5 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

3 more festivals coming to Jefferson Park in August!

1. Chicago Figment Chicago - August 16-17
FIGMENT Chicago catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. http://chicago.figmentproject.org/

2. Chicago Fringe Festival - Aug. 28 - Sept 7
50 Shows, 200 performers, 5 venues, right in the heart of Jefferson Park.
http://chicagofringe.org/

3. Taste of Polonia Festival - August 29 thru September 1, 2014
Over 30 bands with live music, great Polish food and Beer, Kid's Zone, Inside Casino, & more over Labor Day weekend. http://topchicago.org/

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    If you would like to show your "community" spirit, you can be a 'host' for the performers of the Fringe Festival by allowing someone to stay with you. Pls. contact them at their website.

Jul 17

Updated 7 hours ago

If you're a Jeff, this is your fest!

Do you have "Jeff" in your name? Free Admission for you and a guest, (Friday, July 25th only) to Jeff Fest Arts & Music Fest. www.jefffest.org

Prove it, please bring identification.

If your name isn't "Jeff" and your looking for a great deal check out this Groupon deal http://www.groupon.com/deals/jefferson-park-chamber-of-commerce-1

  • Archie Bunker

    will a printout of my my everyblock profile suffice? Sadly my real name isn't Jefferson :/

  • Well then I think it should become a street fest! A high admission price on top of overpriced food/alcohol makes for a very expensive outing. Where does the money they make go?

4 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

  • I read somewhere (can't remember where) that $1200 to $1400 a month is the projected rent which to me doesn't indicate "higher end" rather it's the going market rate for a decent 2 bedroom apartment in the Jeff Park and surrounding hoods. Throw in a balcony and the fact that it's new $1,200-$1400 it's a fairly good deal.

  • Welcome back Jake.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market 7/27

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Music: Steven Zane
Feature: a rep from Youth Company Chicago & a rep from American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Norridge/Harwood Heights will be out.
Also come meet out our new produce vendor, as well as several new craft vendors.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook

  • KevinJee

    Watch for fingers on the scales!

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Pls. don't let an unfortunate incident stop you from attending the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. It's wonderful just to have it in our neighborhood. If you feel you have to be extra careful, mention it to that vendor and, I am sure, he/she will be glad to make things right. Please come again.

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    And actually the vendor did discover a problem with the scale, fixed it & had a test weight handy today in an effort to cooporate and put people at ease.

Jul 22

Updated 2 days ago

Pizza Delivery People

Last night on 07/21/2014, a neighbor in the 5300 block of Windsor got a pizza around midnight. The entire neighborhood was treated to an impromptu Madonna concert by the delivery person. You could hear the stereo in his black SUV blasting down the entire block. When I told him that I didn't appreciate the loud music, he told me to call the F-ing cops.

He was a stocky white male with brown hair and a beard. If this is your guy pizza peeps, he's not representing your business well with the neighborhood.

  • Yeah, grammar cop. What about those obnoxious planes going over homes at midnight?

  • Umm, Noreen R...that's a different thread...maybe you should post your most recent comment there.

4 days ago

Consider visiting Paschke Art Center on way to JEFF FEST on July 25 to 27

Please stop by the Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins Ave. (near Milwaukee Avenue) on your way to JEFF FEST this evening. Art center is open daily until 7 p.m. (free admission). Fest starts at 6 p.m. (enter near park pool, $7 admission). And tonight only: free festival admission if "jeff" is in your name (must show i.d. to qualify, July 25 only). Cover band Shape Shifter hits stage at 8:30 tonight. Lagunitas and Lake Effect brews. Gale Street Inn and Fischman's food truck among eating options. Drum circle returns to JEFF FEST this year on Sat. and Sun. JEFF Fest program can be downloaded at:
https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUczaUNNNDJvQnNYRHNUQw

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Alderman Arena at odds with Jefferson Park Advisory Council

Alderman wants council to increase its membership and has claimed that the recent council election, which resulted in an Arena aide not being elected, was not properly announced. Thousands have attended the council's free events at the park, but turnout to its meetings is low, which Friends of the Parks says is common for councils in the city. This is not the first time that the council and Arena have disagreed.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/07/23/arena-at-odds-with-park-council/

  • Maybe I'm missing something, what or who, is the Jeff Park Advisory Council pushing? Park advisory councils do not work independently, their guidelines come from the Chicago Park district. They answer to the Chicago Park District. Often community group members have political aspirations. Alderman Arena was an active member of a community group. Pamela is your point that an alderman should be involved in any group that may have someone with political aspirations? Sound like old time politics to me.

