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Monday, May 8, 2017
Start: 11:30 am
End: 1:00 pm

Monday, May 8th 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Logan Square Library
3030 W Fullerton Av.
Free event, you may bring your own lunch

We have an awesome structured networking forum!
Business building skills & progressing networking are presented.
Leads, Referrals & Power Partners
This allows everyone a chance for great connections.
Excellent transportation & free off street parking.

Our sponsors: Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Logan Square Library & Networking With Bernie

Register HERE

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Tuesday, May 9th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

How to Cut Through the Marketing Noise "Beat Your Competition and Grow Your Business."

An in-depth introduction to branding for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, full of ready-to-apply takeaways.

Branding is often misunderstood in the small business world and regarded as something that only the big companies can afford. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The reality is, most small businesses fail because they don’t have a strong brand (or don’t have a brand at all). Branding is more important than ever but now that consumers are both marketing-savvy and in control of the relationship, what constitutes effective branding has changed.

Presenter: Valeria Basso

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 9th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Illinois SBDC @ UIC
815 W Van Buren St, Suite 400
Contact Steve Bob 312-996-4057
To RSVP click here

The Illinois SBDC at UIC invites you to Venture Viability, where we will discuss if your idea has staying power. Is your idea really a solid business opportunity? As we discuss customers, product, competition, and profit; you will learn about tools for determining the viability of your new venture. Learn from our experts as you plan.

This will be Part 2 of a series of 4 workshops. We encourage you to attend all 4 sessions to gain maximum value from this series as the workshops will build on each other. Please RSVP for each of the 4 parts you intend to attend.

If you are thinking about opening a new business or want to get a start on a business plan, come learn from our experts.

There is no cost to register for the Venture series.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 9th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Join us for the "Wilde Readers" Book Club! This book club will read LGBTQ classics that you've been meaning to finally get around to and new releases that you've only just heard about.

This month's selection: "Chelsea Girls" by Eileen Myles

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Wednesday, May 10th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Here’s my educated guess. When you ventured out to start your new business, nobody handed you a fat pension or a 401(k). Preparing for a peaceful, prosperous retirement is in YOUR hands, for better or worse! Take control of your own financial future – attend this workshop to learn over 20+ retirement programs out there for you and your employees. Build up your own nest egg, and attract and retain key employees!

This workshop brings a comprehensive look into the retirement landscape available for business owners. Which plan is best suited for you? Given the paltry savings rate of most Americans, the rising cost of living and medical care, and the squeeze the middle class is feeling, it is essential to pick a savings and investing strategy that fits the needs of each business owner.

Presenter: Mark Willis

Click here to pre-register Cost: $30.00 - Online Registration

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 10th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Humboldt Park Library
1605 N. Troy

For more information call the CAPS Office at 312-744-1261

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 10th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Lauren Marks for 'A Stitch of Time" in conversation with Stephanie Douglass

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Start: 12:00 am
End: 1:33 am

Thursday, May 11th 12:00 am - 1:30 pm
Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
Courtroom 2005 20th Floor
To register contact The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center 312-603-9233

The topics to be discussed will include: Social Security benefits eligibility requirements, how to earn social security "credits", supplemental security income (SSI) eligibility requirements, how to create an online social security account.

Seminar Speaker: Andrew Salata, Public Affairs Specialist - Social Security Administration

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 11th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Logan Square Library
3030 W. Fullerton Av.

For more information call the CAPS Office at 312-744-1261

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 11th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Barbara Mahaney for "Motherprayer", in conversation with Heidi Stevens

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:30 pm

Thursday, May 11th 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Stan Mansion
2408 N. Kedzie Bl.
For more information and to buy tickets click here

Join us for LoganSquarist's Annual Fundraiser. Enjoy a unique night of sips, nibbles and community love while helping LoganSquarist raise money to cover their operating costs. Additionally, 5% of the night's proceeds will be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Logan Square. The night will include a silent auction, photo booth and music.

Tickets include all-inclusive sips and nibbles throughout the night, plus two raffle tickets for our raffle prize and VIP access to our After Party. Early bird tickets are available for $30.00 until April 27th. Then the ticket price increases $5.00.

