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Welcome to my website. I hope to make this site a very interactive tool that allows you, as a constituent, to communicate with me, stay updated on legislation and happenings in Springfield and find resources in our district. Using this site, you can join my email list, read my e-mail updates online, see the latest legislative news, view upcoming neighborhood events and contact me.

I welcome any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have. Please feel free to call my district office at (773) 769-1717 or email your question here. My district office is located at 5533 N. Broadway near Broadway and Bryn Mawr. We are typically open from 9am to 5pm, but please call to make an appointment.


Heather Steans - State Senator, 7th District

Summer 2015 Events

MidSOMMARFEST — June 12–June 14
On Clark from Catalpa to Foster
50th Anniversary of the Fest! Music, dancing, kids' entertainment and delicious food! Check schedule for times and events here.

Bike to Work — Friday, June 12 through Friday, June 19 ALL DAY!
All day throughout Chicago, commute by bike to work this week! Stop by several morning pit stops throughout the city. Free coffee, snacks, goodies and bike checks! Click for more details.

Chainlinks Bike to Work Week Pit Stop — Tuesday, June 16; 7 a.m.–9 a.m.
Thorndale CTA Stop (1118 W. Thorndale Ave.)
During your morning bike commute, stop by the Chainlinks pit stop, your neighborhood bike shop, for some goodies and free bike tune-ups.

Bike to Work Week Rally — Friday, June 19 from 7 a.m.–9 a.m.
Daley Plaza (W. Washington and N. Dearborn Streets)
Celebrate Bike to Work Week downtown. Free bike valet and breakfast for bicyclists.

Edgewater Bike Parade — Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m.–Noon
9 a.m.: Line-up at Thorndale and Broadway; 10 a.m.: First wave goes
Parade travels down Thorndale and ends at Senn High School for a block party, bike rodeo and DJ Dan the Bicycle Man. Edgewater's first bike parade! Prizes for Best Decorated Bike, Best Costumed Cyclist, Best Decorated Family/Group and Best Decorated Couple. Marching band leads parade to Glenwood. Senn Park will be open to host your own picnic! Offering low cost bike repairs by Loyola Chainlinks.

Artists of the Wall — June 20–21 from 9 a.m. to dusk both days
Farwell Avenue at the Lake
Showcase your creativity and paint the wall at Loyola Park Beach! All ages welcome to help create the 600 ft. lakefront mural! Space is limited! Sign up by emailing 2015AOW@gmail.com.

Taste of Bryn Mawr — Thursday, June 25 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Bryn Mawr, east of Broadway St.
The Edgewater Development Corporation invites you to stroll the historic district of Bryn Mawr. Sample diverse food from neighborhood restaurants and greet Go Edgewater Ambassadors. Purchase tickets online here.

Gay Pride Parade — Sunday, June 28 at Noon
Starts at Montrose & Broadway; ends at Diversey & Sheridan
Gather with thousands of other Chicagoans to celebrate our LGBTQ community!

Argyle Night Market— Every Thursday (June 27–September 5) from 5–9pm
Argyle & BroadwayMore information available here

Climate Change Forum — Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m.
St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church (5649 N. Sheridan)
Take part in the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project! Join WGN's Tom Skilling, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Climate Reality Project's Mark Mesle as they outline the causes, risks, and potential solutions surrounding climate change in this panel discussion.

Windy City RibFest in Uptown — Friday–Sunday, July 3–5 from Noon–10 p.m.
Lawrence & Broadway
Street festival with live music and, of course, ribs! More information here.

Edgewater Farmers Market & Divvy Day — Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Broadway Armory Parking Lot (5917 N. Broadway St.)
Free 24-hour Divvy passes to the first 20 residents who stop by at the new Divvy stations near the Thorndale and Bryn Mawr CTA stations! Greet the Go Edgewater Ambassadors and Chainlinks bike mechanics offering free bike checks.

Urban Foragers on Two Wheels — Saturday, July 11; Meet at 3:30 & ride from 4–6 p.m.
Meet at Berger Park (6205 N. Sheridan Road)
Hop on your bike for a tour of our edible landscape led by the Recyclery Collective and The Rose Rider Garden Group. The group will forage and hunt for mulberries, juneberries, and more in Edgewater and beyond. Bring containers for collecting your finds. More information can be found here!

Macbeth Performance — Saturday July 11 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Midsommer Flight performing Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Edgewater Glen Garden Walk & Fundraiser — Sunday, July 12 from Noon–5 p.m.
Starting point at 1420 W. Glenlake Ave.
Once a year, the neighborhood of Edgewater opens their beautiful gardens up for the entire community. Meet at the starting point for a list of 20+ neighborhood gardens and suggested walking routes. Cost: $5 per adult; children are free.

Macbeth Performance — Sunday, July 12 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Midsommer Flight performing Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Concerts in the Park at Welles — July 14 from 6:30–8 p.m.
Welles Park (2333 W Sunnyside Ave.)
A list of all the dates for the Summer Concert series at Welles Park can be found here!

30-Minute Walking Club — Wednesday, July 15; Meet at 7 a.m.; Walk from 7:05–7:35 a.m.
Meet at Starbucks on Clark St. & Berwyn Ave. (5300 N. Clark St.)
Doctors suggest walking 30 minutes a day for a healthier lifestyle. Get started in Andersonville!

