48th Ward Update- May 21, 2021

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserMay 21, 2021 
Dear Neighbor,

I am pleased to announce that the City’s third round of rent assistance opens this Monday, May 24. This is the largest round to date with $80 million funded to assist renters. ERAP provides grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords. For details on this program, please see below. This program is funded by the stimulus bill signed into law in December 2020.There will be further rental assistance through the American Rescue Plan and my office will share more information on that in the future. I am advocating that through the American Rescue Program these programs stay significantly funded for many months to come.

Yesterday I joined United Power for Action and Justice and the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation on the West Side to tour new model homes. These are the first in their initiative which seeks to rebuild, repopulate, and reclaim the City of Chicago by building 2,000 new homes on the South and West Sides, for and with working people and working-class families. As Chairman of the Committee on Housing & Real Estate, I am fully committed to and in support of this effort, and to continuing to work towards building affordable housing for all Chicagoans.

When it comes to development in our community, earlier this week I shared revised guidelines for our 48th Ward Community Process regarding zoning change and land use requests. My office will host a series of community visioning sessions throughout the summer, taking hyperlocalized looks at the areas surrounding Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr, respectively. Click here to read my newsletter from earlier this week, and stay tuned to my Friday newsletter for more information on upcoming community meetings.

Earlier this week, CDOT announced that they will begin accepting applications for Block Parties on June 6, approving parties scheduled for July 5 and later. The new guidelines for Block Parties include COVID-19 precautions, which sadly stipulate that there will be no jumping jacks/bouncy houses this year. Click here to see the full notice from CDOT. Reach out to Jerry Goodman in my office at jerry@48thward.org if you’re interested in applying for a Block Party permit.

Uptown United’s plan to activate Argyle Street with increased outdoor dining and placemaking was one of 15 projects across the City selected for the new Chicago Alfresco program. This program is a partnership between CDOT and Choose Chicago, aimed at supporting our small business districts and increasing tourism into communities. My office is working closely with the team in Uptown and businesses on Argyle to ensure the success of this program. Given the pandemic, hate and violence toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the CTA RPM project, it is critical that the City and our neighbors continue to support Argyle businesses. 

Next Saturday, May 29, community leaders in the Argyle area are hosting an Argyle Activation Walk. Please plan to come out and support Argyle businesses and catch some pop-up cultural performances. More details will be released next week, but in the meantime you can RSVP to the Facebook event.

As we enter into summer, I encourage you to head to the lakefront and enjoy our beautiful parkland.
 If you’re in the area of Foster Beach, you’ll notice new and improved basketball courts and soon-to-open fitness equipment. These projects were funded through the Aldermanic Menu Program, and it has been great to see both basketball courts in use already!

Thank you to neighbors and business owners for your patience as our community sees a lot of film shoots lately! A Showtime series written by Andersonville resident and comedian Abby McEnany, “Work in Progress”, has been filming a lot of scenes for season 2 in our community. It is exciting that our neighborhood will be featured in such a high profile project. My office is working with the Chicago Film Office and impacted block clubs and Chambers of Commerce to notify neighbors as soon as possible about parking and traffic restrictions, and encouraging the crews to order food from our local restaurants.

Lastly, I want to send my regards to Thom Greene, a leader for decades in our community, who is retiring from his architecture & interior design practice Greene & Proppe Design. Thom has been incredibly active in our community, from his volunteer work with the Edgewater Historical Society and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, to his professional work in our community. Thom is the person I call when I have an idea and need it drawn out on paper, and though he is retiring, I will continue to call on him to help us envision the future of our community! Please join me in congratulating Thom on a successful career and wishing he and his wife Nadeen all the best in their next chapter.

My office is hosting a community vaccine event this Sunday, May 23, 9am-3pm, at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western, in partnership with 40th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden and 50th Ward Ald. Debra Silverstein, supported by Walmart and Chicago Park District. Pre-registration for this event has closed, but walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last. The Pfizer vaccine will be distributed at this event, which is approved for anyone aged 12 and older. Click here for more information.

