2 days ago

17 Things Happening In The Neighborhoods This Memorial Day Weekend

...could be a good night to get cozy and watch a movie. The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, will be showing a special pre-release screening of the documentary "Whose Streets," which follows...

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Heralding the start of the street festival season, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival kicks off at noon Saturday at 3200 N. Sheffield Ave.

Local favorites Too White Crew and Wedding Banned are returning, and the fest has added a second stage at Sheffield and Belmont, where DJs and drag queens will perform in between rounds of Trader Todd's karaoke idol competition.

After a brief Memorial Day ceremony, the final 5K race will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available just ahead of the races at the park at 9625 S. Longwood Dr. It costs $55 to run the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $75 to run both races back to back. It costs $30 to run the youth mile.

Those looking to get rowdy should head to Madison Public House, 2200 N. Milwaukee Ave., (near the California Blue Line stop) Sunday for a 12-hour dance party featuring Na$im Williams, Vic Spencer, The Boy Illinois, White Gzus and more. The free party kicks off at 2 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.

Not interested in nursing a hangover on Memorial Day? Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting an opening reception for its newest exhibition on reinterpreted classic movie posters 6...

Local history lovers can head to the Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland Ave., to check out its newest exhibit: the "Made in Chicago Museum." The collection features 200...

...than a meal in the city. Located behind Berger Park's landmark coach house at 6215 N. Sheridan Road, the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday...

Begyle and Dovetail breweries are teaming up for an epic two-day block party, Mayfestiversary, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave. There will be plenty of beer, food trucks, games and live music. Click here for the complete lineup.

...a rainy day plan? Check out the world premiere of "T" at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. The show is a fictionalized account of the story behind Tonya Harding's rivalry with...

Swing by Cafe Chien, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, 4749 N. Spaulding Ave. for a sneak peek at the neighborhood's planned People Spot. Grab a cup of coffee, get goofy in the photo booth, plant a seed and meet neighbors at this community open house.

...Public School, 6634 N. Raven St., and ends around 12:15 at Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. A brief tribute ceremony will be held at Taft after the parade's end...

...and a beer beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, until it runs out. At 948 N. Western Ave.

Buyers and lookers will be flocking to the 1300 block of West Washington Street in West Loop's Fulton Market this Saturday — embracing the return of the Randolph Street...

...a $10 entry and runs from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat-Sun, at 1340 W. Washington Blvd.

...1:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave.

...a guest, you can wade in the dipping pool next door at the Cabana Club, 1616 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    17 Things Happening In The Neighborhoods This Memorial Day Weekend
    LAKEVIEW - You've got three whole days off, Chicago. Get out and explore the city's neighborhoods - from Beverly to Rogers Park, the lakefront to the far Northwest Side, there's plenty to do inside (if it rains, which it will) and out.
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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Judge Denies Motion in Soldier's Security Guard Attack Case

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer. He was held in lieu of $250,000 but bonded out Friday.

    Judge Denies Motion in Soldier's Security Guard Attack Case
    A U.S. Army soldier left a North Side court building Tuesday after making his second appearance in front of a Cook County Judge to face charges of viciously punching a River North security guard outside of...
    http://www.nbcchicago.com

  • Good. De Leon deserves the max penalty and then some. The only thing this scumbag is sorry about is having been caught on video and not getting away with it.

  • Dan G Scratch and win

    What a disgrace to the military acting like an animal.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Starbucks Drive-Thru, Possible 'Sandwich Chain' Approved For Portage Park

...to grant developer Sumac a permit to build the drive-thru at the intersection of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue, facing the southwest entrance to Portage Park. Managers of a "national sandwich chain" have expressed...

...proposal also drew opposition from Robert Quezada, the owner of Portage Grounds, whose cafe at 5501 W. Irving Park Road stands on the same block where the Starbucks would be built. Quezada and the owners...

...same block where the Starbucks would be built. Quezada and the owners of Perkolator Cafe, 6032 W. Irving Park Road, have both aired fears that the Seattle-based chain could scoop away their customers...

    Starbucks Drive-Thru, Possible 'Sandwich Chain' Approved For Portage Park
    CITY HALL - A long-brewing proposal to build a Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-thru in the west Portage Park neighborhood cleared a crucial hurdle on Friday, laying the groundwork for construction to begin by summer.
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  • Panera is often paired with sbux, but not sure if they're dubbed as a sandwich chain.

  • I agree with Portage Rules. I think of Subway as fast food and more likely for take out and litter. The litter is too evident in the park, on Irving Park parkways and on some side streets south of IP.

May 20

Updated 5 days ago

Soldier Charged With Punching Security Guard Out on Bond

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery...

    Soldier Charged With Punching Security Guard Out on Bond
    The man charged with punching a River North security guard in a brutal attack that was caught on camera last weekend bonded out of jail Friday evening, the Cook County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
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  • This guy is nothing but a punk disgrace to are armed forces.l know who he is don't look drunk throwing the water bottle and walking away.He has DUI from when he was 17 and assault charges against his father.Problem child that his parents made him join the marine's.I hope Kim Fox gives max on all 3 charges then let the marine's finish if he makes it out of jail.

  • Bears - this guy is nothing but a punk. Enough said.

  • tjg

    Bears, I'm surprised Kim Fox even wants to prosecute him. Doubt she'll be asking the judge for a max sentence for anybody.

May 17

Updated May 19

Man Charged With Punching River North Security Guard

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street, Chicago, is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer.

    Man Charged With Punching River North Security Guard
    A man was charged late Tuesday night in the brutal attack on a River North security guard that was caught on camera outside a condo building over the weekend. Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street, Chicago, is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer.
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  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    There is no excuse for "cold-cocking" a woman the way he did. He should be held accountable.

  • There's no excuse. PERIOD. He should be severely punished. 100 lashes on his back.

May 18

Miami rapper Smokepurpp drags hip-hop into the sunlight

Sat 5/27, 6 PM, Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee, $17-$60, all-ages

    Miami rapper Smokepurpp drags hip-hop into the sunlight
    Smokepurpp is part of a class of young Florida rappers who've dragged hip-hop into the blistering sun to bake without sunscreen. Born in Chicago and raised in the Miami area, Smokepurpp has absorbed one of Chief Keef's greatest lessons: there's nothing wrong with ignoring hip-hop's strict verse structure if it means you're making music that feels alive.
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May 18

Soldado bajo fianza de $250,000 por golpear a mujer guardia de seguridad

CHICAGO— Matthew DeLeón, de la cuadra 4900 W. Eddy, en el barrio de Portage Park, al noroeste de Chicago, se entregó a la Polic...

    Soldado bajo fianza de $250,000 por golpear a mujer guardia de seguridad
    CHICAGO- Matthew DeLeón, de la cuadra 4900 W. Eddy, en el barrio de Portage Park, al noroeste de Chicago, se entregó a la Policía tan pronto como vio las imágenes del video de vigilancia en el que aparece dando un puñetazo en la cara a una mujer guardia de seguridad, según su abogado, Richard Fenbert.
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May 17

Hombre enfrenta cargos después de que entregarse por golpear a mujer guardia de seguridad

Matthew De León, de 23 años, residente de la cuadra 4900 W. Eddy, en el barrio de Portage Park, al noroeste de Chicago, fue acusado el martes por la tarde de tres cargos de agresión con agravantes, según la Policía de Chicago. Debe comparecer en corte para su audiencia de fianza el miércoles.

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El ataque de la madrugada del domingo fue captado por las cámaras de vigilancia en la entrada del edificio en la cuadra 600 N. Franklin St, poco al norte del centro de Chicago.

    Hombre enfrenta cargos después de que entregarse por golpear a mujer guardia de seguridad
    CHICAGO - Un hombre de Chicago enfrenta cargos después de entregarse a las autoridades por golpear a un guardia de seguridad afuera de un edificio de condominios en la zona de River North, el 14 de mayo, un ataque que fue captado en video de vigilancia.
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May 17

Man Charged After Punching Security Guard Who Tried To Help Him, Police Say

DeLeon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street, has been charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery to a peace officer, police said. He's expected to appear in Bond Court on Wednesday.

    Man Charged After Punching Security Guard Who Tried To Help Him, Police Say
    CHICAGO - A 23-year-old man has been charged with punching a 46-year-old security guard who tried to help him in River North early Sunday, police said. Matthew DeLeon was identified as the man who punched Zoa Stigler, a security guard at a River North building, in an incident that was caught on video, police said.
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May 17

Man Charged With Punching Security Guard to Appear in Court

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer.

    Man Charged With Punching Security Guard to Appear in Court
    A man charged with punching a River North security guard in a brutal attack that was caught on camera over the weekend is slated to appear in bond court Wednesday. Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer.
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May 17

2 Portage Park Starbucks Proposals Up For Approval This Week

Meanwhile, one mile west of Six Corners at the intersection of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue, a proposal to fill a long-vacant lot with a Starbucks and a 7,245-square-foot office building is poised to overcome a drumbeat of neighbors' complaints to win the board's approval on Friday.

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The first coffee shop due for consideration by the Zoning Board of Appeals would be built at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., at the northern edge of the Six Corners Shopping District.

    2 Portage Park Starbucks Proposals Up For Approval This Week
    PORTAGE PARK - After months of debate, two separate proposals to build Starbucks coffee shops with drive-thrus in Portage Park are expected to get the green light for construction on Friday. The first coffee shop due for consideration by the Zoning Board of Appeals would be built at 4151 N.
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May 13

May 6, 2017 Update

Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

The 4900-block of West Irving Park between 11 AM and 4:20 PM on April 22;

The 5700-block of West Irving Park between 6 PM on April 27 and 7:35 AM on April 28;

The 4300-block of North Milwaukee at 4:55 AM on April 29.

The Mattress Firm at Six Corners, located at 4805 W. Irving Park, is hosting a clothing drive for foster kids May 5 through May 7.

Sun., May 7, 4-7 pm, Fannie’s Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose. Fannie’s Cafe partners with Keeler Gardens to host a Mother’s Day Garden Event...

Tues., May 9, 10-11 am, Pope Francis Global Academy, South Campus, 6143 W. Irving Park. Learn how Pope Francis Global Academy will prepare your child for success in high school...

Sun., May 14, 4-7 pm,Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Six Corners Association partners with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for the 2nd annualYesterday and Today Walking Tour. More info: online. $30.

