Join Boy Scout leader and Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry organizer Andy Brecklin as he shaves his head to cure childhood cancer, a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The fundraiser is in memory of Jeremy Campus and will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 11 am until 2 pm at the Iron Horse Ale House, 6158 N. Northwest Highway.
You can find information on the fundraiser or offer a pledge online.
Jefferson Park Transit Hub Construction to Begin October 1
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced late this week that upgrades and updates to the Jefferson Park Blue Line terminal are now scheduled to beginning Monday, October 1.
The Jefferson Park Terminal is the fourth busiest station along the O’Hare branch. In 2017, it provided more than 2.1 million rides. The modernization of the nearly 50-year-old transit hub will create a modern terminal that is safer, brighter, cleaner, more comfortable, and easier to navigate. The $25 million renovationproject will include bus and rail upgrades, such as:
- Replacement of the bus terminal, making it ADA complaint by widening the loading islands and adding audio assistance;
- New bus and rail station canopies and improved signage;
- New LED lighting and additional security cameras;
- Repairs and refinishing of all station and platform surfaces, along with exterior painting; and
- Architectural and art enhancements, including the installation of custom windbreaks at the bus terminal with the design provided by conceptual artist Jamie Pawlus.
The rehabilitation work will be done in two phases. Beginning on Monday, October 1, crews will begin the work on phase 1.
Phase 1 – North Bus Terminal Renovation
To renovate the north bus terminal, The CTA will temporarily close the north bus terminal to rebuild the bus bays and implement other improvements. This work includes removing the existing pavement, canopy, and signage. Crews will then replace the drainage, all signage, and all lighting. Finally, the CTA will install new canopies, ADA-compliant bus boarding islands, and new security cameras.
While the north terminal is closed, the south terminal will remain open at all times. During the closure, boarding locations for bus routes will be moved; some routes will board at a temporary stop on Milwaukee Avenue.
New bus boarding locations are available on the map below or on the CTA’s website:
Phase 1 – Northbound Rail Platform Work
To allow for the construction on the rail station, starting Monday, October 1, all outbound Blue Line trains to O’Hare Airport will bypass the northbound side of the station platform. Riders heading to O’Hare will need to take a Loop-bound train to Montrose and transfer to an outbound train to continue their trip to O’Hare.
Work on the northbound platform is anticipated to last approximately three weeks.
Phase 2 – South Bus Terminal Renovation
Work on the renovation to the south bus terminal will begin after the north bus terminal renovation is complete. The CTA has not provided a tentative start date for this work at this time.
Phase 2 – Southbound Rail Platform Work
Starting Friday, October 19, all inbound Blue Line el trains heading south to the Loop and Forest Park will bypass Jefferson Park. Riders heading to the Loop should board an O’Hare bound train and transfer back to a Loop-bound train at Harlem.
Work on the southbound rail platform is anticipated to last approximately three weeks.
The Jefferson Park Transit Center’s rail station renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. All bus station renovation work will is expected to be completed by summer of 2019. Please allow extra travel time during the work.
During construction, some street parking along Milwaukee Avenue will not be available due to the temporary placement of bus stops and to ease area traffic congestion.
Throughout the renovation of the Jefferson Park Transit Center, all businesses near the facility will remain open for customers. I encourage you to continue to support your neighborhood businesses.
Community Alert: Residential Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a pattern of residential burglaries in the area. The incidents occurred at:
- The 4500-block of North Narragansett between 12:45 pm and 5:45 pm September 3;
- The 5100-block of North Mason between 7:30 am and 5:20 pm September 12;
- The 4500-block of North Moody between 7:30 am and 5:10 pm September 17;
- The 4800-block of North Merrimac between 11 am and 8:30 pm September 17; and
- The 5300-block of North Moody at 2:26 pm September 25.
Please make sure all doors and windows are locked, keep the perimeter of your property well lit, 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 312-755-8263.
Film Notice: 4800 W. Irving Park
Furlined, LLC will be filming scenes for an upcoming production on the 4800-block of West Irving Park on Tuesday, October 8.
In order to film scenes in the area, the following streets will be posted as No Parking/Tow Zone during the following times:
- The north side of Irving Park Road from Lamon Avenue to 4819 W. Irving Park Road from 6 am to 6 pm on Tuesday, October 2.
Producers will work with the Chicago Film Office to ensure a safe and positive experience for all.
If you any questions, you can contact the City of Chicago Film Office at 312-744-6416.
Crews Break Ground on Farnsworth Turf Field and Playground
Construction crews broke ground on the Farnsworth turf field and playground on September 21.
The new playground was partially funded using the aldermanic discretionary budget after it won community support during the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process. Supplemental funding came from the Elston/Armstrong TIF and as part of a $36 million plan I unveiled last year to improve 45th Ward schools.
Voting for the 2019 participatory budgeting cycle opens Monday, October 1. To learn more about participatory budgeting in the 45th Ward, visit the PB45 website.
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.
Get in the Halloween Spirit with the Gladstone Park Advisory Council
Starting at 5 pm on Thursday, October 12, the Gladstone Park Advisory Council will host their inaugural Fall Fest. This event will kick off with miniature pumpkin decorating, interactive games, free glitter tattoos, and fun-filled activities.
