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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Starbucks to Open at Former Brown’s Chicken in Jeff Park

Starbucks to Open at Former Brown’s Chicken in Jeff Park

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 …

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New Retro Fitness Gym Opens at 6Corners

New Retro Fitness Gym Opens at 6Corners

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PORTAGE PARK — Retro Fitness opened its 20,000-square-foot location at 4901 W. Irving Park Road for free tours on Thursday, marking a “soft opening” for the neighborhood’s newest gym.

The facility spans the basement and second floor of a long-vacant bank building in the Six Corners Shopping District, anchoring a $16 million redevelopment that promises to include a Culver’s and a 300-seat theater. Interior renovations are also underway for a Binny’s Beverage Depot, which will sit between the gym’s two levels on the building’s first floor.

The gym is the first Retro Fitness location to …

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Jefferson Park Master Plan

Jefferson Park Master Plan

We are in the beginning stages of gathering input for the Jefferson Park Master Plan. As the planning efforts progress and community meetings are scheduled, I will make sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, I encourage you to explore the website, complete the online survey, and sign up for the email list to stay involved.

Important Upcoming Dates

Community Meeting #1: 6:00-7:30 on Monday, June 19 at the Copernicus Center– this will be a Community Listening Session to provide an overview of the project and have station …

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‘People Space’ Has A Public Piano, And It’s Gorgeous

‘People Space’ Has A Public Piano, And It’s Gorgeous

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CHICAGO — Even if you don’t hear the baby grand piano now sitting in the middle of the Six Corners Shopping District, odds are that you’ll see it.

The Six Corners Association re-opened its “people space” this month featuring a baby grand piano decorated by mural artist Tony Passero, inviting passersby to sit and play a tune.

The chunk of parking spaces in front of Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe, 4032 N. Milwaukee Ave., had already included the piano, donated by Topher Allan Music, during its trial run as a marked-off pedestrian area last …

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Welcome Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co. to Jeff Park!

Welcome Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co. to Jeff Park!

Wonder what work is being done across from the Jefferson Park transit center at 4872 N. Milwaukee? I am pleased to welcome Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co. to the neighborhood! They recently obtained permits and are working on interior renovations ahead of their mid-August opening. 

With thousands of thirsty commuters and residents passing through every day, the owner recognized the building’s proximity to the city’s second busiest transit hub outside of the Loop as an ideal location to serve coffee, craft beer, and deli sliced sub-sandwiches.

Weston’s is a …

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Zoning Committee Approves Jefferson Place

Zoning Committee Approves Jefferson Place

Today, the zoning committee approved the Jefferson Place development located at Lipps and Ainslie. I am proud to usher in this mixed-use, transit-oriented development directly adjacent to the city’s second busiest transit hub outside of the Loop.

By increasing density in a responsible way, Jefferson Place will support neighboring businesses such as the Copernicus Center, the Ed Paschke Art Center, the Gift Theater, Windy City Musical Theater, Gorilla Sushi, Weston’s Coffee and Tap Co, and others.

Jefferson Place will help breathe new life into downtown Jefferson Park …

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Schurz Rising!

Schurz Rising!

Today in the Finance Committee we passed the ordinance that will direct $2.7 million to the construction of the new Schurz Field, refurbished gym floors and the pool in this historic neighborhood school. Thanks to all of the community members that helped provided input and make this needed improvement a reality. Schurz Rising!

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Hearth & Crust, Opening Soon

Hearth & Crust, Opening Soon

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IRVING PARK — Neighborhoods longing for a new restaurant should consider luring Eileen and Jose “Chepe” Garcia as residents.

The husband-and-wife team have made a habit of opening the type of joint they’d like to eat at close to wherever they call home, first in Logan Square with Buona Terra and now in Irving Park.

The couple are now putting the finishing touches on Hearth & Crust, 3608 W. Irving Park Road, aiming to begin service shortly after the Fourth of July.

While pizzas are a sure thing for the …

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