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Dec. 2, 2016 Update

The meeting will take place in the upstairs auditorium at the Independence Park Field House, located at 3945 N. Springfield. The meeting is open to the public and all neighbors from different communities are welcome to attend.

Sun., Dec 4, 11 am-4 pm, Farmers Market Garden Center, 4110 N. Elston. The Farmers Market Garden Center will have hot drinks as well as a variety of baked goods and meats during their First Annual Winter Market. Jewelry and a beautiful selection of Christmas trees and wreaths.Cost of purchases.

Wed., Dec 7, 7:30 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. Join neighbors for an Advent Worship & Fellowship. Followed by an Open House at Parsonage. Free.

Fri., Dec 10, 10 am-7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church Gym, 4057 N. Harding. Angel Team hosts their Annual Christmas Gift and Wrapping Event for the Homeless. Free.

Sat., Dec 10, 5 pm, Tapestry Center, 3824 W. Irving Park. Get in the holiday spirit during theWhile You Were Sleeping Christmas Concert. Featuring Austin Corinthian Baptist Church Choir. Free.

Sun., Dec 11, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. IPFAC Presents: An Americana Christmas featuring Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel.Free. Donations welcome. 

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Winterfest will take place at the St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale, from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday, December 2, from 11 am to 9 pm on Saturday, December 3, and from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, December 4. For more information, view the Facebook event.

The 6000-block of West Higgins at 9 am on November 6;

The 5800-block of West Foster between 7:30 am and 6:45 pm on November 8;

The 5800-block of North Elston between 5 pm and 5:20 pm on November 9;

The 5800-block of North Mobile between 12 pm and 12:30 pm on November 14; and

The 5800-block of West Ainslie at 10 pm on November 21.

The fair will be from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 8, at Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson (1104 Auditorium). View the event online for more information and to register.

3401 W. Foster, open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm;

6100 W. Irving Park, open on Monday and Wednesday from noon to 7 pm, on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm; and

3160 N. Milwaukee, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

...available to download online or available for pick up in the Ward Office, located at 4754 N. Milwaukee. Completed applications and all required documentation must be returned to a processing center...

In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.

In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.

Applications are now open online and must be completed by January 31, 2017. The test to become a police officer will be held on April 1 or 2, 2017 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King.

Show your holiday spirit by donating to the fourth annual Holiday Food Drive at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago), benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Sat., Dec 3, 8 am-7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Get a FREE coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while you shop at the Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Sale. Cost of purchases. 

Sat., Dec 3, 1-4 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Meet other teens and practice your skills during a Girls’ Volleyball Jamboree. Must RSVP one week before event. RSVP and more info: call 773-685-6454. Free.

Sun, Dec 4, 8 am-noon, Pope Francis Global Academy, 6143 W. Irving Park. Saint Pascal Catholic School and Cub Scout Pack 3815 host a Breakfast With Santa event. All-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes and sausage, a basket raffle, and pictures with Santa from 9 am to 11:30 am. $7.

Sun., Dec 4, 9 am-2 pm, St. Edward’s Church, 4447 N. Lowell.Add holiday cheer to your home when you purchase a tree during the Christmas Tree Sale and Cookie Walk. Purchase cookies by the pound and browse the vendor fair. Cost of purchases.

Sun., Dec 4, 3 pm, Irving Park United Methodist, 3801 N. Keeler.People experiencing recent losses, or who struggle generally with depression or other challenges, can feel...

Sun., Dec 4, 5 pm, Basement of the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park. OIPA hosts its Annual Holiday Dinner & Dessert Potluck Party. Bring your favorite dessert dish and...

Mon., Dec 5, 3-6 pm, 10th District Office, 5940 N. Milwaukee. State Senator John Mulroe and State Representative Robert Martwick are hosting aFree Flu Shot Event...

Tues., Dec 6, 4-8 pm, Potbelly Sandwich Works, 4185 W. Irving Park.  Enjoy great food during St. Edward School’s fundraiser. 25% of all sales will go directly to St. Edward School. Cost of purchases.

