From your inquiries and input we’ve derived a compendium of stories and information about the city, the ward, and the people and organizations resident within it.

West Ridge Nature Preserve Park Advisory Council Meeting

May 12:  All are welcome to attend! Also, check out their website for fun and educational events taking place throughout the season! More:

St. Matthias School GlobalFest

May 15: St. Matthias School GlobalFest 2016 is a celebration of our global community, a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about different places, and a community builder and fundraiser for our school! Join us for an exciting week of activities! The week will culminate with a school festival on Saturday, May 14, from 6:00-10:00 p.m., and will include global food, drinks, art-making activities, and a kid stage. More:

Andersonville Wine Walk

May 15: The Wine Walk transforms Andersonville’s retail shops and offices into wine tasting destinations with 30+ wines to try! More:

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Historic Bar Crawl

May 21: Discover some of the historic bars and nightlife venues in Rogers Park on this 1.5-mile walking tour/bar crawl along Devon, Sheridan, and Glenwood. Learn how battles over prohibition, dancing, and movies shaped local bar culture as well as the boundaries of the neighborhood. More:


Jokes for Jamieson

June 5: A night of laughter to help benefit Jamieson Elementary. Enjoy some of Chicago’s best comedians, eat pizza, salad, soft drinks, beer and wine.‚Äč More:

When and Where are my Beat Meetings

View the map attached and see what Beat you live in. Then select the appropriate link to view the Event Calendar. If you don’t see any meetings for the current month displayed you can go to the next month’s calendar and see your next scheduled Beat Meeting. More:

Albany Park Storm Water Diversion Tunnel Project - Traffic Alert
Please see the attached letter from Kenny Construction regarding the Albany Park Storm Water Diversion Tunnel Project. Although only a small area of our ward will be affected (River Park) the project will more than likely cause traffic congestion on Foster Ave. between River Park and the Eden’s Expressway. Read more:

40th Ward Construction Projects
Please see attached for current and upcoming construction projects taking place in the ward.  Read more:

Healthy Chicago 2.0
The City of Chicago has a new plan to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Chicago. Six events will take place in May throughout the city for community members wanting to learn about the benefits of Healthy Chicago 2.0. Read more:

Elementary school parents, want to learn more about our neighborhood high schools?
You’re invited to GROWCommunity’s Parent-to-Parent Panel and Reception on Saturday, May 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Big Bricks, 3832 N. Lincoln Ave. Meet fellow parents who are sending their children to Amundsen and Lake View right now! Learn how their families chose these schools and hear firsthand about their current experiences as Amundsen Vikings and Lake View Wildcats.Please RSVP at if you plan to attend. This is a free event. Appetizers and soft drinks will be served; cash bar. GROWCommunity is a non-profit organization working to develop a seamless neighborhood K-12 system on Chicago’s North Side with schools that are the top educational choices for neighborhood families. 

One Summer Chicago
Connecting Youth to a Successful Future with Summer Jobs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over 25,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. Applications due by May 15, 2016. Read more:

Galter LifeCenter - Free Enrollment through the month of May
Throughout the month of May, Galter LifeCenter is offering Free Enrollment for new members (a $240 value). If you have an opportunity, I appreciate you letting community members know about this great deal at Chicago’s only certified medical fitness facility. More:

2016 Vendor Fair
The 2016 Vendor Fair will take place Wednesday, May 25, from 9am – 1pm at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road. This event provides an opportunity for vendors to learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago, Sister Agencies, Cook County Agencies, State and Federal agencies, and to network with other business owners. Read more:

Triple Crowns and Double Ringers
As we enter the month of May, horseracing fans begin to think about MintJulips
and the Kentucky Derby. Some of the folks in our neighborhood set their thoughts a bit lower and think about the U-shaped steel objects that all triple crown winners wear, namely horse shoes.

The shoe pits at Mather Park will come back to life, starting this weekend as the rugs are pulled back off the clay made hard from the long winter. Men will soak them down and begin softening them up as weekly tournaments take place, aiming for that Sunday in August when the 40th Ward Family Fest and Annual Softball Tournament takes place, and during the festival, the yearly horseshoe tournament will be played.

Last year’s champions hardly have had time to cool off since their winning performance, having been sought out almost every weekend to appear at dinners and teach clinics on playing team horseshoes. Don Hohenadel, whose championship performance last year was stellar, has spent a good deal of the
off season rehabbing his shoulder and reports that he feels 100% better at the start of this season than he has for the start of the last several seasons. That is definitely bad news for challengers for his title this year. His teammate and co-champion, Pat O’Connor, has been experimenting with a new pitch delivery, working on a single rotation with no slide into the stake. Hard to figure out why he would look to change a near perfect form at this stage in his career, but that is the way these competitive athletes are, always looking to improve.

It is rumored that there may be some distractions looming this year which may mitigate against a repeat of the Hohenadel - O’Connor team's Championship run. One of Don’s children is expecting their first child and another is getting married. That would ordinarily spell real trouble for a team looking to duplicate
a near perfect season, but adversity is no stranger to the two sultans of the shoe pits, so expect them to be in the thick of it this year again.

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Best wishes to all our neighbors from everyone at the 40th Ward service office.

40th Ward Office
5850 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Telephone: 773.769.1140