FREE, FUN & CHEAP REPORT

#80  FREE, FUN & CHEAP REPORT

EVENTS, INFORMATION & OPPORTUNITIES 

July 31-August 7

August is Senior Citizen’s Month

Tues. Aug. 3- 12:30pm

Northside AARP recognizes Sr. Accomplishments lead by featured speaker Paula Basta, Il Dir. Of Aging-a north side resident-

and report from 5th Congressional Rep. Mike Quigley on actions taken specially for seniors. 

FUN

Avoid the Crowds Due to Lollapolooza

Enjoy Activities at a Park Near you!

To discover movies, theatre, and other activities in the parks, check out chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Music, Movies, Dancing all weekend-check out your local park and avoid potential super spreader crowds & transportation.

Example:  Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 – 8 p.m.

Trebes Park   Movie: Top Gun

In accordance with Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Activities, participants will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. 

Andersonville Sidewalk Sale

JULY 29-AUGUST 1, 2021

9AM – 9PM daily  (hours vary by business)

Participating businesses spanning from 4800 to 5900 N. Clark Street and the adjacent side streets will expand their storefronts to line the sidewalks with summer sales, bargain antiques, one-of-a-kind merchandise, fashion apparel, and local treasures.

Example: Women & Children First  5233 N. Clark St. 60640

Sat. July 31 “Bring a Book –Take a Book” donated by others

Book Swap  12 noon-4pm   outside the Store

Needle Crafter Events

Chicago Yarn Crawl
July 31 – August 8, 2021

Our 2021 Yarn Crawl will be both in person and virtual this year! Learn how you can participate in this year’s crawl!

Opening Day Coming Soon

Third Coast Stitches   707 W. Armitage

Saturday, August 14th, 2021  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

A new woman-owned business is opening in the 43rd Ward – enjoy champagne and celebration.  Store is dedicated to needlepoint: needlepoint canvases, threads, and stitching accessories, offering finishing services, and hosting classes and events.

19th District Night out in the Parks

Welles Park   2333 N. Sunnyside Ave.

August 3rd, 2021 5. p.m. – 7 p.m.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign promoting partnerships between the police and the community.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with your community and law enforcement while enjoying food, entertainment, good company, and the chance to discuss your public safety with the police who represent you each day.   24th District Police Station Plaza, 6464 N Clark St Tuesday, August 3 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Please click here for more information.

Chinatown Summer Fair 

July 31-August 1, 2021.  

Saturday 12 pm-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-7pm

2200 S. Wentworth (at Cermak Rd.) to 24th Place. FREE Admission. Consider riding the water taxi to Chinatown from downtown.

Inaugural Virtual BON Fest Chicago

Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 8:00 PM CDT.

To commemorate where US-Japan relations in Chicago have been built since the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Jackson Park site, with the construction of Hooden / Phoenix Pavilion, over 120 cherry blossom trees, restorations to the garden, and the installation of the only permanent work from Yoko Ono in the United States, Sky Landing in 2016.  The Japanese Culture Center (JCC) and Japanese Arts Foundation (JAF), and Chicago Park District sponsored.

To learn more and participate click here.

Graceland West  39th Garden Walk

Sun., August 1   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Self-directed tour maps will be available at 1460 W Belle Plaine, at kiosks and participating gardens, and on the GWCA website, gracelandwest.org.

Exhibiting gardens will display a marker.

Ask a Master Gardener and gardening literature will be available at 4334 N Greenview.

Need a Heat Retreat? Temps in 90’s predicted

FREE MUSEUM DAYS RESUME FOR CHICAGO OR IL RESIDENTS WITH ID & RESTRICTIONS- limited days, times, entrances, elevator use, food areas, exhibits open, etc. Visit specific museum website for details & then always call to confirm.

BROOKFILED ZOO-offering free passes & parking thru aldermen’s offices. Note-only northside Ward 40 has responded to zoo’s email. Call or write your alderman to reply: SAVE $25 FEE + PARKING!

Relive Your Musical Past

Album Discussion

Aug.2   6:30-7:30pm

Rolling Stone recently updated its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Each month they’ll discuss three different albums from different eras or styles. Listen to one or all of the albums and be prepared to tell them your favorite tracks. Each album selected for discussion will be available on Hoopla.

nayala@chipublib.org registration required

Free Movies at Gallagher Way.