Sun., May 21, 10 am-2 pm, Vaughn High School, 4355 N. Linder. Vaughn High School hosts a Spring Fair. Live music, carnival games, vendors, bounce house, food, Cubs & Sox tickets. Cost of purchases.

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Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting a celebration of their new playground today, May 6, from noon to 3 PM, at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.

The LSC storage facility planned for the 5150 Northwest Highway development site has been the topic of plenty of impassioned debate in our community in recent months.

On the heels of the recent approval of the development at 5201 W. Lawrence Ave, I have an exciting update on the continuing progress in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson...

...the revitalization of downtown Jefferson Park: the proposed Jefferson Place mixed-use building planned for 4849 N. Lipps, next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, will be presented to the Planning Commission on...

Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;

Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and

The 6200-block of West Belmont between 2:51 AM and 2:59 Am on April 28;

The 3600-Block of North Harlem between 11:30 PM and 11:58 PM on April 28; and

The hops are growing, raspberries are in the ground, bees are trying to stay warm, and the load of black gold spread around. Olives Garden for the Hungry, on the southwest corner of Gunnison and Laramie,  is ready for planting.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 20, between 10 AM and 2 PM.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 20, between 10 AM and 2 PM.

...as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Branch Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part...

A public meeting to gather community input on the final design will be on Monday, May 15, at 6 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner, is hosting a potluck dinner and discussion for Chicago’s annual On The Table conversations at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 16.

The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. Glimpse into the future and get inspired!

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun work on their herb garden for the new season. The garden -just outside the pantry’s door at 3801 N. Keeler – grows basil, chives, cilantro, mind, orgeano, parsley, rosemanry, and thyme.

Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.

Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.

Join the SRB Community Spirit Garden (on the northeast corner of Higgins and Central) any or every Saturday during the growing season. You can swing by any time between 9 AM and 1 PM to practice your green thumb.

Sat., May 6, 10-11 am, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Learn about proper vet care, socialization, and training tips for puppies at a Puppy Parents Workshop. Workshop is for humans only. There will be info on puppy training classes, though. Free.

Sat., May 6, 2 pm, City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero. Join neighbors for a Rent Party. Cost of purchases. 

Sun., May 7, 8 am-12 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church gym, 4057 N. Harding. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake extravaganza to support Boy Scout troop 863. Swedish pancakes, regular pancakes, lingonberries, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk. $10/adults; $6/children and seniors. 

Sun., May 7, 10 am-3 pm, Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr.Join neighbors, friends, and family for a whole day of LDS Awareness and fun. Live music, face painting, food trucks, split the pot, balloon release, and more.Donations accepted.

Mon., May 8, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Learn about how you can become more involved with the community by attending the monthly Old Irving Park Association meeting.Free.  

Tue., May 9, 7 pm,Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Wed., May 10, 7 pm,Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.

Thur., May 11, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Andrew Salata hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar.RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.

Thur., May 11, 7-8:30 pm, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N Pulaski. The 17th District commander and officers, representatives from OEMC, and many more join for aHispanic...

Tue., May 16, 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., May 17, 7 pm,16th District Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Wed., May 17, 7:30 pm, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free. 

Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm,Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.

Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and te Illinois Department of Emplyment Security- Pilsen Workforce Center host ther 7th Annual Memorial Day Veterans Hiring & Resource Fair. Free.

Tue., May 30, 7 pm,Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

Wed., May 31, 1-5 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. Minton Regan Properties hosts a Senior Living Expo. Free health screenings, raffle prizes, food, beverages, products, services. RSVP: online. Free.

Wed., May 31, 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 Association monthly meeting. Speaker will be Nathan Dall from the Ho-Chunk Nation Branch Office. Free.

    May 6, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting a celebration of their new playground today, May 6, from noon to 3 PM, at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. There will be games, music, food, and giveaways. I will also be sponsoring a photo booth.
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May 13

May 13, 2017 Update

The 4100-block of North Leamington between 1:50 PM and 2:00 PM April 21;

The 4100-block of North Lawler between 7 PM April 22 and 9:15 AM April 23;

Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is back with their popular summer camp for children ages 7 through 12!

Sun., May 14, 10 am-2 pm, Fannie’s, 5040 W. Montrose. Treat your mother to unique Mother’s Day Brunch experience featuring live music from Gypsy...

Sun., May 14, 4-7 pm,Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Six Corners Association partners with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for the 2nd annualYesterday and Today Walking Tour. More info: online. $30.

Mon., May 15, 7:30-9 pm, Community First Hospital, 5645 W. Addison St., 7th Floor, Sr. Jerome Conference Room.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved...

Sat., May 20, 9:30 am,Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park.The Portage Park Garden CLub is hosting their 14th annual Plant Exchange. Bring a plant...

Sun., May 21, 10 am-2 pm, Vaughn High School, 4355 N. Linder. Vaughn High School hosts a Spring Fair. Live music, carnival games, vendors, bounce house, food, Cubs & Sox tickets. Cost of purchases.

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You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 20, between 10 AM and 2 PM.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 20, between 10 AM and 2 PM.

A community meeting on the proposed Independence Branch Library will be on Monday, May 15, at 6 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace.

...this spring, John Ronan Architects won a city design competition for the new library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the first two floors with four stories of affordable...

The 4800-block of North McVicker between 11 PM April 19 and 5:15 AM April 20;

The 4800-block of North Austin between 6:30 PM April 19 and 6:30 AM April 20;

The 4800-block of North Mason between 10 PM April 19 and 7:30 AM April 20;

The 5300-block of West Lawrence between 4 PM April 27 and 9:30 AM April 28; and

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner, is hosting a potluck dinner and discussion for Chicago’s annual On The Table conversations at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 16.

Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee, is running a pilot program for Yolobe, a professional social media platform à la LinkedIn. As...

...summer youth employees between the ages of 16-19 for their Chicago Studio located at 2010 W. Carroll. The summer youth employees will work as studio assistants and gain practical experience working with...

The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun work on their herb garden for the new season. The garden -just outside the pantry’s door at 3801 N. Keeler – grows basil, chives, cilantro, mind, orgeano, parsley, rosemanry, and thyme.

Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.

Are you looking for a fun summer camp for your child? Flipped at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine, is offering a 4-week curriculum summer camp starting July 31 for children aged 3 years old through 6th grade.

Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.

Join the SRB Community Spirit Garden (on the northeast corner of Higgins and Central) any or every Saturday during the growing season. You can swing by any time between 9 AM and 1 PM to practice your green thumb.

Sat., May 13, 12-1 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Love animals, but don’t want the long-term commitment? Attend a Homeless Animal Foster Parent Workshop. Free.

Sat., May 13, 2 pm,City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero.Join neighbors for La Pompe, Gypsy Jazz. Cost of purchases. 

Tue., May 16, 11 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during a Senior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.

Tue., May 16, 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., May 17, 9 am-1 pm, Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski. The Chicago Department of Aviation hosts aCommunity Career Fair. Meet representatives from companies looking to hire individuals to work at O’Hare and Midway. Free.

Wed., May 17, 7 pm,16th District Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Wed., May 17, 7:30 pm, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free. 

Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm,Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.

Sat., May 20, 9 am-3 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts their annualYard Sale. To register:email organizers.$20/spot, $10/table.

Wed., May 24, 725 W. Roosevelt. Save the date for the Department of Procurement ServicesVendor Fair 2017. Learn about contracting opportunities...

...and state federal agencies. Networking opportunities. More info: online. Free. Parking available for $10 at 1029 S. Morgan...

Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and te Illinois Department of Emplyment Security- Pilsen Workforce Center host ther 7th Annual Memorial Day Veterans Hiring & Resource Fair. Free.

Thur., May 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Detective Sergeant James Hennelly and Assist State’s Attorney Clarissa Palermo host a Common Financial Frauds & Scams that Target Seniors seminar. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.

Tue., May 30, 7 pm,Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

Wed., May 31, 1-5 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. Minton Regan Properties hosts a Senior Living Expo. Free health screenings, raffle prizes, food, beverages, products, services. RSVP: online. Free.

Wed., May 31, 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 Association monthly meeting. Speaker will be Nathan Dall from the Ho-Chunk Nation Branch Office. Free.

    May 13, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, With Mother's Day this Sunday, I want to take a moment to recognize my mother, my wife, and the many mothers and stepmothers who work tirelessly to shape and empower impressionable generations of children. We expect our mothers to take on many roles: protector, nurturer, teacher, comforter, role model, and heroine.
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May 11

Updated May 13

Chicago City Markets open Thursday

5400 W. Irving Park Rd.

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...City of Chicago-managed markets opening in May are the Daley Plaza Farmers Market at 50 W. Washington St. opening on Thursday, May 11; the Division Street Farmers Market at Division St. and Dearborn...

6550 N. Sheridan Rd.

500 S. Central Ave.

50 W. Adams St.

7256 S. Chicago Ave.

2301 W. Leland Ave.

1420 S. Albany Ave.

330 N. Lotus Ave.

1500 W. Berwyn Ave.

1817 N. Clark St.

1333 N. Laramie Ave.

3750 W. Ogden Ave.

11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Ravenswood Farmers Market (Link)4900 N. Damen Ave.June 7-October 18, 4-8 p.m.Roseland Market (City Market) (Link)200 W. 109th St.August 30-October 25; 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Ravenswood Farmers Market (Link)4900 N. Damen Ave.June 7-October 18, 4-8 p.m.Roseland Market (City Market) (Link)200 W. 109th St.August 30-October 25; 2:30-5:30 p.m.

555 E. 51st St.

1000 W. Argyle St. (at Sheridan Rd.)

5900 W. Chicago Ave.

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

200 N. Kedzie Ave.

3637 N. Clark St.

1520 E. 53rd St.

3410 N. Southport Ave.

1936 S. Michigan Ave.

5814 S. Wood St.

2744 W. 63rd St.

30 W. Division St.

4911 S. Shields Ave.

6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.

5917 N. Broadway St.

76th St. & Racine Ave.

5100 S. Wood St.

115 S. Sangamon St.

2423 E. 75th St.

2741 W. Montrose Ave.

700 W. Armitage Ave.

4100 N. Damen Ave.

1400 W 46th St.

1800 S. Halsted St.

79th & South Shore Drive

1000 W. 35th St.

1425 N. Damen Ave.

    Chicago City Markets open Thursday
    It's another true sign summer is right around the corner. Chicago City Markets opened Thursday for the summer season at Daley Plaza. Chicago-managed outdoor markets under one program, including Chicago's longest running farmers market at Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago.
    http://abc7chicago.com

May 12

String Of Home Burglaries Reported Across Northwest Side

– Between 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. April 24 in the 5300 block of West Dakin;

– Between 3 p.m. May 3 and 1:15 p.m. May 4 in the 3700 block of North Narragansett;

– Between 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. May 9 in the 5600 block of West Berenice;

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– Between 7:30 a.m. and 2:49 p.m. May 4 in the 3300 block of North Opal;

– At 1:49 p.m. May 10 in the 5500 block of West Roscoe; and

– At 8:16 p.m. May 10 in the 3800 block of North Sayre.

