48th Ward Weekly Update- April 2, 2021

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserApril 2, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

Earlier this week I announced that my office is partnering with Jewel-Osco and the Chicago Park District to host a COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the Broadway Armory next week on Tuesday, April 6. This is an appointment-only event. Appointments have filled up and we have a wait list forming. We will call neighbors from the waitlist on Tuesday as extra doses are available. Please use this link if you would like to add your name to the waitlist (click the green Register button, and the orange Join Waitlist button on the following page). Thank you to Edgewater Produce, Helix Cafe, Patio Beef, and Pizzeria Aroma for generously donating food and drink for our volunteers.

This week CDPH announced that a community vaccination site will open at Wrigley Field next week, which will be able to distribute up to 2,000 doses every day. Visit zocdoc.com/vaccine to sign up to be notified when appointments are available at the Wrigley Field site.

I am devastated by news of the shooting death of 13 year-old Adam Toledo by a Chicago Police officer earlier this week in Little Village. As the father of three teenagers, I cannot imagine the anguish Adam’s family is experiencing in the wake of this immense loss. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is investigating this incident. Due to Adam’s age, bodycam footage cannot be released publicly without a court order, but it is my hope that Adam’s family will get full transparency from the Chicago Police Department and COPA to learn of the details of his last moments. I will share updates as they are available.

Chicago, along with many regions across the country, is experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. While there are many reasons for us to feel hope right now — our friends getting vaccinated, warmer weather, sidewalk cafe season — that does not mean we can let our guard down. We are all eager to return to “normal”, but with continued surges, that return continues to get pushed into the future. Please continue to wear a mask, observe social distancing, and refrain from having social gatherings indoors at your home. As variant strains are discovered and our city continues to work on vaccine rollout, we all have to remain vigilant to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. Click here to view the Chicago COVID-19 Daily Dashboard.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Please enjoy this weekend’s beautiful weather, visit the lakefront, and support our local businesses.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardEast Andersonville Water Main Replacement Project Update
 The main pre-test on the 1400 Block of Balmoral successfully passed. Before NPL can go back to finish the remaining work on Balmoral, a third party contractor must complete their work. NPL moved to the 1400 Block of Berwyn last Monday 3/29 to start the water main portion of the work and if all goes as planned, will be complete on the water main portion of Berwyn on Tuesday 4/6.

The watermain portion of the work on Balmoral and Berwyn will be completed, but the work that also needs to be completed on these blocks is: testing and chlorinating the new watermain, Service transfers, final watermain connections, old hydrant abandonments, concrete base the street trench, curbs and flat work and asphalt pave the streets. NPL has crews ready to do this work but will not be able to return to these blocks until the third party contractor completes their work.NPL will be moving to the 1400 Block of Summerdale on Tuesday 4/6 if all goes as planned. Signs will be removed from Berwyn and posted on Summerdale.COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Chicago is now in Phase 1C of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Chicagoans age 16-64 with underlying medical conditions and all other essential workers are eligible for the vaccine. Visit our vaccine resource page for a list of underlying conditions as defined by the CDC. 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. 

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 (only taking 65+ in their medical system) Walmart PharmaciesMariano’s PharmacyJewel-Osco (can make appointment)Rush MedicalUI Health Care (opened appointments for current patients and the public)United Center (general registration for phase 1B is open now, but seniors have registration priority)Register with Zocdoc (linked below in “Other Resources”)People 65+ will have appointments set aside for them at United Center for Drive Thru only until March 29. You must call 312-746-4835 to schedule a time slot. Find information in Spanish hereOther 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.

Please note that City vaccination sites are ADA accessible, and this program is specifically for those who are unable to leave home for medical reasons. Individuals living outside the City of Chicago are not eligible for this program.

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.

Please use the questions listed below as a guided reference to help you fill out the online form in English.

Additionally, if you know someone who fits these criteria, please give this form to them, or if needed, complete it on their behalf.

The City of Chicago will prioritize individuals who fit these criteria based on its current vaccination phases, including people aged 65+ and people residing in communities covered by Protect Chicago+. For more information about the Protect Chicago+, visit the following URL: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/protect-chicago.html

After submitting the online form, you will receive a confirmation email and be contacted to schedule your in-home vaccination. Please be patient as we respond to a large number of requests.

