I would like to wish everyone a joyous 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. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
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.
Please note that my office will be closed Thursday November 23, through Sunday, November 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Monday, November 27.
My No Vote on the 2018 Budget
Today, I voted no on Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2018 budget because it falls far short of what the working families of Chicago need and deserve.
First and foremost, it continues to use regressive taxes fees and fines that burdens our lowest income and vulnerable households for revenue.
Over the last few years, we have asked residents to honor the commitment to our public safety workers and shore up our pension systems. Because of the long abdication of this responsibility by the Daley and early Emanuel administrations, the ask was great: a $500 million property tax increase ramped over 4 years. We are still seeing those increases on our property tax bills, our water bills, and our phone bills.
Yet, this budget asks for an increased phone tax that will cost a family with four lines an additional $52.80 on top of the $187.20 they already pay every year.
This budget also relaxes regulation on ride-share companies while imposing an additional 20¢ per-ride tax that will be paid by our residents. With ride-share companies only paying $10,000 for the right to use our infrastructure while extracting hundreds of millions of dollars out of our economy, the new budget and regressive taxes disproportionately put the burden on our city’s residents. Despite being a multi-billion dollar industry, many drivers are not even earning minimum wage.
$16 million generated by this increase will be handed over to the CTA with no oversight by the City Council. The CTA has some of the highest contracting costs of any public service. Without oversight, we cannot count on checks and balances being put in place to assure that money will be spent on important infrastructure and service improvements.
While I support the trend of increase surplussing of TIF funds, this budget picks up costs of security in our CPS schools and Safe Passage routes by giving CPS $14 million from the City, again with no oversight. This practice sets a dangerous precedent, both with the lack of oversight, as well as how it might expose the City’s bond rating to further downgrades.
I am not comfortable with these dollars being diverted unless I can be sure taxpayers are getting the most in return.
Finally, we are far behind on instituting police reforms and oversight in the police department. For years we were told that our force was the correct size and an exploding overtime budget was an effective policy. After all these years, we learned from the Inspector General’s report of potential overtime fraud and abuse in the department. And we know that retirements have far outpaced hiring, and the murder rate is over 600 to date.
Our aggressive hiring with a focus on diversity within our police force is a reason for optimism. But, if they are trained into a system that protects the status quo, we are just reinforcing sins of the past.
The administration has failed to fight for ways to make sure the very wealthy and big corporations are paying their fair share, and that we aren’t balancing the budget through more regressive, burdensome fees and fines on working families. For those reasons, I voted no.
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of residential burglaries that occurred in the month of November. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5600-block of North Major between 3:30 pm and 9:30 pm November 7;
- The 5800-block of North Melvina at 7:15 pm November 7;
- The 5700-block of West Sunnyside at 9:50 am November 14;
- The 4500-block of North McVicker between 8:00 pm November 15 and 8:00 am November 16; and
- The 4400-block of North Mason at 8:11 pm November 17.
Please make sure all doors and windows are locked, keep the perimeter of your property well lit, and call 911 if you notice any suspicious people loitering.
Anyone with any information is urged to call 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 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.
Annual Overnight Parking Ban Starts 3 am Friday, Dec. 1
Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban begins Friday, 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 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.
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.
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.
Light Up Gladstone Park Dec. 1
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 1.
Starting at 7:00 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.
St. Viator Winterfest Dec.1 – Dec. 3
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, December 1, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 3. View the event on Facebook for more information.
Annual Holiday Sparkle Dec. 7
Join Jefferson Park Forward and I for the annual Holiday Sparkle event on Thursday, December 7, at 5 pm at the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
This is the perfect event to put the sparkle in your holiday season. Santa will make a special appearance with his sleigh as we light the holiday lights, sing festive songs with the Schurz school choir, sip hot cocoa, and enjoy delicious treats from Fannies, Mariano’s, and Sicilia Bakery.
I hope to see you there.
