May 9-15


Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in May 1908 when she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Ann Reeves Jarvis conceived the tradition to visit one’s mother or go to church, and give, or wear, white carnations if Mother is alive, red if deceased. 

Mother’s Day was tied with parenting education, peace, reconciliation, arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements. She started a massive letter writing campaign urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood, giving her a day of rest from motherly duties and presented gifts by her children.

Ironically, when it became commercialized, she spent the rest of her life trying to repeal it. For more details, › holidays

Service members and families are being honored during

Military Appreciation Month 

Eid Mubarak

This week, our Muslim neighbors will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Eid is an important Islamic holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan.


Service members and families are being honored with a variety of discounts in 2021.


Get weekly military discounts on food, travel, lodging, moving, entertainment, cremation, phones and everything in between, troops, military families and veterans can stay on top of military discounts. Branch specific pages, too 

Example:-Home Depot

All veterans are eligible for Home Depot’s 10% military discount on Memorial Day with a DoD-issued ID, a DD214 or a Veterans Driver’s License. (This discount is good for veterans on July 4th and Veterans Day as well.)

A Plethora of Plant Sales

Chicago Friends School Spring Plant and Bake Sale

Saturday, May 8th.    10 am to 1 pm

Click here for more information

The Chicago Friends School is holding a plant and bake sale this Saturday, May 8th from 10 am to 1 pm at 1246 W Thorndale. Herbs, vegetables, annual flowers, and baked goods to benefit Chicago Friends School.

Central Lakeview Neighbors Flower Sale

 Order flowers for your home. Proceeds are used by CLVN to fund beautification projects from Belmont to Diversey, Racine to Halsted. Orders must be turned in by May 11th and order pick up is May 22nd, from 9am-11am at Harriet Tubman Elementary School (formerly known as Agassiz). You can find the order form by clicking here and can email the completed form to

LIMITED Plant Swap

Saturday, May 15 at 2-3:30 pm

United Church of Evanston parking lot -1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston

contact Jessica Meis at   847-864-1330

This will be an outdoor event-no rain date. 

Bring Plants Only, no pots, books, hoses, tools, or garden equipment.

Follow social distancing guidelines – stay 6 feet apart, wear a mask, and wait in line outside the parking lot if more spacing is necessary. 

No food or refreshments.

Pre trades/swaps are encouraged. Let us continue the community spirit we have enjoyed so many times. Here is the link to arrange a pre-trade:

May 22-Pop Up Sale– Parking Lot only-“Rummage Sale” this year. Details in Save the Date. 

Mark your calendars for May 22, 2021 (rain date May 29) from 10 am – 2 pm for our first-ever United Church of Evanston Parking Lot Pop-up Sale! Reserve Table by May 14 

Please sign up for a table by May 14! Please contact Sandra Robinson at with questions and for more information

This is an important fundraising event for UCE and is guaranteed to be fun for people of all ages. Proceeds from the sale will benefit UCE in lieu of our regular Annual Rummage Sale. Tables will be hosted by individuals as well as Monday Night Women’s Group, The Board of Trustees, Staff, Chris Isely Cancer Group, and the Choir. Covid-safe food and drink will be available; Fun for all ages, featuring Nick, the Balloon guy.


 MAY 15 11AM  

pre-register by 4pm May 13 with 

Name of community garden group, who is picking up 

New Horizon Garden-401 S. Central Park at Van Buren

Annuals, (decorative & pollinator-friendly), herbs, vegetable seedlings

$5 fee;       $3 Sale of Cannas and dahlias

Peterson Garden Project Edible Plant Sale 

Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4620 N. Broadway-the future Chicago Market Co-op Building.

Every purchase you make at their plant sale supports Peterson Garden Project, including Grow2Give food donations and garden scholarships. Seedlings include many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, edible flowers, and herbs. 

Don’t Want to Plant Flowers-Just enjoy them Follow BLOOM-O-METER

The Bloom-O-Meter has made its return for Lombard Lilac Time in May 1-16, 2021 and will be updated periodically as our lilacs begin to bloom. Updates will also be posted to social media. 


THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT 2021 – classic variety show

May 8 live-streamed from The Edge Theater. 

This features professional and pre-professional dancers from the Gus Legacy Company performing jazz, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater and tap pieces. Entertaining and FUN for the whole family!

