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Re-envisioning West Humboldt Park – a meet & greet mixer event

Please join us for Re-envisioning West Humboldt Park – a meet & greet mixer event - on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00 pm at 345 Art Gallery.

Photography Exhibition: Stress Vs. Peace a Photovoice Project

All are welcome for food, fun, and the celebration of art and storytelling!

Learn more about West Humboldt Park, its residents, and their many joys and challenges. Participants in the Stress Versus Peace PhotoVoice project will display and discuss their work with the public.

Chicago Avenue Mural Promotes Turkey Chop & Free Hot Meal Site

A mural promoting Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill and the free hot meal site has been installed at 3522 W Chicago Avenue.  The 8 ft x 12 ft aluminum panel mural was designed by Matthew Hoffman.  Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist and designer of the You Are Beautiful project, which has shared over one million stickers, installations, and exhibitions with the world. Hoffman's ideas and work have been included in Good, the New York Times Magazine, and Ready Made. He has been published in a number of books by Gestalten, Droog, and Taschen, and was recently featured in a segment on the Oprah Winfrey network.

Announcing Our New Executive Director

Dear Friends,

On behalf of The West Humboldt Park Development Council Board, I am writing to share exciting news. We are delighted to inform you that we have selected Katrina Thompson as The West Humboldt Park Development Council’s new executive director. Katrina officially join us on August 1, 2016.

Uber Driver Information Session

Interested in driving for Uber?

Please join us for a Driver Information Session

WEDNESDAY, August 17
9:00 -11:00 am
Children's Place
3543 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651

Humboldt Park 5K and FREE Health and Wellness Fair

West Humboldt Park Development Council is hosting the second annual Humboldt Park 5k and Community Fair August 14th, 2016! This is a great opportunity for families to take advantage of Humboldt Park’s resources and give back to their community. After the race, join us to learn about FREE and low cost health and wellness resources located right here in Humboldt Park. Over 20 organizations will be present to share the most current health and wellness information.

The fair will run from 7 am until 10 am and is open to runners and non-runners!

Family Fun Fair July 19

*FREE ADMISSION* Come join us for a family fun event on July 19th at Chicago & Kedzie Plaza. There will be a bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon twisting, music, food and more, brought to you by Matanky Realty Group! PLUS, free health screenings and vendors from 5-8pm, brought to you by West Humboldt Park Development Council. Stick around after the fair for Pixar's Inside Out playing in Kells Park, brought to you by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation.

Free Summer Events and Activities for Adults, Youth, and Families!

Feeling good starts with you. A healthy lifestyle leaves you fit, energetic and at reduced risk for disease. Good health is about more than physical fitness. It involves a healthy mind, body, and soul.

West Humboldt Park Photovoice Needs You!

Do you enjoy photography? Would you like to learn more about photography? Are you passionate about your community? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the West Humboldt Park Photovoice project needs you!

Polaris Peace Rally June 5th

The 8th Grade Students at Polaris Charter Academy are hosting a community Peace Rally at Kells Park. There will be fun activities for the whole family! Check out the flyer for more details!

City of Chicago's MMRP Energy Efficiency Program

The City of Chicago is pleased to partner with Elevate Energy to provide free energy assessments to homeowners in the city’s 13 Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP) Target Areas. These free assessments include an on-site review of the building and a report with practical, cost-effective home improvements that increase comfort and reduce energy bills.

In addition, income-qualified homeowners will have access to an MMRP Energy Efficiency Forgivable Loan of up to $5,000 to cover the cost of the home improvements. The most common energy efficiency improvements are attic insulation and air-sealing (sealing up the places where heated or cooled air leaves the home, or where outside air can get inside the home).

Passport to Wellness: Your Guide to Free Events in West Humboldt Park

Let's get healthy together! Join us this spring for the Passport to Wellness Program. Passport to Wellness is a free 6 week program where we help you reach your health goals. This free program starts on March 13 and runs until April 23rd.

Chef Wins Game Show And Uses The Prize Money To Feed His Community

Chicago's Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill has no shortage of flavor. And neither does its owner.

Quentin Love's restaurant, on Chicago's west side in a neighborhood called West Humboldt Park, lives by a simple rule: "No beef. No pork." There you can get unique dishes like the Jive Turkey Burger on a whole wheat bun or the Rich Boy Sandwich, a grilled fish twist on the classic Po Boy, which usually uses roast beef or fried seafood.

But Love knows it's not just well-to-do Chicagoans who need more diverse meal options. Chicago's sizable homeless and poverty-stricken community could sure use a helping hand, too.

So every Monday afternoon, the restaurant closes for business and offers free meals to the community, instead.

Facade Rebate Program offered in 2016

You may be eligible for a facade rebate of up to 50% of approved costs, maximum of $5,000.

