Year of Public Art Survey

Year of Public Art Survey

 

2017 has been declared the Year of Public Art. With this designation, we have a unique opportunity to commission up to two (2) unique, site-specific pieces of public artwork in the 45th Ward, but we need YOUR help!

Please take a moment to complete an online survey by May 4, sharing your thoughts on public art. My office will then select three artists we would like to interview based on the survey responses.

Please be aware that the images and sites in the survey will be used as guides in …

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45th Ward Clean Up – April 22

45th Ward Clean Up – April 22

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by joining neighbors for a day of service. At 9 am, individuals, community groups, and organizations will gather to help beautify our neighborhoods.

This year we will be focusing on the three following areas:

– CTA Jefferson Park Terminal
– Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski
– Along Avondale near Lawrence 

In addition to the supplies available at my office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags. Please bring your own work gloves.

To sign up, contact my office …

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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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Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan

Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan

Big news in the effort to revitalize Jefferson Park! The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan to enhance the area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.

I first announced the effort to craft a master plan in the fall of 2015, when I secured funding from the RTA to cover 80% – or $125,000 – of the costs of the analysis. The remaining costs for the master plan will be covered using funds from the Jefferson Park Tax Increment Financing …

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NW Side Mixed-Income Apartments Offer Hope For Disabled Neighbors

NW Side Mixed-Income Apartments Offer Hope For Disabled Neighbors

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170320/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-mixed-income-apartments-disabled-veterans-full-cirle

Northwest Side Mixed-Income Apartments Offer Hope For Disabled Neighbors

Alex Nitkin · DNAinfo Reporter

 

JEFFERSON PARK — Sandy Kleinhans is out of options.

Last year, a health scare abruptly ended Kleinhans’ 36-year career as a bank teller and publishing assistant. Her doctor urged her long ago to go on disability leave, warning that a full-time job was a serious risk for someone whose condition makes showering and dressing a two-hour process every morning.

Born with a rare joint disorder that severely limits her movement, Kleinhans now spends most of her time …

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Alderman Arena and CDOT Commit to Fixing Intersection

Alderman Arena and CDOT Commit to Fixing Intersection

http://chi.streetsblog.org/2016/11/16/after-noah-katzs-death-ald-arena-and-cdot-commit-to-fixing-intersection/

 

After Noah Katz’s Death, Ald. Arena and CDOT Commit to Fixing Intersection

Noah and Rachel Katz. Photo courtesy of the family

In the wake of the crash that tragically took the life of two-year-old Noah Katz and injured his mother Rachel, 39, as they crossed the street on Sunday afternoon in Portage Park, safety improvements are planned for the intersection.

At about 4:10 p.m. Sunday, Noah and Rachel were crossing east in the crosswalk on the south leg of the southernmost intersection of Giddings Street and Central …

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Divvy Has Arrived In Portage Park, Finally

Divvy Has Arrived In Portage Park, Finally

By Heather Cherone | July 13, 2016 6:45am

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PORTAGE PARK — Far Northwest Side residents can finally hop on a sky-blue Divvy bicycle in Portage Park.

Crews installed two new bicycle-sharing stations Tuesday at Montrose and Knox avenues near the Montrose station on the CTA Blue Line, and at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues in the Six Corners Shopping District outside the Portage Theater.

Six Corners business owners have been petitioning city officials since December 2013 to bring the bike-sharing service to the area around Irving Park Road and Cicero and Milwaukee avenues, and boost their efforts to bring …

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