Flowers for Soldiers at Portage Park
May
26
9:30 am09:30

Flowers for Soldiers at Portage Park

  • Portage Park

Flowers for Soldiers is held annually around the time of Memorial Day. It is a ceremony to honor the military at the site of a memorial tree at the northeast corner of Portage Park, near Berteau and Long. Grade K-2 students from Portage Park School will perform patriotic songs and lay flowers at the base of the tree. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the school auditorium. The school is located at 5330 W. Berteau Ave. The public is welcome to attend, rain or shine. 

This event has a long history at Portage Park School. The program was originally started over 60 years ago by the Portage Park Women's Club!

More info.

 ITKA 2017 Tournament
May
27
May 28

ITKA 2017 Tournament

  • St. Benedict Preparatory School

Tournament General Information

Tournament Location: 
St. Benedict Preparatory School | 3941 N Bell St. Chicago, IL 60618

Awards
Awards will be given in each division for First, Second and Third Place winners.

Sparring Gear
White cloth and WKF fist pads, mouthpiece, and cup (males) are mandatory for all divisions.

Chest and rib protectors for females and children are optional. Only safety/athletic glasses are allowed during Kumite. If you are wearing contacts lenses, make sure they are soft lenses.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The tournament will only be on Sunday. We are expecting a larger crowd. Therefore, please register in advance and be at the tournament site according to the schedule.

All events are subject to change.

Please call 773 283-8200 for detailed information.

INTRO TO BEER BREWING
May
28
10:30 am10:30

INTRO TO BEER BREWING

  • The Pursuit Supply Co.

This introduction to homebrewing class is a hands on experience focused on providing you with the essential information needed to get started with homebrewing. It will provide all of the essentials to learn how to brew high quality beer. During this class you will learn about the essential steps to brew beer, talk a little bit about the history of beer, and most importantly brew beer. Come thirsty and curious!

More info.

7th Annual Six Corners BBQ Fest
Jun
10
12:00 pm12:00

7th Annual Six Corners BBQ Fest

  • Six Corners

Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into a beloved backyard bar-b-que with sizzling charcoal grills, summer sweetened lemonade and red checkered table cloths freckling the city’s sidewalks. Bring the whole family to Six Corners for classic lawn games, red hot burgers and brats, and ice cold brews. Grab your buddies for a round of washers, challenge your neighbors to a game of cornhole, or lace up your skates for a few laps around our outdoor roller rink. Relish in the enchantment of a Chicago summer by kicking off your shoes and dancing in the street or cozying up with your kids on a well-worn picnic blanket. The magic of newly made memories will linger long after the sun goes down.

$5 Donation to benefit Six Corners community.

7th Annual Six Corners BBQ Fest
Jun
11
12:00 pm12:00

7th Annual Six Corners BBQ Fest

  • Six Corners

Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into a beloved backyard bar-b-que with sizzling charcoal grills, summer sweetened lemonade and red checkered table cloths freckling the city’s sidewalks. Bring the whole family to Six Corners for classic lawn games, red hot burgers and brats, and ice cold brews. Grab your buddies for a round of washers, challenge your neighbors to a game of cornhole, or lace up your skates for a few laps around our outdoor roller rink. Relish in the enchantment of a Chicago summer by kicking off your shoes and dancing in the street or cozying up with your kids on a well-worn picnic blanket. The magic of newly made memories will linger long after the sun goes down.

$5 Donation to benefit Six Corners community.

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ON THE ROAD EXPO
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ON THE ROAD EXPO

  • South Shore Cultural Center

The next 'Small Business Center on the Road' Small Business Expo will be held at the South Shore Cultural Center - 7059 S. South Shore Drive on Saturday, June 24th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Expo details: 

  • Keynote Speaker 
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, Insurance and Consumer information
  • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
  • Perfect your Elevator Pitch 
  • Mini makeovers and Hair Styling 
  • FREE Headshot by a professional photographer to be used for marketing/promotional materials
  • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Center for Economic Progress (CEP)
  • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The Law Project
  • FREE Networking Hour: Connect and exchange ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs provided by Chicago's Office of the City Treasurer from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Exhibitors 
  • Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
  • And more !