3635 N Clark St between Addison and Waveland

Select Wednesdays –around CUBS game schedule now through September, 2019.

Open at 6:00pm, screening starts at 7:30pm.

You can bring in food but no booze

Food & booze available on site. Fees for reserved seating & chair rental. Questions: (773) 388-8260. 

Lincoln Square Artisan & Makers Market

Aug. 7 (Aug. 21)  10am-3pm

Ainslie Arts Plaza, 4844 N Lincoln

Stroll through a rotating crew of local artists and makers selling a variety of curated items. Beer and wine also available on-site from Bottles and Cans.

CMAA’s Dim Sum & Then Some 5k/10k!  August 7th at 8:00am Chinese Mutual Aid Association This scenic run/walk will take participants along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and through the historic Uptown neighborhood – ending on Chicago’s “Asia on Argyle” corridor. Additionally, for the first year ever, participants have the option to complete the race as a 10K!  Virtual  participation options available Tel:  (773) 784-2900   info@chinesemutualaid.org

Lincoln Common “Picnics on The Plaza” Lincoln

For more information, please click here.

Andersonville Historic District Walking Tour

Saturday, August 7 at 10:00 am

For registration, follow this link. More information about where the tours start is available through this link as well.

Edgewater has three historic districts, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many blocks filled with historic homes. Tours will be led by knowledgeable guides with microphones.

For  $15 registration follow this link: bit.ly/ehswalk6 

Live jazz

the corner of Glenwood & Rosedale. Bring a blanket and a beverage! If you would like to give a donation, contact stevewknight@gmail.com.

Summer Nights at the Edgewater Historical Society Garden 

Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

now – August 25

Join your neighbors for free, family and pet-friendly performances every Wednesday evening in the garden behind the museum.

Stop by after going to the Andersonville Farmers Market

Join the Edgewater Historical Society

Book Release: Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel 

5358 N Ashland

Sunday, August 8   4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The museum will be open, and the Edgewater Beach Hotel exhibit is still available for viewing. Books will be sold at this time by the authors, John Holden and Kathy Gemperle. Please email edgewaterhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com for more information.

Friday Nights at Raven: Free Outdoor Summer Events 

“Inherit the Wind” Screening

Friday, August 6     8:00 pm   Lot opens at 7:30 pm,

Raven Theatre     6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville)  Edgewater

Event begins at 8:00 pm, movie begins at sunset.

Stanley Kramer’s classic 1960 film adaptation of the classic play, which Raven had planned to produce in the fall of 2020. The event includes a pre-show discussion with Chicago director Ian Frank, who was slated to direct Raven’s production.    In Person on Michigan Avenue Fourth Presbyterian Church Courtyard Fridays at 12:10 p.m Two months of Friday outdoor concerts. (And, of course, you can also hear them in person on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel during Jazz at Four.) For those who prefer to enjoy our concerts online, they will not be livestreaming the outdoor concerts, but invite you to watch your favorite Friday Noonday Concerts from last summer on our YouTube channel.

The Chicago Cultural Center is open daily 11am–4pm with new visitor amenities and exhibitions:

Museum of Contemporary Art-Tuesday on the Terrace

5:30pm – Live Jazz -free with registration- mcachicaggo.org

AMC $6.50 Ticket Tuesdays

Chicago Public Library- Uptown Branch

Check out Fishing Poles here!

929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

The 39th Northalsted Market Days®

AUGUST 6-8, 2021

Live music street festival celebrating community in Chicago’s landmark Northalsted/Lakeview district. The 1/2 mile long festival features all-day lineups of live music on 6 stages, 250+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more

Carmen Winona Block Club Yard Sale is Back!  Saturday, August 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (rain date Sunday, August 8 Uptown | Edgewater | Margate Park around 5100 Marine Drive Check out tables lining the parkways on Winona, Marine Drive, Carmen, and along Sheridan (near the lake between Foster and Argyle).. Seller registration: bit.ly/carmenwinona2021 Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/12qeYQHWY For more info contact the block club at CarmenWinonaBC@gmail.com

How to Get Your Story Published

Long Overdue Books is a community for creating books. It’s a place for authors, readers, editors, artists, and designers to come together and move their stories from rough draft to published book.