Click here for information in…
Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
Traditional Chinese
Arabic
PolishOn behalf of the Chicago Department of Public Health, we invite you to participate in a short survey to help us better understand the attitudes and evolving challenges surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic.The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Your responses will remain completely anonymous.The survey is available in both English and Spanish.Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback!https://researchsurv.com/survey/selfserve/2172/gb39/210101?list=3&listID=1# Property Tax Exemption Deadline Extended until April 9View guides on exemptions in multiple languages: https://www.cookcountyassessor.com/guide-property-tax-savingsCheck to see which exemptions have been applied: https://www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com/Apply for exemptions: https://www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptionsUpcoming virtual workshops and assistance: https://www.cookcountyassessor.com/event-listHow to contact our office: Phone: (312) 443-7550, MessageFacebook MessageComEd Financial Assistance Options

ComEd is increasing financial assistance funding my $9 million to help customers struggling to pay their electric bills. ComEd Bill Payment Assistance Program. In April 2021, ComEd will increase the amount of funds available to provide more one-time bill credits of up to $500, while funds are available. These credits are for eligible residential customers who have outstanding balances or who are looking to reconnect their electric service.More Flexible Payment Arrangements. Through June 30, 2021, ComEd is offering extended payment arrangement plans to eligible households, which allows customers to spread outstanding balances over 18 monthly installments with no money down. Eligible residential customers facing financial hardship who enroll in an 18-month, no money down payment plan will be exempt from disconnection through June 30, 2021. All other eligible residential customers with outstanding balances can enroll in an 18-month payment plan with a 10-percent down payment through June 30, 2021.Service Reconnection Assistance. Through July 10, 2021, eligible households that had electric service disconnected for a non-safety reason in 2021 can have their service reconnected by providing only 25 percent of their outstanding balance. Any remaining outstanding balance will be rolled into an 18-month, no-money-down payment plan.Additional financial assistance options
The ComEd CARE programs also offer a range of financial-assistance options, while funding is available, to help eligible customers pay their electric bills. There are programs available for residential, small-business customers and nonprofit organizations, as well as activated and deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves and honorably discharged veterans.
 
Any customer experiencing a hardship or difficulty with their electric bill should call ComEd immediately at 1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON1), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to learn more on how to apply. Information on each of these options, along with eligibility requirements, can be found at www.ComEd.com/PaymentAssistance.
 
ComEd also offers usage alerts and energy-management tips to help customers manage energy use to save money now and on future electric bills. For information, visit www.ComEd.com/OnlineTools.Peoples Gas Bill Pay Assistance

Peoples Gas is offering an additional $6 million in bill-payment assistance to its residential customers facing hardships as a result of the pandemic. The assistance is the result of collaboration between Illinois gas and electric utilities, the State of Illinois, consumer groups, and other stakeholders. It was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The additional assistance is being offered in the form of a one-time credit of up to $500 on customer bills, plus other support to help pay bills. 

Customers who may be eligible for the new assistance will receive a letter with additional details from Peoples Gas in April. They can also get information at peoplesgasdelivery.com or by calling Peoples Gas at 866-556-6001. The programs will be offered for a limited time.Andersonville Farmers Marked: Assistance Needed

The Andersonville Farmers Market is hiring for a part-time (at least 4-6 hours per week) seasonal market assistant. This person will work in tandem with the Market Manager to assist with the setup and break down of the weekly market beginning May 5 through October 20 with standing hours on Wednesdays. Click here for full details and requirements or email Joan Oberndorf at market@andersonville.org with interest. Andersonville Farmers Market is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. BIPOC and Gender Diverse Individuals are encouraged to apply. CTA Job Openings
Click here for a comprehensive list of current vacancies at CTAChicago Botanic Garden: Job Opportunities
Click here for a full list of opportunitiesSASI Caregivers Needed

SASI home services, a division of Chicago Methodist Senior Services, is a local nonprofit organization known for providing reliable, non-medical home care assistance to help older adults manage everyday activities and to create comfortable daily routines.

We offer a competitive wage and the training and support to enable you to perform at your best. SASI offers our caregivers flexible scheduling that includes clients who are hourly or live-in, as well as benefits for full-time staff.

