Looking for a new twist on a fall festival? Join Simon Tacos Inc, 4623 N. Milwaukee, for their first Fall Taco Festival on October 1, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm!
They will be serving up live music, tacos, and fresh pumpkin flan. This is the perfect way to greet the Autumn season.
Red Light Cameras Activated
As of Friday, September 29, the red light cameras at Milwaukee & Central and Foster & Northwest Highway are activated as mandated by the Chicago Department of Transportation. The city will not begin to issue tickets until two weeks after the activation, allowing motorists time to adjust to the changes.
I have always been a strong voice for reforming the red light camera program, and that pressure has helped move CDOT to a more transparent and data driven process of placement of red light cameras. When accidents are reduced cameras are removed. The reduction in side impact crashes was what lead to the removal of the camera at at Foster and Elston in 2014.
The red light camera system has a troubled past, and I will continue to monitor CDOT and it’s rational for placement of this traffic control tool. You can learn more about the criteria for locating red light cameras on the City of Chicago’s website and in the comprehensive red light camera enforcement report conducted by Northwestern University Transportation Center.
Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting October 16
Since first taking office in 2011, I have made the revitalization of the Jefferson Park business corridor a main focus.
I hope you participate in developing strategies to improve transportation, mobility, land use, housing, and economic development while strengthening the community character of our neighborhood during our second Jefferson Park Master Plan community meeting Monday, October 16, at 6 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
This is an opportunity to lend your ideas and provide input int the future of this opportunity area.
Learn more about the master plan, share an idea, view survey results, sign up to receive email reminders, and more at the master plan website.
Help Re-Stock Schurz High School’s Bulldog Blend Cafe
Help Carl Schurz High School’s Mr. Baum re-stock the school’s Bulldog Blend Cafe.
This student-run cafe helps Schurz’s students with special needs develop socialization skills, learn money & time management skills, and gain vocational experience. 52 students with disabilities that range from moderate to severe down syndrome and autism run the cafe, delivering coffee within the school building. Students are responsible for showing up every day, setting up coffee and pastries, gathering delivery lists, and distributing to staff members and other employees.
Consider making a financial donation online to help support Schurz’s special needs community and the Bulldog Blend Cafe.
Community Alert: Garage Burglaries
The 16th District issued a community alert this week about a series of garage burglaries that occurred in the month of September. The incidents occurred at:
- The 5100-block of West Melrose between 7:30 am and 5:45 pm September 6;
- The 5700-block of West Waveland at 10:00 am September 8;
- The 4900-block of West Waveland between 6:30 pm September 10 and 6:40 pm September 14;
- The 5100-block of West Byron between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm September 16;
- The 5800-block of West Berenice between 10:45 pm September 22 and 9:30 am September 23; and
- The 6000-block of West Byron at 6:19 am September 23.
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 312-744-8263.
Gladstone Park Halloween Party Oct. 19
Eat, drink, and be scary during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Party on Thursday, October 19, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Garage Bar, 6154 N. Milwaukee.
The $10 donation at the door includes appetizers, drink specials, and will help fund the 2017 Light Up Gladstone Park annual tree lighting ceremony at Chopin Plaza. The evening will be filled will fun activities including a costume contest, monster movie trivia, split the pot, and raffles!
For more information, visit the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association’s website.
Do Not Blow Leaves Into the Streets
Please remember that it is illegal to blow leaves into the city streets. When leaves are disposed of in our streets, it clogs the drains and makes it so street sweepers cannot effectively clean the streets.
Additionally, unless Streets and Sanitation witnesses a lawn care contractor blowing leaves into the street, a homeowner can be held responsible for the actions the contractor takes.
Instead, please bag leaves and yard debris for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to collect.
Open House Chicago to Visit the Far Northwest Side
For the second year in a row, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will make its way to the far Northwest Side during their 7th annual Open House Tour.
On October 14 & 15, the free tour will feature six historically significant buildings in the Portage Park neighborhoods.
