Once again, the Northwest Side is the place to be this weekend. The Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce and the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association are proud to host Gladstone Park’s first ever Throwback Music Fest.
This family-friendly event is all about retro tunes. There will also be ticketed craft beer tastings, arts and crafts, and fun activities for kids. The event kicks off at 4 pm on Friday, September 9, and goes until 11 pm. If you can’t make it on Friday, come out between 11 am and 11 pm on Saturday, September 10, or Sunday, September 11. For more information and to purchase tickets, view the event online.
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.
The Proposed Water Tax and How You Can Save Money
It appears likely that Mayor Emmanuel’s water tax will pass the full City Council next week. Although I voted no at the Finance Committee this week and will vote no at the full City Council meeting, 26 of my colleagues voted yes at the committee hearing.
Since taking office, I have been critical of the Mayor for not addressing the underfunding of the city’s pension obligations. We cannot continue simply kicking the can down the road, the hole growing larger. But this regressive tax will hit the poorest among us the hardest. Rich or poor, we all need water.
The Mayor’s tax also doesn’t really address the issue. After repeated requests and weeks of delay, the Administration finally acknowledged that this increase will not generate the revenue needed to fully fund the city’s largest pension fund. In fact, in 2023 we will need an additional $300 million to meet the projected actuarial required payments.
Asking more from taxpayers is never easy. But when we do, we are obligated to honestly address our obligations and not commit the sins of the past. By kicking the can down the road for more than a decade, we have burdened these funds with billions of additional obligations.
According to the Council Office of Financial Analysis, we are liquidating 10 to 15 percent of fund holdings each year to pay current benefits. The sooner we reverse that trend, the more likely we are to realize better returns on our investments and reach our target of 90% funded.
It is beholden on the Mayor to present the City Council with coherent proposals that will address this critical, and mandated, obligation. The Progressive Caucus has offered many progressive revenue options during the last five years. Anything we seek to do that will generate enough revenue to fund the pension system will need to be approved by the General Assembly.
During the committee debate, I raised my concern that the Administration’s revenue projections are built on shaky assumptions. The revenue from non-metered accounts is inflated when compared to metered accounts. Currently, median annual charges for non-metered account is $834.39, versus $407.67 for metered accounts. In 2021, those bills go up to $ 1,109.24 for non-metered accounts, versus $541.96 for metered.
That represents a 49% difference when billed based by consumption. Given that, I fully expect the 7,427 household in the 45th Ward that are non-metered to request a meter so they might realize these savings. Expanded citywide, the Administration’s revenue projections seem overstated, and the funding shortfall in 2023 could very well exceed $300 million.
Overall, the water rates in Chicago are low when compared nationally. But that is cold comfort when household budgets are strained. I will encourage every resident to request a water meter as both a conversation and cost saving measure. This will brunt the blow of these increases for years to come.
Even if you are a heavy user, you’re guaranteed to not pay more than your current estimated bill for the next 7 years. My experience is a savings of about 50 percent since having a metered installed in 2012.
Time is off the essence, though. First, the additional tax would start January 1, 2017. Additionally, we learned during the Finance Committee hearings that the Department of Water Management can only install 25,000 meters a year at their current rate of installation.
We’ve urged Water Management to ramp up their installation program. But if you are one of the more than 7,400 water customers in the 45th Ward without a meter, there is no time to waste to sign up for a water meter.
Sign up today at the city’s MeterSave website.
Pace Route 270 Detour This Weekend
Please be aware that effective today, Pace Route 270 will detour in Norwood Park this weekend due to Throwback Music Fest.
The bus will not serve Milwaukee Avenue between Austin and Elston. Instead, the route will head north on Austin at Milwaukee. At Austin and Elston, the bus will take Elston north-west to re-join Milwaukee Avenue. From there, it will continue on its regular route.
The detour is expected to end Monday, September 12.
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.
The shredding event will be from 5-8 pm on Thursday, September 15, in the Hoyne Bank parking lot at 4729 N. Milwaukee.
For more information, email my office or call 773-286-4545.
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.
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.
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.
Watch “The Goonies”, Drive-In Style
On Friday, September 30, cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a modern spin. The Six Corners Association will show The Goonies in aDrive-In Movie event located int he parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.
All ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Those attending in their car can listen to the movie simply by tuning into their radios. Pedestrians are also welcome and should bring lawn chair or blankets to sit on.
The cost is $30 per car, $15 for an adult pedestrian, and $5 for a child pedestrian (under 12-years-old).
The movie will start at 8 pm. Make sure to reserve your spot online today, as there is limited space available.
Become an Election Judge for the November 8 Election
The Chicago Board of Elections is still looking for judges to staff the November 8 elections. Election judges are responsible for the conduct of the election at the precinct’s polling place.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in the election process while making some money. For more information and to apply, visit the Chicago Board of Elections website.
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.
45th Ward Back-To-School Community Fair
What does health and wellness mean to you? Join over 50 vendors in the medical and safety field during the 45th Ward Back-To-School Community 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.
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, 3801 N. Keeler, 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.
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.
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 11, 9 am,Intersection of Knox and Montrose. Join me along with members of the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department for a 15 year anniversary September 11 Ceremony. Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 9 am-noon,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 12th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted.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 their Rally 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, 11:30 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, 12-4 pm, 4343 N. Lowell. Support the St. Edward’s Cheerleaders during the Cheerleaders Car Wash. $8/car.
Sun., Sept 11, 12-3 pm,Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster. Join neighbors for a Community 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:online or call 773-725-9026.Free.
Sun., Sept 11, 7 pm, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.Join the Filament and Chicago’s own Al Rose for hisAlbum Release Party. Learn more and buy tickets: online.$15.
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 the Senior 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 duringJefferson 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 aSocial Advertising workshop. To register: email organizersor 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 up online to sponsor a hole. Register:online. Starting at $60.
Sun., Sept 18, 10-11 am, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt, 4032 N. Milwaukee. Join community members and other special needs family for the monthly No Apologies Needed private event. One child in the family must be diagnosed with a mental or physical disability to participate. Learn moreonline. Free.
Sun., Sept 18, 10 am-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 theTrademarks, 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.
Thur., Sept 22, 8 am-4 pm,City Colleges of Chicago, 1900 W. Van Buren. Join Business Affairs for a free and engaging series of 21 workshops presenting practical and affordable technologies to help you advertise, accelerate, and manage your business growth during the Tech Thursdays annual conference. More info and register: online or call 866-420-0296. Free.
Fri., Sept 23, 8 am-4 pm,City Colleges of Chicago, 1900 W. Van Buren. Join Business Affairs for a free and engaging series of 21 workshops presenting practical and affordable technologies to help you advertise, accelerate, and manage your business growth during the Tech Thursdays annual conference. More info and register: online or call 866-420-0296. 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-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. 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 theJefferson Park Sunday Market. Free.
Sun., Sept 25, 6:30 pm, Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler.Chicago Opera Playhouse presents Once Upon a Windy City. $10/adult, $5/child 3-12.
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 monthlyFriends of Portage Parkmeeting. Free.
Tue., Sept 27, noon-1:30 pm, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 2005. Learn Learn about types of adult day care services, how to choose the right service for your needs, and payment options during the Adult Day Care Services: Making the Right Choice seminar. To register: call 312-603-9233. 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 show The 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,