    String Of Home Burglaries Reported Across Northwest Side
    CHICAGO (CBS) - Police are warning residents about a series of residential burglaries over the past month in the Portage Park, Dunning and Belmont Heights neighborhoods on the Northwest Side. In all of the break-ins, someone enters houses or apartments through doors or windows; and takes electronics, jewelry, laptops, cash and other items according to a community alert from Chicago Police.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

May 02

Updated May 09

Jeff Park Putting $250,000 Into Traffic Safety Near Site Where Boy Killed

• 6 p.m. May 11 at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Portage Park

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...his discretionary budget to build sidewalk extensions — known as "bump-outs" — at the intersection of Central Avenue and Giddings Street before November, when 2-year-old Noah Katz was fatally struck by a driver making...

In addition to bump-outs along the east side of Central at Giddings, crews will build two more sidewalk extensions: one a block south of the crash site at Central and Leland avenues, and a third at Central and Ainslie Street.

In addition to bump-outs along the east side of Central at Giddings, crews will build two more sidewalk extensions: one a block south of the crash site at Central and Leland avenues, and a third at Central and Ainslie Street.

• 6 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner Ave. in Old Irving Park

• 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Park Public Library, 5363 W. Lawrence Ave.

• 6 p.m. Monday at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker Ave. in Jefferson Park

• 6 p.m. May 9 at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison Ave. in Jefferson Park

    Jeff Park Putting $250,000 Into Traffic Safety Near Site Where Boy Killed
    CHICAGO - City transportation officials have set aside $250,000 for a suite of projects designed to slow traffic along a crash-prone stretch of Central Avenue in Jefferson Park, a spokesman for Ald. John Arena (45th) said Monday.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • MinnieVanDriver Neighbor

    Too bad a child had to die first.

  • My concern is that the DOT & Ald. Arena will overdo it. They will slow down the traffic, for sure, but it will push drivers going north to take the *residential* Linder Street. Which is parallel to Central, and one way. So it will become just like Long down the block - car after car, every other one blowing the stop sign(s).

  • It is already a problem. The vehicles are piled up bumper to bumper in the south-bound lanes in the afternoon rush hour. I was going north on Central, when a young family popped out from behind a big panel van. They were in the cross-walk, but the trouble is, north-bound...

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    It is already a problem. The vehicles are piled up bumper to bumper in the south-bound lanes in the afternoon rush hour. I was going north on Central, when a young family popped out from behind a big panel van. They were in the cross-walk, but the trouble is, north-bound traffic doesn't see them starting to cross from the sidewalk, the north-bound driver's vision is blocked by the south-bound vehicles that are bumper to bumper, especially if there are SUVs, vans or any larger vehicles behind each other. North-bound drivers first see the pedestrians walking from behind the south-bound vehicles at about the center dividing line. Fortunately I was driving below the speed limit, and it wasn't even a close call, but I immediately could imagine a driver accelerating up that north-bound lane. I wish they would put in flashing crosswalks ( I have seen them in the suburbs), that would make drivers aware someone is attempting to cross. Left hand turn lanes at the side streets might alleviate the bumper-to-bumper lines of traffic. I will inform CDOT.

May 05

Updated May 09

Church Statue Knocked Down, Decapitated; Pastor Asks, ‘Why?’

Some parishioners of St. Bartholomew’s Church, 4949 W. Patterson Ave., are voicing disgust.

  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    Thinking for ones self is important, but common courtesy and manners are what a society is built on. The total break down of society in many communities can be directly attributed to the drop in church attendance. Many of our youth are lost and in an attempt to become part of something bigger, they join gangs and before they know it they are in deep.

  • The break down of society is based on folks not attending church?

    yeah no. It has much more to do with the systemic problems of moving jobs out of the country for more profit, the crushing of the middle class by the busting of unions, for profit health care and...

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    The break down of society is based on folks not attending church?

    yeah no. It has much more to do with the systemic problems of moving jobs out of the country for more profit, the crushing of the middle class by the busting of unions, for profit health care and education, and the oppression of others by the wealthy doing everything they can for a buck.

    Profit can be made that is beneficial to many rather than just the few.

    Organized religion is also part of that systemic control. From what I've seen over the years, they're always hating on something or someone, which is why I left, never to return. And then there are the con men always asking for money in the 'name of Jesus' and taking advantage of their tax free status. This happens at all economic levels, BTW.

    I don't need an organization to tell me how to think and you do not need a religious organization to know God, if you so desire - for that is an individual choice.

May 08

Updated May 08

A day-by-day guide to Chicago's farmers markets

5400 W. Irving Park Rd.

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47th St. & King Dr.

1400 W. Morse Ave., Rogers Park

3945 N. Springfield Ave., Old Irving Park

4820 N. Long Ave.

3107 W. Logan Blvd.

3700 S. Archer Ave.

1800 S. Halsted St.

79th & South Shore Dr.

1000 W. 35th St., Bridgeport

1425 N. Damen Ave.

6550 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park

7256 S. Chicago Ave., Greater Grand Crossing

2301 W. Leland Ave. (at Lincoln & Leland Avenues)

Johnson School of Excellence, 1420 S. Albany Ave.

330 N. Lotus Ave., Austin

1500 W. Berwyn Ave. (between Clark St. & Ashland Ave.)

1500 W. Berwyn Ave. (between Clark St. & Ashland Ave.)

1817 N. Clark St., Old Town

1333 N. Laramie Ave.

3750 W. Ogden Ave.

111th St. and Cottage Grove Ave.

4900 N. Damen Ave.

109th St. and Wentworth Ave.

555 E. 51st St.

50 W. Washington St., Loop

1000 W. Argyle St. (at Sheridan Rd.)

Chicago Ave. and Mayfield Ave.

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

3156 W. Lake St.

3637 N. Clark St., Wrigleyville

1520 E. 53rd St.

3410 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview

1936 S. Michigan Ave.

5814 S. Wood St., West Englewood

2744 W. 63rd St., Chicago Lawn

4911 S. Shields Ave., Fuller Park

6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.

5917 N. Broadway St.

76th St. & Racine Ave.

5100 S. Wood St, Back of the Yards

115 S. Sangamon St.

2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Armitage Ave. & Orchard St.

4100 N. Damen Ave.

1400 W. 46th St., New City

Dearborn St. and Polk St.

6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Woodlawn

3601 W. Chicago Ave.

    A day-by-day guide to Chicago's farmers markets
    The arrival of warmer weather means it's time to get out your canvas tote bags and sun hats and head to the nearest farmers market for all of your fruit, veggie, herb, and local treat needs. Here is a day-by-day guide to the city's farmers markets and the details you need to head out and start your shopping.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Jeffrey Littleton Artist/ Chicago/ Uptown

    The article neglected to mention the Weiss Hospital farmers market.
    Its small but good vendors...local.
    Its held on Thursdays in the parking lot 7am-1pm beginning in mid-June.

May 05

St. Bartholomew Statue Knocked Over, Beheaded Outside Portage Park Church

The pastor of the church at 4949 W. Patterson Ave., the Rev. Ricardo Castillo, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

    St. Bartholomew Statue Knocked Over, Beheaded Outside Portage Park Church
    CHICAGO - Administrators of St. Bartholomew Church in Portage Park arrived to work Thursday to find that a statue of the parish's namesake saint had been uprooted and beheaded, they announced in a Facebook Post. "If you have any idea who might have done this, please contact the police immediately," the post read.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

May 03

Updated May 03

11 New Chicago-Area Restaurant & Bar Updates to Know

IRVING PARK— Elly’s, the pancake house with locations across the city, has started demolition for a new location at 4925-27 W. Irving Park Road. Check out the photo from the Six Corners Facebook page.

...District at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., according to DNAinfo. Another is planned just west at Central and Irving Park...

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RIVER NORTH— Fat Baby Tacos has set a Monday, May 8 opening for the new Mexican fast-casual spot at 100 W. Kinzie St. It’s from the same group who own Boss Bar, the dive around the corner.

WEST TOWN— Looks like Mariscos La Costa will soon open its second restaurant on Thursday. The Mexican-style seafood spot is taking over the space at 1132 N. Ashland Ave. that once housed Kate’s Thai Kitchen and one of the three La Pasadita locations on the block.

THE LOOP— Bibibop Asian Grill has posted signs at the former ShopHouse Asian Kitchen at 24 E. Jackson Blvd., according to a tipster. Check out their website as it hopes to replace Chiptole’s pan-Asian concept before a late-summer target date.

FULTON MARKET— Kuma’s Corner continues its mission to bring metal and beef to the West Loop/Fulton Market. Ownership is now hiring for the forthcoming 852 W. Fulton Market location.

HUMBOLDT PARK— The former Pierogi Street at 1043 N. California Ave. will soon change over to Lucy’s Burger Joint. The same husband-and-wife team...

GOOSE ISLAND— Veruca Chocolates has almost reached its $25,000 fundraiser goal to move to a bigger location at the Halsted Triangle, near Goose Island. It has outgrown the current location, 2409 N. Western Ave., which opened in 2011.

...owners behind Arturo’s Tacos are taking over the Sam’s Red Hots stand at 2345 W. Armitage Ave. Arturo Torres Jr. is going to call it Jr.’s Red Hots, according to DNAinfo...

LIBERTYVILLE— Lake County’s getting a new Greek restaurant, according to The Daily Herald. Greek Feast is opening at 1124 N. Milwaukee Ave. It’s replacing Slott’s Red Hots which closed in 2015 after a 30-year run.

WEST TOWN— It’s been about a year since Crazy Bird Chicken closed in Lawndale, and now the owners plan to reopen at 1160 W. Grand Ave., according to DNAinfo.

WEST LAKEVIEW— There’s still not much info on Sal’s Trattoria, the restaurant taking over the Mirador space at 2834 N. Southport Ave. However, they have applied for their liquor license.

