Chicago police have maintained their stepped-up presence in Rogers Police, as detectives continue to search for the gunman who shot and killed two of our neighbors in separate incidents earlier this month.
Commander Roberto Nieves of the 24th Police District assures me this increased presence will continue through Halloween, as the police undertake measures to ensure a safe holiday for trick-or-treaters and others.
Residents continue to phone in tips to the Police Department and detectives are tracking down every lead–over 400 have been shared with the police.
A $21,000 reward administered by Cook County Crime Stoppers remains for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for these crimes.
If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-7867 or visit cookcountycrimestoppers.org.
In the meantime, the police have issued Halloween Safety Tips for those who wish to take part in the custom of trick or treat.
If you are looking for a guaranteed safe place to take the kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, visit my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). The vestibule of my office will be decorated for the holiday and my staff and I will be handing out Halloween treats to all the kids who stop by. My office will be open on Halloween until 7:00 p.m.
If you prefer to forgo traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating this Halloween, there’s still plenty of Halloween fun to be had in Rogers Park. Take advantage of these safe family-friendly events:
FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS ON HALLOWEEN
I’m teaming up with the 24th Police District CAPS office to provide this fun, but safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Cars parked alongside the Willye White Park Fieldhouse will be decorated for the holiday and loaded up with candy. Your kids can go from car to car and “trunk-or-treat.”
After your kids collect their treats, head to the Willye White Park gymnasium where your kids will enjoy games, face painting and a mime. Famed wheel performer Wolfgang Bientzle will bring his big circus wheel for the kids to try and Danielle of Jumpiliciousjumprope will provide double dutch jump rope entertainment.
Kids’ Halloween Party
Have a fearsome good time at Loyola Park’s annual party featuring games, treats and spooky fun. Costumes are encouraged.
I encourage you also to take advantage of the many family-friendly Halloween activites taking place this weekend. Below are some kid-friendly events:
FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
High Ridge YMCA Annual Halloween Celebration
When: Friday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: High Ridge YMCA, 2424 W. Touhy (at Western)
Price: $8 for YMCA members, $10 for non-members. Advance registration recommended, tickets available online.
The High Ridge YMCA is hosting its annual Halloween celebration and this year’s theme is STICKERS! Each child will receive an “activity passport” and earn a spooky Halloween sticker for each fun activity they complete. The goal is to collect all six Halloween stickers by the end of the evening.
This is sure to be an “un-boo-lievable” event including “fangtastic” snacks, a haunted house, carnival games, arts and crafts, a selfie station and much more!
Pottawattomie Park Trunk-or-Treat & Haunted House
This kids’ event includes “trunk-or-treating,” a haunted house, mask decorating, and other spooky craft activities.
Bring the kids to the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse for some Halloween fun and vote early! Pottawattomie Park is an early voting site. Parents who wish to vote may leave their kids with Park District-approved volunteers until they cast their ballot.
Trick-or-Treating at Loyola University’s Dumbach Hall
When: Sunday, October 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Dumbach Hall, 6474 N Kenmore (see this campus map)
Rogers Park families are invited to trick or treat on Loyola’s campus, sponsored by Loyola University.
In addition to these kid-friendly events, Rogers Park also offers plenty of safe Halloween activities this weekend for young-at-heart adults. Here’s a sampling:
HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR ADULTS
Scarefest at The New 400 Theaters
When: Thursday-Saturday, October 25-27 (7:30 p.m.)
Where: The New 400 Theatres, 6746 N. Sheridan (just south of Pratt)
Price: $5.00; tickets available at the theater or online. Concessions include a full bar with drink specials each night.
The New 400 Theaters kicks off the Halloween weekend with three classic horror films:
Thursday, October 25: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The grandfather of horror films, Roger Ebert once called Dr. Caligari “the first true horror film. A tale of murder, mystery, and the thin line between reality and fantasy.
Friday, October 26: Nosferatu
The very first adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu is considered a masterpiece of early horror and early cinema.
Saturday, October 27: Night of the Living Dead
The very first zombie flick and a world-renowned cult classic, Night of the Living Dead follows a cast of characters trying to survive flesh-eating monsters.
When: Saturday, October 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, 6433 N Ravenswood (just north of Devon)
This will be a frightfully fun night filled with treats, drinks, prizes and friends! Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center will be giving away two prizes: Best Costume and Best Pumpkin Carving. So, make sure you wear a costume! CIADC will provide everything; just bring yourself, friends, and family!
When: Saturday, October 27, 8:00 p.m.
Where: R Public House (1508 W. Jarvis)
Dance the night away at R Public House with DJ Schnicklefritz and win prizes for best costume. Scary drink specials, ghoulishly good company.
Halloween Dinner at R Public House followed by Poe at Theater Above the Law
When: Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dinner at R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis, followed by Poe at Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis
Price: $40, includes dinner, cocktail, and theater tickets. Purchase tickets in advance online.
Enjoy R Public House Chef Aaron’s Halloween menu (see below), then walk across the street to enjoy Theater Above the Law’s Poe.
“Poe Toaster” cognac cocktail
Northeastern clam chowder
“Raven” au vin & potato puree, with carrot, mushroom, and pearl onion
Blood orange crème brûlée
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to take advantage of Lyft’s generous offer of two half-price rides within the Rogers Park community. A limited number of coupons are still available at my office. Simply reply to this email or stop by my office (7356 N. Greenview) to get your code.
For more information on how the Lyft offer works, click here.
I hope you and your family are able to venture out this weekend and on Halloween itself. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and support our local businesses!