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Public Meetings, Ice Cream Social, Lit Series and Pub Trivia Set For Monday

 The Western-Belmont overpass will be part of the discussion at an open house for the Western Avenue Improvement Project.
The Western-Belmont overpass will be part of the discussion at an open house for the Western Avenue Improvement Project.
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ROSCOE VILLAGE — There will be no easing into this work week: Among Monday's packed slate of public meetings and events is a long-awaited update on the Western Avenue Corridor Improvement Project.

The Chicago Department of Transportation will present information on potential designs and a construction schedule at an open house set for 7-9 p.m. at Lane Tech, 2501 W. Addison St. Exhibits will display the project's various aspects — among them the proposed removal of the Belmont overpass — and city officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Patty Wetli explains how the debate over the bridge over Belmont has been simmering for five years:

Other opportunities for community involvement:

Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th) kicks off his annual round of town hall meetings at 7 p.m. at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen Ave. The alderman will give an update on the state of the ward, including business development. Additional town halls are scheduled throughout the summer.

Albany Park Neighbors is holding its June meeting at 7 p.m. at New Life Community Church, 3542 W. Sunnyside Ave. The agenda includes an appearance from Albany Park Police Cmdr. Jose Ramirez, who is expected to talk about crime in the neighborhood and how officers are addressing it.

Those in the mood for social, as opposed to civic, engagement have plenty of options as well.

The live lit series "Is This a Thing?" returns to O'Shaughnessy's Pub, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., at 7 p.m. This month's theme is "planes, trains and automobiles," with storytellers sharing travel tales, commuting nightmares and more.

Old Irving Park Association is celebration summer with an ice cream social. Get to know your neighbors over a make-your-own sundae or ice cream sandwich from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park Road. The cost is free for association members or $2 for non-members.

Templestowe Pub (formerly Brendan's Too, now under new owners) is hosting free team trivia at 8 p.m. Monday nights at 3135 W. Montrose Ave. Snacks and pizza are on the house, the winning team earns a $25 bar tab.