People aged 21 and older are invited to enjoy craft beer from over 15 local breweries, delicious options from local food trucks, live entertainment from the Lunar Ticks and Bill Reedy and the Smokin’ Cattails, and much more.
Proceeds from the event will help purchase new jackets and uniforms for the Independence Park special recreation group ahead of the Special Olympics Winter Games.
Tickets cost $40 online, and $50 at the gate. Online ticket sales will end at 11:00 AM the day of the event, so make sure to secure yours today!
Jefferson Park Blue Line Renovation Contract Awarded
This week, the Chicago Transit Board approved a design and build contract with Walsh Construction Company II, LLC., for the $25 million rehabilitation and upgrade to the Jefferson Park CTA station.
Final designs are not complete, but construction will include newly redesigned canopies for the bus terminal and rail station entryway, and an improved reconfiguration of the bus bays to accommodate those with disabilities and improve pedestrian flow through and around the transit center. Other work includes the installation of public art, rehabbing the train platform canopies, repairing and repainting the exterior station walls, new benches, new windbreaks, and new trash bins along the platform.
Work is expected to begin early next year and be completed in 2019. I look forward to this overdue face lift to the Jefferson Park terminal and the positive impact that it will have on the ongoing revitalization efforts of Jefferson Park.
Central Avenue Transformation
Work began this week to transform Central Avenue to improve safety for all users.
The changes include bump-outs at Central & Giddings, Central & Leland, and Central & Ainslie. A designated bike lane will be installed from Goodman to Gunnison, and a shared lane from Lawrence to Montrose. Finally, right-turn-only lanes will be installed on Central on both sides of Lawrence.
While Central and Giddings was initially selected to receive bump-outs during the 2015 Participatory Budgeting cycle, my office took the break from participatory budgeting in 2017 to work closely with the Department of Transportation to come up with a more comprehensive plan to calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety along this stretch of Central.
This section of Central Avenue is frequently used as a cut-through to the Kennedy Expressway with motorists often speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians – as state law requires – despite clear crosswalk markings and signage. Last November, a two-year-old boy passed away and a 39-year-old woman sustained injuries after they were struck by a vehicle that ignored a stop sign on Giddings Avenue. The woman and the boy were crossing Central Avenue when they were struck.
As a government official, a part of my duties include looking at how we can be more thoughtful in designing our streets and implementing infrastructure to ensure that they are safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. But all of the tools we have at our disposal will not be effective unless motorists also adjust their behavior and practice more caution. Minding stop signs, reducing our speed, and staying focused on driving by actively looking for pedestrians and cyclists will continue to have the biggest effect on safety in our streets.
Work is anticipated to be completed by October 1.
Community Alert: Motor Vehicle Thefts
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of motor vehicle thefts that occurred in the months of August and September. The incidents occurred at:
- The 3200-block of North Lavergne at 11:00 pm on August 18;
- The 5200-block of West Patterson between 5:00 pm August 20 and 2:00 am August 22;
- The 5100-block of West Eddy between 9:00 pm August 21 and 8:00 am August 22;
- The 5900-block of North Eddy between 6:15 pm August 31 and 9:45 am September 1;
- The 4800-block of North Milwaukee between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm on September 6;
- The 5400-block of West Higgins between 2:20 am September 6 and 12:25 am September 7; and
- The 3700-block of North Laramie at 10:20 am on September 11.
Please make sure all doors and windows are secured, park in a well lit area, 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.
Municipal ID Program
Beginning this December, Chicagoans will be able to use a new municipal identification card to ride the CTA and check out books from the Chicago Public Library.
The new program, spearheaded by City Clerk Anna Valencia, will allow people who might not otherwise be able to obtain a government-issued identification card to still access city services and other businesses. The new ID program will help marginalized Chicagoans access a form of ID accepted by all City departments regardless of immigration status, housing status, criminal record, or gender identification.
The program was first approved in April 2016 by City Council. I applaud Valencia for her efforts in seeing this to fruition and continuing to create a welcoming city for all Chicagoans.
More information about the municipal ID program is available at the City of Chicago website.
Filament Theatre Tenth Anniversary Benefit
Celebrate ten years of exceptional theater at the Filament during their Tenth Anniversary Benefit. The event will take place on Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
The celebration will feature food form your favorite Six Corners restaurants with throwback performances from your favorite productions including The Monster in the Hall, The Snow Queen, The Van Gogh Cafe, and more. Guests will also be among the first to learn about Filament’s exciting 2018 season!
In addition to the delicious selection of food and delightful entertainment, the evening will include auction items ranging from Chicago Bears tickets to a tea party at Fannies Cafe.
Tickets begin at $50 for individuals or $250 for a reserved table. Find more information and reserve your ticket today online.
Sell Beer and Help Chicago Canine Rescue
Chicago Canine Rescue will be collecting tips to help our furry friends during Taco Fest on Sunday, September 17. The festival will take place on Southport between Addison and Roscoe.
They are in need of some friendly folks to help sling beers and collect life-saving tips for the shelter pups. Grab a few friends and sign up for a shift as we finish out the summer festival season. All tips collected will go back to the dogs. The following shifts are in need of volunteers:
- 8 volunteers for 10:45 am – 2:45 pm
- 10 volunteers for 2:45 pm – 6:45 pm
- 10 volunteers for 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
If you’re interested in volunteering, email Bill firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! Please include your cell phone number and preferred shift.
