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West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
 April 2014
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Chicago Public Library

Fish Keg

Illinois SBDC/The Duman Center

Maggie Blondis/Ivah Urbanski -Dreamtown Realty

Masti Grill

Mills Realty

North Town Garden Society

Ray Miller Realty

Rogers Park Business Alliance

Rose Powers

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Community Recycling Options
Recycling & Paper Shredding Date
9am - noon
Devon Bank Parking Lot

New for 2014 Recycle clothing, sheets, towels, bedding, carpeting, sewing/quilting scraps

Recycle old electronics and cell phones

Shred documents while you watch! 

 Loose papers including newspapers, magazines, school and business documents can be recycled at two convenient locations in West Ridge.   

Devon Bank 6445 N. Western
High Ridge YMCA 2424 W. Touhy
paper bin 

Wastemaster is here to Help

The City of Chicago recognized long ago that businesses in the same area pay a wide range of prices for trash hauling services.*  Many times businesses pay too much when compared to a similar business nearby.

Wastemaster is an online resource for independent business owners who want to reduce their waste disposal and recycling costs.  Using a proprietary database application, we offer our subscribers easy access to local service pricing information that otherwise would be time-consuming and cumbersome to assemble. Wastemaster's savings program will create greater competition among the various waste haulers competing for your business in your neighborhood. The result is potential lower disposal rates for you.  Your help is needed!  

What do I need to do?
Please send us 2 of your recent trash hauling invoices.  You can do this in one of three ways.
1.    Fax to 773-326-3582
2.    Take a picture using your smart phone and email to
3.    Email an electronic copy to

What's in it for me?
After we complete the data analysis you will receive a customized report detailing one of two scenarios.
1.    Scenario 1 - Great job!  You have one of the best waste disposal service rates in your zip code and Wastemaster will continue to send you notifications if a better rate is discovered in the future.
2.    Scenario 2 - You are currently paying a higher rate than your neighbor who has a similar pick up frequency and dumpster size.   Wastemaster will help you understand the data analysis and renegotiate a lower rate through a contract extension or a new service agreement with a different hauler when your current contract expires.  
Do I pay for this service?
There are no fees for the initial data analysis.  Wastemaster will send you an alert if we believe you can save money.  Once you receive this alert, you will have the option of working with us to help you save money.  If you decide you want to partner with Wastemaster, our fee is based on your total savings.   If we can't save you money, there aren't any fees.

What is your privacy policy?
All personal information is kept strictly confidential.  Your name, address, and contact information is not shared....ever.  


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Community Events


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April 6 Community Recycling and Shredding Event

April 10 CAPS Meeting

April 14 Passover Begins

April 18 Good Friday

April 20 Easter

April 28 "East" Devon Safety Meeting

May 7 B2B Structured Networking Event




Find event details, times and other info on our website



FREE Workshops for Business

All worshops are FREE and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection - City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805

check out the Google calendar that lists all the workshops as well:


Space is limited.  Please reserve your attendance by calling 312-744-2086 or email



To learn more about BACP's workshops, visit



A big thank you goes out to all who supported the
St. Patrick's Day party at Music House!

Special thanks to those who donated items:

Masti Grill 2948 W. Devon
Marie's Pizza 4127 W. Lawrence
Campeche Mexican Restaurant 6112 N. Lincoln
Tel Aviv Bakery 2944 W. Devon
Annapurna  2608 W. Devon
Rose Powers


April Meeting of the Northtown Garden Society


Dear Gardeners,
Oh Happy Spring.  Our April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, at Warren Park Field House.
The speaker for April is David Brooks. 
The title of his presentation is "Lazy Gardener's Guide to Green Landscaping."
David is the Manager of Conservation Services for the Schaumburg Park District.  He oversees the operations of the Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm. 
Spring Valley is a refuge of 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams.  The 1880 replica farm has authentically dressed interpreters that welcome and share activities with visitors throughout the site. 
Northtown Garden Society
Member, West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Member, Garden Clubs of Illinois
CJE Senior Life Events for Older Adults and Their Families
CJE SeniorLife offers ongoing support groups and programs on a wide variety of topics of interest to seniors and their families. Fees vary according to the program and individual circumstances and some groups may be partially covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance. For information or to join a group, call CJE SeniorLife at 773/508-1000 or visit us online at
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50th Ward Recycling & Shredding Event
Calling Small Businesses!

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Fundraiser

Cruisin' the Fabulous Fifties Fundraiser


The 1950s were an exciting time in America. Prosperity was finally here after the war. Babies were booming as America entered a new era, and so was Rogers Park/West Ridge. There were lots of great parties. Come celebrate this era with the Roger Park/West Ridge Historical Society at our annual fundraising event!


The party will be held at the historic Lang House B&B (formerly Cat's Cradle) at 7421 North Sheridan from 2.30 to 5.30 pm on Saturday, April 5. The event will feature authentic Fifties food, drinks, and music as well as a silent auction. Well-known historical interpreter and caterer Ellie Carlson will bring to life a 1950s housewife to demonstrate historic cooking techniques and prepare dishes typical of the period.


Diplomat Canapés

Nutty Surprise Bacon Rolls

Sensational Seeded Snack Pastry

Hamburgers Angostura

Pillsbury Bake-off-Winning Party Rye with Festive Toppings

Jelly Squares - Calla Lily Cookies - Chocolate Bon Bons

Manhattans - Martinis -Screwdrivers - Shirley Temples - Chocolate Phosphates.


