Contribute to Sculpture Project by Donating Local Artifact

Contribute to Sculpture Project by Donating Local Artifact

Two weeks ago, I announced Bernard Williams as the artist selected to completed the public artwork project as part of the 50×50 Year of Public Art initiative.

Williams is requesting some assistance from you – the public – in completing this task. In an effort to incorporate as much neighborhood history into his piece as possible, he is putting out a call for local, weather resistant artifacts which might be used in the sculpture. Williams is looking for outdoor objects, such as signs, architectural fragments such as railings, …

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Save the Date for the Annual Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge

Save the Date for the Annual Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5, for this delicious community tradition.

This world-class event attracts the best BBQ in Chicago paired with the area’s best breweries to the Northwest side. Contests then compete in three categories: best pairing, best beer, and best BBQ.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 5, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the parking lot at St. Viator Church, located at 3644 N. Kedvale. Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased online.

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Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Returns to Jefferson Park

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Returns to Jefferson Park

Back for its 17th year in 2017, Jeff Fest returns to Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long, August 4-6.

Located only a block from the Jefferson Park Transit Center, this unique summer festival attracts people from all over to the friendly neighborhood of Jefferson Park. The festival will feature plenty of tasty food, beer, music, wine tasting, arts and crafts, and kid-friendly activities.

The festival will take place on Friday, August 4, from 6:00-10:00 PM; Saturday, August 5, from 2:00-10:00 PM; and Sunday, August 6, from 2:00-9:00 PM. Just $5 per day at the …

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Starbucks Planned for Former Brown’s Chicken Lot

Starbucks Planned for Former Brown’s Chicken Lot

After years of soliciting Starbucks to enter the robust markets of the 45th Ward, it is with great pleasure that I announce their plans to open a new Jefferson Park location in the former Brown’s Chicken building located at 5601 W. Lawrence.

Brown’s Chicken closed their doors in January. It didn’t take long for Starbucks to become interested in the site due to its proximity to the Jefferson Park Transit Center and the prime intersection that is already home to Jewel, BeefBelly, Molly & Myles and …

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Independence Branch Library Passes Plan Commission

Independence Branch Library Passes Plan Commission

I am pleased to announce that the new Independence Branch Library passed the Plan Commission on Thursday, July 20.

The building is a unique collaboration between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Public Library, with the library on the first two floors and four floors of affordable senior housing above. The new location at 4024 N. Elston is designed by John Ronan Architects, a finalist in the competition to build the Obama Presidential Library.

For decades, neighbors and library users have lobbied for a new library. …

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Shakespeare in the Parks

Shakespeare in the Parks

One of Chicago’s favorite traditions returns to Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, August 12-13. This year, actors will perform a 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet.

One of the Shakespeare’s most popular plays, this family-friendly feature tells the story of two star-crossed lovers in Verona, Italy. The feud between the Capulets and the Montagues runs long and deep. Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden love disrupts the town and ends in tragedy.

The performance will take place on Saturday, August 12, starting at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday, August 13, starting at 4:00 pm. For …

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Town Hall Meeting for Hitch School Bump-Outs July 31

Town Hall Meeting for Hitch School Bump-Outs July 31

This spring, my office submitted an application with Commissioner Bridget Gainer to receive up to $75,000 for an infrastructure project in the ward. I am pleased to announce that our application to install bump-outs at the intersection of Byrn Mawr and Austin was approved.

Every day, children cross this busy intersection to access Hitch Elementary School. While there is a crossing guard on duty throughout the school year, my office still receives numerous complaints about people speeding through the area to reach their destination.

A bump-out extends …

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