OLD TOWN— The owners of Wilde in Lakeview are now hiring for the second iteration of Lady Gregory’s. They took over a former Citibank at 1525 N. Wells St.

...doesn’t appear Angry Donut is going to be a thing for Phil Tadros at 2928 N. Broadway St. The space, formerly occupied by Bunny, the Microbakery and The Budlong, now has signage for...

LAKEVIEW— The Lure Izakaya space is close to getting a new tenant with Saigon Lotus nearly ready to open at 2925 N. Halsted St. The Vietnamese spot has a Facebook page.

BUCKTOWN— Red Door, the neighborhood restaurant and cocktail bar that closed in December at 2118 N. Damen Ave., has a new tenant. DNAinfo was the first to notice that Royal Grocer & Co. has applied for a liquor license.

PILSEN— Somewhat lost in Furious Spoon’s expansion announcements is their Pilsen location is getting close to opening at 1316 W. 18th St. A Facebook post claims that will open in May, and there’s a sneak peek at a brick wall. Oh, the suspense.

BOWMANVILLE— Half Acre Brewery’s plans that include a full-service restaurant at 2050 W. Balmoral St. are finally going forward. DNAinfo reported that the brew crew finally has secured building permits.

...Chicago has more info on Four Corners Tavern Group’s new project at the new 150 North Riverside skyscraper. Porter Kitchen & Deck will take up 8,800 square feet. Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt...

IRVING PARK— There’s been some turnover in the space at 4009 N. Elston Ave. Now it appears a taqueria called Taco Max will open, according to an LTHforum poster.

LINCOLN PARK— Milwaukee darling Colectivo Coffee continues work on its first Chicago location at the corner of Clark Street and Deming Place. The patio should come in handy this spring/summer.

UPTOWN— A new pizza spot, Longacre Pizza Box, 1309 W. Wilson Ave., should open soon. Uptown Update got the scoop, and there’s a website for the restaurant.

FULTON MARKET— While Amazon Books in Lakeview is the first coffee shop in Chicago to enjoy Stumptown Coffee, progress continues on the Ace Hotel which will house the Midwest’s first Stumptown cafe. Curbed Chicago has an update on the project at 311 N. Morgan St.

WEST LOOP— There’s a new spot for Chinese soup dumplings on its way to Chicago’s French Market. STREET smoke & steam will also serve baos inside a vendor station at 131 N. Clinton St.

WOODLAWN— Ain’t She Sweet Cafe plans on opening its third location. Thanks to an influx of government money, next year is the opening target at the Woodlawn Station development at 6253 S. Cottage Grove Ave. DNAinfo has details.

...room temperature (that benefits some beer). Check out the construction photos at the relocation at 3169-3175 N. Elston Ave.

HUMBOLDT PARK— A new restaurant focusing on accommodating teachers is headed to the former La Havana Cafe site at 2425 W. Division St. DNAinfo reported that The Chicago Teachers Lounge and Eatery should open next month. They’ve snagged the menu which consists of sandwiches and comfort food.

LINCOLN PARK— Ignoble Wine Bar is growing closer to an opening. The space passed inspections and will soon open at 2417 N. Clybourn Ave.

LINCOLN PARK— Whole Foods is taking a poke bowl concept to Lincoln Park. Poke Bowl Co. (which sounds nothing like Aloha Poke Co.) will offer grab-and-go options to patrons of Whole Foods at 1550 N. Kingsbury St. It’ll also serve poke tacos, poke nachos, and house edamame hummus.

...Farm Stand didn’t hit their goal of opening its new location in February at 2010 N. Halsted St. It’s still in its extended-pop-up phase around the corner at 711 W...

...Halsted St. It’s still in its extended-pop-up phase around the corner at 711 W. Armitage Ave. Management has been silent, but a sign of movement is that it’s hiring. Check...

MORGAN PARK— Open Outcry Brewing is about three to four weeks away from an opening, said owner John Brand. A few more details need to be worked out, but he’s looking forward to opening at 10934 S. Western Ave.

LOGAN SQUARE— The Dill Pickle Food Co-Op should move into its new digs in August at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave., reported DNAinfo. The long-awaited store will also serve prepared foods.

WICKER PARK— Signage has been up for months, but work is coming along at Vinny D’s, a new spot for Italian ice, hot dogs, and Italian sausages. Check out the photo from 1709 W. Division St.

...Although a new development with a new restaurant is planned for its current home at 1502 Sherman Road, the owner of Prairie Moon, an Evanston stalwart since 2002, is reassuring people that the...

LINCOLN PARK— The paper is still up at Chopo, the upcoming Peruvian-style fast-casual restaurant coming to 2460 N. Clark St. But the interiors look almost finished with the fountain drink machine installed meaning an opening should be coming up soon.

HUMBOLDT PARK— There’s a new restaurant moving into the Grandma J’s Local Kitchen place, the infamous spot hit by anti-gentrification vandalism. It’s called Arepas Empanadas. DNAinfo first reported news of the spot at 1522 N. Kedzie Ave.

WICKER PARK— Cabana Club, the new poolside bar at The Robey hotel, has a May 5 grand opening. A spokeswoman details some changes. The pool will now be exclusively for guest use. But rooftop access and the bar will be open to the general public at 2018 W. North Ave.

...the region’s cooking is coming to Wicker Park at the former Monarch space at 1745 W. North Ave. It’s called Delta, and the Tribune has details about the small plates they plan...

...change things up inside the concept, originally a “meat and three” cafeteria-style restaurant at 664 W. Lake St. It neighbors MONEYGUN, the cocktail bar also owned by 16” On Center. It appears they...

WEST TOWN— May will hopefully provide the opening for Zoë Schor’s (Ada Street) new restaurant. Split-Rail, one of the season’s most-anticipated restaurants, should open next month at 2500 W. Chicago Ave., according to DNAinfo.

lOGAN SQUARE— The Kombucha Room, and its 20 taps, should open this month at the former Owen + Alchemy/Limitless High Definition Coffee + Tea spot. They have new signage at 2355 N. Milwaukee Ave. Owner Mel Mohamednur said she’s planning open on April 29.

CHINATOWN— Bonchon, the Korean chicken wing chain with a crazy following, as applied for a liquor license. The restaurant is taking over the Lao Shanghai space at 2163 S. China Place.

ANDERSONVILLE— The Dollop Diner, an expansion of the coffee shop chain’s offerings, is coming along at 5060 N. Clark St. Check out the signage.

MORGAN PARK— The Firewater Saloon in Edison Park want to open a second location. DNAinfo reported that they’re looking to move into the Leona’s at 11060 S. Western Ave. They would even add a stage of live country music.

LINCOLN SQUARE— Brown Bag Seafood Co. has applied for a liquor license for their upcoming location at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. It would be the chain’s third location, and they’re still shooting for a summer opening.

LAKEVIEW— Rotary sushi is on its way to Lakeview. Sushi Plus Rotary Sushi Bar has applied for its liquor license at 3219 N. Broadway St.

LINCOLN SQUARE— If you didn’t make it for The Budlong’s “flash opening” on Friday at 4619 N. Western Ave., don’t fret. They start serving Nashville Hot chicken in earnest this week for a grand opening. Nick Fochtman

PILSEN— As news trickles in on what’s happening at the former Embeya, Thai and Danielle Dang continue to work on their follow-up, HaiSous. Danielle Dang said they’re still sealing up walls, but hope to rock and roll in about six weeks at 1900 S. Carpenter St.

LOGAN SQUARE— Bow Truss isn’t reopening in Logan Square. Instead, Passion House Coffee Roasters, a popular roaster with a Fulton Market plant, is taking over for its first coffee shop at 2631 N. Kedzie Ave. It should open on May 1, according to DNAinfo.

LOGAN SQUARE— Here’s more info on the new restaurant replacing Cafeteria Mariano, from the owner of Griddle 24, Hollywood Grill, and White Palace Grill. It’s called Victory Grill, reported DNAinfo, at 2246-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. It could open later this year or in early 2018.

...Could a wine bar be sprouting inside the former homebrewer supply store Brew & Grow at 19 S. Morgan St.? That’s what the Neighbors of West Loop Facebook page claimed. Apparently there’s an...

WEST LOOP— Jet’s Pizza continues to expand. Eaters will soon be able to eat Detroit-style pizza at 1025 W. Madison Ave., as the city has issued a building permit.

IRVING PARK— A year after announcing the location, Miko’s Italian Ice appears to be on track for an April 15 opening date, according to DNAinfo. The shop at 4125 N. Kimball Ave. is the company’s third location.

STREETERVILLE— The Albert, the Einstein-inspired restaurant inside the Hotel EMC2, the new 21-story Marriott hotel at 228 E. Ontario St., should open soon. Curbed Chicago reported that the hotel should soon welcome its first guests.

...thru locations in Chicago. They’re planning one at the Six Corners Shopping District at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., according to DNAinfo. Another is planned just west at Central and Irving Park...

    11 New Chicago-Area Restaurant & Bar Updates to Know
    A regularly updated list of forthcoming restaurants and bars
    https://chicago.eater.com

May 03

5 Businesses Burglarized On North Side

between 11 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. on April 22 in the 4900 block of West Irving Park Road;

between 6 p.m. April 27 and 7:35 a.m. April 28 in the 5700 block of West Irving Park Road;

about 4:55 a.m. April 29 in the 4300 block of North Milwaukee.

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between 2:51 a.m. and 2:59 a.m. April 28 in the 6200 block of West Belmont;

between 11:30 p.m. and 11:58 p.m. April 28 in the 3600 block of North Harlem; and

    5 Businesses Burglarized On North Side
    CHICAGO (CBS) - Police are warning Northwest Side residents after five burglaries were reported in the Portage Park and Dunning neighborhoods. Most of the burglaries happened overnight during the month of April, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Apr 28

Updated May 02

Chicago Farmers Market calendar for 2017

Portage Park Farmers Market, 5400 W. Irving Park Rd., June 4–October 1 (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays), 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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The Daley Plaza Farmers Market at 50 W. Washington St. opens on Thursday, May 11 with a series of opening day activities starting at 11:30 a.m. The market will continue on the plaza from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday through the last Thursday in October.

...Market – Mercado de Maxwell – summer season kicks off Sunday, May 14  The Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.), which runs year round, rain, ice or snow will kick off its summer season on...

Loyola Farmers Market (Link), 6550 N. Sheridan Rd., June 5–October 16, 3–7 p.m. (2:30–6:30 p.m. October dates)

Columbus Park Market (City Market) (Link), 500 S. Central Ave., July 11–September 12; 2–7 p.m.

Federal Plaza Market (City Market) (Link), 50 W. Adams St., May 16–October 31; 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Gary Comer Youth Center Farm Stand (Link), 7256 S. Chicago Ave., June 6–August 29, 3–6 p.m.

Lincoln Square Market (City Market) (Link), 2301 W. Leland Ave., June 6–October 31; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

North Lawndale Market (City Market) (Link), 1420 S. Albany Ave., September 5–October 31; 3–6 p.m.

PCC Farmers Market (Link), 330 N. Lotus Ave.,June 6–October 31, 12–5 p.m.

Andersonville Farmers Market (Link), 1500 W. Berwyn Ave., May 10–October 18, 3–8 p.m. (3–7 p.m. September & October dates)

Green City Market–Lincoln Park (Link), 1817 N. Clark St., May 10–October 25, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

La Follette Park Market (City Market) (Link), 1333 N. Laramie Ave., July 12–September 13; 2–7 p.m.

Lawndale Market (Link), 3750 W. Ogden Ave., June 14–October 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Pullman Market (City Market) (Link), 11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., July 5–October 25; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Ravenswood Farmers Market (Link), 4900 N. Damen Ave., June 7–October 18, 4–8 p.m.

Roseland Market (City Market) (Link), 200 W. 109th St., August 30–October 25; 2:30–5:30 p.m.

Washington Park Market (Link), 555 E. 51st St., June 14–October 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Argyle Night Market, 1000 W. Argyle St. (at Sheridan Rd.), July 6–August 31, 5–9 p.m.

NEW Austin Market (City Market) (Link), 5900 W. Chicago Ave., July 13–September 14; 2–7 p.m.

Eli's Cheesecake Farm Stand and Fresh Market, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., June 15–August 24, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market (Link), 200 N. Kedzie Ave., June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14 & October 19, 3–6 p.m.

Green City Market at the Park (Link), 3637 N. Clark St., June 15–October 26, 4–8 p.m.

Hyde Park Farmers Market (Link), 1520 E. 53rd St., June 1–October 26, 7 a.m.–2 p.m., Lincoln Square Thursday Night Farmers Market, 2301 W. Leland Ave., June 8–October 26 (No market September 7), 4–8 p.m.

Low-Line Farmers Market, 3410 N. Southport Ave.,June 1–October 26, 3–7:30 p.m.

South Loop Farmers Market, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., June 15–September 28, 4–8 p.m.

Wood Street Farm Stand (Link), 5814 S. Wood St., April 20–October 25, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. (1st & 3rdThursday from June to October, market ends at 6 p.m.)

Fresh Beats and Eats Market (Link), 2744 W. 63rd St., May 19–October 20, 2–6 p.m.

Division Street Market (City Market) (Link), 30 W. Division St., May 13–October 28; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Eden's Place Farmers Market (Link), 4911 S. Shields Ave., June 3–October 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Edgebrook Neighborhood Farmers Market, 6525 N. Hiawatha Ave., June 17–September 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Edgewater Farmers Market, 5917 N. Broadway St., June 3–October 14, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Englewood/Anchor House Market (City Market) (Link), 76th St. & Racine Ave., July 8–September 16; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

51st Street Community Market (Link), 5100 S. Wood St., June 17–October 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Green City Market - West Loop (Link), 115 S. Sangamon St., June 3–October 28, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Healthy Food Hub at The Quarry Center (Link), 2423 E. 75th St., Year-round, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Horner Park Farmers Market, 2741 W. Montrose Ave., June 3–October 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Lincoln Park Market (City Market), 700 W. Armitage Ave.,June 3–October 28; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Northcenter Farmers Market, 4100 N. Damen Ave., June 3–October 28 (No market June 10), 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Plant Chicago Farmers Market (Link), 1400 W 46th St., June 3–September 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

61st Street Farmers Market (Link), 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., May 13–December 16, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

West Humboldt Park Farmers Market (Link), 3601 W. Chicago Ave., June 24–October 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

NEW Bronzeville Market (City Market) (Link), 4700 S. King Dr., July 9–September 17; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Glenwood Sunday Market (Link), 1400 W. Morse Ave.. June 4–October 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Independence Park Farmers Market (Link), 3945 N. Springfield Ave., June 11–October 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Jefferson Park Sunday Market (Link), 4820 N. Long Ave., June 11–October 22 (2nd & 4th sundays), 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Logan Square Farmers Market (Link), 3107 W. Logan Blvd., May 14–October 29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

McKinley Park Farmers Market (Link), 3700 S. Archer Ave., June 4–September 24, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Pilsen Community Market (Link), 1800 S. Halsted St., May 28–October 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

South Shore Farmers Market (Link), 79th & South Shore Drive, June 11–October 8, 12–5 p.m.

Sunday City Market, 1000 W. 35th St., July 9–September 10, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wicker Park Farmers Market (Link), 1425 N. Damen Ave., June 4–October 29, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Chicago Farmers Market calendar for 2017
    Chicago Farmer's Market Season officially opens May 11 on Daley Plaza Although there have been some indoor markets and French markets throughout Chicago's winter, the official outdoor summer market season kicks off Thursday, May 11, at the Daley Plaza Market. In addition to the fresh produce, plants, unique Chicago-made products and eclectic street food offered...
    http://www.chicagonow.com

Apr 29

PB Neighborhood Assemblies

Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

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Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;

Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;

Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and

    PB Neighborhood Assemblies
    Come to a neighborhood assembly to share your ideas and help decide how to spend YOUR tax dollars. Every year, each alderman is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds - yes, there is literally a menu to spend on infrastructure.
    http://ward45.org

Apr 29

April 28, 2017 Update

Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

The Mattress Firm at Six Corners, located at 4805 W. Irving Park, is hosting a clothing drive for foster kids May 5 through May 7.

Sat., Apr 29, 9:30 am, Austin-Irving Library Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor. Guest speaker Emily Pastor will be at this month’s Portage Park Garden...

Sat., Apr 29, 11 am,Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annualSpring Luncheon. Entertainment by Roxanne Anzelone. Sign up: call June at 773-267-1774. $40.

Tues., May 9, 10-11 am, Pope Francis Global Academy, South Campus, 6143 W. Irving Park. Learn how Pope Francis Global Academy will prepare your child for success in high school...

Sun., May 14, 4-7 pm, Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Six Corners Association partners with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for the 2nd annual Yesterday and Today Walking Tour. More info: online. $30.

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Their second show will be this Saturday, April 29, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W. Lawrence, featuring the free jazz ensemble Volcano Radar and the free improv trio Sleight of Hand.

Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;

Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;

Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and

Independence Park Advisory Council is hosting a celebration of their new playground on Saturday, May 6, from noon to 3 PM, at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield.

...as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Branch Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part...

A public meeting to gather community input on the final design will be on Monday, May 15, at 6 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.

The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. Glimpse into the future and get inspired!

Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.

Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.

Join the SRB Community Spirit Garden (on the northeast corner of Higgins and Central) any or every Saturday during the growing season. You can swing by any time between 9 AM and 1 PM to practice your green thumb.

821 E. 103rd Street

Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale,  Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during theAnnual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 11 am-2 pm, 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th and 17th Districts host a Free Microchip Clinic for Dogs and Cats. Swing by with your furry friend and have them microchipped! Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 3-4 pm,City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero. Local and international poets Snezana Zabic and Larry O. Dean will join City News Cafe for aPoetry Reading and Book Signing. Tasha Fouts will also read and bring her own poems to share. More info: online. Cost of purchases. 

Sat., Apr 29, 7:30 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. The Trinity Irish Dance Company teams up with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for the third annualStomping Grounds, a dance concert highlighting different communities and rhythmic traditions. More info: online.Free.

Tue., May 2, 11 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Speak with officers and receive helpful resources during aDomestic Violence Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Tue., May 2, 4-7 pm, Potbelly Sandwich Works, 4185 W. Irving Park. Enjoy a delicious meal while supporting a local school during St. Edward School’s Fundraiser. 25% of all sales go directly to the school. No flyer needed. Cost of purchases. 

Fri., May 5, 12-2 pm, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The 17th, 19th, 20th, and 24th police districts co-host a Seniors Cinco de Mayo party. All seniors invited. $2/person. 

Sun., May 7, 8 am-12 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church gym, 4057 N. Harding.Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake extravaganza to support Boy Scout troop 863. Swedish pancakes, regular pancakes, lingonberries, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk. $10/adults; $6/children and seniors.

Sun., May 7, 10 am-3 pm, Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr.Join neighbors, friends, and family for a whole day of LDS Awareness and fun. Live music, face painting, food trucks, split the pot, balloon release, and more.Donations accepted.

Mon., May 8, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Learn about how you can become more involved with the community by attending the monthlyOld Irving Park Association meeting.Free.  

Tue., May 9, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Tue., May 9, 7 pm, Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler.French organist Jean-Luc Guiionnet, who is part of a French jazz ensemble, will be performing in a series of Chicago events May 5-10. Everyone is welcome! Donations welcomed. 

Wed., May 10, 7 pm, Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th district beat map. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.

Thur., May 11, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Andrew Salata hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar.RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.

Tue., May 16, 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., May 17, 7:30 pm, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free. 

Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm,Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annual International Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.

Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and te Illinois Department of Emplyment Security- Pilsen Workforce Center host ther 7th Annual Memorial Day Veterans Hiring & Resource Fair. Free.

Tue., May 30, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

Wed., May 31, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

    April 28, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, The Jefferson Park Branch Library in collaboration with Pan Y Rosas Disco hosts a new series that focuses on Chicago experimental musicians. Their second show will be this Saturday, April 29, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W.
    http://ward45.org

Apr 26

The ultimate guide to vintage and thrift shopping in Chicago

6025 W. Irving Park Road 773-283-1653

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These vintage goods are on-the-go and can be found around the city—sometimes, the country—in their ’76 Dodge RV. Follow these fashionable ladies on Instagram to find out where they’ll be next or hit up their shop on Etsy.