Vote for Josi’s for the Forbes Main Street Awards
Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe has been nominated for theForbes Main Street Award. The award recognizes businesses who have made a difference in their communities.
Josi’s Frozen Yogurt has been a pillar of our community with their dedication and tireless efforts to improve it. They have done commendable work to help provide a friendly space for special needs families by hosting a “No Apologies” hour once a month. During this hour, Josi’s closes off the business to the public and allows these special needs families a space where they don’t feel the need to apologize for their children. The lights are also turned down for those with sensory processing issues. This allows families to have fun in the business free from anxiety.
Voting is open online now through September 22.Winners will be announced the week of September 25. Voting is limited to one vote per person per day.
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Are you looking to have a meaningful impact on your community? Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it also provides a great source of pride.
Now through October 16, the Chicago Police Department is accepting applications for those interested in making a lasting difference in their community. The Chicago Police Department offers a competitive salary and benefits.
Interested applicants must be 20 years old by December 31, 2017. If you’re interested, fill out a quick application at theChicago Police Department’s website by October 16. The test to become a police officer will be held on the weekend of December 16, 2017.
Citizen Police Academy
Do you have a strong connection to your community and want to make a difference? Apply to join the Citizen Police Academy.
The fall session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin on September 19, and will run for ten weeks ending on November 21.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for individuals with strong community ties who will be good ambassadors for the department. Participating citizens will receive a condensed version of CPD recruit training.
Classes meet every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Education and Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson.
Applications are due by August 25. For more information or an application, please contact the 16th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4521 or atCAPS.email@example.com. Those interested in the 17th District can contact the 17th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4588 or atCAPS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheet Metal Apprenticeships
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union ’73 is now accepting apprenticeships for those interesting in sheet metal trade as a career.
Through October 4, interested persons ages 17 and older can apply for an apprenticeship where they will learn the skills necessary for a long-term career in the sheet metal trade. For requirements and more information regarding the application process, visit the Sheet Metal Workers’ website.
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Sat., Sept 16, 9 am,17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during aPeer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Sept 16, 9 am-3 pm, Messiah Lutheran Church Parking Lot, 6200 W. Addison. Drop off donations toHelp Hurricane Harvey Families. Collecting new closing, new socks, new undergarments, diapers and wipes, hygiene supplies, water, canned food, manual can openers, baby formula, pillows, blankets, and more. Free.
Sun., Sept 17, 8 am-noon, Irving Park Lutheran Church gym, 4057 N. Harding. Stop by to enjoy aPancake Breakfast fundraiser by By Scout Troop 863.Cost of purchases.
Sun., Sept 17, 9 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center Parking Lot, Lawrence and Lipps. There is something for everyone at thisFlea Market/Garage Sale. Upwards of 30 vendors will attend. Music by Stephen Gulyas and sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation. Thank you to the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association for organizing the event. Cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 17, 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, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Animal Care and Control will also be present with some adorable adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Sept 18, 3-6 pm, 5940 N. Milwaukee. State Senator Mulroe and State Representative Martwick host a2017 Free Flu Shot and ICASH event. Get a free flu shot and discover if you have any unclaimed property from the Illinois State Treasurer’s ICASH program. RSVP or questions: 773-763-3810 or 773-286-1115. Free.
Mon., Sept 18, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Sept 19, 11 am, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Sept 19, 1 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room 5151 N. Milwaukee. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during the Monthly Senior Meeting. Special guest Angela M. Gambino from Brokerage Resources will attend. Win fun prizes during Bingo! More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Sept 20, 7 pm, 16th District Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, Community Room.Learn what you can do about crime during the1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Sept 20, 7:30 pm, 17th District Station, 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., Sept 21, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a This Place Seems Nice: Adult Daycare Servicesseminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.
Thur., Sept. 21, 5-6 pm, Gray Elementary School, 3730 N. Laramie. Learn about exciting educational opportunities during the Gray School Family and Community Open House. More info:Gray website. Free.
Thur., Sept 21, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Sept 24, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th 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. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 24, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 24, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.St. John’s presents an afternoon of chamber music with The Chen Family and Mio Nakamura. Free.
Mon., Sept 25, 7:30 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Do you have thoughts on how to improve Portage Park? Attend a Friends of Portage Park meeting to share your thoughts. More info: 773-720-5381. Free.
Tue., Sept 26, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Sept 27, 4-7 pm, Potbelly, 4185 W. Irving Park.Satiate your appetite while giving back to a local school, Gray School, during thePotbelly Sandwich Shop Gives Back fundraiser. 25% of net sales will be donated to the school. Cost of purchases.
Wed., Sept 27, 5-6:45 pm, The Kedzie Center, 4141 N. Kedzie, Suite 2. Join Community Mental Health for a Community Night on Suicide Awareness & Prevention panel discussion. Free.
Wed., Sept 27, 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 Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Thur., Sept 28,1113 Berwyn Gallery, 1113 W. Berwyn. Local artist Nicholas Conlon showcases his work in a pop-up art show titledAll My Work for Nothing. More info: online.
Fri., Sept 29, 1113 Berwyn Gallery, 1113 W. Berwyn. Local artist Nicholas Conlon showcases his work in a pop-up art show titled All My Work for Nothing. More info: online.