773-275-5230  (click on purchase tickets)

Cedille Records: Recording the Sounds of Chicago’s Classical Music 

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.     This free program, held via Zoom, 

Register on the Edgewater Village Chicago website,

or directly from this link

Inside look at the classical music scene with Jim Ginsburg (yes-RBG’s son), founder and president of Cedille (pronounced say-DEE) Records, the only independent organization dedicated exclusively to recording Chicago-area classical musicians, ensembles, and composers.  In 2019, Ginsburg was nominated for a “Producer of the Year, Classical” Grammy Award and received a Grammy this year as the producer of an award-winning album. One of Cedille’s best-selling albums is “Notorious RBG in Song,” which is based on letters and the life of his mother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The songs are written by Jim’s wife, singer/composer Patrice Michaels. 

Trivia with the Lakeview – Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 6 PM! 

Are you sick of making sourdough bread? Are you longing to connect with others across our two communities? Excited to show off all you know?

Excited to show off all the knowledge you’ve gained while quarantining over the last year? Join them for a live virtual trivia night.  Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members/community members. Register today by clicking here. 

Old Town Art Fair on Jun 12-13.

Pre-registration for entry to the Fair will open on Saturday, May 8 here.

Safety measures for the 2021 Art Fair include a larger footprint for adequate room to move around, placing artist booths six feet apart, hand sanitizing stations throughout the Fair, signs encouraging social distancing and mask-wearing, and designated space for food vendors.

Suggested $12 donation to allow the Old Town Triangle to continue funding for multiple organizations throughout Chicago. Proceeds from the Art Fair are returned to the community through grants to schools, charities, and other non-profit organizations. Give more!

24th CAPS Senior Film Series  Planning 

Answer Yes or No    to this e-mail

  1. Would you be willing to begin meeting in the auditorium in late July?
  2. Would you be interested in having post-film discussions among attendees rather than have speakers (or if speakers are unavailable)?

From Broadway to local venues



Discount Chicago Lakefront Cruises 

Where: Location of boats vary,  When: Various 

The weather’s nice again and the boats are back!  As always read all the terms and conditions before purchasing. Also, on the day of the cruise leave enough time to get to the boat.  They all require you to be there up to an hour in advance & won’t wait!

Opening of Chicago Summer Fairs & Concerts- all with safety precautions.

Read the press release in full, click

LIVE & LEARN  Illinois Continuity of Care Programs


May 10   10–11 am

Lake Co Forest Preserve will discuss what influences butterfly populations and what gardeners can do to attract them.



Chicago streets open for outdoor dining.  Check out a Neighborhood near You.

The City will be closing select streets to traffic again this year to enable expanded outdoor dining.  Sidewalk patios will be extended into the street and at some locations there will be a few communal tables set up for dining or carry-out.

Lakeview-Dine out on Broadway – Closure on Broadway from Belmont (3200N) to Wellington (3000N)

The 36 Bus on Broadway will be rerouted (check the CTA website for updates) and Barry, Oakdale, and Briar will become two way streets.  May 14-Sept 19  Fridays: 3-11pm, Saturdays: 11am-11pm, Sundays: 11am-9pm

Starbucks get 50% off one drink a week for 3 weeks

Monday, May 4-23, 2021

Starbucks Rewards members check your email for this deal.  There’s a link to click on and then the offer will load into the app.  Or it may be located under “Offers” in app.  This may be targeted and not available to everyone.

Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club 

Get $10 Lettuce Entertain You has really good restaurants at all different price points all over the City and many in the suburbs.  A great way to save money is to earn points for meals you would have had anyway and then redeem them for free food & beverages.

forward/Chicago Dinner Club is Going to the Park!

May 13 at 5 PM – Welles Park

We are so done with Zoom for dinner! Let’s get back outside! It’s like a potluck, but everyone brings their own food and drink. Don’t forget a chair. Let’s celebrate by seeing each other again!



Ravenswood senior housing at 4515 N. Winchester, at the site of the former Ravenswood Hospital.   Seniors 62 years of age and older with incomes below $51,000 (1 person) or $58,250 (2 persons) will be eligible for independent living in the 1 bedroom apartments. Rents will be based on 30% of the tenant’s income.

The building is being managed by Evergreen Real Estate Services and CHA is handling tenant selection. Josh Mark can answer your questions and provide application assistance to you. contact at:

More affordable Housing?  4715 N Western Development Concept Meeting

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. Register here. 

The Community Builders, a nonprofit developer, is hosting a virtual meeting to solicit feedback on an initial development concept for the city-owned parking lot at 4715 N Western, the northeast corner of Leland and Western-Lincoln Square.