Then, beginning at 6:30 pm, neighbors can gather on the lawn with their blankets and chairs to enjoy the family-friendly Hotel Transylvania 2. The Gladstone Park Advisory Council will be selling concessions to help fund a new butterfly garden and additional movies in the park for next year.
The event will take place at Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Gladstone Park Halloween Party October 12
Eat, drink, and be scary during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Party on Friday, October 12, at 6 pm at the Garage Bar, 6154 N. Milwaukee.
The $10 donation at the door includes appetizers, drink specials, and will help fund the 2018 Light Up Gladstone Park annual tree lighting ceremony at Chopin Plaza. The evening will be filled will fun activities including a costume contest, a DJ, split the pot, and raffles!
For more information, visit the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association’s website.
Free Flu Shot Event October 16
On Tuesday, October 16 I will be hosting a free flu shot vaccination event at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, from 10 am to 1 pm.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccinations reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to the flu. Herd vaccinations – or populations that are highly vaccinated – results in protecting people who are more vulnerable to contracting the flu, including older people, pregnant women, very young children, and people with certain long-term health conditions.
While you’re at the Copernicus Center, take a moment to vote early in the 2019 Participatory Budgeting cycle. For more information on ballot items and voting information, visit the PB45 website.
Drop-In Camps at Rosedale Park
Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale, will host drop-in camps for CPS scheduled days off. Each drop-in day camp includes a field trip:
- October 8 – Bison’s Bluff
- November 2 – Wagner’s Farm
- November 12 – Funtopia
Drop-in camps run from 9 am to 2 pm and cost only $10 per day. For more information and to register, visit the Chicago Park District’s website or sign-up in person at the Rosedale Park field house.
Help Bring Yoga to Vaughn Occupational High School
Mrs. Devine at Vaughn Occupational High School is introducing her diverse learner students to yoga so they can develop the necessary tools to deal with stress and anxiety. She needs a bit of your help to see this to fruition.
I hope you will consider making a charitable contribution to this initiative. More information on the program and how to donate 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).
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 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 Crossing Guard
Help give back to your community with this job opportunity as a crossing guard.
Crossing guards are responsible for stopping and directing traffic to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians as they cross the street on their way to school.
Any Chicago resident aged 19 or older can apply for this opportunity. The position pays $13.94 an hour and is part-time.
Visit the City of Chicago’s Careers website for more information and to apply. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm October 8.
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 health care 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 29, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library, Community Room, 2nd Floor, 6100 W. Irving Park. The Portage Park Garden Club hosts their meeting.Meeting will feature video “Bird Song Ear Training Guide” from the Audubon Society.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, 10 am-5 pm, 4414 N. Kenneth. Mary Foster, a local artist, is hosting an Art in the Garden show. It will feature the works of Mary Foster, George Gonzalez, Tim Hoffman, Peggy Borckhaus, and Michelle Shelly Mach.
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 thePortage 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.
Tue., Oct 2, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3900 N. Hamlin.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your neighborhood at the monthlyGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Fri., Oct 5, 5 pm,Location TBD.Join Jefferson Park Forward at their monthlyFirst Friday Happy Hourevent. This is a great way to meet neighbors and support a local business. Every month, JPF picks a new watering hole to host their events. Check out theironline calendarfor this month’s location. Cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Oct 6, 10 am-3 pm,Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Enjoy a day in the park jam-packed with fun activities during Athletic Field Park’s Fall Fest. Pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, live music, food. Ticket sales end at 2 pm. $1/ticket, activity fees vary.
Sun., Oct 7, 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 thePortage 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., Oct 7, 10 am-3 pm,Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Enjoy a day in the park jam-packed with fun activities during Athletic Field Park’s Fall Fest. Pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, live music, food. Ticket sales end at 2 pm.$1/ticket, activity fees vary.
Sun., Oct 7, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is pleased to begin its 25th season with a Solo Recital by Pianist Wael Farouk. More info: email organizers or contact Liz Mills at 773-398-6766. Donations accepted.
Mon., Oct 8, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Associationmeeting. Meetings take place in the church basement. More info: online.Free.
Wed., Oct 10, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Thur., Oct 10, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sun., Oct 14, 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 specialty products from other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. Community representatives from the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting committee will be in attendance at this market with ballots for the 2019 cycle. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 14, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food and other specialty products at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs twice a month through October and offers a great selection. Community representatives from the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting committee will be in attendance at this market with ballots for the 2019 cycle. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Oct 15, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neigbhors 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., Oct 17, 11 am-12 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.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 at thePortage Park Village meeting. Parking and the entrance are located at Berteau and Linder. Free.
Wed., Oct 17, 6:30 pm,Gladstone Park, 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.
Thurs., Oct 18, 5:15 pm, Location TBD. Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host aThirsty Third Thursday at a local watering hole. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors while supporting a local business. More info: online. Cost of purchases apply.
Thurs., Oct 18, 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. For location and more information, view their calendar online.Free.
Wed., Oct 24, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Oct 25, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sun., Oct 28, 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 specialty items from 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., Oct 28, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food and other specialty 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.
Tue., Oct 30, 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., Oct 31, 7 pm,Congregational Church, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.