Please be advised that in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, my office will be Monday, October 8. It will re-open on Tuesday, October 9 at 9 am.
Van Dyke Found Guilty
Since the release of the video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald, the protests have been peaceful and organized. We saw that again yesterday after the jury handed down their verdict.
This verdict is one step in the judicial process and the sentencing based on the guilty verdict is yet to be imposed. We are watching our justice system at work. There are many across the City that feel that the system has not been balanced in its response to police misconduct. Northwest Side communities have been largely insulated from this disparity. I hope you will join me in taking this moment to try to understand the perspective of our fellow citizens that see this verdict as an outlier.
I will be taking time this weekend to fill my thoughts with how the McDonald family and the Van Dyke family have been affected by what happened that night almost four years ago. I will consider what impact this would have on my family were we so directly affected and hope you will do the same.
Each and every day we have an opportunity to rebuild social bridges that have fallen into disrepair. I remain committed to putting my shoulder into this important work. With a consent decree in the formative stages, we will all have to offer our energy to bring our city together. Social and criminal justice are the underpinnings of a strong society that works for the betterment of all and provides equal opportunity regardless of geography.
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a pattern of residential burglaries in the area. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5100-block of North Normandy between 7:30 am and 3:20 pm September 19;
- The 5200-block of North Oak Park at 7:25 am September 22;
- The 5400-block of North Natoma at 10:50 am September 24;
- The 5300-block of North Nashville at 5:03 pm September 25; and
- The 5500-block of North Natoma between 9 am and 12:55 pm September 26.
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.
Jacobsen Rost will be filming scenes for an advertisement on Wednesday, October 10. 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:
- The north side of Irving Park from Pulaski to Harding from 7 am – 7 pm October 10; and
- The south side of Irving Park from Springfield to Hamlin from 7 am – 7 pm October 10.
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.
Jefferson Park Transit Hub Construction Underway
Upgrades and updates to the Jefferson Park Blue Line terminal are now underway.
The Jefferson Park Terminal is the fourth busiest station along the O’Hare branch. In 2017, it provided more than 2.1 million rides. The modernization of the nearly 50-year-old transit hub will create a modern terminal that is safer, brighter, cleaner, more comfortable, and easier to navigate. The $25 million renovation project will include bus and rail upgrades, such as:
- Replacement of the bus terminal, making it ADA complaint by widening the loading islands and adding audio assistance;
- New bus and rail station canopies and improved signage;
- New LED lighting and additional security cameras;
- Repairs and refinishing of all station and platform surfaces, along with exterior painting; and
- Architectural and art enhancements, including the installation of custom windbreaks at the bus terminal with the design provided by conceptual artist Jamie Pawlus.
The rehabilitation work will be done in two phases. As of Monday, October 1, crews will begin the work on phase 1.
Phase 1 – North Bus Terminal Renovation
To renovate the north bus terminal, The CTA will temporarily close the north bus terminal to rebuild the bus bays and implement other improvements. This work includes removing the existing pavement, canopy, and signage. Crews will then replace the drainage, all signage, and all lighting. Finally, the CTA will install new canopies, ADA-compliant bus boarding islands, and new security cameras.
While the north terminal is closed, the south terminal will remain open at all times. During the closure, boarding locations for bus routes will be moved; some routes will board at a temporary stop on Milwaukee Avenue.
New bus boarding locations are available on the map below or on the CTA’s website:
Phase 1 – Northbound Rail Platform Work
To allow for the construction on the rail station, starting Monday, October 1, all outbound Blue Line trains to O’Hare Airport will bypass the northbound side of the station platform. Riders heading to O’Hare will need to take a Loop-bound train to Montrose and transfer to an outbound train to continue their trip to O’Hare.
Work on the northbound platform is anticipated to last approximately three weeks.
Phase 2 – South Bus Terminal Renovation
Work on the renovation to the south bus terminal will begin after the north bus terminal renovation is complete. The CTA has not provided a tentative start date for this work at this time.
Phase 2 – Southbound Rail Platform Work
Starting Friday, October 19, all inbound Blue Line el trains heading south to the Loop and Forest Park will bypass Jefferson Park. Riders heading to the Loop should board an O’Hare bound train and transfer back to a Loop-bound train at Harlem.
Work on the southbound rail platform is anticipated to last approximately three weeks.
The Jefferson Park Transit Center’s rail station renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. All bus station renovation work will is expected to be completed by summer of 2019. Please allow extra travel time during the work.
During construction, some street parking along Milwaukee Avenue will not be available due to the temporary placement of bus stops and to ease area traffic congestion.
Throughout the renovation of the Jefferson Park Transit Center, all businesses near the facility will remain open for customers. I encourage you to continue to support your neighborhood businesses.
Crews Break Ground on Farnsworth Turf Field and Playground
Construction crews broke ground on the Farnsworth turf field and playground on September 21.
The new playground was partially funded using the aldermanic discretionary budget after it won community support during the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process. Supplemental funding came from the Elston/Armstrong TIF and as part of a $36 million plan I unveiled last year to improve 45th Ward schools.
Voting for the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle opens Monday, October 1. To learn more about participatory budgeting in the 45th Ward, visit the PB45 website.
How Will You Vote to Spend $1 Million?
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 three neighborhood assemblies, an online submission form, idea boxes located throughout the ward, and on an idea wall in my office. Since then, volunteer community representatives have been working hard to develop 16 projects for the 2019 ballot. You can learn about those projects on thePB45 website.
45th Ward residents aged 14 and older can vote online or in person for the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle beginning through Saturday, October 20.
For those wishing to vote online, simply fill out an online registration form beginning October 1 at 9 am. Once received, a 45th Ward staff member 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 form to when you receive the one-time code.
There will be ample opportunity for 45th Ward residents to vote in the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle. Those wishing to vote early in-person can do so at my office during office hours beginning October 1 at 9 am or at one of the following early voting events:
- 9 am – 1 pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield;
- 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 14 at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 4822 N. Long; and
- 10 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, October 16 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Ward residents will also have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot at this event.
The final voting event will take place from:
- 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, October 20 at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.
Thank you for your participation in creating a transparent and democratic process to determine how to spend your tax dollars in your community.
Get in the Halloween Spirit with the Gladstone Park Advisory Council
Starting at 5 pm on Friday, October 12, the Gladstone Park Advisory Council will host their inaugural Fall Fest. This event will kick off with miniature pumpkin decorating, interactive games, free glitter tattoos, and fun-filled activities.
Then, beginning at 6:30 pm, neighbors can gather on the lawn with their blankets and chairs to enjoy the family-friendly Hotel Transylvania 2. The Gladstone Park Advisory Council will be selling concessions to help fund a new butterfly garden and additional movies in the park for next year.
The event will take place at Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Gladstone Park Halloween Party October 12
Eat, drink, and be scary during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Party on Friday, October 12, at 6 pm at the Garage Bar, 6154 N. Milwaukee.
The $10 donation at the door includes appetizers, drink specials, and will help fund the 2018 Light Up Gladstone Park annual tree lighting ceremony at Chopin Plaza. The evening will be filled will fun activities including a costume contest, a DJ, split the pot, and raffles!
For more information, visit the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association’s website.
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 rec center at 3644 N. Kedvale.
Free Flu Shot Event October 16
On Tuesday, October 16 I will be hosting a free flu shot vaccination event at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, from 10 am to 1 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 the flu. Herd vaccinations – or populations that are highly vaccinated – results in protecting people who are more vulnerable to contracting the flu, including older people, pregnant women, very young children, and people with certain long-term health conditions.
While you’re at the Copernicus Center, take a moment to vote early in the 2019 Participatory Budgeting cycle. For more information on ballot items and voting information, visit thePB45 website.
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:
- October 8 – Bison’s Bluff
- 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.
Kids & Dogs Halloween Howl October 20
Pull out your costume box and dress up your kids and pooches in their best attire for the Halloween Howl.
The event will take place at Roberts Square Park, 4200 W. Argyle, on Saturday, October 20 from 1-3 pm.
Crossing Six Corners Returns to Filament Theatre
It was such a hit last year that Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, and the Six Corners Association brought it back again this year!
Six Corners is not just an intersection. There is a history to this space and decades of memories and stories. Crossing Six Corners is a theatrical patchwork of playful scenes, nostalgic monologues, and creative songs created through interviews with residents and historians, archived news articles, old pictures, and more.
On Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, come out to the Filament Theatre to learn so much more about the neighborhood you call home.
Tickets and more information are available online.
Watch Coco at Rosedale Park October 26
Cozy up with the instant classic Coco at Rosedale Park, 3612 W. Rosedale, on Friday, October 26, at 6:30 pm.
Rosedale Park will provide the scares, laughs, and – of course – the popcorn. You just need to pack a picnic and grab a blanket or chair to watch this holiday flick inside the field house as a park of the Chicago Park Districts Indoor Movie Series.
For more information, contact Rosedale Park at 773-631-7156.
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).
Belding School Fundraiser October 28
Are you in the market for a new mattress? Why not support a local elementary school with your purchse?
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.
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Program
Effective Tuesday, September 18, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters program will be accepting applications for future concrete form builder.