Put on your nifty-50s'sclothes (crinolines, circle skirts, saddle shoes, and cardigans) and join the party. We're expecting a full house, so sign up now.


Designed by architect Edgar M. Newman (1863-1940) in the American Foursquare style, the carefully restored Lang House is noted for its impressive entrance, Arts and Crafts-styled murals, wall mosaics, hardwood floors, and leaded-glass windows. Owner/managers Bruce Boyd and Wayde Cartwright will give guests a personally-guided tour.


To purchase tickets visit or mail your check to RPWRHS, 1447 W. Morse Ave., Chicago IL 60626. In advance: $50 general public, $40 Society members, $30 student and senior members. All prices $10 higher at the door (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Society's programs and activities.



The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society collects, preserves and shares the story of this diverse community of Chicago's far north side. Established in 1975 by local residents who believed their part of Chicago was a place with much to celebrate, the Society today serves the community through its publications, architectural tours, and various educational and outreach efforts. The office at 1447 W. Morse is open weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



CAPS Schedule
Events from Swedish Covenant Hospital
Sweish Covenant

Open House at The Breakers

Occurs: April 01, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, 5333 N. Sheridan Rd.

Phone: 773-878-6888

Please join us for a tour of our new medical office located at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach senior living facility (5345 N. Sheridan Rd.). Light refreshments provided.
Validated parking will be provided.


Balance Screening

Occurs: April 08, 2014 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Galter LifeCenter, Balance Center, 5157 N. Francisco Ave.

Phone: 773-878-6888

This program is ideal for anyone who recently had surgery or an injury, as well as individuals who suffer from dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions. Physical therapists from Swedish Covenant Hospital's Balance Center will perform free, 20-minute screenings to evaluate your risk for a fall. You'll go home with a printout of your results. Note: Please use the Rehabilitation Services entrance.


Vein Screening

Occurs: April 08, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Galter Medical Pavilion, 5140 N. California Ave., Suite 780 (Must make reservation)

Please register for this event and we will contact you to schedule your 15-minute timeslot.

Did you know that the underlying cause of varicose veins and heavy achy legs can be treated with a simple outpatient procedure-and that it may allow you to resume normal activity within one to two days?
Swedish Covenant Hospital is offering free 15-minute vein assessments to determine if you may benefit from this minimally invasive procedure. Participants are examined individually in a private environment.
This free screening is right for you if:
* You experience aching, cramping, burning, itching or swelling of the legs or ankles.
* You see varicose, reticular or spider veins on your legs.
* You were previously diagnosed with varicose veins, venous reflux or venous insufficiency.
* You suffer from open wounds, sores, skin discoloration or texture changes.

Phone: 773-878-6888


Meet the Physical Therapist

Occurs: April 10, 2014 5:00  - 7:00 PM

Galter LifeCenter, Rehabilitation Services Department, 5157 N. Francisco Ave.

Must make reservation.

Phone: 773-878-6888


A Prenatal Visit With the Pediatrician

Occurs: April 10, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Swedish Covenant Hospital, Foster Medical Pavilion, Pediatric Suite, 5215 N. California Ave., 6th Floor

Phone: 773-878-6888

Dr. Andy Sagan, a pediatrician and medical director of Swedish Covenant Medical Group Pediatrics, will present practical suggestions and tips to help expectant parents prepare for a successful transition home with their newborn.


Spices that Improve Your Health

Occurs: April 10, 2014 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Savory Spice Shop 4753 N. Lincoln Ave.
Phone: 773-878-6888

From seasonal allergies to memory maintenance, modern science is disclosing the many positive effects of spices and herbs as a weapon against a variety of illnesses. Join Syeda Farid, a registered dietitian at Swedish Covenant Hospital and Galter LifeCenter, as she discusses how the right ap­plication of spices and herbs can improve your health.



Treatment Options for Hip Pain

Occurs: April 17, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Swedish Covenant Hospital, Anderson Pavilion, 2751 W. Winona Ave.

Phone: 773-878-6888

If you have severe hip pain or know you need a hip replacement, this seminar is for you. Join Dr. Terry Younger, an orthopedic surgeon with Swedish Covenant Medical Group, as he explains the causes of hip pain, new treatment options and what to expect should you need hip replacement surgery. He will also provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare yourself, your home and your loved ones for surgery and the recovery process.



Dinner: A Balanced Complexion

Occurs: April 23, 2014 6:30 - 8:30 PM

ARTango Bistro, 4217 N. Ravenswood Ave. Chicago, IL

Phone: 773-697-7479

Experience a three-course South American meal at this new Ravenswood hot spot while Dr. Emily Rubenstein, a dermatologist with the Swedish Skin Institute at Swedish Covenant Hospital, reveals her recommended methods for maintaining a balanced complexion. Learn about how to conduct a proper skin self-assessment, skin care regimens and Dr. Rubenstein's favorite products. This dinner is BYOB.
To register for this event, please contact ARTango Bistro at 773-697-7479.


Artery Cleansing Foods

Occurs: April 24, 2014 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Mariano's Jefferson Park, 5353 N. Elston Ave.

Phone: 773-878-6888

Can you eat your way to better cardiovascular health? Join Swedish Covenant Medical Group electrophysiologist Dr. Kamran Aslam as he reveals his top 10 recommended foods for heart health. Then experience a cooking demo with Colette, a dietitian from Mariano's Fresh Market.

The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your continued support.   
Amie L. Zander
The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce