Dentist rCHICAGO – Children entering the ninth grade now will be required to receive a dental examination under legislation sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans that was signed into law yesterday.

“Dental exams are an important preventative health care tool,” Steans (D-Chicago) said. “Regular dental checkups can help children develop good habits while also addressing potential issues that can disrupt sleep, eating and speaking.

I hope that adding an exam before high school will help ensure Illinoisans have good oral hygiene.”

Currently, children are required to undergo a dental examination before entering kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade regardless of whether they attend a public, private or parochial school.

House Bill 4908 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Senator Heather Steans, 7th Senate District

Dear friends,

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and having a wonderful summer. There are a few upcoming events and donation drives in the district that I want to draw your attention to.

This Saturday, I am co-hosting the Rogers Park community pet day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers Ave. Vaccines and microchips will be available, as well as dog registration, nail trimming, free spay and neutering appointments and a family fun zone. Please see the flyer below for additional details.

As the summer days grow shorter, please consider donating to my annual backpack drive, which supports local elementary and high school students. I am working in partnership with elected officials and community organizations to provide a variety of supplies to students in the district.

We are looking for donors to sponsor a student or contribute individual supplies. Click here to review the supplies list and click here to sign up for the drive. The drive is now open and ends on August 10. Donations can be dropped off at my office, 5533 N. Broadway, or at five other locations in the area. Thank you for your consideration!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.


Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois



Great news for Uptown
I am delighted that renovations to the Uptown Theatre will soon begin. Through a mixture of state funds (including money in the capital plan), federal tax credits, private donations and some city financing, the $75 million restoration project should be complete in about two years. The theater will host a variety of performances including concerts, comedy shows and other special events. I look forward to seeing the historic Uptown Theatre returned to its former glory and a revived cultural and economic development center within our community.

The Chicago Tribune published an extensive article on the project. You can read it here.


Sarah’s Circle Christmas in July donation drive
Sarah’s Circle in Uptown, a nonprofit serving homeless women, is hosting its first Christmas in July Donation Drive. They are looking for travel-sized toiletries, disposable razors, sunscreen, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, face and body wipes, reusable water bottles, baby powder, adult diapers, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, feminine hygiene products, sunglasses, reading glasses, ear plugs, new underwear and socks.

If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop them off at 5533 N. Broadway. For more information, click here.



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Senator Steans

June 7, 2018

Dear Friends,


Senator Steans and Rep. Cassidy at a committee hearingPlease join me and Representative Kelly Cassidy for a meet and greet at 10 a.m. this Sunday at the Rogers Park Social Club, 6920 N. Glenwood Ave.


We will discuss the budget, recent legislation and answer questions you might have. This free event is open to the public. Coffee will be provided.


Space is limited, so please reserve your seat here.


I have included a list of events, festivals and farmers markets in the district this summer. I hope you’ll have a chance to take advantage of some of these offerings.


Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on my legislation and what’s happening in the district.


I hope to see you on Sunday.

Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

Meet and greet flyer

Summer events in the district


Pivot Arts Festival: June 1- 10
Various locations throughout Edgewater and Uptown

The annual 10-day festival showcases innovative performances throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods. This festival features live music, theater, dance, children’s performances, workshops, discussions, wine tastings, ice cream and more.

Cost: The cost varies based on the event. Pivot Arts Festival Passes are available for $40 and allow you to attend any three shows.


Midsommarfest: June 8 (5-10 p.m.), June 9-10 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.)
On Clark from Foster to Catalpa

Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual street festival along Clark Street. This event has been in operation for more than 50 years and features music, dancing, children’s entertainment, delicious food and drag shows. It showcases Swedish traditions as well as the neighborhood’s diverse population.

Cost: $10 donation at the gate; children under 12 and seniors are free. All proceeds benefit the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.


Artists of the Wall Festival: June 16-17
Farwell Avenue at the Lake

The Artists of the Wall Festival is a celebration of community, creativity and music. Each year, neighbors come together to collaborate on a 600-foot mural at Loyola Park Beach at 6850 North, between Farwell and Morse Avenues. The theme for 2018 is "Legends of the Wall." This event is coordinated by members of the Loyola Park Advisory Council.

