Beginning Stained Glass Classes at Baltic Art

Create your own 12" x 12" stained glass window from the design option of your choice.

The four session program taught by Alfredas Sutkus will run on Saturdays from 10am-3pm beginning January 7, 2017. There will be a one hour lunch break.

Cost is $320 which includes tool kit. Some materials needed.

You will make a beautiful 12" x 12" stained glass window, based on your choice of design options. The classes will cover:
Session #1 - Introduction - Project drafting- Cutting patterns.
Session #2 - Glass cutting.
Session #3 - Assembling.
Session #4 - Final finishing - cementing - finishing with patina - cleaning.

One on one sessions are also available. Call 773-526-1127 to register.

Bonus $25 Gift Certificate from Filament Theatre

Work directly with professional Filament actors to bring the stories of Robin Hood from the page to the stage. Kids create the characters, adapt the story, and share their performance on the set of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Your child will exercise his or her creative mind as our experienced teachers build creativity, confidence, and collaborative skills.

Cost is $250*

The Forest Folk

A class for players ages 6 – 9
January 26 – March 18
Thursday, 4:45 – 6pm
Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, March 18th @ 5pm
Final Performance: Saturday, March 18th @ 6pm

The Merry Band
An advanced class for players age 10-13
January 23 – March 18
Monday, 4:45 – 6pm
Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, March 18th @ 5pm
Final Performance: Saturday, March 18th @ 6pm

Questions? Email

*Price includes $25 gift certificate to any 2017 performance, 1 ticket to Filament Theatre’s THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Post-show discussion & workshop with professional ROBIN HOOD actors, final performance venue fee (all tickets to the final performance will be free) and a 5% discount on all Filament tickets purchased during the time span of the class. 

Sidewalk Snow Compliance

Make Sure Your Business is Compliant 

Chicagoans of all ages and abilities need to use the sidewalks to get where they're going every day of the year. Many children, older adults, and people with disabilities face serious mobility challenges in winter time. Clear sidewalks are a shared community responsibility.  

The sidewalk snow regulations affect all home, business, and property owners in Chicago. Business owners that rent space adjacent to sidewalks are responsible for shoveling snow under the ordinance. Some landlords for residential and commercial property hold tenants responsible for snow clearance as a part of their lease agreements, others don't. Renters who aren't certain of their shoveling responsibilities should check their rental agreements or ask their landlords for clarification.

Under the ordinance, you must shovel snow as soon as possible after it falls. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm must be removed no later than 10:00 pm. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am must be removed by 10:00 am. You must shovel 7 days a week in the City of Chicago. You must clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including any crosswalk ramps. Do not shovel the snow into the right-of-way, which includes: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations, and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. Go to Snow Removal for more information. 

Treat Yourself to Chiropractic

Taylor Rehab and Wellness encourages you to make use of your Flexible Health Spending plans before the year ends! Located at 4956 W. Irving Park Rd., they specialize in treatment for lower back and neck pain, headaches, repetitive stress disorders, accidents, injuries and many other forms of disease.

Book an appointment online
or call 773-725-5835 to schedule.

The Portage Walking Museum

The Portage Park Neighborhood Association is spearheading the development of a walking museum to celebrate the Native American history of Portage Park that would span 8 miles from the Des Plaines River to the Chicago River along Irving Park Rd. To view the proposal, click here. To view the presentation from the November public meeting, click here.

Chicago Parking Ban

Chicago's annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban began Thursday, December 1 at 3 am. The parking ban, indicated throughout the city with signage, will be enforced along 107 miles of critical arterial streets through March 31, 2017. The parking ban does not allow vehicles to park on marked arterial streets from 3 am to 7 am, regardless of snow.

In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.

Cars violating the overnight parking ban restrictions prevent critical routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. Vehicle owners also are eligible to receive a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket, and a storage fee of $20 per day when they violate the winter overnight parking ban.

In addition to the overnight parking ban, starting December 1, there is another parking ban that goes into effect when at least 2 inches of snow falls on the street. Drivers parked during that time on those streets will be eligible for ticketing or having their cars relocated so plows can clear the streets. Streets with a 2 inches of snow parking ban are indicated with signage. 

For an interactive map indicating streets affected by both winter parking restrictions, visit The Chicago Tribune's website.

Toy Drive for Irving Park Food Pantry

The 2016 holiday toy drive for the Irving Park Community Food Pantry is underway. Throughout the year, hundreds of children and their families rely on the pantry. Volunteers want to help bring happiness this holiday season. For some, it is the only gift they will receive. 

The pantry is accepting unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-12, stocking stuffers for all ages, and new hats, gloves, scarves, and socks in all sizes to distribute to pantry clients. Financial donations are also appreciated and will be used to purchase need items.

All toys and donations must be received at the pantry by December 14th to ensure delivery before Christmas. Additionally, there are toy collection boxes at the following locations:

  • Irving Park United Methodist Church –  3801 N. Keeler Avenue.
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church – 3857 N. Kostner
  • Irving Park Lutheran Church – 3938 W.Belle Plaine
  • Starbucks - 4365 W. Irving Park Road
  • Pert Cleaners - 4213 W. Irving Park Road
  • Josi’s Frozen Yogurt - 4032 N. Milwaukee
  • Ward 45 Ald. Arena’s office - 4754 N. Milwaukee
  • Old Irving Brewing Co. - 4419 W. Montrose
  • Potbelly - 4185 W. Irving Park Road

Please call 773-283-6296 with any questions.