The Official Newsletter of the West Ridge Community Organization

February/March 2023


Over 80 residents attended the WRCO Forum on February 2 to hear what the 50th Ward Aldermanic Candidates had to say on issues ranging from public safety to land use and development.  While Alderman Silverstein did not attend, moderator Mick Dumke proceeded to pose questions to candidate Mueze Bawany.  View the forum at this link: 

The second part of the forum focused on the candidates for the 24th Police District Council. This was the first time these candidates had been invited to speak at a forum.
View this session on this link: 


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The Warren Park Advisory Council has been working with the Chicago Park District on the design of the various projects under the Chicago Works Community Challenge grant. They look forward to hosting a community meeting in mid-to-late April and showing the community what the different areas will look like!  


Every year, the City of Chicago allocates “menu money” to each of the 50 Aldermen to spend at their discretion on capital improvements within their ward. In the past, aldermen received $1.32 million a year. In 2021, the amount increased to $1.5 million. 

Dedicated to addressing specific local needs, the projects chosen by the aldermen include the repair and upgrade of streets, alleys, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals, street and alley lighting and street pole painting.  Aldermen that employ participatory budgeting give residents decision-making power on how to spend a portion of that ward’s allocated menu money.  That has resulted in money being used for murals under viaducts, park improvements and cameras to name a few projects. If you want to see where the money went in the 40th and 50th wards in 2022 click on the link below. 
2022 Menu - 2-9-23.pdf ( 

In 2022 the City provided an additional $100,000 in one-time funding for each ward to support various community-based programs.  Funding was to provide short-term support in the form of microgrants.  Microgrants ranged from a minimum of $1,000 to a max of $50,000 for January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2022.  Eligible activities for the Microgrant Program were: 
Mental Health Services, Violence Prevention Activities, Youth Enrichment Activities, Small Business Assistance, Legal Support for Immigrants, Food Security, Senior Assistance, Educational and Training, and Health and Wellness.  

Here’s how the money was allocated in the 50th Ward. 

 Award amount    Award date      Vendor name  

 $3,077.00             7/6/22               Life Quilt Foundation 
$15,385.00            7/6/22               Indo-American Center   
$1,538.00              7/6/22               World Relief Chicago     
$4,942.00              7/6/22               Mather HS Alumni Scholarship Fund                      
$4,942.00             7/6/22               Jewish Child & Family Services    
$12,539.00           7/6/22               Lubavitch Mesivta of Chicago  
$37,064.00           7/6/22                Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov 
$13,100.00           7/6/22               Tonye, LLC 



If you haven’t yet be sure to stop by the new Mr. Mediterranean Grill on Western and Lunt, home of the former Mike’s coffee shop.  Reviewers give it 5 stars commenting that it’s “a welcome addition to West Ridge”, “the food was nourishing and excellent” and “a lot of love being put into the food”.   Husband and wife team, Mustafa and Claudia Kasim, welcome you.  You can dine in, take out or have your food delivered.  


From Sunday, March 19 through the fall of 2023 there will be a Tuk Tuk art installation along Devon Avenue from Bell Ave. to Sacramento Ave. The official unveiling occurs on Sunday, March 19th from 4-8 with a ribbon cutting and limited Tuk Tuk rides. 

The Tuk Tuks were designed and created by local artists, so come on by and snap a selfie, enjoy some fabulous food, shop locally and make a day of it. Tuk Tuks are short-distance, 3‐wheeled, electric vehicles that originated in Thailand. They are an entertaining and eco‐friendly way to visit local areas. 

Artists & Locations: 
Bari Fleischer at Kol Tuv 2938 W. Devon Ave. 
Richard Trumbo at Music House Inc., 2925 W. Devon Ave. 
Fonté at Sign America, 2748 W. Devon Ave. 
Luis Collindres at Republic Bank, 2720 W. Devon Ave.
Carolina & Jessica Juarez at Regal Jewels Inc., 2629 W. Devon Ave. 
You Are Beautiful at New Devon, LLC (sukhadia corner), 2559 W. Devon Ave. 
Cheri Charlton at Sabri Nihari, 2502 W. Devon Ave. 
Judith Mayer at Pulaski Court Apartments, 2260 W. Devon Ave. 
Candice Johnson at Cary’s Lounge, 2251 W. Devon Ave. 
Tom Molloy at Par Birdie, 2234 W. Devon Ave. 

Sponsored by Devon Ave. businesses. Hosted by Devon Avenue Special Service Area #43. 


JOIN WRCO TODAY TO SUPPORT THE WORK WE ARE DOING IN WEST RIDGE. WE KEEP OUR YEARLY DUES LOW:  $10 individual, $20 family or $50 business or organization.  Join at our website or send us a check c/o Devon Bank, 6445 N Western, Suite 304, Chicago, IL.  60645   

WRCO is a 501c3 non-profit organization so your dues and contributions are tax-deductible under the extent of the law.
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