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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Culver’s will break ground this Thursday, July 6, at 11 AM!

Culver’s will break ground this Thursday, July 6, at 11 AM!

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CHICAGO — Butter burgers and cheese curds are closer than ever to the Six Corners Shopping District.

Ald. John Arena (45th) will join a ceremonial groundbreaking at 11 a.m. Thursday to usher in the construction of a Culver’srestaurant, signaling the next step in a $16 million redevelopment set to transform the 4900 block of West Irving Park Road, according to Arena’s staff.

Boosted by $2 million from the Portage Park Tax Increment Financing District, property owner Charles Cui set out last year to rehab the former Bank of America building at 4901 W. Irving Park Road. …

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Ward City Sticker Sale June 30

Ward City Sticker Sale June 30

On Friday, June 30, I will host a City Sticker Sale from 10 AM to 2 PM at my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.

To purchase a vehicle sticker, you must bring your 2017 Chicago city vehicle sticker courtesy reminder form. If you have lost your courtesy reminder, please bring your state vehicle registration card, which includes your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

The Ward Sale is limited to drivers with vehicle stickers expiring June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle stickers purchased in June by …

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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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