  • Mo, you can find out what the council has done and advocated for by reading DNA and Nadig articles about it. The council came up with some pretty grand plans that I am not sure the park or CPD solicited or were involved in. I don't really understand the rest of your post. I am just making observations based on the news, and then wondering about some things that don't make sense to me.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 22

3 days left to buy your Groupon for Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival!

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival for One, Two, or Four with Lagunitas or Lake Effect Beers (Up to 47% Off)

http://www.groupon.com/deals/jefferson-park-chamber-of-commerce-1

  • The groupon for one person works out to $3/beer, for two is $2.75/beer, and for four is $2.50/beer

    If the list price is a reflection of beer price, there'll be $7 beers without the groupon.

    Definitely worth it :)

Jul 18

Updated Jul 18

New Playgrounds Coming to Jefferson Park

The Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks are in the process of installing new playgrounds at Roberts Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle, and Grace Zwiefka Thius Park, 4759 N. Lavergne. Both were selected for the Chicago Plays! playground replacement program after the surrounding communities nominated the playgrounds last year.

Friends of the Parks also needs volunteers to help spread the Fibar around the playgrounds. Fibar spreading will happen around Thius Park on Monday, July 21, from 10 am...

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The Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks are in the process of installing new playgrounds at Roberts Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle, and Grace Zwiefka Thius Park, 4759 N. Lavergne. Both were selected for the Chicago Plays! playground replacement program after the surrounding communities nominated the playgrounds last year.

Friends of the Parks also needs volunteers to help spread the Fibar around the playgrounds. Fibar spreading will happen around Thius Park on Monday, July 21, from 10 am to 2 pm. The spreading will happen at Roberts Square Park Thursday, July 24, from 10 am to 2 pm.

You must be 18 to volunteer. You'll be working with wheel barrels, rakes, and other landscaping equipment, so make sure to wear close-toed shoes and dress appropriately. To volunteer or find more information contact Maria Stone at (312) 857-2757, ext 17, or via email.

  • A&K

    If I happen to have off I can pitch in. Don't count me in yet but I will mark it on the calendar.

  • How's the Lionel Rabb Memorial Park coming along in Jefferson?

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

Hi Folks,

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

Jul 17

Movies in the park - The Wizard of Oz

I'm proud to sponsor "The Wizard of Oz" on July 30th at Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations.

http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies/

Jul 17

Updated Jul 17

Jul 11

Updated Jul 16

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

This Sunday @ Long & Lawrence, 9:30-1:30.This market is going to the dogs! Tail Waggin Treats and Doggie attire will be joining us and if you don't have your own consider adopting. Reps will be out from 4 Greyhound Racers. Also Dave the Knife Sharpener will be on hand to handle all your knife sharpening needs. Wayward will be performing. Meatloaf-a-go-go's food truck will be there to add lunch options beyond our resident Tamales Express. More st www.JeffersonParkSundayMarket.com

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Pls. don't let this mishap stop you from attending the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The volunteers involved in setting this up do try their best to make this event a success. For many years there was no Farmers Market in Jeff Park. Let's all work together and enjoy a beautiful Sunday, coming out with the entire family. If you have some suggestions or you have someone you would like to see at the market, email:Jeffersonparksundaymarket@zoho.com Hope to see you there the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month!

  • "Jake" your obsession with me reveals your identity. DSM-V

Jul 15

Family activities for JEFF FEST announced

Festival will be held July 25 to 27 in Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/07/15/the-arts-stage-and-kids-zone-will-entertain-families-at-jeff-fest/

Jul 12

Updated Jul 13

Seeking local artisans

Pop Up Table Space Available - Now you can rent a table for just one month

Attention local craft and food artisans! We have cleared out our center aisle to make room for our latest addition - pop up market space!! Now you can rent a table for a month, setup your goods, and we will sell them for you!

Table space is approximately 4' x 2' and there are three tables total. The table fee is $100 for the...

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Pop Up Table Space Available - Now you can rent a table for just one month

Attention local craft and food artisans! We have cleared out our center aisle to make room for our latest addition - pop up market space!! Now you can rent a table for a month, setup your goods, and we will sell them for you!