Friday, May 12, 2017
Start: 4:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Friday, May 12th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St John Berchmans
2511 W. Logan Bl.
For more information visit boulevardbolt5k.com/ or call rochelle at 773-486-1334

We invite you to come pick up your race packet and carb load (not running? come carb load anyway) on Friday and run our 5K on Saturday!

St. John Berchmans School has been part of the Logan Square Community for more than a century, providing excellence in educational standards.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Friday, May 12th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

City Lit Books is hosting a fundraiser event for TRANSIT, a not for profit Chicago-based residency that serves artists in the Midwest, to bring you THIS EVENT BUILDS COMMUNITY: How Hyper-Local Collaboration Can Support the Arts and Free Expression. Referencing Woody Guthrie’s famous 1941 “this machine kills fascists,” this event will feature a discussion led by Curator and Educator Jessica Cochran with Brandon Graham about the value of the arts in a time of funding threats and escalating censorship. This is a ticketed event: purchase tickets in advance for $10, or $12 at the door. Admission includes one limited edition letterpress poster. For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Start: 7:30 pm
End: 10:30 pm

Friday, May 12th 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Exelon Observatory
1801 N. Ridgeway Av.
For more information click here

Jupiter will be prominent in our skies, so large that 1321 Earths could fit within the massive planet. The Beehive star cluster in Cancer will display beautifully in telescopic eyepieces. The Binary star system of Alcor & Mizar in the handle of the Big Dipper will test the eyesight of sky lovers
Near the end of our observation session, the waxing Moon is in conjunction with the Red Giant star Antares, rising at 9:43 pm. On this date, the Moon will be the farthest from Earth, (Apogee) at 252,358 miles away. Also, Libration wobble will tip the lunar South Pole toward Earth for a peek of areas usually hidden. Telescopes will bring the lunar surface up close for exploration.

Sunset 8:01 pm

Weather permitting

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 13th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Normally an established entity creates a Strategic Growth Plan annually, to guide its Management Team toward achieving its Growth Objectives. Inherent in its Growth Plan is a detailed market assessment of the entity’s position and any market segment they are considering entering. To determine which market segment offers the most favorable growth prospect, entry via internal penetration with a new/improved product/service or via acquisition, must be evaluated. Within each market segment being considered, an evaluation of potential customers’ needs and the strengths/weaknesses of each competitor are required. If acquisition is the chosen entry mode, the willingness of each prospect to being acquired, must be then be determined.

Presenter Aaron Lebedow

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 9:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Avondale-Logandale School Parking Lot
3212 W. George St.

Sponsored by Sen. Iris Y. Martinez, Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr. & The Avondale Neighborhood Association

Document Destruction with Midway Moving will bring a Mobile Shredding Truck to shred any of your unwanted documents.The shredded paper will then be recycled. What should I bring? Any documents that you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information. Examples include: bank statements, outdated medical records, old Pay stubs, old bills or receipts, credit card offers, tax returns older than seven years.

*Please make sure to remove all paper clips, plastic binders, or anything that might obstruct the shredder off of your paper documents before coming!

Start: 9:27 am

Saturday, May 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (packet pickup starts at 8:00 am)
Humboldt Park
1400 N. California
For more information and to register visit boulevardbolt5k.com/ or call rochelle at 773-486-1334

Join us for The Boulevard Bolt 5K step off is at 9:00 am in Humboldt Park on the south east corner of the park near Division and California

St. John Berchmans School has been part of the Logan Square Community for more than a century, providing excellence in educational standards.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 13th 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walsh Park
1722 N. Ashland
Ridgeway Trailhead
1800 N. Ridgeway
For more information click here

Kick off bike riding season with a day on the Bloomingdale Trail. Youth ambassadors from West Town Bikes and officers from the 14th and 25th police districts will conduct air, brakes, and chain safety checks, fit bike helmets, and help with minor bike repairs.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 13th 10:00 - 3:00 pm
Paseo Prairie Garden
2614 N. Kedzie Av. (Logan Square Entrance to the El)

Vegetable starts, native, other perennial plants, ornamental grasses and annual flowers ready to plant. A great Mother's Day gift idea. The Minnekirken will be selling Norwegian Waffles as part of the event.
This is a once a year fund raiser to maintain & beautify the garden.

