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12 / 1
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Friday, December 1st 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: Jeff Nicholson

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

Start: 5:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Friday, December 1st 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Viator Rec. Center
3644 N. Kedvale Av.

This event will include an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreath & trees, jumpy house, movies, food plus drinks.

Join us to snack, skate, sip & shop!

12 / 2
Start: 11:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Saturday, December 2nd 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
Holstein Park Fieldhouse
2200 N. Oakley Av.
Suggested donation $15.00 per family
To register email friendsofholsteinpark@gmail.com

Every family member can have a blast at this annual event. Create a beautiful one of a kind gingerbread house to take home. House, candy and frosting are provided. Registration is required. Please let us know if you’re attending by November 30.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 2nd 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (hours may vary)
Various locations in Logan Square
For more information click here
or Like the Facebook Event page for ongoing information

Logan Square rings in the season with “Holidays on the Square”

Join Logan Square for Holidays on the Square! Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows and Santa and more!

Holidays on the Square (HOTS) has been an annual multi-location kick-off to the winter holidays, featuring special events, promotions and activities offered by Logan Square small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Holidays on the Square was created to give small businesses and not-for-profits of Logan Square the opportunity to showcase their wares and services. And the event is organized by local business owners and volunteers to encourage residents to shop locally and strengthen community ties.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 2nd 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
St. Viator Rec. Center
3644 N. Kedvale Av.

This event will include an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreath & trees, jumpy house, movies, food plus drinks.

Join us to snack, skate, sip & shop!

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

Saturday, December 2nd 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Petco - Halsted
3046 N Halsted St.
For more information click here

Bring your cat, dog, turtle, rabbit, husband, girlfriend, or kids and get your 2017 Christmas keepsake while supporting a good cause. You put your pet(s) in Santa's lap and our volunteer snaps a picture. We then email you the photo and you can post, share, or print as many copies as you like.

Your photo with Santa costs $9.95 and 100% of your purchase will help animals of Precious Pets Almost Home. Now that's something to smile about!

Start: 3:00 pm
End: 4:30 pm

Saturday, December 2nd 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Logan Theatre
2646 N. Milwaukee Av.

A Charlie Brown Christmas made its prime-time debut in 1965 based on the Charles M. Schultz comic strip, Peanuts. It was the 1st Peanuts special to ever be produced and animated for a television audience.

Now we invite you and your family to see it on the big screen at The Logan Theatre with a BONUS screening of "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown" (1992). There will be a brief intermission with raffles prizes provided by Play.

Holidays on the Square will be happening and all our neighboring businesses are ready with great gift ideas and delicious bites to keep you warm and fueled. So get out, shop local, and plan to take your break with the kids at this matinee!

Tickets are available at concessions starting Friday, December 1st at 1:30 pm. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Limit 4 tickets per family.

12 / 3
Start: 9:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 3rd 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Viator Rec. Center
3644 N. Kedvale Av.

This event will include an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreath & trees, jumpy house, movies, food plus drinks.

Join us to snack, skate, sip & shop!

Start: 9:30 am
End: 2:30 pm

Sunday, December 3rd 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (times approximate)
Begins at Dan Ryan Woods 83rd & Western runs down Western Av. and ends at Lane Tech H.S./DeVry University 2501 W. Addison.

For more information click here

Each year 40 to 50 thousand motorcycle riders come to Chicago to ride together and donate toys for needy children.

The Chicagoland Toys for Tots parade is now the largest motorcycle parade in the world, providing tens of thousands of children with brand-new presents for Christmas. New Toys Only (no stuffed animals please)

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

The Indoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through March 25, 2017 (with the exception of November 26th, December 24th and December 31st) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. at the Emporium 2363 N. Milwaukee Av.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

Start: 11:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

December 3rd 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall
1340 W. Washington Bl., Suite 201
For more information click here
Free admission & free parking

The Made in Chicago Market is back! It's a fun celebration of all things DIYshowcasing some of the best apparel, housewares, and food and drink that Chicago has to offer! Shop local and support your neighborhood makers.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Sunday, December 3rd 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Av.
This event is all ages
For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Chicagoland's favorite clown, Mary Macaroni, is back at the Beat Kitchen with her musical, magical fun and folly! Juggling, jokes and jolly tunes are just a part of the fun to be had when Mary's around!

