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Please join youth from the Chicago Waldorf School, Sullivan High School and the Chicago Math and Science Academy as they gather against gun violence this Friday, April 20th, 2:00 p.m., on Glenwood just south of Morse. The gathering is part of a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools, a nationwide effort to memorialize the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, and to remember people lost to gun violence locally. For more information about the rally and to volunteer for a phone bank in support of a bill to license gun dealers, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/join-rogers-park-students-this-friday-in-speaking-out-against-gun-violence-support-licensing-gun-dealers/
2 days ago
Join your neighbors for a screening of the documentary film, Silence the Violence. Created by youth from Family Matters, an organization that works with families and youth in the North of Howard community, the film looks at the multiple causes of gun violence through the eyes of young men in Chicago. The screening takes place next Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m., at the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan (just south of Pratt). A panel discussion with the young men will follow. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit Family Matters’ youth development programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/new-400-theaters-to-host-screening-of-rogers-park-youth-documentary-silence-the-violence/
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Updated 2 days ago
The next round of participatory budgeting is about to begin! This is when you and your neighbors decide how to spend over $1 million in improvements for the 49th Ward. Each year, I receive over $1 million from the City’s “Aldermanic Menu” program to spend at my discretion on infrastructure improvements in the ward. Nine years ago, I implemented a “participatory budgeting” process in which the residents of my ward decide directly through popular vote how those tax dollars are spent. Since then, scores of cities across the nation have emulated our process and just recently Participatory Budgeting became the subject of a PBS documentary. The process for determining how to spend next year’s budget begins NOW. Over the next two weeks, I will host six “Neighborhood Assemblies” (five in English and one in Spanish) throughout the 49th Ward. The first assembly takes place Monday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m. (complimentary pizza served at 6:30 p.m.) at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (enter through the door in the middle of the block). If you can’t make this assembly, there are five more to choose from. For more information, including a list of all the Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/decide-how-to-spend-1-million-to-improve-the-neighborhood-participatory-budgeting-begins-next-week/
3 days ago
Welcoming to City Hall my most famous constituent and the Loyola Ramblers' official chaplain and biggest fan--Sister Jean!
3 days ago
Loyola University Ramblers Coach Porter Moser and Ramblers player Ben Richardson represented the team at today's City Council meeting. The Council passed a resolution saluting the Ramblers for their historic and thrilling run to the NCAA Final Four. Sister Jean Delores Schmidt also honored us with her presence.
Updated Apr 15
GreenGate Chicago, a medical cannabis dispensary, which allows people who are diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions to access marijuana for medical use, will open officially on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7305 N. Rogers (at the intersection of Chase, Damen and Rogers). In advance of the official opening, the owner of the dispensary, Bob Kingsley, is hosting an Open House tomorrow (Saturday, April 14th), 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid state ID or passport to attend the event. This is your opportunity to look inside the beautiful medical facility and meet the team who will be dispensing the medication. Learn more about the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and sign up for a medical cannabis card if you are eligible. The team at GreenGate is also providing on-site fingerprint services for $50 and free passport photos. The dispensary will also provide free giveaways and prizes for all who attend (no, the product itself will not be given away). For more information, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/medical-cannabis-dispensary-to-open-may-1-attend-open-house-tomorrow/
I welcomed to the 49th Ward today Bob Kingsley, who is the owner of GreenGate Chicago, a medical cannabis dispensary that provides much needed relief to people who are diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions. The dispensary opens officially on Tuesday, May 1st, but today Bob hosted an open house to give neighbors an opportunity to look inside the beautiful medical facility at 7305 N. Rogers, meet the team who will be dispensing the medication and learn more about the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. They are also signing up eligible recipients for a medical cannabis card. One of my City Council colleagues prevented Bob from opening the dispensary in her ward and I was happy to step in to fill the void by supporting his facility in the 49th Ward.