Tues., Dec 6, 6:30 pm, Slingshots, 4839 W. Irving Park. Learn more about this great organization and enjoy a meal at the 2016 Slingshots Banquet Dinner. RSVP:online. More info: online. Free (consider making a donationonline).

Tues., Dec 6, 7-8 pm, 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn about the Chamber’s Master Plan, intended to foster area development and growth of existing businesses. Benet Haller, Senior Planner for the City of Chicago, will be speaking. Free.

Wed., Dec 7, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Officials from several city departments provide insight into operating safely, staying compliant, and...

Thur., Dec 8, 7-9 pm, Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton. Meet other teens and and show off your skating skills during a Teen Ice Skating event. Must RSVP one week before event. RSVP and more info: call 773-685-6454. Free.

Fri., Dec 9, 6-10 pm, Baltic Art Studio Co., 4346 N. Milwaukee.Bring your business cards and make new contacts during the annual Break the Ice Party: A Book, A Painting, and Stained Glass. BYOB. Dress to impress.Free.

Sat., Dec 10, 1 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Join master brewers Marlon Jacobs and Shelly Wright for a Beer Brewing Master Class. Bring beer, a snack to share. More info: [www.stjohnschicago.com ]online or call 773-725-9026. $10 donation for supplies and the beer.

Sat., Dec 10, 2-9 pm, Norwood Park Train Station, 6088 N. Northwest Highway. The Norwood and Gladstone Chambers present Winter Fest. Photoshoot with Santa, food, sleigh rides, holiday...

Sat., Dec 10, 3:30-5:30 pm,Portage Park Playground, 4100 N. Central. Join the Friends of Portage Park for their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Holiday music...

Sat., Dec 10, 8 pm, Three Counties Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee. Help raise money for Misericordia during the annual Holiday Charity Pub Quiz.Donation-based fundraiser.

Tues., Dec 13, noon-1:30 pm,Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Learn about the court process for obtaining orders of protection and legal protections...

Tues., Dec 13, 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.

Wed., Dec 14, 4-7 pm, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Kids ages 6-11 can participate in sports, games, and crafts while parents shop during a Drop N Shop. Please pack a dinner. $5. 

Sat., Dec 17, 8-10 am, Irving Park YMCA, 4251 W. Irving Park, Large Gym and Dance Studio. Take pictures with Santa, play games, craft, and enjoy a...

Sun., Dec 18, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market kicks off their winter market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter. Cost of purchases.

Wed., Dec 21, 6:30 pm, Jacobson Theater Portage Park School, 5330 W. Berteau. Portage Park School Dramatics presents A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday play by Charles Dickens. More info: 773-534-3576. $5.

    Dec. 2, 2016 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Get in the holiday spirit this weekend by attending St. Viator's Winterfest. Sponsored by Haymarket Pub & Brewery, neighbors are invited to snack, skate, sip, and shop. The event will include an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreaths and trees, a jumpy house, movies, food, and drinks.

  • Alderman Arena why do you continue to dump the 45th ward newsletter in the 30th ward! Quit using taxpayer's money to litter up the 30th ward with your self serving propaganda. Shame on you.

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Updated 14 hours ago

Armed robberies reported in Irving Park, Albany Park

In the 3800 block of North Hamlin at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 9;

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In the 4600 block of North Pulaski at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9;

In the 2700 block of West Wilson at 10 p.m. Nov. 12; and

In the 3300 block of North Avers at 12:15 a.m. Nov. 15.

    Armed robberies reported in Irving Park, Albany Park
    Police are warning residents about a series of armed robberies reported earlier this month in the Irving Park and Albany Park neighborhoods on the North Side. In each hold-up, one or two men have walked up to victims on the street and demanded their property while pointing a handgun at them, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

  • J Kaminski - These robberies are happening in our neighborhoods, so in that case you could never bring your nice phone or cash or anything ever.

  • This is exactly why I stick to commenting on the story & not commenting on the other comments.

