The City Clerk’s Office has started mailing out City Sticker renewal forms. You should receive yours byMonday, June 2. New this year is year-round sticker sales. The new program will coordinate your City Sticker with your State License Plate Sticker, with one expiring six months after the other.
What this change practically means is that you will be given a choice when you go to purchase your new City Sticker in June. You will have the option to buy a Prorated or an Extended Sticker. The Prorated Sticker will expire 6 months after your License Plate Sticker, and the Extended Sticker will expire 18 months after your License Plate Sticker. After this, you will have to buy your new stickers whenever your current one expires, instead of every June.
There are two primary advantages to the new system: You will never be caught with the expense of having to renew both your City Sticker and License Plate Sticker at the same time. Also, year-round sales will eliminate the rush in June, allowing you to avoid the crowds.
Please note, seniors will not be affected by this change and will remain on a June-to-June renewal schedule.
City Stickers are now officially for sale. You have several options to buy your sticker this year: purchase at the 50th Ward City Sticker Day, online, by mail, at the City Clerk’s Office or at a community vendor.
The easiest method is to use the City’s Clerk’s online EZ>BUY system. To purchase online, simply clickhere. Please allow 10 to 14 business days for the delivery of your online City Sticker.
You can also buy your sticker at the 50th Ward City Sticker Day, being held this year at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western. The Ward Sale will be on Monday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For in-person sales, you MUST bring your 2014 Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Renewal Form or your State Vehicle Registration ID Card, which includes your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and license plate information.
To purchase by mail, simply follow the instructions on your renewal form. You can also purchase at one of hundreds of vendors throughout the city. To find a vendor near you, please click here.
If you do not receive your renewal form, or you have any additional questions, you can reach the City Sticker Call Center at (312) 744-6770.
Empty storefronts on Touhy Avenue, specifically the area just east of Francisco, have been a persistent problem in our neighborhood. I am pleased to report that, at my request, the City is taking action to help remedy this situation. The Department of Buildings recently inspected the empty storefronts from 2827 – 2839 W. Touhy and have found many violations. The City has filed suit against the owner of these buildings, and is taking her to court.
The court date for these violations is Friday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1105 at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street. The best way to ensure that a positive change occurs is for the neighbors, business owners and residents affected by these vacant storefronts to come out and let the court and landlord know that we want these stores repaired and rented.
If you are able to attend, call or email me. Please take the time to help improve our neighborhood by coming to court and letting your voice be heard.
The Jewish holiday of Shavuot is this coming Wednesday and Thursday. I want to wish the 50th Ward’s Jewish community a very happy holiday!
Debra L. Silverstein
Alderman, 50th Ward
Street Sweeping Weekly Schedule
The following areas of the 50th Ward will be swept during this upcoming week:
- Section 7 – May 30 and June 2
- Section 10 – June 3 and 4
- Section 11 – June 5 and 6
Section 7 encompasses the area between Kedzie to the west, Francisco to the east, Pratt to the north and Devon to the south.
Section 10 encompasses the area between Western to the west, Ravenswood to the east, Pratt to the north and Devon to the south.
Section 11 encompasses the area between Western to the west, Ridge to the east, Devon to the north and Glenlake to the south.
Community Service Center Resource Fair
Join the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for a special community resource fair happening RIGHT NOW. Staff from the North Area Community Service Center will be joined by the Chicago Police’s Homeless Outreach Team to help you connect with services for all stages of life. This special event is happening right now at the 19th District Police CAPS Office, 850 W. Addison in the Community Room. It lasts until 3 p.m.
The Department of Family and Support Services offers assistance for health issues, veteran services, seniors, employment, housing resources, legal aide, disability, rental/mortgage, education, children, utility assistance, safety and much more. For more information, please call the North Area Community Service Center at (312) 744-2580.
Free Computer Classes
Join Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Chicago for free computer classes to help you improve your job skills.
The computer classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. between June 2 and June 25. Topics will include: Basic Computer Operations, Basic Microsoft Word, Basic Microsoft Excel and Basic Microsoft PowerPoint.
