I would like to wish everyone a heartwarming and belly-filling Thanksgiving. As we gather with friends, families, and neighbors to enjoy a warm meal, let’s all take a moment to express our gratitude for one another and for the blessings we have.
Please be advised that in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, my office will close at 3 pm on Wednesday, November 21. Additionally, it will be closed Thursday, 22 through Sunday, November 25. It will re-open on Monday, November 26 at 9 am.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Mercy Hospital Shooting Incident
Dr. Tamara O’Neal, Officer Samuel Jimenez, and Pharmacy Resident Dayna Less were murdered at Mercy Hospital on Monday in an unthinkable act of violence. My heart goes out to the children and families of these victims as they pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.
The horror of this senseless violence is amplified by its location. Mercy Hospital is meant to be a place of healing and sanctuary.
This incident is further evidence that gun violence is a cancer in our city and our nation that must be aggressively combated. I remain committed to fighting for resources and programs to stop gun violence, including domestic violence intervention, expanding access to mental health resources, and common sense gun safety laws. This is a multi-faceted issue that demands a multi-faceted response.
Moments of silence, “thoughts and prayers,” and other sympathetic gestures will not end this epidemic. As a city and as a nation, we must take swift and meaningful action to prevent future tragedies.
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 22.
Join St. John’s Episcopal on Thanksgiving Day at 1 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 1-4 pm.
Board of Review Property Tax Appeal Workshop Nov. 30
The Cook County Board of Review is now open for property valuation appeals for the Jefferson Township through Thursday, December 6.
To assist property owners in navigating the appeals process, my office has partnered with Commissioner Gainer’s office to host a Tax Appeals Workshop. Staff members from Commissioner Gainer’s office will be in my office on Friday, November 30 from 10 am until 4 pm to help you file an appeal.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Through December 6
The Cook County Board of Review will be open for property valuation appeals for the Jefferson Township beginning Wednesday, November 7. Jefferson Township residents will have through Thursday, December 6 to file an appeal.
The Cook County Board of Review has set up an online portal to help simplify the appeal process for property owners. I do recommend that homeowners file an appeal annually.
Shop Small at Six Corners on Small Business Saturday
Are you ready for Small Business Saturday?
Six Corners Association has partnered with small businesses on the northwest side to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 24th. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement started by American Express to support small businesses and celebrate the places that make our community strong. It is a day to celebrate all of the locally and independently owned businesses and the impact that they have on their communities and local economy.
Customers will receive incentives to shop at participating businesses:
- Discount on entire purchase when wearing a Six Corners Association t-shirt on November 24. Participating businesses are listed online.
- Complimentary gift wrapping at Fischman Public House, 4058 N. Milwaukee, from 5-7 pm on November 24
- For every $10 in receipts from a participating business, customers will receive a Shop Small scratch off with prized including, but not limited to:
- Free yoga classes at Wildlight Yoga
- $40 gift certificate to Community Tavern
- Free donuts from Frunchroom
- Cooking toolkit from Fearless Cooking
How to participate:
- Check out the Six Corners Shop Small Gift Guide to see what each business is featuring
- Kick off your holiday shopping on November 24 with participating businesses
- Wear your Six Corners Association t-shirt for discounts
- Attend the Shop Small Six Corners event at Fischman Public House
- Receive 10% off your bill at Fischman Public House
- Receive complimentary gift wrapping for gifts purchased from participating businesses
- Present your receipts for a Shop Small scratch off for every $10 spent at a participating business through November 24, 2018. Prizes must be redeemed at the business that you won the prize from before January 31, 2019!
- Six Corners Association will sell gift certificates to participating businesses at Fischman Public House
For more information and participating businesses, view the Shop Small Six Corners event online.
City Newsstand Winter Wonderland
City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero, will host the 4th annual Winter Wonderland celebration on a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.
They will welcome the young and the young at heart to kick off this holiday season. Everyone is invited to enjoy live music performances, storytelling, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting, face painting, excellent coffee, caroling, and special guest Mrs. Santa.
