48th Ward Update – October 16, 2020

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October 16, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Early Voting began in the neighborhoods this week. Thank you to the many neighbors who have come out to cast your vote at the Broadway Armory. The Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, will remain open as an early voting site through Election Day. There have been long lines, as election judges adhere to public health guidelines, so please be prepared for the weather and the wait. If you received a Mail-In Ballot, you can deposit your completed and sealed ballot into a secure drop box at the Armory during Early Voting hours with no wait. Walk to the front of the line and enter the building to access the drop box, which is located in the gymnasium.  Click here for more information on Early Voting sites across the city and hours. 

As you and your family begin to plan for Halloween, please remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and that proper safety precautions must be taken. See below for guidelines put out by Mayor Lightfoot for Halloween. In addition, here are some updates for our community:Our annual Halloween Parade at Peirce Elementary School is cancelled.With Halloween landing on a Saturday this year, we recommend that families trick-or-treat between the hours of 3pm and 6pm, when it is still light out. This will help with safety and social distancing. My office will coordinate volunteers to serve as crossing guards at key intersections during these hours. Please email harry@48thward.org if you would like to volunteer to help us have a safe Halloween.When trick-or-treating, please only approach homes who are clearly participating. Cues include: porch lights on, a sign posted indicating they have candy, a “candy chute” or other socially distanced candy delivery mechanism, etc. Visit chicagohalloweek.org to download a printable trick or treating sign for your house, or make your own.Please be respectful of your neighbors while you are celebrating Halloween. Keep appropriate social distance, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and encourage your children to follow these guidelines. We can get through this unusual Halloween this year, and hope to see each other again in costume at the Peirce Costume Parade next year!

Thank you to our partners at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, Edgewater Village, and Walgreens who hosted a Free Senior Flu Shot Clinic in the Edgewater Library Parking Lot on Wednesday. More than 50 neighbors received their flu shots at this clinic. This year it is more important than ever to get a flu shot, and I encourage you to make a plan for yourself and your family to get vaccinated. Click here for a complete schedule of free flu shot clinics hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health. These clinics are open and available to all Chicagoans, regardless of age, insurance, or immigration status. For more information, visit chicago.gov/flu.

Yesterday Illinois reported a record high number of COVID cases and COVID-related deaths since June. Dr. Allison Arwady of CDPH gave an address earlier this week outlining the growing COVID case rates in Chicago and her expectations that these numbers will continue to increase. As we enter the colder months, please remember that Coronavirus is still a very real threat, and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your friends and co-workers. Visit chicago.gov/coronavirus for up to date information, including local resources and citywide data.

Additionally, please take care of your mental health during this time. Chicago enjoyed a beautiful summer season this year, with opportunities for neighbors to get out of their homes and enjoy our parks, the lakefront trail, and our favorite restaurants’ sidewalk cafes and patios. As we begin to live more of our lives indoors again this fall and winter, this can take a toll on our emotional and mental well-being. Click here to view free resources in Chicago to support your mental health during this stressful time. As we all look out for one another, please also encourage friends and family members to seek counseling if they are having a hard time. 

Today Chicago Public Schools released information on their plans for phased reopening of in-person instruction. The second quarter will begin all remote, but the District plans to begin bringing Pre-K students and students with special needs back into the classroom later in the quarter. Parents will receive a communication from CPS next week where they can state their intent to bring their Pre-K/special needs student back to in-person learning or to keep them learning remotely. Schools will use this information to plan appropriately for staffing and other needs. I will continue to work with our local principals to ensure our students and staff are getting the supports they need during this challenging time. For more information on the CPS Reopening Plan, visit cps.edu/reopening2020. We will provide further updates on this plan next week.

Next week is National Friends of the Library Week, and Friends of Edgewater Library has a number of events planned. Friends of Edgewater Library has been an active group in our community, supporting the Edgewater Public Library since before the renovation almost ten years ago. See below for more information on how you can get involved with them.

While you are out and about in the community this weekend and next week, check out the Batwing Yarn Bombing on the fence to the south of the Edgewater Beach Apartments on Sheridan near Bryn Mawr. Thank you to the very talented Christine Schroder, a resident of EBA, who has kept that fence looking fun and festive this year and is the artist behind the colorful yarn art on the bollards on Argyle St.

