There are a lot of exciting events taking place in the 45th Ward over the holiday weekend. If you are staying in town this weekend, make sure to check out the annual Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Chicago Fringe Festival is also back in Jefferson Park. This year’s festival features 47 groups in about 200 performances. These shows are unpredictable, unusual, and non-juried. There is also a selection of family-friendly programming.
For more information on performances and schedules, visit the Chicago Fringe website. Tickets are $10 per performance plus a $5 festival pin. Package deals are also available.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend. In observance of the holiday, please be aware that my office will be closed on Saturday, September 3, and on Monday, September 5. We will open again on Tuesday, September 6, at 9 am.
Refuse Collection Schedule for Labor Day Holiday
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, please note that the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of September 5.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will collect all refuse Tuesday through Friday. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection.
Waste Management will collect recycling Tuesday through Saturday. To ensure recycled items are collected, residents should continue to put out blue recycling carts throughout the week according to their typical schedule.
For more information on your regular collection day, you can email my office or call 773-286-4545.
Long and Argyle Update
Today, American Heritage filed their paperwork with the city to change the zoning on the vacant lots at Long and Argyle, directly across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra Station and Jefferson Park Transit Center. The zoning change will allow the construction of two 24-unit buildings with a 4700 sq. ft. courtyard and enclosed parking on the vacant cement yard.
After considering all the feedback we received during and after the community meeting we held in the spring, I support the construction of this project.
The building with feature two-bedroom units and one enclosed parking space per unit. Each building will be three floors of apartments over a floor of enclosed parking. The total height of the building will be 37 feet.
Since the project originally came to my office three years ago, there have been many changes made to design and layout of the building. The site design was improved. The building was split in two to lessen the massing. And the height of the building was reduced by one floor.
Were the building proposed even a block north or east of Long and Argyle, I would not support it. However, this location, with direct access to transit, is perfect for a multi-unit building appealing to young professionals looking for quick access to the Loop and O’Hare.
The zoning change should move through city council this fall, with construction set in the spring.
Burglars Targeting Elderly Homeowners
Commander Voulgaris of the 17th Police District has issued a warning about individuals committing ruse burglaries in north-side districts.
These individuals are targeting mostly elderly victims. They are distracting the victim under the guise of being a construction worker or home improvement worker while another person enters the residence to steal items.
The most recent incident occurred in the 3300-block of North Kilbourn on August 31. Unfortunately, the victim is very elderly and lives alone, so police were unable to obtain detailed information about the perpetrators.
Remember that all construction workers, utility workers, law enforcement officers, City of Chicago employees carry identification cards which they are required to provide if asked. Please look out for your elderly neighbors and make sure they are aware of these patterns.
Independence Park Beer Fest Scheduled for September 17
The Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting their 3rd annual Independence Park Beer Fest.
People aged 21 and older are invited to enjoy local craft beers, food trucks, live music, and more. The festival is from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 17, at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
Tickets for the event cost $40 and can be purchased online. Online ticket sales end at 11 am on September 17. All proceeds from the event go to support Independence Park.
Ward Office Art Opening with Chicago Creative Coalition
Celebrate the wealth of artistic talent within our community at the Ward Office Art Opening with Chicago Creative Coalition. The art show will feature the PhotoFest winners and additional works by C3 members.
Please join us to meet the artists, celebrate our volunteers, and have a glass of wine at the 45th Ward office, 4754 N. Milwaukee, gallery opening from 5 to 9 pm on Friday, September 9.
The artwork will be showcased in my office for a month-long show that starts Wednesday, September 7, and will run through Tuesday, September 27.
Shred-a-Thon September 15
Do you have old, sensitive documents that you need to shred? I’m partnering with Midway Moving to host a Shred-a-Thon so you can clear out some space in your home as we enter the fall season.
Prevent identify theft by discarding old bank statements, credit card statements, check receipts, pay stubs, legal documents, or any other documents that may contain sensitive information.
For more information, email my office or call 773-286-4545.
45th Ward School and Community Resource Fair
What does health and wellness mean to you? Join over 50 vendors in the medical and safety field during the 45th Ward School and Community Resource Fair. The event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 8, at Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee.
The Chicago Department of Public Health will attend the event to offer free seasonal influenza vaccinations. Local businesses – including Fly Girl, Gen-Ki, The Yoga Shop, and more – will attend to provide free exercise classes. Finally, there will be free health screening, family-friendly activities, and more.