47th Ward has not received a formal proposal for development at this location, as no project has received funding. The Community Builders wants to get feedback from neighbors on its concept prior to submitting an application for funding for affordable housing.


Chicago Police 20th District Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 12, 12 pm – 6 pm

Community Room

Sgt. Gibbons for more information. Walk-ins are welcome!

White Crane Wellness

Click here to learn more about programming

City of Chicago free Zoom programming for seniors include May Bingocize (combines Exercise, Bingo, and Prizes), May Social Support Group, Zoom Tutorial for Seniors, “Ask the Nurse” Group, and more.

A Short History of Living Longer

8pm  Tues. May 11

WTTW-Channel 11 Health Heroes



Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Project 

breaking ground in 48th Ward on May 16

Station by Station Zoom meetings hosted this past week by the CTA in advance of Stage A 

Recordings of the meetings can be found on the CTA RPM Facebook Page and will be posted on the CTA website. If you haven’t already, sign up to receive construction alerts from CTA by clicking here. Bookmarking this link to an interactive map on the CTA’s website that outlines current and upcoming impacts like station closures, bus reroutes, and street & alley closures due to construction. 

 CTA RPM Construction Update

Click here to read the construction activity notice

Tree Removal activity work- May 12th to May 13th

  • W. Balmoral Avenue between CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue
  • W. Winona Street between CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue

City of Chicago Residential Electronics Recycling Program

Click here for more information

Starting on April 1st to December 30th, you can now recycle old electronics at these locations listed in their flyer and hours. To learn more about this program, please visit


Good Government Illinois Chair David Orr sat down with Senator Dick Durbin for a

(pre-recorded-aired 5/7) conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing the country. This focused on what the Senate and the Biden-Harris Administration are doing to safeguard our most basic freedom as citizens – our right to vote. Senator Durbin also discussed a range of other issues, from judicial confirmations to the American Jobs Plan.

Click the link to watch Good Government Illinois: A Conversation with Senator Dick Durbin


47th Ward-Participatory Budgeting VOTING OPENS ON MONDAY, MAY 10TH

Tell us how you want to spend $250,000. Through our 2021 participatory budgeting process, we will allocate up to $250,000 from both our 2021 and 2022 Aldermanic Menu funds for public infrastructure projects selected by the community. Any 47th ward resident age 14 or older is invited to vote on the potential projects from May 10 to May 17. You do not have to be registered to vote with the State of Illinois in order to participate.

All projects were selected by and vetted by the 47th Ward Youth Council. Many thanks to the Youth Council’s fearless leaders for their dedication and service to this bold experiment in direct democracy.

Learn more about the ballot and register to vote at

47th Ward Green Council’s

May 10 – Green and Growing: Healthy Soil, Happy Plants

May 15 – Front Yard Free-Cycle with Ravenswood Free Box

May 15 – Chip Away at the Winnslie Parkway

May 15 – Northcenter Recycling Pop-up

John Lewis Voter Advancement Day Votercade 

Saturday, May 8 at 1 PM 

Across the USA, people will turn out in person, in “votercades” (car caravans), or online in support of democracy legislation now before Congress: John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR4). For the People Act (S1), DC Statehood (HR51/S51). We’ll urge our senators to end the filibuster in order to get these vital democracy bills passed!

In Evanston, join the car caravan beginning at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center Sign up here for more information

Chicago River Day Clean-up Event

Free- Register  required here.

Sat. May 8  Join anytime Between 9-12 AM for any amount of time.

Friends Of the Chicago Family and your Edgewater Neighbors.  We will follow social distancing guidelines including masks. There are many sites to choose from. The site at the Skokie Sculpture Park will be hosted by Edgewater folks.

Sunday, May 9

9 a.m. to noon

Improve the Thillens Nature Trail along Kedzie Avenue on the east bank of the North Shore Channel.

Care For Real: Volunteer and Donate

Edgewater and Rogers Park!

New volunteer shifts are available weekdays and Saturdays.

Tasks:  grocery packing, warehouse support, and staffing our reception desk. 

Special need of volunteers that speak Spanish to assist during food distribution.

Whether you can volunteer occasionally, or can commit to a weekly or monthly shift, we invite you to join our team. Apply here or send an email to to get started.

Will gratefully accept any unopened food items or personal care items. Find a list of accepted items here


RP Seniors Film Series, “Stranger than Fiction “(2006). 

May 19th at 2pm for “Filmed in Chicago” series 

Contact with questions about accessing the zoom showing.  

