Updated 2 days ago
Tonight! Come learn about proposed sculptures to be installed at two locations in the 49th Ward as part of Chicago's Year of Public Art. Tuesday, September 26 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Field House, 1230 W Greenleaf
3 days ago
Today at Chicago City Council, we honor the 2016 & 2017 Sullivan High School Tigers Boys Soccer Team. Congratulations on your back-to-back regional championships, Tigers!
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Hundreds of volunteers jammed Gale Community Academy this morning ready to participate in this year's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dat of Service hosted by City Year. After hearing inspiring speeches by Gale Principal Augustine "Augie" Emuwa, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, volunteers fanned across the school, painting classrooms and hallways. Below is a great photo I took of Principal Augie and Senator Durbin and a somewhat blurry selfie of Augie, the Senator and myself.
Please I need a copy of that viaduct map and key for a semi moving from Savannah to 1908 w. Touhy
Updated Jan 07
An update on construction at 1323 W Morse has been posted to my website. Learn more about upcoming cassion installation here: https://www.ward49.com/zoning-development/1323-w-morse-construction-updates/
Updated Jan 05
That woman who has all those chickens on Touhy near Wolcott has the chickens outside in their coops with no heater. I don’t know how much cold ordinary chickens are able to withstand, but these chickens have been outside, continuously, in temps that have been in single digits and sometimes below zero for many days. They are inside coops in the yard and neighboring lot but part of them have no solid wall. Just chicken wire. The chickens are in the coops, huddled together. Are feathers enough to keep birds sufficiently warm at these temps, day in and day out? I called City services, and after getting bounced around a while, the best I could do was to report my concerns to have an animal welfare inspector go out there. Does anyone reading know anything about chickens...what conditions they require to live and stay health?
Sadly, the holiday season is drawing to a close and now is the time to take down your holiday decorations and tree. Beginning this Saturday, January 6th, and continuing through Saturday, January 20th, the City in partnership with the Chicago Park District will recycle your Christmas tree free of charge. Simply take your tree to a Park District Christmas tree recycling location and it will be chipped and ground into mulch. The locations closest to the 49th Ward are Warren Park, 6601 N. Western (two blocks south of Pratt), and Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive (four blocks south of Foster). Free mulch will be available at both parks beginning Monday, January 8th. For more information, including information on a service that will pick up your tree at your home, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/christmas-tree-recycling-to-begin-saturday/
I treated the seniors at the Carolune Hedger Apartments this evening to a holiday meal of turkey with all the trimmings. Many thanks to Gold 'N Pear Catering for providing such a delicious meal!
Please join me for the open house launch of Sullivan High School’s Parent University campus. The open house takes place this Thursday, December 21st, 10:00 a.m., at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth. Get familiar with the space, meet the staff and explore the resources are available to you and your community. Parent University is a community collaborative led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. Parent University aims to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life. CPS partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip parents with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence. Sullivan High School is home to the only Parent University on Chicago’s north side. For more information, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/join-me-thursday-for-the-open-house-launch-of-sullivan-high-schools-parent-university-campus/
My office has received the following update from crews completing the water main work on Birchwood and Winchester: There will be a planned water outage on Wednesday, Dec. 20 as crews make two water main connections. The new main on Winchester will be connected to the main on Birchwood. No building is effected on the water shutdown on this connection. The new main on Birchwood will be connected to the main on Damen. Damen will lose water from Fargo to Howard from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All residents in this area are being notified on Tuesday, December 19. For more information on this project, please visit my website ↓↓
Updated Dec 18
Celebrate the holiday season and Follow Me on Friday to the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood this Friday, December 15th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. I will be joining the Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) in a “symbolic ribbon cutting” of the latest artistic additions to the Mile of Murals Project. Check out the newly renovated and historic Heartland Cafe Bar located on Glenwood just north of Lunt, enjoy some complimentary food and drinks, and meet the mural artists to learn about their process and inspiration. Formerly known as the Red Line Tap, the Heartland Cafe Bar combines the cutting-edge live entertainment experience of the Red Line Tap with the delicious wholesome food of the Heartland Cafe, located just around the corner. The remodeled space reflects what the Heartland name represents–a welcoming place for gathering, drinking and dining and a venue to experience the full range of music and performance art. The Heartland Cafe Bar offers an array of Chicago-focused brews and craft spirits and a dining experience that includes the full Heartland Café menu. The bar will be unveiling their new space for this Mile of Murals special occasion. At around 6:00 p.m. we’ll “cut the ribbon” on the two latest additions to the Mile of Murals Project. RPBA launched the Mile of Murals project in 2007 as an effort