Next newsletter – hard to say, but I think it’ll be middle of August. In the meantime, if you have any questions, ideas, stories to tell, you can reach Cal the Librarian at – library@longoverduestories.com

Adults, Summer Reading challenge:

The Art of Reading!

Begin by printing our The Art of Reading board. Then read at least four books to enter a drawing to win prizes such as books, CPL T-shirts and book-themed tote bags, made available partly through the support of the Chicago Public Library Foundation

Submit Your Board

To enter the drawing, scan or take a photo of your completed board and email it to webmaster@chipublib.org. Or mail a copy to Chicago Public Library, Content Curation,10-S, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605. Entries due by August 27.

Reading Suggestions

Need some ideas for what to read? We’ve got you covered. See The Art of Reading board for a complete list of reading categories. 

·       Award winners 

·       Bestsellers

·       Books with green covers

·       Chicago Public Library Best of the Best books

·       Memoirs

·       Poetry

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FOOD

National Farmers Market Week-Aug 7 & beyond

when you stock up on all the seasonal goodies available at read from their website-glenwoodsundatmarket- on how to prevent food waste through proper storage. Putting your groceries away correctly saves your wallet and, in the long run, the environment!

George’s Deep Dish at 6221 N.Clark St.

they are already selling out every day!

A new business in the 48th Ward is getting attention from the likes of Steve Dolinsky and the Chicago Tribune.  Opened a few months ago for carryout and delivery only. Click here to view a video about how George’s pizza is different than any other in town. And click here to view the menu and place an order, but beware order a few days in advance of when you’d like to eat it.

Free Fruits and Vegetables at Warren Park

6601 N. Western parking lot

second Wednesday of every month

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Produce Mobile is back, offering free bags of fresh fruits and vegetables every month! No qualifications are necessary to receive free produce; anyone can participate with no questions asked!

Northeast Levy Sr. Center

“Golden Diner” Has Returned

Congregate –  In Person Dining

2019 W Lawrence Ave, 60625   (312) 744-0784

To go boxes still available – no programs or on-site assistance- except as cooling center.

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center

5917 N. Broadway

They are serving boxed lunches for dine-in or to go! Come to pick up a  lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. There is a suggested donation of $2.00. Masks and social distancing are required. Some programming has returned. Now a cooling center as well.

If you would like to dine-in, you may come eat your lunch in the dining room for 1 hour from 10:30am – 11:30am, or from 12pm – 1pm. There will be only 2 people per table with a maximum capacity of 16 people in the lunchroom. Their meals have also become more elaborate. 

For questions, please email dnorthey@catholiccharities.net or call Debra Northey at 312-742-5187.

Fridays. 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. thru Oct. 8

Chicago Lights Urban Farm Market

444 W. Chicago Ave.

Selling a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Your purchasing fresh produce at the Farm stand directly supports Chicago Lights (4th Presbyterian) job-training programs, as students and young adults gain job skills through urban farming, skills that set them up for success as they pursue fulfilling careers. 

Social distancing & a face covering required.

Chicago City Markets presented by Humana sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds — at Chicago’s longest-running farmers market on Daley Plaza (Thursdays through September 30

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Milkweed Monitoring Workshop

Welles Park Nature Play area

(southwest corner of the park)

10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1Register here.

47th Ward Green Council is partnering with the Field Museum and the Welles Park Advisory Council. The Monarch Science project asks residents across the Chicago area to record information about milkweed plants in their yards and communities. Whether you have a one plant or a yard full of milkweed, the information you gather will help future monarch butterflies survive.

18 District. Learn about how you can become a Court Advocate and work in partnership with the 18th District on cases with particular interest to the neighborhood.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mel Jones with the Clark and Division Collaborative at meljones18@gmail.com.

  Care for Real!  campaign to raise $50,000 in 50 Days, now-August 31. Please consider supporting this effort!   ESL Tutors Needed at Chinese Mutual Aid Association  volunteer tutors who can offer adult learners individualized ESL instruction. Prospective tutors can contact our Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org   A Very Jackalope Gala  Edgewater’s historic Colvin House, 5940 N Sheridan Saturday, July 31   3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Please click here for more information.   Villa Family House Fire Fundraiser

The family of the 47th Ward sadly were displaced earlier this year when their home caught fire. Friends continue to raise funds for the Villa family as the rehab the home.  Learn more and donate to the Villa family here

University of Illinois  College of Media

Alumni Speakers Bureau

Share your career advice, job experiences, and University of Illinois memories with College of Media students!

