It’s finally starting to feel like Autumn in Chicago. Get in the fall spirit this weekend by spending it with Fannie’s Cafe Bakery Boutique, 5040 W. Montrose, during their Harvest Fest.
Beginning at 10 am on Saturday, October 14, Fannie’s will host a day filled with live music, crafts, face painting, raffles, and pumpkin painting. The kitchen will also be serving up great food specials, delectable pies, and more!
Participatory Budgeting Voting Begins Monday, October 16
It’s that time of year again to determine how we will allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds during the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process.
Learn about the projects!
In the spring, residents offered their ideas for this year’s ballot during five different neighborhood assemblies. Volunteer community representatives have been working hard since then to develop 15 projects for the 2018 ballot.
The projects on this year’s ballot are listed below. You can also view all the ballot items on the PB45 website.
- Colored LED lights under the Milwaukee viaduct: $140,000 or $240,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at McVicker and Bryn Mawr: $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Jefferson Park Branch Library facelift: $175,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Dakin and Lamon: $30,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out on Avondale to access the Gladstone Park Metra: $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Mid-block bump-out on Higgins to Jefferson Memorial Park: $65,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Repair sidewalks throughout the ward: $150,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Repair curbs throughout the ward: $150,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Hanging planters in 45th Ward business corridors: $25,000. Learn more about this project here.
- 17 decorative trash cans throughout the ward: $26,000. Learn more about this project here.
- Fencing and lighting near the Gladstone Park Metra stop: $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Neighborhood greenway on Austin Avenue and from the Jefferson Park Transit Center to the North Branch Trail: $90,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Adult exercise equipment at Wilson Park and Austin-Foster Park: $50,000/park. Learn more about this project here;
- Montrose Avenue streetscape improvements: $35,000. Learn more about this project here; and
- Marquee, sign, or other identifier for Jefferson Memorial Park: $100,000. Learn more about this project here.
For the first year, 45th Ward residents aged 14 and older will be able to vote online for the 2018 participatory budgeting cycle! After voter turnout decreased in the 2016 cycle, the number one request my office received was to allow residents to cast their ballot online. I am pleased to announce that in partnership with Participatory Budgeting Chicago and Stanford University, we are now able to provide this option.
Online voting begins Monday, October 16th and continues until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 28th.To vote online, all you have to do is fill out an online registration form. My staff will respond with the voting site link and a special access code to allow you to vote. Please do not share your code with anyone else; your code is unique and may be used only once. Please note that this is not an automated system; rather, office employees will be verifying the information. This may result in a delay from the time you submit the registration from to when you receive the one-time code.
If you have questions, please contact the Ward Office atWard45@cityofchicago.org or 773-286-4545.
45th Ward residents 14-years-old and up will have the opportunity to vote early in-person in my office beginning October 16 through October 27. Please bring proof of residency to vote.
We will also host multiple mobile voting events ahead of the final vote on October 28. The mobile voting events will take place from:
- 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on October 20 at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence. Ward residents will also have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot at this event;
- 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on October 22 at the Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield; and
- 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on October 22 at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 4822 N. Long.
- 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on October 28 at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.
Participatory budgeting works best when the community participates, so I hope to see you at a voting event.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at email@example.com.
Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting October 16
Since first taking office in 2011, I have made the revitalization of the Jefferson Park business corridor a main focus.
I hope you participate in developing strategies to improve transportation, mobility, land use, housing, and economic development while strengthening the community character of our neighborhood during our second Jefferson Park Master Plan community meeting Monday, October 16, at 6 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
This is an opportunity to lend your ideas and provide input int the future of this opportunity area.
Learn more about the master plan, share an idea, view survey results, sign up to receive email reminders, and more at the master plan website.
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’sGoFundMe page so he can continue to courageously fight for his life.
2nd Annual Celebration of Life, Laughter, and Love October 20
In the span of just fourteen months, 11-year-old Sara Murray lost both of her parents. Her father, Ray Murray, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in July 2014, and her mother, Jessica Castro Murray, succumbed to her brave 12-year battle with a brain tumor in September 2015.