Selection for May was reviewed as, “Two Thumbs Way Up!”  Here is a trailer for the film:

Their speaker, Ricardo Gutierrez, is a Chicago actor who has a part in the film and is the former Artistic Director of Teatro Vista, an equity theater company in Chicago. Mr. Gutierrez will be talking with us from 4:00 – 4:30pm following the screening.

Outdoor Concerts-Millennium Park

There will be capacity restrictions.  Read all the Health and Safety rules here.

Pre-Concert Lectures

For your safety and convenience, all pre-concert lectures will be virtual in 2021. Pre-concert lecture videos may be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Tickets, Program Book on Smart phone

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, 312 742-1168 or 312-742-7638

Free Wednesday  6:30PM-8:00PM evening July 7-August 18, 2021.  More details here.  

Friday and Saturday evening July 2-August 21, 2021.

ENJOY-classical favorites like Dvořák’s New World Symphony, the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto, along with their annual Broadway extravaganza, a night of family fun with Carnival of the Animals and their popular Independence Day Salute.


July 1 through September 26—

64 concerts with their signature mix of genres, including classical, jazz, rock & pop, Broadway, country, dance, and more…including the 85th annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


May 1- 8

May is named after the Greek goddess Maia who looked after plants. She is described, as mother & midwife, bringing life, and crone (based on magic powers and in honor of old age as well)

The month is known for love and success.

National Older Americans Month 2021 Theme ”Communities of Strength”

Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others.

In May, Admin. For Community Living will celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.

May 4    Monthly Meeting of Northside AARP Community Group

12:30 pm – first Tuesday of every month

Zoom – Joining information will be sent to you on Monday, May 3rd(If you are not already ZOOMING and would like to know how to start, here’s a great YouTube video that walks you through starting.

For Older Adult Month our theme is “Building Communities of Strength” 

Featured program: Intergenerational Housing-Congregate Housing for All Ages & Stages of Life Takes Many Forms.  An international movement. Overview on what various options are, focusing on non-buy in opportunity. Discussion & Q & A.

Full agenda-Community announcements, Medical Report, and more.

Celebrate the fullness of life and what opportunities lie ahead!

to learn more or e-mail:

May 1-Law Day

The 2021 Law Day theme—Advancing the Rule of Law Now—reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Basics

Friday, May 7, 2021  Zoom Online event

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Learn about wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate and guardianship. Take the first step to create or update a plan that is appropriate for you.  Attorney Jacob K. Ehrensaft will explain how to ensure your final wishes can be protected.  This program will discuss how to select the correct person to make healthcare and financial decisions on your behalf when you cannot. The importance of updating existing documents to reflect changes in the law and personal circumstances shall also be reviewed.  

Please register with Edgewater Village Chicago or at the Edgewater Library Branch reference desk at least 24 hours before the event :

 Katy   (312) 742-1945


205 West Randolph, Suite 1610 Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312.376.1880

Email: info @

To request legal assistance you must call us at 312.376.1880.  Our lines are open between 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Find more about the types of legal cases CDEL handles and how to request legal help herePlease note that we must receive inquiries from the person seeking legal services – family members or friends cannot do so.

Please submit general inquiries only through our online form.

Please note that CDEL does not assist with social security appeals or personal injury actions.

If you are seeking basic legal information or brief advice please visit Illinois Legal Aid Online at or CARPLS at 312-738-9200. -PRO BONO LEGAL CLINIC

Univ. IIllinois-Chicago John Marshall Law School

300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Phone: (312) 427-2737 ext. 477


Fax: (312) 803-1958

Chicago Legal Clinic

211 W. Wacker Drive Suite 750, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Phone 773-731-1762 Fax: 773-731-4264

Legal ServicesSocial Service Organizations

The Chicago Legal Clinic is a not-for-profit organization which offers low cost legal services on a sliding-scale, based on ability to pay, to residents of Cook County.  Services available in English and Spanish at several Chicago neighborhood locations.  Programs, Services and Legal assistance:  adoption, bankruptcy, child custody and support, debt elimination, divorce, employment, environmental issues, guardianship, immigration, landlord-tenant, real estate transactions, Social Security benefit


Maureen Stratton-Pro Bono and Public Service Program Director

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Rubloff Building, RM 817

375 East Chicago Avenue,Chicago, IL 60611-3069

Phone: (312) 503-4558  Fax: (312) 503-2518


Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact by telephone at (312) 906-5050, by fax at (312) 906-5299, TTY at (312) 906-5013 or by email at

Located at the IIT Conviser Law Center

565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL  60661.


