This weekend, join your neighbors for the annual St. Cornelius Parish Picnic. The event will feature food and drink, games, a cash raffle, music, and more. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.
The event will take place on Sunday, September 16 from noon to 5 pm at the St. Cornelius Parish Grounds at Long and Lieb.
Finally, please be advised that there is no Ward Night on Tuesday, September 18 but I hope you will join me at the Farnsworth School Open House.
Farnsworth School Open House September 18
Farnsworth Elementary School, 5414 N. Linder, will host an Open House on Tuesday, September 18 from 5-7 pm at the school. Prospective parents and students will have the opportunity to learn more about the programs, teachers, and facilities during the event.
Attendees will also be able to review plans for a new turf field and playground at Farnsworth Elementary during the event. This playground was funded partially from the Elston/Irving TIF district and as a part of a $36 million plan I unveiled last year to improve 45th Ward Schools.
Ward Night will be canceled on Tuesday, September 18. Instead, I encourage you to attend Farnsworth’s Open House to learn more about their great work as well as the ongoing efforts to improve a neighborhood school.
Beer Fest September 15
The Independence Park Advisory Council (IPAC) is hosting their 5th annual Independence Park Beer Fest on Saturday, September 15, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
People aged 21 and older are invited to enjoy craft beer from local breweries, delectable options from a variety of food trucks, live entertainment, and the company of friendly neighbors!
Proceeds from the event will support the park and IPAC events.
Tickets cost $40 online and $50 at the gate.
Learn About This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items, Vote Beginning October 1
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.
The projects on this year’s ballot include:
- Wrought iron fence along Milwaukee Avenue at Wilson Park for $50,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Awning/cover for the Gladstone Park basketball court for $50,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Start-up costs for community gardens for $15,000/garden. Learn more about this project here;
- A dog-friendly area at Austin-Foster Park for $100,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Improved path to the Rosedale Park fieldhouse using paver stones for $10,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Updated street lighting on Milwaukee Avenue from the viaduct north to Foster for $498,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Updated street lighting near Independence Park from Pulaski to Elston for $525,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Colored LED lights under the Milwaukee viaduct for either $140,000 for just the walkway or $240,000 for both the walkway and the facade. Learn more about this project here;
- Decorative trash cans throughout the ward for $25,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Piggyback lighting on the 4600 & 4700-blocks of North Central for $166,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Lawrence and Linder for $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Sidewalk repairs throughout the ward based on severity for $150,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Bryn Mawr and McVicker for $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Fencing and lighting near the Gladstone Park Metra Stop for $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
- Pedestrian bump-out at Avondale and Irving Park for $60,000. Learn more about this project here; and
- Pedestrian bump-out at Foster and Leclaire for $70,000. Learn more about this project here.
45th Ward residents aged 14 and older can vote online or in person for the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle beginning on Monday, October 1.
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.
Gladstone Park Girl Collecting Donations for Victims of Hurricane Florence
Touched by the news of Hurricane Florence, Flo – a Kiddie College student and Gladstone Park resident – has taken it upon herself to start a collection drive to help the victims of this tragic natural disaster.
Now through September 21, the Gladstone Park field house, located at 5421 N. Menard, will collect non-perishable foods, diapers, formula, and toiletries to send to those affected by the hurricane. Donations can be dropped off between 8 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday.
I hope we can all find inspiration in Flo’s initiative and show how giving the 45th Ward is!
Housing for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Passes Planning Commission
On Thursday, the mixed-used, mixed-income building for veterans and those with disabilities at 5150 N. Northwest Highway passed the Plan Commission, with a wide majority of those in attendance speaking in support.
Many testified how this opportunity would be transformative for their lives, finally allowing them to live in an accessible and up-to-date building. Recently, WBEZ reported that the number of housing discrimination complaints based on disability reported to HUD has continued to increase over the past 20 years in Chicago.