Benefits:A program with a solid reputation that equates to job opportunities.Competitive starting wageDirect deposit for employees—with a bi-weekly pay scheduleVacation, holiday and sick pay for full-time employees (30hrs or more)Sick pay for part-time employeesHealth, dental, vision for full-time employeesTax-sheltered annuity planPart of a larger organization offering job mobilityOur service areas are Chicago, near North Shore and North Shore. Ability to speak Spanish, Tagalog or Polish is a plus, as well as having your own vehicle.

Start the process by calling 847-864-7274
Or send an email to: SASIhomecare@cmsschicago.orgBecome an After-School Volunteer Tutor with the
Syrian Community Network

SCN is seeking eight new after-school volunteer tutors
. Tutors will be trained over the next few weeks, so they can start working with kindergarten through 8th grade students by the week of April 19th. There are no Arabic language skills required, and the volunteer commitment consists of two one-hour tutoring sessions per week until June 17th.

For more info on the tutoring program, as well as next steps to sign up, please check out SCN’s Volunteer Opportunities Site. There is a form there that we ask all prospective volunteers to complete in order to initiate the onboarding and training process.Care 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.

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 hereDonate to Sarah’s Circle

The 20th district invites you in collecting personal care items to support Sarah’s Circle. Items needed include: body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes, combs, disposable razors, and click here to see the full registry.

Please drop off your donations at the 20th District lobby (5400 N Lincoln).Annual Women’s Toiletry Drive
Jan 4 – May 7 (EXTENDED)
Click here for donation drop-off sites and more information

Join Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer in collecting personal care items to support incarcerated women. Items needed, travel sized only:Shampoo/ConditionerDeodorantSoapShower GelBody LotionPeirce 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.Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program currently enrolling children ages 7-17, and every step in the process is now virtual. This free one-to-one mentoring program provides critical resources: fun interactive games and educational tools to provide guidance on managing stress, maintaining focus on schoolwork, and combating boredom and negative influences.To learn more and enroll your student, visit bbbschgo.org/enrollCirques Experience ProgrammingLooking for child care? Look no further, Cirques Experience has you covered.
Following all local, and state COVID regulations and guidelines, we are a safe environment to be active in.
Offering socially distant activities for kids in the circus arts. 

Join us for after school care or day off camps! Space is limited so sign up early!
http://www.cirquesexperience.org/day-off-campsTasting India
Form live Saturday, April 3, 6 pmOrders can be placed hereOver the last 43 weeks, Tasting India enthusiasts have visited Kashmir, Kerala, Orissa, Nagaland, Goa and so many more exciting destinations, on this rich culinary scavenger hunt! They’ve also had the chance to celebrate Indian festivals—like Diwali and Holi—through her delicious creations!
  Chef Jasmine Sheth is a James Beard Foundation grant winner. Tasting 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.  
Tasting India has been featured in The Chicago Reader, Eater Chicago and many more publications. You can read all about it here. The Spirit of Chicago: When Worlds Collide
April 5 – 11



The ninth edition of The Spirit of Chicago: When Worlds Collide is available for online streaming next week! This collection of work by local Chicagoans combines horror, comedy, and sci-fi to great effect. Whether it’s tales of getting lost in virtual reality, the sacrificing of a baby larva, or a Halloween gone awry, these insanely creative shorts will take you on an adventure this April 5-11!

Learn more and purchase tickets20th District Talk with TACT
April 6
3 pm

The 20th Police District Tactical officers will engage community members on Tuesday, April 6th at 3 pm on the Goudy Park, 5120 N Winthrop. Tactical officers serve as plain clothes officers in unmarked vehicles that work within our police district and our beats. Come learn more about what their duties are within our Chicago Police Department and our community. The Levantine Kitchen Zoom Cooking ClassesBringing food and fun into your kitchens has been the joy of my business this past year. And hey, through virtual cooking classes, you improve your cooking skills too!All classes are 1hr 45 minutes on Sunday afternoons. I’ll send you the list of ingredients and kitchen equipment you’ll need, as well as the recipes in advance. As we cook together, I’ll share tips to help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen. You’ll leave the class with healthy, ready-to-eat meals for the week ahead.