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

Sunday, December 3rd 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Field Museum
1400 S.Lake Shore Dr., East Entrance
Free admission

The Chicago Community Climate Forum is a gathering of civic leaders and engaged residents focused on building strong communities and taking action on climate solutions in the Chicago region. In this spirit of engagement, 25 Chicago region organizations are convening a public forum on the eve of the first North American Climate Summit being hosted by the City of Chicago and organized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

12 / 4
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Monday, December 4th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Everybody has at least one good idea, but how many see the light of day? In addition to a solid business plan, you need money to execute. But where will it come from? Most fledgling entrepreneurs rely on their personal network and wallet. Can you produce the money you need to start or grow your business? If not, this hands-on workshop will help you get money ready starting today.

Presenter: Steven Lome

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

12 / 5
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Tuesday, December 5th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

The average business owner spends 34.5% of their gross revenues on financing. That represents a HUGE cut into profits, and leaving businesses vulnerable to all sorts of risk. But what if your business could be the bank, and collect that 34.5% as revenue instead? Would that make your
business more profitable? More competitive? At this workshop, we'll unpack the financial vehicles corporations such as Apple, Disney, Foster Farms, and McDonalds are using to self-finance their business needs. Why use a banker to fund payroll, operations, equipment purchasing, and fund future business growth? Fire your banker, and become your own source of financing!

Presenter: Mark Willis

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

Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:30 pm

Tuesday, December 5th 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Harold Washington Library
400 S. State St., Room 4N10 (4th Floor)
Contact Steve Bob 312-996-4057
To RSVP click here

The Illinois SBDC at UIC invites you to a workshop that covers both the Venture Start and Venture Viability topics. During Venture Start, we will guide you through the many local resources available to get your business started and then compile a list of next steps to move you to the next level. During Venture Viability, we will discuss customers, products, competitors, and profit; you will learn about tools for determining the viability of your new venture.

This will be parts 1 and 2 of a series of 4 workshops. Parts 3 and 4 will be presented on Dec 6 and we request you also register for that using the link: go.uic.edu/ILSBDCUIC-1206

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.

12 / 6
Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:30 pm

Wednesday, December 6th 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Harold Washington Library
400 S. State St., Room 4N10 (4th Floor)
Contact Steve Bob 312-996-4057
To RSVP click here

The Illinois SBDC at UIC invites you to a workshop that covers both the Venture Finance and Venture Launch topics. During Venture Finance, we will guide you through many funding options available for startups and discuss how to access these sources and plan for where to go next. During Venture Launch, we will discuss your launch plan, discuss where to get required licenses and registrations, and get set up to pay the right taxes.

This will be parts 3 and 4 of a series of 4 workshops. Parts 1 and 2 will be presented on Dec 5 and we request you also register for that using the link: go.uic.edu/ILSBDCUIC-1205

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: 5:30 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 6th 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Coalition Impact
405 W Superior St.
A free event for women, by women.
For more information and to register click here

Myra is proud to announce our speakers for D is for Diversity, part of Myra's Community Talks series and our final event of 2017.
Join us as we present two women who are champions of diversity in our city.
Michelle Sharpe Silverthorn, Diversity and Education Director at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, on "We the People: Recognizing and Interrupting Implicit Bias" and Vanessa Sheridan, Director of Transgender Relations & Community Engagement at Center on Halsted, on "Visibility: The Rise of the Transgender Phenomenon"

As always, come anonymously ... we won't ask why you're here.

Space is limited. Please RSVP, and let us know if you can no longer attend so we can give your spot to another attendee. Myra would love for you to share this invitation on your social media platforms!

