In the past month, the holidays were made bright for over 3,000 local children who participated in our two Holiday Toy Drive events; this would not have been possible without your continued generosity and support!
No words can express the impact your kindness had on these children, the joy that radiated from their faces as they met Santa Claus and walked away with their presents. For some of the children, the gift they received at our events may be the only gift they receive this year.
On behalf of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, thank you, and Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
Thank you to all our supporters!
47th Street Liquor Mart, Inc.
Carpet Corner Inc.
Cary J. Hall & Associates, LLC
Cavero Medical Group LTD
Dr. Thillai Natarajan
El Milagro Inc.
Emerald Machine, Inc.
Fibre Drum Sales Inc.
First Merit Bank
Hayes Beer Dist. Co.
Jalloways Glass Co.
Jerry & Florence Mazzei
Jesus Perez & Associates
Kiddy Kare Pre-School
Las Esperanzas Restaurant
Law Offices of Thomas Battista
Laz Parking Chicago, LLC Mgt.
Maragos & Maragos, Ltd.
Marcus & Amy Nuñes
Mary M. Demke
Matchless Metal Polish Co.
Maureen W. Lewus
Michael & Linda Corcoran
Nuestra Clinica de Chicago
Paleteria Lindo Michoacan
Robert F. Hirsch
Roma III LLC (Value Mart)
Suarez Electric Company
Summit Design & Build
Swap-O-Rama Flea Market
Szkowny Funeral Home
Tacos Don Cuco
Testa Produce, Inc.
Weisgerber Consulting LLC
WM Display Group
Hundreds of children are ready to start school after receiving backpack and school supplies at the Back to School Fair
Special Service Area 39(SSA 39) would like to thank the 37 participating organizations for making the 4th annual Back to School Fair an even greater success than last years. Some of the many resources available to the community included St. Anthony’s Hospital, COM ED, Gads Hill, and Back to Health Chiropractic. Key Sponsors included Senator Antonio Munoz, Representative Dena Carli, Pressure Washing Unlimited, and Pope John Paul II School. A special thanks goes to TCF Bank for their support of our programs and projects.
This year SSA 39 gave out nearly 800 school bags with supplies to local students. Hot dogs, pop corn, and snow cones where also given out to over 1,400 people in attendance. Mandatory back to school immunizations where issued by St. Anthony’s Hospital, and vision screening was conducted by Tropical Optical.
For more information about the event please contact Miguel Moreno SSA 39 Program Director at 773-523-4416.
Special Service Area 39 (SSA) in collaboration with State Senator Tony Muñoz, Representative Dena Carli, Pope John Paul School and TCF Bank, believe that in order for children to be successful in school, they need to be send off with all the proper tools on the first day of school. We want to help you by bringing to the community the Back to School Sidewalk Sale and Fair, where you will find GREAT resources and FREE school supplies available for kids. The fair will kick-off the sidewalk sale on Friday, August 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at TCF Bank located at 4192 S. Archer.
After the fair, visit all participating businesses along Archer Avenue (California to Homan). They will be offering incredible sale on all your back to school needs all weekend long, August 24 through 26.
And that’s not all, just to get the children off to a great start come on out to 44th & Troy for games, carnival rides, food and awesome giveaways.
For more information or to set up a resource table for your company, contact Miguel Moreno at (773) 523-4416 ext. 121 or email email@example.com.
The Mother’s Day promotion gives shoppers the opportunity to shop locally and see what the businesses have to offer. Businesses benefit too by bringing in new customers and having an ad posted in various newspapers. More than 300 vouchers were passed out, and 158 people claimed their roses.
“The goal of the Mother’s Day Promotion is to help promote and advertise the businesses, as well as to have shoppers shop locally,” SSA 39 Program Director, Miguel Moreno said. “Business owners have said to me that various customers didn’t even know that the store was there.”
Businesses who participated are : Café el Meson, 4631 S. Kedzie Ave; Tierra Caliente Restaurant, 4070 S. Archer Ave; Pants Box, 4216 S. Archer Ave; Shoe Palace, 4246 S. Archer Ave; Restaurante El Campestre, 4226 S. Archer; Lucy’s Women and Mens Wear, 4243 S. Archer Ave; Ely Hair Studio, 4432 S. Archer Ave; The New Pindos Restaurant, 4955 S. Pulaski Rd; Studio 2000, 4250 S. Archer Ave; Sandra’s Unisex, 4250 S. Archer Ave; Vicky’s Pet Grooming Shop, 4609 S. Archer Ave; Victor Mauricio Salon, 4235 S. Archer; Pastel Cakes and More, 4814 S. Pulaski Rd.
For more information about the promotion or to find out how to be a part of our next promotion please contact Miguel Moreno or Cynthia Munoz at (773) 523-4416.
Special Service Area 39 in conjunction with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia of the 7th District and the United Southwest Chamber of Commerce invite you to a networking event hosted by SSA 39. SSA 39 will make a special announcement regarding the future of our communities retail district and our vision for the future of our businesses.
When: February 8th, 2012
Where: Don Rafa’s Restaurant
4619 S. Kedzie Ave.
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Open Bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Appetizers all evening.
