48th Ward Update: December 2, 2020

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December 2, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Yesterday around 11am there were shots fired on the 1000 block of Balmoral. The offender fired shots from a vehicle near the corner of Balmoral and Winthrop. No one was injured during this incident and 20th District Police Officers recovered shell casings from the scene. Police continue to investigate this incident. If you have any information, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263.

Yesterday was World AIDS Day, an annual day of remembrance for those who have been impacted or lost due to HIV/AIDS. It is also a day to raise awareness and support those living with HIV/AIDS. Please consider supporting local organizations that help our neighbors living with HIV/AIDS:Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)Vital Bridges Food PantryChicago AIDS FoundationEach Wednesday my office is highlighting local businesses in the Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown neighborhoods. Please use this as an opportunity to discover new experiences close to home. And don’t forget to join us in Takeout Thursday tomorrow by supporting a local restaurant, cafe, or bakery!
 The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store at the Swedish American Museum is open for all of your holiday shopping needs. Not only are customers welcome to schedule an appointment to shop themselves to find Swedish and Nordic gifts for their friends and loved ones, they can also schedule a personalized shopping experience free of charge. Museum Store employees will help you put together gifts virtually for curbside pickup or shipping. Give them information about the person you’re shopping for and they will schedule a Zoom call to get your input on gifts they select. In the meantime, explore the Museum Store’s holiday catalog—which features anything from pottery to dala horses—for ideas! 

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to put a tree up for those who celebrate Christmas! Consider getting your tree from the family owned and operated Gethsemane Garden Center, on the border of Edgewater and Andersonville. Gethsemane also has a helpful guide for how to care for your tree once it’s home. In addition to Christmas trees, you can find poinsettias, custom holiday wreaths, garlands, kiln-dried firewood, twinkle lights, ornaments, tree stands, toppers and more for the winter season. The garden center is open daily from 9am to 6pm and will deliver anywhere in Chicagoland. 

Website | Facebook | InstagramWrap up your day of winter fun by heading to First Sip Cafe in Uptown. Warm up with a Spiced Americano—which features apple cider and espresso—a Spicy Mango Latte, Magic Mushrooms Loose Leaf Tea, which contains no mushrooms but changes colors, or maybe order an iced drink. First Sip Cafe is open for carry-out only, but skip the lines altogether and order online via their website. And for the winter season, First Sip Cafe is looking for any artificial Christmas trees you’re willing to donate or loan for their indoor festive forest. Reach out on Facebook or Instagram and visit the cafe to drop off trees!

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Be well.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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