Go to Small Business Center on the Road Expo for more information or to register. 

Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge
Aug
5
1:00 pm13:00

Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge

  • St. Viator Parking Lot

Chicago's Old Irving Park neighborhood is hosting its fourth annual Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge on Saturday, August 5 from 1pm to 5pm in the St. Viator Parking Lot located at 3644 N. Kedvale Avenue.  The event has raised over $60,000 so far benefiting student programs, facilities, and athletics at St. Viator School & Parish. Tickets start at $60 and are available at www.beerbbqchallenge.com. 


The showdown will feature 20 pit-master and local craft brewer teams who will present unique BBQ pork and beer pairings for attendees to sample and then vote for their favorites. This year, teams will also compete for votes from Celebrity Chef Judges Lisa Fosler Kelly from Bread & Wine, Rob Levitt from The Butcher & Larder, Barry Sorkin of Smoque BBQ, and Chef Kevin Corsello from Pork & Mindy’s.


Attendees and judges will cast their votes, rating each team on Best BBQ pork, Best Beer, and Best BBQ and Beer Pairing. 

More info.


2017 Vendor Fair
May
24
12:00 pm12:00

2017 Vendor Fair

  • UIC Forum

The 2017 Vendor Fair is a collaborative effort by the members of the Government Procurement Compliance Forum to give regional businesses as many resources and networking opportunities as possible.

This event will provide businesses the opportunity to learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago, its Sister Agencies, Cook County Agencies, and State and Federal agencies.

WHEN: May 24, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE: UIC Forum | 725 West Roosevelt | Chicago, IL 60607

*UIC Forum Parking Available for $10 at 1029 S. Morgan, Lot 5

Click Here to Register

Learn about Contracting Opportunities in:

  • Construction

  • Architecture/Engineering

  • IT

  • Professional Services

  • Financial Services

  • Human Resources

  • Facilities

  • Commodities

  • Transportation

  • Work Services

Click Here for More Detailed Information

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Podcasting Social
May
23
3:00 pm15:00

Podcasting Social

  • 2112 inc.

Are you a podcast junkie? Do you have your own podcast? Are you thinking about starting one professionally or personally?

Podcasting is one of the cheapest and easiest and now most popular platforms to distribute content, ideas, and information.

2112 is excited to host it's first Podcasting Social hosted by Rajiv 'RajNATION' Nathan, host of the 5-star rated Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast, to allow a space for those interested and involved in podcasting to meet, discuss, and mingle, on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Visit Rajiv's Podcast and listen here:http://www.discoveryourinnerawesome.com/

RSVP REQUIRED

Event attendees grant 2112 inc and its designees permission to utilize their image or likeness in connection with any live stream or recorded transmission or reproduction of the event, INCLUDING THE PROMOTION THEREOF, IN ALL MEDIA, WORLDWIDE AND IN PERPETUITY.

Welcome Home – 100 Years of Lydia
May
20
4:30 pm16:30

Welcome Home – 100 Years of Lydia

  • Awana Clubs International

Welcome Home is a celebration of the history and heritage of the 100 years that Lydia Home as been serving children in crisis. Join them as they share the great victories of God, stories of the past, and visions of the future. Connect with former residents, staff, and supporters in an engaging evening celebrating a place that has been home to so many.

For all event and ticket questions and seating arrangements, please contact Amanda at agraf@lydiahome.org or call 773-653-2249 for more information.

Tickets here.

Chicago Fire Watch Party
May
20
2:30 pm14:30

Chicago Fire Watch Party

  • Pub OK

Nation of Fire: Northwest Side and Sense-Net Media, member of Six Corners Association, welcome you to a Chicago Fire soccer watch party at Pub OK, 5659 W Irving Park Rd., on Saturday, May 20th, 2:30pm. The Chicago Fire continues their epic quest for success in a match vs DC United.

Sponsored by Sense-Net Media.