Each candidate must present the following requirements at the apprentice program office -1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois – between the hours of 9:30 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday no later than Thursday, October 18:
- Letter of recommendation on a local union letterhead signed by an officer;
- Must have attained the age of 17 (driver’s license or state I.D. card required);
- Copy of high school diploma or high school transcripts, (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate;
- Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for;
- Veterans need a copy of the DD214 form; and
- A $25 “Non-Refundable” application processing fee (money orders and cashiers check only, no cash).
All (6) above-listed requirements must be submitted at the time of filing or the candidate will not be permitted to file an application.
Further details will be mailed to each applicant regarding the required pre-test session and aptitude test dates.
Election Judges 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.
Apply to Become a Crossing Guard
Help give back to your community with this job opportunity as a crossing guard.
Crossing guards are responsible for stopping and directing traffic to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians as they cross the street on their way to school.
Any Chicago resident aged 19 or older can apply for this opportunity. The position pays $13.94 an hour and is part-time.
Visit the City of Chicago’s Careers website for more information and to apply. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm October 8.
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Fri., Oct 5, 5 pm, Location TBD. Join Jefferson Park Forward at their monthly First Friday Happy Hourevent. This is a great way to meet neighbors and support a local business. Every month, JPF picks a new watering hole to host their events. Check out their online calendar for this month’s location.Cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Oct 6, 10 am-3 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Enjoy a day in the park jam-packed with fun activities during Athletic Field Park’sFall Fest. Pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, live music, food. Ticket sales end at 2 pm. $1/ticket, activity fees vary.
Sun., Oct 6, 11 am-9 pm, DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California. The American Indian Center of Chicago hosts its 65th Annual Chicago Powwow. More info: email organizers. $15/day; $7/seniors, youth (6-17), and veterans. Free parking.
Sun., Oct 7, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally-grown produce, fresh meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from Chicago Animal Care and Control. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 7, 10 am-3 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Enjoy a day in the park jam-packed with fun activities during Athletic Field Park’sFall Fest. Pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, live music, food. Ticket sales end at 2 pm.$1/ticket, activity fees vary.
Sun., Oct 7, 10 am-5 pm, DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California. The American Indian Center of Chicago hosts their 65th Annual Chicago Powwow. More info: [Chicago.Powwow@gmail.com]email organizers. $15/day; $7/seniors, youth (6-17), and veterans. Free parking.
Sun., Oct 7, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is pleased to begin its 25th season with a Solo Recital by Pianist Wael Farouk. More info: email organizers or contact Liz Mills at 773-398-6766. Donations accepted.
Mon., Oct 8, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theOld Irving Park Associationmeeting. Meetings take place in the church basement. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Oct 10, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Oct 10, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Oct 12, 9 am-7 pm, St. Cornelius, Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild hosts its annual Rummage Sale. Clothing, toys, small appliances, linens, artwork, household items, and more. Coffee bar. $5/bag (excluding boutique and jewelry).
Sat., Oct 13, 9-11 am, St. Cornelius, Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild hosts its annual Rummage Sale. Clothing, toys, small appliances, linens, artwork, household items, and more. Coffee bar. $5/bag (excluding boutique and jewelry).
Sun., Oct 14, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local farms and specialty products from other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. Community representatives from the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting committee will be in attendance at this market with ballots for the 2019 cycle. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 14, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food and other specialty products at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs twice a month through October and offers a great selection. Community representatives from the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting committee will be in attendance at this market with ballots for the 2019 cycle. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Oct 15, 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 calendar online. Free.
Tue., Oct 16, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the West Walker Civic Association general meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 17, 11 am-12 pm, 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., Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. Learn how you can help further park development through volunteering, fundraising, and support during theGladstone Park Advisory Councilmeeting. The GPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on GPAC news. Free.
Thurs., Oct 18, 5:15 pm, Location TBD. Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host a Thirsty 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 apply.
Thurs., Oct 18, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson 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 calendar online. Free.
Fri., Oct 19, 5-8 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. Minton-Regan Properties is hosting a Seniors in Transitionevent. There will be an abundance of resources available at this event.Free.
Sun., Oct 21, 10 am-12:15 pm,Harvest Christian Center Church, 4020 N. Tripp. Harvest Christian Center Church will celebrate their16th Anniversary with special guest Reverend Dr. Gary Blanchard, Assistant Superintendent Assembly of God out of Carlinville, IL. Free.
Sun., Oct 21, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner. St. John’s presents The Volo Bogtrotters. Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 10 am-2 pm, Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson.Resources, services, job training and opportunities, and educational workshops will be available at theKevlars to Careers symposium. This is for veterans and active duty personnel. Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 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 Association monthly meeting. Adams Winters, postal liaison from Congressman Quigley’s office will speak about postal issues affecting residents. Free.
Thur., Oct 25, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
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, 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.
Sun., Oct 28, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues 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 theJefferson 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.