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

Join us for Great Decisions this Summer!

GREAT DECISIONS: America’s Largest Discussion Program on World Affairs

The Foreign Policy Association provides background information, policy options and stimulates discussion on eight critical issues facing America today. Join people across our country in a shared learning experience.

We are so excited to begin this new 9-week course to learn and discuss world events, stimulate thinking and re-discover the art of discourse. Topics include:

  • The waning of Pax Americana?
  • Russia’s foreign policy
  • China and America: the new geopolitical equation
  • Media and foreign policy
  • Turkey: a partner in crisis
  • U.S. global engagement and the military
  • South Africa’s fragile democracy
  • Global health: progress and challenges

Registration is limited to 20 participants Cost is approximately $30.00 for materials.

Convened by: Forward Chicago, Leage of Women Voters of Chicago, Ofice of 47th Ward – Ald. Ameya Pawar, and Sulzer Regional Library

Course dates (Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 pm): June 4, 11th, 18th, 25th; July 9, 16, 23, 30th

More info and

Sign up here:

Come for a Talk, Come Back for a Movie

Several folks who are involved and enjoy Forward Chicago’s offerings live at Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland. They’ve recognized that the Forward Chicago mission for all of us to be connected, active, engaged and influential in our community is very much in line with what our neighbors at Bethany Retirement Community are doing.  We’d like to get to know them better and they’d like to be involved in the activities that our Forward Chicago members offer. To that end, we’ll be sharing some programming with them. Take a look at our calendar. Coming this week:

On the 2nd Friday of the month (March 9th) learn from experts at our  Health Awareness Series 1:30-2:30pm. 

10 Healthy Habits for Each and Every Day- Incorporating small, yet powerful health habits into our daily routine brings powerful and positive effect on our physical, mental, and brain health.  We’ll examine the benefits of 10 healthy habits, as well as strategies to integrate them seamlessly into your life. Randi Kant has great ideas and is an energetic speaker.

We will have the Bystander CPR class in April! Snow showers got in the way of our first talk so come out on Friday!

On March 10th at 2pm, enjoy a “sing along” movie you may have seen it before or if you missed it at the movies you can enjoy if for the first time. How much fun will it be in a group and belting out “Ding dong the witch is dead” during the Wizard of Oz on Saturday? Free popcorn!

Both programs are at Bethany Retirement Community 4950 N Ashland Ave. Plenty of street parking and they have a lot on Winnemac.