Theresa C. CekoDirector

Philip H. Corboy Law Center

25 E. Pearson Street, Suite 1005,Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312.915.7830

Cases handled by the clinic focus on family issues, landlord-tenant conflicts and benefit questions. A typical case might involve conflicting claims for Social Security or grandparents seeking custody of their grandchildren.  Veterans practicum- local veterans’ social and legal need.


Illinois Legal Aid

Information to help you understand and solve legal problems. Find useful forms, listings of free legal clinics and attorney referral services.



Lincoln Park Farmers Market – 40th anniversary season

Opens May 1    7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Parking lot of the Lincoln Park High School, rain or shine.

City Green Market Returns May 1

1817 N. Clark, South end of Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL 60614

7 am – 1 pm  every Wednesday and Saturday through the end of October

Earth Day Poetry Slam

May 1 – 1pm

Co-hosted by Buttercup Park Advisory Council

Kentucky Derby Day – first Saturday in May

2:30-7:30 pm ET

Derby 147 – live coverage NBC

6:57 pm Post Time   “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports”

May 2

  • World Press Freedom Day
  • Orthodox Easter
  • Teacher Appreciation Week /Day
  • Wildflower Week (May 2-8)
  • Nurse’s Week – first full week 
  • National Weather Observers Day

May 5

  • Cinco de Mayo Day.
  • Museum Lovers Day, Cartoonist Day, National Day of Reason* (first Thursday)
  • Uptown Farmers  Market  Wilson &  Broadway

Wed. May 5 – November 2:30-7pm  rain or shine

May 6

May 7

  • Space Day* (first Saturday)
  • National Day of Prayer  – In compliance with a law passed in the U.S. Congress in 1988, each year the President of the United States issues a statement proclaiming the first Thursday in May to be a National Day of Prayer. But, the first National Day of Prayer was declared hundreds of years earlier. Religious roots in this country go back to its formation. In 1775, the Continental Congress set aside a time for prayer. In proclaiming this very first National Day of Prayer, the Founding Fathers asked the colonists to pray for our fledgling country. Many immigrants to America, came here in search of religious freedom. Our God-fearing forefathers felt so strongly about religious liberty, that they wrote the First Amendment to the Constitution, specifically to protect the right to religious freedom.

May 8

  • Mother’s Day, V E Day, Lilac Sunday second Sunday in May

Waste Less and Live Better

Saturday, May 1, 2021

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Online event – explore a range of topics on adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle*, including how to get started on your personal zero-waste journey, ways to amplify the reach of environmentally friendly habits, resources to extend your learning, and what it means to be an environmental justice advocate.

“Zero Waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”

Register 24 hours in advance: Sharon  Telephone: (312) 744-1478


In Honor of Polish Constitution Day

Chicagoski: Writers on Polish Chicago

Monday, May 3, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Online event

What does it mean to be Polish-American? In honor of Polish Constitution Day, the Chicago Public Library will be hosting a virtual program with some of the most notable creatives of the written word connected to Chicago. Now living across the United States, editor Daniel Pogorzelski will interview authors.

This event will take place live on CPL’s YouTube channel and CPL’s Facebook page. You’ll be able to ask questions during the event.

Can’t make it to the live stream? They’ll archive the video on YouTube to watch later as well.

Death by Pancakes & Other Events in the History of New Light Evangelicalism

May 4, 2021   4 to 5 pm CT

Douglas Winiarski, presenter

This program will be held virtually on Zoom. Please register for free in advance here.

In this illustrated lecture, historian Douglas Winiarski will explore the varied ways in which the “people called New Lights”—progenitors of today’s evangelical Protestants—resolved perplexing mind-body problems associated with their transformative conversion experiences. Winiarski will use engaging stories featuring an eclectic cast of religious radicals–hailing from New England and Maritime Canada to the trans-Appalachian west–to reveal how the transatlantic evangelical awakening of the 18th century fueled controversies over marriage, the family, sexuality, and the body.

NOTE: You can also watch a live stream of the program on the Newberry Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Forward Chicago Goes to the Movies – Virtually

May 5, 2021 at 5:00pm

In Quartet, once-popular opera diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Join in the fun. First Wednesday of the month: Quartet

GOLDSTAR-Your Online Event Lineup 

My Fair Lady Reunion Tour-and More!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:00pm  $15

The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip – as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature!