Questions? Comments? Contact Emily at emily@myratalks.org

Check us out at myratalks.org

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

Wednesday, December 6th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Haas Park
2402 N. Washtenaw Av.
Free admission
Age Range: 1 year 5 months and up
For more information click here

Join us at our annual Holiday Dance Recital! We plan to showcase a collaboration of dances learned by our tap and ballet classes set to holiday music.

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

Wednesday, December 6th 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 are 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!

12 / 7
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Thursday, December 7th 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

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 11:30 pm

Thursday, December 7th 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Joes on Weed Street
940 W. Weed St.
For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Join us for Mikey O's 15th Annual Holiday Giggle! An Evening of Laughter, Music & Giving! Proceeds support the YIPEE Summer Program of the Block Club Federation

The Comedians: Marcy Deloney, Manny Acosta, Luis Angel, Melissa DuPrey,
Mickey Housley, Nathan Cotter, Patti Vazquez, Lucky Luciano, Sandrell Ross and Melissa Richelle.

The Party: Dance Loud, Orquesta Sabor, DJ Gustoand Silent Marvin.

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Thursday, December 7th 6:00 pm - 10-:00 pm
Weegee's Lounge
3659 W. Armitage Av.
21 and over
$20.00 admission
For more information click here

All events at Unity Park are free for our neighbors because of the support of people like you! And you can support UPAC and enjoy a night of partying by coming to Party for the Park!

Free drinks, appetizers, and raffle! Make 2018 our biggest year yet!

12 / 8
Start: 12:00 pm
End: 1:30 pm

Friday, December 8th 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

Topics to include: Traffic Court process and procedures, safe driving tips, guidelines for renewing your driver's license, parking program for persons with disabilities.

Seminar Speakers: Steve Prostran and Dr. William Gardner.

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

Friday, December 8th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Author Event: "West of Hell" by Whiskey Emerson

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:30 pm

Friday, December 8th 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Julia de Burgos Park
1805 N. Albany Av.
For more information click here

Cold crisp nights are great for star gazing! Please join us and the Chicago Astronomer at For The Love of Stars at Julia de Burgos Park. Starts after sunset. Telescope viewing is free and open to everyone. Weather permitting.

Event starts at sunset.

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

Friday, December 8th 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Miracle Center
2311 N. Pulaski
773-276-5933
To Purchase Tickets click here

Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, this rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score,
Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

12 / 9
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:30 am

Saturday, December 9th 9:00 am - 11:30 am
St. John Berchman in the NEW Church Hall!
2545 N. Maplewood

Kids will get to make a cocoa creation at our cocoa bar, make crafts and have a special visit with Santa!!!

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

General Admission with Mug click here

General Admission click here

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

Saturday, December 9th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Liberty Bank for Savings
2392 N. Milwaukee Av.
773-384-4000
Free no reservation required.

Families are invited to get a free photo taken with Santa Claus and enjoy the sounds of the holiday with special musical performances from area school children. St. John Berchmann's Children's Chorus at 11:00 am.

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

Saturday, December 9th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brentano School
2723 N. Fairfield Av.
$3.00 admission

Join us for arts, crafts and other activities.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 9th 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Haas Park
2402 N. Washtenaw Av.
For more information click here

Join Friends of Goethe School for a unique shopping event with dozens of local entrepreneurs selling one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, bags, hats, accessories, beauty and housewares.

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 9th 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Holstein Park Fieldhouse
2200 N. Oakley Av.
For more information click here

Unique artwork created by artists both locally and nationally. Art lovers and holiday shoppers convene to browse and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and original works of art. Shop from 100 artists displaying and selling their creative works. The Holiday Art Show considers and presents art of all media--from photography to textiles, watercolors to oils, jewelry to ceramics--and a whole lot more!

A silent auction is also a big part of the Bucktown Holiday Art show. Artists at the ArtShow donate their own art to the silent auction. The silent auction provides a great way to acquire work from your favorite artists at the Art Show and often at a very good price!