Updated Apr 10
Follow Me on Friday as I visit a place where you can stay truly fit and healthy. Join me at Urban Warrior Fitness and Wellness, 1546 W. Howard (just east of Willye White Park) this Friday, April 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Owner and personal trainer Barry Hoven moved his fitness studio to Rogers Park a few years ago. He receives rave reviews from his clients and offers a variety of reasonably priced training sessions, with classes geared to every type of person–from moms with kids to senior citizens to boot camp fanatics. Barry provides creative fitness regimens conducted in a well-appointed, colorful, nicely decorated gym. Urban Warrior also offers customized meal plans prepared by Kettlebell Kitchen. Barry is heavily involved in Rogers Park, serving on the Howard Street Special Service Area Committee, and is a community partner with Family Matters, A Just Harvest, the Recyclery, and the Rogers Park Business Alliance. He also hosts regularly scheduled Urbe art exhibits in the gym. Come see what Urban Warrior has to offer to help meet your fitness and wellness needs and enjoy complementary appetizers from Kettlebell Kitchen and Phil Stefani’s Inspired Catering and Events and juice from the Heartland Café. Complimentary beer and wine is also available. 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; 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; 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; Midnight Mac & Cheeserie, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood; TJam Kitchen, 1418 W. Howard; and El Garcia, 7517 N. Western; South of the Border, 1416 W. Morse; and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 6568 N. Sheridan. I look forward to seeing you this Friday at Urban Warrior Fitness and Wellness!
Updated Mar 31
With Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cheering on the Ramblers!
Updated Mar 31
If you don't have cable television or simply want to watch tonight's Loyola vs. Michigan Final Four game with other Ramblers fans, join me at the New 400 Theaters where once again the theater and I are sponsoring a free viewing of the big game on the big screen. Tip-off is TODAY (Saturday, March 31st), at 5:09 p.m. and the doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The theater is located at 6746 N. Sheridan (just south of Pratt). Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase and the theater offers a full bar. In order to accommodate the ever-growing attendance at these watch parties, the New 400 will be showing the game this time in three theaters. Nonetheless, I advise you to arrive at the theater early to guarantee yourself a seat. I hope to see you tonight as we cheer on the Loyola Ramblers (a/k/a Rogers Park Ramblers)! Go Ramblers! https://www.ward49.com/news/new-400-theaters-to-host-final-four-watch-party-on-its-big-screens-ramblers-success-unifies-rogers-park/
Unless you’ve just returned from a part of the world with no Internet access and cable TV, you know that the 49th Ward’s home team, the Loyola Ramblers Men’s Basketball team, stunned and thrilled sports fans everywhere by advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament. Driven by grit, teamwork and a coach who inspires the players to believe in themselves (and also, no doubt, some well-placed prayers by the team’s spiritual leader, Sister Jean), the Ramblers have risen to heights no one could have imagined at the start of the season. With the exception of die-hard Michigan Wolverines fans, everyone throughout the sports world will be rooting for the Ramblers when they play this Saturday evening. In the spirit of this historic moment, I have joined the New 400 Theaters once again in sponsoring a free viewing of the Loyola game on the big screen. Tip-off is Saturday, March 31st, at 5:09 p.m. and the doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The theater is located at 6746 N. Sheridan (just south of Pratt). Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase and the theater offers a full bar. For more information, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/new-400-theaters-to-host-final-four-watch-party-on-its-big-screens-ramblers-success-unifies-rogers-park/
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Representing the "Maroon and Gold" at today's City Council meeting. #GoRamblers
Updated Mar 28
The critically acclaimed film, "Rogers Park," is back for another screening here in its namesake community. The movie, filmed almost entirely in Rogers Park and directed and written by Rogers Park residents, played to sold-out crowds at its initial Rogers Park showings last month. Because of the demand, the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan (just south of Pratt), has agreed to host another two showings this Thursday, March 29th, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. I’m pleased to partner with the 400 Theaters and the film’s director to offer these special screenings exclusively to our Rogers Park community. If you haven’t seen the film, now’s your chance! For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/back-by-popular-demand-film-rogers-park-to-be-shown-at-new-400-theaters-this-thursday/