Six Corners Walking Tour
May
14
4:00 pm16:00

Six Corners Walking Tour

  • Portage Theater

Six Corners Association will partner with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for the 2nd Annual"Yesterday and Today" exploration of the history and evolution of the Six Corners Shopping District. 

We'll look at remnants from the area's early history as a crossroads, as well as the beginnings of the streetcar era. The tour will examine evidence of the district's rapid growth and evolution, including modernist retail architecture such as Robert Heller's nearly intact 1940 former Straus & Schram store that's now a burgeoning home to the Portage Arts Lofts including Filament Theatre, National Veterans Art Museum, Inside Out Art Studio, and The Chicago Ballet Center. Tour-goers will go behind the scenes to discuss how Chicago grew at a rapid pace during the early 20th century as well as its present day growth as Six Corners continues to transform and adapt to changing trends.The tour will also examine the surrounding neighborhood, and will include the usual mix of overlooked oddities, folklore, and more! Don't miss this tour of one of Chicago's most fascinating and intact outlying shopping districts.

Tour Details:

When? Sunday, May 14th, 4pm-7pm. Rain or shine.

Where? The tour will meet and begin in front of The Portage Theater at 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. It will conclude at the same location. Parking is available in the city lot at LaPorte and Cuyler (metered parking, one block north of Irving) or at Sears (free).

How Long? The tour will consist of about 1.5 miles of walking and will last approximately 3 hours with time for breaks, exploration of current businesses, and conversation. 

How much? $30. Advance purchase is required. No walk-ups. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. If severe weather cancels the tour, credit will be issued for a rescheduled date.

What is included? A Six Corners tee shirt, set of (4) Six Corners postcards, bottle of water, and a light snack.What should I bring? Dress in layers. Sunscreen and water are recommended.

Tickets can be purchased here.

5TH ANNUAL BOB DYLAN BIRTHDAY BASH & BENEFIT
May
13
7:00 pm19:00

5TH ANNUAL BOB DYLAN BIRTHDAY BASH & BENEFIT

  • Filament Theatre

For the fifth consecutive year, local musicians will come together and raise their voices in story and song for Bob Dylan's Birthday Bash! Join Filament on Saturday, May 13th at 7pm for the best birthday bash ever!

The evening will feature a variety of Dylan favorites, snacks, a cash bar, birthday cake, and a chance to take home Filament's Nobel Prize for Literature! 

General Admission: $20
Benefit Table for 4: $150

 

More info here.

Shred-A-Thon
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Shred-A-Thon

  • Avondale/Logandale School

Sen. Iris Y. Martinez, Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr. & The Avondale Neighborhood Association Present:

Free Shredding Event
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Avondale/Logandale School- Located at 3212 W. George St. (in parking lot)
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Document Destruction with Midway Moving will bring a Mobile Shredding Truck to shred any of your unwanted documents. The shredded paper will then be recycled.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Any documents that you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information.  Examples include:

·         Bank statements

·         Outdated medical records

·         Old Pay stubs

·         Old bills or receipts

·         Credit card offers

·         Tax returns older than seven years

*Please make sure to remove all paper clips, plastic binders, or anything that might obstruct the shredder off of your paper documents before coming! For more information call: Sen. Martinez office at 773 278-2020 or Rep. Andrade’s office at 773-267-2880

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

  • Filament Theatre

Every year, each alderman is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds -- yes, there is literally a menu to spend on infrastructure.  In most wards, this money is allocated by the alderman, with varying degrees of input from city departments, staff, and residents. The 45th Ward, however, uses a process called participatory budgeting to give power to its residents to make real decisions that affect their lives. 

They are in the beginning stages of the 2018 participatory budgeting cycle and want to reach as many residents as possible to join in on the process. Beginning May 4, they will host five (5) neighborhood assemblies where they will gather infrastructure improvement ideas from stakeholders. Past ideas have included pedestrian refuge islands, the Independence Park playground, pedestrian bump-outs, and bike lanes along Milwaukee. 

The neighborhood assemblies will take place on:

  • Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John's Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;
  • Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;
  • Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;
  • Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and
  • Thursday, May 11, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

More info.

COFFEE ROASTING
May
7
10:45 am10:45

COFFEE ROASTING

  • The Pursuit Supply Company

Guided by shop owner, Adam, this class will help you learn the basics of coffee roasting. At the end of the session you will have the skills necessary to start roasting beans at home. 

More info here.

REDEEMER CHURCH AT OIB
May
7
9:30 am09:30

REDEEMER CHURCH AT OIB

  • Old Irving Brewery

Redeemer Church is holding a "preview" worship service on May 7. Join at Old Irving Brewery and experience worship through music, scripture, preaching, and fellowship as we explore what it means to be disciples of Jesus in our time and place. More info.

Mattress Firm's FOSTER KIDS CLOTHING DRIVE
May
5
May 7

Mattress Firm's FOSTER KIDS CLOTHING DRIVE

  • Mattress Firm

Mattress Firm, 4805 W. Irving Park Rd., is hosting a clothing drive for foster kids on May 5th, 6th, and 7th. Stop in between their store hours and drop off any clothing item for kids.

For more info, call 773-283-4732

 

May giftLIT at Community Tavern
May
2
8:00 pm20:00

May giftLIT at Community Tavern

  • Community Tavern

You are cordially invited to join local writers, actors and musicians on Tuesday, May 2 for an evening of stories, wine and entertainment in the grand tradition of a Parisian salon.

$10 tickets available online and at the door.

SYNOPSIS

May 2 Stories by:

Jose Blanco and Raul Vasquez
Jane Hseu
Jasminum McMullen
Diana Sykes

Live Music by the Winnemac 3!

Appetizers and cocktails by your friends at Community Tavern. More info.

BASIC BLACK & WHITE FILM DEVELOPING
Apr
30
11:00 am11:00

BASIC BLACK & WHITE FILM DEVELOPING

  • Pursuit Supply Co.

Have you ever wanted to develop your own film? It's easy and you can do it almost anywhere! Feel the sense of satisfaction after developing your own film and seeing the images you created. This class will give you a great introduction to developing your own B&W film. More info here.

Bill Cody & the Ice Cold Band at MCM Pub and Eatery
Apr
29
8:30 pm20:30

Bill Cody & the Ice Cold Band at MCM Pub and Eatery

  • MCM Pub & Eatery

Join MCM Pub and Eatery on Saturday, April 29th, for brews and blues. Bill Cody and the Ice Cold Band and Miles Minor rock your day with  your favorite Motown and Blues songs. They will also be offering $5 Mixed Drinks, $4 Import Bottles, and $3 Domestic Bottles!

 

More info here

Chicago Fire Watch Party
Apr
29
6:00 pm18:00

Chicago Fire Watch Party

  • Babes on Milwaukee

 

Sense-Net Media, member of Six Corners Association, and Nation of Fire invite you to join them on Saturday April 29, 6pm at Babe's, 4416 N Milwaukee Ave., for a Chicago Fire soccer watch party, pub invasion, and Malört Festival. The Northwest Side Chicago Fire soccer group will raffle off prizes for those who wear their Chicago Fire soccer gear. 

Poetry Reading at City News Cafe
Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

Poetry Reading at City News Cafe

  • City News Cafe

Join City News Cafe on April 29th for stellar poems, rows and rows of magazines, respectable selection of books, coffee, and artisanal truffles. Local/international poets, Snezana Zabic and Larry O. Dean, will join them to read and sign their latest books. Tasha Fouts will also read along and brings her own wild poems to the mix. 

Human Library at NVAM
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

Human Library at NVAM

  • National Veterans Art Museum

Join Human Library Chicago at the National Veterans Art Museum. This will be the second Human Library Chicago at this location and will feature at least one Veteran sharing their lived experience. Enjoy original artworks by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. through NVAM’s current exhibit Vonnegut’s Odyssey.

Book titles available at event: 

  • Senior Citizen, Asexual
  • Mexican-American
  • Urban Cyclist, Baha’i
  • Synesthesia 
  • Autistic
  • Third Cultural Kid
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • Trans Genderqueer

More info.

