Calendar of Events

September 2014

Sep 22

POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony?

Monday 6:30 PM
This event is being co-hosted by the American Legion -Billy Caldwell Post 806, Portage Park Chamber of Commerce, and Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 311. There will be a ceremony to recognize and remember our United States Military servicemen and women who were prisoners of war or are missing in action. The ceremony will be led by U.S. Navy veteran Dale Tippett who served in the Vietnam War. Please join us as we pay tribute to these brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country. Everyone is welcome and registration is not required. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 773-777-2020 or via e-mail at
Austin-Irving Library
6100 West Irving Park Road
2nd Floor Community Room

Sep 23

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 "Big and Little".
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 23

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

Sep 23

Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C)

Tuesday 2:00 PM
Join us for this free program presented by Jeanet Reyes-Cordero, Community Relations Specialist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Attendees will learn how Medicare Advantage Plans work and what to look for when choosing a plan. Also referred to as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage Plans are a type of health plan offered by a private insurance company that contracts with Medicare to provide people with their Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medical services are paid out by the health insurance plan rather than directly by Medicare. Most Illinois Medicare Advantage Plans include prescription drug coverage. The program is approximately sixty minutes and no registration is required.
Austin-Irving Library
6100 W. Irving Park

Sep 24

Books on the Chopping Block

Wednesday 6:30 PM
Celebrate Banned Books Week by joining us for this free performance by City Lit Theater. Cast members from the ensemble will perform dramatic readings from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America during 2013, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. The program will last approximately sixty minutes and no reservations are required.
Austin-Irving Branch Library
6100 W. Irving Park Rd.

Sep 25

Eli's & Wright College Farmers' Market

Thursday 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Every Thursday through September 25, 2014.
FREE continental breakfast with $5 market purchase, Thursdays 7am-9am.
Meet Eli's Cheesecake's artisan suppliers and enjoy FREE samples.
Also live music, kids' activities and more.
Al Fresco grilled lunch, 11am-1pm

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 27

St. Tarcissus 5th Annual Recycling Day and Green Expo

Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Recycling in the St. Tarcissus Parking Lot
5800 block North Moody - behind the church
Computers, Monitors, Televisions, Telephones, Radios, DVD Players and Metals (aluminum cans, brass, copper)
No kitchen appliances please
Working Bikes will accept donations of bikes, bike parts, crutches, sewing machines,
and wheelchairs for repair and distribution to the underprivileged, locally and globally.
Green Expo in the St. Tarcissus School Auditorium
6040 West Ardmore, Chicago, IL
Free book swap (leave a book, take a book)
Games and activities for children
Vendors offering Green and Fair Trade products
Green household cleaning tips
Backyard chicken and composting demonstrations
Rain Barrel and Vendor raffles
Walgreens will collect unused medications and have flu shots available
FREE Document Shredding from 9 am to 12 Noon only
Courtesy of Mary Beirne of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate
Please call Debbie Gaddini at 773-307-3669 for more information

Sep 27

The Jesse Tapia Windsome Quintet

Saturday 2:00 PM
Please join us for this free concert celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This lively group will perform a variety of pieces by Hispanic composers or with Hispanic themes including Ravel's Bolero and selections from Bizet's Carmen.
Austin-Irving Branch Library
6100 W. Irving Park

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.

Sign Me Up

October 2014

Oct 4

Luther North Homecoming

Saturday 10:00 AM
Luther North College Prep welcomes back all alumni on October 4, 2014.
9:45 Check In
10:00AM Morning Celebration Service
10:30-12:30PM Len Rich Athletic Alumni Reunion
12PM-12:30PM Library Dedication
1:00PM Football Game
Len Rich Athletic Alumni Reunion Brunch
Ticket Price $15 per person
Alumni Beer Tent opens 30 minutes after game ends.
Join us for a day of celebration and fun!
For more information: 773-286-3600ex. 2356

Luther North College Prep

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

Oct 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 "Your Unique Child" 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