Please be advised that in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, my office will be closed on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12. It will re-open on Tuesday, November 13 at 9 am.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all the women and men who have served in our armed forces to protect our liberties. Thank you for your service.
Spend Veterans Day with the National Veterans Art Museum
Photo Credit: Time Out Chicago
If you’re looking for a meaningful way to reflect on the sacrifices our veterans have made this Veterans Day, I recommend joining the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 N. Milwaukee. They will be hosting a special Veterans’ Day Open Hours from 12-4 pm,
NVAM is also hosting a “Writers on War & Peace: I Remember Chicago Veterans of War” panel from 2-4 pm featuring NVAM Executive Director Brendan Foster at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Avenue.
From 7-11 pm on Veterans Day, NVAM is partnering with The Hideout Inn, 1354 W/ Wabansia, to present Soldier’s Heart. This event features an evening of music and poetry to support veteran artists in memory of Jacob David George.
More information on NVAM’s various events honoring veterans this holiday is available on their Facebook page.
Community Meeting for 4900 N. Milwaukee Scheduled for Nov. 19
I am pleased to announce continued progress in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson Park. The owner of the vacant lot at 4900 N. Milwaukee has proposed a mixed-use development for the empty space directly across Milwaukee from the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
The plans call for ground floor commercial space, three floors of apartments, and an owner-occupied penthouse set back from the street. The plan includes 9,870 square feet of commercial space, 31 dwelling units, and 9 parking spaces (None are required adjacent to a transit center.) This developer also successfully rehabbed the building at 4872 N. Milwaukee, where Weston’s Coffee & Tap is located.
The revitalization of the Jefferson Park business corridor has been a top priority for me since first becoming your alderman in 2011. With the development of 5201 W. Lawrence underway, the recent opening of Starbucks, the $25 million renovation to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, Weston’s, and other projects in the pipeline- we have made significant strides towards progress. I believe this development will continue to breathe new life into downtown Jefferson Park.
I hope you will join me on Monday, November 19, at 6:30 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence, to learn more about this proposal.
16th & 17th District Leadership Changes
The Chicago Police Department announced leadership changes this week. Commander Looney of the 16th District Police Station is set to retire after serving the residents of Chicago for the past 32 years. Commander Moss of the 17th District Police Station has been selected to serve as the next Executive Officer of Area Central.
I would like to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude to both Commander Looney and Commander Moss for the time they spent serving our city and our communities. Their drive, dedication, and compassion distinguished them as leaders in our police department.
Maureen Biggane will replace Commander Looney as the 16th District Commander. Commander Biggane most recently held the position of Lieutenant in the Office of the 1st Deputy. She has served on the Chicago Police Department since 1992 with positions in the Bureau of Organized Crime, the Office of Communications, the Office of the Superintendent, the Detective Division, and on the 12th, 21st, and 9th Districts. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Xavier University and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association with a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School.
Commander Looney will remain at the 16th District in the coming weeks to help with the transition to Commander Biggane. I am confident that Commander Biggane will fill the role that Commander Looney is leaving behind with the same level of confidence and determination.
Ronald Pontecore Jr. will replace Commander Moss as the 17th District Commander. Commander Pontecore most recently was the Commander of the 8th District. He has served in the Chicago Police Department for 27 years with positions as Captain in the Inspections Division, as Captain at the 25th District, as a Lieutenant in the 17th District, as a member of the Gang Team, and held positions in the 25th, 15th, and 10th Districts. He has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from DePaul University.
Please join me in thanking both Commander Looney and Commander Moss for their service and in welcoming Commander Biggane and Commander Pontecore to our communities.
Film Notice: The Red Line
Palladin Productions will be filming scenes for the CBS TV showThe Red Line on Wednesday, November 14.
In order to park essential vehicles and equipment, streets in the area will be posted as No Parking/Tow Zone during the following dates/times:
- 5 pm through 11 pm on November 14 on both sides of Knox from 4200-4300 N. Knox
Producers will work closely with the Chicago Film Office to ensure a safe and positive experience for all.
If you have any questions, you can contact the City of Chicago Film Office at 312-744-6416.
Sears Site Community Planning Meeting Nov. 14
The developers for the former Six Corners Sears will be listening to your suggestions and recommendations at a community planning meeting to be held 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, at the former Sears site, 4035 N. Cicero.