Have a peaceful weekend. If you’re eager to get out and do something new, check out Pivot Arts Festival, popping up with performances in our community.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardEmergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 

Tenants and landlords can apply to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) at Chicago.gov/RentHelp. The window to apply will close 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Click here for the program FAQ’s.
ERAP provides grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords. To be eligible, tenants must: live in Chicago; have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced hours, or illness within the household; be at risk of housing instability; and have earned less than the maximum household income listed on this website during 2020 or at the time of application (for example, the income limit for a family of four is $74,550).
Landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of a tenant. Landlords may also register their properties using the online application and be notified if a tenant has started the application process for rental assistance.

The Department of Housing is working with community organizations and has set up a call center to assist applicants. If you or someone you know needs assistance applying, you can contact our office and we will connect you to those assisting.RCN Chicago Connected Event at Senn High School
Wednesday, May 26, Noon-4pm
Senn High School, 5900 N Glenwood
Click here for flyer in English
Click here for flyer in Spanish

Learn more about signing up for Chicago Connected and how eligible families can receive training on how to set up free Internet access in your home. RCN will be providing fun giveaways for all participants and will be raffling three $100 gift cards at each event! If your family already has RCN: Internet First you can come enroll with Chicago Connected and let the program cover the cost.Care for Real wants to hear from you!

Care for Real has provided food, clothing, pet pantry, and other services. This year we are celebrating 50 years of caring and service to our community.

In order to help us plan for the future, we have begun a strategic planning process. The first step in this is a survey. We aspire to bring the broadest range of voices and perspectives into our process and this is one of the ways we are doing that. We love to hear from you as well! Your responses are anonymous will be kept in the strictest of confidence to aid us in our planning.

Please follow this link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95LNJJ2Public Safety Update

Smart 911 Update
This week, the Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) announced the introduction of a new feature available as part of the Smart911 platform that will allow home surveillance cameras that capture the public way to connect with CPD in the event that a crime occurs near a residence. Smart911 allows residents to create a safety profile that allows residents to include any information such a preferred language, medical details, physical disabilities, and other important information for first responders to have in the event of an emergency. To learn more about this new feature and how to create a safety profile visit the SMART911 website or download the app.

HANDS ACROSS CHICAGO 2021 – Memorial Day Weekend / May 28-30
Standing together in united prayer and action for peace in Chicago
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Communities United in Prayer
Friday, May 28 / 7:00 – 8:00pm
5000 N. Winthrop – Elder Joe Cali
2714 W. Foster – Rev. Adria Willett-Leonardo
Please join our community for an hour of city-wide prayer at either location
Business Districts United in Prayer Walks
Saturday, May 29 / 12:00 – 2:00pm
Gathering at 5457 N. Clark – Philadelphia Church
Parking available in St. Gregory lot at Ashland/Catalpa
Faith-in-Action Prayer Service
Sunday, May 30 / 10:30am
Hosted by Berry United Methodist Church
Winnemac Park – 2115 W. Foster (east of the stadium)
Please bring lawn chair or blanketChicago Park District Water Safety Training
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Join us for a free safety orientation to your Chicago Lakefront! Learn how to keep yourself and others safe at the beach, recognize a swimmer in distress, and respond in an emergency.

Regular Season Trainings – Memorial Day Weekend to June 25th

Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Lakeshore Dr.Mondays at 6:00 pmSunday, June 6th @ 1:00 pmSaturday, June 12th @ 11:15 amFoster Beach, 5200 N. Lakeshore Dr.Tuesdays @ 6:00 pmSaturday, June 5th @ 11:15 amSunday, June 20th @ 11:15 amEdgewater Fall Art Festival Applications are Open

The Festival is going forward and will be August 28, 29 11AM-7PM both days. The Zapplication will be setup this week and the link mailed out by the coming weeks’ end.