1934 S. Wabash Ave. 312-496-3022

6130 N. Broadway 773-743-5444

1151 W. Berwyn Ave. 773-907-2225

6124 N. Broadway 773-313-3614

1500 E. 53rd St. 872-244-7477

5305 S. Hyde Park Blvd. 773-675-6114

2600 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-904-7634

1770 W. Berteau Ave. 773-447-8527

1658 N. Wells St. 312-291-9126

1425 W. 18th St. 312-850-2510

1147 W. 18th St. 773-930-6977

1430 W. 18th St. 312-243-5915

629 W. Cermak Road 773-492-1315

1346 W. 18th St. 312-929-2441

4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. 773-348-0622

4222 N. Ravenswood Ave. 847-475-5025

330 N. Clark St. 312-755-1266

917 N. Ashland Ave. 773-698-6118

1452 W. Chicago Ave. 312-508-3398

1840 W. Hubbard St. 312-733-0098

432 W. Chicago Ave. 312-526-3164

1478 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9558

1323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-252-6996

2545 W. North Ave. 773-943-0710

1721 W. North Ave. 773-235-5797

1472 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4296

1528 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-276-7002

1507 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-384-7880

2501 W. Chicago Ave. 872-817-7116

    The ultimate guide to vintage and thrift shopping in Chicago
    One man's trash is another man's treasure. Or, in the case of these Chicago thrift and vintage shops, everything is a treasure just waiting to be dusted off and given some love. If you're looking for that one-of-a-kind statement piece to give your wardrobe a chance to stand out, these shops are the spots to hit first.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 22

Updated Apr 26

Ax throwing comes to Portage Park

5500-5599 W. Irving Park Rd.

    Ax throwing comes to Portage Park
    If you're sick of golf or bowling, there's a new game Axe throwing has come to Chicago's North Side at Thunderbolt. Owner Scott Hollander got the idea after a trip to Canada. Thunderbolt just opened in Portage Park this week and if throwing axes seems like a potentially dangerous idea, you can be assured they take safety very seriously.
    http://wgntv.com

  • Waveland_5400 Retired and loving it!

    EBKitty, noted. And then there's the Patio theater :-)
    Sign me, Donald Downer

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    You and me both Superman. Chicago needs gun ranges and gun shops. It would generate a lot of revenue.

Apr 24

April 21, 2017 Update

Six Corners Association and Retro Fitness are partnering up to host two all-levels fitness classes in the Portage Theater ballroom, 4050 N. Milwaukee, Sunday, April 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

Sat., Apr 22, 10 am-12 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park./ Myrna Santiago- Martinez hosts aABC’s of Home Buying Process seminar. More info: online. Free.

Wed., Apr 26, 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. 

Thur., Apr 27, 10 am-2 pm, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. The Planning and Placement Center hosts a Job Fair & Career Day. Resume and professional dress required. More info: 773-481-8527. Free.

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Roxanne Anzelone. Sign up: call June at 773-267-1774.$40.

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Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;

Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;

Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and

CTA Jefferson Park Terminal (meet at 9 AM at 4917 N. Milwaukee);

Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski (Meet at Potbelly at 4185 W. Irving Park at 9 AM);

Along Avondale near Lawrence (Meet at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, at 9 AM); and

The triangles at Milwaukee and Foster (meet at Habeleter Bowl, 5250 N. Milwaukee, at 8 AM).

The triangles at Milwaukee and Foster (meet at Habeleter Bowl, 5250 N. Milwaukee, at 8 AM).

...as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Park Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part...

A public meeting to gather community input on the final design will be on Monday, May 15, from 5-7 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.

Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.

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The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.

Sat., Apr 22, 8:30 am-1 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. CPS in partnership with the Arturuo Velasquez Institute invites you to attend the Spring DREAMer and Family Education Forum and Resource Fair. More info and register: online.Free. 

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-12 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Spend your Earth Dayhelping beautify a local park. More info and sign up:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-5 pm, Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Village Network is hosting a Chicago Housing Expo. This year’s theme is “Living Better at Home”. Learn more:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 5-6:30 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.Join neighbors and the congregation for a Spaghetti Dinner Social event. Doors open at 4. For seating reservations or special raffle ticket numbers call: 773-725-0121.Adult/$12; Children 6 & under/Free. 

Sun., Apr 23, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee hosts its final 2016-2017 concert. Featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio. Reception to follow concert. More info: online.Free/Donations accepted. 

Tues., Apr 25, 10 am, Liberty Bank, 6210 N. Milwaukee. Liberty Bank will host aFinancial Abuse Among Seniorspresentation. RSVP by April 20 to Marsha: 773-489-4679. Free.

Wed., Apr 26, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn the 3 steps to obtaining a business license as well as business resources during a Business Licensing 101 workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.

Thur., Apr 27, 9-11 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Meet teachers, students, and parents while school is in session during the St. Edward School Open House. More info: online or 773-736-9133.Free.

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 8-10 am, Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee. Alex Pirus, former NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars will be the guest speaker...

Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 3-4 pm, City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero. Local and international poets Snezana Zabic and Larry O. Dean will join City News Cafe for a Poetry Reading and Book Signing. Tasha Fouts will also read and bring her own poems to share. More info:online. Cost of purchases. 

Sat., Apr 29, 7:30 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. The Trinity Irish Dance Company teams up with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for the third annualStomping Grounds, a dance concert highlighting different communities and rhythmic traditions. More info: online. Free.

Fri., May 5, 12-2 pm, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The 17th, 19th, 20th, and 24th police districts co-host aSeniors Cinco de Mayo party. All seniors invited.$2/person. 

Sat., May 6, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is hosting the 10th annualFine Craft Fair just in time for Mother’s Day.Email organizers if you’re interested in participating.Cost of Purchases. 

Thur., May 11, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Andrew Salata hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.

Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm, Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.

Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen

    April 21, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Start your Sunday morning off right with Zumba and Yoga in the Portage Theater! Six Corners Association and Retro Fitness are partnering up to host two all-levels fitness classes in the Portage Theater ballroom, 4050 N. Milwaukee, Sunday, April 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM.
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Apr 21

Weekend horror: Donnie Darko, Trouble Every Day, C2E2, The Void

...Vernon Wells will introduce ROAD WARRIOR! Photos and autographs are free of charge. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets are only $20...

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...to the big screen in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. (Please note: the 7pm screening on Friday will be the Director's...

...expect the unexpected)! Lecture by filmmaker Melika Bass on the 25th. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601...

...Sunday at 3:45pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637...

GET OUT - (4/21-4/27) There's still time to catch this great horror flick on the big screen and the Logan Theatre's got you covered. Times vary. 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

TV Party 4 - (4/24 at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a collection of indie film shorts. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL. (Big thanks to Mike McCune of the Chicago Horror Meetup Group for the information!)

JURASSIC PREY / THEODORE REX - (4/24 at 8pm) Dinosaur double feature with screenwriter John Oak Dalton Q&A. vendors, food/drink specials, giveaways. 21+. Fat Cat Restaurant & Bar, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL.

...by Elly Green. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. $25. TICKETS...

...tempers rise as their phones reveal the city being destroyed above them. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637...

...the story is told through singing and plenty of hits from the eighties. Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets $15...

...Expo. Alex will discuss art forms, trends, storytelling, and more. Free event. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL...

...other guests) will be discussing the future of horror in film and comics. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649...

...Nighy (Love, Actually). All ages. Museum hours: 9:30am-4:00pm. Omnimax Theater, Lower level, 5700 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637...

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.

    Weekend Horror: Donnie Darko, Trouble Every Day, C2E2, The Void
    Sci-fi and horror fans of the Midwest, rejoice! This weekend is absolutely packed with entertainment options around Chicago. C2E2 returns, The Void continues, Donnie Darko is back on the big screen with a new 4K restoration, Béatrice Dalle goes wild in Trouble Every Day, Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) will be speaking at the Music...
    http://www.chicagonow.com

Apr 18

Updated Apr 19

Developer scores permit for new Portage Park apartments

...cleared for construction. Developer Noah Properties is looking to replace two older frame homes at 4111 N. Narragansett and 4115 N. Narragansett with two newer buildings containing 15 units each. Last week, the...

...Noah Properties is looking to replace two older frame homes at 4111 N. Narragansett and 4115 N. Narragansett with two newer buildings containing 15 units each. Last week, the developer received a permit...

    Developer scores permit for new Portage Park apartments
    Noah Properties will be replacing two frame homes with 30 new apartments along Narragansett Avenue.
    http://chicago.curbed.com

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Did it by few blocks from me. Looks stupid and there's always a For Rent sign, so they must be sitting half empty for months at a time. Waste.

  • If you're going to have high density without retail, this is a good spot. And maybe the increased car traffic will slow down the raceway between Montrose and Irving. BTW before that area was incorporated into Chicago in 1889 it was locally known as Frog Town because of the perennially...

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    If you're going to have high density without retail, this is a good spot. And maybe the increased car traffic will slow down the raceway between Montrose and Irving. BTW before that area was incorporated into Chicago in 1889 it was locally known as Frog Town because of the perennially standing water. An example of how zoning coins gold. That area's real estate value was always depressed because of the water and then the work farm and then the insane asylum until crafty/connecteds made the miracle west of Narragansett. Now it is the east side of the street's turn to make the right people rich(er).

Apr 13

Updated Apr 15

Irving-Central Starbucks Plan Pits Neighborhood Groups Against Each Other

PORTAGE PARK — As a year-old proposal to build a Starbucks drive-thru at the intersection of Central Avenue and Irving Park Road approaches a crucial hurdle next week, a pair of neighborhood groups claiming to represent the area have staked out opposing positions on the plan.

But supporters have yet to win over Robert Quezada, the owner of Portage Grounds, 5501 W. Irving Park Road.

    Irving-Central Starbucks Plan Pits Neighborhood Groups Against Each Other
    PORTAGE PARK - As a year-old proposal to build a Starbucks drive-thru at the intersection of Central Avenue and Irving Park Road approaches a crucial hurdle next week, a pair of neighborhood groups claiming to represent the area have staked out opposing positions on the plan.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • Wow PPNA, now what? You say you didn't oppose a Starbucks so I guess all the discussion is over then. THANK YOU WPPNA.

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    I have a weekly call list to the Alderman's office dating back to January about a light out behind my house and as far as I can tell....that light is still out. Besides cashing his fire pension and 6 figure alderman's salary, I really do not know what this dude does. His ward is like a latchkey kid with absent parents. We are on our own!!

Apr 15

April 14, 2017 Update

Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

Pull out your best flannels for the grand opening of Thunderbolt Chicago, 4842 W. Irving Park Road.

...Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are...

Tue., Apr 18, 12 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. Attend the monthlyPortage Park Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. Guest speakers and complimentary lunch buffet. Registration required: 773-777-2020. Free.

