Ghouls, goblins, and more might be roaming the streets this weekend and Tuesday evening in search of treats. Please practice extra caution when driving.
Please be advised that there will be no Ward Night on Tuesday, October 31. I will be spending the evening with my family handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. The next Ward Night will be on Tuesday, November 7.
Vote Until 3:00 PM on October 28 for the 2018 PB Cycle!
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.
- 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.
Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Insurance Opens November 1
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.
You can preview 2018 plans and prices now, and complete your enrollment beginning November 1.
For more information on open enrollment, important deadlines, and plans and prices, visit the Affordable Care Act website.
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of residential burglaries that occurred in the month of September and October. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5000-block of West Ainslie between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm September 29;
- The 4800-block of West Argyle at 1:30 am September 30;
- The 5200-block of West Montrose between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm October 16; and
- The 4600-block of North Milwaukee between 7:00 pm and 11:40 pm October 18.
Please make sure all doors and windows are locked, keep the perimeter of your property well lit, and call 911 if you notice any suspicious people loitering.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Community Alert: Catalytic Converter Thefts
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of catalytic converter thefts. After a catalytic converter has been removed, the vehicle will make a loud and gravelly sound when started.
Thieves tend to target vehicles that have been parked in a publicly accessible place for prolonged periods of time. The incidents reported by the 16th District occurred at:
- The 6200-block of West Grace at 10:00 pm on October 16;
- The 5500-block of West Windsor at 10:00 pm on October 16;
- The 5400-block of West Windsor between 5:00 pm October 16 and 7:00 am October 17;
- The 4500-block of North Mobile at 5:45 am October 17;
- The 4800-block of West Dakin between 6:30 pm October 18 and 6:00 am October 19;
- The 5200-block of West Byron between 5:30 pm October 18 and 6:45 am October 19;
- The 6200-block of West Warwick between 7:00 pm October 18 and 7:00 am October 19; and
- The 6200-block of West Waveland between 3:00 pm October 18 and 10:30 pm October 19.
Motorists are urged to park in well-lit areas and purchase an alarm system that triggers with slight motions . It is also recommended to visit a trusted local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame using hardened steel. Finally, call 911 if you notice any suspicious people loitering.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Filament Early Bird Pricing Through November 1
Snag discounted tickets to the Filament’s 6th annual Holiday Special now through November 1. Then, on December 16, gather with family and friends for a screening of A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. These holiday classics will be voiced by your favorite Filament actors with live jazz accompaniment.
Purchase your ticket online today for just $15 before prices increase on November 1. This is a holiday screening you won’t want to miss!
Neighbors Night Out November 7
Mingle with friends and neighbors for the quarterly Neighbors Night Out.
All Old Irving Park Association, Portage Park Association, and Jefferson Park Forward neighbors are invited to this fun social event. This is a great way to meet community members from other parts of the ward while supporting a local business.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 7, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Easy Street Pizza and Beer Garden, 3750 N. Central. More information is 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 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.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading,
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, 3-5 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. A showing of The Power of Forgiveness followed by a brief discussion will be hosted by Eden United.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.
Thur., Nov 2, 12-1:30 pm,Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. The senior enrichment seminar series hosts anEmpowering Nursing Home Residents seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
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.
Sat., Nov 4, 11 am-2 pm,Disney II Magnet High School, 3900 N. Lawndale.Disney II hosts an Open House for prospective high school students. More info: online. Free.
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.
Tue., Nov 7, 7 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Financial coach and author Dave Ramsey partners with Eden United for a nationwide livestream entitled Smart Money. Learn how to dump death and build wealth. Contact 773-655-4357 for registration information or email Jacki. You can also register online. Doors open at 6:30. Child care provided upon request.Free.
Tue., Nov 7, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during aGIPNA Board meeting.Free.
Wed., Nov 8, 7 pm,Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
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, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th 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 the1722-1723 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 Control seminar. 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 the Friends 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, 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.
Sat., Nov 18, 9 am, 17th District 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., Nov 18, 4-8 pm,Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell. Satisfy your food cravings during the St. Edward Boy Scout Troop 904’s All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner. Proceeds will help fund the troop’s activities.$10/adults; $7/kids 10 and younger.
Mon., Nov 20, 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., Nov 21, 11 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaksi. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during a Senior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. 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,Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Nov 29, 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 monthly meeting. Free.