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Added Mar 17 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

...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... 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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, 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...

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...

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.

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.

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Date published
March 17, 2017
    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.
  • The word on the streets of the northwest side that is not mentioned in the newsletter is how Alderman John Arena figuratively had his pants pulled down and took several paddlings from dozens of 45th ward citizens at City Hall on March 16th 2017. It seems like everyone is talking about the shameful conduct of Alderman Arena. The consensus is that 45th ward Alderman John Arena was completely publically humiliated.

  • noman50 in this together

    Video of Chicago Plan Commission March 16, 2017 meeting (City Hall)

  • Humiliated or not, the Commission voted in his favor.

  • noman50 in this together

    And against the neighborhood.

  • The Uptown George Soros Know of any protesters that need a bus?

    Boy he must have been real humiliated when the commission voted unanimously against you guys and the commissioner basically said your gladstone study is worthless.

  • Dear Uptown George Soros,

    Yes Alderman John Arena was publically humiliated as more and more people are saying who were there. He really was splayed out and figuratively emasculated down at City Hall. He may not have realized it until afterward as some people thought he looked to be heavily medicated.

  • Was this meeting about a handful of ignorant NIMBY's trying to stop a project who were defeated by the Alderman, and the Plan Commission?

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  • Miss Colleen Lives in Jefferson Park

    There were over 100 people that came to the meeting that were against it. I agree that anyone there would have raised their eyebrows at the facts the people said against Arena.

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  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    Yes, Miss Colleen. Lots of people against who yelled and railed and talked over anyone whom they disagreed with. A totally polite and civil crowd, many from miles away. Is there anyone from the opposition who is polite enough to permit the other side to state their case?

  • It's a shame we can't get some of the affordable housing advocates from Uptown to spread themselves out to other neighborhoods a little bit, sounds like the people against this project are using some of the same debate tactics they're used to.

  • Sometimes you wonder who's in to profit from this. It sure isn't the residents of the ward!

  • Miss Colleen Lives in Jefferson Park

    Dennis, I was at the Plan Commission meeting and I didnt see you there. I also didnt witness your version of what occured.

  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    Miss Colleen, I was speaking about the meeting at Branch Church.

  • TDawg54 Resident of Old Norwood

    There was actually a pretty good article in DNA Chicago addressing who would benefit from this proposal. It focused on several adults dealing with disabilities who really have a difficult time stretching their fixed incomes to cover property taxes, home upkeep and mortgages. Affordable housing would be a lifeline to them.

  • Bonjour M. Teresa Koko

    "Who profits by changing the zoning at 5150 Northwest Highway?"

    Who secretely applied for a downzoning of this property in the spring of 2016 without informing the community or even the owners of the property?

    Answer: Alderman John Arena

    Who put the taxpayers of Chicago on the hook for a lawsuit by the owners when their property without their consent was unlawfully downzoned?

    Answer: Alderman John Arena

    Who has been attempting to cover his role and culpability in the unlawful downzoning of this property by calling his constituents racists?

    Answer: Alderman John Arena

    Who has been concealing his culpability in this unlawful downzoning by using, manipulating, and hiding shamelessly behind the veterans, the seniors, the needy, and people with disabilities?

    Answer: Alderman John Arena

    Who is an imposter pretending to be a "progressive" Alderman when when all his actions scream "pay to play"?

    Answer: Alderman John Arena

  • noman50 in this together

    A great checklist on why this alderman warrants our opposition!

  • Ellen K. From the far NW side and now back.

    He's really into public housing....curious
    Above the replacement library:

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