Just because school has started doesn’t mean summer is over. I hope you will join me this Sunday, September 10, at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market.
Your favorite vendors will be back with a great selection of produce, baked goods, unique artisan products, and much more. While you’re supporting local vendors, swing by my table and say, “hi”!
The market takes place between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm in Jefferson Memorial Park. The market is bi-weekly through the month of October. For more information and to view this season’s schedule, visit their website.
Chicago Fringe Festival Returns to Jefferson Park
For the fifth year in a row, Chicago Fringe Festival returns to downtown Jefferson Park. The annual festival attracts visitors from across the region to witness engage, diverse, unique, and boundary-pushing productions.
This year, the festival runs August 30 through September 10, and will feature 47 groups in about 200 performances. These shows are unpredictable, unusual, and non-juried. There is also a selection of family-friendly programming.
For more information on performances and schedules, visit the Chicago Fringe website. Tickets are $10 per performance plus a $5 festival pin. Package deals are also available.
Throwback Fest September 8-10
Gladstone Park’s Throwback Music Fest is back for its second year.
This post-Labor Day festival showcases all your favorite retro tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The festival also features craft beer tastings, arts and crafts, and many other fun activities for you and your whole family.
The event runs September 8 through September 10 at 6030 N. Milwaukee. Visit Throwback Music Fest’s website to learn more about the event and view the entertainment line up.
Attend the Independence Park Beer Fest September 16
The Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting their 4th annual Independence Park Beer Fest on Saturday, September 16, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.
People aged 21 and older are invited to enjoy craft beer from over 15 local breweries, delicious options from local food trucks, live entertainment from the Lunar Ticks and Bill Reedy and the Smokin’ Cattails, and much more.
Proceeds from the event will help purchase new jackets and uniforms for the Independence Park special recreation group ahead of the Special Olympics Winter Games.
Tickets cost $40 online, and $50 at the gate. Online ticket sales will end at 11:00 AM the day of the event, so make sure to secure yours today!
Filament Theatre Tenth Anniversary Benefit
Celebrate ten years of exceptional theater at the Filament during their Tenth Anniversary Benefit. The event will take place on Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.
The celebration will feature food form your favorite Six Corners restaurants with throwback performances from your favorite productions including The Monster in the Hall, The Snow Queen, The Van Gogh Cafe, and more. Guests will also be among the first to learn about Filament’s exciting 2018 season!
In addition to the delicious selection of food and delightful entertainment, the evening will include auction items ranging from Chicago Bears tickets to a tea party at Fannies Cafe.
Tickets begin at $50 for individuals or $250 for a reserved table. Find more information and reserve your ticket today online.
Sell Beer and Help Chicago Canine Rescue
Chicago Canine Rescue will be collecting tips to help our furry friends during Taco Fest on Sunday, September 17. The festival will take place on Southport between Addison and Roscoe.
They are in need of some friendly folks to help sling beers and collect life-saving tips for the shelter pups. Grab a few friends and sign up for a shift as we finish out the summer festival season. All tips collected will go back to the dogs. The following shifts are in need of volunteers:
- 8 volunteers for 10:45 am – 2:45 pm
- 10 volunteers for 2:45 pm – 6:45 pm
- 10 volunteers for 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
If you’re interested in volunteering, email Bill firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! Please include your cell phone number and preferred shift.
Vote for Josi’s for the Forbes Main Street Awards
Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe has been nominated for theForbes Main Street Award. The award recognizes businesses who have made a difference in their communities.
Josi’s Frozen Yogurt has been a pillar of our community with their dedication and tireless efforts to improve it. They have done commendable work to help provide a friendly space for special needs families by hosting a “No Apologies” hour once a month. During this hour, Josi’s closes off the business to the public and allows these special needs families a space where they don’t feel the need to apologize for their children. The lights are also turned down for those with sensory processing issues. This allows families to have fun in the business free from anxiety.
Voting is open online now through September 22.Winners will be announced the week of September 25. Voting is limited to one vote per person per day.
Winona Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting in September, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along West Winona from North Laramie to North Lavergne. The old water main dates back to 1910 and needs to be replaced.
