47th Ward Aldermanic Forum Recap – Candidate Responses

Thanks to many of you for joining us on Jan 18th for our 47th Ward Aldermanic Meet & Greet. We had a wonderful event and are so pleased with the caliber of candidates from our community.

We asked all candidates to respond to “A Livable Chicago for All Ages” candidate questionnaire and to let us know their specific plans for our community as well as how they will lead from the City Council. Please find the candidate questionnaire attached. We asked candidates to let us know specific ways they will support A Livable Chicago for All Ages as well as help us to understand their approach to aging in our community.

This is a large document with 43 pages and is great reading!

Thanks again to our candidates who joined as as well as our 85+ attendees who braved a cold snowy day to hear them speak.

Click below to access:

FWDCHI 47th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Aging in COmmunity 1_19

Where In The Square?!

Forward Chicago is planning our 2nd “Where in the Square” Historic Site Scavenger Hunt. Join your neighbors for a scavenger hunt and learn more about the history of Lincoln Square on September 30, (Rain date – Oct. 1).

This fun event for all ages and abilites will be a lovely morning of learning, exploring, and discovery. Have a great time getting to know your neighbors and your neighborhood. Celebrate the finale with treats and prizes.

Pick up your maps AND bring them back to Welles Park (look for table & ballons near the Gazebo)

Rain date is October 1st 10am -1pm.

Cost is $5 per person and high school students and children free. Scholarships available.

 Be part of the adventure and discover the stories of Lincoln Square. For more information please email or click here to register.

Aging Chicago Style: A User’s Guide to Housing

Here is our updated list of speakers; you won’t want to miss this. Learn from local experts and those who have been there how you can age where you want.

To register or for more information, call 773-633-8312 or go to

Muddling Through It: Stories of Staying Put, Moving, and Sharing Space
Housing as You Age: The Space and Mindset to Get You from Here to There
– Kate Krajci, LCSW Life Changes Counseling and Care Planning & Brad Winick, AICP, Planning/Aging
Moving, Decluttering, and Real Solutions for Staying Safe at Home
– Marnie Dawson, Dawson Relocation Services, Drina Nikola, Dwelling Spaces Places
Housing as You Age: Understanding the Options and Alternatives – James Rudyk, Northwest Side
Housing Center – Liz Corrado, Open Communities, Bruce Otto, H.O.M.E.
Making YOUR Financial & Legal Plan
– MacKenzie Hyde, Clark Hill, PLC & Jim Flanagan, Bentron Financial

Click here  for a great article from the Chicago Tribune


Join us June 24th for Aging Chicago Style: A User’s Guide to Housing

Are you interested in alternatives to traditional senior living?

Are you a family caregiver?

Are you interested in creating the housing for your future?

June 24  from 9:00am-3:00pm

Anderson Pavilion 2751 W Winona Ave

Join us to learn about accessible & alternative options from local experts and those who have been there how you can age where you want.

We’ll discuss:

  • Home Modifications
  • Golden Girls Style: Home Sharing Today
  • Moving and Downsizing
  • Legal Options and Financial Considerations

Parking is $4 all day. Never miss an event because you don’t have transportation. If you need a ride, please call 773-633-8312.

Registration Information

$20 suggested donation (includes box lunch)

To register or for more information, call 773-633-8312 or go to

Join us to learn from local experts and those who have been there how you can age where you want. We’ll discuss:

  • Home Modifications
  • Golden Girls Style: Home Sharing Today
  • Moving and Downsizing
  • Legal Options and Financial Considerations

Parking is $4 all day. Scholarships available

Click here for a flyer:

Aging Chicago Style Flyer

Storytime for Adults

I’m a child of the days of radio.  I loved to hear the “Hi Ho, Silver” of the Lone Ranger, the crash of junk coming down in Fibber McGee and Molly’s closet, the eerie music of Inner Sanctum, the deep laugh of The Great Gildersleeve.  Well, not everything can be relived, but Sulzer Library has a new program somewhat akin to those wonderful days of listening to the magic of the words, imagining in our own heads what the characters and settings were.  The program is Storytime for Adults, which meets the last Wednesday of the month.  The kick-off began in February with Librarian Jeff reading “Success Stories” by Russell Banks.  The 30 minute reading, done exceptionally well, told of a young man who, through pathetic and hilarious trial and error, finds the love of his life.  I know I’ll be there on Wednesday, March 27th at 1 o’clock in the Library Community Room for the reading of John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio.”  Think about putting Storytime for Adults on your calendar.

Coffee and Conversations with the 47th Ward Aldermanic Candidates: Aging in our Neighborhood

Join us for an informal coffee to meet the candidates and hear their specific plans for ensuring that our community is one that values all ages and supports us as we grow older.


Cookies will be served!


Friday, January 18th, 2019

1:30 – 3:30 pm


Sulzer Library

4455 N. Lincoln Ave


Join us: A Chicago for All Ages – Thursday, August 9th 4pm

What does aging as a community and social phenomenon mean for our lives and futuresincluding health care, the economy, housing, communities, art, social connections, and transportation?

How can we:

  • Learn from global and national approaches?\
  • Further activate older adults and all Chicagoans as assets to their community?
  • Continue to move Chicago forward?

August 9, 2018

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Refreshments provided 

Rush University Medical Center, Searle Conference Center

1725 West Harrison 5th Floor, Billings – Herrick Room

 Our featured speaker:

 Phil Stafford, PhD is a nationally recognized expert in aging and communities. A cultural anthropologist, Phil has been active in research, training, speaking and publishing around issues of community development for age-friendly communities for over three decades. He has worked withplanning for aging in nearly 40 U.S. communities.

Bench Project Update!

Greetings Bench Buddies!
We wanted to give an update on the Bench Project. We built a total of 21 benches and are delighted to see them springing up around town. Our goal was to build 15 benches – and we exceeded our goal! We thank you for your support of this project.
Did you get your bench? If not, please let us know ( You can pick it up at the Waters Community Garden and please send us a picture of the bench in its new home.
Thanks for making this the best neighborhood!
Forward Chicago

Bench Building this Friday! Come join the fun . . .

Hi all,
We’re so excited to build benches this Friday, June 15th from 4 – 6 at Waters School (4540 N. Campbell). Please feel free to come and help build and bring a friend!

Please plan to pick up your bench starting after 5 and if you are unable to come to pick up the bench, please email

See you soon! Thanks again to our donors and participants.
Forward Chicago

Bench Building Update:

Happy weekend all supporters! Due to rain and unseasonably bad weather, we have decided to cancel this Sundays bench build until mid June, likely the weekend of June 16th or 23rd.

We’ll be in touch next month with more details. Thank you for your support. If you have questions or need any thing at all, please email  or call 773-633-8312.

Thank you!

Forward Chicago