Wed., Apr 19,Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. The meeting will discuss the proposed development at Irving and Central. More info: online.Free. 

Wed., Apr 26, 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. 

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Roxanne Anzelone. Sign up: call June at 773-267-1774.$40.

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Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;

Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;

Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and

I am pleased to announce that Zoning Committee Chairman Daniel Solis, at my request, plans to call the 5150 N. Northwest Hwy storage proposal before the committee in early May.

Indivisible IL-5 (5th Congressional District of Illinois) is hosting a Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 17, from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

3223 W. Franklin Boulevard

6631 N. Bosworth Avenue

821 E. 103rd Street

The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.

Wed., Apr 19, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Jonathan Simon of Horizon Payments LLC hosts a Lowering Credit Card Processing Costs for Your Business workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.

Thur., Apr 20, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Learn about the nature and cost of long-term care, what Medicare covers...

Sat., Apr 22, 8:30 am-1 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. CPS in partnership with the Arturuo Velasquez Institute invites you to attend the Spring DREAMer and Family Education Forum and Resource Fair. More info and register: online.Free. 

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-12 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Spend your Earth Dayhelping beautify a local park. More info and sign up:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-5 pm, Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Village Network is hosting a Chicago Housing Expo. This year’s theme is “Living Better at Home”. Learn more:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 5-6:30 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.Join neighbors and the congregation for aSpaghetti Dinner Social event. Doors open at 4. For seating reservations or special raffle ticket numbers call: 773-725-0121.Adult/$12; Children 6 & under/Free. 

Sun., Apr 23, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee hosts its final 2016-2017 concert. Featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio. Reception to follow concert. More info: online.Free/Donations accepted. 

Tues., Apr 25, 10 am, Liberty Bank, 6210 N. Milwaukee. Liberty Bank will host aFinancial Abuse Among Seniorspresentation. RSVP by April 20 to Marsha: 773-489-4679. Free.

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 8-10 am, Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee. Alex Pirus, former NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars will be the guest speaker...

Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 3-4 pm, City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero. Local and international poets Snezana Zabic and Larry O. Dean will join City News Cafe for a Poetry Reading and Book Signing. Tasha Fouts will also read and bring her own poems to share. More info: online. Cost of purchases. 

Fri., May 5, 12-2 pm, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The 17th, 19th, 20th, and 24th police districts co-host a Seniors Cinco de Mayo party. All seniors invited.$2/person. 

Fri., May 5, 6:30 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce presents A Night at the Cabaret. There will be a raffle to help Hands to Help Ministries. Cocktails at 6:30 and a performance at 7:30. More info and tickets: online.$25/advance; $30/door. 

Sat., May 6, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is hosting the 10th annualFine Craft Fair just in time for Mother’s Day.Email organizers if you’re interested in participating.Cost of Purchases. 

Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm, Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.

Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen

    April 14, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, With Easter this Sunday, I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a joyous and relaxing holiday with their friends and family. In observance of the holiday, my office will be closed Saturday, April 15. We will re-open on Monday, April 17, at 9 AM.
    http://ward45.org

Mar 17

Updated Apr 14

Mar. 17, 2017 Update

Learn about different career opportunities at O’Hare International Airport during a Chicago Department of Aviation community career fair. The career fair will be on Thursday, March 23, from 9 am to 1 pm at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett.

Volunteers will meet on the morning of Saturday, April 1, at 9 am at 4041 N. Milwaukee for coffee, donuts, and supplies before hitting the neighborhood. Volunteers will clean up until about noon before heading to an art dedication ceremony.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, as again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every...

In the fall of 2016, the event sold out at Community Tavern. This time around, the Filament Theatre will partner with Fannies Cafe, 5044 W. Montrose, to offer audiences this unique experience.

Sat., Mar 18, 7 pm,The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park.The non-profitPatrick Lives On is hosting a Film Festival for Charity to raise awareness about gun violence. Tickets: online. $20.

Mon., Mar 20, 7:30 pm, Farlow’s Playroom, 4222 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage...

Sat., Mar 25, 9:30 am,Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park.Mary Joyce-Cahill will speak on natural bug repellent during the Portage Park Garden Club...

Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free. 

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger 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.

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The new series will launch this Saturday, March 18, from 2-4 PM at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.

The Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of a self storage unit facility at 5150 N. Northwest Highway on Thursday. The mixed-income housing proposal on the southern parcel of the property was not discussed at the hearing; it will be heard at a later date.

The Hitch Elementary PTA is hosting their annual fundraiser, The Main Event, at Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee, from 6 PM to 11 PM on Friday, March 24.

This year’s event will be on Wednesday, April 5, from 6-9 PM at Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.

The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.

All participants must submit their entries by 4 pm on Thursday, April 6. Entries must be mailed to COUNTRY Financial Reusable Bag Contest, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry is hosting its annual fundraiser from 3 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, April 1, at Rabbit’s Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster.

...Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, as again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every $20 contribution a client makes to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry during...

...an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, from 6:15-8:45 PM on Thursdays, April 27 thru June 15. A $125...

CSBI is hosting a free Job Readiness Workshop where prospective applicants can learn more about the organization and the six-week internship program. The workshop will be from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, March 18, at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle.

We’re at 4754 N. Milwaukee. We’re open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 am – 6 pm; Tuesdays, 9 am – 7 pm; Fridays, 9 am – 4 pm; and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm.

Sat., Mar 18, 10 am-2 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. Listen to keynote speaker Laura Gutierrez Ramos of Nuevo Leon Restaurant, receive free assistance from...

Sat., Mar 18, 11 am-2 pm, Dunham Park Fieldhouse, 4638 N. Melvina. Spring is gearing up, which means it’s time for baseball. Join Dunham Park for aBaseball and Softball Equipment Swap & Sale to get your kid ready for the season.Cost of purchases.

Sat., Mar 18, 6 pm,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin, Eastwood Entrance.Join neighbors and congregation members for aSpaghetti Dinner.$5/kids 5 and under, $7/6 and older.

Sun., Mar 19, 12:30 pm, St. Francis Borgia Deaf Center, 8025 W. Addison. Learn abou the recent changes to immigration policy and how the laws are enforced during an Immigrant Update Workshop. Registration required: email organizers or call 773-282-8445. Free.

Sun., Mar 19, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. The St. John Concert Series presents Mio Nakamura. Free.

Tue., Mar 21, 8 am, LYDIA Home, 4300 W. Irving Park.Meet other businesses, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at thePortage Park Chamber of Commerce Monthly Networking Meeting. Registration required: email organizers. Free.

Tue., Mar 21, 12-1 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Rev. Jacki Belile, a certified life coach on staff at the church, will lead a...

Tue., Mar 21, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Seniors are invited to meet officers during aSenior Citizens’ Meeting. Free.

Tue., Mar 21, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during aWest Walker Civic Association meeting.Free.

Wed., Mar 22, 11 am-2 pm, 2102 W. Ogden, Room 1. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities presents a Discussion about Fire Safety and Tenants Rights. Register & more info:online. Free. 

Thur., Mar 23, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Learn how to protect your finances and identity, learn the laws and regulations...

Fri., Mar 24, 10 am-12 pm, 16th District Parking Garage, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th District police station is hosting a Free Child Car Seat Check. Make sure your child is safe and secure when you’re on the road. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Sat., Mar 25, 6:30 pm-Midnight, 4447 N. Lowell. Win great prizes during this luau themed Big Red Auction for St. Edwards. Cost of purchases. 

Tue., Mar 28, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

Wed., Mar 29, 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 Association monthly meeting. Free.

Sat., Apr 2, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.  The Jefferson Park Sunday Market continues theirWinter Market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting. Cost of purchases. 

Tue., Apr 4, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during aGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.

Sat., Apr 2, 8 pm,Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark. Join Chicago Canine Rescue for theirHambingo Mary’scharity event. Raise life-saving funds for shelter pups while playing to win great prizes. Velicity Metropolis hosts.Cost of purchases and donations. 

Sat., Apr 8, 2-7 pm,Rex Tavern, 4933 N. Milwaukee. Back by popular demand, Jefferson Park Forward will be hosting its second annual JPF Pub...

Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.

    Mar. 17, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, The Jefferson Park Branch Library, in collaboration with Pan y Rosas Disco, is launching a new Library Experimental series. This new series focuses on Chicago's experimental musicians. The first show will feature text and tuba action with Nathanael Jones and Beth McDonald, as well as cello experiments with Sarah Ritch.
    http://ward45.org

Apr 14

Local Rocker Andy Slater Discusses What It’s Like Riding the CTA as a Blind Person

Slater and his family currently live near Montrose and Milwaukee. Although they own a car, he frequently uses CTA trains and buses to pick up his son from elementary school near the California Blue Line station, commute to his studio near Lake and Ogden, and go to band practice in Humboldt Park.

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...home in Humboldt Park to Wicker Park when he was struck in a crosswalk at Division and Western by a turning driver who failed to yield. (Five years earlier, a drunk driver fatally...

Slater and his family currently live near Montrose and Milwaukee. Although they own a car, he frequently uses CTA trains and buses to pick up his son from elementary school near the California Blue Line station, commute to his studio near Lake and Ogden, and go to band practice in Humboldt Park.

    Local Rocker Andy Slater Discusses What It's Like Riding the CTA as a Blind Person
    The Chicago Reader publishes a weekly transportation column written by Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield. We syndicate a portion of the column on Streetsblog after it comes out online.] Getting around Chicago via mass transit can be frustrating for any of us, but imagine what it's like for people who are legally blind.
    http://chi.streetsblog.org

Apr 10

Updated Apr 14

Riding CTA legally blind can be ‘a huge pain in the ass’

Slater and his family currently live near Montrose and Milwaukee. Although they own a car, he frequently uses CTA trains and buses to pick up...

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...home in Humboldt Park to Wicker Park when he was struck in a crosswalk at Division and Western by a turning driver who failed to yield. (Five years earlier, a drunk driver fatally...

...son from elementary school near the California Blue Line station, commute to his studio near Lake and Ogden, and go to band practice in Humboldt Park...

Chris Casey's seen the ill effects of overdevelopment near Foster and Pulaski. He's afraid his beloved La Bagh Woods is next.

    Riding CTA legally blind can be 'a huge pain in the ass'
    click to enlarge Getting around Chicago via mass transit can be frustrating for any of us, but imagine what it's like for people who are legally blind. Visually impaired sound artist, rock musician, and recording engineer Andy Slater offered to share his experiences navigating the city on public transportation and floated some ideas to improve transportation access for folks with disabilities.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

  • i have offered blind pedestrians assistance crossing a four lane, to be rejected, I'm sure there's an instinctive reluctance relative to strangers.