Table space is approximately 4' x 2' and there are three tables total. The table fee is $100 for the month. There is a sales commission fee of 10% + 3% to cover credit card transactions. The first open slot is August but you can move in as early as July 18th. At this time, we aren't accepting any jewelry.

This option is open to anyone currently selling on consignment or for any new artisans. The idea is to change the center aisle every month and give different artisans a chance to showcase their work.

In addition to the new table space, we also have one booth available for rent - this is for long term rental (versus the tables which are short term).

Please contact us for more info: market@localgoodschicago.com.

Jun 06

Updated Jul 13

Fishing Anyone?

My birthday is next week, and I'll be getting some shiny new fishing gear as my gift. Fishing is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and since I eat fish or seafood 2-3 times a week, it would be nice to take a few home to clean and cook up. Does anyone here have a favorite fishing spot? Any insider tips on fishing local waters? I have only ever spent "reel" time trying for bass and pan fish...

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My birthday is next week, and I'll be getting some shiny new fishing gear as my gift. Fishing is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and since I eat fish or seafood 2-3 times a week, it would be nice to take a few home to clean and cook up. Does anyone here have a favorite fishing spot? Any insider tips on fishing local waters? I have only ever spent "reel" time trying for bass and pan fish up at our cottage in Wisconsin and spent my childhood fishing for cats, bass, and 'gills down South. I know there are pike, muskie, crappie, and other varieties in the waters up here though. I'd like to try for some of the bigger boys once in awhile.

I'll be attending the fishing derby this weekend at Busse Woods, and think it's a great opportunity to get a feel for the waters here. Anyone have luck over there? The Derby is taking place at Grove 25, but there are SO MANY other areas to fish.

Have a favorite spot? A lure you swear by? Please share!!

  • i remeber rockys on the south side of navy peir when we use to walk on the rocks along the locks eat shrimp and drink some cold suds!
    but not any more!

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    Ogden Slip (the slip just south of North Pier) used to be a great place to catch perch too...we used to go bright and early.

    Then the city, I guess, didn't like the idea of people fishing, gutting and cooking perch right there on North Pier with the delicate tourists walking by, and they made it virtually un-fishable (this was a decade-plus ago...may be better now).

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Jul 10

Updated Jul 12

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Agree Miesterburger. Seniors take their duty to vote very seriously. I wonder if Alderman Arena recalls the last municipal election in the AM hours? Seniors turned out heavily at the location where I was. Seniors are also very good at making sure their absentee votes are sent in.

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Congrats on being muted 10 times in 8 days That_Guy. That's got to be a record. I even helped you out.

Jul 12

Robert's square picnic is at Jeff Park field house today!

Boucy house & all are inside due to the rain.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 11

Shooting at 4900 N Lamon

The Trib reports two people were shot around 3:15 this morning.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/544/article/p2p-80753737/

  • Going to the CAPS meetings and getting involved is huge. If it is a gang shooting and there is gang activity in your area they will help you to organize positive loitering or have other ideas to take a stand and let the gangs know you aren't going to let them move into your neighborhood.

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    Not looking to "feel better" FourthGen. Stop assuming. Just looking to be informed.

Jul 08

Updated Jul 11

:: NEW DEVELOPMENT ::

A residential development is being proposed at a vacant lot located at 4812 - 4818 W. Montrose Ave. The proposal calls for 2 new 3-story buildings - 6 dwelling units in each.

I will host a community meeting on the proposal TOMORROW (07/09) evening at St John's Lutheran School - Chicago, IL (4939 W. Montrose Ave. - Fellowship Room) at 6:30 p.m.

Details of the proposal will be available during and after the meeting.

Project Developers: http://noahpropertieschicago.com/

Please share.

  • they are coming up with a protected dog walking lane in the parkway.

  • Basia_b Just a neighbor

    I did not go to the meeting because this is one of those instances where I don't think I'm going to make a difference. That building will be built. Sadly. And, I'm hoping that anyone who eventually lives there that does have a dog will walk it around the neighborhood- like anyone else. That's what neighborhoods are for, walking and talking and greeting etc.

Jul 10

OLV OPEN HOUSE

Our Lady of Victory School is having an open house on Thursday, August 14th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. We currently have over 120 children in our Summer Program. We would love for you to come and check out what OLV has to offer. We are currently accepting enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. OLV is located at 4434 N. Laramie Ave. Chicago, IL 60630. If you have any questions, please check out our website at: www.olvchicago.org, or call our school office at: (773) 283-2229.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 09

Back by popular demand, Shakespeare in the Parks returns to the 45th!