Supported by The Friends of Paseo Prairie Garden

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 13th 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard Yates School
1839 N. Richmond St.
Food & Drink tickets $1.00
yateselementary.org

Help us fund raise to create after school programs and enjoy children's music, games and a food festival

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 11:00 pm

Saturday, May 13th 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Moonlight Studios
1446 W. Kinzie St.
$125.00/person
To register and buy tickets click here

We would love for you to join us at our annual fundraiser, 'The Mothers in the Mills'. We hold this event on the eve of Mother's Day so that no one will forget the hundreds of thousands of breeding mothers (and fathers) still locked away in the mills.

Dine, drink and dance with friends and fellow advocates as we come together to put an end to the inhumane and immoral world of puppy mills.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

The Outdoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through October 29th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple Street.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 14th 10:00 - 3:00 pm
Paseo Prairie Garden
2614 N. Kedzie Av. (Logan Square Entrance to the El)

Vegetable starts, native, other perennial plants, ornamental grasses and annual flowers ready to plant. A great Mother's Day gift idea. The Minnekirken will be selling Norwegian Waffles as part of the event.
This is a once a year fund raiser to maintain & beautify the garden.

Supported by The Friends of Paseo Prairie Garden

Monday, May 15, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Monday, May 15th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Being an entrepreneur often means you like to march to the beat of your own drum… you’re independent and used to doing it all on your own. So how do you transition into the role of a leader when you have a team working with you? This seminar explores the leadership and management challenges associated with starting and running a business. Leadership styles, successful characteristics and common pitfalls are covered, in addition to self-management topics such as time management and work-life balance- all from the perspective of an entrepreneur.

Presenter: Jodi Wellman

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Monday, May 15th 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
St. Hyacinth's Resurrection Hall
3636 W. Wolfram
For more information, call 773-800-1262

Please come and share your interest in local activities with other community members.

We will have a zoning presentation for 3245-47 N. Elston, the Healthy Eating Active Living initiative, and the Community Defense Committee. The Community Defense Committee is working to build a base of 35th Ward and surrounding residents who actively work toward stopping deportations and protecting our community from deportations. And as always, you can register to become a member of ANA at our meetings; $5 membership, $20 for membership plus yard sign- contact us at avondale.unite@gmail.com for more information.

Parking can be accessed from George St. one-half block west of Central Park Av., and two blocks north of Diversey Av.
All Welcome!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:30 am

Tuesday, May 16th 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Are you confident you’re taking advantage of every available tax break? Is your tax adviser giving you proactive advice to save on taxes? I’ve got bad news and I’ve got good news. The bad news is, you’re right. You do pay too much tax. You’re probably not taking advantage of every tax break you can. And most advisers do a poor job of actually saving their clients’ money.

This workshop is designed to make business owners aware of missed income tax saving opportunities before they occur and help build an effective audit defense program to reduce the magnitude of tax deficiencies. The following” take-aways” will be:

Ability to read the tax red flags
Understanding the basic tax infrastructure
Ability to take advantage of the graduated tax rate system
Tools for restructuring your business for available tax benefits
Implementation of a sound audit-ready accounting system

Presenter: Pete Lewis

Click here to pre-register Cost: $35.00 - Online Registration

Start: 10:30 am
End: 11:30 am

Tuesday, May 16th 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Humboldt Park Library
1605 N. Troy
RSVP to 312-744-2244

in today's world, this act of coming together has never been more important. On The Table will connect individuals and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Talking and listening to our neighbors is an important first step toward creating a more unified Chicago. Join us to talk about your community and how we can help unite the place we call home.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 16th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Illinois SBDC @ UIC
815 W Van Buren St, Suite 400
Contact Steve Bob 312-996-4057
To RSVP click here

The Illinois SBDC at UIC invites you to Venture Finance, an in depth look at some of the many ways to find funding for your business and how to access them. Almost all funding options start with a well-developed plan of the amount of capital needed and we will provide insight into this process. Learn from our experienced experts how to prepare.

