Satiate your appetite during the St. Edward Boy Scout Troop 904’s All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner on Saturday, November 18, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell. All proceeds from the dinner will help fund the troop’s activities. The cost to get in is only $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 and younger.
Changes in Refuse Collection Schedule for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday
In Observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, November 23, please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule next week:
There will be no garbage collection on Thursday, November 23. 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, and Friday. Residents should ensure all blue recycling carts are accessible throughout the entire week of collection, according to their typical schedule.
Spend this Thanksgiving with Neighbors & Friends at St. John’s Episcopal and St. John’s Lutheran
If you are looking for a place to spend Thanksgiving with neighbors, both St. John’s Episcopal and St. John’s Lutheran will be hosting community Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving, November 23.
Join St. John’s Episcopal on Thanksgiving Day at 2:00 pm for a home-cooked meal. Before the meal, there will be a free jazz concert for everyone’s pleasure starting at noon. Please call 773-725-9026 to make a reservation. Please leave your name and the number of people attending. Walk-ins are also welcome. The church is handicap accessible with a lift available to anyone in need.
The Joined Hands Food Pantry is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving dinner for all to enjoy at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4939 W. Montrose. On Thanksgiving, join neighbors and congregation members to give thanks, socialize, and enjoy a warm meal. Dinner will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
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 25, by buying your holiday presents locally.
The following small businesses in the Six Corners shopping district will partake in this year’s Small Business Saturday:
Beauty Crew Chicago, 4048 N. Milwaukee:
Only on November 25th, get your makeup done for $45, including lashes, or your makeup and hair done for only $75!
City News Cafe’s Winter Wonderland, 4108 N. Cicero
Everyone is invited to enjoy live music performances, storytelling, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting, face-painting, homemade truffles, excellent coffee, hot cocoa, caroling, and special guest Mrs. Santa. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the talent of popular Northwest Side performing and literary artists. Give your family the gift of cherished memories this holiday season. Free for everyone. This celebration is being co-presented by City Newsstand and Northwest Arts Connection.
Hats Plus, 4706 W. Irving Park
$5 off purchase with the mention of Small Business Saturday Special!
Rasenick’s, 3940 N. Cicero
20%-75% off storewide sale November 24th-November 26th!
Distinct Bath and Body (Grand Opening), 4046 N. Milwaukee
First 50 customers receive a free sample soap pack! Soap specials: 5 regular sized bar soaps for $25, 5 large bar soaps for $35, 5 bath bombs for $20, Gift Trio boxes containing a soap, bath bomb and body butter $28-$30. The store will be open from 8am-8pm! There will be also be music and light refreshments for customers!
Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee
25%-50% off all children’s costumes, some exclusions may apply.
Jeff’s Red Hots, 3901 N. Cicero
10% off whole order at the mention of Small Business Saturday Special.
Mr. Submarine, 3924 N. Cicero
Regular sub, chips, and drink for $4.99 at the mention of Small Business Saturday Special.
Rico Music & Dance, 4823 W. Irving Park
Spanish, English, and bilingual Christmas Music rehearsal available for viewing! Singing along is welcomed.
Filament Theater, 4041 N. Milwaukee
No ticketing fees for single tickets or 2018 subscription packages purchased between November 16 through the 29th!
USA Bridal & Tailor, 4020 N. Milwaukee
50% off on select dresses.
SINGER Factory Distributor, 4914 W. Irving Park
At the mention of the Small Business Saturday Special, you can get special financing on selected sewing machines!
Today’s Avon, 4057 N. Milwaukee
At the mention of Small Business Saturday, you can get 20% off your entire purchase!
Shilas Restaurant, 3938 N. Cicero
At the mention of Small Business Saturday, you get a free drink with you meal!
When you shop in our community, your money stays in our community. Shopping locally helps support small businesses and increases the vibrancy of our neighborhoods.
Irving Park Community Foods Pantry Holiday Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun gathering donations for its two holiday distributions in November and on December 20. They are seeking 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.
This month, they are providing clients during their regular weekly distribution hours. For Thanksgiving, clients will be provided additional meat and trimmings so they can prepare a Thanksgiving dinner.
On December 20, the food pantry hosts a special distribution where clients receive the makings for a full holiday dinner and can take home 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, stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned yams and vegetables, instant potatoes, cake mixes, Jell-O, and pumpkin pie filling.
They typically disseminate about 400 toys to children (up to 12 years old). For some, it will be the only gift they receive. They are making a special request for gifts for older children (10 to 12 years old), especially boys. In the past, soccer balls and basketballs have been popular options. In the past, they have also run out of books for all ages early in the distribution day.
Unwrapped new toys and food donations can be brought to the Pantry at the Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler) on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or on Tuesday evenings. Donations can also dropped of at my office (4754 N. Milwaukee) during office hours.