I have partnered with the Six Corners Association to host an input session where community members will be able to provide direct input to the development team of Seritage Growth Properties/Tucker Development Corp. This will also provide the developers an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community.
It is too early in the process for the developer to present a proposal. Instead, this meeting will be your opportunity to tell the developers how you think this important site can serve the community.
Of course, I am aware that a concept plan did appear on a real-estate broker’s website. Those plans, however, were just concepts shopped around to tenant prospects. They have not been vetted nor codified by me, the city’s planning department, or – most importantly – the community. As far as I’m concerned, the site remains a blank slate.
I urge you to attend this meeting to share your thoughts.
Request a Water Test Kit
The Department of Water Management announced Thursday that the preliminary data they have had since June indicated a portion from a small sample of homes that have had water meters installed have reported increases in lead levels.
The delay in notifying owners of metered homes that their water could potentially contain lead is negligent and egregious. Our residents deserve full transparency on these public health matters. It is our duty to take swift action to ensure that our drinking water is safe and clean.
The Department of Water Management will be sending free water filter pitchers to homes that had above EPA action levels of lead. I highly recommend any home with or without a meter to request a water test kit from the city to have your water tested.
I will be working closely with my colleagues at City Hall to address this situation so our families can be at ease that their drinking water is safe for consumption.
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.
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 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sixth Annual Wine & Cheese Party Nov. 10
What’s better than enjoying some wine and cheese? Supporting the community while drinking wine and eating tasty cheese.
On Saturday, November 11, GIPNA will host its sixth 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 a silent auction, with great prizes including a membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art, tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and much more.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 10, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park.
Rosedale Park Turkey Shoot Nov. 15
Gobble gobble! This is a fun free throw contest for all ages!
Shoot some free throws at Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, from on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8 pm. Participants will be divided by age and will have the chance to win a turkey or a pie.
Pre-registration for this event is required. Participants can sign up by calling Rosedale Park at 773-631-7156.
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.
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. Residents can call 311 or my office at 773-28-4545 to request separate bagged yard waste collection service April through November.
Joined Hands Food Pantry Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser
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 host a Thanksgiving Dinner open to everyone.
Last year, they turned to the community for financial help so they could put this event on, and it was a great success. This year they are asking for your help again.They hope to reach their funding goal by November 10, about two weeks before their Thanksgiving meal.
Please donate to their campaign and share with your friends so that Joined Hands can make this Thanksgiving special for hungry families in need!
Volunteer for Schurz High School Career Day
The Schurz College and Career team is hosting two school wide career days on Wednesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 14 at 8 am to provide students with the opportunity to meat and learn from volunteers in their chosen career paths.
Career Day provides a platform to develop more meaningful and personal connections between students, alumni, parents, teachers, and friends of Schurz.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Google form and Schurz will contact you with more details.
Filament’s The Snow Queen Now Open
Filament’s 2014 hit is back and better than ever! When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen’s palace, Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the world to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm your heart with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.
Come together with loved ones to join young Gerda on an epic journey to the North Pole. Together your hearts will be warmed with playful activities, whimsical puppets, and sweet hot chocolate!
Reserve your tickets today for this unique family experience! Tickets start at $12 and are available online.
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.
Drop-In Camps at Rosedale Park
Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, will host drop-in camps for CPS scheduled days off. Each drop-in day camp includes a field trip:
- November 12 – Funtopia
Drop-in camps run from 9 am to 2 pm and cost only $10 per day. For more information and to register, visit the Chicago Park District’s website or sign-up in person at the Rosedale Park field house.
Sign Up for Smart911 Today
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced the launch of Smart911 as part of the city’s effort to strengthen the accurate, timely, and effective dispatch of emergency resources in crisis situations. Smart911 is available to all residents and visitors of Chicago.
Smart911 is a free, online platform that allows users to securely enter important medical and household information in their safety profile to help plan ahead for an emergency situation. This information will automatically display for dispatchers when the user dials 9-1-1.
Residents may include a variety of information in their safety profile, such as allergies, autism, Alzheimer’s, animals, hearing impairment, current medication, physical disability, mental health information, home layout, emergency contacts, and more.