Upcoming Classes

April 11, Qudsiyeh.jpg3:30 – 5:15 pm
Register hereFarro and roasted carrot salad with whipped ricotta
Qudsiyeh (hummus and fava bean with tomato parsley salad)
Beet slaw and raisins with pistachio puree

 The Watergate Girl Goes to the Library
Jill Wine-Banks in conversation with Nina Barrett
Thursday, April 8
6:30 – 7:30pm

Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl, will share her vivid recollections as the only female assistant Watergate special prosecutor with Nina Barrett, bookstore owner and author of The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes. 

This free program is a Zoom webinar sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Edgewater Branch and Bookends & Beginnings. 

Register using this link:
http://bit.ly/FOELjill040821. Or visit the Events page of foelchicago.org
 Northside Catholic Academy Upcoming Events
 NCA Food Truck Fun!
April 10
11 am – 2 pmThe famous and oh-so-fresh Fat Shallot Food Truck is headed to Northside Catholic Academy! Pre-orders are cut off 48 hours before the event, and the options include Veggie Truffle BLT, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Truffle BLT, Spicy Sesame Fries, Truffle Fries, Kids Meals, Tomato Bisque, Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can modify your order and choose gluten-free bread for your sandwich.Place your pre-orders 

A portion of the event sales will be donated to Northside Catholic Academy. Thank you for your support!

Schedule A Personalized Preschool Tour
April 5 – 9
10 am – 2 pm 

Northside Catholic Academy’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. For more information, go to NorthsideCathlic.org.NCA Early Learning Center6216 N Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60660FOR 3 AND 4-YEAR-OLDSTo be considered, children must be toilet trained and 3 years old by Sept 1.PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:Five full-days per weekMonday – Friday, 8:10am – 3:05pm (Extended Care available 6:30am – 6pm) Schedule your preschool tour today!Swedish American Museum Programming

Online Ceramics Class
Saturday, April 10
12 pm

Hans Öhman is an artist in Sweden who works with a variety of materials. Ceramics is a material that everyone can enjoy. Traditionally working with ceramics has required a number of specialist tools and equipment but these days there are many different alternatives.In this class Hans will show you how you can create beautiful ceramic creations using simple and everyday items.You will need to buy some air-dry clay (NOT model magic but the heavy stuff) in preparation for this class. It can be found in most hobby stores. Other instructions will be included here and in an email to those who register closer to the date.

Online Cooking Class
Monday, April 12, 4pm
Wednesday, April 28, 6 pm


Our popular cooking and baking classes are back this spring. We are now meeting online so it doesn’t matter where you live, you can join us from anywhere.

Feel free to either join in with a notepad and your questions or we will send you the list of ingredients before the class so you can cook and bake along if you want. Note that there are times when we have to shorten actual cooking time to fit the class into one hour.In April we are making kåldolmar and kålpudding.
You will need a reservation to attend.

Exhibit Opening
Saturday, April 16, 4pm
Free online event

Five artists are currently on display in the Museum Gallery. Meet Lois Baron, Sharon Bladholm, Jean Cate, Vivian Morrison and Eva Nye in a gallery opening Zoom where you will be able to meet with the individual artists in breakout rooms. The Gallery is open for visitors so you can come and see the paintings before or after the meeting. If you are not ready to visit indoors yet or you live too far away you can see the art in the exhibit catalog here.

Online Book Club 
Saturday, March 27 
1 pm
“No one is too small to make a difference” by Greta ThunbergThis book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it. Senn Park Spring Programming
Session runs April 5 – June 15

Virtual Programs
Bingo | SeniorsFriday, 2:30 – 3:15 | Ages 60 & up | FreeBoot Camp | AdultMonday, 5:30 – 6:15pm | Ages 18 & up | $10Boot Camp | AdultThursday, 5:30 – 6:15pm | Ages 18 & up | $10Conditioning | AdultWednesday & Friday, 6:30 – 7:15am | Ages 18 & upFun & Games | YouthMonday, Tuesday & Thursday, 4 – 5pm | Ages 6- 12 | $10In Person Programs 
class will meet on turf near the tennis courtCircuit Training (Coed) | AdultTuesday, 6 – 6:45pm | Ages 18 & upSports Conditioning (Coed) | TeenWednesday, 4 – 4:45pm | Ages 13 – 18 | FreeRegister online at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.comCOVID-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*

Ward Office                                                          City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-5277                                                         312-744-6860
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
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