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to preserve as much parking as possible.
My office and the Department of Water understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout this project and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project, you can register online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this water main replacement is 1701032.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes, to the final restoration of the street.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman on the project site, email my office, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6635.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
16th District Up 40 Officers
The 16th Police District, the largest in the city, continues to receive additional manpower. According to an August 31 Nadig Newspaper article, Commander Looney announced that the district will receive four recent police academy graduates, bringing the total number of patrol officers and supervisors in the district to about 250. That is up from about 180 officers and 30 supervisors two years ago. Commander Looney was quoted saying, “We’re manning all of our cars. Last year we were down on the midnight watch.”
With applications now open for the Chicago Police Department, I am confident the 16th District will continue to receive additional resources they need to keep crime rates at the lowest in the city.
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.
Submit Your Feedback on The Overnight Fly Quiet Program
The Chicago Department of Aviation is still compiling data, including submitted surveys, for the Fly Quiet Rotation Test. Your feedback on the fly quiet rotation program is paramount in determining a balanced long-term solution to jet noise pollution.
This plan rotates the O’Hare Airport runways used at night every week. The plan also limits the use of the airport’s longest runway, reducing the noise for the residents who live near the south side of the airport. This runway, however, is still available for landing for larger cargo planes.
The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) needs accurate information from residents impacted by jet noise pollution. This means they need residents to take the time to complete the online survey. This survey will serve as one component in measuring the rotation plan’s effectiveness in abating aircraft noise.
Apply for the Roof and Porch Repair Grant Program
The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formerly known as the EHAP program) provide grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for low to moderate income owner occupants of one to four-unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. Remedies will commensurate with the level of damage determined by the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Rehab Construction Specialist upon inspection. A property can receive service one-time only.
The 2018 roof and porch registration takes place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 14. On this day, residents can initiate the registration process online or by calling the city’s 311 service line.
Applicants will be selected via a lottery process on Tuesday, October 31, at 9:00 am in Preston Bradley Hall on the third floor at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.
Eligible owner-occupied properties must be located in the city of Chicago, in habitable condition, consist of one to four residential units, and not be at risk of foreclosure. Condominiums, commercial, and mixed-use units are not eligible for the program. Properties that received assistance in the past under the program (formerly known as EHAP) are ineligible to participate again.
Household earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI)are eligible to participate in the program. If the property is jointly owned, the total gross income of all owners will be included in this figure and cannot exceed the 80% limit.
For more information on the program and to apply for the grant, visit the Roof and Porch Repair page on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
Citizen Police Academy
Do you have a strong connection to your community and want to make a difference? Apply to join the Citizen Police Academy.
The fall session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin on September 19, and will run for ten weeks ending on November 21.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for individuals with strong community ties who will be good ambassadors for the department. Participating citizens will receive a condensed version of CPD recruit training.
Classes meet every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Education and Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson.
Applications are due by August 25. For more information or an application, please contact the 16th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4521 or atCAPS.email@example.com. Those interested in the 17th District can contact the 17th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4588 or atCAPS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contribute to Sculpture Project by Donating Local Artifact
Two weeks ago, I announced Bernard Williams as the artist selected to completed the public artwork project as part of the 50×50 Year of Public Art initiative.
Williams is requesting some assistance from you – the public – in completing this task. In an effort to incorporate as much neighborhood history into his piece as possible, he is putting out a call for local, weather resistant artifacts which might be used in the sculpture. Williams is looking for outdoor objects, such as signs, architectural fragments such as railings, ornamental and non-ornamental fencing or gates, and other related things.
Anyone with a potential artifact or artifact idea should start by sending in a photo to my office at email@example.com the subject line YOPA artifact. This could be a photo of something you already have or something that is still standing outdoors and can be removed or relocated as part of the sculpture.