This will be Part 3 of a series of 4 workshops. We encourage you to attend all 4 sessions to gain maximum value from this series as the workshops will build on each other. Please RSVP for each of the 4 parts you intend to attend.

If you are thinking about opening a new business or want to get a start on a business plan, come learn from our experts.

There is no cost to register for the Venture series.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 16th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Logan Square Library
3030 W. Fullerton Av.
Free admission

FIDDLEBIRD is a folk duo consisting of Kolleen Blume on fiddle and vocals and Amelia Sweet Bluebird on guitar and vocals. Kolleen has been playing the fiddle for over 20 years, specializing in contra dance and irish tunes. Amelia has been singing ever since she can remember and is continually studying the voice. These talented women play children's songs, folk tunes, irish tunes, and protest songs. This female powered duo is focused on singing and sharing music with community, whether at Schuba's acoustic brunch, your local farmer's market, library, or community events.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 16th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Sarah Gerard for "Sunshine State", in conversation with Susan Lanier

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 16th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mozart Park
2036 N. Avers

For more information call the CAPS Office at 312-746-5090

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what are the first steps you should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

Presenter: Carlos Bastidas

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 9:30 am
End: 11:30 am

Wednesday, May 17th 9:30 am – 11:30 am
US Small Business Administration
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
For more information click here

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
This session will cover the tenets of the 8(a) program, steps to apply, and SAM registration.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Microsoft - Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Av.
For more information and to register click here

Writing a business plan might seem intimidating, but it's an essential tool for any entrepreneur. Attend this seminar to learn how to craft and hone your two-page business plan. We'll share best practices and answer your questions.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 17th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Join us at City Lit Books for our monthly Prose and Poetry and Potentially Other Things Open Mic Night! There are always wine, and snacks, and great readings. Even if you don't want to share, come support our readers and join the audience. Hang out! It's a good time.

Start: 7:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Tuesday, May 17th 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
2614 N. Kedzie Bl.
FREE-WILL Offering
For more information click here

Refreshments following the concert.

Minnekirken hosts concerts in May and December, and often hosts visiting choirs as they tour the US.

Members contribute to the worship services by singing in the choir and playing instruments.

Director of Music: Yeeseon Kwon

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 18th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Every month we dive into fresh English translations of stand-out fiction from around the world. Join us as we get to know authors whose work was previously inaccessible to English readers!

This month's selection "Pereira Maintains" by Antonio Tabucchi.

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 18th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haas Park
2402 N. Washtenaw Av.

For more information call the CAPS Office at 312-744-1261

Friday, May 19, 2017
Start: 6:00 am
End: 10:00 am

Friday, May 19th 6:00 am - 10:00 am
Dunkin' Donuts
2565 W. Fullerton
For more information call the CAPS office at 312-744-1261

For the 15th year in a row, Illinois police officers have staked out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops around the state to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Hundreds of police officers will cover Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Friday, May 19th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

A thoughtful and well-executed business plan is the first step for every potential entrepreneur. Good planning increases the odds of success. This workshop covers the essential elements of business plan development. Topics include: setting goals and objectives, preparing marketing and financial plans and defining action steps to attain appropriate goals. With a good plan, build your road map to success.

Presenter: Aaron Lebedow

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 20th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Harmony House For Cats
2914 N. Elston Av. (enter yard on George St)
hhforcats.org

Harmony House Yard Sale. Rain or shine! 100% of the proceeds benefit the kitties!

Lots of treasures to find! GREAT PRICES, EVERYTHING MUST GO! Electronics, artwork, tools, books, music, movies, sporting goods, furniture, toys, appliances, housewares, collectibles, jewelry, home decor, linens, pet care, lawn and garden, children’s toys, holiday items. You name it, we have it!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

The Outdoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through October 29th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple Street.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

Monday, May 22, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Monday, May 22nd 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

The concepts and application of basic accounting principles as utilized to measure the success of any business. This workshop will discuss the fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting.

