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Jan 25 / Neal

29th Ward State of the Ward Address

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, 29th Ward, will host his State of the Ward Address at Amundsen Park this Wednesday, January 27th, at 6:30pm.   He will also present his vision for the coming year.  Representatives from the Police Department and Streets and Sanitation will be available to the public.

Aug 19 / Neal

Fall Programs at Trailside Nature Center

The Trailside Nature Center is located at  738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, IL 60305.  (708) 366-6530

“Woodpecker Hollow” Nature Play Area
Balance on logs and build with sticks as you experience unstructured playtime in our nature play area.
Every day

Fall Story Trail
Read a story as you hike a trail and do activities.
Every day

Bone Appétit
Join us at feeding time to learn about Trailside’s outdoor resident animals.
Monday, September 7; Sunday, September 13; Saturday, October 10, Monday, October 12, Sunday October 25; Wednesday, November 11, Sunday, November 7, November 22, Saturday, November 28, Sunday November 29 • 1 pm

Nature Story Time
Nature-inspired stories followed by a craft. For ages 3-6 with adult.
Thursdays, September 3 & 17; October 1 & 15; November 5 & 19 • 10:30 am

Dog Days Walks
Bring your well-mannered, leashed dog on a one-hour guided hike on our trails. Call to register by 2 days prior.
Saturdays, September 19, October 17, November 21 • 10 am

Autumn Walks
Explore the beauty of the changing seasons on a guided walk along our trails, through the woods and by the pond. Call to register by 2 days prior.
Sundays, October 4 & 18 • 1 pm

An Evening at Trailside
Get up close and personal with your neighborhood nature center. Sample a variety of educational programs and crafts, chat with your local naturalists and get an up close view of our entire mammal furs & skulls collection. A rare “behind-the-scenes” program will show you how we prepare food for our display animals.
Friday, November 6 • 5 – 8 pm

Join other homeschoolers to learn about local nature. Limited space available; register at least 2 days prior to each session. Must be accompanied by adult.

Forest Ecology
Learn about trees and their roles in our ecosystems, and learn to identify some of our local trees. Children ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, September 23 • 2 – 3:30 pm

Going Batty
Learn about bats, both local and worldwide, their amazing adaptations and importance in ecosystems. Children ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, October 21 • 2 – 3:30 pm

Rocks and Minerals
Learn how rocks and minerals are formed, test minerals for hardness, and learn how we use rocks and minerals in our everyday lives. Children ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, November 18 • 2 – 3:30 pm
Nature Journaling
Essays, poetry or sketching – a nature journal helps you capture both what you observe and what you feel. Join us for an exploration of the art, science, and fun of journaling as we walk our trails. All materials provided – $3 fee. For teens and adults. Register by 9/3.
Saturday September 5 • 1 pm

Pond Walk
Join us on a guided walk around our pond, to see and learn about the plants and animals that call it home. Expect mud! For adults and families with children ages 8 and up. Register by 9/4.
Sunday, September 6 • 10 am
The Endless Garden – Seed Saving
Learn how and when to save and store seeds from your garden plants for next year’s growing season. For adults; register by 9/10.
Saturday, September 12 • 1 pm
Monarch Migration
Drop by and trace the route of migrating monarchs with crafts and activities.
Sunday, September 13• 1-3 pm
Animal Olympics
Can you leap as far as a frog, or spear fish like a heron? Test your human abilities against amazing animal adaptations. Drop-in family program.
Sunday, September 20 • 1 – 2:30 pm

Trailside History Hike
Learn about the interesting natural history of Trailside Museum and Thatcher Woods through artifacts and a long 3 mile hike in the woods. We’ll visit Native American sites and a “lost village” along the way. For adults; register by 9/24.
Saturday, September 26 • 1 – 3:00 pm
Early Autumn Walk
Enjoy a naturalist guided walk to learn about our local plants and animals, as summer turns to autumn. Family program; register by 9/25.
Sunday, September 27 • 1 pm


Leaf Printing
We will take a short walk to view the beauty of nature in early autumn, than capture a detail of it using real tree leaves. Participants must bring their own tee shirt. For adults and children ages 10 and up. Registration required by 10/1.
Saturday October 3 • 1 pm
Tree Identification Workshop
In this indoor/outdoor workshop we will discuss features of local trees used for tree identification, such as bud and leaf shape, habitat and bark. Adults & interested teens. Registration required by 10/9.
Sunday, October 11 • 1 pm
Skull Detectives – The Mystery of the Missing Lunch Use the clues from real skulls to figure out which animal stole the missing lunch. Drop-in family program.
Saturday, October 24 • 1 – 2:30 pm

Creatures of the Night
Who’s creeping when you’re sleeping? Join us to learn about some of our nocturnal wildlife. Family drop-in program.
Saturday, October 31 • 1 – 2:30 pm


Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Campfire
Look for clues about the changing season, then gather ‘round a campfire to toast marshmallows and drink hot cocoa. Family program; $2/person. Register by 10/30.
Sunday, November 1 • 1 pm
On the Trail of the White-tailed Deer
The white-tailed deer is the largest mammal in Illinois. Join us as we explore the natural history of this native animal. Drop-in family program.
Sunday, November 8 • 1 – 2:30 pm
The Eyes Have It Drop-In
Learn how other animals see: from snake eyes that never close to the compound eyes of insects. Drop-in family program.
Saturday, Nov. 14 • 1 – 2:30 pm
Nature Sketching
Explore line, value, shading and form as we practice sketching plants and animals from life. Register by 11/13; $5 materials fee includes take-home artist’s tools.
Sunday, November 15 • 1 pm
Turkey Trot Hike
Walk off that turkey dinner on a special post-holiday guided hike of the trails around Trailside Museum. Register by 11/25.
Friday, November 27 • 1 pm

Aug 9 / Neal

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Galewood Golf Club

Jul 15 / Neal

Easy Cash Solutions Changes Name to EZPawn

EZPawnControversial North Avenue business Easy Cash Solutions, 6432 W. North Avenue, has changed its storefront signage to EZPawn.  The change was made even though James Rose, Vice President of Property Development for EZCORP, committed to operating the store as Easy Cash Solutions on February 19, 2013 as part of a number of concessions the business made to then Alderman Deborah Graham in order to operate at this location.

Ald. Taliaferro was made aware of the change shortly after the EZPawn sign was installed sometime around May 30th. The Alderman contacted the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and has been unable to stop EZPawn from changing the name of the business.  The letter provided by EZPawn parent company EZCorp is non-binding.  A Letter of Operation with the concessions should have been filed with the City of Chicago.  This form would have been legally binding.

Former Rep. Deborah Graham was employed by the City of Chicago Department of Planning. It appears she should have known about filing a Letter of Operation in this situation.

Alderman Taliaferro is recommending a petition to the EZCORP objecting to the name change.

For more information or to comment on this issue contact Alderman Chris Taliaferro at  (773) 237-6460 or attend his ward night on Mondays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 6272 W. North Ave.



Jun 18 / Neal

Night Out in the Parks

Night Out in the Parks provides world-class performances in Chicago’s neighborhood parks throughout the summer. There are 14 events scheduled at Rutherford-Sayre, Amundsen, Riis, and Bell Parks.   For more information on the more than 1,000 events cross Chicago visit the Night Out in the Park website.

Canciones de Cri-Cri at Riis
The Latin duo Gonza & Isa Cancion y Cuento performs children’s songs in Spanish from Mexico’s beloved “Cri-Cri,” the singing cricket created by Francisco Gabilondo Soler.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Movies in the Parks at Rutherford Sayre: Paddington
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offers him a temporary haven.
Friday, June 26, 2015 from 8:30 PM – 10:05 PM

Community Dance at Amundsen
The Design Dance community dance workshops are designed to engage children and adults in the unique experience of learning and sharing dance. At Amundsen Park, hip hop will be explored to reach a broad spectrum of Chicago community members.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM read more…

Jun 10 / Neal

Summer Learning Challenge! at Galewood-Montclare Library

The Chicago Public Library and it’s partners launch the Summer Learning Challenge 2015 this week.   The program open to children up to 13 years old challenges participants to read, discover, create and report. Children will be eligible for free books and prizes.  There is will be a number of programs at the Galewood-Montclare branch library related to the Challenge. Registration is typically required.  Call the branch at  (312) 746-0165 for more information.

June 10, 24, July 8, 22. 6 p.m. – Explore and Soar Planet Discovery. Use your Planetary knowledge to solve the puzzle of the runaway planets. Ages 5-12.

June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 11 a.m. – Explore and Soar Toddler Story Time.  Join Ms. Dalia for a story time designed for Toddlers. Read, sing, dance & play!

June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 31. 2:00 pm.  Stories n’ Stuff. Join us for alien magic & rocket races at this interactive program of stories, art & science fun.  Ages 5-12.

June 17, July 15. 6:00 p.m.  Defy Gravity Teen Club. Activities and puzzles that explore our universe. Find out if you can live on other planets.  Ages 13-17.

June 30. 11:00 a.m. Science Alliance presents: “Blast off with Physics”. Investigate Newton’s Laws of Motion while spinning on a rotating disk, riding a real hovercraft, flying balloon rockets & watching a drone take flight.  Ages 6-11.

July 8. 11:00 a.m. Marilyn Price presents: “What if the Sky Did Fall Chicken Little!”  The classic Chicken Little tale told with plenty of puppets and props. A star filled collection of puppet characters will take you from the Big Dipper to the Milky Way and beyond! Ages 4-12.

July 24. 11:00 a.m. High Touch High Tech presents: “Up, Up and Away”. Blimps, balloons, rockets and helicopters – launch, watch and learn about aerodynamics.  Ages 6-12.

July 29. 11:00 a.m. Abra-Kid-Abra presents: “The Magic of Space”. Discover the magic of space & time with tricks that use math and science. See plenty of tricks that defy gravity and common sense and leave you asking, “How was that possible?”. Ages 5-11.