12 Hours of Christmas Holiday Film Fest Dec. 10
The Six Corners Association and the Portage Theatre are partnering to kick off the holiday season by featuring all your favorite holiday movies on Saturday, December 10, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm at the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee.
Enjoy all the holiday classics, from It’s a Wonderful Life to Elf and everything in between.
Tickets cost only $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. The full line up and tickets are available online.
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 28 and November 29, the holiday bus will make an appearance along the #56 Milwaukee route. It will make another appearance on November 30 on the #92 Foster route and the #91 Austin route.
Starting Wednesday, November 29, the Holiday Train will hit the Chicago L trains. Thursday, December 7, through Saturday, December 9, 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.
Irving Park Community Foods Pantry Holiday Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun gathering donations for their holiday distribution 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Local 150 Apprenticeship Opportunities
The apprenticeship office of Local 150 Operating Engineers has open applications for the trades of heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment repair technician, geothermal well driller and construction material inspector. An application can be requested in person at any one of the nine offices during the scheduled dates and times listed below. A $25 application fee per program will be required at the time of request. Payment will be accepted in the form of money order only. It can be made payable to “Local 150 Apprenticeship Fund.” Please note that all applicants must have a valid driver’s license that matches the address on their application.
Applications may be picked up at any district office regardless of which Local 150 district the applicant resides.
- Training Center: 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481; Nov. 1-30, Monday through Saturday (excluding Thanksgiving); 8 am – 3 pm
- District 5: 740 E. US Route 6, Utica, IL 61373; Nov. 21st; 12 pm – 5 pm
- District 6: 1001 Michigan St., Lakeville, IN 46536; Nov. 22; 12 pm – 5 pm
- District 7: 2193 W. 84th Pl., Merrillville, IN 46410; Nov. 28th; 12 pm – 5 pm
- District 8: 3511 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL 61201; Nov. 20th; 12 pm – 5 pm
The minimum qualifications for the program are as follows:
- At least 18 years of age
- Must have graduated high school or obtained a GED. The applicant will provide a high school transcript for evaluation purposes
- Be a resident of the geographic jurisdiction of Local 150
- A valid driver’s license and the maintenance of such are required at the time of selection
- A statement from a licensed physician stating physical ability to preform the work of the trades will be required 30 days after being indentured into the program
- Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language
- Required to undergo drug testing.
Applicants must include all of the documents listed below along with their application.
- Educational/Military transcripts
- Reference letters
- Birth certificate
- Proof of previous employment
- Prior experience questionnaire
All documents must be sent to the address listed below no later than December 31, 2017.
19800 W. South Arsenal Rd.
Wilmington, IL 60481
Selection of apprentices under the programs shall be made from qualified applications, based on qualifications alone, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, or occupationally irrelevant physical requirements in accordance with objections standards which permit review, after full and fair opportunity for application. The programs shall be run on a completely non-discriminatory basis.
If you have any questions, please contact Local 150 at 815-722-3201 or visit their website.
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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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 meeting. Speaker: Kurt Hilgendorf, policy advisor with the Chicago Teacher Union. He will be discussing transparency, per student spending, and other budget topics. Free.
Thur., Nov 30, 4 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Author Joseph Gustaitis discussesChicago Transformed: World War I and the Windy Cityduring an Author Visit. More info: 312-744-0152.Free.
Sat., Dec 2, 9 am-3 pm, Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Kevlars to Careers hosts aWelcome Home Event. Resources and symposium to prepare veterans, active duty personnel, and reservists/National Guard for a seamless transition to civilian life. Free.
Sat., Dec 2, 8 am-7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. The Guild of the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park and Eden United Church of Christ presents aHoliday Bazaar. There will be raffles, lucky tree, bakery booth, granny’s attic, crafts and gifts, and jewelry and gems. Breakfast will be from 8-9:30 am. The bazaar will open at 9 am. Food and refreshments available for purchase throughout the day. Cost of purchases.