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater will be bringing a free production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to our neighborhood.

Frank J. Wilson Park
Saturday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 3, 4:00 p.m.
4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

http://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/parks2014

  • A&K

    We always enjoy going to the Shakespeare theatre at Navy pier. We try and go a few times a year. They never disappoint with the amount of effort that goes in to the plays. We are both big supporters of the arts. Especially in a city rich with theaters and...

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    We always enjoy going to the Shakespeare theatre at Navy pier. We try and go a few times a year. They never disappoint with the amount of effort that goes in to the plays. We are both big supporters of the arts. Especially in a city rich with theaters and galleries. Graffiti art under the bridges are a welcome addition. We hope that the turn out for midsummer nights dream is very full. The play has so much life and character. Especially with Barbara Gaines at the helm. She is the artistic director of the theatre. We hope to see you all out, we will both be trying our best to make it.

    Thanks to alderman Arena for spreading the word. Keep up the good work.

Jul 08

Updated Jul 09

Taft LSC may consider elimination of uniform portion of student dress code

Currently students required to wear dark pants, including jeans, and white-collared shirt. Does that requirement deter some children from choosing Taft? The LSC may explore that question.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/07/08/taft-lsc-will-explore-changes-to-student-dress-code/

  • Phil Huckelberry Green Party 38th Ward Committeeman

    Dress codes like this are silly at best.

    I understand saying there are things you can't wear but everyone having to wear a white-collared shirt in a public school - ugh. A thousand times ugh.

Jul 09

Avondale, Jeff Park, Sauganash

Fabulous new restaurant, Parachute from Top Chef, Beverly Kim at 3500 N Elston---wow! It was so delicious, hip and prices are great---

Jul 08

Jeff Park Chamber to hold general meeting on July 10 at the Gale Street Inn

Please mark your calendar and attend the Jefferson Park Chamber's general meeting at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free parking is available in the TCF Bank parking lot.
The guest speaker will be State Rep. Robert Martwick. Free refreshments.
Chamber meetings are open to the public. Network with local business owners.

Jul 08

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival 2014 map and schedule

Mapping out your summer?

Check out this handy Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival map and schedule. Everything you'll need to plan your day.

More details can be found on www.jefffest.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-Fest-Arts-Music-Festival/96599731822

Jul 08

July 9 community meeting set on Montrose-Cicero residential development

Plan calls for two three-story buildings, each with six living units at 4812-18 W. Montrose Ave.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/07/08/residential-project-proposed-for-vacant-lot-near-montrose-cicero/

Jul 08

OLV "Parking Lot Party"

Hello neighbors just a reminder that Our Lady of Victory School is having a block party this Sunday @ 1 PM. This event is BYOB and we will also be having a food truck from Fishman's coming and a jumpy house for the kids. Come and join us for music, games and more! Please invite your family, friends and neighbors. If you have any questions, please call us at (773) 283-2229. We are located at 4434 N. Laramie Chicago, IL 60641. See you then!!!!

Jun 17

Updated Jul 08

Pho No. 1 Restaurant- The newest hidden gem of the neighborhood

Pho No. 1
5914 W Lawrence Ave.
Chicago IL 60630
77-657-3734

It seems like I've been waiting forever and a day for a Vietnamese restaurant to make its way to the Northwest side, and my day has finally come. I can now say that my little neighborhood is complete.

The restaurant opened up on Sunday 6/15/2014 after a long awaited period of wondering what was going to happen with the space. I'm happy to say that it's a fantastic addition...

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Pho No. 1
5914 W Lawrence Ave.
Chicago IL 60630
77-657-3734

It seems like I've been waiting forever and a day for a Vietnamese restaurant to make its way to the Northwest side, and my day has finally come. I can now say that my little neighborhood is complete.

The restaurant opened up on Sunday 6/15/2014 after a long awaited period of wondering what was going to happen with the space. I'm happy to say that it's a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

When the hubby and I went in around 7 p.m. tonight, there was only one other couple dining in, and one person waiting for take away.

The tables are comfortable, but nothing to write home about. The space is clean, simple, and fresh.

We ordered the Bánh Cuốn Cha Lua, but I asked for shrimp instead of pork (I don't care much for the pork) and they said "No problem". This tells me 3 things right away: #1) they want to please their customers #2) They speak and understand English well #3) They are willing to switch things up a bit if asked -- All good things. The Bánh Cuốn was delicious. Steamed to perfection and the sauce was light and refreshing.