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

Saturday, December 9th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Petco - Halsted
3046 N Halsted St.
For more information click here

Bring your cat, dog, turtle, rabbit, husband, girlfriend, or kids and get your 2017 Christmas keepsake while supporting a good cause. You put your pet(s) in Santa's lap and our volunteer snaps a picture. We then email you the photo and you can post, share, or print as many copies as you like.

Your photo with Santa costs $9.95 and 100% of your purchase will help animals of Precious Pets Almost Home. Now that's something to smile about!

Start: 3:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 9th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Astoria Lounge
3208 N. Kostner Av.
Tickets $20.00 suggested donation
For more information and to urchase tickets click here

Join HNA this holiday season as we celebrate our beautiful neighborhood and wonderful residents! This year, HNA has hosted meetings on topics like environmental sustainability, property taxes, TIFs, and navigating the CPS school application process. We want to celebrate all that we've done this year with you and your family! For a $20 minimum suggested donation per adult (18 years or older, kids eat and drink free!), you'll get music, food, drinks, a raffle, a brief presentation outlining next year’s planned events and initiatives, and more!

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 9th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Lit Books
2535 N. Kedzie

Join us for a Brentano Library fundraiser hosted by City Lit Books.

Start your Holiday shopping and giving with book purchases for your family and Brentano Library.

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Saturday, December 9th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Miracle Center
2311 N. Pulaski
773-276-5933
To Purchase Tickets click here

Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, this rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score,
Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

12 / 10
Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

The Indoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through March 25, 2017 (with the exception of November 26th, December 24th and December 31st) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. at the Emporium 2363 N. Milwaukee Av.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 10th 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Empirical Brewery Taproom
1801 W. Foster
For more information click here

Raise a pint for the holidays at Empirical’s Taproom and support the cats of Harmony House! Give $15 at the door (cash, check or credit) and you’ll get $2 off all Production beer pints from 12 pm to 3 pm. Enjoy pizza (while it lasts)! Watch the Bears! Play board games & darts! Win raffle prizes! Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Sorry, your feline friends can’t attend.
Harmony House For Cats is a 501(c)3 organization

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 10th 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Holstein Park Fieldhouse
2200 N. Oakley Av.
For more information click here

Unique artwork created by artists both locally and nationally. Art lovers and holiday shoppers convene to browse and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and original works of art. Shop from 100 artists displaying and selling their creative works. The Holiday Art Show considers and presents art of all media--from photography to textiles, watercolors to oils, jewelry to ceramics--and a whole lot more!

A silent auction is also a big part of the Bucktown Holiday Art show. Artists at the ArtShow donate their own art to the silent auction. The silent auction provides a great way to acquire work from your favorite artists at the Art Show and often at a very good price!

Start: 2:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 10th 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Have you heard that our Story Time Hero Mr. Michael is releasing an album? It's happening! Join us at City Lit Books for the Michael's Music Machine Album Release Party!

12 / 11
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Monday, December 11th 8:45 am - 12:00 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: Valeria Basso

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

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

Monday, December 11th 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Paladar Cuban Restaurant
2252 N. Western Av.
RSVP to lissette@cclconnect.org by Thursday, November 30th.

Center for Changing Lives invites you to meet its new Executive Director, Juliana Gonzalez-Drussi. Please join in the celebration.

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

Monday, December 11th 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Goldblatt's Building, 1st Floor
1615 W. Chicago Av.
For more information call Rocio at 773-278-0101

Join Commissioner Boykin and me when we will discuss issues relevant to you. I will be addressing public safety issues, the recent budget and any other concerns you may have. Please consider attending if you are interested in discussing any of these matters or have questions about issues that affect the community.

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

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

Graphic Content: Our newest book club for graphic novels

This month: "Transmetropolitan Vol. 1" written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Darick Robertson.

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

Tuesday, December 12th 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.

Financial topics covered will include: Types of accounting method, Chart of Accounts, Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Statement, Entries to the financial statements. Managerial topics covered will include: Product/Job Costing, Cash Flow Projections, Net Present Value, Making decisions based on limited resources, Pricing decisions, Breakeven analysis, Business ratios, Other relevant topics.

