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City Lit Books "Author Event"
Friday, April 29th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ashton Applewhite, author of "This Chair Rocks"
City Lit Books Celebrates "Independent Bookstore Day 2016"
Saturday, April 30th 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Join us at City Lit Books in celebrating Independent Bookstore Day! We are thrilled to participate in the third year of a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself! We have events and giveaways all day, culminating in the book release for our very own T. Sean Steele at 5:00 pm!
City Lit has a lot to celebrate and we want you to join our daylong party! Our celebration includes: Special Story Time at 10:30 with Professor Dave Becker, Homemade baked goods made by our booksellers with recipes from some of our favorite cookbooks, Book giveaways all day! And for the big finale at 5:00 PM: Book release event for City Lit bookseller and author: T. Sean Steele! Celebrate the release of his novella, Tacky Goblin, with readings from Halle Butler, author of Jillian, James Tadd Adcox, author of Does Not Love, Sarah Carson, author of the poetry collection,Buick City, and more!
City Lit Books "SOC 201 Book Club"
Tuesday, May 3rd 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Each month, City Lit's SOC 201 Book Club will move beyond the headlines to explore a sociopolitical topic in depth.
This month we'll be reading "Hope in the Dark" by Rebecca Solnit
City Lit Books "Found in Translation Book Club"
Wednesday May 4th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Every month we dive into fresh English translations of stand-out fiction from around the world. Join us as we get to know authors whose work was previously inaccessible to English readers!
This month, we're reading "The Man Who Snapped His Fingers" by Fariba Hachtroudi
"Preparing Your Estate Plan" Seminar Presented by Edward Jones
Wednesday, May 18th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It's a topic people tend to put off or ignore, but one of the most important things you can do is develop a sound estate plan. Doing so lets you take a giant step toward a more secure future for yourself and generations to come.
Attend our presentation and you'll learn more about: What to consider when creating your will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to help reduce taxes on your estate, how insurance can help protect your family and other items of interest.
Presented by David Serrano an Edward Jones Financial Advisor and Attorney Cindy K. Campbell.
Casa Central's Week of Hope Networking Reception
Monday, May 23rd 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Week of Hope takes place from May 23rd through May 27th.
The Networking reception will be honoring the legacy of Ann Alvarez and Ward Fisher. Featuring music by cellist Andrew Hesse and Lyric Opra of Chicago cellist William Cernota. There will be antipasti, artisan pizzas and a special selection of beer and wine.
City Lit Books "Story Time"
City Lit Books
Join us every Saturday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am (you're welcome to pop in late!). We'll have sing-alongs and read-alongs!
The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) is a 3-day Festival from Friday July 31st - Sunday August 2nd, showcasing original works of art, studio shows, music, sidewalk sales, crafts, games and activities for all ages. During this weekend, Logan Square's Milwaukee Avenue will be alive and bustling with:
and so much more!
The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) will be centered at the Logan Square Centennial monument located at Milwaukee Avenue, Kedzie Avenue and Logan Boulevard, but will also include multiple activities and exhibitions along Milwaukee Avenue from California Avenue (southeast) and to Diversey (northwest).
Stroll along the avenue or take the complimentary trolley connecting the multiple venues along Milwaukee. It will be a rare and exciting opportunity for people locally and from everywhere to socialize, celebrate and engage with art along our historic neighborhood streets.Vendors, street performers, music, film and art of various disciplines will be featured. Merchants and Restaurants will run specials.Chicago based artists will be showcased in converted spaces, establishments, and various designated areas.
MAAF is an effort led by Rey Colón, 35th Ward Alderman, Chicago, business leaders, respected artists, community leaders, cultural advocates, educators, art organizations and other community stake holders, insuring quality programing and exhibitions.
For more information check out www.milwaukeeavenueartsfestival.org
Small Business Center Website
Preview the Small Business Center website, a one-stop destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources available to small businesses in Chicago. Please send your feedback to email@example.com.
Logan Square Aldermen
Monthly Business Education Workshops
In the opinion of the Logan Square Chamber this is the most effective investment in time any small business or entrepreneur can make.
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops will vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located at 121 N. LaSalle St., City Hall Room 805, Chicago, IL 60602. Facebook facebook.com/ChicagoBACP?fref=nf
BACP is also offering a program designed to give business owners the essential elements in starting and growing a business.
* Attend nine workshops at BACP and earn a Business Start-Up Certificate.
For more information or to register for a workshop call 312-744-5344. or download calendar:
Commercial Real Estate Locator
Commercial Real Estate available for lease or for sale in Logan Square.