Make sure to clear your calendar for the following behind-the-scenes look into Chicago’s historical spaces:
- From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 14 &15 at Fort Knox Studios/2112, 4245 N. Knox;
- From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm October 14 and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm October 15 at Lake Effect Brewing Company, 4727 W. Montrose, Suite C;
- From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 14 at the Muslim Community Center (Rivoli Theater), 4380 N. Elston;
- From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm October 14 and from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm October 15 at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 5212 W. Agatite;
- From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 14 & 15 at the Portage Lofts Art Center, 4141 N. Milwaukee; and
- From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm October 14 and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm October 15 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee.
For more information on tour sites and times or volunteer opportunities, visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation’swebsite.
Community Meeting for Independence Tap October 4
I am hosting a community meeting Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 pm, to discuss a proposal for an outdoor patio license and a public place of amusement license for Independence
Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park Road. The meeting will be in the Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield.
The owner of Independence Tap would like to allow outdoor seating in the rear patio, add a kitchen to the bar, and have the ability to charge admission for live music during a limited number of nights per week. In working with the West Walker Civic Association and Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association, Ald. Arena has requested that the owner abide by special rules requiring the patio to close at 10 pm, and that number of ticketed events per week be limited.
Please join us 6:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 W. Springfield, to learn more about this proposal.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Enrollment Opens October 2
The priority enrollment period for seniors (60+) and persons living with disabilities to receive winter energy bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins October 2.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low income families. The LIHEAP program offsets the cost of home energy through direct financial assistance as well as energy counseling and education. For LIHEAP eligible households, a bill payment will be made directly to the utility company(s) on behalf of the household.
Cook County residents must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including:
- Proof of gross income from all household members, 18 years or older, for the 30-days prior to the LIHEAP application, including the application date itself.
- Current heating and electric bills, issued within 45 days of applying for LIHEAP assistance.
- If the utilities are included in the rent, a copy of the rental agreement is required as proof.
- Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. The proof provided must be an original government issued document.
- If applicable, proof that the household receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD), or other government benefits.
LIHEAP benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent and whose rent is more than 30% of the total household income. A signed lease or rent verification form will be required as proof.
Families with children ages 5 and under at the time of application can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance as of November 1. Households not eligible for priority enrollment can apply for LIHEAP assistance beginning December 1
For more information on LIHEAP eligibility or to find an intake center, visit the CEDA website or call 800-571-CEDA.
Donate Your Used Coats to Help Someone in Need
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry will be collecting winter coats of all sizes to distribute to clients in October. The are especially in need of men’s winter coats.
Coats can be dropped off at the Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, during operating hours (Wednesday 9 am to noon and on October 10 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm). Additional drop off locations include Disney II Magnet Elementary school (3815 N. Kedvale), Old Irving Brewing (4419 W. Montrose); and the Linnemyer front porch at 3822 N. Tripp.
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.
Jefferson Park Blue Line Renovation Contract Awarded
Last 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 last 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.
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.
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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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.
Sun., Oct 1, 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 adorably adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 1, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents Jim Konsbruck and Tom Clippert Guitar Duo. Reception with artists follows concert. Free admissions, donations accepted.
Tue., Oct 3, 10 am-3 pm, Marriott Chicago Midway Airport, 6520 S. Cicero. Learn about food and beverage employment opportunities at Midway during aJob Fair. Attendees will complete an employment application and receive a brief interview upon arrival. Please bring a resume and two forms of ID. More info: online, email, or 773-585-5444.Free.
Tue., Oct 3, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during a GIPNA Board meeting. Free.
Wed., Oct 4, 10 am-1 pm, 6332 N. Northwest Hwy,While you’re grabbing your morning cup of joe, chat with your friendly neighborhood cop during the 16th District’s Coffee With a Cop. Free.