Meet the Broadway and National Tour stars of the Tony Award winning revival of Lincoln Center Theater’s Pacific Time. Your purchase includes access to view the Video On Demand from

12:00 am Pacific Time on May 13th through 11:59 pm Pacific Time on May 16th.

May 2021 at Sulzer Regional Library

In the hopes of a healthy summer, we’re plugging right along at the library. If you want to see the latest in library policy, you can take a look at the helpful FAQ on our website.  Our programs are still online, and we’re still relying on Zoom for many of our programs. If you’re unfamiliar with using Zoom, their website offers tutorials to guide you along

Center on Halstead

Un*Gala – Virtual event

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

We’re excited to honor Theaster Gates, Sam Kirk, and Jane M. Saks for their fierce advocacy for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. To purchase tickets and to learn more about the honorees click here.

Pitch In for Your Parks” Clean Up Event 

The Chicago Park Foundation will provide free cleaning supplies and support to volunteer groups looking to beautify their local parks. The event runs from June 1st through the end of October. To learn about the various ways to participate click here.

Don’t Miss Monet and Chicago

Art Institute

Through June 14 with Covid precautions


Chicago Cinco de Mayo Deals

Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s a great time to get out after a long lockdown and enjoy a few margaritas. Since most restaurants are barely surviving, there are few deals just listed, all the restaurants where you can get a good margarita. I would make a reservation as restaurants are at 50% occupancy.  If the weather is nice some places may have outside seating available.  Most outside seating is first come, first serve.  Call first!!! And if you really want to go on the cheap you can make Rick Bayless’ margaritas (recipe below) .

Bub City 435 N. Clark (312) 610-4200. They have decent pre-made margaritas and they’re also serving Three Dots and a Dash cocktails. Join Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club Get $10

Frontera Grill, 445 North Clark Street, (312) 661-1434. Topolo margarita it’s $13.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, like all other similar holidays, can be a big rip-off. If your Mother can’t wait to go out another time then here are the best deals and some money saving tips.

Mother’s Day in the time of Coronavirus

If you can safely visit your mother and bring food there are many options.  Another option, depending on where she lives, would be to send her food and have a Zoom meal.  Prices do not include delivery fees, tax and tip.  Booze extra.  Order early – some restaurants have cut-off dates.

In 2021 indoor dining has resumed at 50% capacity so if you are going out make reservations early as restaurants may fill up quickly.

Southport Mother’s Day Stroll

Southport Corridor shops are celebrating moms by giving out roses from Primrose Chicago and chocolate treats from Candyality to moms who stop in on Mother’s Day!  Retailers are also offering special promotions and hosting pop-up vendors for more shopping fun. Plus, Angela Garbot Photography will be stationed in front of the Ouizi mural from 11am-2pm for moms to enjoy a mini photo session with the family! To see the full list of participating businesses click here.


McDonalds will be launching the new flavor of Caramel Brownie McFlurry for a limited time only at participating restaurants.  While supplies last, visitors at any participating McDonald’s locations can get a FREE Regular Size Caramel Brownie McFlurry by scanning the offer code through the McDonald’s app with no purchase necessary.

In addition, from May 3 to May 9, when you order a minimum purchase of $15 on McDelivery through Uber Eats, you can get another free regular-size Caramel Brownie McFlurry.

Award Winning Restaurants in the 44th

Alderman congratulate Ceres’ Table, Chilam Balam, and mfk. on being named to the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list! A designation that comes from the organization that also gives out the famed Michelin Stars, being named a Bib Gourmand restaurant means a restaurant offers high quality meals at affordable prices. Restaurants like these are why Lakeview is such a great neighborhood to live in. The next time you dine out think of visiting these celebrated local businesses. To see a full list of the Chicago award winners click here.

Downtown Chicago Rooftops, Patios, and River Walk.

Chicago on the  posts an extensive list – bears checking out with call to confirm – check out venue websites, covid restrictions, etc.


Is the Social Security COLA falling short?

