Thank you for your continued interest in the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.  This informative newsletter is published on the first day of each month 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!!!! Ads and articles are due by the 20th of each month to info@jeffersonpark.net


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 BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.  

2015-16 Board of Directors
The application period for nominations for the 2015-16 board of directors has now passed.
The following is the proposed slate:

President - George Karzas,  Gale Street Inn 1year term
Chairman of the Board - Lionel Rabb
Vice President, Brian Nadig, Nadig Newspapers 2 year term
Treasurer - Dr. Ceser Lau, Optometrist 2 year term
Secretary, Laura Gale, CrossMedia 451 1 year term

Board of Directors

Dobra Bielinski, Delightful Pastries 2 year term
Nick Black, Mega Group 2 year term
Jeff Merritt, Homestead Inspections 2 year term
Dave Meyer, Battery Giant 1 year term
Lauren Schumacher, Northwestern College 1 year term
Robin Taterka, Parkway Bank 1 year term

We would like to thank the following Board Members who will be stepping down for their service
Juan Aramburu
Larry Fisher
Mary Beth Gerlach
Shanna Karamaniolas
Jeff Morris
Judy Skotzko
Frank Suerth

St. Constance School News

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


Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events

October 7 Promotions Committee Meeting

October 8 Membership Meeting

October 8 Board meeting

October 12 Columbus Day

October 14 Economic Restructuring Meeting

October 21 Operations Committee Meeting

October 27 Fall Fest Event

October 31 Halloween

November 3 Business Lunch with Toni Preckwinkle


Membership Meeting 

Thursday, October 8 at 830am

Gale Street Inn  
4914 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Guest Speaker:
Cook County Commissioner
Bridget Gainer


2nd and 4th Sundays
June - Oct
The corner of Lawrence and Long

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

JeffersonParkSundayMarket @ zoho.com 


Good City Group to Beautiful Alley

On October 10 & 11, 2015 the Good City Group will be working to beautiful the alley located at 4870 N. Milwaukee Avenue.  The project goal is to create usable public space to an area that many in Jefferson Park use as a cut-thru from the Jefferson Park Transit Center.

On Saturday October 10 the group will work to weed and clean the area and on Sunday, October 11 the group will host community engagement and participation activities.  These activities include installation of two way-finding sculptures at each end of the alley, treatment of asphalt surfacing, distributing information about upcoming community workshops, and guided cultural walks to several neighborhood landmarks. 

Be on the lookout for additional information!!!!
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

Developments in Jeff Park
Two recent development proposals would bring a 12-story parking garage and apartment building and a 4-story retail and apartment structure to the Jefferson Park business district.
The Mega Group is seeking to construct a building with storefronts, several levels of parking and 96 apartments on the top floors on the former Cowhey cement-mixing site at 4849 N. Lipps Ave., next the the CTA Terminal. The project requires a zoning change in the form of a planned development ordinance.
Mega also is seeking to build a 4-story building with storefronts and 39 apartments at 5201 W. Lawrence Ave. The site includes some city-owned vacant lots that the city plans to sell for $1, and the project calls for a planned development ordinance to govern the site's zoning. The building would include 41 interior parking spaces, and an outdoor 21-space parking lot with a landscaped plaza would be built at 5161 W. Lawrence Ave.,

You can fins out more on the projects at http://ward45.org/
Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce | (773) 736-6697 | info@jeffersonpark.net | http://www.jeffersonpark.net
5214 W. Lawrence Avenue
Suite 5
Chicago, IL 60630