West Ridge Teens Summer Opportunity

WRCO is collaborating with the Silk Road Rising theatre company to produce “West Ridge Stories”.   The purpose of the program is to help West Ridge residents tell their own stories in their own words.  This project will help neighbors to become better acquainted with each other and to appreciate the beautiful diversity our community enjoys.  Through a series of storytelling workshops residents will develop their stories culminating in a four day festival of stories in December.  The first storytelling workshops are being offered to 30 teens in conjunction with After School Matters.  Please encourage your teens or others you know to sign up for this playwriting intensive program being offered at Mather High School.
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West Ridge Artists Host First Event

WRCO has started a West Ridge Artists (WRA) group.  Their first art event is an art exhibit opening on May 16th at Devon Bank.  The WRA will be hosting more events at different venues in West Ridge throughout the year.  Artist of all mediums and from all ethnic, religious and cultural groups are invited to participate.  If you’re interested please contact us at [email protected]org

Plan to attend the artists talk on May 9th at the Northtown Library and the exhibit opening on May 16th.  Get more information on each using the links below.

Artist Talk – John-Michael Korpal at Northtown Library // May 9 // 6-7pm

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Exhibition at Devon Bank // May 16 // 5-7pm  


50th Ward Candidates Forum

Over 70 residents gathered at Devon Bank on February 7th to hear what the candidates for Alderman had to say they would do if elected.  Mick Dumke, fromProPublica Illinois, moderated the event asking the candidates what they saw as the role of the Alderman.  Candidates answered questions on how they would deal with the City’s pension problem,  communication with residents on development proposals,  participatory budgeting for use of the menu money, affordable housing, crime and policing plus other issues raised by the audience.
REMEMBER TO VOTE:  Early Voting at Warren Park runs February 11-25.  Voting will be open Monday through Friday 9-5; Saturday February 16 from 9-7; Saturday February 23 from 9-5 and Sundays 10-4.  Election Day is Tuesday, February 26.

WRCO Arts Center Committee Meeting

WRCO’s Arts Center Committee meets to discuss and plan for developing a pan-cultural arts center.  They are looking at reuse of the old Northtown Library as a possibility plus exploring other unused spaces in the community.  “We envision a place where artists of all types from all segments of the community – all faiths and ethnicities, young and old, new residents and long-time residents – can come together to exhibit their works and talents”,  said WRCO Chair, Evelyn Miks. While finding a home for the arts is a longer-term project, WRCO is also reaching out to artists in the community to plan art events at different venues around the neighborhood.
If you want to be a part of this effort please contact us at [email protected]

50th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum Announcement

WRCO will be hosting a 50th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum on February 7th at 7 pm in the Devon Bank Conference Center. All candidates will be in attendance, and Mick Dumke of ProPublica Illinois will moderate the event. Come to learn about all 3 candidates and their positions to make an informed vote for this election!