Already having endured more than most can imagine in a lifetime, young Sara has a bright future ahead of her. Last year, in honor of her parents’ steadfast commitment to her education, Jessica’s family established the Sara Murray Education Fund. This Fund ensures that this exceptional young woman has the resources she needs to develop her considerable gifts and plan for the future.
La Villa Restaurant, 3632 N. Pulaski, will host the 2nd Annual Celebration of Life, Laughter, and Love on Friday, October 20, at 7:00 pm to help raise money toward’s Sara’s education. Last year, the event help Sara raise $8,500 to pursue her dreams and develop her talents. This year, tickets cost $50 and can be purchased online.
Those interested in donating an item for this year’s auction can contact Vivian Karpowicz at 708-373-8681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu Shot Event October 20
On Friday, October 20, I will be hosting a free flu shot vaccination event at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccinations reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. The more people who are vaccinated, results in protecting people who are more vulnerable from contracting the flu including older people, pregnant women, very young children, and people with certain long-term health conditions.
While you’re at the library, take a moment to vote early in the 2018 Participatory Budgeting cycle. For more information on ballot items and voting information, visit the PB45 website.
Social After Six Workout October 23
Join Six Corners and Retro Fitness as they bring Portage Park a black light and fun-filled workout.
The event will be at Retro Fitness’ gym located at 4901 W on Monday, October 23. Irving Park. Retro Fitness’ professional staff will lead the night off with turbo kicks at 7:00 pm and then Pilates at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are $5 and available to purchase online online.
A Century of Hope, Healing, and Home
For over 100 years, LYDIA Home has been serving vulnerable children in Chicago. From its beginnings as an orphanage in 1916 to its top rated treatment that it provides today, LYDIA has always cared for children in distress.
In 2002, LYDIA launched its Safe Families for Childrenprogram, which surrounds families in crisis with a caring and compassionate community. Safe Families recruits and trains host families to provide temporary care for children while their families work through difficult situation. Safe Families for Children has grown to over 100 sites across the country and the world.
Join them as they celebrate 100 years of providing care and compassion to our city’s vulnerable children. It will be a special night with the hilarious Michael Jr., and a time of reflecting on the work and legacy of caring for children in need.
Support Schurz Clubs and Watch Hocus Pocus October 13
There is no better way to spend a Friday the 13th in October than watching a classic family Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus.
On October 13, gather your friends and families for a spooktacular movie night in the Shurcz High School auditorium, 3601 N. Milwaukee. The event will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Admission is free, but popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase. All the proceeds will go to support participating Schurz clubs.
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.
16th District Police Collecting Pet Supplies, Start Book Exchange
16th District Police are seeking donations of pet carriers and small cages, blankets, and food and water containers so they can better help the lost cats and dogs often brought to the station.
While you’re there dropping off the pet gear, browse the new book exchange bins. Bring your gently used books, and exchange them for a new one to enjoy. Books for all ages accepted.
The 16th District is at 5151 N. Milwaukee. For more information, email the 16th District CAPS office.
Help Re-Stock Schurz High School’s Bulldog Blend Cafe
Help Carl Schurz High School’s Mr. Baum re-stock the school’s Bulldog Blend Cafe.
This student-run cafe helps Schurz’s students with special needs develop socialization skills, learn money & time management skills, and gain vocational experience. 52 students with disabilities that range from moderate to severe down syndrome and autism run the cafe, delivering coffee within the school building. Students are responsible for showing up every day, setting up coffee and pastries, gathering delivery lists, and distributing to staff members and other employees.
Consider making a financial donation online to help support Schurz’s special needs community and the Bulldog Blend Cafe.
Gladstone Park Halloween Party Oct. 19
Eat, drink, and be scary during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Party on Thursday, October 19, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Garage Bar, 6154 N. Milwaukee.
The $10 donation at the door includes appetizers, drink specials, and will help fund the 2017 Light Up Gladstone Park annual tree lighting ceremony at Chopin Plaza. The evening will be filled will fun activities including a costume contest, monster movie trivia, split the pot, and raffles!
For more information, visit the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association’s 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.
Open House Chicago to Visit the Far Northwest Side
For the second year in a row, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will make its way to the far Northwest Side during their 7th annual Open House Tour.