Presenter: Arnie Goldberg

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

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

Tuesday, December 12th 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: "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris.

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

Tuesday, December 12th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Nicolai Church
3000 N. Kedzie Av.

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

12 / 13
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:30 am

Wednesday, December 13th 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

The largest and most aggressive debt collector which oversees business and personal back taxes is the IRS and running a close second is the State of Illinois. Both the IRS and State of Illinois have access to personal and business financial information for the purpose of imposing bank levies, wage garnishments and involuntary property sales to satisfy uncollected tax debt. So what rights do business owners

Presenter: Pete Lewis

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

Start: 9:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

Wednesday, December 13th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ampersand Logan Square
3317 W. Fullerton Av.

Do you work from home and want a change of scenery? Ampersand Cowork offers a free day of coworking. Come by and work free from distraction and get s#@t done! Free coffee from Halfwit Coffee Roasters and maybe even a new networking connection or two.

Interested? Email Mary at info@amperdandlogansquare.com to get registered. Hope to see you there!

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

Wednesday, December 13th 9:30 am – 11:30 am
US Small Business Administration
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
For more information click here

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program (HUBZone) stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting assistance to small businesses.
The SBA Illinois District Office will conduct a presentation covering registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) and the HUBZone Program

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

Wednesday, December 13th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Shops at North Bridge - Microsoft Store
520 N. Michigan Av.
Free event
For more information and to register click here

This course is designed to help you to understand what a franchise business is, what it means to franchise a business, and what the difference is between a franchise and a small business. Also, we'll discuss the basics you need to know if you're interested in one day owning a franchise business of your own.

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 13th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

From link building to researching relevant keywords for your website, there are so many aspects in the world of SEO. SEO is quite complex but all it takes is understanding the basics in order to generate more website traffic, ROI, and maintaining a consistent marketing growth machine for your business. In this workshop you’ll learn how to avoid common SEO mistakes and the fundamental strategies to generate success. Not only will you walk away with some of the best practices, but you’ll gain the knowledge to build a distinguishable online presence.

Presenter: Solomon Thimothy

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

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

Wednesday, December 13th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
773-235-2523
citylitbooks.com

Book Launch: In the Watershed" by Ryan Schnurr

12 / 14
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 14th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
14th District Police Station
2150 N. California Av.
For more information 312-744-1261

Please join us in a lighting ceremony and prayer vigil as we remember victims who have died as a result of domestic violence and pray for those who are challenged by domestic violence in their homes. All are welcome!

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Thursday, December 14th 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mi Tocaya Antojería
2800 W. Logan Bl.
$75.00
For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Join Mi Tocaya, the neighborhood Mexican restaurant from Chef Diana Dávila, for a Mezcal dinner on in conjunction with Mezcal Unión, a Mezcal producer from the Oaxaca region of Mexico.
For $75 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) diners can indulge in a four course meal designed by Chef Dávila. Each course will be paired with a tasting portion of Mezcal as well as a special cocktail featuring Mezcal, created by Mi Tocaya Beverage Director Ulises Martinez. 2 seatings, one at 6pm and one at 8pm, will be available.

Alejandro Champion, co-founder of Mezcal Unión, and Courtland Green will be on site during the dinner to engage with guests.

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

Thursday, December 14th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kozciuszko Park Fieldhouse
2732 N. Avers Av.

We'll discuss PAC activities this winter and spring. All are welcome!

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

Thursday, December 14th 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 "Karate Chop" by Dorthe Nors.

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

Thursday, December 14th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Habitat
1402 N. Kedzie Av.

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

12 / 15
Start: 10:00 am
End: 1:00 pm

Friday, December 15th 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

This workshop will take you through the steps of building a website using the popular platform WordPress. WordPress is the website building platform of choice for nearly 80 million websites. You will learn how to develop your own website or blog for business or personal use. Attendees will learn how to navigate in WordPress to develop and edit their website content.

A laptop is required for this workshop.

