Calendar of Events

March 2015

Mar 28

Free Tax Help

Friday 01/27/2015 - 04/15/2015
The city of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help at locations across Chicago from late January through mid-april Federal and Illinois tax return preparation and e-file are offered free of charge by the City's two partner nonprofits, the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up, which annually prepare thousands of returns with thelp of trained volunteers.
Families earning up to $50,000 annually
Individuals earning up to $25,000 annually
Taxpayers that need to file an amended return (i.e. make corrections to a submitted return) or that need to file tax returns for previous years (2011-2013) are encouraged to visit a tax site in March
Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) for yourself, your spouse, and everyone else that appears on your tax return
Photo identification
All 2014 tax documents (W-2, 1099 forms)
Bank account and routing numbers
Proof of health insurance coverage (i.e. Form 1095-A, private/employer insurance information) or Certificate of Exemption
Copy of your second or final property tax bill paid in 2014
Records of college-related expenses
Copy of your 2013 tax return
Wilbur Wright College
Fridays 10AM-4PM/Feb 6-April 10
Saturdays/9AM-12PM/Jan 24-April 11
Closed April 3 and April 4

Tax Prep Chicago

Mar 28

A Midwinter Night's Tale

Friday 03/20/2015 - 04/12/2015
Duplicity Ensemble is beginning their second full season of original productions with A Midwinter Night's Tale - a modern Shakespearean mash-up. The show runs March 20 - April 12 at Filament Theatre in Portage Park (4041 N Milwaukee). Wildly comedic and fast-paced, this world premiere production is perfect for ages 13 and up (no foul language or overtly suggestive material, but not a show for children). If you looking to see a little bit more storefront theatre in Chicago, then this is a great opportunity for you at a very reasonable price. In fact, Duplicity Ensemble is offering 2-for-1 ($10) tickets for folks in Portage Park and the nearby neighborhoods. All you have to do is go to, click the "Tickets" tab, and use the discount code PORTAGE. For more information, email

Duplicity Ensemble

Mar 28

Garden Club Ugly Auction

Saturday 9:30 AM
Austin/Irving Library
Please bring in old garden accessories:
Vases, yard tools, bushel baskets, gloves, seeds, plants, containers, pots, planters, garden decorations, gnomes, & elves.
All profits to benefit our Garden Club.
Be Creative and bring cash!

Mar 28

Lunch with the Easter Bunny at Portage Park

Saturday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pizza will be served. Activities will include an egg hunt, arts & crafts project, photo with the bunny, and dance with the bunny. For children under 8 years old.
Fee: $10.00
Portage Park
4100 N Long Ave Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 685-7235

Mar 28

Doggie Egg Hunt

Saturday 1:00 PM
"Doggie Egg Hunt"
Join us for this year's Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Portage Park Animal Hospital, on March 28th at 1:00 pm.
Pre-register if you can, but we'll have day-of registration available also.
To pre-register for the Easter event, please go to and send payment to $5/dog for the egg hunt and $5/dog for pictures with the bunny.* Include your first & last name and your dog's name. If you're registering for more than one dog, please send the appropriate payment for each dog and include the name of each of your dogs.
On the day of the event, please go to the "Pre-Registration" table to check-in and get your dog's registration number!
*Note - if you have more than one dog and want them in the same picture, it's $5 total. If you want separate pictures, it's $5/dog.
Portage Park
4100 N. Long Ave.
For for more information email

Mar 28

Bingo - A Portage Park Helping Hands Fundraiser

Saturday 6:00 PM
Di's Den
5100 W. Irving Park Rd.
Doors open at 6:00pm
Game starts at 7:00pm
Buy your bingo pack for the night. 7 bingo sheets - 3 games per sheet $20
Additional packs available
Dabbers for sale $1
Bingo Prizes include:
$100 & $50 Gift Certificate to local restaurants.
$100-Lettuce Entertain You gift card
$50 Gift Certificate to ABC Dance Academy
Cash Prizes!
Regular Di's Den Drink specials and food available for purchase.

April 2015

Apr 2

Spring Story Time

Toddler/Preschool Story Time
Thursdays, March 12-April 16, 2015
Ages 18 months - 4 years.
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park Rd.

Apr 4

Easter Egg Hunt at Montrose Baptist Church

Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The 8th Annual Easter "Egg-Stravaganza" will be held at Montrose Baptist Church on Saturday, April 4th from 9:30am- 12:00pm. Families and children of all ages are invited to enjoy egg hunts, crafts, games, face painting, snacks , a CFD fire truck visit (pending availability), visits and photos with the Easter Bunny and a special Easter Celebration Show featuring high energy songs, exciting prizes and more! Admission to the event is free of charge. All children are welcome to participate in one of two egg hunts at 10:00am and 11:00am. The Easter Celebration Show will begin at 11:30am.
Montrose Baptist Church
4411 N. Melvina
For more information, please contact the church at 773-685-8628
Montrose Baptist Church

Apr 13

St. Pascal School Fundraiser

Monday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Pete's Pittz #2 is hosting a fundriaser that will donate 25% of the total sales on that day to St. Pascal's. All purchases whether you dine in, pick-up have it delivered or buy gift cards for future visits will all count toward the total.
Pete's Pizza
5847 W. Montrose

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Apr 13

Basement Flooding Part 1: Understanding Your Sewers

Monday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with Executive Director David St. Pierre and President Mariyana Spyropoulos of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). Join us for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area and how they operate during rainstorms. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to prevent sewer backups, and what the City and the MWRD are doing to address these issues.
Austin-Irving Library
6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Apr 14

Baby Talk Classes

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents and children 3 years old and under welcome.
Parenting Issues class-The second Tuesday of the month.
Topic for the month is "Child and Home Safety"
Please RSVP no later than 3pm on day before the class. Class closes 15 minutes after scheduled start time. Please be prompt.
Questions call 773-205-3637

Maryville Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Building B
24 hour helpline:773-205-3637

Apr 18

The Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo North

Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo North - Chicago's largest and most popular home restoration, preservation and sustainable renovation expo - is now open for registration.
McFetridge Sports Center
3843 N California Ave, 60618

To RSVP at no cost, please click

Apr 20

Home Sweet Home: Money Saving Tips for Homebuyers and Homeowners

Monday 6:30 PM
This presentation by Kelly Malitz, senior mortgage loan officer for MB Financial Bank, is for homebuyers, homeowners and investors. Attendees will learn about the current market, why now is a great time to buy or refinance, and down payment assistance.
Irving Austin Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 21

The Less Stress Move: Taking the Mystery Out of Selling Your Home

Tuesday 1:00 PM
Dale Tippett, managing broker and senior real estate specialist, will address what you and your go-to-people need to know about selling your home without drama. This seminar is a must for long-time home owners, Baby Boomers and their parents.
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 23

Turning 65 : Understanding Medicare Parts A & B and Medicare Supplement Plans

Thursday 11:00 AM
This educational presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A & B and the standardized Medicare Supplemental Plans available in Illinois. The program will be presented by Jeanet Reyes-Cordero, Community Relations Specialist, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 24

Reverse Mortgages

Friday 2:00 PM
Terri Brady, Reverse Mortgage Consultant from Standard Bank and Trust Co., will give a seminar on the recent changes and new program guidelines which make reverse mortgages safer and more economical than in the past.
Irving Park Branch
6100 W. Irving Park