An Irving Park neighbor setting up her table of products at the annual block sale. Credit: Dennis Puhr

IRVING PARK The Irving Park community-wide block sale is returning for a third year of “good spirits” and “community building” along with clothing, crafts and more, organizers said.

Organizers are calling this year’s sale a “neighborhood market” to encourage people to sell not only their housewares and garage items but also art, crafts, plants, food and other goods.

The sale is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 12 in the heart of Irving Park. The boundaries for the event are Irving Park Road on the north, Addison Street on the south, Pulaski Road and the Kennedy Expressway on the west and Christiana Avenue on the east.

Neighbors living within those boundaries who want to participate should register online here by Tuesday. Neighbors also need to apply for a garage sale permit and email the permit to their alderman. A Spanish-language permit application can be found here.

Once registered, neighbors will be added to an interactive online map that displays what others are selling. Participants will receive street signage as well as social media promotion from organizers.

The free event is hosted by the Athletic Field Advisory Council and the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association.

Dennis Puhr, Athletic Field council president, said there were 90 homes registered as of Thursday.

“Our goal is to have over 100 homes participating,” Puhr said.

A group of neighbors selling their items at the annual block sale in Irving Park. Credit: Dennis Puhr

A local DJ will play house music starting at 10 a.m. on St. Louis and Waveland avenues, kicking off a “fun and festive morning,” Puhr said.

Jessica Ferrier, a member of the advisory council and an Irving Park resident of 11 years, said the garage sale is a “magical day.”

“Nothing better than supporting the environment by using something that can still be used instead of discarded,” Ferrier said. “There’s so much good spirit I think already built into a singular garage sale, let alone when you bring in an entire neighborhood.”

Ferrier said one of her fondest memories from the block sale was meeting a neighbor who lives “only a couple blocks” from her home for the first time.

“What a great connection … It doesn’t come easy to everybody to step out of their house and say hello,” Ferrier said. “It gives people the opportunity that normally just go to and from work or to attend the grocery store a little bit of connection to where they live and the people around them.”

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