Are you in need of a tree for the holiday season? Murphy School and St. Edward School are hosting tree sale fundraisers this weekend.
On Saturday, December 1, swing by Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison, between 1-4 pm to purchase a tree. The money raised will benefit Murphy School. While you’re at the park, you have the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus while you sip on free hot chocolate. They will also provide free holiday crafting for kids, free story time, and free family “green screen” photos.
If you’re unable to make it to Murphy School on Saturday, you can swing by St. Edward School, 4447 N. Lowell, on Sunday, December 2. They’ll be selling farm-fresh Douglas Fir trees. Find the perfect one for your family and they’ll even tie it to your car for you!
Jefferson Park Master Plan to go Before Planning Dec. 20
Photo Credit: Teska Associates
I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will vote to codify the final draft of the Jefferson Park Master Plan during their December 20 meeting.
The funding for the master plan was first announced by my office in 2015 after I secured a grant from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to fund the analysis and process. In 2017, RTA awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan that would help inform and guild the revitalization of the commercial district surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
Beginning in June 2017, Teska Associates began an extensive and comprehensive process to obtain community input to guide them in developing the master plan. The outreach included three town hall community meetings where all stakeholders could be heard. Teska also hosted 15 meetings with neighborhood organizations including the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Side Unite, Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, and Jefferson Park Forward. Finally, they conducted dozens of interviews, put out two public surveys, and incorporated hundreds of comments submitted to them on the Master Plan website.
The final draft is a result of over a year’s worth input and ideas from neighbors such as yourself. I am confident that this plan reflects the neighborhood’s values and priorities while developing a roadmap to reinvigorating our business corridor. I would like to thank you for your participation in this process and I look forward to your ongoing partnership in the implementation of this plan. I am proud to represent a community that is demonstrably invested in the formation of this valuable tool that will lead to the betterment and long-term success of the Jefferson Park neighborhood.
CPS Sexual Abuse Hearing
After many months of pressure from myself and my colleagues in the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus, the Education Committee finally hosted a hearing about the Chicago Public School sexual abuse scandal.
During the hearing, I heard testimony from many impacted by the egregious sex abuse scandal that plagued our schools. I am outraged by the traumatic events many endured and humbled by their courage to come forward and share their experiences in order to build a safer environment within our schools.
I am committed to working closely with the newly formedCPS Office of Student Protection, principals, school leaders, and my colleagues in City Council to ensure that victims are heard, that there are protocols in place for those reporting abuse, and that policies are followed to prevent this from occurring again.
Annual Overnight Parking Ban Starts 3 am Saturday, Dec. 1
Photo Credit: Park Whiz
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.
Water Main Replacement: Bryn Mawr, Menard, Mango, Markham, and Marmora
Please be aware that beginning in late December, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main in the following locations:
- Bryn Mawr Avenue from Milwaukee to Parkside;
- Menard from Bryn Mawr to Seminole;
- Mango from Bryn Mawr to 400′ north;
- Marmora from Ardmore to 350′ north; and
- Markham from Ardmore to Thorndale
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. In order to install the new sewer on Bryn Mawr, crews will need to close Bryn Mawr to mainline traffic for approximately 25 days. Traffic will be detoured around the closure by going north on Milwaukee and returning south on Elston. Crews will make every effort to accommodate local traffic.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to preserve as much parking as possible.
My office and the Department of Water understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout this project and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project, you can register online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this water main replacement is 7075.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from the mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes, to the final restoration of the street.
The completion of the water main installation is anticipated to be completed in February 2019. Once the water main is installed, the street will be restored so that traffic is not impacted. However, the final restoration is weather dependent and may not occur until the spring of 2019 or until weather permits.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either as the construction foreman on the project site, email my office at Ward45@cityofchicago.org, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6635.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
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.
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.
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 3 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.
Film Notice: Dec. 5
- 4 am-10 pm on the north side of Lawrence from Avondale to Lipps;
- 4 am-10 pm on the east side of Lipps from Lawrence to 1/2 block north; and
- 4 am-10 pm on the east side of Avondale from Lawrence to 1/2 block north
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.
Native Literature and Arts Holiday Celebration Dec. 7
The American Indian Association of Illinois, Northwestern University, and the Ho-Chunk Nation Chicago Branch Office are hosting a Native Literature and Arts Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 7, from 7-9 pm in the Ho-Chunk Chicago Branch Office, located at 4738 N. Milwaukee.
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.
Make Ornaments at Rosedale Park on Dec. 14
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 off at my office (4754 N. Milwaukee) during office hours.
The deadline for contributing toys is Wednesday, December 12. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open
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.
Thanks for reading,
Sat., Dec 1, 1-4 pm, Athletic Field Park Field House, 3546 W. Addison.Murphy School is hosting aChristmas Tree Sale & Family Day. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Free hot chocolate, free holiday crafting for kids, free story time, free family “green screen” photo.Trees starting at $40, wreaths starting at $32, garland starting at $42.
Sun. Dec 2, 9 am-1 pm, St. Edward School, 4447 N. Lowell.St. Edward School is selling farm-fresh Douglas Fir trees. Find the perfect one for your family and they’ll tie it to your car for you. You can also order one onlinefor a $5 delivery surcharge. Cost of tree.
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.
Sat., Dec 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Central. Join the Friends of Portage Park for their annualHoliday Tree Lighting event. Holiday music, hot cocoa, Santa, and horse-driven sleigh rides. All are welcome. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the St. Cyprian’s Food Pantry. More info: 224-725-3204.Free.
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, 10 am-2 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. The City Clerk will host a CityKeyprinting event.Free.
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.
Tue., Dec 13, 6:30 pm, Taft High School Auditorium, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr.Taft & Bands is hosting at Band Concert. While you’re there, purchase a Poinsettia for just $6. All proceeds will benefit the Taft Band Boosters and be used for the upcoming New Orleans trip, instrument repair, music stands, and more. Questions:email organizers.
Sat., Dec 15, 11 am-3 pm,Independence Park Fieldhouse 3945 N. Springfield. Come shop for handmade gifts by 40 local crafters during the annualIndependence Park Holiday Craft Fair. Jewelry, pottery, knits, baked goods, and much more. Cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Dec 15, 2 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving. Enjoy aHoliday Concert by Jazzman Ray. Hear your favorite holiday songs performed and stories shared. All ares are welcome. More info: 312-744-6222. Free.
Mon., Dec 17, 1:45-3:45 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. The Portage Park Village hosts aHoliday Social. Enjoy a free holiday social with deejays Fram and Norm. Free goodies and treats provided by United in Faith Lutheran Church, but feel free to bring any treats you’d like! More info: 312-744-9022. 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.
Thur., Dec 18, 1-2 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Come discuss a great idea (such as free will, truth, or beauty) every third Tuesday of the month during the Great Ideas Discussion Group!December’s meeting will focus on art. Bob Lichtenbert, a philosophy professor, leads the group. 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, 4:30-6 pm,Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Families STEAM ahead with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects during Family Fun Afternoons. For families with kids K-6th grades. Sign up: 312-744-0152. 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.