Presenter: Ernie Katko

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

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 15th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mozart School
2200 N. Hamlin
For more information click here

Join us at LSNA’s Family Holiday Party on Friday. Raffle drawing starts at 6:00 pm plus food, music, and entertainment! You do not need to be present to win! $5.00 Donation for one (1) Raffle Ticket OR five (5) Tickets for $20.00 Donation!

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Friday, December 15th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Elastic Arts
3429 W. Diversey Av., 2nd Fl
elasticarts.org
For more information and to purchase tickets click here

It's coming time to celebrate an incredible year. With your help we've grown bigger, stronger, and the music and art have been thundering. So let's party!
We will be having a high old time with old and new friends. Special guest DJs will provide the soundscape, and light refreshments will be offered.

Admission will be free for members, but we ask that everyone RSVP. If you're not a member, you can join now (at any level) or at the door on the night of the event.

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

December 15th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saint Viator Parish Chicago
4170 W. Addison St.
For more information click here

Saint Viator Parish and the North Shore Opera House present “Selection from Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Music”

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Friday, December 15th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Radler
2375 N. Milwaukee Av.

Live music from Guitars for Guaraldi, Ugly Sweater Contest, Christmas gift give-away and egg nog.

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

Friday, December 15th 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Miracle Center
2311 N. Pulaski
773-276-5933
To Purchase Tickets click here

Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, this rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score,
Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

12 / 16
Start: 10:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 16th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Festive Collective
3279 W. Armitage Av.
For more information click here

Join us for one magical holiday market in our Festive Collective wonderland! We'll have a free hot chocolate bar with XO Marshmallows, sugarplum punch, delicious sugar cookies, and treat bags for the first 50 visitors.

Shop the most special gift assortment from our absolute favorite vendors and we'll have other surprises in store as well. Take a photo in front of our towering sugarplum balloon installation from Luft Balloons and shop our colorful selection of wrapping supplies before heading home to put the finishing touches on your gifts!

We LOVE the holidays, and we love going a little over the top, so it will almost certainly be the best day EVER!

Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 16th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Chicago High School for the Arts
2714 W. Augusta Bl.
Free event
For more information and to register click here

Bring the kids to this fun and free community holiday event!

Visit with Santa, shop for crafts and special items, make cards and ornaments and enjoy other holiday activities, games and crafts, listen to holiday music, participate in the Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt (you could win a prize!), browse and win raffle items.

Admission is free, but one ticket per family is required. Register for your free admission ticket in advance and be entered to win one of our awesome raffle prizes!

We can't wait to see you at the Candy Cane Hunt!

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital

Start: 11:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 16th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alexander Graham Bell School
3730 N. Oakley Av. (parking available)
For more information click here

Shop local handmade goods from over 40 Chicago Artists! Be one of the first 25 customers to arrive on Saturday or Sunday and you will get a Deluxe CAG Tote bag.

New this year: Ready to eat food and drinks from our amazing food artists. Grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee while you shop.

Buy charity raffle tickets online! We have 4 raffles full of donated artwork each value over $450. Tickets are $5 or 5/$20. To see each of the raffles and to buy tickets: click here

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

Saturday, December 16th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Petco - Halsted
3046 N Halsted St.
For more information click here

Bring your cat, dog, turtle, rabbit, husband, girlfriend, or kids and get your 2017 Christmas keepsake while supporting a good cause. You put your pet(s) in Santa's lap and our volunteer snaps a picture. We then email you the photo and you can post, share, or print as many copies as you like.

Your photo with Santa costs $9.95 and 100% of your purchase will help animals of Precious Pets Almost Home. Now that's something to smile about!

Start: 7:30 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Saturday December 16th 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. John Berchmans Church
2517 W. Logan Bl.
For more information and to buy tickets click here

Music will be Handel's Messiah and familiar holiday songs. In our 16th year, we’re featuring: 100+ member Holiday POPS Chorus and the 22-piece Ravenswood Ensemble under the direction of Maestro Scott Arkenberg

12 / 17
Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

The Indoor Farmers Market will run every Sunday through March 25, 2017 (with the exception of November 26th, December 24th and December 31st) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. at the Emporium 2363 N. Milwaukee Av.