Fury Theater at Indian Boundary Park
Join the Chicago Park District for an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” performed by Fury Theatre. These special shows will be throughout June at Indian Boundary Park.
The complete production schedule is as follows:
Evening shows (at 7 p.m.) – June 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Matinees (at 2 p.m.) – June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Tickets are $15 for an individual or $49 for a Family Pack (4-6 family members). For more information, please visit www.furytheatre.org.
Red Door Annual Walk for the Animals
On Sunday, June 8, join over 300 animal lovers for Red Door Animal Shelter’s 14th annual Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals at Indian Boundary Park. Red Door is celebrating 14 years of rescuing homeless cats, dogs and rabbits. Advance registration is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3 – 12. Registration the day of the event is $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 – 12. Kids under 3 are free.
Your registration entitles you to an event t-shirt, matching dog bandana, gift bags and access to brunch and the doggy splash pools.
All leashed dogs are welcome, so bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities. The event will include live music by The Sheryl & Tom Duet, gift bags, Pick-your-Own-Prize raffle, dog pools, a photo booth, brunch a pet psychic and more.
Money Smart: Understanding Medicare
Join the Northtown Library for a special presentation aimed at helping you understand how Medicare works. Representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will provide you with a broad overview of how original Medicare works (parts A & B), as well as how Medicare Advantage plans (Part C), prescription Drug Plans (Part D), and Medicare Supplement plans work. This seminar is a good general orientation for people who are turning 65 soon and will present every option available.
The special lecture will be on Monday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Northtown Library, 6435 N. California. For more information, please call the library at (312) 744-2292.
Senior Enrichment Seminar – Property Tax Assessment and Exemptions
Join the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Elder Justice Center for a free senior enrichment seminar to learn about property tax assessment and exemptions. This free event will feature lectures by Theresa Chandler of the Cook County Assessor’s Office and Mark Hellner of the Center for Disability and Elder Law.
The event will be on Thursday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Courtroom 2005.
The topics discussed will be:
- Discover your eligibility for various property tax exemptions and assessment freezes
- Learn about the senior citizen tax deferral program, certificates of error and tax sale procedures
To register for the event, please contact the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233.
Chicago Bike Week
The 22nd Annual Chicago Bike Week is just around the corner. Come out and enjoy bike-related entertainment while learning about a healthy and environmentally friendly way of travelling. Events start on June 13 and include a bike tour of the Near North Side, a free evening spin class at Cloud Gate and a movie night in Millennium Park. The special week will culminate with the Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza.
The Bike to Work Rally will be on Friday, June 20 at 7 a.m. at Daley Plaza – Washington and Dearborn streets. Join thousands of cyclists for live music and a free continental breakfast provided by 7-Eleven and Door-to-Door Organics. All cyclists will also receive a free t-shirt.
For more information and a schedule of events, please click here.
Women’s Safety Seminar
Join the Chicago Police for a special women’s safety seminar, and learn how to protect yourself! The Domestic Violence Officer from the 24th District Police Department will host a seminar on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Police Station at 6464 N. Clark in the CPD auditorium.
Topics discussed will include how to report crimes to the police and 911 and how to be aware of your surroundings. Contact the 24th District Community Policing Office at (312) 744-6321 for more information.
Bicycle Safety Rodeo
Join the 24th District Police Department for a special Bicycle Safety Rodeo. This free event will feature bicycle safety inspections, safety tips and refreshments. There will also be a free helmet giveaway (while supplies last)!
The Bicycle Rodeo will be on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the front plaza of the 24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark Street. You must have a bicycle to receive the free gifts.
For more information, please call the CAPS Office at (312) 744-6321.
Age-Friendly Survey for Seniors
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services invites Chicago residents ages 55 and better to take a survey about their thoughts and experiences of living in the city.
In July 2012, Mayor Emanuel secured Chicago’s membership in the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities. Researchers at Northwestern University are working with the city to find out how age-friendly Chicago is, and have designed this survey to gather information.
The survey can be accessed by clicking here.
The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Seniors can skip any questions they do not want to answer, and responses will be kept anonymous. Analysis will be completed by researchers at Northwestern and findings will inform the development of a citywide action plan.
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