2 days ago

Bennett Day School Community Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Come and help us celebrate the Grand Opening of Bennett Day School! We are thrilled to open our doors for our inaugural classes at our early childhood campus! Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony, meet members of the community, and tour our fabulous new and innovative space. This event will introduce us to the Fulton Market and West Loop community -- the event is meant primarily for adults, so we will not have child-specific activities that day, but families are welcome to bring their children to see the campus as well. We hope to see you there!

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bennett-day-school-community-open-house-and-ribbon-cutting-tickets-12283029873

Jul 23

Hey Chicago!

CRE Credit Services is happy to finally have a presence in the Windy City. Check out our office in The Loop. (Awesome El you got here!)

We started our credit education and consultancy services in Texas and have just expanded to 44 locations nationwide. Looking forward to being of service to Chicago and learning how to eat hot dogs without ketchup :)

Jul 19

Fwd: FW: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Exam Application

The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for...

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The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for the exam and enter the academy to 18. It is our hope that younger individuals who get on the eligibility list will be motivated to attend college and stay out of trouble and will find a sense of opportunity about their futures.

Attached is the job announcement, as well as the FAQ’s, which provides all of the key information about the application process and the exam. In case you’d like to cut-and-paste the link to the application website, here it is: www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication. The website also contains links to additional information.

During the posting period, applicants can call (312) 744-4976 or email fire-application@cityofchicago.org with any questions or concerns, and they can also seek assistance in Room 100 in City Hall.

We have also modified the way candidates can apply for Veterans Preference. Applicants may apply for Veterans Preference at any time, even after the posting has closed. There is no longer a cutoff date for the submission of documents showing eligibility for Veterans Preference. However, the later the preference is applied for, the later it will be applied. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Veterans Preference are included in the attached FAQs.

Fire Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Jul 18

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

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Jul 04

KICS Cup is an Annual International Youth Soccer Cup

7/21-7/26 at Dunbar Park. We will need Field Marshals (the person who checks team rosters/player passes before the game), concession help and hospitality help.

KICS Cup is an annual international youth soccer cup to the heart of the city focused on competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Our mission is to offer soccer opportunities for youth locally, nationally and internationally through programs like the Chicago KICS Cup and the Chicago KICS Community League while also improving infrastructure here in the city. This years' tournament should be exciting with 80-100 teams from Italy, Ghana, Ethiopia, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US.

More details at www.kicscup.com .
Our promotional video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/90064622

Jun 30

Volunteer Opportunities!

Recent graduates with I/O, community or business psychology degrees wanted to deliver culturally responsive programs to #Chicago communities. Please leave a message.

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Become: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change
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Our mission is to help communities reach their potential by amplifying the impact of resources. We do this through training, education, coalition building, and Dynamic Evaluation. We work to inspire community involvement on all levels. We are committed to creating thriving communities for a socially just world.

Jun 27

New tool helps Chicagoans answer big questions about power bills

The City of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board have launched a free calculator to help consumers decide whether to remain with the City’s power deal with Integrys Energy Services or switch back to Commonwealth Edison.

The free online service is at: www.ChicagoPowerCalculator.com.

The City estimates that Chicago residents have saved more than $30 million with Integrys so far. However, because of changing market conditions, the City has negotiated a new offer for the final year of the deal.

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The City of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board have launched a free calculator to help consumers decide whether to remain with the City’s power deal with Integrys Energy Services or switch back to Commonwealth Edison.

The free online service is at: www.ChicagoPowerCalculator.com.

The City estimates that Chicago residents have saved more than $30 million with Integrys so far. However, because of changing market conditions, the City has negotiated a new offer for the final year of the deal.

Under the Integrys deal, customers living in single family homes are being charged 5.299 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), plus a $22.36 monthly fee. Customers living in apartment or condominiums are paying 5.299 cents per kWh, plus a $9.06 monthly fee. To compare, ComEd is charging 7.596 cents per kWh through September.

Whether or not the Integrys deal is right for you all depends on your usage.

“CUB created this calculator because we want Chicagoans to have all the tools they need to make the right electric choices for their households," CUB Executive Director David Kolata said.

The tool is easy to use. Chicago consumers can input an estimate of their monthly electricity usage, pick their housing type and the calculator compares what they would pay with ComEd versus Integrys.

Consumers who decide they want to switch back to ComEd can do so any time, without paying an exit fee. Just call the Integrys Hotline, at 1-888-802-2885.

Jun 25

Updated Jun 27

Temporary Police Lights and Camera at Clark and Ohio

Sunday night there was some sort of temporary surveillance tower at Clark & Ohio. It had bright red and blue flashing lights on the top, and clearly had one of those bubble cameras on it, as well as what looked like a megaphone (for communicating with crowds, presumably). On the side, it said it was purchased with funds from the Dept. of Homeland Security. We saw it at around 8:30pm on Sunday. Anyone know why this was at this corner. There was nothing resembling a crowd at the time we walked by.

  • Maybe it was being used to monitor traffic with I-90/94 closed?

  • Denise Boumaroun Part-time resident

    I would very much like to know the purpose of the set up. Sting op? I'm only a part time resident, but "Homeland Security" sends up a red flag to me.

  • Perhaps this is part of the "big data" collection program that the tribune has been reporting throughout city? Scary stuff..

Jun 22

Please Help Local Non-Profit, Top Box Foods, win a Grant

Top Box Foods Chicago's ONLY non-profit selected to compete to win a grant in the national Zipcar/Ford Communities with Drive Facebook voting contest. VOTE here: goo.gl/8hzocW (click green Vote and scroll to find Top Box Foods and click VOTE!)

We are in 2nd place and the voting ends this Wednesday June 25!

Can you please VOTE for Top Box Today! We need your help. This funding will be a game changer and allow us to deliver our fresh fruits, veggies and high quality foods to more underserved
neighborhoods in Chicago.

Vote once and share with friends. Vote here: goo.gl/8hzocW
Thank you!!!

Jun 22

Pls VOTE for Top Box Foods in Facebook Grant Contest

Chicago's only non-profit selected to win a grant in the national Zipcar/Ford Communities with Drive grant Facebook contest. VOTE here: goo.gl/8hzocW We are in 2nd place and the voting ends Wednesday June 25!
Can you please vote for Top Box Today! We need your help. This funding will help us deliver our fresh fruits, veggies and high quality foods to more underserved neighborhoods in Chicago.
Vote once and share with friends goo.gl/8hzocW

Jun 16

Updated Jun 18

Chicago App That Talks To You About Chicago

We recently released the iphone app, 312Go.

The app tracks your location, and our guides talk to you about historic events or places of significance within eye sight of wherever you are. It's great for running and biking, or just a great excuse to get out for a walk.

It's free and available on iTunes! Over 500 different stories and facts about River North alone...and thousands more about the near north.

Jun 17

Updated Jun 17

Trees Cut Down

Does anyone know why the trees (about 4-5 trees) along the South side of Adams St. right before Racine were cut down, plus one tree on Racine - right by the 7-11? I'm sure there is a good reason (maybe infected?) but just curious!

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    The trees did not come back to life this spring. After an inspection by the City it was determined the trees died from a bug infestation and had to come down. Very sad, we have put in a service request to have them replaced. Trees on the North side of Adams had to be cut down as well.

  • Thank you! I figured it was something like that.

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