Macbeth Performance — Saturday, July 18 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Midsommer Flight performing Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Celebrate Clark — Saturday, July 18 (1–11 p.m.) & Sunday, July 19 (1–10 p.m.)
On Clark St. from Morse to Estes in Roger Park
10th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival! One of Chicago's most renowned and unique street festivals, including kids activities, music and carnival games.

Bicycle Earring Making Workshop & Bike Ride — Sunday, July 19 at 1 p.m.
Meet at the CTA Thorndale Stop (1118 W. Thorndale Ave.)
3-mile bike ride headed north to The Recyclery Collective — a non-profit, educational bike shop—to attend their bicycle earring craft workshop. Materials and snacks provided.

Macbeth Performance — Sunday, July 19 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Midsommer Flight performing Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Green & Blue Edge Walk — Wednesday, July 22; Meet at 6 p.m.; Walk from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Meet at Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability (6349 N. Kenmore Ave.)
Discover Edgewater on this exclusive, behind-the scenes tour of sustainable businesses and initiatives in the neighborhood. The walk will end at Uncommon Ground for a farm tour, free sample and time to enjoy the roof. Those who dine afterwards will receive a 10 percent discount.

Strawdog Theater Performance — Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 from 7–8:30 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Strawdog Theater Company performing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea using live music, action and even a Squid on stage. Great for families!

Edgewater Ice Cream Stroll — Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m.
Meet at Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway St.)
A casual 1-mile walk ending at the Berger Park Ice Cream Social and Fundraiser with free entertainment, live music and a theater performance for the whole family!

EdgeFest—August 1 & 2
Broadway between Thorndale & Ardmore
Live music, local artisans and merchants, a kids' zone, food and drinks! More information can be found here!

National Night Out — Tuesday, August 4 from 6-8:00 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Get together with neighbors and police on a warm night!

Family Fun-Fest — Friday, August 7 from 6–10:30 p.m.
Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina)
Craft tables, games, and music—for the whole family! Featuring the movie Frozen at dusk!

Glenwood Arts Festival — Saturday, August 15 & Sunday, August 16 from 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Glenwood & Morse
Free arts festival that features 100+ artists, open studios, live entertainment, and food and drink. More information can be found here!

Farmers Markets

Edgewater Farmers Market — Every Saturday starting June 13 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Broadway Armory Parking Lot (5917 N. Broadway St.)
Stock up on some fresh produce. Meet the Go Edgewater Ambassadors who will be tabling at the Market on June 13.

Glenwood Sunday Market — Every Sunday (June through October) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Southbound Glenwood Avenue between Morse & Lunt on the west side of the CTA tracks
Fresh, local, and sustainable food in Rogers Park!

Loyola Farmers Market — June 8–October 12 from 3–7 p.m.
The Loyola Plaza (6550 N. Sheridan Road); Outside of CTA's Red Line Loyola stop
Supported by Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Lakeside Management!

Uncommon Ground Farmer Fridays — Every Friday (May 22–October 30) from 4–8 p.m.
1401 W. Devon Ave. (Parking Lot)

Edgewater Green Market — Every Saturday (July 4–October 31) from 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
6034 N. Broadway

Andersonville Farmers Market — Every Wednesday (June 24–September 9) from 4–8 p.m.
Berwyn & Clark Street

Lincoln Square Farmers Market — Every Tuesday (June 9–October 27) from 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
4700 N. Western Ave. (City Parking Lot)

Glenwood Sunday Market— Every Sunday (June 2–October 27) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Southbound on Glenwood between Morse & Lunt

Senator Steans

July 24, 2015

Dear Friends,


Please be aware of an upcoming event in our district. The "Sponsor-a-Student" event is a partnership with Care for Real - Edgewater's food and clothing pantry, Hamdard Center, Howard Area Community Center, Housing Opportunities for Women and Family Matters to provide school supplies for children in Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Uptown. For all of the event's detailed information, including all drop off locations, you may download the event's flyer here.


As always, please contact me with your questions and concerns through my website or by calling (773) 769-1717 .


Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois




District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

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


Springfield Office

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)




This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision that represents a historic leap forward, based on values written into our Constitution almost 150 years ago. Relying on the Fourteenth Amendment’s declaration that all are entitled to the equal protection of the law, a majority of justices agreed that all states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples who apply for them.

I remain proud that Illinois has been a leader in the quest for justice for LGBTQ people. Our state was among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, give same-sex couples the option of a civil union and finally, in 2013, call these committed, state-sanctioned relationships between loving same-sex couples what they are: marriages.

Now, couples who wish to marry, regardless of gender, can enjoy in any state in America the rights we’ve affirmed here in Illinois. This victory will be long remembered in the history of America’s uneven but unstoppable progress toward living up to its foundational principles and, as Justice Kennedy put it, allowing all “persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.”

My task as a legislator and our task as concerned citizens is now to make the Court’s decision and our existing laws reality on the ground, resisting the discrimination that still faces LGBTQ people, regardless of marital status. Our task is to continue working to make our schools, streets and homes safe for young people seeking to discover who they are. And our task is to keep taking up the cause of justice for all who don’t experience the equal protection of our laws in their daily lives.

I’m profoundly grateful to all of the advocates who brought us to this moment, and it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to work among the many people who tirelessly bend the arc of the universe toward justice.

Senate marriage fairness vote web

This was the scene on the Senate floor when we first voted for marriage equality in Illinois on Valentine's Day 2013. 



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