Be a guest speaker (either virtually or in person) in a Media classroom. Alumni will be matched with opportunities in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, the Department of Journalism, or the Department of Media & Cinema Studies. Presentations vary from informal Q&A sessions, to live or recorded lectures, to small group discussions.

Submit your application online

Tracy Sulkin, Dean

Deanne Johnson, Assistant Dean for Advancement

Declutter for the Good

Donations of clean, gently used adult shoes and clothing

Fourth Presbyterian Church -126 E. Chestnut on Sundays -Fridays (not Saturdays) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Chicago Lights Social Service Center

Particularly needed men’s

-laced shoes in sizes 7-1/2 and up that are good for walking as -clothing items in sizes L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

 (We are not accepting children’s clothing, household supplies, or used underwear or used socks at this time.)

Please do not leave any donations on the church steps. Upon arrival, simply ring the receptionist bell to be buzzed in and directed to where to leave the donations. Masks are required while on campus.

Northtown Branch  Library Book Sale

Sunday, August 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

6800 N. Western,

Now-Drop off donations of books in good condition to the library before the sale. For more information or to volunteer, email friendsofnorthtownlibrary@gmail.com.

BEAT MEETINGS

All will be held virtually at 6:30pm until further notice

GOVERNMENT

Veteran benefits are changing constantly. Make sure you get all that you’ve earned. Check AARP website for more-discounts beyond the VA, health programs, 30% discount on AARP membership!

University of Illinois hosts webinar series on bridging the digital divide

•   July 27: Moving a Broadband Project Forward

   11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Second annual Developing Broadband Leadership Webinar Series. 

The University of Illinois Extension has partnered with the Illinois Office of Broadband and the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society. Each 90-minute session, covers a different facet of the effort to extend critical high-speed internet access across the state:

•   August 3: Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

Participation is free, but registration is required.

HOUSING

Recycle or donate items through various programs.

See the full list of items accepted at northcenterneighborhood.org/recycling-popup

RAVENSWOOD SENIOR LIVIVNG

Accepting donations of the following which we will distribute based on need. Items should be new or gently used. 

•   Bath towels and mats

•   Kitchen towels and mats

•   Cleaning supplies

•   Wastepaper and garbage pails and liners

•   Bed sheet sets (queen size)

•   Blankets

No furniture or large items, please. Common Pantry has generously offered to help residents who need furniture through the Chicago Furniture Bank. Another way you can help is to make a contribution to the Pantry’s housing fund (www.commonpantry.org) to offset these costs. Thank you for your support!

It’s not too late to apply for a Supportive Livivng apartment at Ravenswood

Further Inquiries to  josh@aldermanmartin.com.

New Development – 48th Ward 

1101-15 W. Berwyn – MCZ Development

This building formerly housed Steep Theatre and Rewired Café, and has been an anchor on Berwyn Ave., just steps from the Berwyn Red Line station. This new 5-story development includes 77 rental units, 36 car parking and 62 bike parking spaces, and two 900 sq. ft. retail spaces on the ground floor. Proposals being taken by Chamber.

The plans include five affordable family-sized rental units-near Goudy School- through the Chicago Low Incoming Housing Trust Fund. For years our community has expressed the need for family-sized affordable units.

Future development proposals may involve the Christian Science Reading Room at Berwyn and Kenmore and the Methodist Church.

Informational Community Meeting:

The Development at 5828 N Broadway

Tuesday,  6pm August 3

Please click here for more information.

This project will replace the existing used car lot and will be a new residential building consisting of 20 units with 11 parking spaces.

To register for this meeting, please send an email to: email@andersonmoorelaw.com or call 312-251-1500. A zoom link will be sent to you.

HEALTH 

Neighborhood Resource Fair  Argyle Street at Winthrop Thursday, August 5      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 48th Ward office will be on Argyle street at Winthrop with a group of City agencies and non-profit organizations offering services related to mental health, housing, addiction counseling, as well as COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

Brain Health-Alz. Assoc.  International Findings

Latin dance techniques like salsa may be beneficial for older adults’ brain health and social interaction. Study lead Susan Aguinaga said dancing places “high demand” on a person’s memory and attention skills, and the process of perfecting steps may improve working memory.

Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (7/29) 

MASK UPDATES

Cook County

Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidelines recommending indoor masking for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. According to CDC metrics Cook County is now seeing “substantial” levels of COVID 19 transmission.

Masks are required for everyone, even vaccinated people, on public transit, at the airport, in schools, hospitals and many crowded areas.

As a reminder, fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second vaccine dose if you got Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after your single dose if you got Johnson and Johnson. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask in indoor settings.

Many businesses require masks to be worn inside their establishments because of logistical concerns about verifying customers’ vaccination status-and the surge in brake thru infections due to variants. Please continue to respect individual businesses’ mask wearing policies.  All public transportation (federal law)-CTA, Metra, PACE, AMTRACK etc – require masks. Event venues may require pre-registration, and other precautions as well- always call before you go.

SAVE THE DATE

37th Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue

10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Uptown Art Week! August 6 – August 15 Please click here for more information. The 2nd Annual Uptown Art Week will feature over 150 pieces of public art including more than 40 new works going up on walls around the neighborhood, art exhibits being hosted by local businesses, live paintings, and interactive art activities for all ages.   Uptown Art Fair Sunday, August 8, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Hosted by the Chicago Market, 4620 N Broadway Please click here for more information. CALLING ALL ARTISTS!  Apply online now to be a vendor at the Uptown Art Fair.
Taste of Andersonville  Wednesday, August 11 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Please click here for more information. Two routes, the Fork Route and a Spoon Route, that allow you to meander your way up and down Clark tasting some of the best restaurants that Andersonville has to offer. You may also have a chance to discover a new spot or a hidden gem. Click here to purchase tickets! 

American Society on Aging Presents: The Legacy Interviews

Every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT (4:00 p.m. EDT), now – Sept. 8.  The newest ASA Studios production of The Legacy Interviews hosted by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. Hear from 12 of aging’s pathfinders. Learn more and sign up for free.

The Northcenter Summer Concert Series

The new Town Square – limited four-show run   Bring a chair or blanket, gather your family & join us for complimentary live music & family fun! 

•   August 11 – Ludlow

•   August 28 – Black Oil Brothers

The Senior Lifestyle Expo-

August 17-18 10am-4pm

Virtual   “Advocate Together While Apart”   

All the best products and services available to older adults in Chicagoland. Hosted by AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois,  to help educate and empower older adults to remain independent and connect them with services available to help them on their aging journey.

 

LAST WEEK’S EDITION

July 24-31

HOT WEATHER HELP

Along with libraries and park field houses

Residents are also encouraged to check on relatives, neighbors and friends during the next few days.  If you are unable to make contact, you can request a well-being check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting 311.chicago.gov, or calling 3-1-1 or your alderman’s office. AVOID TRAGIC RESULTS

It’s going to feel like it’s 100 degrees this weekend. Temperatures can be particularly hazardous for children, the elderly, those with special needs, and pets. In addition to discomfort and fatigue, extremely high temperatures can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

FUN

Belmont-Sheffield 36th Annual Music Festival

Friday: 5pm to 10pm; 

Saturday  Sunday: 11am to 10pm

3200 N.  Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe St.

Wicker Park Fest

Friday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 25th.

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for more information on the fest. 

Ravenswood Manor  65th Garden Walk 

Sunday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

See the personal green spaces and exclusive gardens created by neighbors who generously open their yards during this annual event.

Maps may be picked up at the pergola in Manor Park. Garden walk sponsors include the Manor Garden Club and the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association.

Wrightwood Neighbors Association

Lincoln Ave & Fullerton Ave

Saturday and Sunday, July 24th-25th,

12 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Helping raise money for neighborhood improvements and local charities for 37 years!

The Andersonville Vintage Market

1500 W Catalpa

July 25, and August 22

Live jazz

the corner of Glenwood & Rosedale. Bring a blanket and a beverage!

If you would like to give a donation, contact stevewknight@gmail.com.

Lincoln Square Artisan & Makers Market

July 24, (Aug. 7 and Aug. 21) 

10am-3pm

Ainslie Arts Plaza, 4844 N Lincoln

Stroll through a rotating crew of local artists and makers selling a variety of curated items. Beer and wine also available on-site from Bottles and Cans.