Presenter: Arnie Goldberg

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Tuesday, May 23rd 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Show me the Money: Financing your Business Options
Understand the various ways you might finance your business and how to approach friends and family, angel investors, banks and venture capitalists. Learn to prepare the documents you will need to submit for each. A guest banker will present criteria banks use to determine credit worthiness and a representative from the SBA will discuss the SBA loan guarantee program.

Presenters: Margaret Griffin, Larry Pelka, Robert Esquivel, Zoe Fullem

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1st Ward Office
2740 W. North Av.
Reservations are required as these events tend to fill up quickly! RSVP at 773-278-0101 or 312-893-5466 or Register at socialsecurityadvantages.com.

Retire with Security...Learn About the most overlooked opportunities in Maximizing Social Security Benefits.

Take advantage of a FREE, educational session by National Social Security Association Advisor and retirement planning specialist, Antonio Lugo, MBA, NSSA®. Antonio has been featured on WGN 9 News, Fox TV 32, and WCIU 26. Enjoy an interactive retirement planning workshop for local area residents who are nearing retirement. The difference between a good Social Security decision and a poor one can be costly!

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Illinois SBDC @ UIC
815 W. Van Buren St., Suite 400
Contact Steve Bob 312-996-4057
To RSVP click here

The Illinois SBDC at UIC invites you to Venture Launch, to learn about legal and regulatory issues that you need to address before starting your business. Areas covered include required licenses, registrations, and taxes. Learn from our experienced experts how to avoid common pitfalls and plan to be successful with with our startup checklist.

This will be Part 4 of a series of 4 workshops. We encourage you to attend all 4 sessions to gain maximum value from this series as the workshops will build on each other. Please RSVP for each of the 4 parts you intend to attend.

If you are thinking about opening a new business or want to get a start on a business plan, come learn from our experts.

There is no cost to register for the Venture series.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pulaski Park
1419 W. Blackhawk
For more information, please call the CAPS Office 312-744-1261

Presentation by actual burglary offenders. Find out why your house may be targeted. tips and ideas to keep your home safe from burglars.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 23rd 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Every month, City Lit Book's In Brief Book Club will explore a work of collected short stories or personal essays from writers both new and established.

This month's selection "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Wednesday, May 24th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

You work hard at your business, but someday you’ll retire. This workshop shows you how to make the most of your retirement by selling your business at its highest value. Even if you don’t plan to sell for another twenty years, you’ll get more for your business when you start planning today. Learn how to use your business as an effective retirement savings plan so that you can retire in the style you deserve.

Presenter: Mark Willis

Click here to pre-register Cost: $30.00 - Online Registration

Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 24th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Microsoft - Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Av.
For more information and to register click here

Ready to start a business, but don't know where you'll find the money? Attend this event to learn about financing options for entrepreneurs. We'll discuss the process for securing SBA-guaranteed loans, as well as microloans and other tips to find funding. Bring your money questions!

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm

Wednesday, May 24th 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd. (UIC Parking Available for $10.00 at 1029 S. Morgan, Lot 5)
Free
For more information and to register click here

The 2017 Vendor Fair is a collaborative effort by the members of the Government Procurement Compliance Forum to give our regional businesses as many resources and networking opportunities as possible. This event will provide businesses the opportunity to learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago, its Sister Agencies, Cook County Agencies, and State and Federal agencies

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 24th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Joseph
4021 W. Belmont

For more information call 312-746-5090

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 24th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Every month, City Lit Book's Weird & Wonderful Book Club will celebrate the Weird be it science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, meta-fiction, magical realism, and genres otherwise strange.

This month's selection "A Stranger in Olondria" by Sofia Samatar.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Start: 11:30 am
End: 2:00 pm

Thursday, May 25th 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
The Joinery
2533 W. Homer St.
for more information and to register click here
If you have any questions 773-489-3222 events@loganchamber.org

If you've tried navigating the intersection of Elston, Fullerton and Damen lately, you've seen the results of the long-planned City efforts to remove that traffic bottleneck, and likely you've noticed the mysterious multi-story development growing up around what was the Midtown Tennis Club. It's now the Midtown Athletic Club, and wow, has it changed! Still tennis, but nearly four times the size, with swimming pools, ice rinks, a six story hotel, and more. The General Manager will be joining us for lunch, and filling us in on the details. We'll also be hearing about the project's potential impact on Chicago tourism from Choose Chicago execs. It's a meeting you really shouldn't miss!

