C4C Viaduct Beautification Fundraiser

 

Connecting4Communities has worked very hard with residents of the University Commons/Village area, Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, City of Chicago, and the railroads that traverse the viaducts to have clean, safe and pleasant viaducts for everyone to walk through between our community and Pilsen.

Join us on this coming Wednesday, July 25th at a wonderful Pilsen restaurant, MONNIE BURKE’S, for our C4C viaduct beautification fundraiser. Suggest making reservations.

15% of all drinks and food (between the hours of 5pm to 10pm) will go into our viaduct fund.  You MUST MENTION VIADUCTS FUND for us to receive the donations. This is also a kid friendly place with a separate kids menu.

Thanks go out to the wonderful owners of MONNIE BURKE’S, Anan and Margi Abu-Taleb.  Anan is a great guy and is the Mayor of Oak Park. They are 15 year restaurant veterans. The food is delicious and under the direction of Chef Michael Shrader who was the chef of the acclaimed Urban Union on Taylor Street, which was sadly short-lived due to an unfortunate selection of a business partner lacking in integrity by Chef Shrader..

MONNIE BURKE’S

1163 W. 18TH STREET (just east of Racine on the south side)

5 PM TO 10 PM

YOU MUST MENTION VIADUCT BEAUTIFICATION FUND FOR US TO RECEIVE DONATIONS

 

Any questions or if you can’t make it and want to make a donation please contact nancyplax@connecting4communities.org

 

Viaduct Update

 

The residents of the University Village/University Commons live next to many aging viaducts along 16th Street. Four years ago Connecting4Communites along with residents got the attention of Patrick Thompson, who was then running for Alderman of the 11th Ward.  He took up our cause and made the safety and well-being of his constituents along with others travelling through these viaducts part of his platform.

Fast forward to now and Alderman Thompson is keeping his campaign promise throughout our area.

The Peoria Viaduct has new LED lights installed and work on its sidewalks and street should start this summer.  The Halsted, Morgan and Racine viaducts will be getting new LED lighting in the next year or so.

The Alderman has requested if any resident sees any infrastructure issues to please report them to his office. He has direct contact with the railroads and has been discussing these issues with them.

A new mural will be going up in Halsted viaduct later this year, and, hopefully, with some community fundraising of $6000, we can add an additional mural in the Morgan viaduct. If you are interested in making a donation or want to help fund raise, please contact nancyplax@connecting4communities.org

Learn more about the UIC School of Theatre & Music

I have the pleasure of being on the advisory committee for the UIC School of Theatre & Music.  One of our goals is to get more community members to attend the theatre and music productions. We are starting to work on an Fall event, but in the meantime why don’t you take a few minutes to learn about this wonderful gem in our community. Sign up to be on their mailing list and keep up to date on their current productions.

Christin Dunford, who is the Director UIC’s Department of Theatre, has been an ensemble member with the Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company since 1989, and has acted in, written/adapted and/or directed nearly three dozen Lookingglass productions. Most recently, in the spring of 2013, she directed her own adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, for Lookingglass as part of the company’s 25th anniversary season. She is currently writing a new play/adaptation commissioned by Lookingglass’ through the Glassworks new work development program.

http://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/about

 

 

Tis the season for our Smyth School Students!

 

 

This year the residents of University Commons, University Lofts, 15th Place Condos and University Village, holiday Community Giving Tree project will be adopting the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes at the John M. Smyth School along with outfitting a group of students that reside at the Pacific Garden Mission.

$25 gift cards from the students request are available for residents to choose from at a Sign up Genius link.

You can easily make your selection at this sign-up link.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d44a4ae29aaf49-ucna

Additionally, we will be taking a group of students who are living at the Pacific Garden Mission shopping for winter clothing at Target with $50 gift cards.

You can easily make your selection at this sign-up link.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d44a4ae29aaf49-ucna1

IF THERE IS ANYONE IN OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY THAT WOULD BE INTERESTED IN MAKING A DONATION WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU BE A PART OF THIS.  CONTACT Nancy Plax at nancyplax@connecting4communities.org

WE NEED TO HAVE ALL DONATIONS BY DECEMBER 9TH.

Thanks in advance for opening your heart this time of year. Let’s make this a holiday to remember for these students!

BACKPACKS to school at Smyth

 

We want to wish all students at John M Smyth, an IB World School, the very best in this new school year. The students are proud to be attending  a LEVEL 1 school, and look forward to continuing to soar further upward!

Residents of University Village Townhomes/Single Family Homes, University Lofts, 15th Place Condos and University Commons joined together to provide the students with backpacks, and school supplies. A full SUV was unloaded, and now the teachers will be able to utilize the donations where they are needed.  There is always a need for boxes of kleenex, and disinfectant wipes (Lysol type). If you would like to make a donation please contact Nancy Plax

 

Safe zone for online sales is here for you

UIC Police safe exchange zone

 

With the incredible amount of on line sales it is really important to be safe when you are making a transaction. Thanks to the UIC Police, a SAFE ZONE FOR ON LINE SALES IS OPEN FOR ALL THE COMMUNITY TO USE.

Open 24 hours, the police-protected area has round-the-clock video surveillance, a seating area and appropriate lighting for meetups that happen during the day or after dark. UIC Police are supplying a tablet that buyers and sellers can use at the station. Officers hope the device will help people steer clear of any fraud-related losses.

PLEASE SEE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THANK YOU UIC POLICE FOR BEING A GREAT NEIGHBOR TO ALL OF US.

Safe Zone Information

Chicago Marathon is a month away. Cheer on with us!

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Come join us at our 6th annual C4C Cheering Station for the Chicago Marathon!

Sunday, October 8th  (RAIN or SHINE)

8:15 am to 1 p.m.

Taylor and Morgan Streets

DJ Rupert Medina will be back again! Great music to pump up the runners and all of us as we cheer  them on.  This is at mile 17.5 of the race and many runners are hitting the wall at this point.  They are losing their energy.   Our energy helps their energy. HUGE THANKS TO OUR “DJ ANGEL” and the University Commons Neighborhood Association for their generous contribution to make this happen.

Please plan on coming out to join in the fun! There is plenty of space, and we will all have a blast. Great place to bring the kids as they can play there and not be interfering with any of the runners.

Cheer on your family, friends, neighbors and the more than 40,000 runners. Let them know that we care about them!

See you on the 8th!!!

 

 

National Public Housing Museum will be coming to our community

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The National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) will finally have its home in our community on Taylor Street. The Chicago Housing Authority has recently signed a lease with the NPHM which is well on its way to raising the capital needed to develop its building.

This summer the ACE Mentor Chicago Program chose The NPHM as their client.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students, and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. ACE stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. The students completed a design/build project at the site on the NE corner of Taylor and Ada Streets. This has beautified the fenced area, and will provide our community with updates about the NPHM’s progress.  Please stop by to take a look at what these students have achieved, and to learn about progress of the NPHM.