Calendar of Events

October 2014

Oct 24

St. Viator Haunted House

Friday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Stairway to Insanity
Friday, October 24
Saturday, October 25
3644 N. Kedvale Ave., 2nd Floor
$8 entrance

Oct 24


Friday 7:00 PM
Come out and see history made at Luther North College Prep!!! Cost (w/out Booster Pass) : Adults: $4.00 Students: $3.00
Luther North College Prep Football Field, 5700 W. Berteau Ave., Chicago, IL 60634.
Please save this date as this is the first time the Wildcats will bask in "Friday Night Lights" at home. The Luther North team will play against Christian Liberty Academy.
Fundraising proceeds from this event will be allocated to the American Cancer Society.
Luther North College Prep

Oct 25

Portage Park Garden Club 9th Annual Potluck Brunch

Saturday 9:30 AM
The Portage Park Garden Club October Meeting and 9th Annual Potluck Brunch will be held at Vaughn Occupational High School, 4355 N Linder Ave. Bring a dish to share at the last meeting of the 2014 Garden Club season.
There will be a raffle and membership forms for 2015 will be available.
For more information concerning the dates of other Garden Club meetings and field trips, contact the Portage Park Garden Club at

Oct 25

Six Corners Halloween Fun

Saturday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Six Corners Halloween Fun for all ages!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25, 5:30-9pm as they transform the Klee parking lot 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. into Six Cursed Corners with games, music, activities and costume contests for adults and kids!

Oct 25

Science Spooktacular

Saturday 6:00 PM
Join St. Edward School on Saturday, October 25 at 6 PM in Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell, for our Science Spooktacular! Grades pre-k through 8th grade are invited to a spooky, silly, outrageous science party. Let us show you bubbling potions, wicked brews, and cool special effects straight from the dungeons of the St. Edward Science Laboratory. Wear your cutest, creepiest, or craziest costume to participate in our costume contest. For more information, email

Oct 26

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 coming to a close. Over 30 vendors selling everything from French pastries to vegetarian tamales, crepes made-to-order, gourmet free-trade coffee, fresh fruits and seasonal vegetables, organic meats (including Halal lamb), raw honey, eggs, gourmet chocolates, baked goods, cheeses, flavored olive oils and vinegars, gourmet pasta and sauce, handmade chemical-free soaps, tofu and bean sprouts, canned vegetables, dry soup mixes, homemade jams and jellies, healthful dog cookies and treats, and more! LINK, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the market.
Free Children's Craft Class from 10 am to noon. We'll be making a very cool
Halloween-themed craft: Witch's Broom Favors! All ages are invited to make their own witch's broom filled with tantalizing and creepy crawly treats.
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.
The Portage Restaurant will host a fun cooking demonstration!
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

Oct 26

Portage Park Farmer's Market and Pumpkin Patch

Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
This special Farmer's Market is being held in conjunction with the annual Portage Park Pumpkin Patch pre-Halloween community event. The Farmer's Market will feature farmers from around the region, bakeries and other local food providers. The Pumpkin Patch will feature a children's petting zoo, inflatable Jumping Jacks, music and, of course, pumpkins for sale. Also, Chicago Animal Care and Control will be at the market with dogs available for adoption. For more information please call 773-720-5381
Portage Park, northwest corner of Berteau and Central Avenues
For more information please call 773-720-5381 or visit

Friends of Portage Park

Oct 26

Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest

Sunday 10:30 AM
Portage Park
4100 N. Long Ave.
Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest!:
Registration begins at 10:30 am.
New this year - online registration! We hope this is a smooth process, but bear with us if there are some hiccups! If you pre-register and pay online, registration is $5/dog. If you register on the day of the event, it'll be $10/dog. To pre-register, send $5 to via Include your first & last name and your dog's name(s).
We'll have a raffle going too for some great prizes at local restaurants & shops!
This year's costume categories: Funnies, Scariest, Best Human/Dog combo, Best Dog Team/Group, Judge's Favorite!

Oct 26

St. Viator Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrate Oktoberfest!!!
Mirabell Restaurant
3454 W. Addison
Parking available in the Kmart lot
Make your reservation by Friday, October 26 773 463-196
***You Must Present This Flyer to receive credit for the Event***
20% of the total sales (before taxes) will be donated back to St. Viator School!

