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!

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170703/portage-park/six-corners-shopping-district-culvers-butter-burgers-cheese-curds

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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Jefferson Place Update

Jefferson Place Update

Dear neighbors,

On the heels of the recent approval of the development at 5201 W. Lawrence Ave, I have an exciting update on the continuing progress in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson Park: the proposed Jefferson Place mixed-use building planned for 4849 N. Lipps, next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 18th.

As you may recall, the proposal for this vacant lot has been in the works for more than 5 years. After an extensive process of community …

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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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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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A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

 

CHICAGO (CBS) — A mixed income apartment building is looking to give veterans priority when it comes to housing, but some in the Jefferson Park community said the possibility of the new addition could change the feel of the area.

The location of a former food service provider is the proposed site for the apartment building, at Milwaukee Avenue and Northwest Highway. The building will have retail, a storage facility and 100 units.

“We’re very confident that there’s going to be great opportunities for local residents to …

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Ind. Library Architect Announced

Ind. Library Architect Announced

John Ronan Announced as Architect for New Independence Library

On Sunday, March 19, John Ronan Architects was unveiled as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Park Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part of a unique agreement between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Public Library for a mixed-use development at the site. John Ronan Architects was recently the only Chicago finalist for the Obama Library.

After Independence …

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Metra to construct $1.2 million Improvements at Grayland Station

Metra to construct $1.2 million Improvements at Grayland Station

https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-construct-12-million-parking-lot-grayland-station

Metra today announced plans to construct a commuter parking lot at the Grayland Station on the Milwaukee North Line.

The project will add a 68-space parking lot on the east side of Kilbourn Avenue, between Milwaukee and Patterson avenues in Chicago. The Grayland Station, where more than 300 commuters board every weekday, currently has eight parking spaces.

“We understand that our commitment to providing excellent service is not confined to our trains,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Don Orseno. “This parking lot will improve the experience for our …

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