Prescription Drug Misuse and Adverse Effects seminar. To register: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Tues., Nov 15, 5:30-8:30 pm, Lagunitas Brewing Company, 2607 W. 17th Street. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation hosts their Operation Santa Fundraiser. This will allow the CPMF to deliver gifts and Christmas cheer to the families of fallen and severely injured Chicago police officers. Raffles, food, cash bar. Tickets: online. $10 suggested donation.
Tues., Nov 15, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Join neighbors for the West Walker Civic Association General Meeting. Free.
Wed., Nov 16, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Tajuana Ross, The LinkedIn Professor and Blue Ocean Logic Group Associate, hosts a Building a Trusted Business Brand on LinkedIn workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Nov 16, 6-8 pm, Horner Park Field House, 2741 W. Montrose. The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) is hosting a Let’s Talk Trash: Recycling in Chicago seminar. Brainstorm creative solution to reduce contamination in Chicago’s blue bins. RSVP: online. Free.
Wed., Nov 16, 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 16, 7 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Join community members for the Independence Park Advisory Council’s monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Nov 16, 7 pm, 16th District Station Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Nov 17, 5:15-8 pm,Location TBD. Meet friendly neighbors and enjoy some great beverages during Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association’s Thirsty Third Thursdays. Free.
Thur., Nov 17, 7-8:15 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., Nov 18, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Business Bragger teaches how to craft the right message for social media during an Art of the Social Sale workshop. Register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
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, 4-7 pm, Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. GIPNA is hosting its fourth annual Wine & Cheese Party. Wine, beer, food, raffles, auctions, and neighbors. Fundraiser for John B. Murphy School and Independence Park Farmers Market. More info: online. Tickets: online. $40 in advance, $45 at the door.
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.
Mon., Nov 21, 7:30 pm,Location TBD. 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.
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.
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.