Join me between 10 am and noon this Sunday, September 25, at the Independence Park Farmers Market. I will be attending along with my spin art bike. Tcrowd-pleasing attraction creates art right before your eyes.
This Michelin Guide-recommended farmers market takes place at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield, between 9 am and 1 pm every other Sunday through October. Market goers can pick from a wide range of quality vendors and pay with cash, credit card, or LINK cards.
Explore the North Branch Trail Extension with Bike 45
This Saturday, September 24, Bike 45 will take their last ride of the season along the extension of the North Branch Trail.
Meet at Portage Ground Coffee, 5501 W. Irving Park, at 8 am. After enjoying delicious coffee, cyclists will take off for a 15 mile ride that explores the extension of the North Branch Trail and the surrounding neighborhoods.
All ages are welcome to join. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no more than 3 children per adult.
Vision Quilt Panels Created by Chicago Youth on Display at National Veterans Art Museum
More than 60 quilt panels made by young people and families in Chicago with the guidance of the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) staff will be on display.
Vision Quilt founder Cathy DeForest will be the featured speaker during an event this Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 4 pm at the museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee. The event also includes a youth panel where the new contributors will talk about the impact of creating a Vision Quilt panel and examine Chicago’s ongoing struggle against gun violence.
“The National Veterans Art Museum has done an outstanding job of reaching out to youth in Chicago to make Vision Quilt panels,” says Cathy. “When I’m in Chicago, I’ll be meeting with survivors, educators, activists, artists, and faith leaders. I am honored to share the work of these courageous young people with everyone I meet.”
The voices of these young artists are powerful and poignant. The NVAM Teen Council’s blogoffers a detailed look at some of the panels and shares the words of the artists who made the panels. It provides a meaningful glimpse in the lives of these young people.
The panels will be on display at NVAM through the end of September.
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 a Drive-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.
Enjoy the Best Seafood in Chicago While Supporting Hands to Help Ministries
Hands to Help, The Fish Guy, and Wellfleet are offering a rare opportunity. As a fundraiser, Hands to Help Ministries is auctioning off a private party for ten to twelve neighbors to enjoy mouthwatering seafood prepared by the renowned Chef Leo Bariso. The menu features Blini, Oysters Leo, Sturgeon Caviar, Tataki, Sashimi, and more.
Hands to Help Ministries works with the homeless population on the Northwest Side to help connect them to housing. They also help those on the brink of becoming homeless by connecting them with a variety of resources, including housing referrals, job referrals, financial assistance, faith organizations, and more. This fundraising opportunity will help them in their tireless efforts to help Chicago’s most vulnerable citizens.
Minimum bids start at $150 per person and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. For more information on bidding and potential party dates, visit the Hands to Help website.
Those interested in bidding should email the Executive Director. Bidding closes at 5 pm on Friday, September 30.
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.
Raise Money for Hitch’s English Language Learning Program
Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker, is raising money to better serve their native Spanish speaking students.
Their English Language Learner (ELL) program is in need of leveled textbooks in Spanish. ELL textbook programs, like any other textbook program, are not inexpensive. The Santillana USA program provides leveled libraries for grades K-6. A guided library for levels A-D is just under $600, and a guided library for levels E-J is $1,208.95.
Your donation to purchase this textbook program will impact the lives of children in Kindergarten through the 6th grade. By embracing ELL students, the community works towards creating an environment where all children can love reading and learning.
For more information on the fundraiser and to make a donation, visit Hitch Elementary’s Go Fund Me page.
Midnight Circus in the Parks Hits Independence Park
Midnight Circus in the Parks, a family-friendly fundraising event hits Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield, October 1 and October 2. Both days will have two performances – the first starting at 2 pm and the second starting at 5 pm
Each year, Midnight Circus in the Parks tours all over Chicago helping raise money for our local parks. To date, this unique program has raised over $850,000 for local park improvements.
Tickets cost $15-20 and can be purchased online. Children 2 and younger are not required to purchase a ticket. It is suggested, however, that they sit on a parents’ lap during the show.
Vote for Away We Play to Win the Red Tricycle’s Best Art Class
Away We Play has been nominated for the Red Tricycle’s 2016 Totally Awesome Award for kids art classes.
Whether its through song and dance or messy art, students are learning how to express themselves and interact socially. The student art work created in classes is all original work and displayed throughout the daycare center. For many children, it’s their first experience seeing, feeling, or using a medium to heighten sensory awareness, experience, and exploration. This is the first step on their journey of expressing who they are and how they see the world.
In 2013, Away We Play won the same award they’re nominated for now. Help them win again by voting online. Voting closes Friday, September 30. Winners will be announced Monday, October 10.
Register Your Child for Beard School’s Pre-K Program
Beard School still has space available in their new pre-k program!
Research shows that children who participate in high-quality education experience long-term benefits, including better performance in school, higher graduation rates, fewer issues with the law, and better earning potential later in life.
Beard School’s Ready to Learn half day program are for children aged 3 and older. The morning class runs from 7:30 am to 10:05 am. The afternoon class runs from 11:55 am to 2:30 pm.
