48th Ward Update: December 9, 2020

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December 9, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Today Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady announced plans to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care workers in Chicago as soon as next week, pending final approval from Federal regulators. All 34 hospitals in the city will receive initial doses of a vaccine as early as next week, to be administered to staff who work with COVID-19 patients and who conduct procedures that put them at high risk for contracting the virus. Following frontline healthcare workers, priority will be given to residents and staff at long-term care facilities, workers in essential and critical industries including emergency services personnel, people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people ages 65 years and older. CDPH expects to receive 23,000 doses in the initial batch and additional doses of the vaccine every subsequent week.  

Our City is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Arwady, an accomplished epidemiologist, leading our City through this public health crisis. I will continue to keep you updated as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins. The goal is for all adults in Chicago to be vaccinated by the end of 2021, at no cost to the individuals. For more information on the City’s plans for vaccine distribution, visit chicago.gov/covidvaxClick here to read more about today’s announcement.

Each Wednesday my office highlights local businesses in Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown. Please make the extra effort this holiday season to shift some purchases away from Amazon and Target and toward our locally own businesses. Check out the Andersonville Gift Guide, custom Andersonville gift boxes from Partisan, and the Edgewater Holiday Gift Guide for ideas.

And while our community enjoys supporting the Care For Real Toy Drive each holiday season, please note that this year it will work differently. Care for Real is seeking Target gift cards in $20 increments, and has partnered with Play Andersonville, 5311 N. Clark, on a board book drive. Click here for full details on how you can help ensure all of our youngest neighbors have a joyful holiday season.
 Enjoy Urban General Store, 5307 N Clark Street, Image of storefront
Visit ENJOY in Andersonville to find unique products ranging anywhere from feminist mugs to crazy socks to Beyoncé keychains. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for that person who’s difficult to shop for. Take a look at their holiday gift guide before stopping in! ENJOY’s products are quirky and affordable, and everyone is bound to find something they like. Customers may shop online and select free in-store pickup or have their products shipped, or schedule an appointment to shop one-on-one with one of the managers before open or after-hours. ENJOY is also open for general shopping during the week and on weekends. Website | Facebook | InstagramLoom is a group of Refugee Women Artisans who create functional art and accessories. These women have fled war and violence from around the globe and found a new home in Chicago. Through encouragement of the group and skills learned, many women are able to secure part or full-time employment in and outside of the fashion industry. Loom artists collaborate with local designers to produce beautiful products from jewelry to bags to home décor. The artists use a variety of techniques inspired by their cultural traditions to create unique, wearable art pieces. Customers may shop online or in store. Website | Facebook | InstagramThai Pastry Restaurant has been called one of the best Thai restaurants in Chicago. Find this cozy spot in Uptown and enjoy delicious and authentic Thai cuisine. The menu is filled with creative combinations of herbs, distinctive spices, and market-fresh ingredients. Meat lovers and vegetarians are bound to find something tasty, as most of the menu can accommodate a variety of dietary needs. Meals can be made without fish sauce, and meats can be replaced with tofu or vegetables. Thai Pastry Restaurant is not open for dine-in, however customers can order online for delivery or take-out. 
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Stay safe and keep your spirits up.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward