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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;

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 to RSVP.

Apr 13 / Neal

Community Music Celebration at Lovett Elementary

lovett_community_music_celebrationJoseph Lovett Elementary, 6333 W. Bloomingdale Ave, will host a Community Music Celebration Saturday, April 18th from 12-4pm.   Don’t miss fantastic performances by the Dave Ness Trio, Lovett Dance and Quintet Attacca.  Special workshops will be held to to create your own musical story, drumming, writing a blues song and exploring how different instruments work.  Food and refreshments will be provided.  The event is free.  For more information contact Matt Boresi at

Apr 9 / Neal

Get Fresh Fridays at Amundsen Park

Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave, is hosting a Lunch and Learn series Fridays at noon through May 22nd.  Bring your lunch and “learn about how to live your best life.”  Topics include:

  • Next Steps After Your Screening
  • Why Wellness Matters
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Dancing & Laughter
  • Label Reading
  • Ways to Release Stress
  • & More

For more information contact the park at 312-746-5003.

Apr 2 / Neal

Block Club Training for Beat 2513 April 11

The Chicago Police Department has scheduled a block club training for Beat 2513 and 2531 on Saturday April 11. The training will start at 9 a.m.    Meet at the CPD’s 25th District auditorium at 5555 W. Grand Ave.  Please contact Maria Chavero at or the 25th District Community office at 312-746-5090 to RSVP.

Apr 1 / Neal

Zenith Moving Back to Galewood

Happy-April-FoolsZenith Electronics is moving manufacturing back to its property in Galewood reported Crain’s Chicago Business.  Zenith, now owned by South Korean giant LG Electronics, will be producing radios and TVs in the vast manufacturing center between Narragansett Avenue and Austin Avenue.  CEO Aldo Magada said “We recognize Millennials appreciate high quality, unique systems and our state of the art tubes and transistors will have a wide appeal with the next generation of consumers.”    No specifics were reported regarding or employment opportunities.

Mar 31 / Neal

Sen. Harmon To Discuss State Budget

harmon_townhall_2015_04_06_thumbSenator Don Harmon and Representative Camille Lilly will host a community meeting to discuss Illinois budget issues at the Elmwood Park Library on April 6 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. The Elmwood Park Library is located at 1 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park (next to Village Hall on the circle). All are invited. Parking available or Pace Bus 307.    Questions?  Call 708-848-2002.


Mar 30 / Neal

Galewood March to the Polls

Mar 26 / Neal

North Avenue Business Association 2105 College Scholarship Program

The North Avenue Business Association has released the following information regarding their annual scholarship program.

The North Avenue Business Association (NABA) awards a $1000.00 scholarship to two graduating high school seniors, planning on attending a college or university, majoring in business or in a related field.

Students applying must reside in the Village of Oak Park, River Forest and the Chicago neighborhoods of Galewood and parts of Austin.  Chicago resident boundaries include Armitage (2000 North) to the north, Division (1200 North) to the south, Austin (6000 West) to the east and Harlem (7200 West) to the west.

Eligible students must rank in the upper 20% of their class, have a 3.00 GPA, a combined ACT score of 21 and demonstrate financial need.  Students must complete an application, write an essay, provide a copy of their academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation.  A complete list of criteria is included with the application.

The application deadline is April 7, 2015.   Recipients will be notified in writing. 

Please send the application to:
North Avenue Business Association Scholarship Program,
c/o Sassetti LLC
6611 W. North Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302.

For more information email:

2015 Scholarship Criterion

2015 Scholarship Application

Mar 25 / Bryan

March to the Polls to Vote Early

marchpolls.lovett300With the Tuesday, April 7 runoff election falling over Spring Break, when many parents, teachers, and school staff are out of town, some Sayre Language Academy and Lovett Elementary parents and educators will lead a one-mile walk to Amundsen Park on Monday, March 30, to encourage early voting. The walk starts at Sayre Sayre Language Academy (1850 N Newland) after at 3:30pm and will regroup at Lovett Elementary (6333 E Bloomingdale) at 4:00, continuing to Amundsen Park (6200 W Bloomingdale) for early voting. (flyer).

Early voting is underway now. at Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale (29th Ward) and at West Belmont Library, 3104 N. Narragansett (36th Ward). Voting will be open Mondays-Saturdays 9am-5pm from March 23 through April 4, and on Sunday, March 29 from 9am-3pm.

Mar 25 / Neal

Watch the 36th Ward Debate

For our friends and neighbors in the 36th Ward we recorded a debate between the two candidates in the April 7th runoff election. The debate was organized by the Bel-Montclare Community Organization. The candidates are Gilbert Villegas and Omar Aquino. The moderator is Alonso Zaragoza. The candidates met for a debate on Monday, March 23 at the Narragansett Church of God, 2254 N. Narragansett Ave.

The first video is the main portion of the debate.  There was a brief break in the proceedings and then each candidate gave their final statement of the evening.

Mar 23 / Neal

Beat 2513 CAPS Meeting March 24

The 25th District CAPS office has scheduled the next three meetings for Beat 2513.   Beat 2513 covers the area between Austin Ave and and Harlem Ave and between North Ave and Armitage Ave. The meetings will be held at Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Blomingdale Ave. at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will last approximately 1 hour.