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 8, 6:30-8:30 pm,Storehouse Church, 5701 W. Montrose. The 16th District invites youth ages 12-19 to join them for a Youth Ice Cream Social. Leaders discuss the benefits of giving back to your community by volunteering and how we can better our neighborhood. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Sat., Sept 9, 9 am-1 pm, SRB Community Spirit Garden, Higgins & Central. Looking for an easy way to socialize, spend time outside, and get your hands dirty? Test your green thumb at the SRB Community Garden work day. Join for any amount of time. The more the merrier. Can’t join but want to support the garden? Make an online, tax deductible donation. Free or cost of donation.
Sat., Sept 9, 9 am-3 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Swing by the front lawn, the side lawn, and the main field house for the Dunham Park Neighborhood Yard Sale. More info & register for a spot: online.$15/10 ‘x 10’ spot. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sat., Sept 9, 10 am-12 pm, Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway. Join the 17th District for a Women’s Self Defense Workshop. Email organizers or call 312-742-4588 to RSVP. Free.
Sat., Sept 9, 12-7 pm, 4144 N. Kenneth. George Gonzalez and Mary Foster showcase their work in an Art in the Garden show. This is an oudoor art show in a private city garden. Join for an afternoon of botanical paintings, photography, flora, fauna, and fun. More info:online. Free.
Sun., Sept 10, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues 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 car accepted. More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 10, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 10, 10:30 am-1:30 pm,Throwback Festival, 6030 N. Milwaukee. Swing by beer tent #3 during Throwback Fest to support the SRB Community Spirit Garden. They will be serving beer and working for tips to go back to the garden. Cost of purchases.
Mon., Sept 11, 3-9 pm, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt, 4032 N. MIlwaukee. Come for a sweet treat atJosi’s Yogurt Family Night A portion of sales will be donated to Mercy Home. Mention this to Josi’s to receive credit for the event. Cost of Purchases.
Mon., Sept 11,7pm, 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. Free.
Tue., Sept 12, 8:30 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Join teachers and faculty for Tour Tuesday at St. Edward School. More info: 773-736-9133. Free.
Tue., Sept 12, 1-3 pm, The Kilpatrick Renaissance, 4655 W. Berteau. Join the Kilpatrick Renaissance for an afternoon of welness information, give-aways, door prizes, and refreshments during a Health & Wellness Senior Fair. Raffle winner every 15 minutes. More info: 773-283-4655. Free
Tue., Sept 12, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Sept 13, 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 the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Sept 16, 9 am,17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during aPeer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sat., Sept 16, 9 am-3 pm, Messiah Lutheran Church Parking Lot, 6200 W. Addison. Drop off donations toHelp Hurricane Harvey Families. Collecting new closing, new socks, new undergarments, diapers and wipes, hygiene supplies, water, canned food, manual can openers, baby formula, pillows, blankets, and more. Free.
Sun., Sept 17, 9 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center Parking Lot, Lawrence and Lipps. There is something for everyone at thisFlea Market/Garage Sale. Upwards of 30 vendors will attend. Music by Stephen Gulyas and sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation. Thank you to the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association for organizing the event. Cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 17, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Animal Care and Control will also be present with some adorable adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! More info: online.Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Sept 18, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Sept 19, 11 am, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Meet officers and receive helpful resources during aSenior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Sept 19, 1 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room 5151 N. Milwaukee. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during the Monthly Senior Meeting. Special guest Angela M. Gambino from Brokerage Resources will attend. Win fun prizes during Bingo! More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Wed., Sept 20, 7 pm, 16th District Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, Community Room.Learn what you can do about crime during the1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Sept 20, 7:30 pm, 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Learn what you can do about crime during the1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., Sept. 21, 5-6 pm, Gray Elementary School, 3730 N. Laramie. Learn about exciting educational opportunities during the Gray School Family and Community Open House. More info:Gray website. Free.
Thur., Sept 21, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theJefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Sept 24, 9 am-1 pm,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Sept 24, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Sept 26, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Sept 27, 4-7 pm, Potbelly, 4185 W. Irving Park.Satiate your appetite while giving back to a local school, Gray School, during thePotbelly Sandwich Shop Gives Back fundraiser. 25% of net sales will be donated to the school. Cost of purchases.
Wed., Sept 27, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.