Stop by to pick up your passport for 6 local businesses. Bring the passport to the businesses and have them stamp it. When the passport is filled with the 6 stamps, bring it back to City News and drop it off to be entered in a drawing for a prize. There are 2 great prizes, so you have 2 chances to win! $100 gift certificate to City News or a $100 gift certificate to local business Distinct Bath And Body. Businesses include City News, Delightful Pastries (at a table just outside City News), Distinct Bath And Body (4046 N Milwaukee Ave), Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe (4032 N Milwaukee Ave), Lorch Bros. Flowers (4936 W Irving Park Rd), and Today’s Avon (4057 N Milwaukee Ave).
The festivities will last from 1-4 pm on Saturday, November 24, and is open and free for anyone to attend. Give your family the gift of cherished memories this holiday season and swing by to support your local businesses.
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 24 by buying your holiday presents locally.
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.
CTA Holiday Train and Bus
The CTA holiday train and bus return this holiday season to add a little extra cheer and joy to the residents of Chicago.
November 27 and November 28, the holiday bus will make an appearance along the #56 Milwaukee route. It will make another appearance on November 29 on the #92 Foster route and the #91 Austin route.
Then on Friday, November 23, the Holiday Train will hit the Chicago L trains. Thursday, December 6, through Saturday, December 8, the Holiday Train will make its appearance on the CTA Blue Line.
View the full holiday bus and train schedule at the CTA’s website.
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 this week:
There will be no garbage collection on Thursday, November 22. 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.
Annual Overnight Parking Ban Starts 3 am Saturday, Dec. 1
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Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban begins Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 am. The parking ban, indicated throughout the city with signage, will be enforced along 107 miles of critical arterial streets through March 31, 2018. The parking ban does not allow vehicles to park on marked arterial streets from 3:00 am to 7:00 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 are also eligible to receive a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket, and a storage fee of $20 per day when they violate the overnight parking ban.
In addition to the overnight parking ban, there is another parking an 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 2 inches of snow parking ban are indicated with signage.
An interactive map indicating streets affected by both winter parking restrictions is available on my website.
St. Viator Winterfest Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Get in the holiday spirit during St. Viator’s annual Winterfest. Neighbors are invited to snack, skate, sip, and shop during this annual event sponsored by Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
The event will include an ice skating rink, the Mistletoe Market craft fair, fresh wreaths and trees, a jumpy house, movies, food, and drinks.
The event will take place at the St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale. The hours are 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 1, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 2. View the event on Facebook for more information.
Holly Jolly JP Dec. 2
The Jefferson Memorial Advisory Council, the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Memorial Park are partnering this holiday season to host a Holly Jolly JP event. The event will take place on Sunday, December 2 from 11 am until 2 pm at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.
This event is the perfect chance to get in the holiday spirit while supporting local businesses and enjoying live entertainment. Local vendors will be on site to provide you with the chance to get your holiday shopping out of the way. There will also be food treats and trucks available to keep you energized for a day full of fun.
From 11 am until 1 pm kids can have their photo taken with Santa. There will also be a dedicated kids zone with movies, music, games, treats, crafts, and holiday stories to keep your kids entertained while you shop.
For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Holiday Sparkle Dec. 6
HO HO HO! A bit smaller this year, but we can’t let a little construction ruin our holiday spirit.
Come meet Jefferson Park Forward, neighbors, and I for the annual Holiday Sparkle event on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 pm directly across the street from the Jefferson Park Terminal.
There will be hot cocoa from Gale Street Inn to keep you warm and cookies from Fannie’s and Sicilia Bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth. Santa even plans on making a special appearance to fill the evening with holiday cheer. This is the perfect event to put the sparkle in your holiday season.
I hope to see you there.
Light Up Gladstone Park Dec. 7
Help Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce kick off the holiday season during the annual Light Up Gladstone Park event on Friday, December 7.