My husband had the Bún thịt nướng Ga - Grilled pork with eggroll over vermicelli noodles. He said it was delicious, and finished it so fast I didn't even get a bite.

I ordered the Seafood Pho, but I asked for egg noodles instead of rice noodle (again, no problem!). The broth was rich and delicious, and had a good ratio of shrimp and squid to noodle ratio. It came with the traditional Vietnamese veggies on the side that you can add to the soup, and I opted for a little of everything (as usual). The real compliment here is that I could have eaten it without doctoring up my broth at all. It was that good.

The soup portion was so large, I could only finish half.

The hubby got a bbq pork bahn mi sandwich to go, but we haven't tried it out yet, so I can't comment on it.

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  • annethirteen teacher of the maths

    my husband, a friend, and i went here the other night. our usual place for vietnamese is tank noodle at broadway and argyle (incredibly delicious food, service gets a meh). so so so happy to have pho no.1 in the area. food was fresh and very tasty. the service was...

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    my husband, a friend, and i went here the other night. our usual place for vietnamese is tank noodle at broadway and argyle (incredibly delicious food, service gets a meh). so so so happy to have pho no.1 in the area. food was fresh and very tasty. the service was pleasant and much more attentive than at tank. like most vietnamese places i've eaten at, the timing of the dishes is a bit unconventional, but we will definitely be back. check them out, it's worth it!
    (in case you were wondering - we had eggrolls, the vietnames pancake, pho, and beef and noodle dish, and a chicken and vegetable dish with rice)

  • Ruta Gardener/Animal Lover

    My husband & I were in Vietnam 3 years ago so we were very excited when we saw a Vietnamese restaurant was opening up walking distance from our house. We went the other night & it did not disappoint. We had the green papaya salad, chicken pho & seafood pho. Everything tasted fresh & delicious. I want to go back & try the coffee. We called it rocket fuel when we were in Vietnam.
    I really hope Pho #1 works out. It's nice to have some diversity in the neighborhood.

Jul 05

Forest Glen Community Club holds Fourth of July parade

Annual parade held in Forest Glen on July 4.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 03

Fireworks

Is there anywhere in the area to see fireworks tomorrow?

  • Oh Aby, if you live in Albany Park, all you need to do is go out in your back yard or deck or out on the sidewalk and enjoy the show all around ... no need to go anywhere. I discovered 8 years ago that AP goes really wild with the fireworks (the really GOOD ones) so if you don't do your own illegal fireworks, just enjoy the neighbors' show. Better & wilder than any municipal display :)

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    Ridgemoor fireworks are TONIGHT. July 3'rd.

Jun 29

Updated Jul 02

Myrtle beach S.C.

Thinking about going here on vacation with my wife & kids (3 & 1). Has anyone been here? There is Myrtle Beach & North Myrtle beach.... What's the major difference in the two spots? Also any other tips on places to see, food recommendations, things to do would be great! Thanks guys

  • We went last year and really enjoyed it. Beaches were as nice as the beaches in FL that we have been to with a lot more things for the family to do nearby. We stayed at the grande shores in a 3 bedroom condo and for the price it was great. We also cooked most meals in. Very budget friendly vacation. I think most of the condo rentals offer similar amenities, so I would also suggest checking trip advisory and staying north assuming you will have a car.

  • Too much rain for me to go anywhere this week I don't trust the weather my basement has flooded from water backup and coming out of the yard down the basement steps two times this spring, I am waiting for a call back from Park's Plumbing& Sewer company, Does anyone know if I have to have the cache basin closed up removed or cleaned My husband cleaned it about ten years ago Thanks everyone I am across the street from. OLV School

Nov 16 2011

Updated Jul 01

Expectant parents in Jefferson Park?

I'm interested in meeting new or expecting parents in the Jefferson Park area. My husband and I are expecting our first at the end of February and would love to connect with nearby neighbors. We'd also be interested in future playdates, sharing day care responsibilities, or starting a babysitting co-op.

  • Ugh! Little Bloom Daycare and Irma was the worst experience ever. I am glad to have taken my 8 month old out of there (after a tortorous 8 weeks there) and isnt it interesting that I cant find her anywhere when I search on google! Id like to leave a review on that home "daycare".