We're holding the Lunch at a neighborhood venue we'll bet you've never been to: the Joinery, just opened and highlighted by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the best new event spaces in the City, the "Logan Square Hideaway With a Past". And of course we'll have food--a buffet of traditional and contemporary takes on European cuisine from Logan Square's premier Polish restaurant, the Red Apple.

Join us for all of that, plus our annual "Best Company" awards, and elections for the Chamber Board of Directors.

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 1:30 pm

Thursday, May 25th 12:00 am - 1:30 pm
Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
Courtroom 2005 20th Floor
To register contact The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center 312-603-9233

Learn about common financial frauds and scams such as reverse mortgages, home repair, Medicare prescription drug and investment scams
Understand the techniques criminals use to deceive seniors
Discover what you can do to protect yourself

Seminar Speakers: Detective Sergeant James Hennelly, (Ret.) Cook County Sheriff's Department, Assistant State's Attorney Clarissa Palermo, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit, Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm

Thursday, May 25th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Marketing is vital throughout a business to give you direction, to help you to set goals/objectives that will contribute to your success, and to ensure that everyone involved is focused on the same targets. This workshop will cover effective and strategic utilization of pricing, promotion, product planning, distribution, and marketing on the internet to give you a competitive edge.

Presenter: Bruce Montgomery

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 25th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1st Ward Office
2740 W. North Av.
Reservations are required as these events tend to fill up quickly! RSVP at 773-278-0101 or 312-893-5466 or Register at socialsecurityadvantages.com.

Retire with Security...Learn About the most overlooked opportunities in Maximizing Social Security Benefits.

Take advantage of a FREE, educational session by National Social Security Association Advisor and retirement planning specialist, Antonio Lugo, MBA, NSSA®. Antonio has been featured on WGN 9 News, Fox TV 32, and WCIU 26. Enjoy an interactive retirement planning workshop for local area residents who are nearing retirement. The difference between a good Social Security decision and a poor one can be costly!

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 25th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Book Launch: "Silk Flowers" by Meghan Lamb.

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 25th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Nicolai Church
3000 N. Kedzie
unityparkchicago.org/about-us

Unity Park Advisory Council will kick-off the 30th Anniversary commemoration with a presentation to the West Logan Square / Avondale Block Club UPAC co-founder Joel Monarch and former Council members will talk about the genesis & history of the organization and current UPAC Director of Development Robert Castillo will discuss UPAC's upcoming events. A specially curated collection of UPAC memorabilia will also be available for participants to view.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Friday, May 26th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drive more new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you know what to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all of those questions and more! Let us help you:

From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. You don’t have to be on every platform, and you don’t have to make every post by yourself. Let us make social media easy - join us!

Presenter: Kathy Hays

Click here to pre-register Cost: $30.00 - Online Registration

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Friday, May 26th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harold Washington Memorial Garden
Washtenaw & Potomac
For more information, please call 312-744-1261 or email caps014.district@chicagopolice.org

Please join us for our 4th annual Night of Faith and Action, a citywide initiative to empower residents by gathering together to create a safe and welcoming environment in each of Chicago's neighborhoods.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

The Outdoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through October 29th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple Street.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 30th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Business Ownership Exploration provides information about going into business for yourself through franchising and why it is an affordable way to open your own business. We discuss the large impact small businesses have on our economy, the options for opening a small business, and how going into business through a franchise is the less risky option. There are many franchise options to choose from and we review the facts about franchising from the myths.

Presenter: Scott Majeski

Click here to pre-register Cost: $30.00 - Online Registration

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

Thursday, June 1st 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UIC Forum Main Hall ABC & Hallways
725 W Roosevelt Rd.
Free admission
For more information and to register click here

Small Business Expo is the most anticipated networking event of the year for business professionals to learn about products & services to help their business exceed its goals, network with other industry professionals & attend informative and cutting-edge workshops & seminars. If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or someone that works for a small business you should attend this trade show & conference.