While the availability of these homes will not serve as a panacea to Chicago’s accessible, affordable housing crisis, it is a clear step in the right direction. I am honored to be in a position where I can work towards ushering in developments that will help our disenfranchised neighbors, and I am humbled by the resiliency, compassion, and courage of those standing with our neighbors in need.
Addison Resurfacing Project
An upcoming resurfacing project on Addison from Keeler to Avondale is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, September 17. The infrastructure work is a part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s arterial street resurfacing area north project.
The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, and striping.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of work.
All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed November 2, 2018.
Calling All Home Brewers
Jefferson Park Forward had so much fun last year, that they’re once again teaming up with Lake Effect for their second annual JPF Home Brewers event.
The event will be held during their First Friday Happy Hour event in November and they are looking for some homebrewers willing to brew at least one beer for the occasion.
JPF will host the event privately and will also manage a beer judging context. The first place winner will get the opportunity to scale up their beer for public release with folks at Lake Effect Brewery, a JPF Business Member. Prizes will also be available for second and third place. As if that wasn’t enough, all home brewers who are not already members will be granted a free one-year membership with JPF. Last year, Phil Collins won with his Sheehan’s Farmhouse Ale, a golden-colored Saison beer.
To sign up, view the rules of the competition, and learn more, visit Jefferson Park Forward’s website.
St. Constance School Color Run September 15
Come run come all to join in the fun at the second annual St. Constance School Color Run at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve Grove number 7 in Niles. The FUNdraiser will be held on September 15, with on-site registration opening at 8 am in anticipation of the 10 am start time.
The St. Constance School Color Run/Walk features a designated 5K course along the trail between Bunker Hill Preserve and Caldwell Woods. During the Color Run, participants are doused with food color at various color stations ending with a final color celebration at the finish line. Details and preregistration are available on the St. Constance School website.
Register for the Victory Run 5K
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is hosting its inaugural Fun Run/Race Fundraiser!
Come out Saturday, September 15 for a fun and exhilarating 5K race around Portage Park. This run welcomes all levels of athletes, from the serious runner to the hobbyist, or even families just looking for a great day in the park.
Proceeds from the run will support the Our Lady Victory Youth Ministry. Participants who register before September 1 can use the coupon code “OURLADY” to receive a discount rate.
The Victory Run 5K starts promptly at 8 am, rain or shine. More information and registration is available online.
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).
Register for Ultimate Frisbee at Rosedale Park
Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, is starting an ultimate frisbee league for children ages 8-15 looking to be more active and build camaraderie with other youths.
The season runs September 10 thru November 5 and only costs $19. The league meets Mondays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the park.
Those interested may register online. If you have any questions, you can call the park at 773-631-7156.
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 a 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 Police Officer
Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will remain open through October 1. The exam will be on Saturday, December 8.
This is an opportunity to serve your community and pursue a meaningful career. Chicago police officers will be eligible for healthcare benefits, tuition reimbursement, uniform allowances, a retirement plan, and a competitive salary.
The minimum age to apply and take the police exam is 20. More information and applications are available online.
Thanks for reading,
Sat., Sept 15, 8 am-1 pm, St. Benedict Preparatory School, Gym, 3941 N. Bell. The St. Benedict parish and school host their 11th annual Baby & Kids Green Garage Sale. All sizes of kids and baby clothes, maternity clothes, Halloween costumes, books, movies, music, games, toys, bikes, and more. Power hour from noon to 1 pm (no admission fee, everything 50% off). Go green by bringing a bag from home for all your treasures. $1 admission fee.
Sat., Sept 15, 10 am-2 pm, Lutz Family Center, 3435 N. Cicero.The Michael and Karen Lutz Center for After School Matters is hosting a Parent Resource Fair. Free.
Sat., Sept 15, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, 1300 W. Jackson. The Chicago Police Department will host an Open House Recruitment Event. Family-friendly event open to the public. More info:online. Free.
