Calendar of Events

August 2014

Aug 23

Pitch in Chicago

You and your neighbors can team up to clean your community in preparation for back-to-school this fall. Through the citywide "Pitch In Chicago" day of service you can make an immediate difference in your local school by volunteering to clean parkways, curb lanes, sidewalks and vacant lots on routes to and from schools, outdoor school grounds or other areas around schools near them.
All you have to do is join with your neighbors and call 311 to register your "Pitch in Chicago" team and the area or school you plan to clean. The City will work with you and your community organization to provide brooms, rakes, shovels and bags to get the job done.
Community registration deadline is Friday, August 15, 2014.

Aug 23

Portage Park Garden Club

Saturday 9:30 AM
This is our 4th annual "Show and Tell"! Members and guests have the opportunity to bring in items, flowers, veggies, fruit or herbs from their garden. This is the time to exchange information, recipes and share and trade the items brought in. All of this makes for a informative gardening discussion. Bring your overabundance of fruit, vegetables and herbs to donate to the St. Vincent DePaul/St. John's Lutheran Food Pantry at St. John's Lutheran Church. Refreshments will be served and guests are always welcome.
Austin/Irving Library
6100 W. Irving Park
For more information contact the Portage Park Garden Club 773-567-0421 or e-mail

Aug 24

Independence Park Farmers Market

Sunday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The tenth year of the Michelin Guide-recommended Independence Park Farmers Market at Irving Park Road (4000 north) and Springfield Ave. (3900 west), Chicago, is now underway. Over 30 vendors selling everything from French pastries to vegetarian tamales, crepes made-to-order, gourmet free trade coffee, organic fruits and seasonal vegetables, organic meats including Halal lamb, honey, eggs, kettle corn, gourmet chocolates, baked goods, cheeses, olives and olive oils, gourmet pasta and sauce, handmade chemical-free soaps, shampoos, tofu and bean sprouts, meat rubs and marinades, canned vegetables, dry soup mixes, fancy cupcakes and more! LINK is accepted at the market.
Free Children's Craft Class from 10 am to noon.
Entertainment: The Indy Park Jammers, our all time favorite bluegrass band, is back! Be sure to bring your singing voice and your musical instrument to join in with the musicians.
Free parking in the south lot on northbound 3900 block of Springfield Ave. next to the field house or on Irving Park Road. #80 Irving Park Road bus stops at Springfield; Irving Park Road Blue Line stop is two blocks west of the park.
Independence Park
3945 N. Springfield Ave.
2014 Dates
September 14 and 28
October 12 and 26

Independence Park

Aug 24

Free Kid's Concert at Independence Park

Sunday 11:00 AM
On Sunday, August 24th (weather permitting), go to the Farmer's Market at Independence Park and stick around for a FREE Children's concert by Super Stolie, brought to you by the Independence Park Advisory Council and Friends of the Park! Show will start at 11 AM, and be held near the playground.

Aug 26

Lap Sits

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents and children 3 years old and under welcome.
Lapsits - The fourth Tuesday of the month.
Literacy-based group encounters provide you and your child a wonderful experience together. The primary goal is for you to interact with each other, although you will also enjoy the time with other families. Topic for the month is "Fall Leaves".
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

Aug 26

St. Edward School Fundraiser

Tuesday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
An excuse not to cook! St. Edward School will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5 - 8 PM at Potbelly Sandwich Works, 4207 N. Harlem, Norridge. 25% of all sales benefit St. Edward School's science lab. For more information, email

September 2014

Sep 6

St. Viator Recycling Drive

Saturday 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Bring all used aluminum cans to St. Viator's parking lot, 4140 W. Addison OR
drop off cans 9am-12pm at 8770 W. Bryn Mawr and mention it's for St. Viator Elementary School Chicago!
Contact Heather Santillan
Thank your for your support!!

Sep 9

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 "Temperament-Why Does My Child Do the Things He Does?"
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

Sep 13

10th Legislative District Community Resource Fair

Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hosted by Senator JOhn G. Mulroe with Rep. Rob Martwick and Michael McAuliffe.
Free: Refreshments, raffle, giveaways, inflatable Jump House, slide, face painting, kids games, bingo music & more!
Free Health & Wellness Screenings
Community Resource Booths
Constituent Services
Dunham Park
4638 N. Melvina
For more information

Sep 20

Baby & Kids Green Garage Sale

Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
All sizes of clothes for babies & children, shoes and outerwear, maternity clothes, toys, games, bikes, strollers and baby gear, baby furniture and much more!
St. Benedict Preparatory School Gym
3941 N. Bell St.
Corner of Irving Park & Bell St.(just east of Western Ave)
$1 Admission Fee
Power Hour 12-1pm (No Admission free & everything 1/2 off)

Sep 26

Annual Aldermanic Forum

Friday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
This event is being co-hosted by the Belmont-Central, Greater Avondale, Northwest Connection and Portage Park Chambers of Commerce. The featured speakers will be Aldermen Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward), Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward), Ray Suarez (31st Ward), Nicholas Sposato (36th Ward) and Timothy Cullerton (38th Ward). The aldermen will discuss new business development in their respective wards, as well as their goals for the upcoming year. Complimentary refreshments will be provided - courtesy of Community Savings Bank. Admission is free but registration is required.
Community Savings Bank
4801 West Belmont Avenue - 2nd Floor
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce office at 773-777-2020 or at

Sep 28

Comedy & Cocktails with Mr. Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School Hall
4434 N. Laramie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
3:00 PM - Comedy Show with Mr. Tom Dreesen
5:00 PM - Dinner
$50.00 per person/Dinner included
Cash Bar
Ticket can also be purchased at Our Lady of Victory School, Rectory or Religious Education office (located in the school)or on-line at
For information please call M.B. Frystak; DRE/Pastoral Associate 773.283.2229 ext. 29
OLV Chicago

Sep 28

Presence OLR Medical Center - Fall Into Fitness 5K Run/Walk

Sunday 8:30 AM
As the leaves begin to fall, "Fall into Fitness" on a certified 5K course. Race results will be provided and prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in each category.
5K Run/Walk start time: 8:30 a.m.
Portage Park, Irving Park and Long Avenue
Co-sponsored by:
Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center
Alderman Tim Cullerton, 38th Ward
Fall into Fitness will take place rain or shine!
Proceeds will help support the hospital's medical interpreters program to meet communications needs of Polish and Spanish-speaking patients.

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October 2014

Oct 4

The Circus Returns!

Saturday 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 4, 5pm
Sunday, October 5, 2pm & 5pm
Independence Park
3945 N, Springfield
Tickets are $20 per person, $15 ages 2-18 and $14 for groups of 20 or more.
Buy your tickets TODAY before they sell out!!!
Proceeds from ticket sales are split between all participating parks and will directly benefit a new playground at Independence Park. Our goal is to sell out all shows (which we did last couple of years)! If you can't make it to the shows at Indepence Park, you can still support our fundraising efforts by attending Circus in Parks at another location.

Circus in the Park