Please note that my office will be closed on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.We will reopen on Monday, November 13, at 9:00 am.
I’d like to take a moment to thank all the men and women who have served in our armed forces to protect our liberties. Thank you for your service.
If you’re looking to spend the day in a profound and meaningful way, I recommend visiting the Ed Paschke Art Center located at 5415 W. Higgins. They have partnered with the National Veterans Art Museum to host a special event in honor of Veterans Day.
Beginning at 3:00 pm, Willy Porter will host an intimate solo concert and engage in unique conversation with Nicholas Tremulis entitled Words With Music. Immediately followingWords With Music, there will be an Opening Reception for the100 Faces of War Experience. The exhibit will feature 100 life-size portraits and uncensored statements of American soldiers that served in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. The exhibit provides connects people to the reality of conflict and war.
Space is limited for this event, so an RSVP is required to attendWords and Music. However, the opening reception for the 100 Faces of War Experience will be open to the public after 5:00 pm. RSVP and find more information about this event online.
5201 W. Lawrence Groundbreaking Ceremony Nov. 17
Construction of the Residences at Jefferson Park, 5201 W. Lawrence, has begun. I hope you will join us a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, November 17, at 11:00 am.
This is an opportunity to thank all of the many stakeholders who helped guide us to a final plan and design. This development is the first major step in ushering in the revitalization of the Jefferson Park business corridor.
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.
Fischman’s Bottle Shop Grand Opening Nov. 17
The highly-anticipated opening of Fischman’s bottle shop is finally here! On Friday, November 17, at 3:00 pm they will officially open the doors to the bottle shop at their new location in Six Corners, 4054 N. Milwaukee.
Swing by to congratulate them and get an update on the expected completion date of the NEW Fischman’s Public House.
Free Pets for Vets on Veterans Day
Pets for Vets Adoption Day is an expression of gratitude to the men and women who served our country to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy on a daily basis.
On Veterans Day 2017 (Saturday, November 11), Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is hosting a Pets for Vetsfree adoption day in collaboration with Illinois State Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza.
Between noon and 4:00 pm, veterans with a military ID can go to CACC at 2741 S. Western avenue to adopt a new furry best friend.
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.
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 online in 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 available online.
Watch Home Alone for Free on November 29
Get into the holiday spirits 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, and Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association are generously sponsoring this free event full of holiday fun.
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.
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.
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,
Fri., Nov 10, 5:30-8 pm, Schurz High School Auditorium, 3601 N. Milwaukee. Schurz hosts a Family 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.
Sun., Nov 12, 11 am (following worship), Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Sink your teeth into delicious homemade baked goods and buy some crafty gift items during theGirl Scouts and Eden UCC Holiday Bake Sale & Bazaar. Tickets for Eden’s 50/50 raffle drawing on Christmas Eve also available for sale. Complimentary hot beverage bar available.. Cost of purchases.
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, 4 pm-close,Graziano’s, 5960 W. Touhy, Niles. Enjoy delicious items and help raise money for a local school during the Dine for Hitch fundraiser. Valid on dine-in and take-out orders. Cost of purchases.
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 the17th 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 the 17th 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 Controlseminar. 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 a flyer 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 the Jefferson 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 the Murphy 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 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, 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.