The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 is offering a Facade Rebate Program for 2016.  The Facade Rebate Program is designed to help commercial property owners and business tenants within SSA #63 beautify the facade of their buildings by providing a rebate of up to $5,000 for each eligible project.

A Recipe for Revitalizing Chicago’s Commercial Corridors

As a restauranteur, Quentin Love has a history of being ahead of the game. He started his first restaurant chain, Quench, 15 years ago on the South Side of Chicago, featuring turkey, chicken and vegetarian options, no beef and no pork. Quench eventually grew to eight locations, and Love earned a reputation for healthy cooking around the the Chicagoland area.

606 Bloomingdale Trail Homeowners Forgivable Loan Program

Need a new roof? New porch? New Windows? Or other exeterior improvements to your home?

Take advantage of a forgivable loan through the 606 Bloomingdale Trail Homeowners Program! 

Up to $25,000 available! Act fast, loans awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis!

*Geographic, income, owner-occupied and other restrictions apply.

The City of Chicago has announced a forgivable loan program for home improvements for low- and moderate income owner-occupied families living along the 606.  The forgivable loans are up to $20,000 for single family and 2-unit homes and up to $25,000 for 3 and 4-unit homes.  See the attached flyer and FAQ.  Contact John Groene at (773) 533-5570, ext 4802 with questions.  Applications can be picked up at the West Humboldt Park NHS office located at 3601 W. Chicago, downloaded from here on the portal, or downloaded from the NHS of Chicago website. 

Chicago Avenue Mural Project Ribbon Cutting

On Friday November 20, 2015 a Ribbon Cutting was held to celebrate the completion of the Chicago Avenue Mural Project located at 3455 - 3501 W Chicago Avenue (at the corner of St Louis Ave).  This project was created to shield vacant lots, beautify the corridor, promote inspiring messages, and create a sense of place. The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 envisioned the project which was brought to fruition by archi-treasures, a community development arts organization.

Don't Hibernate, Stay Active This Winter!

There are so many great ways to stay active this winter! Check out our calendar of events for information on FREE cooking classes and fitness classes, volunteer opportunities, and community meetings. Come meet your neighbors, socialize, and beat those winter blues!

A model for inclusiveness: community-based participatory research

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research in public health. CBPR equitably engages communities in the design, conduct and use of research to address health disparities and improve health by encouraging community-centered interventions and prevention strategies. This type of research recognizes that health is affected by many complex issues such as social, political and economic factors. Its proponents seek to engage partners, including community organizations, community members and academic
researchers in research projects. With historical roots in social science disciplines, CBPR focuses on community priorities, engages community partners and members who are connected to the research issue of focus, and negotiates how resources and responsibilities will be allocated.

Chicago Avenue Mural Project

On October 19 and November 05, 2015 archi-treasures along with two community artist volunteers installed a sixteen panel mural on the corner of Chicago Avenue & St Louis Avenue.  This mural or urban wall is called The Chicago Avenue Mural Project.  The Mural located at 3455, 3457 and 3501 is designed to shield vacant lots, beautify the commercial corridor, promote positive messages, and create an improved sense of place. 

Bringing Community Based Research to West Humboldt Park

The West Humboldt Park Development Council and Northwestern University are taking the lead to bring community based research to West Humboldt Park.

Community engaged research can bring so many resources to address the issues in our community. We want you to be a part of the solution.

Bro-n-Laws BBQ on Chicago's Best

Ken Johnson's Bro-n-Laws BBQ at 3820 W Chicago Avenue is featured on Chicago's Best television program in this segment which explores the Chicago bar-b-que scene and what makes Bro-n-Laws special.  Elliott Bambrough becomes a “bird brother” at this Humboldt Park barbecue joint where food is good in the hood.

Get Healthy, Get Fit, Get Involved!

The West Humboldt Park Development Council just released the Fall calendar of FREE events.

The events are held all throughout West Humboldt Park and are completely free. There are healthy activities for all ages!

Join the Fun at the Humboldt Park 5K and Community Resource Fair

On August 29th, the inaugural Humboldt Park 5k is coming to Chicago! Enjoy a run through the beautiful park while wearing your new performance t-shirt. In addition to the 5k, there will be a 1 mile Kids race and a Community Resource Fair. This event will be fun for the whole family!

Chicago Energy Benchmarking Update – Comply by 8/1/2015

In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents. Improving energy efficiency is a key element of Sustainable Chicago 2015, Mayor Emanuel’s action agenda to make Chicago more livable, competitive, and sustainable.
The ordinance calls on existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings 50,000 square feet and larger to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data accuracy every three years. The law covers less than 1% of Chicago’s buildings, which together account for roughly 20% of total energy used by all buildings, and focuses on creating information that will enable better decision-making around building energy use. For more details on the ordinance, visit the City’s website at:

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