Booth price will be $275 with no application fee. Booths chosen at random, previous years placement doesn’t guarantee that spot in 2021, as there will be less booths, only 80. We will try and accommodate legacy artists, but no guarantees. Dues to two years of bad weather and reduced, but greatly appreciated funding this year, we had to raise the prices. The costs have also gone up due to more precautions being needed.

Here is the link to the Zapplication.

Anyone interested in volunteering, please email: eaimcallforartists@gmail.comIt’s Your Park Day at Buttercup Park
Saturday, May 22, 9am-Noon
Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan

Your Help would be appreciated to help spread the Mulch & Weed the Gardens! We have Gloves, Sanitizer, Masks, Tools , Garbage Bags & Snacks/Water!!!

Please sign in under the Buttercup Park at this link: www.chicagoparksfoundation.org/volunteerSenn Arts Exhibit at Edgewater Beach Apartments

The Edgewater Beach Apartments Corporation (EBAC) presents a public art exhibit featuring a collaborative photography and poetry project created by first year visual art students in the Senn Arts program at Senn High School in partnership with the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG). The exhibit “You are the year that has gone by. You are the change” opens on May 22 and features artwork that documents the people, objects and spaces that have been part of daily life for the Senn students during the pandemic year. Through poem and photographic collage printed on fabric panels, the exhibit speaks to their experiences of what has given them comfort, and what has been lost and found throughout this year, and what gives them hope for the future.

An Open House to meet the artists is planned for Saturday, June 5th from 1:00-3:00 pm. The exhibit is one of ten Chicago Public Art Croup Community Windows projects taking place across Chicago with CPAG artists creating public artworks throughout the city in response to current issues and themes relevant to our times. Lead artists for the exhibit include Miriam Dolnick, art teacher at Senn Arts and Chicago Public Art Group artist, Cynthia Weiss, with additional project consultation from Krista Wortendyke, Arts Coordinator, Senn Arts. Office Space Available

Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center
144 sq.ft. | $300/month
Beautiful view of Magnolia Ave.
Space Share with other community-minded organizations
Great for office space or a small studio
Contact: Pastor Fred | pastorfred86@gmail.com Situation Chicago 2 Album Benefits
CIVIL SAVE Emergency Relief Fund

We’re pleased to announce ‘Situation Chicago 2,’ out May 21 via @quiet_pterodactyl and @smashedplastic! The benefit compilation record features Chicago musicians like @jeffparkersounds, @vvlightbody, and @umphreysmcgee, and will raise money for Chicagoland artists and venues via @civlchi’s SAVE Emergency Relief fund.

You can hear a preview of the album today with  Robust’s “I Don’t Know Why”, and be sure to check out his video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IsotAKolxQFarmers Markets in our Community

Edgewater Farmers Market
Mondays, 3-7pm, Throughout the month of June
Broadway Armory Parking Lot, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for details

Andersonville Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3-7pm, through Oct. 20
Catalpa, between Ashland and Clark
Click here for details

Uptown Farmers Market
Wednesdays 2:30-7pm, through November
Wilson & Broadway
Click here for detailsCOVID-19 Vaccine Updates Chicago is now in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Click here for more information on phases.If you or a loved one are having trouble accessing an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccine, my office is working with volunteers who can assist in this process. Please call our 48th Ward COVID Line at 224-698-7507 or email 48thwardcovid@gmail.com and leave the name, phone number, and address of the person in need of assistance. We will have a volunteer follow up to see how they can assist. Please note, emailing/calling does not guarantee a vaccine appointment, but we will do all we can to help make this process easier for you or your loved one. 