All community members are invited to attend this free, family-friendly event. If you have any questions, please email my office or call 773-286-4545.
Nominate Your Favorite 45th Ward Businesses for the Time Out Love Chicago Awards
Time Out launched its Love Chicago Awards on September 1. This is a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful businesses on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
Share your favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cultural venues, retail stores, and more by nominating them online. Click the “nominate” button, search for your neighborhood, and select your favorite spots. You can also add venues if you don’t see them listed.
Nominations close September 30. Time Out will select the most-nominated businesses in each category to go head-to-head in a public vote in October.
Register for the Second Annual Tutu Trot
The Chicago Ballet Center is hosting their second annual Tutu Trot on Sunday, September 18.
In its inaugural year, the event attracted over 200 participants with all proceeds going back to arts programming in Chicago Public Schools. This year, they’re hoping to raise even more money.
Runners and walkers sporting their finest tutus can choose to participate in a 5K, 10K, or a 1K family loop. All courses will begin in front of The Chicago Ballet Center at 4041 N. Milwaukee. Participants will take to the streets of Portage Park before finishing the race back at The Chicago Ballet Center.
The race will kick off at 9 am. Those interested in participating can learn more and register online.
Apply for an Energy Savers Grant
Bungalow or vintage home owners may be eligible to weatherize their homes before winter starts. The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) is offering its free Energy Savers Grant for attic insulation and air sealing. Weatherizing upgrades can lead to lower energy costs and reduced air infiltration rates.
Owner occupied vintage single-family homes of at least 50 years or older located within the City of Chicago may receive a grant of up to $4,000. Households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the grant program.
Irving Park Food Pantry Seeking Donations
The Irving Park Food Pantry is in need of toiletries, especially shampoo. They are also requesting deodorant, toothpaste, razors, and any other toiletry items.
In addition to toiletries, The Irving Park Food Pantry is seeking donation of men and women’s white crew socks. This is especially in high demand as winter approached.
All donations made to the Irving Park Food Pantry are gratefully accepted.
Homestay Host Opportunity
WorldChicago is seeking homestay hosts for four exchange programs this fall.
Participants ages 25-35 in the Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program will require short-term housing October through November.
Homestay hosts provide a bed, meals, and a glimpse into everyday life in the United States. Homestay hosts are also given a $500 stipend. Fellows will take part in professional programming Monday through Friday from approximately 9 am to 5 pm, with evenings and weekends free.
WorldChicago is looking for a diverse range of homestay hosts including single professionals, retirees, returned Peace Corps volunteers, travelers, teachers, city dwellers, suburbanites, and more. Those interested in learning about the amazing diversity of the world’s cultures while sharing a piece of their own should apply to host a fellow for one of the following periods:
- October 7 – October 31: Russian Business Fellows Program (5 fellows);
- October 11 – November 14: Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and South East Asia Professional Fellows Program (7 fellows);
- October 15 – November 14: India and Pakistan Professional Fellows Program (4 fellows); and
- October 13 – November 14: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia Professional Fellows Program (12 fellows).
Learn more about WorldChicago and sign up to be a homestay host online.
The Filament Theatre and Community Tavern Present: Van Gogh Cafe
The Filament Theatre and Community Tavern are partnering to stimulate your senses. Their immersive approach to theater will take audiences through a culinary journey through the story of a small, roadside cafe. Julie Ritchey directs Van Gogh Cafe – based on Cynthia Rylant’s book.
10-year-old Clara knows that anything is possible after lightning strikes and the food starts to cook itself. After a neighboring possum displays magical powers, she doesn’t question if magic will happen – but when. This family-friendly production is appropriate for people aged 8 and older.
Performances will take place at Community Tavern, 4038 N. Milwaukee (across the street from the Filament Theatre), September 24 through October 3. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children. Ticket price includes a 5-course prix fixe tasting menu. Seating is limited.
View the event online for scheduling information and to purchase your tickets.
Apply for the Roof and Porch Repair Grant Program
The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formerly known as EHAP program) provide grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for low to moderate income owner occupants of one to four-unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. Remedies will commensurate with the level of damage determined by the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Rehab Construction Specialist upon inspection. A property can receive service one-time only.
The 2017 roof and porch registration takes place from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2016. On this day, residents can initiate the registration process online or by calling the city’s 311 service line.
Applicants will be selected via lottery on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Chicago Cultural Center, located at 78 E. Washington Street, in the Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd floor, starting at 9 am.