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Woman creeping around yards

Just caught someone in our backyard checking if our garage doors were open. This is near the Tripp/Montrose intersections. Be on the lookout for this woman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEhlet4oqas

    Old Irving Park creeper
    Caught on #NestCam

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What's with independent Tow Truck Drivers and their very rude aggressive tendencies...

Finally witnessed a driver getting the business, as he's hooking up an unmarked squad car..Moran!

It was priceless to see..LOL! Copper; "What the eff do you think you're doing?" Ahole!

Good for you, you tell em!

  • Oh I'm certain they're on stand by,learking around he corner.

    And the fees attached are very costly!

  • interview questions

    Do you have any issues salting in the winter ?

    dude, I assault in the winter summer what ever

    Do you have any battery experience ?

    yes, but I personally never been charged

    what does the flashing yellow lights mean on a tow truck?

    that I can drive like an ambulance driver on crack

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Where You Can Buy A Christmas Tree In Chicago (MAP)

•â€‹ Farmer’s Market Garden Center (Irving Park) 4110 N. Elston Ave., 773-539-1200

•â€‹ Patrick Markham Christmas Tree Sales (Irving Park) 3301 W. Irving Park Road

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• Gethsemane Garden Center (Andersonville) 5739 N. Clark St., 773-878-5915

•â€‹ Sierra Auto Group lot (Avondale) 2340 W. Belmont Ave., 312-428-9362

•â€‹ Home Depot (Brighton Park) 4555 S. Western Blvd., 773-247-4766

•â€‹ Near Damen, Fullerton and Elston intersection (Bucktown) 2407 N. Elston Ave., 312-428-9362

•â€‹ Near Damen, Fullerton and Elston intersection (Bucktown) 2407 N. Elston Ave., 312-428-9362

•â€‹ Home Depot (Bucktown) 2570 N. Elston Ave., 773-289-4615

•â€‹ City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio (East Garfield Park) 3022 W. Lake St., 773-638-2000

•â€‹ Adams & Son Gardens (Humboldt Park) 1057 N. California Ave., 773-235-0991

•â€‹ Max's Christmas Trees (Garfield Ridge) 6746 W. Archer Ave.

•â€‹ Ivy's Christmas Trees (Lakeview) 1013 W. Roscoe St., 773-908-3122

•â€‹ Jewel-Osco parking lot (Lakeview) 2950 N. Ashland Ave., 312-428-9362

•â€‹ Heritage Bicycles (Lakeview) 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-388-4444

•â€‹ Home Depot (Lakeview) 2665 N. Halsted St., 773-472-7740

•â€‹ Nettelhorst School (Lakeview) 3252 N. Broadway

•â€‹ Treasure Island (Lakeview) 3460 N. Broadway

•â€‹ Near Sedgwick Brown Line station (Lincoln Park) 401 W. North Ave., 312-428-9362

•â€‹ Jayson Home and Garden (Lincoln Park) 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 800-472-1885

•â€‹ Daily Bar & Grill (Lincoln Square) 4560 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-561-6198

•â€‹ Queen of Angels (Lincoln Square) Sunnyside and Western avenues, 773-383-6221

•â€‹ St. Matthias School (Lincoln Square) 2310 W. Ainslie St., 773-784-0999

•â€‹ Zouras Family Lot (Lincoln Square) 2018 W. Lawrence Ave., 312-428-9362

•â€‹ 90 Miles Cuban Cafe (Logan Square) 2540 W. Armitage Ave., 773-227-2822

•â€‹ Poor Bob's Tree Land (Mayfair) 4855 W. Foster Ave., 715-965-3482

•â€‹ Home Depot (Montclare) 2555 N. Normandy Ave., 773-745-9900

•â€‹ North Center Town Square (North Center) 4100 N. Damen Ave., 312-476-9627

•â€‹ ChristmasTreeDelivery.com (North Park) 6263 N. McCormick Blvd., 773-789-8177

•â€‹ Bob's Christmas Tree Farm (Norwood Park)  Harlem and Bryn Mawr avenues

•â€‹ Jewel-Osco parking lot (Old Town) 2550 N. Clybourn Ave.