The deadline for contributing toys is Friday, December 15. Volunteers are needed to collect toys, organize the toy room, and help with the toy distribution on December 20. For more information, contact Sara Yoest firstname.lastname@example.org.
Di’s Den Accepting Gifts for Toys for Tots
Di’s Den, 5100 W. Irving Park, is giving back to our community this holiday season by participating in the annual Toys for Tots Christmas campaign.
Drop off your new, unwrapped children’s toys between now and December 19 and help a child enjoy this holiday season. No toy weapons will be accepted.
If you have any questions, you can call the owner, Jan Wilson, at 773-736-7170.
Watch Home Alone for Free on November 29
Get into the holiday spirit by watching this family-friendly holiday classic on November 29.
At 6:00 pm, the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, will open its doors for those interested in visiting with Santa before the movie starts. Then, at 7:00 pm, sit back, relax, and enjoy the shenanigans Macaulay Culkin gets into during Home Alone.
The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, the Copernicus Center, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, and Jefferson Park Forward are generously sponsoring this free event full of holiday fun.
The Shakespeare All-Stars Preform The Comedy of Errors at the Filament Theatre thru November 19
The Shakespeare All-Stars present the hilarious tale of mistaken identity in a cartoon-inspired world with live music and physical storytelling. Two sets of identical twins wind up in the same place unbeknownst to each other and encounter a host of outrageous characters, chaos, and confusion in this 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s first comedy, The Comedy of Errors.
The show will run through November 19 at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. This Chicago Reader-recommended feature only costs $15 a ticket. Tickets and showtimes are available online.
Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Insurance Open Thru December 15
2018 enrollment for insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act opens on Wednesday, November 1.
2018 open enrollment is shorter than in previous years, so it’s important to act quickly. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
For more information on open enrollment, important deadlines, and plans and prices, visit the Affordable Care Act website.
2017-2018 Emergency Heating Repair Program Now Open
The 2017-2018 Emergency Heating Repair Program is now open. It will remain open through March 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.
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 no 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 the loan ending period date.
Applicants can download the application package and view eligibility requirements on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open
Do you have an exceptional neighbor or know a business person, community activity, or youth member who is dedicated to the amelioration of the Northwest Side? If so, nominate them to be featured as a 2018 Northwest Side Hero.
The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Six Corners Association, Jefferson Park Forward, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, 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 a 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, 2017.
Help a Hitch Student in Their Battle Against a Brain Tumor
Amar is a sixth-grade student at Hitch Elementary school who enjoys basketball, comedy, and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. In May, Amar and his family received devastating news that he is suffering from a brain tumor on the lower part of his brain and along his entire spine, causing painful headaches and threatening his life.
His family found a specialist treatment facility in Texas that drastically increases his chances of overcoming this massive tumor and eventually returning home to Chicago where he can return back to his childhood. The treatment facility, however, does not accept Amar’s health insurance, resulting in exorbitant medical bills.
Please consider making a donation on Amar’s GoFundMe page so he can continue to courageously fight for his life.
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Sat., Nov 18, 9 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during aPeer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Nov 18, 4-8 pm, Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell.Satisfy your food cravings during the St. Edward Boy Scout Troop 904’sAll You Can Eat Pasta Dinner. Proceeds will help fund the troop’s activities.$10/adults; $7/kids 10 and younger.
Sun., Nov 19, 3:30 pm, Congregation Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Five local churches collaborate to host the Annual Neighborhood Thanksgiving Service. Following the service, there will be a pie reception. Mission offerings will benefit Olive’s Garden for the Hungry. Canned goods and non-perishables will be collected for the Northwest Church of Christ Food Pantry. Parking available Hoyne Bank lot at Milwaukee and Giddings.Donations accepted.
Mon., Nov 20, 1-2 pm, Chicago Department of Aviation, 10510 W. Zemke, Conference Room #1.Mortensen invites you to learn more about upcoming work at O’Hare during aSubcontractor Outreach Event. More info: 847-472-8220.Free.
Mon., Nov 20, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Nov 21, 11 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaksi.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Nov 23, 12 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Enjoy a warmThanksgiving Dinner surrounded by friends, family, and neighbors. At noon, there will be a free jazz concert followed by a free family-style, sit-down dinner. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Call: 773-725-9026. Free.
Thur., Nov 23, 1-4 pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4939 W. Montrose.The Joined Hands Food Pantry will be providing a Free Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy a warm traditional meal and cheery company on Thanksgiving Day.Free.
Tues., Nov 28, 1:30-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 1102. Learn more about Chicago IT and upcoming bid opportunities during theInformation Technology Vendor Outreach Event. RSVP: online.Free.
Tue., Nov 28, 7 pm,Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee.Meet neighbors and get involved in the communityGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Tue., Nov 28, 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 Associationmonthly meetingSpeaker: Kurt Hilgendorf, policy advisor with the Chicago Teacher Union. He will be discussing transparency, per student spending, and other budget topics. Free.