Jun 8 / Neal

Local-Motions Hosts “Summer Camp Snoopy”

Local~Motions Inc’s Summer Camp Snoopy is an intensive 7 week fine arts summer camp.  Children from kindergarten through high school ages will learn a variety of fine and craft arts, acting, singing, dancing, as well as important life skills. The children will perform in an end of camp production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown the Broadway Musical.

WHEN:     Camp begins June 28th , 2015 and runs through August 14th. Fridays are field trip days to a local pool (weather permitting).

WHAT:     Monday through Thursday children will be taught the fine arts from area professional artists.

TIME:        8am until 3pm. (extended care is available)

COST:        The cost for the camp is $450 plus a $100 registration fee for the first child and each addition child is $300.

Local~Motions is located at 6272 W North Ave in Chicago. For more information call 773.622.3267.


May 23 / Neal

Galewood’s Beat 2513 CAPS Meeting

The next Beat 2513 CAPS meeting is Tuesday May 26th, 6:30 p.m. at the Amundsen Park field house 6200 W. Bloomingdale Avenue. This is your opportunity to share and voice your concerns with neighbors and with the police. Beat 2513 CAPS meetings are on the fourth Tuesday, every other month (odd months on the calendar). Together, we can make a difference in our neighborhood. Please forward this info to your neighbors. The next meetings are July 28 and September 22.


May 10 / Neal

Sen. Harmon/Rep. Lilly Schedule Town Hall

harmon_town_hallState Sen. Don Harmon and State Rep. Camille Lilly have scheduled a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 17 from 3pm – 5pm.   The meeting will be held at the Shriner’s Hospital Auditorium, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave.   State government is going through many changes. Please come out and meet your representatives to state government during this important time.

Apr 30 / Bryan

Real Estate Beat:
March Real Estate Transactions

March was another great month for home sales in Galewood.

According to MRED (Midwest Real Estate Data) the average market time for a single family Galewood home is just 37 days. The short market time, in addition to the limited inventory of homes on the market, indicates we’re still in a “seller’s” market indicating that prices are still steadily on the rise. The number of remaining short sales and foreclosures is still down significantly, only accounting for a few recent sales

Mortgage rates are still at historical lows, but expected to rise later this year, if you’ve been “on the fence” as to whether to put your home on the market now. Each year, more homes sell in May, June, July and August than any other four months of the year. You want to make sure your house is available for sale during peak selling season. If you are thinking of selling this year, contact me for a comparative market analysis of your home today.


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Apr 24 / Neal

NAZDAC Seeks Committee Members From Galewood

The following was submitted by NAZDAC:

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

NAZDAC (North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee) is seeking one or more new committee members who own commercial/multi-family residential real estate or have experience developing such properties, and who live in Chicago’s Galewood neighborhood (North Avenue north to Armitage, and Austin west to Harlem).

If you’re a Galewood resident with development experience, please consider making a real difference by joining NAZDAC. You can contact NAZDAC chair Judith Alexander for more information: 708-772-3702; opfolk@comcast.net.

Background on NAZDAC

NAZDAC is an independent, politically neutral committee, formed in 2013 to promote the revitalization of North Avenue between Austin and Harlem. We represent the interests of residents living north and south of North Avenue and currently have six members:  three Galewood residents and three residents of north Oak Park. Our members include a former commercial construction manager, an IT specialist, a former marketing executive, a public architect, a real estate lawyer, and an urban planner. Three of us are also co-founders of local neighborhood organizations. We meet on the last Monday of each month for about 90 minutes.

NAZDAC is working toward a North Avenue business district that serves the residents living in proximity and provides a safe, inviting place to shop, dine and walk. We seek to promote existing quality businesses and attract new ones. We also deal with businesses that do not serve residents and degrade the appeal of North Avenue, and try to prevent such businesses from opening in the first place.

Since our founding, NAZDAC has advocated for a comprehensive North Avenue revitalization study and  completion of the streetscape (which now extends from Harlem to Oak Park Avenue) all the way east to Austin (as originally planned). Our advocacy resulted in a $225,000 study grant from the IL Department of Transportation, and the south side of North Avenue has been spruced-up as well. Our support helped Sergio’s Place restaurant (6966 W. North Ave. in Chicago) overcome zoning problems and obtain a liquor license.  We also pushed successfully to close a public nuisance business that was operating illegally (Smoker’s Stop, in Oak Park’s Ridge/Oak strip mall). Largely due to our efforts, a nightclub called Behind Close Doors was prevented from opening (at 6206 W. North Ave. in Chicago).

Thank you!

Apr 14 / Neal

Potty Training? WonderWorks Hosts Workshop

WonderWorks, 6445 W. North Avenue, is hosting a workshop on potty training, Tuesday April 21st from 6:30-7:30pm.  Led by Parenthesis Family Center parents will learn the “ABC’s of Toilet Training”.  Free childcare will be available on site.  Space is limited.  Please contact Leah at 708.848.2227 or Lvergotine@parenthesis-info.org to RSVP.