Access Living Survey re: Barriers to Vaccine for People with Disabilities
Access Living is seeking feedback from people with disabilities about COVID-19 vaccinations and barriers they may or may not be facing when it comes to actually getting vaccinated. The survey is in English and Spanish, and we are seeking all responses by this Friday. Click here to take the survey

List of Clinics Currently VaccinatingPhysicians Immediate Care (new appointments are released daily at midnight)Oak Street HealthHeartland Health Centers (can complete survey to get on list)Howard Brown ClinicsWalgreens (call or schedule an appointment online)Swedish Hospital (now vaccinating Chicagoans 18+) Walmart PharmaciesWalgreen’sMariano’s PharmacyJewel-Osco Rush MedicalUI Health CareUnited Center Other Resources48th Ward Vaccine UpdatesZocdoc vaccine schedulerDr. BAny thawed vials must be used within 6 hours, or they get thrown out. Join the standby list to get connected with local providers with extra dosesCity of Chicago vaccine updatesCook County vaccine updatesCity of Chicago In-Home COVID-19 Vaccination Contact Form 
The City of Chicago is working to integrate mobile home health care vaccination services to reach home-bound individuals who are unable to go to the City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites to get the vaccine.

To be eligible for this program, you must live in the City of Chicago and:Be a senior OR a person with a disability who requires in-home assistance.OR have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.AND leaving home is not an option for you because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort.If you fit these criteria, please complete the web-based form at https://redcap.link/MobileCOVIDVax so the City can coordinate in-home vaccination with you when the vaccine is available to you.

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Traditional Chinese
PolishVirtual Job Fair
Wednesday, May 26, 10am
Zoom – Click here to registerCTA Bus Operators Job Fair
Wednesday, May 26, Noon
Zoom – Click here to registerIllinois Conservation Police Hiring
Click here for more informationIDNR seeking qualified applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer.

Offering competitive pay and benefits, including affordable, employer-sponsored health care, dental, and vision. Employer-furnished equipment, take-home patrol vehicle, flexible scheduling, and much more.
Application may be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/work/Documents/pdfs/app_cms100.pdf

Applications must be signed and post marked/digitally submitted by May 31, 2021.Chicago Police Department Hiring
Click here for flyer
Click here for job postingThe City of Chicago is currently seeking qualified Police Officer candidates for the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) upcoming 2021/2022 academy classes. Chicago has the second-largest Police Department in the nation, with over 12,000 officers dedicated to protecting the lives, property, and rights of all people.  We accomplish this through professionalism, innovation, and a progressive approach to community relational policing. Officers receive a competitive starting salary of $48,078 that increases to $72,510 annually after just 18 months. Benefits include regularly scheduled salary increases, city-subsidized medical and dental insurance, holidays, tuition reimbursement, and retirement savings and pension plans.Officers have lateral and promotional opportunities in numerous divisions within the department in the areas of investigations, technology, forensics, community relations, youth investigations, bomb, SWAT, Marine and Helicopter, and many more.  Regardless of the assignment, you will work in an environment that fosters leadership, teamwork, and service to the community.  You will have the freedom to shape your career as well as the camaraderie of being part of a world class team of law enforcement professionals.  CPD is a Department that prides itself on professionalism, community-oriented policing, technology, and intelligence-led crime reduction efforts. You will have access to continuous opportunities for training and advancement throughout your career. No prior law enforcement experience is required to join. Upon employment, you will attend our 6-month paid police academy which will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career.CTA Job Openings
Click here for a comprehensive list of current vacancies at CTAChicago Park District Now Hiring!
Hiring lifeguards, seasonal attendants, junior laborers, and day camp recreation leaders.
Click here for a full list of opportunitiesPitch in for the ParksPitch In for the Parks starts June 1, and we need your help!Pitch In for the Parks is returning in 2021 and we’d love for you to join us. We kick off the season with It’s Your Park Day on May 22nd, and continue citywide June through October. Just like last year, the Chicago Parks Foundation provides complimentary supplies (work gloves, garbage bags, masks, hand sanitizer and water) for small groups to safely host clean-up events independently at parks citywide. Any organization, team, or community group can host for free, and all volunteers are welcome.Chicago’s parks need our help this summer and that’s where you come in! By hosting recurring clean up events at a park in your community, June through October, we can ensure that your choice of park is taken care of this season and remains clean, green and safe. To get started, please head to our website and register to host Pitch In events at a park in your community. chicagoparksfoundation.org/pitch-inCare For Real: Volunteer and Donate

Come volunteer with Care for Real in Edgewater and Rogers Park! New volunteer shifts are available on weekdays and Saturdays and include tasks such as grocery packing, warehouse support, and staffing our reception desk. We are also in special need of volunteers that speak Spanish to assist during food distribution.