The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment was 1.3% for this year, equivalent to a $20 climb in the estimated average monthly benefit. However, some of the costs facing retirees are growing much faster than that, according to Consumer Price Index data analyzed by The Senior Citizens League.  Full Story: CNBC (4/27) 

Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 

Recordings of all events are now available at Including closed and Spanish caption



Wednesday, May 5-   STARTS AT 11:00AM. VIRTUALLY


Various fitness videos for all ages and abilities. This event encourages Chicago residents to take small steps in an effort to make their physical health a daily priority. Learn more about how to get moving here

This event is supported by the #MoveYourWay campaign, which encourages teens to complete 60 minutes of daily #physicalactivity & adults to achieve 150 minutes a week. #GetYour60

More exercise may be needed to reap longevity benefits

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that adults may need to do more than the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week if they want to positively affect their longevity. Study authors said five hours per week may be needed to counteract high blood pressure and other conditions that affect lifespan.  Full Story: MSN/Eat This, Not That (4/27)


Compensated study that involves no  Investigational medicine and is looking to access the incidence of infection or reinfection of SARS-CoV-2 in adults who have, or have not previously tested positive for COVID-19. Participants will be sent home with bi-weekly nasal swabs to return at their next visit, with 8 total visits to our clinic. Take the survey to see if you prequalify!

Fight loneliness by serving others, valuing older adults

Sarah McKinney Gibson writes that a 12-step program, similar to one used by Alcoholics Anonymous, can help people from all generations deal with loneliness and addiction. Two of the steps in this journey include the idea that people can reduce loneliness through helping others and the importance of fighting ageism by valuing lived experience.

Full Story: Next Avenue (4/23)

Telehealth viable for geriatric assessments

Older patients with cancer were able to complete a self-administered geriatric assessment via EHR, through a telehealth platform or with assistance in person, researchers reported at the Oncology Nursing Society Congress. The nurse-led, EHR-based approach boosted communication and engagement among patients with family members and caregivers and facilitated care team collaboration, researchers said.

Full Story: Healio (free)

Spending, tax plan doesn’t address Rx drug prices

The White House’s $1.8 trillion spending and tax plan would expand support for education and safety-net programs as well as the Affordable Care Act, but it does not contain measures to lower the Medicare eligibility age or cut prescription drug prices.Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/2)

Dems want health measures in Biden’s economic plan

A group of 17 Democratic senators sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to include health care provisions in the American Families Plan, an economic package scheduled to be unveiled this week. The senators are pushing for the inclusion of measures to lower the eligibility age for Medicare; expand Medicare benefits by adding dental, hearing and vision care; set a cap on Medicare out-of-pocket costs; and permit Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

Full Story: CNN (4/25) 


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Bystander Intervention Training

Tue., May 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Sultzer Regional Library

Learn how to protect yourself and play a part in fighting anti-Asian harassment. The program is presented by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago. If you’re interested, register through their website

AIDS Garden Chicago 

Chicago’s first public park to memorialize the early days of Chicago’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, and to honor those who continue to fight against the disease today. The garden’s anchor piece on the Lakefront near Belmont – the stunning 30-foot Keith Haring sculpture ‘Self-Portrait.’ 

To help support the construction in the park you can now purchase items from the newly reopened pop-up shop by clicking here


“A Senate committee voted this week  to advance President Biden’s nominees for the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.This board is the only body that can fire Trump’s handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy — and once Biden’s nominees are confirmed by the full Senate, there’ll be enough reform-minded board members to get it done.

DeJoy is a major threat to our Postal Service. He spent most of last year trying to bring the agency to a grinding halt — and just last month, he unveiled a 10-year plan that would further slow down first-class mail delivery and raise postage prices.

“Sign the Petition: To save our Postal Service, the full Senate must vote on Biden’s nominees as soon as possible — and the USPS Board of Governors must fire Louis DeJoy” – Devon Nir, Digital Campaigner and the team at Common Cause



May 3rd – Filming on Wellington and Broadway

Either avoid  – parking restrictions, bus re-routes.  Or watch the fun 6am-8pm!

Brown Line Construction from Southport to Addison – Extended to June 30

May 7-10    Loyola University-Lakeside/Rogers Park-Edgewater  Move-out 

The City of Chicago has approved some “No Parking” zones 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m to facilitate a smooth move-out with limited traffic and neighborhood disruption around the Resident Halls. Expect congestion in other neighborhoods with students leaving private housing.


General Assembly returns to session next week from Tuesday-Friday. 

The deadline to get Senate Bills out of committee will be 5/14/21 with the deadline for passage of Senate Bills on 5/28/21 and adjournment set for 5/31/21.


Senators reintroduce Medicare at 50 Act

The Medicare at 50 Act has been reintroduced in the US Senate and would make people age 50 to 64 eligible for the Medicare program. Senators supporting the bill also asked the Biden administration to expand Medicare through the American Families Plan.

Full Story: WETM-TV (Elmira, N.Y.) (4/28)

Good Government Illinois

Senator Durbin one-on-one conversation with David Orr 

Interview on Thursday, May 6

RSVP and submit your questions for the Senator by 5 p.m. CT on Monday, May 3.

