No Yard? No Problem. How to Plant a Bee-Friendly Container Garden

by Christy Erickson If you buy breakfast cereal, enjoy a drizzle of honey in your tea, or shop at local farmers markets, there’s a good chance the myriad threats facing bees today affects you. Bees play a role in one in three bites of food we eat and their declining population puts the world’s food security at risk. In response, companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals are taking action to protect bees. People are fighting against pesticide use, changing the way they buy food, and supporting their local beekeepers in an effort to support…Read more

Being a Better Neighbor

Below are three tips we recommend for being a part of your community. No matter if you are new to the neighborhood or a lifetime resident, these are things we can all improve to bring vibrancy, unite neighbors and support Avondale. 1. Shop Local Our main retail streets are the face of our neighborhood. In spending your money locally, you help to sustain our local economy and keep storefronts open and vibrant. Find out which items are available at your local grocer before driving elsewhere. Try one of the many ethnic or foodie…Read more

Homebuyer Workshop Highlights

The Avondale Neighborhood Association partnered with the Northwest Side Housing Center to offer a series of first time homebuyer workshops in English and in Spanish. One way to maintain housing stability in our changing neighborhood is to increase opportunities for current residents to purchase multi-family homes in the community. The Northwest Side Housing Center is a non-profit organization that provides various programs and resources including counseling and education in first time home buying and foreclosure prevention. They regularly host workshops, so if you were unable to attend the sessions in Avondale, you can…Read more

CPS Budget Cuts Impact on Avondale

The proposed Chicago Public School budget cuts for the 2016-2017 school year were announced recently.  Reports of reduced budgets are often in the news, so we wondered how significantly these latest cuts would impact our neighborhood schools.  Under the current proposal, most of our local schools would lose approximately a million dollars each, but how does that relate to a school’s entire budget and what programs would it affect? To better understand the impact, we spoke with Principal Renee Mackin at Carl von Linne Elementary School.  Linne is a 1+ rated school in…Read more

Save on a Smart Thermostat

English Smart Thermostats can revolutionize the way you use energy, and current rebates of up to $120 can cut their cost in half. These Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats allow you to control heating and air conditioning from your smartphone while also adapting to your behavior and schedule, which generates energy savings automatically.  The two products eligible for the rebate are the ecobee3 and the Nest Learning Thermostat, and you can buy and install one yourself or schedule a free home energy assessment during which an energy assessor will install one for you. To learn more…Read more

St. Viator’s Open House

St. Viator Elementary, just west of the neighborhood, will be having two open house dates coming up for Pre K-8th grade. The dates will be Wed. April 20th and May 18th from 9am-10:30pm. See the attached poster for contact information.Read more

April Art News from NAC

Copernicus Center Sir Georg Solti Memorial Festival 5216 W Lawrence Sunday April 3  4:00-6:00 p.m. Doors open: 3:00 p.m.   $15-$80 5216 W Lawrence Monday April 4 7:00-9:00 p.m.   Doors open: 6:00 p.m.   $10-$35 Solti was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991, and Music Director Laureate from 1991 to 1997. He left an indelible mark on the City of Chicago and the musicians he worked with, who will remember him in two performances at the Festival.   Philip Simmons conducts the Gala Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra Opening Concert April 3. A…Read more

Donation: Men’s Clothes and Kitchen Supplies Needed

One of our Avondale Business Members, the Law office ofChristine Contreras, is collecting donations for the Northside Latin Progress. They seek men’s blue jeans, size 28-36; men’s casual shoes, size 6 ½ - 10 (no dress shoes); towels and blankets; used tools; used or new socks as well as non breakable kitchen utensils such as can openers, spatulas, large stirring spoons, etc.  These items can be delivered to 1917 N. Kedzie (front porch) on evenings and weekends or to the organization’s office located at 3043 N Francisco in Chicago.Read more

Why vote?

I run into it a lot, voter apathy. It might be a conversation around how no politician aligns with their views or how corrupt Chicago is, so your vote won't count. There are many reasons people say they don't vote, but I think they all stem from the same issue- the process is so confusing! We all know there is a presidential primary going on, but do you know what State Rep. District you are voting in? Know who is running for your Aldermanic Committeemen- or know what they do? And Judges! Let's not get started on…Read more

March Art News from NAC

Here is what is happening for arts on the NW side from the Northwest Arts Connection. Plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Northeastern Illinois University Recital Hall, 5500 N St Louis               Friday March 11   7:30 p.m.   Brandon Ridenour trumpet & Rachel Naomi Kudo piano Part of NEIU’s Chicago Brass Festival A virtuoso trumpeter, pianist, & composer/arranger, Brandon Ridenour is a winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. As a soloist he performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, & orchestras of Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Grand Rapids, and Edmonton,…Read more
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