  • My daughter is older now, but when she was small, Mamapedia (a free blog) was a lifesaver. There is advice from millions of moms, like birthday party ideas, parenting ideas, recommendations on a local doctor, etc. The local parents group is a great idea, and I wish I had time for it back then. Anyway, you might find this to be a helpful addition to your group. http://www.mamapedia.com/

Jun 30

Updated Jul 01

Our Lady of Victory "Parking Lot Party"

We would like to invite you to a summer party on July 13th @ 1:00 PM. We will be having a Toy Story jumpy house, face painting, raffles and games and food from Fishman's food truck! Come and enjoy fun and games for the whole family, listen to music and just relax! OLV is located at 4434 N. Laramie Ave. Chicago, IL 60630. Please call us if you have any questions at (773) 283-2229. We look forward to seeing you.

Jun 23

Updated Jun 30

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    @Only Me, I also disagree with you. The island does not look like c. ..p. Gladstone Chamber maintains it. l also happen to like the island at Foster/Milwaukee/Central with the new sculpture. Don't know who maintains it, but it a plus for the neighborhood. Now, ask me about the vacant strip mall and vacant former Popeyes on NW Highway just south and west of there! Now that is squalor, EB Kitty.

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    When I think of squalor I think of block after block of falling down buildings full of crackheads, and drunk and homeless people sleeping in the gutter during the day and bars on all the windows, and people getting shot or killed in broad daylight. Not a neighborhood with some of the lowest violent crime rates in the city.

Feb 15 2012

Updated Jun 29

45th Ward Committeeman Elections March 20, 2012

Who's running, who are you voting for and why?

  • Kenji in the 186 posts didn't see one crude remark about female body parts, or a remark which included stalkish details.

  • How quickly can Jake/Blanche be pinked out of existence?

Nov 30 2012

Updated Jun 28

Have a Question for Your Alderman, John Arena? Ask it here!

What local issues matter to you? This Wednesday, December 5, Ald. John Arena (45th Ward) will be answering your questions live starting at 7 p.m. on cable channel 21 and online at http://www.cantv.org/live. Do you have a question for Ald. Arena? Leave a comment on this post or watch and call in live. Any questions are really appreciated! Learn more about CAN TV's Political Forum at http://www.cantv.org/politicalforum.htm.

  • I followed up with an email to Alderman Arena regarding my two unanswered question and he promptly replied to indicate that the blue recycling carts would be coming our way in 2013 and he is pushing for us to get our sooner rather than later. He also has an ordinance in the works to make Elston Ave. a no parking zone along the Marion's stretch and 20 feet beyond both driveways. He also indicated that another traffic congestion study will be done. This is all good news.

  • Federal mandates the local police municipality to govern airports which CPD covers. at O'Hare and Midway. So why are taxpayers on the hook for unarmed Aviation Police to qualify in police gun qualifications? It is an enormous waste of the taxpayers money and a waste of resources and time since they are not armed and will not be in the foreseeable future.

Jun 26

Updated Jun 27

Movies in the Park, featuring To Kill a Mockingbird.

Enjoy an evening out during Movies in the Park, featuring To Kill a Mockingbird. Fri., June 27, sunset, Frank J. Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Dusk

  • cool! I'll be there with my lawnchair :)

  • Troy Z.

    Is anyone familiar with the characters lol?

  • Troy Z.

    Guess not. Stop pinking and read a book for a change.

Jun 16

Updated Jun 24

Project Inclusion String Quartet coming to Jefferson Memorial Park

This summer, the Grant Park Music Festival will bring its Project Inclusion String Quartet and Apprentice Chorale to Jefferson Memorial Park on Thursday, June 26 at 7pm for a free concert, as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks program with the Chicago Park District.

Acclaimed by critics and beloved by audiences, the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free, summer-long outdoor classical music series of its kind. Most of its performances take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and all are free.

  • It's great to see a piece of the Grant Park music greatness in our own ward. The Inclusion String Quartet works with promising young classical musicians, so this is a great way to see them as they're 'budding'.

  • Hannah L. in OIP since 2012

    Just a quick reminder for Thursday night's concert at Jefferson Park, featuring Grant Park Music Festival's Apprentice Chorale and Project Inclusion String Quartet. The program will begin at 7:00 pm and will be approximately 45 minutes long.

    The performance is free. Among the works to be performed:

    PARRY - My...

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    Just a quick reminder for Thursday night's concert at Jefferson Park, featuring Grant Park Music Festival's Apprentice Chorale and Project Inclusion String Quartet. The program will begin at 7:00 pm and will be approximately 45 minutes long.