Block Parties in the 48th Ward

Block Parties across the City have begun. 48th Ward block parties will be posted in their Friday newsletters throughout the summer.

Outdoor Movies at Buttercup Park

Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan-Uptown

Movies start at dusk

The Northcenter Summer Concert Series

The new Town Square – limited four-show

Summer Nights at the Edgewater Historical Society Garden 

Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

now – August 25

Join your neighbors for free, family and pet-friendly performances every Wednesday evening in the garden behind the museum.  Stop by after going to the Andersonville Farmers Market

Edgewater Historical Society Walking Tours

Andersonville Historic District:

Edgewater has three historic districts, designated by the U.S. Department of

the Interior, and many blocks filled with historic homes. Tours will be led by

knowledgeable guides with microphones.

For  $15 registration follow this link: bit.ly/ehswalk6 

Jefferson Park  IAHC-

Irish American Heritage Center

4626 North Knox Avenue, 60630

Sunday, July 25  3pm doors open

5pm Chancey Brothers Fund Raiser

$10 Kids under 12 FREE   Pay at door

In Person on Michigan Avenue

Fourth Presbyterian Church Courtyard

Fridays at 12:10 p.m

Two months of Friday outdoor concerts.  (and, of course, you can also hear them in person on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm in Buchanan Chapel during Jazz Fest at Four)

For those who prefer to enjoy your concerts online, they will not be livestreaming the outdoor concerts, but invite you to watch your favorite Friday Noonday Concerts from last summer on  YouTube channel.

The Chicago Cultural Center is open daily 11am–4pm with new visitor amenities and exhibitions:

Movie Chat

Saturday, July 24, 2021  6:30 PM  8:00 PM

The films for July 24 are “Night of the Hunter” and “Gloomy Sunday.

Edgewater Village Chicago is holding a series of gatherings to chat about movies. Participants will view each film on their own and then join a group discussion via Zoom. 

Copies of these movies are available on DVD at the Edgewater Branch library for checkout with your library card or you can watch them online through a streaming service of your choice.

Registration is required. You will receive an email with the link to join the online Zoom discussion group.

Museum of Contemporary Art-Tuesday on the Terrace

5:30pm – Live Jazz -free with registration- mcachicaggo.org

AMC $6.50 Ticket Tuesdays

Art Institute

In case you missed it. Enjoy this powerful conversation between former First Lady Michelle Obama and artist Amy Sherald, moderated by Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Block Parties in the 48th Ward

Saturday July 24

5400 Block of Wayne;  5432 Block of Glenwood

5300 Block of Magnolia;  1200 Block of Glenlake

1400 Block of Norwood

Thursday evening July 29

5400 Block of Lakewood

Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

Featuring 40+ Businesses, Music & Entertainment 

July 29 – August 1

Please click here for more information

Fridays on the Green

July 30 & (Aug. 6, Aug. 13)

6:30-8pm

Black Ensemble Theater. at Clark and Sunnyside.

Intercultural music festival

There will be live performances from Uptown musical gems, food, and tours of the theater

Chicago Public Library

Check out Fishing Poles here!

Uptown Branch

929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Adults, Summer Reading challenge:

The Art of Reading!

Begin by printing our The Art of Reading board. Then read at least four books to enter a drawing to win prizes such as books, CPL T-shirts and book-themed tote bags, made available partly through the support of the Chicago Public Library Foundation

Submit Your Board

To enter the drawing, scan or take a photo of your completed board and email it to webmaster@chipublib.org. Or mail a copy to Chicago Public Library, Content Curation,10-S, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605. Entries due by August 27.

Reading Suggestions

Need some ideas for what to read? We’ve got you covered. See The Art of Reading board for a complete list of reading categories. 

·       Award winners 

·       Bestsellers

·       Books with green covers

·       Chicago Public Library Best of the Best books

·       Memoirs

·       Poetry

Outdoor Movies at Buttercup Park

Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan

Movies start at dusk

7/31 Crooklyn (8/21 TBD – animated kids film)

All films take place at Buttercup Playlot Park in Uptown.  More info is available at vics-pix.com

Windy City Winds Summer Celebration Concert 

Buttercup Park, 4901 N Sheridan Rd

Thursday, July 29

7:00 pm

Community Band concert-diverse music and musicians for a diverse audience.

