Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this weekend during the St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Maker’s Mart.
There will be a diverse selection of art, food, crafts, jewelry, and other home goods made by local artists and artisans.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sunday, November 5, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the church at 3857 N. Kostner.
Budget Town Hall Meeting Nov. 6
The Progressive Reform Caucus and Committeeman Robert Murphy from the 39th Ward Dems are co-hosting a community town hall meeting. Share your feedback and concerns regarding the Emanuel administration’s proposed 2018 city budget.
The event is free and open to the public. It is not required that your alderman be a member of the Progressive Caucus to attend.
The event will take place on Monday, November 6, at 7:00 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. More information about the event is 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.
PB45: The Results are In
October 16 through October 28, 723 residents voted in the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting process. These residents help decide what projects will be funded through the Neighborhood Capital Infrastructure Program, also known as aldermanic menu money.
Voters decided that 51%, or $510,000, of the $1 million should go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward. That leaves $491,000 for projects selected by voters.
Each voter selected up to six projects. The results are:
- Repair sidewalks throughout the ward ($150,000): 520 votes;
- Jefferson Park Branch library facelift ($175,000): 449 votes;
- Repair curbs throughout the ward ($150,000): 369 votes;
- Two neighborhood greenways ($90,000): 285 votes;
- Colored LED lights under the Milwaukee viaduct (Option A for $140,000 or Option B for $240,000): 260 votes;
- Fencing and Lighting near the Gladstone Park Metra stop ($70,000): 243 votes;
- Hanging planters in business corridors ($25,000): 221 votes;
- Decorative trash cans throughout the ward ($26,000): 204 votes;
- Mid-block bump-out at Jefferson Memorial Park ($65,000): 199 votes;
- Montrose Avenue streetscape improvements ($35,000): 185 votes;
- Outdoor adult exercise equipment at Austin-Foster Park and Wilson Park ($100,000): 158 votes;
- Arches, a marquee, or other distinctive signage at Jefferson Memorial Park ($100,000): 152 votes;
- Bump-out at McVicker and Bryn Mawr ($70,000): 141 votes;
- Bump-out on Avondale for the pedestrian bridge to the Gladstone Park Metra stop ($70,000): 110 votes; and
- Bump-out at Dakin and Lamon ($30,000): 58 votes.
The top 3 projects will be funded in addition to the street allocation approved by voters.
I am pleased to see an increase in voter turnout by 259% from the 2016 cycle. I would like to continue the momentum into the 2019 cycle and continue to grow those numbers. Participatory Budgeting works best when people participate.
I do want to thank those who participated in a meeting and came out to vote, as well as the UIC Great Cities Institute for their technical assistance.
I also want to give a special thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers who sorted through dozens of project suggestions, turning them into ballot proposals.
Keep an eye on this space for details on our neighborhood assemblies in the spring, where we will start taking ideas for the 2018 PB45 budget.
Learn more about Participatory Budgeting at the PB45 website.
Crossing Six Corners Nov. 11 – Nov. 12
Six Corners is more than a city intersection. It’s a 19,38-seat theater, built in 1920, where many Northwest-siders watched their first film. It’s a furniture store where you purchased your first sofa, the corner newsstand where your father picked up the morning paper. It’s the 5-floor department store where you went back-to-school shopping all through your childhood years. Today, it’s frozen yogurt after ballet lessons, cocktails and brick-oven pizza. Six Corners is home.
To preserve this collective history and decades of memories and stories, Six Corners Association and Filament Theatre have teamed up to create a dynamic partnership to honor Six Corners’ history and the local community.
On November 11 at 7 pm and again on November 12 at 3 pm, watch this history come to life in an immersive and interactive theatrical experience during Crossing Six Corners.
This theatrical patchwork canonizes the history and legend of Chicago’s Northwest Side and the historic Six Corners Shopping District. Through interviews with residents and historians, archived news articles, old pictures and more, the Filament Theatre has developed playful scenes, nostalgic monologues, and creative songs that will reinvigorate the love audience members have for their neighborhood while creating a sense of nostalgia.
Performances will take place at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N, Milwaukee, and are family-friendly. More information and tickets are available to purchase online.
Register for Carlson’s Trivia Night
Dust off your thinking cap and gather your teammates, it’s time for Carlson’s Trivia Night! Adults aged 21 and older are invited to match wits against their friends and neighbors during this annual fundraising event. The winning team will receive $200 and bragging rights.
Money raised during the event will help to benefit Carlson Community Service’s neighborhood programs, including providing at-risk children succeed with the Magic After School Place, providing local food pantries with vegetables from the Three Brothers Garden, and making fine arts accessible and affordable through the Irving Park Fine Arts Concert Series.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the gym at the Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Harding. Tables/teams are $280 before October 30, or $300 thereafter and includes an appetizer buffet. Wine, beer, and soda will be sold at the bar. Make sure to register your team today!
Neighbors Night Out November 7
Mingle with friends and neighbors for the quarterly Neighbors Night Out.
All Old Irving Park Association, Portage Park Association, and Jefferson Park Forward neighbors are invited to this fun social event. This is a great way to meet community members from other parts of the ward while supporting a local business.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 7, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Easy Street Pizza and Beer Garden, 3750 N. Central. More information is available online.
Fifth Annual Wine & Cheese Party on November 11
What’s better than enjoying some wine and cheese? Supporting the community while drinking wine and eating delectable cheese.
On Saturday, November 11, GIPNA will host its fifth annual Wine & Cheese Party, a fundraiser to benefit John B. Murphy School and the Independence Park Farmers Market.