Start: 5:30 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 1st 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field
200 E. Balbo Dr.
For more information, a complete schedule and to register click here

8K, 5K, 2 Mile Walk, and Tots for Peace Sprint

Strides for Peace launched the Race for Peace in 2014 to bring everyone–runners, business leaders, community organizations, law enforcement, and YOUTH–together to show the world that despite the headlines, Chicago can come together to solve the problem of gun violence and save lives. Our Race for Peace is the rallying point to raise funds, friends, and awareness about what is being done to reduce gun violence and build futures for Chicago’s youth. It is an evening to celebrate and support the life-changing work of Strides for Peace’s Community Partners and provide a platform for people who care about reducing gun violence in Chicago to connect and get involved.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 1st 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Second Shift
3432 W. Diversey, Floor 2

7 Proven Strategies to Start a Local Business While Still Paying Student Loans (Without Refinancing or a Rich Relative)

There are legitimate paths to entrepreneurial success and finding yours and following it will change your life. We'll share 7 Proven Strategies for moving forward - for taking your idea and finding your path to success. They are “proven” because they are actual strategies we used to open our social enterprise coffee shop. In 2006, we had student debt. In 2011, we opened our business. In 2016, we paid our loans in full. Being debt-free is awesome. We'll share our strategies and help you apply them to your own situation.

Facilitator: Amanda Neely is co-founder and co-owner of Overflow Coffee Bar.

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1st 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kozciuszko Park Fieldhouse
2732 N. Avers Av.

All are invited to the Kosciuszko Park Advisory Council June meeting. There are lots of summer activities to plan!!!

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 1st 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Nicolai Church
3000 N. Kedie Av.

For more information call the CAPS Office at 312-744-1261

Friday, June 2, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Friday, June 2nd 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But between Facebook and Twitter,email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month—there’s a lot to keep up with and there are only so many hours in each day. The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This session will help make sense of the noise. Today we’re going to show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. When the session is done you’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives. You’ll learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. You’ll be given some simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. You’ll see that there are some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers and supporters as well as expand your reach to new prospects. Throughout the session you’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own“ next great campaign.”

Presenter: Kathy Hays

Click here to pre-register Cost: $30.00 - Online Registration

Start: 5:30 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Friday, June 2nd 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
All Star Press
2775 N. Milwaukee Av.
RSVP to mj@mjprchicago.com

All Star Press will be hosting their ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited afterwards to the grand opening of Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff's sports art gallery space. Sounds from Bric a Brac and refreshments from Old Style will be served. The first 50 attendees will score a swag bag.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Start: 10:00 am
End: 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 3rd 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Multiple 606 locations
For more information click here

It’s back! Enjoy a day-long celebration of all things 606 with lively processions, two music stages, a community-centered street festival on Humboldt Boulevard, kids activities and more!

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Start: 8:30 am
End: 1:00 pm

Sunday, June 4th, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
DeVry University-Chicago Campus
3300 N. Campbell (Parking in the North Parking Lot)
For more information and to register click here

Looking for a way to spend a spring day? Join us for a fun-filled, family friendly 5K Fun Run and Walk. After the 5K the rest of the day will feature live entertainment, bounce houses, carnival games, family activities, prizes and a runners breakfast and lunch. This event raises funds for Tuesday's Child which supports families and their children with behavioral challenges.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

The Outdoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through October 29th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple Street.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

Monday, June 5, 2017
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Monday, June 5th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what are the first steps you should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

Workshop Topics: Myths; Business Opportunities; Assessing Your Journey; Organization, Insurance,& Regulations; Funding and Cash Management; Business and Marketing Plans.

Presenter: Irwin Ross

Click here to pre-register Cost: $50.00 - Online Registration

Start: 5:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Monday, June 5th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Paseo Prairie Garden
2614 N. Kedzie Av. (Logan Square Entrance to the El)

Karen Furlong will lead a weeding at the Paseo Prairie Garden and you are invited to participate.

