1. Join the Community
You can become part of your neighborhood's premier professional theatre for young people and their families. Students learn from the very actors they have seen on stage!
“We love Filament performances for the sheer talent of their cast, the wonderful, ingenious set design and for their creativity and imagination, and that comes through in their classes too." - Lori (parent)
2. Get Creative: Create a play of your own!
At Filament Camp, kids create their own dream roles. Our teachers work hard to support the creativity of the students helping campers' unique ideas shine!
"It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize— you are creating your own script so it feels more natural. It’s your own play and words… At camp it is really hands on– besides writing the script we also make the costumes and choreograph our movements.” – Jameson (camper)
3. Make Friends: Get to know more creative kids in the neighborhood
Supportive teachers, guided group work, and funny theatre games create a community where friendships flourish.
"I liked that I made a new friend." - Peighton (camper)
"On the first day I made a new friend." - Andy (camper)
"I am proud I made new friends. And proud I met new people." - Chloe (camper)
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Crews have begun painting bicycle lanes along a two-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue spanning the Old Irving Park and Portage Park neighborhoods, fulfilling a long-held priority of city transportation officials and Ald. John Arena(45th).
By the end of May, half the on-street parking will disappear along the avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, making way for buffered bike lanes in both directions, according to Arena's office.
Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
May is the month of preservation of buildings and spaces. Everyone has a place that matters to them. A place that created unique experiences for them. This Place Matters is a national campaign strives to encourage people to share the places that matter most to them. Even though Six Corners is not a physical building, it is a place. A place is a space that has meaning and some our small business owners wanted to share that why Six Corners matters to them.
Liberty Tax Service has launched its annual partnership with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. Liberty Tax will offer a 50% discount on individual income tax return preparation fees for each client that makes a $20 contribution to the Food Pantry during the month of March.
Liberty Tax is open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday by appointment. Call (773) 286-6900 for appointment.
March in the Northwest-side Irish Parade with Art Side Out Studio. All are invited to participate with puppets created under the theme, "Tribute to our Water Ways."
Assembly begins at 10am. Kick-off at 12pm.
For more info or to sign up, click here.
Filament Theatre is offering a Buy 2, Get 1 Free ticket deal for Robin Hood & The Van Gogh Cafe now through March 7th. Use promo code PARTYOF3 when reserving three or more tickets for either production.
The name Taurus comes from the tiny Campanian village of Taurasi, where Silvana's grandmother crafted local delicacies in her kitchen before the family moved to present-day Croatia, she said.
After fleeing war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Vidakovics moved to Germany and opened an Italian restaurant near the French border town of Strasburg. In 1999, they set their sights on Chicago.
They spent a decade saving money while Silvana cooked at Resurrection Medical Center in Norwood Park, and in 2012 they bought a vacant storefront in Six Corners, an area they'd heard described as "El Dorado."
To learn more about Taurus, now open at 4024 N. Milwaukee, click here.
Active Transportation Alliance has launched a campaign called "Speeding Up Chicago's Buses" that seeks to change the decline of ridership by promoting near-term, low-cost bus service improvements to the city's highest ridership routes in partnership with CTA.
To help inform the campaign, they want to hear from you – why do you ride the bus and how do you think bus service could be improved?
- Faster boarding practices such as allowing riders to pre-pay their fare at the bus stop and board through both the front and rear doors will greatly help increase bus speed.
- Dedicated bus lanes can help crowded buses move more quickly through Chicago’s congested streets, and help avoid bus bunching.
- Traffic signal improvements could be utilized to help buses stay on schedule by allowing bus systems to connect with traffic signals, minimizing stops at red lights and giving buses a head start at certain intersections.
Please take their survey to share your feedback!
Are you looking to beautify your business and the neighborhood with Outdoor Seating? Businesses with a valid Retail Food Establishment License may apply for a Sidewalk Cafe Permit to serve food outside their restaurant on city sidewalks. Applicants intending to serve liquor at a Sidewalk Cafe must have a valid Liquor License pursuant to Chapter 4-60 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago. The 2017 sidewalk café season begins on March 1st, and ends on December 1st. Sidewalk Café Permits have a 9 month term, and must be applied for, and issued, every year.
Go to the City of Chicago Sidewalk Cafe Application Information Package for the 2017 Season to download the application. Completed applications and required documents may be submitted via mail, or in person, to our Small Business Center in City Hall, Room 800, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602.
After two years of complete rehabilitation of their space at 4024 N. Milwaukee, Rado and Silvana Vidakovic will open the doors to Taurus tonight. The restaurant will offer brick oven pizza and Italian-American fare. Click here to read more.
One of the most common arguments against eliminating parking from downtown areas is that it'll affect business. The people behind those complaints are dead right: There will be an impact on business—only it's the opposite of the one they have in mind. Removing cars from downtown streets actually increases trade by attracting pedestrians and cyclists, and a new study of Queen Street West in Toronto's Parkdale neighborhood has the numbers to prove it.
Read more about this study here.
Somewhere near you there is a band of brothers fighting for justice – seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the mistreated. It’s a tale that’s been told a thousand times – although never quite like this. There are heroes and villains, sword fights and explosions, love and loss. A cast of two breathes new life into this beloved tale with exuberance, athleticism, and heart. This production will run through March 19th. Tickets available here.
Athletico celebrates 10 years of rehabilitation services at Six Corners this month! Their clinicians are offering complimentary injury screenings that are available to the public.
Gym enthusiasts will get the opportunity to watch movies while they bust a move at RetroFit's newest facility. The 20,000 sq. ft. gym will be located at 4901 W. Irving Park Rd. in the Portage Square development. In addition to state of the art equipment straight from the factory, the facility will also feature a movie theater with cardio machines. The business expects to open in March. To read more, click here.
Arts Alive Chicago is a non-profit organization that works with local artists to help enrich the community’s quality of life by using art to enhance cultural heritage and encourage economic vitality.
Filament Theatre is located at the heart of Portage Park. They believe in taking their audience through an immersive theatrical experience to inspire, empower, and activate young people in their community. They envision a future in which the leaders of tomorrow approach others with radical empathy and serve as ambassadors for their communities and stewards of the Earth.
Hands to Help Ministries works to provide resources to people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness. They address the issue of homelessness in our community through support, resources, and relationship building with community organizations.
LYDIA Home Assocaition is an alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. In 1920, they bought the property at 4300 West Irving Park Road, and convert it into a large, permanent home for LYDIA’s children. To this day they believe in strengthening families to care for children.
The National Veterans Art Museum believes in providing people a deeper understanding of the impact of war with a focus on the Vietnam War. All of the art exhibitions are from combat veterans.
The Schurz Food Science Lab is a one-of-a-kind food science pilot program. It's provides students with vocational training that translates science, nutrition, and the relationship with the environment into real life skills. This is a program geared to harvest the NextGen Farmers.