Learn more about Chicago Public School’s early learning program and register your child at the Chicago Early Learning website and or by calling 312-229-1690.
Irving Park Food Pantry Coat Drive
The Irving Park Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is collecting gently used winter coats to distribute to those in need starting in October. All shapes and sizes of coats are needed.
Coats can be left with food donations at the bottom of the stars at the Grace Street entrance at the Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler. You can call the church at 773-283-6262 to ensure they’re open when you drop off your donation. Coats can also be delivered on Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon.
Coats can also be dropped off inside the main lobby at either Disney II Magnet School campus. Disney II Elementary is located at 3815 N. Kedvale and Disney II High School is located at 3900 N. Lawndale.
All donations made to the Irving Park Food Pantry are gratefully accepted.
Schurz High School Seeking to Fill LSC Vacancies
Schurz High School Local School Council is looking to fill one parent representative seat and one community representative seat.
The LSC is in charge of the school’s budget, rules, and selecting a principal every four years. Parent representatives must have a student enrolled at the school in which they’re interested in applying. Interested candidates cannot be an employee of the Chicago Board of Education.
Interested applicants can download the candidate packet online. Completed packets the Schurz High School office at 3601 N. Milwaukee.
Participate in this Year’s Halloween Gathering Parade
Are you wanting to be a part of the second annual Halloween Gathering Parade? This year, Inside Out Art Studio, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is participating once again.
Last year, their 20 foot Statue of Liberty was enough to catch the eye of the Chicago Tribune. This year, they need your help making masks and puppets that pay tribute to Chicago’s recovering waterways under the theme of Fun on the Water.
Join Inside Out Art Studio between 2 and 4 pm every Sunday through October 16 before the parade. The parade will take place from 7 to 8 pm on Saturday, October 22, up Columbus Drive through Grant Park, finishing at Monroe Street.
Visit Inside Out Art Studio’s website for more information and to sign up to participate.
The Gift Theatre Presents: A Life Extra Ordinary
September 29 through November 20, The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee, will feature A Life Extra Ordinary.
Written by Melissa Ross and directed by John Gawlik, this play tells a story of Annabel Anderson McCafferty. Filled with mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life after Annabel vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.
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.
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.
The New Water Tax and How You Can Save Money
On Wednesday, the Mayor’s proposed water and sewer tax passed during City Council. Although I voted no at the Finance Committee last week and voted no at the full City Council meeting this week, 40 of my colleagues voted yes.
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 fully 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 conservation 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.
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.
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.
Sat., Sept 24, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor.Learn about the basics of gardening ecosystems, water conservation, sustainable practices, and environmental activism during the Portage Park Garden Club meeting. Excerpts from the DVD “Hometown Habitat” will be shown. Free.
Sat., Sept 24, 9:30 am, 4350 W. Sunnyside. St. Edwards hosts their Homecoming Parade. Parade starts at 4350 W. Sunnyside and ends at Gompers Park. Free.
Sat., Sept 24, 11 am, Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster. Kick off the St. Edward’s football season by watching the Junior Varsity Homecoming football game.Free.
Sat., Sept 24, 12:45 pm, Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster. Kick off the St. Edward’s football season by watching the Varsity Homecoming football game.Free.
Sat., Sept 24, 6:30-10 pm,Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell.Show off your dance moves during the John Keane Homecoming Scholarship Dance. All ages welcome. $5/person or $20/family.
Sat., Sept 24, 7-11 pm, St. Bartholomew Parish, 4949 W. Patterson. Enjoy live music, great food, and delicious beer during the BartOberFest. More info:online. $25.
Sun., Sept 25, 8:30 am, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Community First Medical Center (5645 W. Addison) sponsors the 17th annual Fall Into Fitness 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds to support hospitals Medical Interpreters Program. Sign up:online. $20/adults, $10/children & seniors, $45/families.
Sun., Sept 25, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, and the Copernicus Foundation host a Community Garage Sale/Flea Market at Lipps and Lawrence.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.
Sun., Sept 25, 6:30 pm, Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler. Chicago Opera Playhouse presents Once Upon a Windy City. Suggested donation of $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 Park meeting.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. Guest speaker Jim Bachor talk about converting potholes into works of art. Free.
Thurs., Sept 29, 8:30-10:30 am,Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Join the Six Corners Association for their bi-annualCommunity Leaders Roundtable and Annual Meeting. This is a breakfast networking event where movers and shakers can learn about the latest at Six Corners. More info and tickets:online. $10-$20.
Thurs., Sept 29, 10 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Small Business Center’s On the Road Expo series stops at the Copernicus Center. Free assistance from business consultants, financial advisers on site, a variety of resources, and more. More info:online. Free.
Thurs., Sept 29, noon-1:30 pm,Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400.Learn more about plans to transform the region’s rivers during the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Roundtable.More info and register: online.$30/general, $15/MPC Donor; free to media.
Sun., Oct 2, 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., Oct 2, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents The Allegro Trio. Free, but donations are accepted.
Tue., Oct 4, 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., Oct 4, 7 pm, Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during the GIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 5, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Officials from city departments provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections, and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business during a City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers seminar. Free.
