There’s always a lot to do in Rogers Park and this weekend is no exception. Below are some of the fun, informative and inspirational activities taking place:
Whether you’re a tenant or landlord, it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities.
The 49th Ward is proud to host this year’s Rental Housing Expo. Sponsored byChicago Rents Right and the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, the Expo provides a convenient, one-stop opportunity to learn more about rental housing. This free event will be held this Saturday, October 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Loyola University’s Mertz Hall, 1125 W. Loyola.
The event will feature more than 40 exhibitors who will assist landlords and tenants with information about evictions, security deposits, maintenance issues, building code violations and other aspects of rental housing.
Workshops will cover topics such as the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, fair housing laws, and the rights of landlords and tenants during a foreclosure process. Workshop attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of six $25 gift cards.
The 49th Ward has more rental housing units per capita than any other ward in the City. Attend this forum to learn more about your rights and responsibilities.
If you’ve visited our beautiful lakefront at Loyola Park this summer or fall, you’ve probably seen the dune grass (commonly referred to as marram grass) along portions of the beachfront. It was planted last November by community volunteers who worked under the guidance of the Loyola Dunes Restoration Project led by Rogers Park resident Ann Whelan.
Thanks to the wet spring and cool summer, the grasses grew like crazy and several even flowered. The strip has started to trap sand. Loyola Park has seen an increase in the variety and number of birds along the beach, already using the grass for cover and food, all in less than a year.
The Chicago Park District has provided the Dunes Restoration Project with enough new grass plants for another strip and once again we’re calling for volunteers to help plant the grass.
The grass planting pilot project will take place thisSaturday, October, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meet just north of the Pratt/Farwell pier on the sidewalk, which runs adjacent to Loyola Park beach.
Please dress for the weather. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s to low 50s, so please wear warm clothes, a hat and gloves, and bring something to sit or kneel on such as a waterproof cushion, as the ground can be cold and damp. Gloves and tools will be provided. Hot liquids will also be provided so bring your insulated cup!
Marram Grass is a deeply rooted beach grass, which occurs naturally along the entire coastline of Lake Michigan. It catches and holds blowing sand and stabilizes the system. The beach grass requires no mowing.
Join your neighbors this Saturday and help restore and protect the natural beauty of our lakefront!
Join your neighbors in celebrating kids who stand up against bullying!
Sponsored by Once In Manhood, Move Chicago Forward, A Safe Haven Foundation and my office, this event will feature live speakers, kids’ makeovers, giveaways, and more!
Join us this Saturday, October 26th, 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., at Gale Math and Science Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil (at Ashland).
The event will bring together a variety of speakers and performers that will spread a positive message for Chicago children. In the spirit of the occasion, Chicago Bears star Julius Peppers and his fiancé, Lia Ames, will give the first Julius Peppers and Lia Ames Humanitarian Award to a child who has taken a stand against bullying. The award will be presented to the recipient byCharlie Brown, President of the NFL Alumni Association Chicago.
Join us on as we begin Chicago’s strongest anti-bullying movement. For more information, including a list of speakers and performers, visit:
The Rogers Park Parents Group and I have teamed up to present a free “Pumpkin Party” for kids and their families. The fun takes place this Saturday, October 26th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Science and Math Academy, 7212 N. Clark (next door to the firehouse and across the street from Touhy Park).
Join us for fun indoor and outdoor activities. We’ll have our very ownmagician who will enthrall you and your kids with amazing magic shows. In between sets, he’ll make balloon animals for your kids. Ms. Jesse from the Rogers Park Library will enrapture your kids with“Spooky Story Time” and actors from Lifeline Theater will offer a sneak preview of their new children’s play, “Click, Clack, Boo!”
We will have face painting, cookie decorating, several crafts, and many games. Have your family photo taken at the “Welcome Station” and, of course, it wouldn’t be a Halloween party withoutplenty of treats. Enjoy our “Trunk or Treating,” as local businesses and families hand out candy from the decorated trunks of their cars and trucks.
Enjoy an afternoon of safe, wholesome fun for your family!
The Jarvis Square businesses are hosting a Halloween Street Festival on Jarvis Avenue, just east of the Jarvis El stop this Sunday, October 27th, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
Children’s entertainer and performer Miss Aimee Leigh is performing for the kids from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Rogers Bark Pet Salon is sponsoring a pet costume competition. Plenty of apple cider, beer, and wine will be offered up and a “scary Halloween menu” will be available at Towbar and R Public House. Pumpkin carving will take place at the Poitin Stil at 6:00pm.
Bring your family for some Halloween fun on Sunday!