•â€‹ Christmas Trees Chicago (Ravenswood) 1821 W. Montrose Ave., 773-388-4444

•â€‹ Chicago Hope Academy (Tri-Taylor) 2189 W. Bowler Ave.

•â€‹ Sprout Home (Ukrainian Village) 745 N. Damen Ave., 312-226-5950

•â€‹ Home Depot (West Ridge) 6211 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-588-5828

•â€‹ City Tree Delivery in Big Star lot (Wicker Park) 1531 N. Damen Ave., 312-476-9627

•â€‹ Home Depot (Wicker Park) 1232 W. North Ave., 773-486-9200

    Where You Can Buy A Christmas Tree In Chicago (MAP)
    CHICAGO - The holidays are here. Here's a map and list of lots where you can buy Christmas trees, wreaths and other festive foliage for the season. Most of these locations, alphabetized by neighborhood, will be open for the year by Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving.

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    If your looking to save some money, Menards has great trees for a really good prices. We bought 2 trees last night, one 8-9 foot for us and one 6-7 foot for our elderly aunt who lives upstairs from us. Both Frasier Furs although they had about 3 different other...

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    If your looking to save some money, Menards has great trees for a really good prices. We bought 2 trees last night, one 8-9 foot for us and one 6-7 foot for our elderly aunt who lives upstairs from us. Both Frasier Furs although they had about 3 different other kinds. In total we spent $75 on 2 beautiful trees. No, unfortunately the $ doesn't support a school or a noble purpose, it just keeps more $ in your pocket book that creates opportunity for you to then support a worthy cause :)

  • For cut your own tree...We used to go to Richardsons Xmas Tree Farm in Spring Grove...They also have a barn with misc. ornaments, fresh donuts, coffee and cider...Great if you have kids !

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  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Thanks Competitor for the smile! ;)

  • Jen - my pleasure

    I'd baby sit both....:). Such a cute photo! Amazing how the baby just sits there..huh

    I actually puppy sat for same color boxer, and he weighed over 100lbs! Phew... but the biggest baby ever. I'd refere to him, as the gentle giant...

    unfortunately, he's in puppy heaven now 😭

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Dog rabies tag / city of chicago license found

I found a rabies tag with the city license sticker on the back on Grace between Ridgeway and Lawndale this morning (about 7:30am); the license expires on 7/12/2017 (the actual license number is not quite legible hence my posting here). If you can ID where the rabies tag is from as it's not Cook County I'd be happy to return it to you.

  • francie portage park transplant

    take the tag to a vet and they can try to track down the owner

  • Vets can't track it, unless the tag just happened to come from their clinic, which isn't likely. Thank you for putting this out there, but tags are replaceable so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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CPS to close three ’empty’ schools, considers Ogden-Jenner merger

Marshall Middle School, 3900 N. Lawndale, and two contract schools recently put under CPS jurisdiction — Career Academy, 8 W. Root, and...

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Ogden International School, 24 W. Walton. CPS says it will move toward a merger of neighboring Ogden International and Jenner Elementary. | James Foster / Sun-Times

...School, 3900 N. Lawndale, and two contract schools recently put under CPS jurisdiction — Career Academy, 8 W. Root, and Early College High School, 1310 S. Ashland — will be formally closed in June if...

...recently put under CPS jurisdiction — Career Academy, 8 W. Root, and Early College High School, 1310 S. Ashland — will be formally closed in June if the Chicago Board of Education follows the recommendations...

...Middle School was swallowed up by Marine Math and Science Academy High School, formerly at 145 S. Campbell, and Montefiore Elementary School, which served special education students at 1310 S. Ashland, was shuttered...

For the most part, the dwindling number of Marshall Middle students already moved to share space and a principal with Roosevelt High School at 3436 W. Wilson, a move that could bolster the high school’s enrollment, too.

Community meetings have been scheduled for Jan. 12 and Jan. 17, 2017, from 6 to 7:30 p.m at Wells Community High School, 936 N. Ashland.