Don’t Miss HUGE LIST of Every “Opened” Site Changes Weekly

Chicago on the Cheap – a network of event postings

https://chicagoonthecheap.com/free-or-cheap-things-to-do-in-chicago-

New Hours-New Rules

MEMBER OF THE LIVING ON THE CHEAP NETWORK

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FOOD

FRI, JUL 30 AT 6 PM CDT

Burger Night

American Legion Post 973 – Tattler Post · Chicago

Montrose at Western-street pay box parking. Car pooling suggested. ATM across the street

Half pound burgers cooked to order

With all the “fixins’ -varies month to month-as does the chef’s special burger $8 & up soft drinks & adult beverages. Many wished they had brought a ‘to-go” container for their giant-sized burger.

37th Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 25th

Noon – 10:00 pm.

Free Fruits and Vegetables at Warren Park

6601 N. Western parking lot

second Wednesday of every month

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Produce Mobile is back, offering free bags of fresh fruits and vegetables every month! No qualifications are necessary to receive free produce; anyone can participate with no questions asked!

Northeast Levy Sr. Center

“Golden Diner” Has Returned

Congregate In-Person Dining

2019 W Lawrence Ave, 60625   (312) 744-0784

To go boxes still available – no programs or on-site assistance.

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center

5917 N. Broadway

They are serving boxed lunches for dine-in or to go! Come to pick up a lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. There is a suggested donation of $2.00. Masks and social distancing are required. Some programming has returned.

If you would like to dine-in, you may come eat your lunch in the dining room for 1 hour from 10:30am – 11:30am, or from 12pm – 1pm. There will be only 2 people per table with a maximum capacity of 16 people in the lunchroom.  Their meals have also become more elaborate. 

For questions, please email dnorthey@catholiccharities.net or call Debra Northey at 312-742-5187.

Chicago Lights Urban Farm Market

Fridays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. thru Oct. 8

444 W. Chicago Ave.

Selling a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Your purchasing of fresh produce at the Farm stand directly supports Chicago Lights (4th Presbyterian) job-training programs, as students and young adults gain job skills through urban farming, skills that set them up for success as they pursue fulfilling careers. 

Social distancing & a face covering required.

Chicago City Markets presented by Humana sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds — at Chicago’s longest-running farmers market on Daley Plaza (Thursdays through September 30

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Conversation with Congressman Mike Quigley

9 – 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28

NE Levy Center Village

Community updates will also be shared by partner organizations. 

To register to obtain the Zoom link, please email sean.dolan@cityofchicago.org

All Dept. Family & Supportive Services Sr. Centers & Satellites ( Broadway Armory-Edgewater; North Center Sr. Campus, etc) now have collaborative volunteer networks that aim to increase the accessibility of resources for older adults in our community.

Indian Boundary Park Beautification Project

(2500 W. Lunt) and nearby Lunt playlot (2239 W. Lunt).

interested in volunteering or would like more details, please contact the park supervisor at philip.martini@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Care for Real 50th Anniversary Campaign

Help raise $50,000 in 50 Days,

now -August 31. Please consider supporting this effort

Declutter for Others-Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

Wheelchairs Needed! 

The Heart2Heart medical equipment lending closet has been meeting an increased demand for wheelchairs in good working condition are needed.

Accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Ministry Center, 6214 N. Glenwood Avenue. (Please call 773-973-5464 to schedule a drop off). When necessary, if Heart2Heart is not open, donations can also be dropped off at the rectory. (PLEASE call first if you must schedule a rectory drop-off — 773-764-3621.)

Northtown Library Book Sale

Sunday, August 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pop-up book sale

Drop off donations of books in good condition now. For more information or to volunteer, email friendsofnorthtownlibrary@gmail.com.

Donations of clean, gently used Adult Clothing

Fourth Presbyterian Church-126 E. Chestnut

Chicago Lights Social Service Center

at 126 E. Chestnut on Sundays through Fridays (not Saturdays) 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Particularly needed are clothing items in sizes L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

(We are not accepting children’s clothing, household supplies, or used underwear or used socks at this time.)