Smart911 allows anyone, including non-English speakers, to add their information in any language. Smart911 will automatically translate the information in your profile. Residents may also indicate that they or someone in the household has difficulty communicating in English. By having that information included in the profile, when 911 is called, the call taker can immediately engage the language interpreter in the primary language to better assist residents in an emergency.
For more information and to sign up, visit the Smart911 website.
2018-2019 Emergency Heating Repair Program Now Open
The 2018-2019 Emergency Heating Repair Program is now open. It will remain open through April 1, 2019, 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.
Work for the 2020 Census
The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting to fill positions for the next census in 2020. An accurate count of the population is imperative to secure federal funding for municipalities and determine political representation.
The Census Bureau provides the opportunity to work in a fast-paced organization with a diverse and talented staff to complete one of the largest and most important projects in the United States. This is a great way to get paid while helping your community.
For more information and to apply, visit the 2020 Census jobs website.
Sun., Nov 11, 9 am-3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Start your holiday shopping by attending aPottery Pop-Up Sale! Handcrafted pottery by three local artists: Heidi Ellison Childress, Deborah Schneider, and Jeannine Ringland-Zwirn. Come to shop and stay for lunch! Delicious vegetarian and meat chili and homemade baked goods available for purchase. 10% of all proceeds benefit the mission and ministry of St. John’s. Cost of Purchases.
Mon., Nov 12, St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 W. Addison. All 1-8 grade prospective transfer students are invited to attend a specialShadow Day Open House to get to know St. Viator. RSVP and more info: email organizers. Free.
Mon., Nov 12, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Associationmeeting. Meetings take place in the church basement. More info: online.Free.
Tue., Nov 13, 9 am-1 pm, 1101 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL. The DC14 Apprenticeship Program hosts anOpen House. Learn about apprenticeship programs on painting and drywall finishing. RSVP by November 9 toJessica Kollman.Free.
Tue., Nov 13, 7 pm, Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott.Learn what you can about crime during the 1613 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Tue., Nov 13, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Nov 14, 10:30 am-12 pm,Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins. The Portage Park Village is hosting aEd Paschke Art Center Outing. You will get a guided tour of the art center and some light refreshments. Limited space, so RSVP at 312-744-9022 or visiting the front desk at the Portage Park Senior Center. No transportation provided, you will need to arrange that on your own.Free.
Wed., Nov 14, 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., Nov 15, 5:15-7:45 pm,Location TBD.Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host aThirsty Third Thursday at a local watering hole. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors while supporting a local business. More info: online. Cost of purchases.
Thur., Nov 15, 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 calendaronline. Free.
Fri., Nov 16, 11 am, Austin-Irving Branch Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. Attend aMedicare Basics Seminar to see if you’re getting the most in Medicare benefits. Refreshments provided. RSVP: 844-808-8262.Free.
Sat., Nov 17, 5-9 pm, St. Edward, Gymnasium, Sunnyside and Lowell. Boy Scout Troop 904 hosts their annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner. There will be a live performance byThe Cowboy Choir,raffle prizes, and a cash bar.$10/adult; $7/age 10 and under.
Sun., Nov 18, 3:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Enjoy the annual Neighborhood Thanksgiving Service sponsored by four local churches. Mission offerings, as well as canned and non-perishable goods, will be collected for Northwest Church of Christ Food Pantry. Service will be followed by a pie luncheon. More info: 773-655-4357. Free.
Mon., Nov 19, 10 am-12 pm,Culvers, 4939 W. Irving Park. Join Oak Street Health for a Medicare Benefits Workshop. Discuss your coverage options and enjoy a complimentary bowl of delicious chili at Culver’s located at Six Corners. You must have Medicare parts A and B to qualify. Limit one meal per person.Free.
Mon., Nov 19, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage 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 calendaronline. Free.
Tue., Nov 20, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Diane Csajaghy, a neuro-endovascular and stroke nurse practitioner at the Presence Neuroscience Institute, will give aStroke Presentation.Free.
Tue., Nov 20, 4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.Oak Street Health is hosting aMedicare Basics Seminar. Refreshments provided. RSVP: 844-808-8262.Free.
Tue., Nov 20, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4416 N. Elston.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the West Walker Civic Associationgeneral meeting.Free.
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 the1722-1723 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 the Gladstone 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 the Jefferson 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.