Food! Music! Entertainment! Socializing! Fun!

logansquarefarmersmarket.org

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

Sunday, December 17th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Independence Park
3945 N. Springfield Av.
For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Bring the kids to Breakfast with Santa at Independence Park! Join us for a delicious breakfast, inflatable fun, an art project, face painting and a meet-and-greet with Santa!

Limited space available. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Get your tickets now to this fun neighborhood event sponsored by the Independence Park Advisory Council. And don't forget to bring your camera!

Start: 11:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 17th 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hairpin Lofts
2810 N. Milwaukee Av.
Free admission
For more information click here

Join us for our Christmas Bazaar. Get your holiday shopping done by browsing our vendor tables. We have many new artists, hand-crafted products sold by local artist and representatives of craft and food: jewelry, accessories, shoes, clothing, candles, body products, cookies and much more. Support small businesses, purchase in small businesses this season.
We will have many surprises, workshops, singers, free raffles and much more, bring your family and friends.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 17th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alexander Graham Bell School
3730 N. Oakley Av. (parking available)
For more information click here

Shop local handmade goods from over 40 Chicago Artists! Be one of the first 25 customers to arrive on Saturday or Sunday and you will get a Deluxe CAG Tote bag.

New this year: Ready to eat food and drinks from our amazing food artists. Grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee while you shop.

Buy charity raffle tickets online! We have 4 raffles full of donated artwork each value over $450. Tickets are $5 or 5/$20. To see each of the raffles and to buy tickets: click here

Start: 12:00 pm
End: 6:00 pm

Sunday, December 17th 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Revolution Tap Room
3340 N. Kedzie Av.
Free to attend
For more information click here

Shop handcrafted goods from 45+ local artists. The Revolution Craft Show is getting into the Holiday spirit! The show provides a unique mix of crafts, Revolution Brewery beer and food trucks. Bring a friend or two, enjoy the afternoon and kick start your holiday shopping!

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 6:30 pm

Sunday, December 17th 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Along the 606 Trail.
For more information click here

Make The 606 shine with light you wear or carry — an LED candle, glow sticks, or a string of lights you fasten to your jacket, stroller, or dog leash. No open flames, please.

4:00 – 5:30: Walk along the trail to Churchill Field Park. You can make your way there on your own, or join a festive procession that will step off from the Exelon Observatory at 4:00 p.m. Procession conveners include Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Free Street Theater, Quilombo Cultural Center and West Town Bikes. As you walk the trail, you might encounter a choir, giant bicycles, and animated chandeliers from Cabinet of Curiosities.

5:00 – 6:30: Festivities at Churchill Field Park. Enjoy a giant shadow puppet screen and illuminated obstacle course from Opera-Matic, and a performance from their bell choir, Kaiju Daiko drummers, and Full Moon Fire Jam. Gather around fire pits for s’mores, hot cocoa, churros, and community cheer.

Let’s illuminate The 606 together!

12 / 18
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Monday, December 18th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Are you considering exporting? Do you need a refresher on export rules?

If so join this workshop, which will provide a comprehensive overview of the US export regulations and compliance required by the US government to conduct international business.

The workshop will cover the US agencies involved in export, Red Flags, shipping terms, and more.

Presenters: George Ferguson and Amy Albano

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

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 6:00 pm

Monday, December 18th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
30th Ward Office
3559 N. Milwaukee Av.
Free event

You better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout cause I'm telling you why. Santa is coming to the 30th Ward Office. It doesn't matter if you were naughty or nice, come get a free picture with Santa Claus.

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

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

Tell Me How It Ends is a reading group for nonfiction titles focusing on current events and social justice.

This month's selection is "On Tyranny" by Timothy Snyder.

12 / 19
12 / 20
Start: 9:30 am
End: 11:30 am

Wednesday, December 20th 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: 6:30 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 20th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bucktown Public Library
1701 N, Milwauke Av.