Sun., Sept 16, 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., Sept. 16, noon-5 pm, St. Cornelius Parish Grounds, Long and Lieb. Join your neighbors for the St. Cornelius Parish Picnic, featuring food and drink, games, a cash raffle, music, and more. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Free.
Mon., Sept 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage 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.
Wed., Sept 19, 11 am, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long (Parking/Entrance at Berteau and Linder). 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 during the Portage Park Village Meeting.Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 6:30 pm,Gladstone Park Fieldhouse, 5421 N. Menard. Learn how you can help further park development through volunteering, fundraising, and support during the Gladstone Park Advisory Council meeting. The GPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them onFacebook to keep up on GPAC news.Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 7 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Help plan upcoming events and identify priorities to better the neighborhood park during theIndependence Park Advisory Council meeting. Show your community pride and have fun in the process! IPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them onFacebook to keep up on IPAC news.Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 7 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Sept 19, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Sept 20, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Every month, JPF hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. This meeting is JPF’s annual meeting where they will elect the next JPF Board of Directors. For location and more information, view their calendaronline. Free.
Fri., Sept 21, all day, Near the Jefferson Park Terminal. JPF has so much fun and held such a successful event, that they’re hosting anotherPark(ing) Dayevent again this year. This new annual tradition helps you re-imagine the use of public space. More info: online.Free to attend, supporting local businesses with purchases encouraged.
Sun., Sept 23, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from local 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 23, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-produce and other delectable items at the Jefferson 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.
Sun., Sept 23, 10 am-1 pm, 16th District, Parking Garage, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th District Police is hosting a Free Child Car Seat Check. Rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, and seat belt all checked. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Sept 25, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Sept 26, 9 am-5:30 pm,Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. City Clerk Anna Valencia hosts aCityKey Mobile Printing Day. Learn more:online. Free.
Wed., Sept 26, 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 Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Sat., Sept. 29, 10 am-2 pm,Monument Park, 6679 N. Avondale.Senator Mulroe hosts a Pet Wellness Fair. Free microchipping for dogs and cats, free pet massage, free nail trims, free pet ID tags, training demonstrations, giveaways, raffles, pet-friendly crafts, face painting, bouncy house, refreshments, and trivia. More info: 773-763-3810.Free.
Sat., Sept. 29, 11 am-2 pm, Iron Horse Ale House, 6158 N. Northwest Hwy. Join Boy Scout leader and Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry organizer Andy Brecklin asAndy is shaving to cure childhood cancer, a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Fundraiser in memory of Jeremy Campus. More info or pledge: fundraiser website.
Sat., Sept 29, 6:30 pm, Mason Orchard Auditorium (North Campus), 6040 W. Ardmore.Pope Francis Global Academy proudly presents a Trivia Night. Join them for a night of fun to benefit the school. Doors open at 6:30 and trivia starts at 7. Teams can have up to 10 players. Bring your own food and drinks to share with your table. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash prize of $300 to the winning team. For more information and registration forms: email organizers. Registration forms due by 9/24.$35/individual before 9/24, $300/table of 10.
Sat., Sept 29, 6-10:30 pm, St. Edward Catholic Church, Courtyard & Unity Hall, 4350 W. Sunnyside. St. Edward Parish is hosting theirannual Harvest Bash and Pig Roast featuring a performance by the Bank Iron Horse. Iron Horsewas featured on “America’s Got Talent”. Tickets and more info:online.$20/advance, $25/door, $10/kids.
Sun., Sept 30, 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., Sept 30, 1-4 pm, Disney II High School, 3900 N. Lawndale. Join Chicago School GPS at their 7th annual Gems High School Fair. Learn about hidden gem public and private Chicago High School options. Learn about high school admissions process, entrance test strategies, executive functioning for middle schoolers, mini boot camp on entrance essays, and peer-to-peer info sessions for middle schoolers. More info & RSVP: online. Free.