Have a peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Chicago Halloween Guidelines 

As we get closer to Halloween we will have more information about Halloween in the 48th Ward. It’s our goal to have a safe and fun Halloween for all. As you begin to think about your plans, it’s important you take into account the safety and well-being of your family and respecting that of our fellow neighbors. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady announced guidelines for celebrating a safe and fun Halloween this year. Visit chicagohalloweek.org throughout the month of October for updates on guidelines and events taking place during “Halloweek”. Starting October 18th, residents can download a Halloweek toolkit complete with safety messaging and signage to let others know they are safely participating in Halloween this year. Please keep these guidelines in mind when celebrating this year:Masks aren’t just for trick-or-treaters this year! Everyone—including candy givers—should wear a face covering (multi-layered, covering the mouth and nose, without gaps around the face).Leave a light on or hang a Halloweek sign in your window to let others know your house is giving out candy safely.Handing out candy? Please socially distance and have hand sanitizer, too.Trick or treating? Stay on the move! Less congregating means more houses and more candy.Ensure there’s all treats and no tricks. Please don’t reach into candy bowls while trick or treating, and eat candy only at home after washing your hands.No Haunted Houses. They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.Keep your candy crew small. Trick-or-treating groups should be 6 people or less.No house parties large or small this year.Additionally, the City has planned several events and activities for Halloweek:The Chicago Park District with support from Xfinity, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Blackhawks and others will help residents celebrate ‘Halloweek on the Block’ with special surprise pop-ups on residential streets throughout Halloweek. The Chicago Park District with support from Xfinity and the Chicago Public Library will also offer special virtual and in-person Halloween-themed programs during Halloweek. Blommer Chocolate Company is creating 10,000 Halloween bags filled with candy and other goodies to help Chicagoans celebrate safely, which will be distributed throughout Halloweek. There will also be “golden tickets” hidden amongst the bags. Winners will receive an exclusive 10 lb. Blommer Chocolate bar! Chicago businesses and organizations are asked to visit ChicagoHalloweek.org to register their COVID-safe Halloween activities. Starting on October 18th, the website will feature a searchable list of all Halloweek programming happening across the city.

2020 Election Voting Information

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Given public health concerns related to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to make a plan for voting sooner rather than later, with early voting and vote-by-mail highly recommended. We recommend visiting the Chicago Board of Elections website or calling their office with specific questions, but please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions the 48th Ward office has received:

Voter Registration
For information on how to register to vote or to change your address associated with your registration, click here. This process can be done online, by mail, or in person when you are at the polls to early vote or to vote on Election Day. Please visit the link above to be sure you have the appropriate documents for registration.

Early Voting
Early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Loop Super Site (191 N. Clark St.), and begins Wednesday, Oct. 14 at neighborhood Early Voting Sites. The Early Voting Site for the 48th Ward will be located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Voters can use any Early Voting location, it does not matter which ward you live in. Every Early Voting site will also have a secure drop box for Vote by Mail ballots.

Vote By Mail
If you have not already requested a Vote by Mail ballot, you may do so at this link. Vote by Mail ballot mailings began yesterday. You can check the status of your request for a Vote by Mail ballot at this link.

Vote by Mail ballots can be dropped into any USPS mailbox or can be deposited into the secured drop box located at each Early Voting site in the City. Click here for more information about voting by mail.

Voting in person on Election Day
Polling places are still being determined, but for the most part they will remain the same as the last election. Voters can check the Board of Elections website to find their precinct and polling place at this link.

The most important thing to remember: only vote once.October Beat Meetings for 20th and 24th Police District

Beat meetings ensure that any community issue on your block is addressed as a part of the problem solving process that we as a community work collaboratively. We also work together to discuss emerging trends in the beat and to discuss beat statistics. If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out or contact Alan at alan@48thward.org.

Beat 2433
The next Beat 2433 meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th at 7 pm in the Chicago Fire Department Engine 70/59, 6060 N Clark St.

Beat 2013
The next Beat 2013 meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21st at 7 pm in the 20th District Community Room, 5400 N Lincoln Ave.

Please wear a mask. Social distancing will be required.