 

First Garden Work Day Saturday
Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

First Garden Work Day Saturday

  • Three Brothers Garden

Help Carlson Community Services kick off the first day of the 2017 gardening season! On Saturday, April 29th, they will be doing a general clean-up, weeding and adding soil nutrients to the raised beds. They may even plant some seeds! Come anytime between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m to Three Brothers Garden, 4107 N. Pulaski. The organic garden donated 712 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Irving Park Food Pantry. There are jobs for all ages. If you have a rigid rake or spade type shovel, bring it along.  (Please mark all tools with your name.) Questions? Contact Rebecca Haneberg at rbecca63@sbcglobal.net.

 

Three Brothers Garden 

Three Brothers Garden is a Carlson Community Services program. The mission of Carlson, a 501c3 non-profit, is to connect the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. 

HEALTHY KIDS DAY AT THE Y!
Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

HEALTHY KIDS DAY AT THE Y!

  • Irving Park YMCA

The Irving Park YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a morning full of activities! Join them for a  free ninja warrior challenge, outdoor soccer and basketball, sidewalk chalk games, and much more! The event is free and open to the public!

More info here.

FASHION SHOW AT MCM Pub & Eatery
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

FASHION SHOW AT MCM Pub & Eatery

  • MCM Pub & Eatery

Join MCM Pub and Eatery on Thursday, April 27th from 7pm-10pm for the Doll Revolution Spring Fashion Show 2017. Enjoy free samples of Samuel Adams, seasonal drinks, and food specials. 

Shop from the latests vendors in beauty and fashion. $5 donation. 

 

More info here

Coratia Wine Dinner
Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

Coratia Wine Dinner

  • Community Tavern

Join Community Tavern for a Croatia Wine Dinner! It is $50 per guest for a four course meal with wine pairings.

More info here.

Learn the ABC's of the Home Buying Process!
Apr
26
5:30 pm17:30

Learn the ABC's of the Home Buying Process!

  • Irving Park-Austin Chicago Public Library

Are you a future home buyer thinking about making your first purchase, or are unsure how the home purchasing process works? Here's your chance to get your questions answered! 

A lot of factors are involved when it comes to purchasing your dream home! Learn what it takes for you to buy your dream home. Sign up for this free seminar and learn the ABC's of the home buying process! 

What to expect:

  • Learning the home buying process.
  • What you should expect from your lender.
  • What your lender expects from you.
  • Money management: Financial Do's and Dont's.
  • Down payment, contract negotiations, and closing costs.
  • The importance of a Credit Score? 
  • How your real estate team can help you save you money.
  • And more!

Host:

 Ms. Myrna Santiago-Martinez - Real Estate expert:

"As a Realtor and an advocate for Education, I strongly believe that, as Realtors, it is not only our duty to get our clients to the closing, but to educate them on the real estate processes so that they can fully understand what it takes to become a future home owner. The best thing for me is when a consumer or client comes into my office or walks into one of my seminars and can speak the real estate lingo! 

I personally hope you, your friends and family can attend my event and take advantage of the knowledge I have to share!"

~ Ms. Myrna Santiago-Martinez

More info here

Homer to Vonnegut: A Print Odyssey
Apr
25
5:30 pm17:30

Homer to Vonnegut: A Print Odyssey

  • National Verteans Art Museum

Delve into representations of Homer’s Odyssey in the National Veterans Art Museum’s Vonnegut's Odyssey. Learn about how a person’s return home from war crosses through the ages, and attempt to reveal the journey from soldier to civilian through a hands-on printmaking workshop.

Session will include a tour, brief discussion, and art-making component.

More information.

Multi-Chamber “Alternative Lending Forum”
Apr
25
9:30 am09:30

Multi-Chamber “Alternative Lending Forum”

  • Community Savings Bank

This event is being sponsored by Community Savings Bank and co-hosted by the Belmont-Central, Dunning, Northwest Connection and Portage Park Chambers of Commerce. Come and learn about a variety of innovative loan products available to small businesses. Speakers will include representatives from Accion Chicago (small business lending), and SomerCor 504 (long-term, low interest financing with secure rates). Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the PPCC office at 773-777-2020 or at beebuilding@aol.com.