Bindeweed is the invasive weed we've had to contend with for the last 4 years and the rain and heat have sent it scrambling up plants and choking them before leaping over to another plant. We also have a number of plants to go into the garden. Want to plant?

The garden truly relies on her friends

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 6th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Author Event "Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give" by Ada Calhoun

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Wednesday, June 7th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But between Facebook and Twitter,email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month—there’s a lot to keep up with and there are only so many hours in each day. The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This session will help make sense of the noise. Today we’re going to show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. When the session is done you’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives. You’ll learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. You’ll be given some simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. You’ll see that there are some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers and supporters as well as expand your reach to new prospects. Throughout the session you’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own“ next great campaign.”

Presenter: Kathy Hays

Click here to pre-register Cost: $30.00 - Online Registration

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7th 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Second Shift
3432 W. Diversey, Floor 2
Free Event, but please RSVP to hello@secondshiftchicago.com

Do you work from home or coffee shops? Are you always scrambling to find a quiet, professional place to host meetings? Do you live in Logan Square (or a nearby area) and just want to meet some of your neighbors? Well then friend, YOU are invited to a free day of coworking + networking at our Logan Square Coworking Day! We have super-fast WiFi, spacious worktables, and comfortable chairs. Plus, we'll be serving free and unlimited coffee, tea, and snacks for you to stay fueled through your workday!

Start: 3:30 pm
End: 5:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7th 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Monarch Thrift Shop
2866 N. Milwaukee Av.

Monarch Thrift Shop will host a window display honoring Unity Park + UPAC's 30TH Anniversary. The display, being organized by UPAC and AnySquared's Tracy Kostenbader will run from Wednesday, June 7th thru Friday, June 16th. A special community unveiling will take place on Wednesday, June 7th prior to the UPAC Monthly Meeting.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brands Park
3259 N. Elston
$25.00 online $30.00 at the door.
For more information click here
To order tickets click here

We are back for our 5th year of the Avondale Restaurant Crawl!

Join Northwest Arts Connection and Avondale Neighborhood Association as we celebrate culinary delights along the Eastern end of Avondale! New Orleans jazz style Four Star Brass Band will kick off festivities parading happy, hungry tasters along the crawl route. Those who would rather ride from restaurant to restaurant can choose to hop on and off the Travelin’ Trolley which features the irresistible music of Marianne; The Imaginary Band. Rain or shine! If it rains, that party-on-a-trolley will be especially fun!

The crawl will feature some of our beloved favorites including BrewBrew Coffee & Tea, Chief O'Neill's, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Kuma's Corner, Parachute, Fruit Paradise & Taqueria Traspasada. NEW this year: DMen Tap, Dell Cove, La Farine Bakery, Mirabella, Paletas Arco Iris, Red Apple, and Pisolino's -- each unique in culinary style but similar in passion.

Local performers will be woven throughout the crawl experience. This year we welcome 9 time CMA Award Winning artist and Chicago legend Stann Champion, dancer/choreographer Ginger Jensen, a special performance from music school UpBeat Music and Arts, garage folk band Rent Party, and the vocal stylings of Noah Arroyo.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 7th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

The Writer’s Studio heads to City Lit Books in Logan Square for it's spring Open House/Open Mic with a FREE mini-lecture, faculty performance, and open mic. Hannah GambleWriter’s Studio instructor Hannah Gamble will present a craft mini-lecture on Using the Absurd to Convey Emotional Truths; Storytelling Bootcamp instructor Stephanie Wilson Medlock will be our featured reader/performer; then the mic opens to you for the final hour or more!

Join the Writer’s Studio community for this signature event to foster your writing, hear the ideas and work of others, and, if you are so inclined, add your voice and stories to the mix.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
14th District Community Policing Office
2150 N. California Av.
312-744-1261
caps014district@chicago.org

The 14th District Court Advocacy Subcommittee consists of district residents, community groups, members of the business community and Chicago Police Officers. Through the court advocacy program we re able to identify court cases that negatively affect the community. We attend court as a team to let crime victims know that the are not alone.

Together, Let's Take a Stand Against Crime!

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unity Park
2636 N. Kimball
info@unityparkchicago.org

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