  • Interesting Sharon. Makes me wonder if they utilize some technology that's unfamiliar to us, like clicks for pedestrian crossings. Or if some just don't want to rely on anyone else - or strangers.
    Happy to know so many others offer assistance!
    I figure sight impaired are generally more touch sensitive...

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    Interesting Sharon. Makes me wonder if they utilize some technology that's unfamiliar to us, like clicks for pedestrian crossings. Or if some just don't want to rely on anyone else - or strangers.
    Happy to know so many others offer assistance!
    I figure sight impaired are generally more touch sensitive (as portrayed in "Wait Until Dark" w/Audrey Hepburn). I assist blind and elderly ppl as non-invasively as possible. Never been turned-down offering an elbow or shoulder to old & blind crossing streets (they latch onto me). For spry & blind who appear uncertain about crossing a street due to all the noise downtown, I'll announce I'm crossing too when the coast is clear & continue to talk "still clear... still good... here's the sidewalk. Bye now." They can easily follow a nearby voice over the cacophony of background noise.
    When elderly fellow pedestrians move slowly in a crosswalk, I slow down so they're not crossing alone. Don't know if it eases their minds, but it sure does mine! :-)

Apr 12

Updated Apr 12

Chuck Axes With Friends At Thunderbolt, Opening Soon In Six Corners

Hollander is hoping to pass the skill on to an eager class of pupils on April 19, when he opens Thunderbolt, 4842 W. Irving Park Road, bringing the Six Corners Shopping District an attraction unlike anything its seen in its long history.

    Chuck Axes With Friends At Thunderbolt, Opening Soon In Six Corners
    PORTAGE PARK - It doesn't take as much strength as you'd think to hurl a spinning piece of sharp metal against a plywood board, but coordination and focus are key. In other words, Scott Hollander said, it's a lot like golf.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • I walked by the other day and seen more women in there then guys throwing axes, I guess It could be a good date night, not sure if they were open, open or it was a party, event or a soft open.

    then I was thinking of it and I am not sure I would be that comfortable with my girlfriend being proficient in throwing axes.

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

CVS On Belmont Closes, Then Donates $4K In Supplies To Nearby School

So Villegas and Heath were surprised to visit Reinberg Public School, 3425 N. Major Ave., on March 27 and find two dozen crates of pens, notebooks, binders and staplers — "basically the entire school supplies aisle," Heath said.

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PORTAGE PARK — CVS last month closed its branch at 6355 W. Belmont Ave., leaving a hulking empty storefront along the intersection of Narragansett Avenue.

    CVS On Belmont Closes, Then Donates $4K In Supplies To Nearby School
    PORTAGE PARK - CVS last month closed its branch at 6355 W. Belmont Ave., leaving a hulking empty storefront along the intersection of Narragansett Avenue. But the store's manager, with some nudging from Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th), made sure part of the store stayed behind.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    How thoughtful of the store to help in a community they once served.

  • Awesome job CVS! Mr. Luckyman on the picture as we used to call him - my elementary school =)

  • Thumbs WAY up for CVS! Way. To. Go!!!!

    Love this sort of thing. It's HUGE for a school. Thanks Mr. CVS Store Manager (didn't get his name in the article) for your generous spirit and example of goodness. Will shop at CVS more often because of this!

Apr 08

April 7, 2017 Update

Jeff Semmerling and Art Side Out Studio & Mask Shop are back for their quarterly Vaudeville at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

...of neighborhood bars along the way. The Pub Crawl will end at Hops and Barley, 4359 N. Milwaukee. Crawlers will spend approximately one hour at each bar before moving on to the next...

...Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are...

Sun., Apr 9, 12:30-3 pm, St. John’s Lutheran School, 4939 W. Montrose.Cub Scout Pack 3997 and Boy Scout Troop 997 are hosting theirannual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Spaghetti, meatballs, bread, and salad. Dine in or take out. Raffles. $6/person; Free/Kids 5 and under. 

Sun., Apr 9, 3:30-4:30 pm, Luther North/New Life Church Campus, 5700 W. Berteau.Bring your whole family to join in on the 2nd Annual Portage Park Easter Egg Hunt. Meet neighbors, win raffle prizes, and get your hunt on. $7.

Tue., Apr 18, 12 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. Attend the monthlyPortage Park Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. Guest speakers and complimentary lunch buffet. Registration required: 773-777-2020. Free.

Wed., Apr 26, 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. 

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Roxanne Anzelone. Sign up: call June at 773-267-1774.$40.

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Bar crawlers will meet at Jefferson Inn, 4874 N. Milwaukee, where they will then make their way through Jefferson Park, visiting a handful of neighborhood...

Indivisible IL-5 (5th Congressional District of Illinois) is hosting a Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 17, from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

3223 W. Franklin Boulevard

6631 N. Bosworth Avenue

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The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.

Sat., Apr 8, 10 am-4 pm, Chicago Teacher’s Union Hall, 1901 W. Carroll. Activists, professional organizers, first-time activists, and everyone in between is invited to attend theIllinois Resistance Resource Fair. More info: email organizers. Free.

Sun., Apr 9, 11:30 am-2 pm, St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 W. Addison. Celebrate students’ artistic and academic achievements throughout the school year during an Art Show and Academic Fair.Halls will be filled with art and faculty will be present. More info: 773-545-2173.Free.

Tue., Apr 11, 12-1 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Pastor Jacki will lead a discussion on ancestry, tradition, and the power of the past during the weeklyBrown Bag Lunch N Learn. More info: email organizers or call 773-283-5557.Free. 

Wed., Apr 12, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.BACP will host aHow to Start a Business (Cómo Empezar un Negocio...

Wed., Apr 12, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Learn what you can do about crime during the1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Thur., Apr 20, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Learn about the nature and cost of long-term care, what Medicare covers...

Sat., Apr 22, 8:30 am-1 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. CPS in partnership with the Arturuo Velasquez Institute invites you to attend the Spring DREAMer and Family Education Forum and Resource Fair. More info and register: online.Free. 

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-5 pm, Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Village Network is hosting a Chicago Housing Expo. This year’s theme is “Living Better at Home”. Learn more:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 5-6:30 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.Join neighbors and the congregation for aSpaghetti Dinner Social event. Doors open at 4. For seating reservations or special raffle ticket numbers call: 773-725-0121.Adult/$12; Children 6 & under/Free. 

Sun., Apr 23, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee hosts its final 2016-2017 concert. Featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio. Reception to follow concert. More info: online.Free/Donations accepted. 

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 8-10 am, Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee. Alex Pirus, former NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars will be the guest speaker...

Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.

    April 7, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Jeff Semmerling and Art Side Out Studio & Mask Shop are back for their quarterly Vaudeville at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. At noon on Saturday, April 8, join friends, family, and neighbors to watch as some of Chicago's finest actors and variety artists take the audience on an eclectic adventure of song, dance, and performance.
    http://ward45.org

Apr 07

National Girls Baseball League’s ‘Kotch’ Kowell dead at 91

...nursing assistant and did occupational therapy work with patients at the mental health center at Irving and Narragansett that used to be known as Dunning, Estacion said...

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...stadium, Thillens Stadium at Devon and Kedzie, Admiral Stadium in Des Plaines, Shewbridge field at 74th and Aberdeen, Sparta Stadium at 21st and Kostner and Parichy Stadium at Harrison and Harlem in Forest...

    National Girls Baseball League's 'Kotch' Kowell dead at 91
    In her 50s, Katharine "Kotch" Kowell fought off a robber who probably didn't know he was trying to yank a purse from a woman who'd once played pro ball. "She wouldn't let go, and she wound up punching the guy," said her nephew Mike Kollman.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

Apr 04

12 Chicago-Area Restaurant Updates To Know

...District at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., according to DNAinfo. Another is planned just west at Central and Irving Park...

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...on the collaboration between Four Corners Tavern Group and Hogsalt Hospitality inside the under-construction 150 North Riverside building. The restaurant’s called Porter Kitchen & Deck, and there’s a website. Perhaps that...

LAKEVIEW— Rotary sushi is on its way to Lakeview. Sushi Plus Rotary Sushi Bar has applied for its liquor license at 3219 N. Broadway St.

LINCOLN SQUARE— If you didn’t make it for The Budlong’s “flash opening” on Friday at 4619 N. Western Ave., don’t fret. They start serving Nashville Hot chicken in earnest this week for a grand opening. Nick Fochtman

PILSEN— As news trickles in on what’s happening at the former Embeya, Thai and Danielle Dang continue to work on their follow-up, HaiSous. Danielle Dang said they’re still sealing up walls, but hope to rock and roll in about six weeks at 1900 S. Carpenter St.

LOGAN SQUARE— Bow Truss isn’t reopening in Logan Square. Instead, Passion House Coffee Roasters, a popular roaster with a Fulton Market plant, is taking over for its first coffee shop at 2631 N. Kedzie Ave. It should open on May 1, according to DNAinfo.

LOGAN SQUARE— Here’s more info on the new restaurant replacing Cafeteria Mariano, from the owner of Griddle 24, Hollywood Grill, and White Palace Grill. It’s called Victory Grill, reported DNAinfo, at 2246-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. It could open later this year or in early 2018.

...Could a wine bar be sprouting inside the former homebrewer supply store Brew & Grow at 19 S. Morgan St.? That’s what the Neighbors of West Loop Facebook page claimed. Apparently there’s an...

WEST LOOP— Jet’s Pizza continues to expand. Eaters will soon be able to eat Detroit-style pizza at 1025 W. Madison Ave., as the city has issued a building permit.

IRVING PARK— A year after announcing the location, Miko’s Italian Ice appears to be on track for an April 15 opening date, according to DNAinfo. The shop at 4125 N. Kimball Ave. is the company’s third location.

STREETERVILLE— The Albert, the Einstein-inspired restaurant inside the Hotel EMC2, the new 21-story Marriott hotel at 228 E. Ontario St., should open soon. Curbed Chicago reported that the hotel should soon welcome its first guests.

...thru locations in Chicago. They’re planning one at the Six Corners Shopping District at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., according to DNAinfo. Another is planned just west at Central and Irving Park...

    12 Chicago-Area Restaurant Updates To Know
    A regularly-updated list of forthcoming restaurants and bars
    http://chicago.eater.com

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