Thank you for your continued interest in the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.  This informative newsletter is published monthly and contains information from our member businesses, the City of Chicago and local events produced by our Chamber and partner organizations. CHAMBER MEMBERS - Please remember to submit your news for publication!!!!


Amie Zander, executive director

City of Chicago Offers Small Business Assistance

The Small Business Solution Station offers free one-on-one business counseling for entrepreneurs. This is where you can talk to an expert about planning, legal issues, small business loans, tax matters or just get expert advice.

Counseling is offered at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. in Room 800. The Solution Station is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the last Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Counseling is provided by our partner organizations, SCORE, The Law Project, the Women's Development Center and ACCION Chicago.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is at the Small Business Solution Station from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. They have a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff on hand for free one-on-one consultation for small business owners on tax-related matters.

An appointment to visit the Solution Station is not necessary, but can be scheduled by calling 312.744.2086 or emailing  

St. Robert Bellarmine School News
The St. Robert Bellarmine Parents' Association and Sports Association will host their very first Bingo
Blast, Saturday, May 16, at Kernaghan Hall.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games start at 7:30 p.m. $20 pays for all 14 games and food and beverages
will be available for purchase.

Students from Chicago's Resurrection High School spend time talking and playing games with St. Robert Bellarmine 4th graders March 27.
The St. Robert Bellarmine Parents' Association held a clothing and household textile drive Saturday, April
School families and parishioners donated pounds of the following: pants, shirts, jackets, undergarments,
pajamas, skirts, dresses and blouses. Shoes, purses, belts, ties, hats, linens, towels, sheets, blankets and
curtains were also accepted.

St. Robert Bellarmine school 2nd graders enjoy their field trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in late March.
Business Safety Meeting

Attention Property Owners
Do you have a property that is available for rent?  The Chamber would like information on your space.  We get calls everyday from businesses who are interested in locating in the Jefferson Park Community.  We would love to show them as many options as possible.  Give us a quick call to get your properties shown today!  773-736-6697

Quick Links
Jefferson Park SBIF Program
Obtain a Business License
BACP Website
2015 Sidewalk Cafe Application
New & Renewing Chamber Members

45th Ward Alderman John Arena

Aga Aesthetics

Paterno's Pizza

RAS Communications

State Senator John Mulroe

Chris Placek, Baird & Warner

Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events

May 5 2nd Annual Cinco De Mayo Networking

May 6 Promotions Committee Meeting

May 13 Economic Restructuring Committee Meeting

May 14 Monthly Membership Meeting

May 14 SSA Community Meeting #1

May 20 Organizational Committee Meeting

May 21 SSA Community Meeting #2

June 14 Jefferson Park Sunday Market Begins

June 14 Flag Day Ceremony

June 21 Chamber Golf Outing

July 24-26 Jeff Fest


Membership Meeting 

Please join us at our monthly meeting!
Thursday, May 14  
Gale Street Inn
4914 N. Milwaukee

Brian Nadig will be discussing the Nadig Newspapers anniversary plans

We strongly encourage all members to attend! 

The Jefferson Park Sunday market is back beginning Sunday,  June 14. 

The market is currently looking for volunteers to assist with several duties and the 2015 vendor application is now available. 
If you are interested in getting involved as a vendor, volunteer or want more info on attending this Jeff Park summer staple please visit


The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a community meeting on the creation of an Special Service Area (SSA) in Jefferson Park.  In January the Chamber was granted permission to explore the opportunity to create an SSA.  Since then, an advisory committee has been working to determine the need for the program, boundaries,  potential services and budget scenarios. 
If implemented, this self taxing body will begin providing services such as litter abatement, snow removal, landscaping, tenant attraction, and marketing services in 2016.

Please join us to learn more

Thursday, May 14
Thursday May 21

Both meetings will be held at The Copernicus Center, Kings Hall
5212 W. Lawrence Avenue

630pm start time

Please contact Amie at the Chamber office for more info.

We call dibs on July 24, 25 and 26!!

We are currently looking for artists, vendors, sponsors, food vendors and food trucks to participate in the fest. 

Please visit for more information.

Would you like to volunteer at the fest?  Please send an email to to sign up for a shift.

Improvements are coming to two buildings across from the Jefferson Park CTA Terminal, according to Alderman John Arena.

A third floor is being added to the two-story "First Staffing" building at 4872 N. Milwaukee Ave. A residential unit will be built on both the second and third floors, and a new façade will feature the building's original brick, which has been covered for years.

Also ... a buyer of the Edward Fox Photography building at 4900 N. Milwaukee Ave. is planning to add two floors of residential units to the one-story, 89-year-old structure, which was once home to a furniture store. The photography studio, which opened in 1902 and moved to Jefferson Park in 1969, is relocating to 6133 N. Northwest Hwy.

Concerns have been raised about whether a bronze statue depicting a photographer from the early 1900s will remain in front of the building. Efforts reportedly are being made to keep the statue there or elsewhere in the community.

And ... don't forget that the Jefferson Playhouse, operated by the Windy City Music Theatre, will be opening soon inside the "Jefferson" building at 4766 N. Milwaukee Ave., where a silent movie house operated 100 years ago!!


Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce | (773) 736-6697 | |
5214 W. Lawrence Avenue
Suite 5
Chicago, IL 60630