Fri., Oct 7, 9 am-7 pm, St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. Find great deals during the St Cornelius Ladies Guild’sRummage Sale. $5 bag sale and low prices. Free.
Fri., Oct 7, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn how to keep your financial record keeping books during anAccounting in Quickbooks seminar. Free.
Fri., Oct 7, 2-4 pm, Oak Street Health, Community Room, 4848 W. Irving Park. Obtain resources from a variety of vendors in the heath care community, including Rush University Medical Center, during a Senior Resource Fair. RSVP: online or call 773-724-6200. Free.
Sat., Oct 8, 9-11 am, St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. Find great deals during the St Cornelius Ladies Guild’s Rummage Sale. $5 bag sale and low prices. Free.
Sat., Oct 8, 10 am-2 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. The Athletic Field Park Advisory Council hosts its annual Fall Fest. Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin patch, Harvest Cafe, music, and more. More info: online. Admission free, costs apply for rides, food, etc.
Sun., Oct 9, 9 am-1 pm, 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.
Sat., Oct 9, 10 am-2 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. The Athletic Field Park Advisory Council hosts its annual Fall Fest. Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin patch, Harvest Cafe, music, and more. More info: online. Admission free, costs apply for rides, food, etc.
Sun., Oct 9, 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.
Wed., Oct 12, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license and free business resources to start or expand your business during aBusiness Licensing 101 seminar.Free.
Wed., Oct 12, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Oct 12, 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 at17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Oct 13, noon-1:30 pm, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 2005. Learn Learn about types nursing home residents’ rights, common problems residents encounter and resolutions, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s role as a regulator, and investigation and reporting procedures during an Adult Day Care Services: Making the Right Choice seminar. To register: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., Oct 14, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at an airport, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program during the How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport seminar. Free.
Fri., Oct 14, 7-9 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Children aged 5 and up are invited to aSkate Party in the main gym. All children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register: online. Registration is subject to early close if capacity limit is filled. $5/before Oct 11, $7/late registration.
Sat., Oct 15, 9 am-3 pm, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 4950 W. Addison. 30 vendors will be selling homemade and manufactured products during the Annual Craft Fair. Cash prizes and giveaways. Vendor space available. More info: email organizers. Free.
Sat., Oct 15, 6:30 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gymnasium, 4057 N. Harding. Teams compete for bragging rights and cash during Carlson Community Services’ Carlson Trivia Night. Beer, wine, and soda available for purchase. 21 and older. More info: online. $240/table, 8 people/team.
Mon., Oct 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Join neighbors for the monthly Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Free.
Tue., Oct 18, noon, Location TBD.Carrie Lawlor of Norwood Seniors Network and Larry Pahlke of Pahlke & Pahlke Insurance Agency join as guest speakers for the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce Networking Meeting. Complimentary lunch provided. Registration required by [email@example.com]emailing organizers or calling 773-777-2020. Free.
Tues., Oct 18, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Join neighbors for theWest Walker Civic Association General Meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 19, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Learn how to create messages with impact during a Compelling Communications – Master your Message seminar. Free.
Wed., Oct 19, 7 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Join community members for the Independence Park Advisory Council’s monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 19, 7:30 pm, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Oct 20, 7 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Agenda and more info online.Free.
Fri., Oct 21, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Business Bragger, Inc presents aWhat Do I Blog About? seminar. Learn how blogging can increase your SEO rankings as well as your interaction on social media platforms. Free.
Sat., Oct 22, 10 am-4 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Local fair features crafts and merchandise handmade by local artisans during the 3rd annual Maker’s Mart. Music, food, and pumpkin sale. Vendor space available and must contribute 10% of sales to church. More info: call 773-725-9026 or email organizers. Free.
Sun., Oct 23, 8 am-noon,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Local fair features crafts and merchandise handmade by local artisans during the 3rd annual Maker’s Mart. Music, food, and pumpkin sale. Vendor space available and must contribute 10% of sales to church. More info: call 773-725-9026 or email organizers. Free.
Sun., Oct 23, 9 am-1 pm,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., Oct 23, 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.
Tues., Oct 25, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Oct 26, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Join J.B. Brocato, author of “Happy is Cool: How to Ignite the True Happiness in You” for aLeadership and Happiness workshop. Free.
Wed., Oct 26, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Join neighbors for the monthlyJefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 26, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Oct 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Oct 28, 9:30-11 am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn the key indicators of why working capital is crucial in all areas of your business and discuss when short term debt is the best decision for you duringAn Important Cash Flow Conversation – Understanding Working Capital seminar. Free.
Fri., Oct 28, 10 am-2 pm, Central Plaza Residential Home, 321 N. Central. Are you looking for a new job? Central Plaza Home is hosting their 3rd annual Job Fair. They’re seeking case managers, dietary, group leaders, housekeepers, nurses, and safety officers. Dress for success and bring a resume. More info: 773-626-2300. Free.
Sat., Oct 29, 10 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Small Business Center invite small business owners and entrepreneurs to their On the Road Expo. More than 40 exhibitors offering resources. More info: online. Free.
Thanks for reading,