Tickets to a night full of fun and feasting only cost $40 onlinein advance, or $45 at the door. There will also be raffles, a silent auction, and a neighbors wine basket.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 11, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park.
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 availableonline.
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.
Subcontractor Outreach Meeting
Learn more about the Independence and Northtown library/senior housing development opportunities and what you need to know to prepare a successful bid during a subcontractor outreach meeting. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 7, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
The development team and general contractors for each project will be in attendance to discuss project overview and timeline, building design and LEED requirements, the bid process and compliance.
Online registration is required to attend. Online registration will close on Sunday, November 5th at 11:59 pm.
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.
Joined Hands Food Pantry Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraising
The Joined Hands Food Pantry has been serving the Northwest Side for more than a decade, in conjunction with St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, Our Lady of Victory Parish, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and the St Vincent dePaul Society.
Their pantry provides more than 150 families with food every week throughout the year. They also aid other pantries in the area, and they usually host a Thanksgiving Dinner open to everyone.
This year, for the first time, Joined Hands needs your help to make the Thanksgiving dinner happen. They hope to reach their funding goal by the end of October to host the event in November.
Please donate to their campaign, and share with your friends, so that Joined Hands can make this Thanksgiving special for hungry families in need! If you want to volunteer, donate food, or if you have any questions, please call Rick Paulsen at (847) 358-0571. Find more information at the fundraising website.
Do Not Blow Leaves Into the Streets
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.
Additionally, unless Streets and Sanitation witnesses a lawn care contractor blowing leaves into the street, a homeowner can be held responsible for the actions the contractor takes.
Instead, please bag leaves and yard debris for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to collect.
Thanks for reading,
Sat., Nov 4, 11 am-2 pm, Disney II Magnet High School, 3900 N. Lawndale. Disney II hosts an Open House for prospective high school students. More info: online.Free.
Sat., Nov 4, 7:30 pm, Buckley Hall, 4450 N. Lowell.St. Edward parish presents Late Nite Catechism. Doors open at 6:30. Cash bar and appetizers. Info: 773-545-6496.$50/premium ticket; $30/regular. Includes one drink.
Tue., Nov 7, 4-7 pm, Potbelly, 4185 W. Irving Park Road. Satiate your appetite and support St. Edward School during afundraising event. No flyer needed. 20% of all sales will be donated back to the school. Cost of purchases.
Tue., Nov 7, 7 pm,Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Financial coach and author Dave Ramsey partners with Eden United for a nationwide livestream entitled Smart Money. Learn how to dump death and build wealth. Contact 773-655-4357 for registration information or email Jacki. You can also registeronline. Doors open at 6:30. Child care provided upon request. Free.
Tue., Nov 7, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during a GIPNA Board meeting.Free.
Wed., Nov 8, 8:30 am, St. Pascal Church, 6143 W. Irving Park. Pope Francis Global Academy invites veterans from our community to attend a Veterans Mass and Reception. A simple coffee and danish reception will follow mass. RSVP: online.Free.
Wed., Nov 8, 7 pm, Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Thur., Nov 9, 10 am-1 pm, Truman College, Northside American Job Center, 1145 W. Wilson. Find clinical and non-clinical employment opportunities during theChicago Healthcare Sector Center’s Fall Job Fair & Hiring Event. Dress professionally and bring many copies of updated resume. Register: 312-243-6405. Free.
Fri., Nov 10, 5:30-8 pm, Schurz High School Auditorium, 3601 N. Milwaukee.Schurz hosts aFamily Movie Night. They will feature Free Birds, the greatest turkey movie of all time! Doors open at 5:30, movie starts at 5:45. Admission is free, popcorn and snacks available for purchase.
Sat., Nov 11, 7-10 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church gym, 4057 N. Harding. The IPLC is hosting aGenerosity Hoe-Down. This is a square dance for all ages. All are invited. Free.
Mon., Nov 13, 8:30 am, St. Tarcissus Church, 6040 W. Ardmore.Pope Francis Global Academy invites veterans from our community to attend a Veterans Mass and Reception. A simple coffee and danish reception will follow mass. RSVP: online.Free.
Mon., Nov 13, 7 pm, Basement of the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Associationmeeting. Free.
Tue., Nov 14, 8:30 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Speak to parents and see classrooms during a St. Edward School Tour. RSVP: email organizers. Free.
Tue., Nov 14, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Nov 15, 7 pm, 16th District Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Nov 15, 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 the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Thur., Nov 16, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Domestic Violence Against Seniors: Misuse of Power and Control seminar. Register: 312-603-9233. Free.
Thur., Nov 16, 4-10 pm, Tratroria Porretta, 3656 N. Central. Swing by Trattoria Porretta after picking up your child’s report card during theFriends of Vaughn School Fundraiser. 15% of all sales – including dine-in, carry out, delivery, and gift cards – benefit Jackie Vaughn High School. Cost of purchases.
Thur., Nov 16, 5-8 pm, Portillo’s, 7308 W. Lawrence. Bring aflyer and support St. Edward School during a Portillo’s Fundraiser. Cost of purchases.
Thur., Nov 16, 7 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Meet neighbors and get involved in community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Guest speaker Magdalena Dolas from the Polish American Association will be in attendance. More info: online.Free.
Fri., Nov 17, 8-9 am, Murphy School, 3539 W. Grace. Tour Murphy and celebrate the joy of being in school during theMurphy School’s Community Sing & School Tour. More info: 773-534-9892. Free.
Sat., Nov 18, 9 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during a Peer 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’s All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner. Proceeds will help fund the troop’s activities.$10/adults; $7/kids 10 and younger.
Mon., Nov 20, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage 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 a Senior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. 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, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the communityGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Nov 29, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.