Cost: $15 for a T-Shirt


Argyle Night Market: Every Thursday from July 9-August 27) from 5-9 p.m.
On Argyle from Kenmore Ave. to Sheridan Rd.

This vibrant and award-winning part farmers market, part street festival is back for its fifth year. It is hosted once again by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman along with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Uptown United, and The Chamber for Uptown. The market will include farm stands, face painting, live performances, retail goods and food vendors from local Argyle restaurants.

Cost: This is a free event.


Windy City RibFest in Uptown: June 29-July 1 (Friday and Saturday 12-10 p.m. Sunday 12-9 p.m.)
4800 N. Broadway St.

This year the Windy City RibFest in Uptown is celebrating its tenth year. The event combines great food offerings with an eclectic music lineup. This tasty event grows in popularity each year and is now a must-visit Chicago summer festival! RibFest also features arts, crafts and a daytime children’s activity area. Past music stage performers include: The Inventors, The Saps, Dream Vision, American Grizzly, Nick Lynch, Air Traffic Controller, among others.

Cost: Suggested donation of $10 ($20 per family) at the entrance gate.


Midsommer Flight Shakespeare Theater: July 28-29 and Aug. 28-19 (6 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays)
Touhy Park 7348 N Paulina St.

This summer’s performance is the Shakespearean classic "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in the park. In this comedy, two men travel from Verona to Milan where they both fall in love with the same woman.

Cost: These events are free.


EdgeFest: August 4-5 (11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 12-9 p.m. on Sunday)
Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore

EdgeFest is a community fundraiser that features award-winning entertainment, karaoke, food, more than 30 local artists and a pet parade. Now in its seventh year, the 2018 EdgeFest will take over the lakefront in Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood. Edge Cards are available for a $5 suggested donation and provide community discounts.

Cost: $5 suggested donation


Glenwood Arts Festival: August 17 - 19 (11 a.m.-9 p.m.)
The corner of Glenwood and Morse

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features more than 150 artists, open studios and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. The festival features art of all disciplines, theater, music, food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park . The festival will kick off with the Cobblestone Jam on the South Stage at 6 p.m. on August 17.

Cost: This is a free event.


Movies in the Parks: June 11- Sept. 27
Various locations throughout the city

The Chicago Park District is offering more than 200 movies in more than 175 parks throughout the summer. Grab your picnic baskets and the whole family for these free screenings. Here are a few in our area:

Saturday, June 23 - 8:30 p.m.
Touhy Park
Movie: Dirty Dancing - PG-13 - CC

Sunday, July 15 - 8:30 p.m.
Emmerson Park
Movie: The Emoji Movie - PG – CC

For a full listing of movies, parks, and show times, click here.

Cost: These events are free.


Welles Park Gazebo Tuesday Evening Concert Series: Tuesdays June 21 – Aug. 28 (6:30-8 p.m.)
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Have a family picnic while you take in a summer evening and music at the beautiful Welles Park Gazebo. Concerts take place Tuesday evenings. Enjoy classic films and a variety of musical guests throughout the summer, rain or shine!

Cost: These events are free.


Farmers market schedule


Farmers marketAndersonville Farmers Market
On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland
Every Wednesday from May 9-August 29 from 3 – 8 p.m. The market will continue from Sept. 5-Oct 17 from 3 – 7 p.m.


Lincoln Square Farmers Market
The municipal parking lot on the corner of N. Lincoln and W. Leland
Morning market will take place every Tuesday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. from June 5-Oct 30. There will not be a market on July 4. The evening market is 4-8 p.m. Thursday from June 5-Oct. 30. There will not be an evening market on Sept. 7.


Edgewater Farmers Market
Broadway Armory parking lot on the corner of Thorndale and Broadway
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. between June 16 and Oct. 13.


Argyle Night Market
On Argyle between Kenmore and Sheridan
Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. between July 9 and Aug. 27.


Glenwood Sunday Market
On the corner of Glenwood and Morse
Every Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. from June 3-Oct 28. There will not be a market on Aug. 20.


Loyola Farmers Market
Loyola Plaza, 6550 N. Sheridan Rd.
Every Monday from 4-8 p.m. between June 4 and Oct. 15.



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773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)


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217-782-8492 (Phone)




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