Eligible owner-occupied properties must be located in the city of Chicago, in habitable condition, a one to four property unit, and not at risk of foreclosure. Condominiums, commercial, and mixed-use units are not eligible for the program. Properties that received assistance in the past under the program (formerly known as EHAP) are ineligible to participate again.
Households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program. If the property is jointly owned, the total gross income of all owners will be included in this figure and cannot exceed the 80% limit.
For more information on the program and to apply for the grant, visit the Roof and Porch Repair page on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
Throwback Music Fest Seeking Volunteers
Help make Gladstone Park’s Throwback Music Fest a success in its inaugural year by volunteering at either the entrance gates or the beer tents. You can view the volunteer schedule and sign up online for the slot that best fits your schedule.
This post-Labor Day festival will showcase all your favorite retro tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The festival will also feature craft beer tastings, arts and crafts, and many other fun activities for children and families.
The event will run September 9, through September 11, at 6030 N. Milwaukee. Visit Throwback Music Fest’s website to learn more about the event and view the entertainment line up.
Help Beard School Raise Money by Recycling Paper
Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.
Beard has placed a recycling bin on the school’s property in the parking lot on Natchez. If you have newspapers, magazines, or any other paper materials that need to be recycled, consider taking them to Beard School. This is an easy, free way to help give back to our local schools.
Sun., Sept 4, 10 am, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join community members for a joint neighborhood worship service and picnic. Church offerings otherwise undesignated will go to The Night Ministry, an urban non-profit which serves Chicagoans in need of housing, health care, and human connection. For more information, email organizers.Donation-based.
Tue., Sept 6, 6:30 pm, Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee, #301. Get involved to make a difference in your community by attending a Six Corners Association Committee Meeting. Promotions meets at 6:30 followed by design at 7:30.Free.
Tue., Sept 6, 7 pm, Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield.Join to learn how you can participate in supporting your neighborhood during theGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Wed., Sept 7, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Business Affairs and Consumer Protection hosts a City Inspections: Ask Questions and Get Answers workshop. More info and register: online or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Thur., Sept 8, 8:30 am, Veterans War Memorial, Intersection of Higgins and Milwaukee. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce will lower and raise the flags along with members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 311 during a9/11 Memorial Ceremony. More info: call 773-736-6697.Free.
Thur., Sept 8, 6-9 pm, Baltic Art Studio, 4346 N. Milwaukee.Learn more about glass blowing, view art, and meet neighbors during Baltic Art Studio’s Open House. Free.
Thur., Sept 8, 6:15 pm,Castaways Bar & Grill, 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is hosting a Pedal Twilight Bike Ride. More info: [www.cpdmemorial.org]view website. Free.
Fri., Sept 9, 9:30 am, Business Affairs, 121 N. LaSalle, #805. The Chicago Small Business Center is hosting a seminar on how to create a comprehensive business plan. More info: online. Free.
Fri., Sept 9, 4-10:30 pm,Between Elston and Peterson on Milwaukee Ave. Join neighbors for the first annualThrowback Music Fest. Hosted by the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce. Live music, craft beer tastings, children’s activities, food, and more. More info: 773-775-8871. $5 daily admission.
Fri., Sept 9, 7 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. Help build a new Fifth Province stage this fall during the Set the Stage Fundraiser. Local bands August Son, Pin Drop Theatre, and Hodie Snitch will take the stage to help raise $1,200. Live music, food, drink, and chances to win prizes. More info: online.Donations accepted at the door.
Sat., Sept 10, 10 am-2 pm,Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Learn more about available community and government resources during Sen. John Mulroe’s annual Community Resource Fair. Free.
Sat., Sept 10, 10 am-12 pm,Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Girls 5-17 years old can register and meet their troops and leaders during the Girl Scout Registration Rally. Free.
Sat., Sept 10, 10 am-2 pm,Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson. Join other professionals for the next Small Business Center On the Road expo. Christopher G. Kennedy will be the keynote speaker. Over 40 exhibitors, a workshop presented by Fifth Third Bank, document shredding, professional heads shots, and much more. More info and to register: online. Free.
Sat., Sept 10, 11 am-10:30 pm, Between Elston and Peterson on Milwaukee Ave. Join neighbors for the first annual Throwback Music Fest. Hosted by the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce. Live music, craft beer tastings, children’s activities, food, and more. More info: 773-775-8871. $5 daily admission.
