The Independence Park Farmers Market takes place in Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield, from 9 am until 1 pm. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market takes place in Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long, from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm.
Mayfair Station Rehabilitation
Starting Monday, October 29 at 9:30 am, the Mayfair Metra station’s south staircase entrance at Pensacola and Kilpatrick will be closed for 10 days for replacement. During this time, commuters may access the station through the two north entrance staircases located on Montrose.
Please use the in-service entrances to access the platforms throughout the construction and exercise caution near the work zones.
Grace Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting in November, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along West Grace from North Laramie to North Cicero. The old water main is over 100 years old and needs to be replaced.
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“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.
The completion of the water main installation is anticipated to be completed in January 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House
Get in the Halloween spirit this fall during St. Viator’s annual Stairway to Insanity haunted house. A $10 entrance fee will sure to leave you and your friends and family shaking in their boots.
The haunted house opens on Friday, October 12 and runs through Saturday, October 27 and is intended for a PG audience. The haunted house is located on the 2nd floor of St. Viator’s recreation center at 3644 N. Kedvale.
Gladstone Park Trick or Treating October 31
The Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Ticks and Teats event on Wednesday, October 31 from 3-4:30 pm at The Produce Center, 5820 N. Milwaukee.
Kids will have the chance to receive some Halloween goodies and learn about the chamber’s scholarship opportunities. Costumes are not necessary to attend.
45th Ward Gardens Honored with Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards
Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, and local resident Michele Mason were honored with the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA) on Saturday, October 13.
CEGA is Chicago’s only citywide gardening awards organization. Keeler Gardens and Michele Mason were among 65 Chicago gardeners honored at a ceremony at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The awards recognize the hard work and creativity that make our city a healthier, more beautiful, and a more sustainable place. They support the pride we take in our neighborhoods and help us build our communities.
I hope you will take a moment to celebrate and congratulate their efforts in beautifying our neighborhoods.
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!
Election Day is Nov. 6 and Election Judges are Needed!
The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for election judges to serve during the 2018 mid-term general elections on November 6. The pay is $140, plus $50 for attending a training.
I hope you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
Carlson’s Trivia Night November 2
Dust off your thinking cap and gather your teammates…it’s time for Carlson’s Trivia Night! The annual contest will be held on Friday, November 2nd to benefit Carlson’s after-school program, community garden and concert series.
Teams of 8 can purchase a table for $280 ($300 after October 29th). Wine, beer and soda will be sold at the bar. Bring your own snacks! Trivia Night takes place at the Irving Park Lutheran Church gym at 4057 N. Harding from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The event is open to adults 21 and over. For more information or to register your team, e-mail Helen Lira email@example.com or 773-406-9821.
Carlson Community Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps at-risk kids succeed with The Magic After-School Place (MAP), provides vegetables to people in need and beautifies our neighborhood with Three Brothers Garden and makes fine arts affordable and accessible through the Irving Park Fine Arts Concert Series. For more information, visit Carlson Community Service’s website.
Modes of Transportation Race at Six Corners
Six Corners Association is hosting a Modes of Transportation Race on Thursday, November 1st at 5:30 pm in order to bring awareness to the need of better and improved bus services for the 80 Irving Park bus.
The race will start at the Six Corners Association office, 4041 N. Milwaukee. From there, people will race to the Irving Park Blue Line and back to the Six Corners office. The modes of transportation racers can select from include personal bike, Divvy bike, personal car, ride share (Uber/Lyft), 80 bus, or by foot. I’ll be participating on the Divvy.
Additionally, the Six Corners Association is teaming up with Active Transportation Alliance to advocate for speed and improved reliability of bus service in Chicago. Please help them understand your experiences on the 80 – Irving Park Bus so they can learn how to improve it.
Sixth Annual Wine & Cheese Party November 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.
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.
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 2 – Wagner’s Farm
- 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.
Pantry Seeks Gently Used Coats
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is asking for donations of any unneeded, gently used winter coats for their October coat program. Your generous donation will help our neighbors through the harsh Chicago winter.
Gently used coats can be brought to the Pantry’s home at 3801 N. Keeler during operating hours (Wednesdays 9 am to noon and Tuesday, September 11 and October 9 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm).
Additional drop-off points include Disney II Magnet Elementary School (3815 N. Kedvale), Old Irving Brewing (4419 W. Montrose), and the Linnemeyer front porch (3822 N. Tripp).