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

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

Wednesday, December 20th 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: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Wednesday, December 20th 7:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Paladar Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar
2252 N. Western Av.
Free event!
Must be 21+ to attend
For more information and to register click here

Join LoganSquarist at a special December Holiday Neighborhood Meetup. Come celebrate with your neighbors at this special holiday-inspired meetup! Wear your best ugly sweater for the chance to win a prize in our annual Ugly Sweater Competition. Paladar will also be offering half-off bottles of wine and $14 sangria.
Registration is required to attend this event.

12 / 21
Start: 1:30 pm
End: 2:30 pm

Thursday, December 21st 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
25th Police District Station
5555 W. Grand Av., Community Room
For more information 312-746-5090

All business owners or their representatives are encouraged to attend meetings to learn about new and ongoing efforts to eliminate crime in your area. These meetings will also provide the opportunity to share your community concerns with 25th district officers.

Refreshments will be served.

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 21st 4:030 pm - 7:00 pm
Julia de Burgos Park
1805 N. Albany Av.
For more information click here

Celebrate the shortest day and the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere with the Chicago Astronomer! Please join us and the Chicago Astronomer at For The Love of Stars at Julia de Burgos Park. Starts after sunset. Telescope viewing is free and open to everyone. Weather permitting.

Event starts at sunset.

Start: 4:30 pm
End: 6:30 pm

December 21st 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dill Pickle Food Co-op
2746 N. Milwaukee Av.
Tickets $10.00
For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Bring your little one and make beautiful mosaics together! We will be making holiday ornaments! You and your children will be treated to a fun afternoon of creating. You each make your own mosaic masterpiece using a wide array of tiles, glass and other kid-friendly materials. This a fun and engaging activity perfect for kids age 4 and above. Children younger than 4 are welcome to participate but need more help from Mom and Dad. All supplies and materials will be provided.

20% of all proceeds will benefit the Logan Square Neighborhood Association for more information on LSNA please visit: lsna.net

Start: 7:09 pm
End: 8:09 pm

Thursday, December 21st 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our Lady of Grace
2446 N. Ridgeway

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

12 / 22
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

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

This workshop provides basic training in the use of QuickBooks Online accounting software. Through a demonstration and hands-on format, you’ll get an overview of how to effectively use QuickBooks from the perspective of a small business owner. We will cover the following subjects as they apply to your company: Company setup, chart of accounts, products & services setup, generate invoices, receive payments, make deposits, pay bills, write checks, generate accounting reports and financial statements.

This is an interactive session, and participants are encouraged to bring a fully-charged laptop and download QuickBooks Online Essentials version via a free 30-day trial from https://.search2.quickbooksonline.com to get hands-on experience during class. To download QuickBooks Online go to the above website and click on the Essentials “Free 30-Day Trial”. On the next screen enter your email address and a password that you create. No credit card is required for the Free 30-Day Trial. Participants are also encouraged to bring their company’s Income Statement and Balance Sheet, if available, to help customize their Chart of Accounts.

Presenter: Tim Hunter

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

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12 / 27
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 27th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

Marketing is an exciting and important business function that is critical to managing profitable customer relationships in today's dynamic and connected business environment. It is the process by which individuals and organizations obtain what they need or want by creating and exchanging goods, services or anything of value with others. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the marketing environment and the 4Ps of marketing – product, price, promotion, and place, as well as the importance of market research, strategic sales, and marketing your business online as part of developing a competitive advantage.

Presenter: Bruce Montgomery

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

12 / 28
Start: 8:45 am
End: 12:00 pm

Thursday, December 28th 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Score/SBA Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150
312-353-4540

This workshop is designed to introduce the attendee to Federal tax filing requirements for businesses and to tax deductions and record keeping requirements that many businesses overlook or are unaware of.

Attendees will learn about the tax implications of being in business along with gaining a basic knowledge about tax deductions for business and records required to support the deductions.

Presenter: Joel Shabsin

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

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