45th Ward Update,

45th Ward Update,

Dear Neighbor,

With Easter this Sunday, I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a joyous and relaxing holiday with their friends and family.

In observance of the holiday, my office will be closed Saturday, April 15. We will re-open on Monday, April 17, at 9 AM.

Vets/Disabled Housing Update

I am pleased to report that a Cook County Circuit Court Judge denied the motion for a temporary restraining order on the approval process for the proposed development at 5150. N Northwest Hwy.

The request was made by opponents to …

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Share your ideas to improve the 45th Ward at a neighborhood assembly!

Share your ideas to improve the 45th Ward at a neighborhood assembly!

Beginning May 4, we will host five (5) neighborhood assemblies where we will gather infrastructure improvement ideas from stakeholders. Past ideas have included pedestrian refuge islands, the Independence Park playground, and bike lanes along Milwaukee.

Please help me reach as many residents as possibleby sharing this flyer with your networks.
Feel free to contact my at ward45@cityofchicago.org with questions, concerns, or ideas.

We look forward to working with you to improve the 45th Ward!

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Six Corners Starbucks Planned With Front Patio, ‘Public Art Feature’

Six Corners Starbucks Planned With Front Patio, ‘Public Art Feature’

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170330/portage-park/six-corners-drive-thru-starbucks-patio-parking-john-arena-portage-park-starbucks

By Alex Nitkin | March 30, 2017 6:22am @alexnitkin

CHICAGO — A developer and Ald. John Arena (45th) have come together on a plan to build a drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., along the northern edge of the Six Corners Shopping District, Arena’s staff said Wednesday.

After months of negotiations, the builder agreed to set the cafe directly against the street and to include a front patio large enough to hold a “public art feature” — both items Arena encouraged as a way to make the patio more accessible to pedestrians and …

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Jefferson Park ‘Gateway’ Apartments Get Go Ahead From Zoning Committee

Jefferson Park ‘Gateway’ Apartments Get Go Ahead From Zoning Committee

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170327/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-gateway-apartments-get-go-ahead-from-zoning-committee

 

By  Alex Nitkin and Heather Cherone | March 27, 2017 2:41pm

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A rendering of the 51-foot mixed-use building planned for 5201 W. Lawrence Ave. in Jefferson Park View Full Caption

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CITY HALL — A proposal to build a four-story mixed-use apartment building in the heart of Jefferson Park was approved by the City Council Zoning Committee Monday, setting the stage for construction to begin later this spring.

The proposal, which cleared the Chicago Plan Commission last month, is queued up for final approval from the full council on Wednesday. The underlying zoning is not changing, but …

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A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

 

CHICAGO (CBS) — A mixed income apartment building is looking to give veterans priority when it comes to housing, but some in the Jefferson Park community said the possibility of the new addition could change the feel of the area.

The location of a former food service provider is the proposed site for the apartment building, at Milwaukee Avenue and Northwest Highway. The building will have retail, a storage facility and 100 units.

“We’re very confident that there’s going to be great opportunities for local residents to …

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Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170124/portage-park/fischmans-liquors-fischmans-public-house-karamaniolas-zoning-change

CITY HALL — The owners of Fischman’s Public House got one step closer to opening their hybrid restaurant and bottle shop Monday, as the City Council’s zoning committee unanimously approved their requested zoning change.

Shanna and Gus Karamaniolas had needed the change to sell bottles and cans in the same building as the pub & grub they’re readying in the Six Corners Shopping District.

Seven months after the couple uprooted Fischman’s Liquors from its decades-old home in Jefferson Park, the couple is already busy gutting the vacant storefronts next to Portage Theater, …

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Distinct Bath & Body headed to 6 Corners

Distinct Bath & Body headed to 6 Corners

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170104/portage-park/distinct-bath-and-body-closing-moving-irving-austin-six-corners

 

PORTAGE PARK — Distinct Bath And Body, 6051 W. Irving Park Road, shut down its small storefront Saturday in preparation for a move to the Six Corners Shopping Districtin the spring, its owner said.

Sam Davis opened the artisan business in 2013, leaving a 20-year career at UPS to start crafting his own soaps, lotions and oils, he said. Everything he didn’t produce himself, he bought in small batches from independent boutiques.

An “insurance and tax assistance company” will be moving into the space at Irving and Austin, …

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Ind. Library Architect Announced

Ind. Library Architect Announced

John Ronan Announced as Architect for New Independence Library

On Sunday, March 19, John Ronan Architects was unveiled as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Park Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part of a unique agreement between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Public Library for a mixed-use development at the site. John Ronan Architects was recently the only Chicago finalist for the Obama Library.

After Independence …

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45th Ward Update

45th Ward Update

http://ward45.org/mar-24-2017-update/

Grab your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, and leis for St. Edward School’s annual Big Red Auction this weekend.

This year’s theme is Lei’d Back Luau. There will be plenty of dancing and mingling with great company. Attendees will have opportunities to win great prizes during a live and silent auction.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 6:30 PM to midnight in Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell.

More information is available online.

John Ronan Announced as Architect for New Independence Library

On Sunday, March 19, John Ronan Architects was unveiled as the …

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Metra to construct $1.2 million Improvements at Grayland Station

Metra to construct $1.2 million Improvements at Grayland Station

https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-construct-12-million-parking-lot-grayland-station

Metra today announced plans to construct a commuter parking lot at the Grayland Station on the Milwaukee North Line.

The project will add a 68-space parking lot on the east side of Kilbourn Avenue, between Milwaukee and Patterson avenues in Chicago. The Grayland Station, where more than 300 commuters board every weekday, currently has eight parking spaces.

“We understand that our commitment to providing excellent service is not confined to our trains,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Don Orseno. “This parking lot will improve the experience for our …

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