Around the Park
Jeff FestSave the date to join us at Jeff Fest 2016: Friday, July 29; Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July31. Event information for festival including sponsorship, entertainment line ups and the kids zone will be available soon. To see more, please check the Jeff Fest website.
Arts, Entertainment and Dining
Jefferson Park has become the home to the premiere arts and entertainment district of the northwest side. We are proud to be the home of the Ed Paschke Arts Center, The Gift Theatre, Chicago Fringe Festival, Taste of Polonia, and so much more. Looking for a bite to eat?
Please check out the Jefferson Park Dining Guide (click on the image to download) (PDF 500 KB).
The Jefferson Park Sunday Market 2016 DatesJune 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28, September 11 & 25, October 9 & 23. Markets are held in Jefferson Memorial Park on the corner of Long & Lawrence from 930am - 130pm. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed Jefferson Park Special Service Area
In January 2015, the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce was granted approval by the City of Chicago's Department of Economic Development to explore the idea of creating a Special Service Area (SSA) in 2016. SSA's are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through the City.
SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; façade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives. The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. There are currently 53 active SSAs in Chicago.
(proposed Jefferson Park SSA Map)
The Chamber has formed an advisory committee made up of commercial property owners and businesses located in the proposed district. The advisory committee has been meeting regularly and conducted a needs assessment survey among community businesses, property owners and residents. They are also working on preparing a budget and scope of services that will be provided. In May 2015, two public meetings will be held and the final application will be submitted to the City in June.
The Main Street ApproachThe Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce is working towards designation as a Main Street organization. The Main Street Program, a concept developed by Preservation Nation, provides communities with an organizing framework to preserve and revitalize their traditional downtowns and commercial districts.
For the past 33 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $54 billion in investment, creating 450,000 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 229,000 buildings.
Building on this successful foundation, the National Main Street Center is committed to expanding the impact of Main Street by providing a new generation of research and resources to existing Main Street programs and extending our reach to older commercial districts that are not yet part of the Main Street Network.
For more information about the Main Street Program, please log on to the National Main Street Program's web site at: http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/.
The Jefferson Park Community encompasses several neighborhoods on the northwest side of Chicago. The Chamber's service area is Cicero to the east, Austin to the west, Montrose on the south and Foster on the north. Businesses and not for profits are encouraged to participate, however we also allow members from outside our boundaries.
The Dibs CardWe're putting together a neighborhood discount card program for 2015. Simply present the card to participating businesses and receive a discount on their services. Stay tuned for details and how to get your Dibs Card. In the meantime, discounts are available now.
Neighborhood SchoolsSt. Constance School 5841 W. Strong Chicago, IL 60630 773-283-2311
St. Cornelius School 5252 N. Long Chicago, IL 60630 773-283-2192
Prussing School 4650 N. Menard Chicago, IL 60630 773-534-3460
Beaubien School 5025 N. Laramie Chicago, IL 60630 773-534-3500
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