Community Shred Day

Community Shred Day

Please join State Representative Jaime Andrade and myself for a Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 1 pm in the St. Viator parking lot at 4140 W. Addison.

Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information – such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications, and outdated medical records – to be safely shredded. Please remember to remove all paper clips, staples, and other bindings before sending documents off to be shredded.

Old eyeglasses, cell phones, and old …

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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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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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