    The performance is free. Among the works to be performed:

    PARRY - My Soul There is a Country - A Cappella
    GANDOLFI - Winter Light - String Quartet
    MOZART - Ave Verum Corpus - String Quartet
    WHITACRE - Five Hebrew Love Songs - String Quartet
    TAVENER - The Lamb - A Cappella
    MIŠKINIS - Dum Medium Silentium - A Cappella
    MIŠKINIS - O Sacrum Convivium - A Cappella
    WHITACRE - Sleep - A Cappella

    You can find more info at www.gpmf.org. Hope to see you there!

Jun 17

Updated Jun 23

Thai Fest is tomorrow (Downtown)

I just thought I'd pass this on to my neighbors. The Royal Thai Consulate is hosting the 2014 Thai Festival in Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) tomorrow through Friday. The festival will kick off tomorrow at 11 a.m. with an opening parade and ceremony and will continue on with a fashion show, dancing, fighting demonstrations, and, of course, delicious Thai food!

The event is free to everyone, and a great way to introduce yourself to the Thai customs and culture. Come and ask questions!

I will be in the opening ceremony parade and will also be in the fashion show. If you see me, please come and say hello.

I hope to see you all at this great event!

  • JimmyJames Waterer of grass.

    Hi @BellaV,

    Any word on what's up with the Thai Town Center (http://thaitowncenter.com/Home.php) on Pulaski? I haven't seen any progress for a while, but it looks about 70% done. I'm curious if you're in the know.

    Thanks!

  • TLo

    I'll see if you are around on Friday. Congrats - looks like a nice gig for you.

Jun 19

Updated Jun 23

Figment Festival

I'm pleased to announce that the 45th ward will host FIGMENT FESTIVAL - August 16 & 17 at Jefferson Memorial Park!

FIGMENT is a two-day event showcasing participatory and interactive art in Chicago as well as throughout the Midwest. The festival is designed to promote creativity, spontaneity, collaboration, dynamic communication and lots of fun.

They are seeking artists, doers, and experimenters of all kinds to enliven Jefferson Memorial Park with art projects. Projects can include but are not limited to...

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I'm pleased to announce that the 45th ward will host FIGMENT FESTIVAL - August 16 & 17 at Jefferson Memorial Park!

FIGMENT is a two-day event showcasing participatory and interactive art in Chicago as well as throughout the Midwest. The festival is designed to promote creativity, spontaneity, collaboration, dynamic communication and lots of fun.

They are seeking artists, doers, and experimenters of all kinds to enliven Jefferson Memorial Park with art projects. Projects can include but are not limited to installations, performances, games, activities, workshops, multimedia, electronic art, music, and social experiments. They welcome participatory and interactive arts of all kinds, from interactive theatre to movement workshops to art installations involving giant golf courses or press-button light shows.

FIGMENT:
http://www.figmentproject.org/principles

Please find the submission form for FIGMENT Chicago here: http://chicago.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project
The art submission deadline is 11:59 PM on MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014.

If you have any questions about the event, please e-mail chicagocuratorial@figmentproject.org. Also, please explore our website at http://chicago.figmentproject.org/ and connect with us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FigmentChicago

Principles
www.figmentproject.org
FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.

Jun 13

Updated Jun 21

Say No to Higher Taxes & More City Debt

As our City Council debates on the creative ways to increase our taxes, let all of them know that we are against increased taxation and getting more city debt. Let's stop the tax extortion due to the over-inflated menu pricing of city's goods and services! We need fiscal responsibility and accountability instead.

Yes to quality education, not incarceration!

Yes to quality jobs, not welfare!

Yes to rebuilding our infrastructure!

Below is the list of our City Council's members and their...

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As our City Council debates on the creative ways to increase our taxes, let all of them know that we are against increased taxation and getting more city debt. Let's stop the tax extortion due to the over-inflated menu pricing of city's goods and services! We need fiscal responsibility and accountability instead.

Yes to quality education, not incarceration!

Yes to quality jobs, not welfare!

Yes to rebuilding our infrastructure!

Below is the list of our City Council's members and their respective e-mails. Just copy them into your e-mail box, add your point of view and send. Let your voice be heard, too. Thxs!