What are your questions from Biden’s Address you want our senator to Act on, need clarification?

Get into the For the People Act, filibuster reform, redistricting, and much more. Due to Senator’ Durbin’s  busy schedule, this will be pre-taped, but we encourage you to RSVP by May 3 to receive a special link via email to view the interview!

Lawmakers: Retirement bills could win bipartisan backing

Legislation improving the quality of retirement for Americans stands a good chance of attracting bipartisan support Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wis., said during a webinar sponsored by the Insured Retirement Institute.  Sinema pointed to the Senior Security Act of 2021, which creates a “Senior Investor Taskforce” within the Securities and Exchange Commission, as a measure that she thinks has enough support from both parties to become law.

Full Story: InsuranceNewsNet Magazine 


May 9

  • Chicago River Day Is Coming!

Sunday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers work to clean the 156-mile Chicago River system. Local volunteers will be getting together to improve the Thillens Nature Trail along Kedzie Avenue on the east bank of the North Shore Channel. The group will meet at 6801 N. Kedzie and will improve the nature trail between Devon and Touhy. For more information or to RSVP, contact Larry Yablong at (312) 399-9008 or

May 10

  • Green and Growing: Healthy Soil, Happy Plants

Mon., May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Find out about the world hiding under your plants and how to help it thrive. This program is presented by Montrose Metra Community Gardens, Manor Garden Club and Sulzer Regional Library. You can register through our website.

On May 9, 1869 the tracks of the two railroad companies met up at Promontory Summit, Utah. A golden spike was driven into the final connection of the two tracks. The first Continental rail line was 1,776 miles long. Towns, big and small, would soon sprout up along the route.


  • Eid Al Fitr,
  • which is also known as the “Festival of breaking fast”, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Adult Book Club – Chicago Public Library

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

Wed., May 12 at 7:00 p.m.

In 1986 Oklahoma, the consequences of two tragic crimes reverberate all the way to 2012, and the people involved need to struggle with the past. If you’re interested in discussing an award-winning psychological thriller, email to register.

  • Chicago Police 20th District Blood Drive

5400 North Lincoln Avenue

Wednesday, May 12, 12 pm – 6 pm

Community Room


  • Stars and Stripes Forever Day
  • National Police Week – third week/ Officers Memorial Day


  • Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, is a major Jewish holiday observed every year fifty days after the Passover Seder. Shavuot encompasses two celebrations, the wheat harvest in Israel and God’s giving of the Torah to the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.
  • 16-World Baking Day


  • World Telecommunications Day-especially with Telemed 


  • International Museum Day


  • Endangered Species Day* (third Friday)


May 21–June 6


  • National Maritime Day


  • The 5th Annual IL Democratic County Chairs Assn. & Nat’l. Dem. Training Committee Boot Camp


For individuals interested in building skills torun for office, run a campaign, or build a stronger local Democratic Party.  Close to 1,000 individuals have participated in our training.  273 have run for office after attending Boot Camp and 122 have been elected 

(No Republican information yet)


  • Pentecost

Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, is a Christian observance that takes place fifty days after Easter. It has its origins in the Judaism tradition of the Festival of Weeks and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit onto Jesus’s Apostles after his Ascension.  Many see this instance, the first Pentecost, as the foundation of the modern church as we know it. It was because of the Holy Spirit that Jesus’ disciples were able to spread the word of God through different countries.  The red symbolizes the tongues of fire of the Holy Spirit, as well as joy.


  • Nerd or Geek Pride Day


“A Hunger Artist” by Franz Kafka

Thu., May 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Do you miss being read to? Did you ever wonder if people would pay to watch a man starving himself in a circus cage? Have I got the story for you! If you’d like to hear a tale about what people do for their art, email to listen in. (Also, I know way too much Kafka trivia, so you’re bound to find out more than you need to know)


  • Memorial Day* (last Monday)


  • World No Tobacco Day i

supported by medical organizations around the world. Many groups and organizations use this day to encourage individuals to quit smoking. They promote education of the issues and dangers of using all forms of tobacco.

  • 31-Save Your Hearing Day reminds us that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected.  Many hearing loss problems are avoidable. Hearing loss can result from a variety of reasons, including: health, genetic and environmental causes. On the environmental side, repeated long term exposure to loud, high decibel noises can overtime cause hearing loss.  Use Save Your Hearing Day as an opportunity to learn what you can do.