Andersonville PSA from The Real Elf

Shop with Intention. Dine with Intention. Celebrate with Intention. Self-Care with Intention. Here in Andersonville, we are determined to Spend the Holidays with Intention for the 2020 season, making a conscious effort to choose local now more than ever before. If you would like to see your favorite small businesses survive past the holiday season, now is the time to take action.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce has launched our annual #AlwaysAndersonville Holiday Pledge. Pledging #AlwaysAndersonville means that in a world of big box online shopping and Amazon takeovers, you are committing to choose differently, a choice that may very well determine the fate of many of our neighborhood businesses.

In this above Public Service Announcement from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Tommy The Real Elf has made a special visit to the neighborhood this fall to educate shoppers on the importance Shopping with Intention: shopping local, shopping early, and shopping safely.

Will you take the pledge to spend your Holidays with Intention? Learn more at andersonville.org/alwaysandersonville.New Facebook Group for Edgewater & Andersonville Artisans & Supporters

A new Facebook group, Andersonville-Edgewater Makers, gives local makers—artists, woodworkers, crafters, sewists, jewelry designers, ceramicists, and culinary artists—an accessible venue to display their wares and provides customers a convenient place to buy locally crafted items. Andersonville resident Kathy Herwig formed the group to help artists and local makers, many of whom are out of work in other industries due to the pandemic, promote their businesses and sell their wares. Check out Andersonville-Edgewater Makers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/633188227564082) to join the group as a maker or a consumer. 

North Lake Shore Drive Study – Public Input Opportunity

Provide feedback regarding the North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) Phase I Study! The NLSD Public Input Opportunity is now open and will act as the virtual Public Meeting #4. From now until November 9, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation invites the public to provide feedback regarding the improvement of North Lake Shore Drive, which extends from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue (please click here for the project brochure).

Visit NLSDinput.org to learn about the proposed designs and alternatives that have been updated since the previous public meeting. Participants can provide feedback through various interactive tools such as the ideas wall, interactive map, and survey. Watch project update videos, sign up for a small group discussion with the project team, and apply to be a Task Force member.

Visit NLSDinput.org to Redefine the Drive!
 2021 Office of Inspector General Audit and Program Review Input

The APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement. Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on our 2021 Audit Plan. 

See the draft plan here (and attached) for more information on proposed projects and reports that were published in 2020. The survey will take approximately four (4) minutes to complete and will be open through November 15th. We appreciate your time and perspective!

Take the survey
Tome la encuesta en español

Swift School Technology DriveSwift Elementary School (5900 N. Winthrop) is collecting gently used computers, laptops, and tablets for students to use during remote learning. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations during their hours of operation:
Swift Elementary, 5900 N. Winthrop
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Margaret Haggerty State Farm, 12006 W. Rosedale

Click here to view informational flyerJob Opportunity – Executive Assistant

Bubby Fira’s Food Bank looking to hire a full time Executive Assistant working closely with the director. Responsibilities include donor interaction, networking with similar non profits, administrative duties, and office management. Candidate must have great written and verbal communication skills, pay attention to detail,  and minimum of 2 years of administrative experience

Interested parties can email lnotik@obshina.com

Greater Chicago Food Depository Volunteers Needed

The Food Depository needs volunteers five days per week, Tuesday-Saturday, to pack food for our neighbors in need. Opportunities are available for ages 11 and up.

Click here to register for a volunteer session

Chinese Mutual Aid Association Volunteers
Click here for more information

CMAA needs volunteers to tutor adults english online. Looking for a way to better connect with your community? Donate your time by becoming an adult literacy today! To apply, contact Christina at tutoringinfo@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 120 or 312-380-0647.

Care for Real Seeking Volunteers

Care for Real needs volunteers to distribute food, drive their vans, answer phones, build toiletry kits and do a host of other tasks to help our neighbors. Contact volunteer@careforreal.org if interested.