Source: https://chicago.legistar.com/People.aspx

ward01@cityofchicago.org,
ward02@cityofchicago.org,
ward03@cityofchicago.org,
ward04@cityofchicago.org,
LHairston@cityofchicago.org,
service@6thwardchicago.com,
ward07@cityofchicago.org,
Ward08@cityofchicago.org,
ward09@cityofchicago.org,
ward10@cityofchicago.org,
james.balcer@cityofchicago.org,
ward12@cityofchicago.org,
Marty.Quinn@cityofchicago.org,
eburke@cityofchicago.org,
Toni.Foulkes@cityofchicago.org,
JoAnn.Thompson@cityofchicago.org,
ward17@cityofchicago.org,
ward18@cityofchicago.org,
Willie.Cochran@cityofchicago.org,
ward21@cityofchicago.org,
Ward22@cityofchicago.org,
mzalewski@cityofchicago.org,
ward25chicago@gmail.com,
Roberto.Maldonado@cityofchicago.org,
wburnett@cityofchicago.org,
jason.ervin@cityofchicago.org,
Ward29@cityofchicago.org,
ward30@cityofchicago.org,
rsuarez@cityofchicago.org,
info@ward32.org,
deb@33rdward.org,
ward34@cityofchicago.org,
ward35@cityofchicago.org,
info@aldermansposato.com,
emitts@cityofchicago.org,
ward38@cityofchicago.org,
mlaurino@cityofchicago.org,
ward40@cityofchicago.org,
ward41@cityofchicago.org,
office@ward42chicago.com,
yourvoice@ward43.org,
ward44@cityofchicago.org,
ward45@cityofchicago.org,
info@james46.org,
info@chicago47.org,
harry@48thward.org,
ward49@cityofchicago.org,
info@50thwardchicago.com

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Yes to quality education, not incarceration!
    Yes to rebuilding our infrastructure!

    How are these paid for without taxes?

  • Renegotiate the overinflated menu pricing for public goods and services. How can a sidewalk by a cemetery cost $65,000? Why do we need 3 garbage men to work the truck when the recycling truck uses one? How come we have one worker do the corner sidewalks while two workers are...

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    Renegotiate the overinflated menu pricing for public goods and services. How can a sidewalk by a cemetery cost $65,000? Why do we need 3 garbage men to work the truck when the recycling truck uses one? How come we have one worker do the corner sidewalks while two workers are watching? Why is it that every time I walk by Hiawattha Park's playlot, the workers putting it together are sitting around or not there at all? We need to take the inefficiencies out of the budget. That is the how.

    If we provide quality education and jobs for our people, we will not need to prosecute and incarcerate them. It is a swap in a big way. That is how.

Jun 18

Updated Jun 21

  • Who was looking for face painters for a block party? Last time the ponies were in JP, there were six different face painters at work. So you could talk to them tomorrow about your block party.

  • "free food items, some of Ed Paschke's Chicago favorites" What would that be?

May 14

Updated Jun 21

O'Hare noise complaints up over 600% since last year says DNA info

Check out the article here. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140514/ohare/ohare-jet-noise-impact-should-be-studied-state-reps-say

I'm glad to hear some representatives speaking up. Does anyone know where Cullerton or Arena stand on this issue?

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    My objection is to the rigged process, which effectively shut out those most affected.....

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Working to build community

    The FAiR Coalition had another huge week with more confirmation that our founding premise is correct - citizens had no real say in the October 2013 runway takeoff and landing patterns at O'Hare. Now this week, we are seeing a plethora of politicians coming out of nowhere to say they...

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    The FAiR Coalition had another huge week with more confirmation that our founding premise is correct - citizens had no real say in the October 2013 runway takeoff and landing patterns at O'Hare. Now this week, we are seeing a plethora of politicians coming out of nowhere to say they are with us even though when previously approached they brushed us off. We see politicians saying they've been working on the issue and creating solutions all along when we've never seen them at all the meetings FAiR has attended over the last 15 months. Be wary fellow citizens of being sold a bill of goods on the issue. FAiR remains focused on the only real solution - a community-based plan for O'Hare with the citizens in charge of the process; we continue to demand Mayor Emanuel meet immediately with FAiR - after 8 requests to meet he still does not find time to do so even though we are constituents; we demand a real seat at the table and you should too. Be the citizen our nation needs each one of us to be. Join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org.

    What is FAiR?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR's desire is to obtain acceptable solutions to community concerns both for now and the future. FAiR's goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities and solutions arising out of collaboration between the citizenry and our government. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.

    Questions? Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com

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