to promote the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. When completed, the project will showcase 19 large-scale murals on ten block-long walls, seven viaduct walls and two overpasses painted by local, national and international mural artists. Due to the winter weather and the distance between each mural, Friday’s ribbon cutting will be symbolic in that it will not take place at the murals themselves. Instead, slides of the finished murals will be shown inside the Heartland Cafe Bar. The featured murals for this event include “Resilience,” located on the north side of the Pratt Boulevard CTA viaduct, and “Be Happy,” located on the southeast corner of Glenwood and Estes. Resilience, painted by artist Gretchen Hasse with the assistance of artists Jason Schroeder, Dalia Carrillo and Cesar Moyorido, is a mural bursting with images showcasing the perseverance of the human spirit. Gretchen says she chose the word “Resilience” because “it speaks to the strength of the Rogers Park community, where I have been fortunate to locate much of my own art practice. Rogers Park is vital and diverse, and it’s still a place where strangers talk to each other.” Be Happy is a collaboration between local artists from the Roman Susan Art Foundation and Rogers Park resident, businessman and collage artist Tae “Thomas” Kong, owner of Kim’s Corner Foods. The mural was designed by Mr. Kong and painted by artists Kristin Abhalter, Steven Husby, Dan Miller, Cole Pierce, Kit Rosenberg, Ruby T and Alice Tippit, with assistance from Max Guy, Maika Saworski and Nathan Smith from the Roman Susan Art Foundation. According to the foundation, “‘Be Happy’ is an instructional phrase found throughout the artwork. This message embodies the artist Tae Kong’s personal work ethic — an active, creative engagement with daily life. Thomas Kong is one of the most prolific and generous artists in Rogers Park, and we are very happy to have worked with him to bring this artwork to life.” Please join me for some holiday cheer as we support a long-established neighborhood business and welcome two new artistic murals to Rogers Park! Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs, businesses and festivals. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub, business or festival where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before. Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark;Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; Chuckie’s, 1412 W. Morse; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood; the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park, 7340 N. Rogers; Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon; Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon; VZN Eye Care, 6814 N. Sheridan; Hops and Grapes, 6816 N. Sheridan; SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan; Devon Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon; The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan; Ireland’s, 6511 N. Sheridan; McDonald’s, 6740 N. Clark; Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon; BMO Harris Smart Branch, 6556 N. Sheridan; True Nature Foods at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse; Su Taqueria El Rey del Taco, 7138 N. Clark; The Side Project, 1435 W. Jarvis; NovaCare Rehabilitation, 1214 W. Loyola Court; Leona’s, 6935 N. Sheridan; Capt’n Nemo’s, 7367 N. Clark; Cunneen’s Bar, 1424 W. Devon; Lakeshore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan; the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard; Rogers Pier, 6800 N. Sheridan; Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine, 7124 N. Clark; Clarke’s Diner, 6431 N. Sheridan; the A&T Pancake House and Grill, 7036 N. Clark; Anytime Fitness Chicago-North, 1346 W. Devon; Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis; Rogue Fusion, 7027 N. Clark; Blaze Pizza–Loyola, 6550 N. Sheridan; Caffé ArrivaDolce, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview; Reflections of Lola, 1771 W. Greenleaf; the State Farm insurance office of Nick Kosiek, 7051 N. Clark; Red Sea Restaurant, 2043 W. Howard; Crepes on the Beach, 1230 W Greenleaf; Bulldog Ale House, 6606 N Sheridan; the Kermes Street Festival at St. Jerome Church, 1709 W. Lunt; Empirical Brew Pub, 1330 W. Morse; I Dream of Falafel, 6558 N. Sheridan; Nodd Pottery, 7063 N. Glenwood, and the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood. Come celebrate the holidays and the arts with your neighbors and me tomorrow at the Heartland Cafe Bar!
Each holiday season, we take home over $1 billion dollars worth of fresh cut trees in the U.S. They brighten our homes, infuse the air with merriment, and after a few days or weeks, out they go. By recycling trees, we can salvage their valuable nutrients, conserve landfill space, and give some nutrients back to nature. The dates for this year's City Christmas Tree Recycling Program are still being finalized. We will update this page with more information, recycling is typically offered for 2 weeks in mid-January. The trees collected will be shredded and turned into mulch that's used by the Chicago Parks District and also made available to Chicago residents free of charge. The closest location to Rogers Park is at Warren Park, 6601 N Western. Only natural trees without flocking are accepted. All tinsel, lights, and ornaments must be removed. Residents may pick up mulch, free of charge, from the Warren Park location on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the City's recycling website for the complete list of tree recycling locations: https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/brief/christmas-tree-recycling
Today is the first day that Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia is issuing the new City of Chicago Municipal ID. I was one of the first in line to get this new form of identification, which can be used to connect Chicago residents with City Services and programs. Chicago's Municipal ID program is open to all residents, but especially benefits those residents who have difficulties obtaining other government-issued ID, such as the homeless, young people, seniors, undocumented immigrants and members of the re-entry community.