Whether you can volunteer occasionally, or can commit to a weekly or monthly shift, we invite you to join our team. Apply here or send an email to volunteer@careforreal.org to get started.

Please also consider donating to Care For Real. Because of COVID, Care For Real is not accepting donations of used clothing or household goods. However, they will gratefully accept any unopened food items or personal care items. Find a list of accepted items hereWe Will Chicago – the First Citywide Plan in 55 Years

Applications are now open for #WeWillChicago volunteers and community partners! The City of Chicago’s We Will planning team is seeking individuals and organizations to help develop the major themes, issues, and policy guidelines included in the citywide plan. The City has not had a citywide plan since the 1960s, so this is a critical moment to plan for a more equitable and resilient future together. Please share this opportunity with your network. Applications are due May 31, 2021. Learn more at www.WeWillChicago.com.  Peirce Solidarity Fund

The Peirce Solidarity Fund has been in operation since this past summer, collecting and distributing funds to families economically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been a true community initiative that has benefited all involved. We are continuing to welcome financial contributions as well as accept requests from families in need. One hundred per cent of funds are distributed directly to Peirce families. To contribute, please Venmo @PeirceSolidarityFund or PayPal PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com. For further information, please contact PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com. Solidarity! 

See the flyer in English
See the flyer in SpanishSwift School Solidarity Fund 
Click here to donate

As our community comes together during the pandemic and its related impacts on the economy, the Swift School (5900 N. Winthrop) community is banding together and forming a Swift Solidarity Fund. 100% of funds donated will be distributed to Swift families in need, and they will be able to use the money however best suits their family. Donations can be made via Venmo. Click here for the flyer with details on how to donate. If you have any questions or need help donating, please email swiftsolidarityfund@gmail.com.Raven Theatre – Take Flight Summer Camp
Click here for more informationWe are so excited for another summer of fun, silly, and safe adventures! Our Take Flight Summer 2021 Camp will feature two virtual sessions (conducted of Zoom), centered around the wondrous works of Roald Dahl, as we learn about the mysterious ways of The Witches and take to the sky with James and the Giant Peach! Kids from any part of the country can join in on the fun with this year’s virtual camp setup!$300 – Early Bird Registration (Ends June 1st)
$325 – Regular RegistrationChicago Filmmakers – In Person Youth Summer Camps 
Click here for more information & registration info

We’re excited to announce a second camp option for the budding filmmakers among us. In addition to our virtual camps, we are now offering in-person camps for students ages 9-17! Hands-on and collaborative, this all-encompassing camp gives budding filmmakers a crash-course in filmmaking that teaches a wide range of skills including creating shot-lists, scouting locations, setting up camera angles and green screen shots, post-production editing, and sound design. Camp sessions run for two weeks and are offered in July and August. Space is limited, register today!

YOUTH CAMP (ages 9-13): July 19 to 30 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
TEEN CAMP (ages 14-17): August 2 to 13 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The health and safety of our campers are our #1 priority. Most camp activities and film shooting will take place outdoors with limited time indoors for editing. Indoor editing will take place in Chicago Filmmakers’ theatre for maximum social distance spacing.Edgewater Castle Home Opener
Saturday, May 23, 8:30pm
Chicago Fire Pitch, 3626 N Talman Ave
Click here for full season schedule

Edgewater Castle Football Club is our community’s soccer club! ECFC is an entirely open soccer club to supporters and players alike. It is no secret that American soccer has closed itself off from an enormous pool of talent due to the regularity of the pay-to-play youth club model, creating even greater rifts in accessibility for certain players of all ages. Our club is committed to never asking a single cent from any player on our squads or any parent of any player on our squads. Click here to learn how you can get involved with ECFC. Go Rooks!Out of the Darkness: Stories About Mental Illness in Families
Thursday, May 27 – 6:30 p.m.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Friends of the Edgewater Library invite you to hear two authors who will shed light on mental illness in families through their writings – one in fiction, one through memoir. Florence Reiss Kraut, author of How to Make a Life (historical fiction), and Marlena Maduro Baraf, author of At the Narrow Waist of the World, share their stories about how mental illness affects family relationships.