River Network Opportunities & Updates

River Heroes Award

River Network is accepting nominations for 2021 River Heroes through October 30, 2020. If you know someone who should be recognized for their outstanding work on water advocacy please consider nominating them!
Each year, up to five individuals are selected as River Heroes and are honored and celebrated at River Rally. Awardees are exceptional due to their significant and extraordinary work related to river conservation and/or water advocacy. Their achievements relate to the key issues fundamental to solving today’s water crisis and expanding our understanding of the evolving social context of water.
 Grant for community-based research
Could your organization use funding to support a community-based research project related to water equity and climate threats? If so, check out a new opportunity from the River Network—the Community-Based Participatory Research Technical Assistance Grants Program.Grant recipients will receive $6,500 and technical assistance. Applications are due Wednesday, October 28. Complete information is available here.Northside Catholic Academy New Family Registration

Enrollment for new families for the 2021-2022 school year opens Monday, October 19. For more information on the award-winning academy, click here

If interested in scheduling a virtual tour or enrollment chat via Zoom, please call 773-743-6277 ext. 207 or email smorriessette@ncaweb.org.Guidepost Montessori Edgewater – Early Childhood Center opening soon
Click here for more information

Opening Soon! Guidepost Montessori Edgewater serves children from six weeks through kindergarten. We are thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community! We are putting the final touches on our classrooms and are eagerly awaiting a visit from DCFS to complete our licensing. Our Montessori program focuses on social and emotional development, while fostering independence, confidence and concentration. Our classrooms provide a knowledge-rich environment designed for child-led exploration. We are offering virtual tours of our amazing new facility weekly. RSVP here https://guidepostmontessori.com/edgewater/events or call 773-541-8304. We look forward to meeting you!Teens in the Park Fest
Festival: Friday, October 30, 6 – 7:30pm

TIP (Teens in the Park) Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources and most of all celebrate one another’s talents. Over 3,000 teens attended last year’s festival. Due to city and state COVID-19 related restrictions, we’re going virtual this year. The virtual fest provides talented teens the opportunity to be seen far beyond the city of Chicago.

Important Dates
Friday, October 16-22 – Voting Period for TIP Fest Finalists
Friday, October 23 – Finalists Announced
Friday, October 30 at 6 pm – T.I.P. Fest!
All artists must be between the ages of 14-24 and live in Chicago.

DetailsSubmissions will be posted on the TIP Fest webpage for public voting. Note: based on number of submissions received, all videos may not be posted for public voting.Finalists will be chosen to perform at TIP Fest based on public voting and input from judges.TIP Fest is open to all genres of artists, from traditional folk to Hip Hop. In an effort to celebrate the diversity and culture of artists in our city, fushion and mash up performances that combine genres is encouraged.The top three TIP Fest winners will be determined by judges in the music industry. Winners will be announced live at the Virtual TIP Fest on October 30. City Treasurer’s Office Hispanic Heritage Month Essay ContestChicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin announces a Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest. This scholarship of up to $1500 recognizes two high school seniors who can best answer the following question: 

Tell us about a Hispanic American who has played a role in shaping Chicago’s future and how you plan to use your college experience to build on that legacy. Click here for details on eligibility, deadline, and how to apply.48th Ward Youth CouncilThis year our youth council will go virtual and have a lot of projects planned for this school year! The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community initiatives and projects that others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you are a youth in middle school or high school and want to learn more or have any questions contact Alan at alan@48thward.org.Great Electoral Race – Mikva Challenge

Mikva’s Great Electoral Race is now LIVE! Now through Election Day, youth ages 13-24 are invited to sign up for this virtual scavengar hunt and find 51 electoral actions you can take from home to empower your communities to get informed and engaged in the 2020 election. Win prizes including iPad Minis and $50 gift cards. 

A public Instagram account is required to participate. 

Download the app and learn more here. Chicago Filmmakers’ DIY Youth Production Design
Sundays, October 18 – November 22, 10am – 12:30pm
Tuition: $225
Register here

Join Chicago Filmmakers for DIY Youth Production Design taught online by filmmaker and youth educator, Lindsay Denniberg. 

Over the course of 6 weeks, young creatives (ages 9-14) will explore the many different stages involved in production design as well as storytelling through arts and crafts. Using recycled materials from around the house, students will:
 Build miniature movie setsDesign and make costumesCraft puppets and other fun props andCollaborate to create one fantastical short film
Class will be held on Zoom every Sunday, October 18 – November 22 from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Just in time for students to use their new skills for Halloween costumes and decorations! Studio 64: Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

For the month of October, Studio 64 Hair is doing a breast cancer awareness event. Come in for a single pink hair extension! Each extension is $25, and half of the proceeds will be donated to Gildas Club Chicago, a local non-profit that offers support for patients going through cancer. 