Portage Park School Food Drive
Portage Park Elementary School, 5330 W. Berteau, is hosting a We Scare Hunger Food Drive October 29 thru November 9.
Bring non-perishable food (no glass, please!) to the school to help those in your community who are struggling with hunger.
Belding School Fundraiser October 28
Are you in the market for a new mattress? Why not support a local elementary school with your purchase?
Belding Elementary is partnering with Setra, TempurPedic, Beautyrest, and Simmons to host a mattress sale fundraiser.
You can save up to 50% on a new, quality mattress for your home. And, the first ten customers will receive a complimentary mattress protector valued at $50.
The sale will take place at Belding Elementary, 4257 N. Tripp, from 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday, October 28.
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 jobswebsite.
Operating Engineers Local 150 Apprenticeship Program
The apprenticeship office for Local 150 Operating Engineers is opening applications for the trades of heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment repair technician, geothermal well driller, and construction material inspector.
An application can be requested in person at one of their 9 offices during the scheduled dates and times listed at the bottom. A $25 application fee per program will be required at the time of request in the form of a money order only, made payable to “Local 150 Apprenticeship Fund”. Please note that all applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. The address on the driver’s license must match the address on the application.
Minimum qualifications for the program are as follows:
- At least 18 years of age;
- Must have graduated high school or obtained a GED. The applicant must provide a high school transcript for evaluation purposes;
- Be a resident of the geographic jurisdiction of Local 150;
- Have and maintain a valid driver’s license at the time of selection;
- Provide a statement from a licensed physician stating the physical ability to perform the work of the trades 30 days after being indentured into the program;
- Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language; and
- Required to undergo a drug test.
Schedule of dates, times, and locations:
- District 1: 6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525, Nov. 1st & 20th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 2: 1050 N. I-55 E. Frontage Rd., Joliet, IL 60431, Nov. 2nd & 16th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 3: 28874 Route 120, Lakemoor, IL 60050, Nov. 5th & 14th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 4: 4477 Linden Rd., Rockford, IL 61109, Nov. 7th & 27th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 5: 740 E. US Route 6, Utica, IL 61373, Nov. 8th & 19th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 6: 1001 Michigan St., Lakeville, IN 46536, NOv. 12th & 26th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 7: 2193 W. 84th Pl., Merrilville, IN 46410, Nov. 6th & 28th, 12 pm-5 pm;
- District 8: 3511 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL 61201, Nov. 15th & 29th, 12 pm-5 pm; and
- Training Center: 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481, Nov. 1-30 (excluding Sundays), 8 am-3 pm.
Completed applications and educational/military transcripts, reference letters, birth certificate, proof of previous employment, and prior experience questionnaire must be mailed or returned to the training center at 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, Illinois 60481 no later than December 31, 2018.
If you have any other questions, please call 815-722-3201 or visit the Local 150 website.
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Fri., Oct 26, 4-6 pm, Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding School is hosting a Fall Fun Fest.Music, games, bouncy houses, and food available for purchase. Family-friendly.$5/person.
Fri., Oct 26, 5-8 pm, Berman Subaru, 4330 W. Irving Park.Berman Subaru hosts aHalloween Preview and Pet Event! Free pet photo booth, pet adoption, pet donations accepted, pet & kid costume contest, trunk or treat for kids, giveaways, and a technology station. More info and RSVP: online.Free.
Fri., Oct 26, 6:30 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Rosedale Park hosts Coco as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sat., Oct 27, 4-7 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United hosts its33rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner. All you can eat spaghetti and raffle tickets for the 50/50 cash raffle, which is drawn on Christmas Eve.$10/adult for spaghetti dinner, free/8 and younger. $2, $3, or $5 for raffle tickets.
Sun., Oct 28, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local farms and specialty items from other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 28, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food and other specialty items at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs twice a month through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Oct 30, 9 am-1 pm, Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. The Chicago Department of Aviation will host a Community Career Fair. There will be information on hundreds of full-and part-time jobs at Chicago’s airports. Free.
Tue., Nov 6, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in your neighborhood at the monthlyGIPNA Meeting.Free.
Wed., Nov 7, 6 pm, CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake. 2nd Floor. There will be a Public Hearing on the 2019 CA Budget.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, 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 the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588.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.
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 by The Cowboy Choir, raffle prizes, and a cash bar. $10/adult; $7/age 10 and under.
Mon., Nov 19, 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 calendaronline. Free.
Wed., Nov 21, 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., 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 the 1722-1723 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 theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.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 theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.