Register for this program on Zoom from Friends of the Edgewater Library and Edgewater Branch, which is now open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.Edgewater History Book Club 
The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream By Thomas Dyja
Meeting: Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. Via Zoom
Click here to register

In addition to being one of the Great Migration cities, Chicago was also known as a center for transportation, architecture, financial markets, and innovation. Celebrated for its unique literary character, but also reviled for failing to protect its vulnerable citizens, and a tendency towards corruption, the city has always been a mix of high and low.

Join us for a discussion on the city’s influence on U.S. history by reading Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream. This title will be available at the Circulation Desk or can be sent to other branches for pick-up.

This program is a partnership with the Chicago Public Library.Swedish American Museum Programming

Genealogy SessionSaturday, May 22, 10 a.m.OnlineThis is an introduction to the digitized historic map collections and property records covering most farms and villages from the 1600s to the 1900s available at the Swedish National Archives (Riksarkivet) and the Swedish Land Registry (Lantmäteriet). We will look at the various types of maps available, how best to understand them, and then go over the process of locating maps within the various collections.Bob Johnson is a recovering attorney and professional genealogist. He holds a Certified Genealogist® credential and specializes in Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian genealogical research. Bob has been doing Swedish research for over 40 years. He studied in Växjö, Sweden and is active in several genealogical societies. Bob has recently been involved with two publications Genealogy At A Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research and Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records: Framing the Solutions to Your Swedish Ancestry Puzzles.Cost is free for the Swedish American Museum’s Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10.Ceramic Dala ClassSaturday, May 22, 4 p.m.OnlineLinley M Erickson is a local ceramic artist who specializes in Dala animals and other Scandinavian designs. She has been selling her wares at the Museum’s Julmarknad since 2016. Some of her most popular works are small Dala pigs and Dala horses that she carves out of clay in a similar fashion to how the wooden ones are made. In this Zoom class she will walk you through the steps of how to sculpt a small Dala horse out of air dry clay using common household items.For these calls you will need:Dala horse outline printed and cut out (found here)A toothpickA plastic cutlery knifeDAS Air-Hardening Modeling Clay-WhiteThe event is $5 for Museum members and $10 for non-members.
 Why is this Swedish?Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m.Online“Why is this Swedish?”: A conversation about diversity and my journey with Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s play, Invasion!
A talk by Anna Bahow
The Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago feels like home to me because it has Swedish and Middle Eastern bakeries, restaurants, shops, and the Swedish American Museum and Brunk Children’s Immigrant Museum that speaks to my own heritage. My work directing the Swedish play Invasion! led me to an exploration of diversity in Chicago, in America, and in Sweden, and in the stories we tell ourselves.This talk starts a virtual exhibit celebrating the diversity in the neighborhood of Andersonville, the diversity among Swedish-Americans, and the diversity of Swedes in Sweden.2021 Pivot Arts Festival: Reclaiming Utopia
Safely returns to live events
May 21–June 6 Combines