All donors will receive 20% off a future booking with Studio 64, and new clients who mention the Chamber will receive 20% off of their first visit. Chicatolia Art Exhibition: Sinkholes & Clementine Peels
On view until October 25
Artist-hosted gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 – 4 pm

Chicatolia Artisan Collective at 5209 N Clark is presenting its inaugural exhibition, Sinkholes & Clementine Peels, featuring the work of artists Farnaz Khosh-Sirat and Hope Wang, which kicked off this past Friday, September 25. Both artists draw inspiration from their built environments as spatial productions of memory, power, and desire. 

There will be a limited capacity of four at a time. Reservations are not required to enter, but it is recommended that guests reserve viewing time during artist-held gallery hours for 30 minute time slots. Reservations are prioritized over walk-ins. Please email hopewangstudios@gmail.com for reservations. Upcoming Edgewater Village Chicago Programs

You’re invited to participate virtually in a wide variety of informational, social and cultural programs offered by Edgewater Village Chicago. Meet new people and join the fun as you travel to different countries from your armchair, talk about what you’re reading or hear ways to improve your health and nutrition. Read about upcoming programs, and sign up for the weekly newsletter to learn about more activities.

Armchair Travel to Iceland
and Norway: Home of the Vikings
Friday, October 16
1-2 p.m.

From Germanic to Shakespeare: 
The First Thousand Years of the English Language
Thursday, October 22
2 p.m.

Edgewater Village Chicago is a volunteer, non-profit organization. It offers programs, social activities and resources geared toward older adults to enable them to age well in community. There are no membership dues; its programs are free and open to everyone. Friends of the Edgewater Library & Edgewater Library Programming

“Let’s Get Acquainted”
Tuesday, October 20, 6-7 p.m.

You’re invited to get acquainted virtually and play Friends of the Edgewater Library Trivia. Hear how Friends of the Edgewater Library supports the Edgewater Branch Library and the community and, if you’re interested, how you easily can become a Friend.

Register here for the free Zoom program. 

“The Fight, Might and Right to Vote: Then and Now”  
Thursday, October 22 , 6-7:15 p.m.   Join Friends of the Edgewater Library for a historical portrayal by Her Story Theatre of Illinois suffragettes, Grace Wilbur Trout, Ida B. Wells and Catherine McCullough, who fought for the vote and the ratification of the 19th Amendment in Illinois. These three distinct personalities with very different approaches banded together to form a   powerful, united front in fighting for equality in a day when little was offered for women.  The program includes Anne Jamieson, president of the League of Women Voters of Chicago, to remind us that the fight for the right to vote continues today in many forms and suggests how the might of individuals is still necessary in overcoming voting disparities.  Register here for the free program via Zoom or sign up at foelchicago.org.
 The No Book Club 
Monday, October 26 
1-2 p.m. 
What are you reading? Share your thoughts about a recent or favorite book, and hear what others are reading. Your book may be any genre; the discussion is fun, informal and virtual — plus, you may get some recommendations for your must-read list. The No Book Club is a partnership with Edgewater Village Chicago, Edgewater Reads, Edgewater Branch and Friends of the Edgewater Library. 

Register via email at info@foelchicago.org.Edgewater Walking Tour
Register here

Enjoy views of the historic buildings of Edgewater in our own unique outdoor museum. Edgewater has three historic districts, and many blocks filled with historic homes. Tours will be led by knowledgeable guides.

There is a limit of 12 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.

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: Oct. 17, 2020; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Lakewood Balmoral:
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: Oct. 18, 2020; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

North Edgewater:
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: Oct. 25, 2020; TIME: 1:00 p.m.Weekly Edgewater Trivia 

With its grand, glass-filled entrance, warm red bric-exterior and graceful balconies, what Edgewater structure was originally promoted as “the world’s largest” ice-skating rink?

Find the answer here! Department of Procurement Services: October 2020 Workshops
Register here

DPS has gone virtual! We are now offering our workshops online. Take a look at our October 2020 Workshop Schedule and find a workshop that will help your business bid on and earn City contracts.  

Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance to receive the link to the workshop.Contracting 101: How to Respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) – 10/21 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM All Access to Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – 10/22 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM How to Become Certified – 10/28 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago – 10/29 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM Interested in more workshops? Reference the content of all workshops, as well as information about our programs, from the DPS events and outreach page www.chicago.gov/dpsevents. Download all workshop PowerPoint files and stay up-to-date with all DPS programs and initiatives.Swedish American Museum Programming

Nordic Parental Leave Panel
Wednesday, October 21, 6pm
Register here

The Exhibit Swedish Dads by Johan Bävman, currently on display at the Swedish American Museum, highlight many advantages of parental and paternity leave. On October 21, the Nordic Community in Chicago invites you to a panel discussion on parental leave. The panel will present the Nordic way through the respective Nordic country´s consular representatives in Chicago. The panel will also look at and connect with the US market. 

Prata Svenska
Saturday, October 17, noon

Would you like to practice speaking Swedish with others who are learning as well as a native speaker or two? We will get together over Zoom for some informal conversation. Find the Zoom code here.

Scandinavian Jam
Sunday, October 18, 1pm – 3:30pm

Scandinavian Jam with Mary Allsopp and Paul Tyler is online on the first and third Sunday of every month. Join us for an afternoon of traditional roots music. Bring your instruments, request your favorites, share a tune and play along on what you can, sit back and listen when you want a break.

Email scandi.fiddler@yahoo.com for reservations.Tasting India – Meal Delivery

The festival of Navratri (Nine Nights, Oct 17-25) marks the start of the festive season in India. It is celebrated across the country in different ways. All the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshipped (one on each day of the festival) to celebrate her victory over the devil Mahishasura, signifying the ultimate victory of ‘Good over Evil.”

Another Navratri tradition involves Upvaas (fasting) in order to purify the body and mind. It is believed that abstinence facilitates spiritual purification, stronger devotion, willpower and self discipline. Fasting ranges from no food or water, to eating just once a day. Generally, ingredients considered Satvik (pure), by Ayurvedic principles, are allowed to be consumed. These ingredients tend to be mild in flavor (not spicy or overly spiced) and heavy in carbs (yay!) and the resulting dishes are referred to as Farali. 

To celebrate Navratri, we will sample a Farali Thali showcasing ingredients such as Amaranth Flour (my FAVORITE!), Fox Nuts and Barnyard Millet, to name a few! When I was growing up, Navratri meant nine evenings of fun with my friends. We’d plan to visit a different Navratri dance party (google Dandia Raas and Garba) each evening and dance from dusk until the early hours of the morning! There was always a competition to see who wore the most colorful outfits during Navratri, and who danced the longest without taking a break.

I never practiced fasting but I sure did enjoy the food that is consumed during that time! I often would ask my mother to make me a fasting meal, during random times of the year, because it was SO TASTY! Abstinence doesn’t have to mean boring, in fact, in my experience, Farali recipes are some of the most delicious food I’ve eaten and I’m so excited to share this with you! So, order up!Deadline to place your orders is Wednesday, October 21 (or until Sold Out). All deliveries will be scheduled for Saturday, October 24. Orders can be placed via this form: Tasting India Week 22 – The Farali Thali (Please note: Form will be active Saturday, October 17 from 6 pm onwards)Chef Jasmine Sheth is a James Beard Foundation grant winner and community event organizer. Jasmine Sheth is Chicago’s first Dabbawala!Check out the feature in the Chicago Reader: Eating India with America, with Tasting IndiaListen to Mixedmag’s Podcast InsideHook recommended Tasting India as one of their favorite Virtual Restaurants! Virtual Restaurants are taking over ChicagoTasting India is a weekly culinary adventure by Chef Jasmine, where she creates a flavor rich Thali (think an Indian Bento Box style meal made up of a selection of various dishes which are served on a large platter), highlighting a different Indian Regional Cuisine each week. Woven together with her personal stories of growing up in India, her weekly menus are like a rich cultural scavenger hunt!Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics: Open Call for Upcoming Exhibition,
Signs of Change

Make your voices heard! Send your signs, cartoons and mixed media works that have been used this year to ignite change.You may ship or drop off at Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, 1127 W Granville Ave, Chicago, Il 60660 by October 24th, 3pm.

Please note that GoCM reserves the right to not exhibit all posters that are submitted pending volume of submissions.

Signs and submissions will not be for sale. Please specify if you would like your submission returned. Participants must agree to pick up your submission or provide return shipping information/costs.

Please sign all submissions, preferably on the front of your posters. Submissions must also include the following information: First/Last Name, City, Contact Information.

