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CPS Assembles Latino Advisory Committee to Better Serve Latino Stakeholders

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced today the formation of the Latino Advisory Committee (LAC), the District’s first-ever, Latino-focused task force designed to increase engagement with the Latino community and to enhance the educational success of Latino students. The LAC seeks to accomplish its mission by uniting Chicago’s Latino leaders in order to provide support to Latino students, teachers, administrators, and families at CPS.

Dusek’s Board & Beer Launches ‘Cause Beer’ Series

hero-duseks hero-thaliaBeginning February 1st 2014 Dusek’s Board & Beer will Contribute $1 out of every 5rabbit Fabulosa Porter sold to Pilsen’s local arts initiative: Art in Public Places (AiPP).

The AIPP effort is spearheaded by 25th Ward Alderman Solis’ office to transform neglected, inactive spaces or sites plagued with vandalism…and connect artists with creative opportunities throughout the ward.

This will be the first in an ongoing ‘Cause Beer’ series committed to supporting a variety of Pilsen Community endeavors, with a new beneficiary selected each month.

You’ve always dreamed that you could do some good just by bellying up; it’s really happening.

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New Park Renovation Designs for Throop Playground

Please let us know which design YOU like best!  #1, #2 or #3?

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Miller Playground Design Selected!

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Restaurant: Bistro 18

Bistro 18 Brings Pancakes and Waffles to Pilsen >

Read more here > DNAChicago

Pilsen’s breakfast scene is well known for such dishes as huevos con carne and chilaquiles, but one new restaurant is betting there is room for such American standards as pancakes and homemade turkey sausage. The new eatery Bistro 18, at 1640 W. 18th St., was conceived by chef/owner Rafael Bautista, who saw a lack of American-style breakfast items in the neighborhood.

Open Books Warehouse Open to the Public!

The Open Books warehouse in Pilsen is the center for all book operations, including processing, pickup coordination, online commerce, and book grants.  The warehouse also includes a store where the public, particularly educators and families, have direct purchasing access to a large stock of assorted specially priced books. Prices start as low as $1 per book; leveled books are available for $3 per book.   As always, all proceeds help support their literacy programs in Chicago.
905 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday – Saturday
10am – 4pm

Spring Registration for Little League Baseball!


2014 Winter Resource Fair @YMCA


UIC’s Multimodal Transportation Plan – Digital Accessible Survey and Upcoming Seminars

A digital accessible survey about UIC transportation issues is now available at   If you did not respond to the previous request, please  share how transportation on and around campus impacts you.  Tell us your concerns related to transportation, accessibility, and safety by Monday, February 17, 2014.  Visit the project page:


Alert: Items left on sidewalk or street

Residents, Business Owners and Property Owners:In order to ensure our sidewalks are safe for pedestrians, please discard or remove any furniture or other items previously used for holding a parking space. Claiming ‘dibs’ on a parking space isn’t an approved practice according to City of Chicago traffic code. The city may begin issuing tickets should they consider the area unsafe for pedestrians, bicyclists, passing vehicles or emergency vehicles. (more…)

Blue Island Avenue Streetscape Project



New Small Business Center Site Now Available in both English and Spanish

Site Selector Site Will Help Business Owners Search for Everything from Commercial Properties to Zoning Requirements and Available Incentives

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today two online tools to help small business owners access critical services that will help them get started and grow.  The first is a website for the Small Business Center (SBC), availablein English and Spanish that will serve as a one stop shop for entrepreneurs and business owners.  The second, which was completed in conjunction with World Business Chicago, is a new and improved Site Selector tool to help small businesses search for commercial sites available for lease or sale.  Both sites were developed in cooperation with the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and following consultations with businesses and the Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council.   (more…)

CAMP CARNAVAL with Elevarte Community Studio @Dvorak Park


02/04/14 THRU 04/10/14
4:00 – 6:00 PM
AGES: 6 – 11

What do you bring to this popular celebration? Participants will learn about the tradition of Carnaval and the diversity of Latin America through the creation of fantastic props, musical instruments and vibrant costumes. Students will work with teaching artists on a theme, which will guide the art-making process. Final showcase will take place on April 11th.

Click here to registration / Call 312.226.7767 for more information.



“Social Security Benefits/Medicare”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Courtroom 2505, 25th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602

SPEAKER: Andrew Salata
Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration

(312) 603-9233

Protect Your Family’s Health by Testing Your Home for Radon Gas

Winter is the Perfect Season for Radon Testing
CHICAGO – January is National Radon Action Month and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is encouraging Chicagoans to test their home for harmful levels of radonRadon is a natural colorless, odorless radioactive gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.  The best time to test homes for radon is during cold-weather months when windows are shut and elevated levels of radon are more likely to be detected.

“Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk,” said Dr. Cortland Lohff, CDPH Medical Director for Environmental Health.  “Taking action to test and fix high levels of radon gas is not only a strong investment for your health but also for your home.” (more…)

CPS Expands Students’ Access to PE and the Arts

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Upcoming workshop to help you qualify for a Water Fee Exemption.

This workshop is the result of collaboration between the Interfaith Coalition to Restore the Water Fee Exemption for Religious Institutions and the City of Chicago. Representatives from the city will be on hand at the event, as well as experts on water conservation, and legal issues. Vendors and contractors will also attend to provide cost information about meters and more. Please visit our website for additional information and to register.

The next workshop is:

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 (RSVP by January 26, 2014)
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: St. John Cantius Parish
825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL. 60642 (more…)

Disable Placard Updates for 2014

New Illinois State Law Limiting Disabled Placard Use Goes into Effect January 1st; Chicago to Give 15-Day Grace Period on Enforcement of New Law (more…)

2014 Beat Meetings

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Get Your Flu Shots!

Flu Activity on the Rise in Chicago – City Urges Vaccination lists citywide vaccination locations

CHICAGO – Flu activity has gradually increased in Chicago over the last couple of weeks indicating that flu season has arrived. The majority of the 23 flu-associated ICU hospitalizations reported from December 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014, were due to the influenza A (2009 H1N1) virus, which has circulated worldwide as a seasonal flu virus since the flu pandemic in 2009. (more…)

Tree Recycling Locations

City of Chicago To Offer Christmas Tree Recycling at 23 Citywide Locations, January 4 through January 18, 2014
Seasonal City Program Provides Chicagoans with an Easy and Environmentally-Friendly Tree Disposal Service (more…)

Phones Down

The 25th Ward City Service Office phones are still down due to the severe weather conditions.  Please call our City Hall office in the meantime at 312-744-6845 or email us at  You can always visit the office in person or call 311 to report an issue. Thank you!

Snow Removal in 25th Ward

Quick status update regarding snow removal in 25th Ward.

+ The 25th Ward has been assigned three plows.

+ The ward is divided into six sections.

+ Monday, January 6, 2014 (temp -15 degrees) was a 100% call out for equipment which means six plows one per section.

+ Tuesday January 7, 2014 (temp -10) two trucks issued one at 7am second arrived at 10:30am to work in six sections or entire ward.

+ Wednesday January 8, 2014 two plows with a morning priority was to be focused around schools.

+ 25th Ward crews plowed 17 schools of the 26 in addition to the work CPS conducted at each site.

+ Today January 9, 2014 three trucks for all sections with the allowance of one load of salt per truck.

+ Please do NOT put the snow back onto the street when getting cars out as much as possible. We recognize it may be difficult to do so in some areas.


+ Call 311 and file a city service request
+ Call 312-744-6845 and file a city service request
+ E-Mail
+ File online Un-shoveled Sidewalk by following link below