Mason Sewer Lining Project

Mason Sewer Lining Project

The Department of Water Management is scheduled began a sewer lining project on North Mason between West Seminole and West Bryn Mawr on Thursday, August 17.

This project will rehabilitate the existing sewer without the conventional digging method. This sewer rehabilitation will minimize, if not eliminate, street cave-ins due to failure in old sewers. In addition, it will bring better drainage to the area and may help alleviate flooding during heavy rain.

During work days, mobilization will start at 4:00 pm. Actual work will begin at 5:00 …

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CPS Students Can Receive Free Museum Admission Beginning August 27

CPS Students Can Receive Free Museum Admission Beginning August 27

August 27 through September 1, Chicago Public School students can attend various museums throughout the city for free.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and explore Chicago Museums ahead of the new school year.

Visit my website for a list of eligible museums and dates.

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Help Clear the Shelters August 19

Help Clear the Shelters August 19

Are you or someone you know considering adopting or fostering a pet? Chicago Animal Care and Control is hosting their annual Clear the Shelter Free Adoption day on August 19.

Summer is high season for the local shelters, with many of them at full capacity. This event is the perfect opportunity to free up space in the shelters while filling up your heart with love from your new best friend.

Regular adoption screening still applies. More information and participating shelters is available online.

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Apply for the Roof and Porch Repair Grant Program

Apply for the Roof and Porch Repair Grant Program

The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formerly known as the EHAP program) provide grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for low to moderate income owner occupants of one to four-unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. Remedies will commensurate with the level of damage determined by the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Rehab Construction Specialist upon inspection. A property can receive service one-time only.

The 2018 roof and porch registration takes place from 9:00 am to 5:00 …

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nfrastructure Improvement Updates Agatite/Laramie Water Main Replacement

nfrastructure Improvement Updates  Agatite/Laramie Water Main Replacement

Please be aware that starting late August, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along West Agatite from North Central to North Lavergne, and along North Laramie from West Sunnyside to West Agatite. The old water main dates back to 1915 and needs to be replaced.

With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel …

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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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