Sun., Sept 11, 9 am-noon,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 12th year of the Michelin Guide-recommended Independence 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. Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support locally grown food and other vendors during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 10 am, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Rep. Martwick will join the church for theirRally Day. Church service will be at 10 followed by a cook out at 11:30. Dunk tank, bounce house, and sno-cones will be at the event. More info:online or call 773-283-5557.Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 11 am-10 pm, Between Elston and Peterson on Milwaukee Ave. Join neighbors for the first annual Throwback Music Fest. Hosted by the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce. Live music, craft beer tastings, children’s activities, food, and more. More info: 773-775-8871. $5 daily admission.
Sun., Sept 11, 11:30 am, Irving Park Cemetery, 7777 W. Irving Park. Remember those who died, those who served, and those who carry on during the 15th year anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service. Lunch to follow. Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 12-3 pm, Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster. Join neighbors for aCommunity Block Party. Inflatables, DJ, games, free food, and more. More info:online. Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 3 pm, Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Baritone Lyle Nicholson and painist Mio Nakamura perform a collection of songs during their Baritono Final concert. More info: onlineor call 773-725-9026. Free.
Mon., Sept 12, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Learn how you can become more involved with the community by attending the monthly Old Irving Park Association meeting. Free.
Tue., Sept 13, noon-1:30 pm,Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 2005. Learn traffic court processes and procedures, safe driving tips, guidelines fro renewing your driver’s license, and about the parking program for persons with disabilities during theSenior Driving: Tips for the Active Senior seminar. To register: call 312-603-9233.Free.
Tue., Sept 13, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Sept 14, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn how to obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser (MFD) or Mobile Food Preparer (MFP) business license during theHow to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License workshop. More info and to register: online or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Sept 14, 7 pm, Athletic Park Field House, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Thur., Sept 15, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Agenda and more info online. Free.
Fri., Sept 16, 9:30 am, Business Affairs, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. The Small Business Center hosts a Social Advertising workshop. To register: email organizers or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Fri., Sept 16, 1 pm, Forest Preserve Golf, 4839 W. Irving Park. Enjoy the nice weather before winter while supporting a great organization. Slingshots is hosting a Golf Outing. Can’t make it? Don’t worry! You can still sign uponline to sponsor a hole. Register: online. Starting at $60.
Sun., Sept 18, 10am-2 pm,Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gathers in the southeast corner of the park near Irving Park and Long to sell their locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, and prepared foods during the Portage Park Farmers Market. While you’re there, listen to various musical performances. Free.
Sun., Sept 18, 11:45 am-5:15 pm, Cafe La Cave, 2777 Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines.Join over 230 guests for theTaft Hall of Fame Banquet. More info and tickets:online. Tickets start at $75.
Sun., Sept 18, noon-6 pm, St. Cornelius Church, 5205 N. Lieb.Join neighbors to celebrate during St. Cornelius’ 90th Anniversary Block Party. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, plenty to drink, and lots of fun, family-friendly activities. Free.
Wed., Sept 21, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Learn the difference between a copyright and a trademark, as well as a patent and a trade secret during the Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights: How to Recognize Your Company’s Assets workshop. Learn more and register: online or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Sept 21, 7 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Join community members for theIndependence Park Advisory Council’s monthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Sept 21, 7 pm, 16th District Station Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. Free.
Fri., Sept 23, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Learn the basics of social media during a How to Start and Maintain Your Personal Brand Online seminar. More info and register: online or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Sun., Sept 25, 9 am-noon,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 12th year of the Michelin Guide-recommended Independence 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. I will be attending with my spin art bike in tow as well. This crowd pleasing bike creates art right before your eyes. Free.
Sun., Sept 25, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support locally grown food and other local vendors during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. Free.
Mon., Sept 26, 7:30 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Work with neighbors to help make your park and community a better place. Learn more by attending the monthly Friends of Portage Park meeting. Free.
Tue., Sept 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Sept 28, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Take an in-depth look at some of the ways to find funding for your business and access capital during a Financing Your New Business seminar. More info and register: online or call 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Sept 28, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Join neighbors for the monthly Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Free.
Fri., Sept 30, 8-10 pm, Parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.Cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a present day spin. The Six Corners Association will showThe Goonies as a Drive-in Movie event. Cars can tune in through the radio to hear the movies. Pedestrian walk-ups also welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Tickets and info:online. $30/car, $15/adult walk-up, $5/under 12 walk-up.
Thanks for reading,