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City Lit Books "Fifth Wednesday Journal Panel"
Thursday, April 27th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a discussion with Janet Burroway, Christine Sneed, and Rosellen Brown, moderated by Rachel Swearingen, on the practical and professional challenges for women writers in this century. Discussion will be followed by a Q&A.
Coffee and Open Play at Concordia Place
Saturday, April 29th 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Concordia Lutheran Church on Whipple invites families to Coffee & Open Play. The multi-purpose room will be open for kids to play, and adults can drink coffee and meet other parents in Avondale.
The space will be open from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, and families are welcome to stop by at any time during that time. There is no cost for this event; however, a parent or adult guardian must be present with children.
City Lit Books Celebrates "Independent Bookstore Day 2017"
Saturday, April 29th 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Come celebrate your favorite local bookstore, Logan Square's own literary hub City Lit Books! Its Independent Bookstore Day!
City Lit Books "Author Event"
Wednesday, May 3rd 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Author Event "Austin Boulevard" by Jeff Ferdinand
City Lit Books "Contributor Reading"
Thursday, May 4th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us at City Lit Books for a reading with S. Afzal Haider, Faisal Mohyuddin, Toni Nealie, Sachin Waikar, and John S. Green, contributors to the Chicago Quarterly Review's Volume 24, the South Asian American Issue.
St John Berchman's "Food Truck Event" to kickoff Boulevard Bolt
Friday, May 12th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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.
St. John Berchmans Presents "Boulevard Bolt 5K"
Saturday, May 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (packet pickup starts at 8:00 am)
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.
Yard Sale to Benefit Harmony House For Cats
Saturday, May 20th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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, medical equipment (canes, walkers, etc). You name it, we have it!
Hope to see you there!
St. John Berchmans Summer Camp
St. John Berchmans School will be hosting a fun summer camp for children as young as 3 years old through 6th grade. The camp is open to all children, not solely students enrolled at SJB. There are half-day, full-day, and extended care options. Camp will run from June 14th - August 11th. If interested, please learn more and register at the this link.
14th Police District Raising Awareness of Child Abuse
We are taking up a collection in the 14th district for child abuse awareness. We are collecting baby wipes, diapers, and new clothing. Donations will be given to "Cradles to Crayons" and Maryville Crisis Nursery.
They may be dropped off at:
The 14th District Police Station
Backpack Drive at 33rd Ward Ald. Mell's Office
33rd Ward Office
Our office continues to be a collection site for backpacks filled with school supplies for refugee children in our community. If you can support, feel free to drop off your contributions at our office during business hours Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
All backpacks should be new, unused, sturdy, and gender neutral, if possible. Find a list of supplies needed here.
Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Pinot's Palette May Calendar
Logan Square Paint and Sip Studio
Our mission is to bring art to the masses in a fun and entertaining way with extraordinary customer service! So come - Paint. Drink. Have Fun. Cheers!
To see the May calendar click here
City Lit Books "Story Time"
City Lit Books
Join us every Saturday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am (you're welcome to pop in late!). We'll have sing-alongs and read-alongs!
Small Business Center Website
Preview the Small Business Center website, a one-stop destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources available to small businesses in Chicago. Please send your feedback to email@example.com.
Logan Square Aldermen
Monthly Business Education Workshops
In the opinion of the Logan Square Chamber this is the most effective investment in time any small business or entrepreneur can make.
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops will vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located at 121 N. LaSalle St., City Hall Room 805, Chicago, IL 60602. Facebook facebook.com/ChicagoBACP?fref=nf
BACP is also offering a program designed to give business owners the essential elements in starting and growing a business.
* Attend nine workshops at BACP and earn a Business Start-Up Certificate.
For more information or to register for a workshop call 312-744-5344. or download calendar:
"Save the Dates" for 2017 City Festivals/Events
Chicago Park District Program Sign-up
Forest Preserve's Schedule
Your favorite Chicago festivals are on the horizon. Save the dates for these and more.
January 1 - December 31: A Year of Public Art
January 6th - May 20: Juicebox Series
January 30 - April 30: Chinese New Year Celebrations
March 24 - October 25: Chicago Food Truck Fests
April 1 - 30: Chicago Dance Month
April 20 - 23: International Movies and Music Festival
April 21 - 22: LakeFX Chicago 2017 Creative Con
April 30 - May 6: Small Business Week
May 6th: Kids & Kites Festival
May 14: Maxwell Street Kickoff
May 27th: Memorial Day Parade
June 2 - 3: Chicago Gospel Music Festival
June 9 - 11: Chicago Blues Festival
June 12 - August. 29: Millenium Park Music & Film Series
June 23 - September. 10: Chicago Summerdance
Visit cityofchicago.org/dcase for more information and more special events in 2017! All dates are subject to change.
click here for the Official Chicago Visitor Guide
The Dill Pickle Food Co-op, Logan Square’s community-owned grocery, is seeking to add a part time stocker to our team as we expand into our new Milwaukee Avenue location this summer. The Center Store Clerk position is focused on receiving and stocking product, maintaining overstock and inventory organization, assisting in creating attractive displays, and answering questions about products and the benefits of Co-op ownership.
The Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Office is currently seeking Field Representatives in Cook County to interview respondents.
Bicycling Safe Routes Ambassadors
Connecting Youth to a Successful Future with a Summer Job in Chicago onesummerchicago.org
Humboldt Park among others are seeking seasonal instructors click here for more information
EMT Training Class for Women (Tuition Free)
An EMT is an Emergency Medical Technician. These are the first responders who’s duty it is to assess, stabilize and transport patients in a medical emergency. To qualify you must be:
Employment Opportunities With the Chicago Housing Authority
click here to apply
BRIGHT FUTURE: CPD & CFD Recruiting / Info Sessions
Those with sophomore students in high school considering careers of service in the Chicago Police or Fire Departments are encouraged to attend one of several recruitment and information sessions for the Class of 2017 coming up in the next few months.
AT&T is Now Hiring Sales Consultants
JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE CITY
Bilingual Employees Needed at O'Hare
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has job openings available. If you would like to see the job listings and want more information, please click here.
Scam and Fraud Alerts
Senior Citizens Alert!
From the Illinois Secretary of State
Corporate Scam Alert— A firm called Corporate Records Service is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation’s “Annual Minutes Records Form.” The Illinois Business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file a “Minutes Records Form” or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity. Please contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Consumer Fraud Division at 800-243-0618 to file a complaint regarding this scam solicitation.
From the IRS
The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives. If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond. Everyone has a responsibility to remain diligent about confirming the identity of people requesting personal information about employees.
Read more from the IRS here
From the BACP
Know Before You Hire a Tax Preparer
Every tax season unsuspecting Chicagoans fall victim to tax preparation firms that use hidden charges and recommend unnecessary and expensive tax refund products like Refund Anticipation Loans (RALS) or Refund Anticipation Checks (RACS) to make a profit at the expense of citizens' deserved tax refunds. For more information click here
Always Be Alert
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection protects consumers from deception and fraud in the marketplace. We accept and investigate complaints submitted online or via 311. BACP promotes consumer awareness to help consumers protect themselves.
MasterCard Phone Scam Hits Northern Illinois
Many consumers in Northern Illinois are reporting that they are receiving automated messages stating that their MasterCard has been compromised. The consumer is instructed to call and verify their information in order to get a new card. The Better Business Bureau warns that if an automated system calls asking for credit card information it is probably a scam. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering tips on what consumers need to know to protect themselves. If you should receive one of these calls you should: Not return a call from a pre-recorded message. If speaking to a live "operator" ask for his/or her name, department and extension. Then hang up call the number on the back of your card and ask for that person. Never provide personal or financial information to someone you do not know. Feel free to just hang-up. Using the number on the back of your card or on your statement call the credit card company that issued your card if you have security questions or concerns.
FRAUD ALERT: Warning for Property Owners in Cook County
The Cook County Recorder of Deeds encourages all property owners to sign up for notification every time paperwork is filed regarding their property.
ComED Phone Payment Scams
ComEd warns of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their service will be disconnected unless payment is made. ComED will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill. If you have concerns about the status of your account, please call ComEd Customer Service at 800-334-7661. Visit comed.com/scamalert to learn more.
IRS Warns About Continuing Scam Phone Calls
The IRS is continuing to warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by impostors posing as tax agency representatives. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov. If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at ftc.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov.
BACP Campaigns to Help Consumers Understand Credit Reports and Avoid Becoming Victims of Fraud
To help consumers stay safe, BACP has launched a campaign to ensure consumers know their rights when it comes to credit and avoid becoming victims of fraud. "The City of Chicago protects consumers from fraud by resolving complaints and taking action against fraudulent businesses," said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. "We also take a proactive approach by promoting consumer awareness through educational campaigns to help people protect themselves."
Commercial Real Estate Locator
Commercial Real Estate available for lease or for sale in Logan Square.
Please try visiting the City of Chicago's new Site Selector online program:
Commercial property owners in Logan Square, please submit available spaces by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org