Donations can be dropped off inside the entrance. Please do not leave any donations on the church steps. Upon arrival, simply ring the receptionist bell to be buzzed in and directed to where to leave the donations. Masks are required while on campus)

GOVERNMENT

  CITY

 -Infrastructure Improvements

Check your Ward office newsletters

 Many, many closures, re-routes

Friday, July 30, 8pm, through Monday, August 2, 5am

Bryn Mawr Ave. between Broadway and Winthrop will be closed, while CTA RPM crews take down the northbound bridge over Bryn Mawr. Please be aware and plan your travels accordingly. Click here for more information on the CTA RPM project.

Carmen & Winona Sewer Replacement

After some equipment delays, crews have installed the earth system in the intersection of Glenwood & Winona. This intersection will remain closed for 3-4 weeks, which will be followed by 2-3 weeks of crews working their way east on Winona to replace roughly 400ft of sewer main. The blocks of Winona on either side of Glenwood will be accessible to local traffic only from Clark and Broadway, respectively.

N. Sheridan Rd. Resurfacing

W Bryn Mawr north to W Sheridan Rd, W Sheridan Rd west to N Winthrop Ave     Week of 7/26/2021

N Clark St Resurfacing Project

W Lawrence Ave to W Edgewater Ave

Lawrence and Ashland

STATE UP-DATES

“Sips & Session” Discussion with State Representative Kelly Cassidy

Moody’s Pub, 5910 N Broadway

Monday, July 26

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts on this past legislative session and participate in discussion on the topics that are important to you. Drink tickets and admission will be available to those who RSVP for the event. Be sure to reserve your spot here.

Town Hall State Senator Mike Simmons and State Representative Greg Harris Thursday, July 29 6:00 pm Clarendon Park, 4501 N Clarendon Ave, 60640 Topics of conversation include the Spring legislative session, the state budget, and resources for residents. Masks will be required. Please reach out to Izzy at izzy@senatormikesimmons.com for more information. 

HOUSING

New Development – 48th Ward 

1101-15 W. Berwyn – MCZ Development

This building formerly housed Steep Theatre and Rewired Café, and has been an anchor on Berwyn Ave., just steps from the Berwyn Red Line station. This new 5-story development includes 77 rental units, 36 car parking and 62 bike parking spaces, and two 900 sq. ft. retail spaces on the ground floor. Proposals being taken by Chamber.

The plans include five affordable family-sized rental units-near Goudy School- through the Chicago Low Incoming Housing Trust Fund. For years our community has expressed the need for family-sized affordable units.

Future development proposals may involve the Christian Science Reading Room at Berwyn and Kenmore. 

HEALTH

Citywide Mosquito Abatement Underway

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile Virus (WNV)-positive mosquito batches in the City for 2021. ELIMINATE BREEDING GROUNDS-STANDING WATER! 

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, including symptoms and prevention, visit www.chicago.gov/health.

MASK UPDATES

Masks will still be required for everyone, even vaccinated people, on public transit, at the airport, and in schools, and hospitals.

As a reminder, fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second vaccine dose if you got Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after your single dose if you got Johnson and Johnson. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask in indoor settings.

Many businesses are still requiring masks to be worn inside their establishments because of logistical concerns about verifying customers’ vaccination status. Please continue to respect individual businesses’ mask wearing policies.  All public transportation (federal law)-CTA, Metra, etc – require masks. Event venues may require pre-registration, and other precautions as well-always call before you go.

Mather Telephone Topics for July

exercise classes and seminars regarding culture, health, and much more! Click here to view 

Chicago Methodist Senior Services

Bill Lowe, CEO of CMSS, introduces the innovative new approaches to services and care, staff professionalism and the new mission, values and vision for the future.

Recorded July 14, 2021 Watch on You Tube

SAVE THE DATE

American Society on Aging Presents: The Legacy Interviews

Every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT (4:00 p.m. EDT), now – Sept. 8.  The newest ASA Studios production of The Legacy Interviews hosted by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. Hear from 12 of aging’s pathfinders. Learn more and sign up for free.

Seniors Film Series

Live –“it’s A Beautiful Thing”

Wednesday, July 28,   2 pm

24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark Street  

Free Parking is available on Schreiber Avenue

south of the station.  

Parking restrictions will be temporarily lifted during the event. 

A discussion with Chicago Police Officers Mike Carroll and Louis Green, both featured in the documentary, will be held following the film.  

Pre-registration is required to attend this film showing due to 30 person limit.  

Please e-mail PO Hank Kline in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at: hank.kline@chicagopolice.org