Starting at 5 pm at Chopin Plaza, the intersection of Milwaukee and Elston Avenues, neighbors will meet to light the tree, sing carols, meet Santa, enjoy refreshments, and more.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Irving Park Community Foods Pantry Holiday Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun gathering donations for its holiday distribution on December 19. 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.
On December 19, 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 14. Volunteers are needed to collect toys, organize the toy room, and help with the toy distribution on December 19. For more information, contact Sara Yoest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jefferson Park Branch Library Improvements Update
I am pleased to share an update on the improvements planned for the Jefferson Park Branch Library at 5363 W. Lawrence. As you may remember, 2018 participatory budgeting voters approved $175,000 for improvements to the library.
Earlier this year, my office secured $175,000 in Tax Increment Financing funds from the Jefferson Park TIF to finance the upgrades included in the participatory budgeting proposal. The Department of Fleet and Facility management supplemented that with $100,000 from their budget. You may have seen some improvements as a result of that funding, including cleaning up the awning and critical structural updates.
Since then, my office has worked closely with both Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) to take a more comprehensive look at the library and identify ways we can modernize and improve it. I am pleased to announce that because of these collaborative efforts, I was able to secure $1.5 million in funds from the Jefferson Park TIF to bring these additional improvements to our local library.
The $1.5 million will fund additional improvements to the structural integrity of the building, new flooring, a new electrical system, a new teen area, improvements to the kids’ area, improved lighting, improved ceilings, and improvements to the outdoor plaza area to make it more welcoming.
In the coming months, 2FM and the Library will finalize plans and timelines for the work. There will be a period of time when the library will close while improvements are being completed. Before these improvements are finalized and scheduled, we will host a community meeting to unveil the scope of the work, as well as the timeline for work to be completed.
I would like to thank 2FM and CPL for their ongoing partnership and support in improving our local library. These improvements continue to drive the ongoing revitalization efforts in Jefferson Park – which includes new businesses opening, a $25 million renovation to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, and continued private investment our community.
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 2019 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, 2018.
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Wed., Nov 21, 7 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Thur., Nov 21, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-724-4588. Free.
Thur., Nov 21, 7 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Help plan upcoming events and identify priorities to better the neighborhood park durin gtheIndependence Park Advisory Council meeting. Show your community pride and have fun in the process! Free.
Tue., Nov 27, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Nov 28, 11 am, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community and how you can become a volunteer at the Portage Park Village Meeting. Parking and the entrance are located at Berteau and Linder.Free.
Wed., Nov 28, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. Dan Pogorzelski will speak about the history of the Northwest side. He is a co-author of a series of neighborhood books called “Images of America Series”.Free.
Tue., Dec 4, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in your neighborhood at the monthlyGIPNA Meeting.Free.
Fri., Dec 6, 5 pm,Location TBD.Join Jefferson Park Forward at their monthlyFirst Friday Happy Hourevent. This is a great way to meet neighbors and support a local business. Every month, JPF picks a new watering hole to host their event. Check out their calendar on theirwebsite for this month’s location.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Dec 9, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.Carlson Community Services sponsorsA Blues Christmas featuring Bear Williams & His Band. There will be a reception following the concert. Free admission, donations welcome.
Wed., Dec 12, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Dec 13, 6:30 pm,Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Mendard.In addition to the regular meeting, the Gladstone Park Advisory Council will host a General Membership and Potluck event. Please bring your favorite dish to share with friends and neighbors. More info: online.Free.
Mon., Dec 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. Every month, PPNA hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. For location and more information, view their calendar online.Free.
Wed., Dec 19, 11 am, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community and how you can become a volunteer at thePortage Park Village Meeting. Parking and the entrance are located at Berteau and Linder. Free.
Wed., Dec 19, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Dec 19, 7 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Help plan upcoming events and identify priorities to better the neighborhood park during theIndependence Park Advisory Council meeting. Sow your community pride and have fun in the process! Free.
Thur., Dec 20, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Every month, JPF hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. For location and more information, view their calendar online.Free.