Purpose: We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that represents the common interest of the community members with regard to community development, preservation of diversity, and enhancement of quality of life and safety.

  1.  Summary of November Meeting

  2.  Treasury Report

  3.  Upcoming Events

9/22 Family Fall Festival at Concordia Belmont  (11 am-3:000 pm)

9/23 Avondale Garden Alliance Harvest Social Metropolitan Brewing Company (3 pm-6 pm)

9/23 Fenix Cafe Grand Opening (2959 N Pulaski Ave.)

9/28 Parent Mentor Program at Logandale School  (8 am- 10 am)

9/28 Chicago Votes – Registration Drive at DMEN TAP (5pm – 9 pm)

10/15 ANA Monthly Meeting at St. Hyacinth Basilica (7 pm-8pm)

This is also a reminder that Chicago Hope Food Pantry, located at 2505 N Kedzie Ave, is serving residents from N: Addison – S: Divison St; E: Western Ave – W: Pulaski Rd.

Service Hours are Mondays 4 pm-6 pm and Thursdays 10 am-12 pm

  1. Committee Updates

We regret to inform you all that ANA has not had a success in communicating with the CTA in regards to the Belmont Blue Line renovation. Despite our efforts, CTA has declined to keep the association updated. For the latest updates, we recommend residents check CTA’s Twitter.  For more information on the Belmont Blue Line renovation, please click here.

As part of our outreach efforts, ANA attended Carl Von Linne’s Back to School Fair to inform families of our presence and encourage them to be active members of the community.

  1. Zoning

2945 N Milwaukee Ave- building will be rebuilding shortly.  The building will be the same as before with commercial space on the bottom and apartments on the top.

Melissa Toops introduced David, a student from Illinois Institute of Technology, and his (Interprofessional Projects Program). David attends IIT and is part of a team of IIT students that will be working on a community plan for Avondale.  His team, consisting of ten students, will be assisting us in answering an important question: “What does a future Avondale look like?”

Updates of their progress will be provided.

  1. Presentation

Members from Bright Star Community Outreach, a non-profit organization aimed at alleviating systemic problems in the city, informed us of trauma services/counseling available to the public. These services are open to anyone ages 12 and older.

There are also volunteer opportunities through Safe Passage, helping kids get to school safely.  For more information, please email info@brightstarcommunityoutreach.com

Chicago Votes’ northside community organizer Alex Boutros, along with a canvass team, is also helping Avondale residents register to vote and informing them of the binding referendum on the November ballot that would re-open a mental health that could serve the Avondale, Hermosa, and Logan Square neighborhoods.

For those interested in volunteering, please contact Alex Boustros at al_boutros@hotmail.com. The canvass team meets every Sunday from 11am-1pm.

An early voting block party is also in the works. More details to come.

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