Please try visiting the City of Chicago's new Site Selector online program:
Commercial property owners in Logan Square, please submit available spaces by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Save the Dates" for 2016 City Festivals/Events
Chicago Park District Program Sign-up
Forest Preserve's Spring Schedule
Your favorite Chicago festivals are on the horizon. Save the dates for these and more.
March 4 - October 26: Chicago Food Truck Fest
January 15 - May 21: Juicebox Family Programs
January 15 - May 20: Wired Fridays
May 7: Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 13 - 15: Lake FX Summit + Expo
May 28: Memorial DayParade
June 6 - August 30: Millenium Park Summer Music & Film Series
June 10 - 12: Chicago Blues Festival
June 24 - September 11th: Chicago Summer Dance
July 6 - 10: Taste of Chicago
August 20 - 21: Chicago Air & Water Show
September 1 - 4: Chicago Jazz Festival
September 9 -25: World Music Festival
Septemer 14: Fifth Star Awards
Visit cityofchicago.org/dcase for more information and more special events in 2016! All dates are subject to change.
Connecting Youth to a Successful Future with a Summer Job in Chicago onesummerchicago.org
Humboldt Park among others are seeking seasonal instructors click here for more information
EMT Training Class for Women (Tuition Free)
An EMT is an Emergency Medical Technician. These are the first responders who’s duty it is to assess, stabilize and transport patients in a medical emergency. To qualify you must be:
Employment Opportunities With the Chicago Housing Authority
click here to apply
BRIGHT FUTURE: CPD & CFD Recruiting / Info Sessions
Those with sophomore students in high school considering careers of service in the Chicago Police or Fire Departments are encouraged to attend one of several recruitment and information sessions for the Class of 2017 coming up in the next few months.
AT&T is Now Hiring Sales Consultants
JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE CITY
Bilingual Employees Needed at O'Hare
The Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Office is currently seeking Field Representatives in Cook County to interview respondents.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has job openings available. If you would like to see the job listings and want more information, please click here.
Scam and Fraud Alerts
From the IRS
The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives. If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond. Everyone has a responsibility to remain diligent about confirming the identity of people requesting personal information about employees.
Read more from the IRS here
From the BACP
Know Before You Hire a Tax Preparer
Every tax season unsuspecting Chicagoans fall victim to tax preparation firms that use hidden charges and recommend unnecessary and expensive tax refund products like Refund Anticipation Loans (RALS) or Refund Anticipation Checks (RACS) to make a profit at the expense of citizens' deserved tax refunds. For more information click here
Always Be Alert
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection protects consumers from deception and fraud in the marketplace. We accept and investigate complaints submitted online or via 311. BACP promotes consumer awareness to help consumers protect themselves.
MasterCard Phone Scam Hits Northern Illinois
Many consumers in Northern Illinois are reporting that they are receiving automated messages stating that their MasterCard has been compromised. The consumer is instructed to call and verify their information in order to get a new card. The Better Business Bureau warns that if an automated system calls asking for credit card information it is probably a scam. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering tips on what consumers need to know to protect themselves. If you should receive one of these calls you should: Not return a call from a pre-recorded message. If speaking to a live "operator" ask for his/or her name, department and extension. Then hang up call the number on the back of your card and ask for that person. Never provide personal or financial information to someone you do not know. Feel free to just hang-up. Using the number on the back of your card or on your statement call the credit card company that issued your card if you have security questions or concerns.
FRAUD ALERT: Warning for Property Owners in Cook County
The Cook County Recorder of Deeds encourages all property owners to sign up for notification every time paperwork is filed regarding their property.
ComED Phone Payment Scams
ComEd warns of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their service will be disconnected unless payment is made. ComED will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill. If you have concerns about the status of your account, please call ComEd Customer Service at 800-334-7661. Visit comed.com/scamalert to learn more.
IRS Warns About Continuing Scam Phone Calls
The IRS is continuing to warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by impostors posing as tax agency representatives. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov. If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at ftc.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov.
BACP Campaigns to Help Consumers Understand Credit Reports and Avoid Becoming Victims of Fraud
To help consumers stay safe, BACP has launched a campaign to ensure consumers know their rights when it comes to credit and avoid becoming victims of fraud. "The City of Chicago protects consumers from fraud by resolving complaints and taking action against fraudulent businesses," said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. "We also take a proactive approach by promoting consumer awareness through educational campaigns to help people protect themselves."