For more information please contact Miguel Moreno at (773) 523-4416 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscaping Projects 2011
During the Spring and Summer of 2011, SSA #39 planted over 20 trees along the busy 47th and Kedzie Avenue intersection and along Archer, between Lawndale and 47th Street. 50 new, modern-looking garbage cans were also installed all along Archer, Kedzie and Pulaski.
Several sections of sod were repaired along Kedzie Avenue, between Archer and 47th Street. The raised flower bed along 45th and Kedzie was replanted with bushes and plants.
Other projects include the continued maintenance of the raised stone flower beds built by SSA #39 in 2010. The flower beds are located on 49th and Archer Ave. and 44th and Kedzie Ave.
Remaining projects for 2011 include the removal of damaged sod between 47th Pl. and 48th Pl. In addition, SSA #39 will trim the existing trees, install 2 new trees, and install bushes, plants and mulch; these will be planted on both sides of the street where sod is currently planted. The newly-planted areas will be surrounded by ornamental fencing to protect the vegetation while maintaining an aesthetic view. Permeable pavers will also be installed along the edges to allow space for trucks moving in and out of the surrounding driveways.
Further streetscape and landscaping projects are planned for 2012. For more information, please contact Miguel Moreno, SSA 39 Program Director, at 773-523-4416 ext. 121.
Façade Rebate Program 2011
In December 2010, SSA #39 introduced the first Façade Rebate Program for the businesses in the district. All businesses along Archer Ave. (between California and Karlov), on Kedzie (from Archer to 48th Place) and Pulaski (from 45th to 51st) were eligible. The rebate covered any and all improvements to the storefront of a building, and any large part of a building highly visible from the sides. Parking lot improvements, roofing repairs, and signage were among some of the eligible improvements.
The rebate was for 50% of improvement costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per property.
5 businesses quickly took advantage of the program by submitting all required paperwork and permitting requirements to the City of Chicago. Over $42,000 in rebates were distributed to businesses, including St. Anthony’s Health, Lucy’s Fashions, and Romo Dental.
The program does have a small waitig list at the moment. However, the program is scheduled to begin in January 2012. For more information, please contact Miguel Moreno, SSA 39 Program Director, at 773-523-4416 ext. 121.
Model Block Program 2011
The Lakota Group and Bailey Edwards Architectural Firm have completed first drafts for improvements and their costs for sections of Archer Ave. and Kedzie Ave. The SSA #39 Commission is currently reviewing the report and creating a plan to begin implementation of the physical improvements for several storefronts along Archer and Kedzie Avenues. Long-term goals are to see sections of the SSA totally modernized; these goals would require close cooperation with CDOT and several other City departments. SSA #39 will post more information about this project as it becomes available.
On Saturday December 10, Santa made his way to Columbia Explorers Academy, bringing a smile to the faces of many Brighton Park children. Rows of wrapped dolls, board games, teddy bears and other presents filled the room as volunteer elves helped Santa deliver a present to each child.
The 2011 Christmas Giveaway in Brighton Park sponsored by the Special Service Area (SSA) #39 and the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) brought over 250 local families, who were also welcomed with a warm pancake breakfast and a lively BYNC Ballet Folklorico performance.
The Family Health Network offered instant family pictures to participants throughout the event while ACCESS and Harmony Health Plan gave out books, gloves and winter hats.
Each year, local residents, organizations, and businesses help the program reach its goal by donating money and new, unwrapped gifts. This year, neighborhood youth and local volunteers helped wrap close to 300 toys that were given away to the families that most deserve it.
The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) and SSA #39 will begin their Christmas Giveaway on December 10, 2011 with a pancake breakfast and toy giveaway. The event will be held at Columbia Explorers Academy, 4520 S. Kedzie Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
More than 200 families, who were chosen based on income by local schools, will take part in the toy giveaway. All guests will have a chance to meet Santa Clause and eat pancakes for breakfast.
Family Health Network will be taking pictures throughout the event; family members will be able take the pictures home that day. ACCESS will also be giving out school-aged books to the children. The first 250 guests will also receive free gloves and hats provide by Harmony Health Plan. Toys and other donations were provided by local residents, organizations and local businesses.
For more information, contact Miguel Moreno, SSA #39 (Brighton Park & Archer Heights) Program Director, at (773) 523-4416 or email@example.com.
The toy drive is being held at TCF Bank at 4192 S. Archer Ave. on December 7th. From 2-7pm.
Anyone who brings a receipt from a purchase at any of the stores in SSA 39 (Archer from California to Karlov, Kedzie from Archer to 48th Pl. or Pulaski from 45th to 51st Street) along with a donation for the toy drive will be automatically entered into raffle contest to win either an Ipad, an Xbox 360, or a TV.
If you can’t make it that day, go to Archer Bank at 4658 S. Kedzie Avenue to drop off your donations.
Listen to La Kalle 93.5FM/103.1FM or KHITs 104.3 for more details.
KHITs listeners click HERE for a listing of participating businesses.
Raffle winners will be notified by phone on December 12th.
For more information call Miguel Moreno SSA 39 Program Director, 773-523-4416 ext. 121 or