World Premieres of Theatre, Dance, Video, Music, Puppetry
Pivot Arts, a hub for adventurous, multidisciplinary performance, announces “Reimagining Utopia,” the ninth annual Pivot Arts Festival featuring almost entirely world premieres, May 21–June 6, 2021 at several indoor and outdoor performance spaces. Following the all-virtual 2020 Festival, Pivot Arts this year plans to bring together audiences and artists safely and in observance of public health protocols. Tickets are on sale April 30 at pivotarts.org/festival.
Pivot Arts selected 12 artists and companies to create small, live works of theatre, dance and/or music, as well as video installations, inspired by this year’s theme, “Reimagining Utopia.” Pivot asked the artists to think about a better world post-pandemic and respond to the global health crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020. Audience members will also have the opportunity to respond with their visions of a brighter future and more just and equitable society.
To observe safety precautions due to the pandemic, most in-person festival works are video installations, and live performers and audience members must wear masks. Audiences engage in events by proceeding through a space featuring video and small live works, similar to a walking tour through a gallery, rather than sitting and watching longer performances. There are also outdoor events and videos on the Pivot Arts website.Northside Catholic Academy (NCA) Upcoming Events
 Northside Catholic Academy is conducting private tours for their Early Learning Center! 
Saturday, May 22, 10 am-2pm
Primary Campus, 6216 N. Glenwood AveNCA’s preschool provides a child-centered learning program where children participate in meaningful play in a stimulating and joyful environment enabling a comfortable transition from home to school. We differentiate learning to suit the age and development of each learner. Students will prepare to think and act critically, creatively, and collaboratively, ensuring complete preparation for kindergarten and beyond.Visitors will have the opportunity to see how learners engage in activities that foster independence, self-regulation, problem-solving, and decision-making throughout the day. Our curriculum is filled with early literacy, math, science, social studies, Spanish, art, music, physical education, and yoga. The program is for 3 and 4-year-olds. To be considered, children must be toilet trained and 3 years old by Sept 1. For more information, please go to NorthsideCatholic.org.All families must wear a mask, receive a temperature check at the door, and schedule a tour time before attending the open house. Please click the link below to schedule your tour time.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BA4A72AA6F4C07-ncapreschool6Happy Lobster Food Truck is coming to Northside Catholic Academy! 
Saturday, May 22,11am-2pm
Primary School Gated Parking Lo, 6216 N Glenwood Ave.Happy Lobster Truck was awarded Chicago’s Best Food Truck in 2016 and 2017. Buzzfeed has them listed on “The 25 Best Lobster Rolls in America,” and Timeout has them listed as one of “The 100 Best Dishes in Chicago.” We’re delighted to announce Happy Lobster Truck is heading to Northside Catholic Academy Saturday, May 22, from 11- 2 PM.All are welcome to our Food Truck Fun event! You must submit a pre-order before the 48-hour cut-off.Please click the link below to place your order today: https://www.exploretock.com/happylobster/experience/277563/happy-lobster-to-go-northside-catholic-academy-chicago-sat-522NCA’s 1st Annual Golfing for Greater Tournament
Friday, June 11, Noon
Robert A. Black Golf Course, 2045 W Pratt Blvd.Birdie, Bogey, Hole-in-one, it’s Northside Catholic Academy’s 1st Annual Golfing for Greater Tournament, so swing by for some fun!Join us for a round of golf at Robert A. Black Golf Course on Friday, June 11, 2021, at noon. There will be food and drinks for all participants. There will also be prizes for our hole and putting contests, and the winning 4-some will receive a championship belt!Tickets are $100 per person. Please click the link below to register today!https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E106258&id=12&fbclid=IwAR2vE-5sM-r7RcL4nUuQxrBOGantmseDlPF6xC8-c__yShG4xVCNssZ_aOYChicago Uptown Lions Club 100th Year Charter Anniversary Virtual Celebration and Dueling Pianos Fundraising Show
Sunday, June 6th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Our local Chicago Uptown Lions Club is one of the oldest chartered clubs in the Lions International service organization. Its members have been serving the Edgewater and Uptown communities for 100 years, with numerous programs and support for other organizations, and for sight-impaired residents, including providing free hearing and eye disease testing programs and used eyeglasses drop-off boxes and redistribution services.
The 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser will be virtual on Zoom and will include a fun one-hour Dueling Pianos Show, featuring Edgewater’s native son, renowned pianist Steven Solomon, dueling at the piano with another popular Chicago pianist, Cassandra Kaczor.
Proceeds raised will benefit the national organization, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the local community organization, Refugee One.
For more information and to purchase a ticket or to make a donation please visit: https://www.GiveButter.com/ChicagoUptownLions100yearsEdgewater Historical Society Walking Tours
Enjoy views of the historic buildings of Edgewater in our own unique outdoor museum. Edgewater has three historic districts, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many blocks filled with historic homes. Tours will be led by knowledgeable guides.