Oct 28

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 "Trucks and Things That Go Bumpty Bump".
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

Oct 28

Toddler/Preschool Fall Story Time

Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thru November 18, 2014
Ages 18 months-4 years old
Austin-Irving Branch Library
6100 W. Irving Park

Oct 28


Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tips for Seniors on Landlord/Tenant Matters, Purchase and Sale of a Home
SPEAKERS: Taft W. West
Director, Property Management Training
Community Investment Corporation
Sonia Anaya
America RealEstate
Ezekiel Morris
Operating Principal / Morris Group
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
CL-115, Concourse Level
Chicago, Illinois 60602
The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center
(312) 603-9233
Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Oct 28

St. Edward Open House

Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Edward will hold an Open House for grades pre-k 3 through 1st grade in Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell. Come meet our teachers, families and students! Want to know more? Please email

Oct 28

WorkLight Employment Resource Center Open House

Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WorkLight's goal is to help those in our community seeking employment and needing support and tools through that process.
Some of those tools will be to obtain employment search assistance, hands-on resume writing, develop interviewing skils, obtain referrals and references, and much more.
New Life Community Church Portage Park
5700 W. Berteau
New Life Commuity Church

November 2014

Nov 1

Flu Shots

Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wright College
4300 N. Narragansett

Nov 8

Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green

Chicago's Citywide Clean and Green Volunteer Program
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, Chicagoans can join a two decade long tradition of teaming up with community groups and the City of Chicago to help beautify your communities by cleaning up and recycling fall leaves and other yard debris. All you have to do is team up and sign up to clean a neighborhood location near you. By cleaning up leaves and other debris, you can help keep storm drains and curb lanes clear before snowfall this winter benefiting your whole community.
Participating Clean and Green groups should note the following:
Registration deadline is Friday, October 31.
Community groups should call 311 to register.
Streets and Sanitation will provide bags, rakes, shovels and brooms.
Residents will pick up tools at their local Streets and Sanitation Refuse Division Office.
Through the Clean and Green effort to clean up leaves and other debris before winter, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is coordinating dedicated bagged leaf collection for residents for three weeks this November.
From November 3, through November 21, 2014, residents can call 311 to request bagged leaf and yard waste collection.
A Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) truck will collect leaves and other yard waste separately based on the 311 calls and take the yard waste to be composted.
Collection will occur during the week it is called into 311.
Residents should bag the yard waste separately from garbage in the black carts and recycling in the Blue Carts.
Residents should leave the bagged yard waste in the alley or on the curb for collection.

As a reminder, yard waste should not be thrown in the Blue Cart as it contaminates the recycling stream.

Nov 11

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 "Temper Tantrums" 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

Nov 17

Native American Arts in the Midewest and Southwest

Monday 6:30 PM
This free program will explore a sampling of American Indian fine art from the Midwest and Southwest. Presented by Patricia Marroquin Norby, Director of the McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, this lecture/discussion will discuss how Native American art from these regions relates to historical events, American Indian treaties, and natural resources. Dr. Norby is an award-winning artist and scholar of American Indian art and visual culture. This program is presented in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Registration is not required.
Austin-Irving Branch Library
6100 W. Irving Park Rd.

Nov 18

38th Ward Flu Shots

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Portage Park Senior Center
4100 N. Long

Nov 21


Friday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wright College will serve as a community distribution point for fresh fruits and vegetables provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD)'s Producemobile.
On the third Friday of each month, on the 1st floor of the Parking Garage, the GCFD Producemobile will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to those in need. Please bring your own shopping cart. Dates may change due to special occasions, holidays or emergencies and ending time may vary based on food allocations.
If you have any questions, please call the Food Depository at 773-247-FOOD.
Upcoming distribution dates are November 21, and December 19, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Wright College 1st floor of Parking Garage
4300 N. Narragansett

Nov 22

The Mortgage Project

Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Homeowners will receive helpful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. Homeowners can also obtain private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors.
Wright College
4300 N. Narragansett
Hosted by State Senator John Mulroe, State Rep. Robert Martwick, State Rep. Michael McAuliffe and Alderman Tim Cullerton.
To register for the event or for more information, please call IDFPR's toll-free consumer hotline (800) 532-8785 during regular business hours or