Central Avenue Transformation

Central Avenue Transformation

Work began last week to transform Central Avenue to improve safety for all users.

The changes include bump-outs at Central & Giddings, Central & Leland, and Central & Ainslie. A designated bike lane will be installed from Goodman to Gunnison, and a shared lane from Lawrence to Montrose. Finally, right-turn-only lanes will be installed on Central on both sides of Lawrence.

While Central and Giddings was initially selected to receive bump-outs during the 2015 Participatory Budgeting cycle, my office took the break from participatory budgeting in 2017 to work …

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Jefferson Park Blue Line Renovation Contract Awarded

Jefferson Park Blue Line Renovation Contract Awarded

Last week, the Chicago Transit Board approved a design and build contract with Walsh Construction Company II, LLC., for the $25 million rehabilitation and upgrade to the Jefferson Park CTA station.

Final designs are not complete, but construction will include newly redesigned canopies for the bus terminal and rail station entryway, and an improved reconfiguration of the bus bays to accommodate those with disabilities and improve pedestrian flow through and around the transit center. Other work includes the installation of public art, rehabbing the train platform …

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Watch “The Sandlot”, Drive-In Style

Watch “The Sandlot”, Drive-In Style

On Saturday, August 26, Cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a modern spin.The Six Corners Association will show The Sandlot in a drive-in movie event located in the parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.

All ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Those attending in their car can listen to the movie simply by tuning into their radios. Pedestrians are also welcome and should bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on.

The cost is $30 per car, $15 for an adult …

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Mason Sewer Lining Project

Mason Sewer Lining Project

The Department of Water Management is scheduled began a sewer lining project on North Mason between West Seminole and West Bryn Mawr on Thursday, August 17.

This project will rehabilitate the existing sewer without the conventional digging method. This sewer rehabilitation will minimize, if not eliminate, street cave-ins due to failure in old sewers. In addition, it will bring better drainage to the area and may help alleviate flooding during heavy rain.

During work days, mobilization will start at 4:00 pm. Actual work will begin at 5:00 …

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Infrastructure Improvement Updates Agatite/Laramie Water Main Replacement

Infrastructure Improvement Updates  Agatite/Laramie Water Main Replacement

Please be aware that starting late August, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along West Agatite from North Central to North Lavergne, and along North Laramie from West Sunnyside to West Agatite. The old water main dates back to 1915 and needs to be replaced.

With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel …

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Zoning Committee Approves the Jefferson Place Development

Zoning Committee Approves the Jefferson Place Development

Today, the zoning committee approved the Jefferson Place development located at Lipps and Ainslie. I am proud to usher in this mixed-use, transit-oriented development directly adjacent to the city’s second busiest transit hub outside of the Loop.

By increasing density in a responsible way, Jefferson Place will support neighboring businesses such as the Copernicus Center, the Ed Paschke Art Center, the Gift Theater, Windy City Musical Theater, Gorilla Sushi, Weston’s Coffee and Tap Co, and others. 

Jefferson Place will help breathe new life into downtown Jefferson Park …

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Reborn MCM Pub Brings Fresh Food, Live Music To Six Corners

Reborn MCM Pub Brings Fresh Food, Live Music To Six Corners

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PORTAGE PARK — It’s never been easy for pedestrians to miss MCM Pub & Grill, 3906 N. Cicero Ave., a longtime staple of the Six Corners Shopping District. But this year, the bar’s floral patio, gold-trimmed facade and multi-page menu all make clear that it isn’t the same neighborhood watering hole as before.

The combined bar, restaurant and bottle shop is ramping up business after it completed a major renovation last year, extending its evolution from the liquor store Tom Trier opened at the corner of Cicero …

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Binny’s, The Long Wait is Almost Over

Binny’s, The Long Wait is Almost Over

The long wait is almost over, floors installed and shelves up! Binny’s @ 4901 W. Irving Park Road.

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Schurz Rising!

Schurz Rising!

The Finance Committee we passed the ordinance that will direct $2.7 million to the construction of the new Schurz Field, refurbished gym floors and the pool in this historic neighborhood school. Thanks to all of the community members that helped provided input and make this needed improvement a reality. Schurz Rising!

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Hearth & Crust, Opening Soon

Hearth & Crust, Opening Soon

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IRVING PARK — Neighborhoods longing for a new restaurant should consider luring Eileen and Jose “Chepe” Garcia as residents.

The husband-and-wife team have made a habit of opening the type of joint they’d like to eat at close to wherever they call home, first in Logan Square with Buona Terra and now in Irving Park.

The couple are now putting the finishing touches on Hearth & Crust, 3608 W. Irving Park Road, aiming to begin service shortly after the Fourth of July.

While pizzas are a sure thing for the …

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