Turning 65? How to figure out Medicare

Learn how to make heads and tails out of Medicare and Medicare supplement insurance plans in a free program at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 23 at the Roosevelt Branch Library.

This educational presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B and the standardized Medicare Supplement Plans available in Illinois. Attendees will benefit from this program if they will soon be eligible for Medicare, already on Medicare but losing their group retiree benefits, a caregiver of a Medicare beneficiary and anyone who would like to learn more about the hospital and medical insurance benefits of Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans.
Program time is approximately 75 minutes, and will be presented by Money Smart Partner, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. The library is at 1101 W. Taylor St.

Miller Playlot is renovated for a new generation of Little Italy children

Miller Playlot, 846 S. Miller St., a favorite spot for generations of Little Italy children, is looking good because of a recent renovation, thanks to the work of the Chicago Park District and 25th Ward Ald. Daniel Solis. This is the first renovation since 1992.


Here is a little history of the playlot and how it and Miller Street got its names. In 1952, the City of Chicago purchased this 10-acre property on Miller as part of a city-wide program to develop small parks in under-served neighborhoods like the Near West Side. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation soon transformed the site into a small playground. In 1959, the city transferred Miller Park to the Chicago Park District, which rehabilitated it in the early 1980s and again in 1992.


Miller Park and the adjacent Near West Side street take their names from early Chicagoan Samuel Miller. Miller and his wife built a house at Chicago as early as 1827, operating it as a tavern. Beginning in 1829, Miller and Archibald Clybourne ran a ferry across the forks of the Chicago River near Wolf Point. When Cook County was organized in 1831, Miller became one of the first County Commissioners.


The following year, he built Chicago's first bridge, a foot bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River at Kinzie and Canal Streets.



An organization is as strong as its membership, and the University Village Association is looking for a strong number of members and volunteers. 


Your membership dues will support the organization that is working for the good of the Little Italy/University Village. Volunteer, and you will actively help to improve the community for everyone.


Some of the areas that the UVA is working in:


• Planning and Development
• Neighborhood cleanup/beautification
• Festa Italiana
• Neighborhood history/heritage
• Community events


2014 Membership fees, which are tax-deductible, are:
• Individual $45
• Household $65
• Senior Citizen $10
• Student $10


What's in it for you?


A warm and fuzzy feeling for knowing that you are helping your neighborhood and a sense of accomplishment for having made an impact. Email kathy@uvalittleitaly.com for an application.