Chicago’s north side is never at a loss for community meetings and this week is no exception. We have two community meetings on tap for this Thursday night, June 19th. One meeting involves an effort to create artist live/work space in Rogers Park. The other involves a public hearing on implementing a City of Chicago minimum wage.
In an effort to create artist live/work space in Rogers Park, theRogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) invited Artspace, America’s leading nonprofit developer of affordable spaces for artists and creative workers, to conduct a Community Needs and Use Assessment. Artspace will be in our neighborhood this week talking with neighborhood artists and community residents.
RPBA is sponsoring a community meeting to inform community residents about the work of Artspace and to give Artspace an opportunity to learn about the community’s needs and interest in arts-focused projects. The meeting will be preceded by a vibrant “artistic experience” coordinated by the Rogers Park Arts Alliance.
The artistic experience will take place outside Field School, 7019 N. Ashland (between Lunt and Greenleaf), Thursday, June 19th, at 5:30 p.m. It will be followed immediately by a Community Meeting inside the school at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in the arts and how they can foster the revitalization of our commercial streets, please attend the meeting.
Last month, Mayor Emanuel asked me to serve on a“Minimum Wage Working Group.” This group of business, labor, community activists and elected leaders is tasked with developing a recommendation on implementing a minimum wage for the City of Chicago that will begreater than the state and federal minimum wage.
I have been working with the group to develop recommendations to submit to the Mayor in July. Mayor Emanuel asked the Working Group to hold a series of public meetings throughout the City to gather input and inform the group’s recommendation.
The North Side Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, June 19th 7:00 p.m., at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. You can also submit your input, comments or concerns directly to the working group by clicking hereor replying to this email. I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps seeing you at the hearing on Thursday.