Formal public hearings will be held at 42 W. Madison for:

    CPS to close three 'empty' schools, considers Ogden-Jenner merger
    Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday three schools that already have been emptied out will be permanently closed at the end of the school year. Marshall Middle School, 3900 N. Lawndale, and two contract schools recently put under CPS jurisdiction - Career Academy, 8 W. Root, and Early College High School, 1310 S.

  • Merger?! Many Classrooms are already at capacity. Most have between 30-40 students. These kids cannot learn in this type of setting. It's just not fair, and this is just setting them up
    for failure. And how can the teachers even keep up. Frustrating

  • Val

    Don't sheer demographics play a role in school mergers? The baby boom generation required lots of schools. Cohorts since have been smaller.

  • Val.

    According to some school districts. I just don't understand how the decision makers chose not to put Childrens education/futures a priority

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  • Permit issued for signs


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  • Allie* NWside Native Chicago Girl

    Was the garage in the alley shared with Drake or Bernard?

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Updated 6 days ago

Missing Our Cat

Cat got out 11/24/16. Male, neutered, with claws. Solid grey, yellow eyes. Hefty. Not usually friendly or open to strangers. May be hiding. No chip no collar - not typically an outdoor cat. Very handsome, Tiny patch of white on right ear tip.

  • still hoping our Macy will come home. Brown tabby, thin, friendly, needs thyroid medication.

  • future alderman future alderman

    do you have a pic of macy? it's been a LONG time, no?

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Updated Nov 24

Why garbage collection on Irving and Long today Sunday?

The city has crews picking garbage on Sunday, do they get overtime for this?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Chigirl10 that makes sense thanks

  • I hope this is a lesson for those people who are always jumping to conclusions about city services and city workers. I'm tired of the negativity.

Nov 24

Where You Can Go Ice Skating In Chicago (MAP and LIST)

• McFetridge Ice Rink (Avondale) — 3843 N. California Ave.

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• Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon (Loop) — 337 E. Randolph St.

• McKinley Ice Rink (McKinley Park) — 2210 W. Pershing Road

• Morgan Park Sports Center Ice Rink (Beverly) — 11505 S. Western Ave.

• Riis Ice Rink (Belmont Cragin) — 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

• Warren Ice Rink (West Ridge) — 6601 N. Western Ave.

• Mount Greenwood Ice Rink (Mount Greenwood) — 3721 W. 111th St.

• Wentworth Ice Rink (Garfield Ridge) — 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

• McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park (Loop) — 201 E. Randolph St.

• Wicker ICE (Wicker Park) — 1425 N. Damen Ave.

    Where You Can Go Ice Skating In Chicago (MAP and LIST)
    CHICAGO - Looking for a place to go ice skating in Chicago? Here some options around the city. Click on the blue dots for more information or see the list below the map. See DNAinfo Partners' Neighborhood Picks in the 2016 Holiday Guide All indoor rinks are open year-round while most outdoor rinks are slated to open Nov.

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Just noticed the side of my building has been vandalized with graffiti. A big "4ever" in white spray paint.
I have also noticed teens hanging around late at night at the buildings being renovated on the 3300 block of W. Belle Plaine Ave.

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    You of course called it in

  • Sure hope so!

  • Which of the houses being renovated? The one closer to Spaulding used to be a known gang hangout.
    I DID call in gun shots last night at Spaulding and Cuyler and a car at that corner appears to have been smashed and struck by a bullet last night.

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Updated Nov 24

Clothing donation

Does anyone know of a reputable organization to donate women's clothing in the area? I would prefer to donate to someplace that will not resell the items such as a women's shelter or homeless shelter instead of Goodwill or a thrift store. I have several items of professional clothing and bags that could potentially be used by women interviewing for jobs.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Ditto Beeb. A friend volunteers for Dress for Success and good clothes are much needed and appreciated and go directly to the women in need.

  • I've used Family Tree resale shop on Lincoln for this exact thing. They'll issue a voucher for an organization of your choice if you specify it upon donation. Apnar Gar does a ton of work through them.

Nov 24

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