Vote on How to Spend Your Tax Dollars Thru October 28!
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 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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Build On Hosts a Defending Immigrants Dialogue October 21
The Schurz Build On program will be hosting a learning session on immigrant rights on Saturday, October 21, from 10 am to 2 pm at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee.
Learn how to build power for the people by bringing people together and fighting to build the city you want.
Northwest Side Biking and Walking Forum October 24
Join northwest side residents, alternative transportation advocates, Sweat Local, and the Active Transportation Alliance at Cosmic Bikes,4641 N. Milwaukee, for a forum on biking and walking on the northwest side of Chicago.
Come provide your input on how to improve biking and walking conditions in this corner of the city. Active Transportation and Alliance will be providing food and beer.
The forum will take place on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Please email email@example.com to RSVP or with any questions or concerns. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.
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!
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.
Apply for a Position with the Chicago Department of Aviation
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is looking for qualified applicants to fill open positions. The CDA is seeking to fill two filed service specialist III – construction management positions, one GIS analyst position, and one attorney of construction contracts.
The CDA offers competitive. salaries and benefits. For information of qualifications, salaries, and how to apply – visit the City of Chicago’s careers website.
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.
Work With Geralex, Inc.
Geralex, Inc. is in the process of hiring substitute janitorial staff for year round, part time, and full time positions.
The substitute janitor/housekeeper position is a mobile, on-call positing filling in for CPS and Geralex, Inc. janitors for region 1 on Chicago’s north side.
For immediate response, please send an email with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you may leave a voicemail at 224-253-8123. Applicants must pass all CPS & Geralex BIO Metric (fingerprinting) background requirements and a drug test to qualify for a position.
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.
Donate Your Used Coats to Help Someone in Need
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is collecting winter coats of all sizes to distribute to clients throughout the month of 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. 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.
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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, 1-3 pm,Roberts Square Park, Laramie & Argyle. Cout out to Roberts Square Park for the Kids & Dogs Halloween Howl. Games, costume prizes, photo opps, music by Stephen Guylas (JPNA) PLUS doggie prizes & costume parade. Dogs must be kept on leash for safety.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.
Sat., Nov 4, 10 am-3 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Shop for art, food, crafts, jewelry, and home goods made by local artists and artisans during theMaker’s Mart. Enjoy a homemade bread and chili lunch for only $5 on Saturday. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Nov 5, 9 am-1 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Shop for art, food, crafts, jewelry, and home goods made by local artists and artisans during theMaker’s Mart. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.