GoCM intends to print a gallery book including all posters part of this exhibition with credit given to the submitter. For any questions, email gocmosaics@gmail.com, or call 773-856-6777

Office hours are M-F: 12-3pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-3pm.Uptown Gems: A Virtual Fundraiser for Uptown United & Business Partners
Thursday, October 22, 8:00pm
Tickets: $75 (VIP), $20 (General)

Uptown Gems will feature a close-up look at some of Uptown’s treasures. Join us for a front-row glimpse of a few of the people, places, food, and culture that are uniquely Uptown!

The show will premiere on Oct. 22 at 8pm, but the recording will be made available fo viewing at a later date or time for anyone who has purchased a ticket. AstonRep Theatre Company: Twisted Tales of Poe—A Streaming Radio Play
Available October 26 – 31

Based on Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
Adapted by Phillip Grecian
Directed by Aaron Mays

“The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Raven,” each created by the master of the mysterious and macabre. The mysterious presence of the raven, the victim’s vulture eye and the catacombs of Italy all come to life in AstonRep’s streaming radio broadcast – just in time for Halloween. It will stream on AstonRep’s website via SoundCloud. The event is free, however donations will be accepted. Press who wish to review the production should RSPV to david@drpublicrelations.com.

Twisted Tales of Poe will feature Jordan ArredondoMeg ElliottChristian CastroRian Jairell*Nevada MontgomeryVictor Salinas and Aja Wiltshire*.
Director Aaron Mays comments, “I was an avid reader as a kid, and Poe was one of my favorite writers. I wasn’t aware of a series of Poe’s stories adapted for radio so when AstonRep introduced it as a possibility, I instantly jumped at the chance to direct it.”
The production team includes Jeremiah Barr* and Robert Tobin* (co-sound designers), Samantha Barr* (production manager) and Sara Pavlak McGuire* and Derek Bertelsen* (co-artistic directors).

To see AstonRep’s complete 2020-21 season—which features two live, in-person performances—visit their website.Chicago Filmmakers Upcoming Film Screenings

Chasing Votes, Chasing Shadows
October 26 – November 2
Q&A on November 2 at 7pm
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Primary-Visibility_Clintons-and-Destiny-SMALL.jpgIn this collection of vintage political works, Chicago filmmaker and photographer Bill Stamets shadows past presidential candidates on the campaign trail through an ironic ethnographic lens examining the civic theater of “turning every human contact into a photo opportunity,” while filmmaker and activist Peter Kuttner explores political apathy among white college students during the civil rights movement.

Join us on the eve of the election for a discussion with the filmmakers. We’ll reflect on media coverage of past presidential campaigns and the phenomenon of voter apathy among college-age youth. 

Masterwork: Industry Conversations
Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm
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Hercules-Walker-website.jpgMasterwork: Industry Conversations is a new series of interviews with long established and award-winning filmmakers to learn about their journey in the filmmaking world, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This edition will feature the filmmaking duo Bob Hercules and Keith Walker. Attendees will learn their secrets to forming a strong creative partnership. Congratulations to the Award Winners of the 38th Reeling Film Festival
And that’s a wrap! THANK YOU to everyone for joining us for the 38th (and first virtual) edition of Reeling Film Fest! Thank you to our audience members for your loyalty and enthusiasm, to the filmmakers for sharing your work and inspiring us at the Q&As, to our sponsors and co-presenters for their support, and to all the moderators, volunteers, and interns who helped make Reeling38 a success!

This year, we hosted 31 Q&As with filmmakers, cast, and crew members. Each of these intimate conversations was a continued reminder of the importance of representation of diverse voices in media. In case you missed them, you can still watch all of the Q&As on our Vimeo page!

The entire team at Reeling Film Festival, as well as the jury members would like to extend our congratulations to the Reeling38 festival award winners!

Find a comprehensive list of all award winners hereCOVID-19 Update from Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health

Effective October 1, new guidelines for businesses are in effect expanding indoor capacity to 40% for certain businesses, reopening bars for indoor service, allowing restaurants and bars to serve alcohol until 1:00 am, increasing maximum group sizes for fitness classes and after-school programming, and allowing personal services that require the removal of masks.  COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking 
Cook County Health Transit Guide48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman*We are operating remotely*

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