On October 14 & 15, the free tour will feature six historically significant buildings in the Portage Park neighborhoods.
Make sure to clear your calendar for the following behind-the-scenes look into Chicago’s historical spaces:
- From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 14 &15 at Fort Knox Studios/2112, 4245 N. Knox;
- From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm October 14 and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm October 15 at Lake Effect Brewing Company, 4727 W. Montrose, Suite C;
- From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 14 at the Muslim Community Center (Rivoli Theater), 4380 N. Elston;
- From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm October 14 and from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm October 15 at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 5212 W. Agatite;
- From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 14 & 15 at the Portage Lofts Art Center, 4141 N. Milwaukee; and
- From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm October 14 and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm October 15 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee.
For more information on tour sites and times or volunteer opportunities, visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation’swebsite.
Donate Your Used Coats to Help Someone in Need
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry will be collecting winter coats of all sizes to distribute to clients in October. The are especially in need of men’s winter coats.
Coats can be dropped off at the Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, on Wednesdays, 9 am to noon, and October 10, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Additional drop off locations include Disney II Magnet Elementary school, 3815 N. Kedvale; Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose; and the Linnemyer front porch, 3822 N. Tripp.
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Are you looking to have a meaningful impact on your community? Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it also provides a great source of pride.
Now through October 16, the Chicago Police Department is accepting applications for those interested in making a lasting difference in their community. The Chicago Police Department offers a competitive salary and benefits.
Interested applicants must be 20 years old by December 31, 2017. If you’re interested, fill out a quick application at theChicago Police Department’s website by October 16. The test to become a police officer will be held on the weekend of December 16, 2017.
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Fri., Oct 13, 7-9 pm,Dunham Park Main Gym, 4638 N. Melvina. Dunham Park hosts Fall Skate Party. Bring your own skates, roller blades, helmets, pads, and protective gear. Some free skate rentals will be available, but sizes and quantities are limited. For children five years and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register:online. $5 before Oct. 6; $8 until 4 pm Oct. 13.
Fri., Oct 13, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 14, 8 am-2 pm,Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler. Find great deals at the Church Wide Yard Sale. Baked goods also available to purchase. In the event of rain, the sale will be held in the church basement Fellowship Hall.Cost of purchases.
Sat., Oct 14, 9-11 am, St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild holds its annual Rummage Sale. Low prices and $5 bag sale.
Sat., Oct 14, 12-4 pm,CACC, 2741 S. Western.Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring the adoption fees for dogs and cats in aClear the Shelters event. Come meet your new best friend! Free.
Sat., Oct 14, 4-7 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join friends old and new for the 32nd annual Spaghetti Dinner. Proceeds benefit the church’s continuing outreach, space-sharing, education, and worship efforts. More info: Eden UCC website. $10, children 8 and under free.
Sat., Oct 14, 7 pm, St. John’s, 4939 W. Montrose. Exercise your brain during St. John Lutheran’s Trivia Night. Cash prize for first place. More info: email organizers or 773-736-1196. $17/person; $170/table of 10.
Sat., Oct 14, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 14, 7:30 pm, St. Robert Bellarmine, Kernaghan Hall, 4646 N. Austin. St. Robert Bellarmine Parents’ Association hosts its firstBingo Blast of the school year. Doors open at 6, games start at 7:30. 21+.$20 for 14 games, 12 cards each game.
Sun., Oct 15, 11 am. St. Bartholomew School, 4941 W. Patterson. St. Barts hosts its secondAlumni Sunday. Special alumni mass at 11 with option behind-the-scenes tour afterwards. An alumni reception will follow in Krueger Hall with a centennial celebration slideshow. More info: 773-282-9373. Free.
Mon., Oct 16, 7 pm,Basement of the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the rescheduled Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info:online. Free.
Mon., Oct 16, 7:30 pm,Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Oct 17, 11 am, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizens’ Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Tue., Oct 17, 1 pm,16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during the Monthly Senior Meeting. Special guests and win fun prizes during Bingo! More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Oct 17, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theWest Walker Civic Association general meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 18, 7:30 pm,17th District Station, 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., Oct 19, 5-8 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox.Minton-Regan Properties is hosting a Seniors in Transition event. An abundance of resources will be available to educate and enhance the life of seniors and their children. Appetizers and drinks served. Free.
Thur., Oct. 19, 7-9 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Join the Lydia Home Association and Safe Families for Children for Celebrating a Century of Hope, Healing & Home, a special night with the hilarious Michael Junior, and a celebration of two organizations on the front lines of caring for children in need. More info: event website. $25
Thur., Oct 19, 7 pm,Fannie’s Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Guest speaker: Senator Mulroe. More info: online.Free.
Thur., Oct 19, 7-8:30 pm,St. Viator Elementary, 4140 W. Addison. Enjoy refreshments, speak with the principal and parents, and receive a tour of classrooms during St. Viator Elementary School’s Open House. More info: 773-545-2173. Free.
Fri., Oct 20, 12:30-3:30 pm,Jesse Brown VAMC, Prescription Conference Room, 820 S. Damen (2nd Floor). The Jesse Brwon VA Medical Center HUD-VASH Program and Chicago’s Ending Veteran Homelessness Intiative presents A Landlord Partnership to End Veteran Homelessness One Home at a Time. Register via email or 312-569-5932. Free.
Fri., Oct 20, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N.Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 21, 9 am, 17th District Station, 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., Oct 21, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sun., Oct 22, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Oct 22, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Oct 22, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N Kostner. Enjoy an afternoon of fine music during Double Take: Musical Pairings Through the Ages, featuring the Chicago Recorder Quartet. More info: (773) 725-9026.Free.
Mon., Oct 23, 7 pm, Retro Fitness, 4901 W. Irving Park. Join Six Corners and Retro Fitness as they bring Portage Park a black light and fun filled workout during the Social After Six Workout. More info: event website. $5.
Wed., Oct 25, 7 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Oct 25, 6-9 pm,Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington. Enjoy tastings from new chefs and your old favorites with beer, wine, cocktails, silent and live auctions, great entertainment and more during the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Controls Big Nightfundraiser. All proceeds from this night will go directly to benefit Chicago’s neediest animals. More info and tickets: online. $150 in advance, $175 at the door. Raffle tickets: $25/each or $100/5.
Wed., Oct 25, 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 Association meeting. Guest speaker Brian Nadig from the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce will discuss the chamber’s relationship with businesses and the community and discuss upcoming events sponsored by the chamber. Free.
Thur., Oct 26, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Oct 27, 4-6 pm,Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding School hosts their Annual Fall Fun Fest. DJ, giant inflatable obstacle course, inflatable slide with ball pit, basketball pop shot, games, prizes, and dancing. $5.
Fri., Oct 27, 5 pm, Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. Participating Schurz clubs are hosting aSpooktacular Halloween Party. There will be a haunted house, a costume contest, family games, face painting, pumpkin decoration, a Halloween concert, and tons of candy to go around. This is the perfect way to kick off the Halloween festivities. $5.
Fri., Oct 27, 5-6:30 pm,CACC, 2741 S. Western.Interested in volunteering with CACC? Attend aGeneral Volunteer Orientation. Sign up:online. Free.
Fri., Oct 27, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 28, 10 am,Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln. Mather High School hosts the Inaugural Under One Roof: Chicago Immigrant and Refugee Conference and Resource Fair. More info on Twitterand Facebook. Free.
Sat., Oct 28, 10:30 am-12 pm, CACC, 2741 S. Western. Interested in volunteering with CACC? Attend a General Volunteer Orientation. Sign up: online. Free.
Sat., Oct 28, 4-6 pm, Fly Girl Dance & Fitness, 5525 N Milwaukee. Celebrate Halloween with the little ones during the Fly Girl Dance & FitnessHalloween Kids Party. Dancing and treats. More info: [www.flykidzdance.com]Fly Girl website. Free.
Sat., Oct 28, 4-6 pm,Belding Elementary, 4257 N. Tripp. Join in on the fun during the Belding Fall Fun Fair. DJ, costume party, prizes, and a bouncy house obstacle course.Donations Accepted.
Sat., Oct 28, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.