There is a limit of 15 in each tour. Our tour guides, who will have microphones, will lead you through the tour, and share with you our researched brochure. Everyone must wear a face mask and keep social distancing. The fee for each tour is $15, which supports the Edgewater Historical Society Museum. For registration follow this link: bit.ly/ehswalk6 

Note: There are ten tours available. Sign up before they sell out. The available tours are: 

Edgewater Glen: This neighborhood is a popular section of single family homes and two-flats developed from some of the Kransz family original farm at the end of the 19th century. In 1903 one architect, A.E. Norman, was hired to build almost two block of homes. Other specialties are homes of the Kransz family and some early homes by J.L. Cochran. The walk begins at the Granville Avenue United Methodist Church, on Granville at Lakewood. 
New for 2021.
DATE: June 2, 2021; TIME 6:30 p.m.
DATE: June 27, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Edgewater’s Broadway – Catalpa to Rosedale: This tour of the main business area of Edgewater has many surprises because it features several of the significant Motor Row buildings and a collection of two-flats built before the street was designated commercial. This tour captures a moment in Edgewater history when homes and businesses were side by side. The walk begins at St. Ita Catholic Church, on Broadway and Catalpa, and ends at Broadway and Rosedale, near the Broadway Armory. New for 2021.
DATE: June 5, 2021; TIME: 11 a.m.

Lakewood Balmoral Historic District: Designated in 1999, this district displays many of Edgewater’s finest architectural gems in residential housing. Many are locally important landmarks on the Chicago Historic Resources survey of 1986. The walk is approximately one mile, beginning and ending at North Shore Baptist Church on the 5200 block of Lakewood.
DATE: June 8, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.
DATE: June 22, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.

Discover the Art Underfoot: This is a unique exploration of the hidden artwork along Edgewater’s lakefront. Join Edgewater’s Bill Swislow in the walk along the shore. The tour begins at the pier at Kathy Osterman Beach (Hollywood Avenue Breakwater). New for 2021.
DATE: June 12, 2021; TIME: 11 a.m.

Edgewater’s North End: Includes three City of Chicago landmark buildings and some hidden gems in the area around Granville and Kenmore. Your tour guide will tell you about the architecture and the changes over the years. The walk is little over a mile, beginning at Kenmore and Granville (get coffee at Metropolis on Granville), and ending at the Colvin House on Thorndale and Sheridan.
DATE: June 17, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Magnolia Glen: This neighborhood is one of Edgewater’s oldest, developed by William H. Cairnduff in 1888 as an addition to J.L. Cochran’s Edgewater. The homes are well cared for and show some interesting architectural details. The tour booklet includes an early map. The walk is approximately one mile, beginning and ending at the corner of Magnolia and Early (just north of the Hollywood connection to Ridge).
DATE: June 26, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Bryn Mawr Historic District: the center of Edgewater and Edgewater’s main street. Learn how J.L. Cochran planned to develop Edgewater as a suburb until urbanization happened. The street has a unique mix of what are called hybrid buildings, including luxury apartments and stores. Many of the buildings are named Chicago landmarks. The walk begins in front of the Edgewater Beach Apartments, and extends west to Broadway and back again.
DATE: July 7, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Andersonville Historic District: This district exhibits some of the finest commercial architecture built by Swedish architects at the beginning of the 20th century. Also included are a few residential buildings of early construction. The walk begins at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum Garden at Balmoral and Ashland, and ends at Foster and Clark. Your tour guide will inform you about this history of the Clark Street development over 30 years.
DATE: July 17, 2021; TIME: 9:30 a.m.COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
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