Sat., Dec 2, 10 am,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. Join friends and family for the annual Hanging of the Greens. Free.
Sat., Dec 2, 11-11:30 am, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont.Children ages 4 and older are invited to have fun as women from the Junior League of Chicago read books, act out stories, and sing songs during theMad Hatters event. Stick around afterward to make a hat to take home. More info: 312-744-0152. Free.
Sun., Dec 3, 8 am-2 pm, Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell. Get in the holiday spirit during the annual Cookie Walk, Santa’s Breakfast, & Christmas Tree Sale. Free.
Sun., Dec 3, 9 am-9 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.Celebrate the holidays at the Irish American Heritage Center during a Christmas Bazaar. Tickets for breakfast are $15/adults and $5/children 12 and under.
Tue., Dec 5, 3:30-8 pm, Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose.Friends of Vaughn partners with Old Irving Brewing Co. to host a Happy Hour Fundraiser. Local craft beer, food, fun, bags tournament, silent auction. Funds raised provide technology and transportation for students with disabilities. More info and tickets:online.$25/advance, $30/door.
Fri., Dec 8, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, Courtroom 2005, 50 W. Washington. The senior enrichment series hosts aSenior Driving: Tips for the Active Senior. Register: 312-603-9233.Free.
Sat., Dec 9, 10 am-3 pm,Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield.Shop for homemade gifts by 32 local crafters, enjoy delicious treats from the bake sale, and visit with Santa between noon and 2 pm during theIndependence Park Holiday Craft Fair.Free.
Sat., Dec 9, 11 am-12 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont.Kids with special needs are invited to interact with books, song, and play during aSensory Story Time. For children up to 12 years old. More info: 312-744-0152. Free.
Sat., Dec 9, 11 am-1 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. Enjoy the sounds of the season by Kathy Cowan and Friends, sip tea, and indulge in sandwiches and cookies during the annual Christmas Tea event.$25/adults, $8/children 12 and under.
Sat., Dec 9, 5 pm,St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner. The St. John’s Choir and the St. Johns Children’s Choir present beautiful music as they share stories of scripture and their 132 years of history during a special celebration of the the new accessible entrance. More info: 773-725-9026. Free.
Sun., Dec 10, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents An Octave Above Holiday Concert. Reception with artists to follow concert.Free.
Sun., Dec 10, 5 pm,LaVilla Restaurant, La Strada Room, 3632 N. Pulaski.RSVP for OIPA’s annual Holiday Party. This year they’re shaking things up by going on a field trip. Limited to 80 spaces, so RSVP by December 1 with the number of adults, kids (ages 6-12) and wee ones (5 and under) via email. Free to OIPA member. Cash donations accepted at the door to help defray additional costs of the space.
Wed., Dec 13, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-724-4521.Free.
Sat., Dec 16, 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., Dec 16, 2 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont. The Unity Club Band of Lane Tech High School, under the guidance of Javier Payano, will play holiday favorites during a Holiday Concert. More info: 312-744-0152.Free.
Sun., Dec 17, 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 is even a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter. Cost of purchases.
Sun., Dec 17, 3 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.Enjoy an international sing-along of English, Polish, and Czech carols with excerpts from the Messiah and other traditional holiday favorites during the 2nd Annual Christmas Spectacular. More info: online. $35, $25, and $15. $5 discount for children and students.
Mon., Dec 18, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Tue., Dec 19, 11 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Dec 20, 6:30-7:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont.Kids, parents, and other family members join for crafts, games, projects, and stories during theFamily Fun Night. More info: 312-744-0152. Free.
Wed., Dec 20, 7:30 pm, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Dec 21, 6 pm, Harry’s on Elston, 5943 N. Elston. The Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association hosts their annual Holiday Party. Join friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate each other and enjoy the holiday season.Cost of purchases.
Thur., Dec 21, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.