Fri., Oct 6, 8 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. St. John’s hosts Bernstein at 100: Songs of Love and Longing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birthday. Free childcare available. Reception following performance. Tickets: online, at the parish office, or at the door.$30/adults; $10/children. Includes one beverage.
Sat., Oct 7, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, 1300 W. Jackson. Celebrate the Chicago Police Department’s service to the Chicago community during an Open House. Meet and greet your local police staff with reps from CPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics team, Canine team, and other specialized units as they showcase their equipment and provide demonstrations. Learn about police officer opportunities while you’re there. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Oct 7, 7 pm,Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park.Enjoy the music ofStann Champion. Blues, jazz, roots genres. No Cover Charge.
Sun., Oct 8, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues twice a week through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK card accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Oct 8, 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.
Mon., Oct 9, 7 pm,Basement of the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting. More info:online. Free.
Wed., Oct 11, 7 pm,Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Oct 11, 7 pm,Athletic Park Field House, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Oct 12, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts anEverything You Should Know about Guardianshipseminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., Oct 13, 9 am-7 pm, St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild holds its annual Rummage Sale. Low prices and $5 bag sale.
Fri., Oct 13, 7-9 pm,Dunham Park Main Gym, 4638 N. Melvina. Dunham Park hosts Fall Skate Party. Bring your own skates, roller blades, helmets, pads, and protective gear. Some free skate rentals will be available, but sizes and quantities are limited. For children five years and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register:online. $5 before Oct. 6; $8 until 4 pm Oct. 13.
Fri., Oct 13, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’sStairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences.$10.
Sat., Oct 14, 8 am-2 pm, Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler. Find great deals at the Church Wide Yard Sale. Baked goods also available to purchase. In the event of rain, the sale will be held in the church basement Fellowship Hall.Cost of purchases.
Sat., Oct 14, 9-11 am, St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild holds its annual Rummage Sale. Low prices and $5 bag sale.
Sat., Oct 14, 7 pm,St. John’s, 4939 W. Montrose. Exercise your brain during St. John Lutheran’sTrivia Night. Cash prize for first place. More info: email organizers or 773-736-1196.$17/person; $170/table of 10.
Sat., Oct 14, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 14, 7:30 pm, St. Robert Bellarmine, Kernaghan Hall, 4646 N. Austin. St. Robert Bellarmine Parents’ Association hosts its first Bingo Blast of the school year. Doors open at 6, games start at 7:30. 21+. $20 for 14 games, 12 cards each game.
Mon., Oct 16, 7:30 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., Oct 17, 11 am,11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizens’ Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Oct 17, 1 pm,16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during the Monthly Senior Meeting. Special guests and win fun prizes during Bingo! More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., Oct 17, 7 pm,Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the West Walker Civic Association general meeting.Free.
Wed., Oct 18, 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., Oct 19, 5-8 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. Minton-Regan Properties is hosting a Seniors in Transition event. An abundance of resources will be available to educate and enhance the life of seniors and their children. Appetizers and drinks served. Free.
Thur., Oct 19, 7 pm,Anemone Floral Design, 5483 N. Northwest Hwy. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forwardmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.
Fri., Oct 20, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N.Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 21, 9 am,17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during a Peer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Oct 21, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sun., Oct 22, 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., Oct 22, 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.
Wed., Oct 25, 7 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long. Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Oct 25, 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 Associationmeeting. Free.
Thur., Oct 26, 7 pm,St. Bartholomew Church, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Oct 27, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.
Sat., Oct 28, 4-6 pm, Belding Elementary, 4257 N. Tripp. Join in on the fun during theBelding Fall Fun Fair. DJ, costume party, prizes, and a bouncy house obstacle course.Donations Accepted.
Sat., Oct 28, 7-10 pm, St. Viator Recreation Center, 2nd Floor, 3644 N. Kedvale. Get in the Halloween spirit during St. Viator’s Stairway to Insanity Haunted House. Intended for mature audiences. $10.