48th Ward Weekly Update – December 18, 2020

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December 18, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

This week body camera footage was released depicting a 2019 incident when Chicago Police wrongfully raided the home of Anjanette Young, handcuffing her while she was naked, and not responding to her telling them many times that she wasn’t who they were looking for. Mayor Lightfoot acknowledged yesterday that her team had denied Ms. Young an open records request to obtain the video, and that the City Law Department had tried to stop CBS2 from airing the footage on the news. There are many parts of Ms. Young’s situation that are deeply upsetting, to say the least — from the traumatizing treatment of an innocent woman in her own home, to the City’s response. That the Chicago Police Department would enter the wrong household during a “no-knock” warrant, especially when the person of interest was wearing a GPS-enabled ankle bracelet, is reprehensible. To follow that up with the cruel and dehumanizing treatment of Ms. Young in her living room is unforgiveable. Furthermore, the City’s handling of this case after the fact is also inexcusable. Citizens should not have to fight to get access to records about their cases dealing with CPD, and the Law Department should not be attempting to silence the media. Like many of you, I am extremely outraged at this week’s news.

While our City is in the midst of a reckoning around the inequities connected to race and policing, the injustices Ms. Young faced the night of the raid and that she continued to face while advocating for herself and trying to share her story are made all the more urgent and infuriating. Chicagoans deserve dignity, and deserve to be safe and secure in their homes. The body camera footage of the raid on Ms. Young’s home is upsetting, scary, and flies in the face of the work countless advocates and community activists across the City have done to build trust and foster relationships between CPD officers and neighbors in the communities they serve. Chicagoans also deserve the respect of transparency from their government when incidents like this occur. On Tuesday, December 22, 11am, there will be a meeting of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Health & Human Relations to have a subject matter with representatives from the Chicago Police Department, COPA, and the City Law Department on search warrants and search warrant procedures carried out by CPD. This meeting will be livestreamed on the City Clerk’s website.

At the final City Council meeting of the year on Wednesday we passed the Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance. This ordinance will allow for the establishment of new residential units in coach houses, basements, and attics within the existing neighborhood fabric of five pilot areas across the City, including all of the 48th Ward. Some of these residential units will be mandated to be affordable, and all of them will increase the needed supply of housing in Chicago. We will have more information on the rollout of this program in the future, click here to read my newsletter from Wednesday for more about this ordinance.

As we look to the new year, I will continue in my role as Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate to ensure that Federal relief funding that comes to the City of Chicago will go toward rent and mortgage relief. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Committee and City Council to move forward on more housing initiatives that will create affordable and stable housing across the City of Chicago. If you are a renter in need of assistance during this time, click here to access Department of Housing resources, or contact my office at harry@48thward.org.
This morning my office was out at Granville and Broadway with the Chicago Fire Department distributing smoke detectors and masks. Our community has sadly seen two fire-related fatalities in recent weeks, and we want to ensure neighbors are safe during this time. If you were unable to stop by today and need a smoke detector, please email or call my office at harry@48thward.org or 773-784-5277 and we can make arrangements to get one to you.

This week Chicago Department of Public Health began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers. CDPH has been planning for a rollout of vaccines as they come in, following the guidance set forth by CDC. I will continue to update you on this process as it moves forward. For more information on the City’s vaccination plans, visit chicago.gov/covidvax and click here to view a virtual Vaccine Town Hall meeting held last night. 

As we head into the last two weeks of the year, I want to wish you all a safe, warm, and happy rest of the holiday season. As a country, we are at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. While we’ve got good news and hope for the future with the rollout of a vaccine, this is not the time to let down our guard. We’ve made plenty of sacrifices this year, and I encourage you and your family to consider making one final sacrifice to celebrate apart and virtually this holiday season. Doing so will ensure we reduce the spread of Coronavirus, easing the strain on our hospital system, protecting our vulnerable neighbors, and protecting essential workers who help keep our community going by providing needed healthcare, transportation, food and retail, and other critical services. If you decide to travel, please see the City’s current Emergency Travel Order guidelines here, and review CDC recommendations on the safest protocols for travel.

Additionally, for the next two weeks, the Department of Streets & Sanitation is asking neighbors to put garbage and recycling bins out one day early, as crews will be adjusting their schedules for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

If you still have last-minute gifts to buy, I continue to encourage you to shop locally. Many of our local businesses have online ordering and curbside pickup options, and many restaurants have put together gift packages. The Andersonville and Edgewater Chambers of Commerce have created local gift guides to inspire you while selecting gifts for those on your list:Andersonville Gift GuideEdgewater Gift GuideJoin me tonight at 6pm in tuning into the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mix. This is a livestreamed video featuring some familiar faces bringing stories, songs, and holiday cheer for the whole family. Click here for more information and suggestions on how to enjoy your favorite local business while tuning in tonight.

I would like to extend my congratulations to Dave Sauve, a good friend and longtime 48th Ward neighbor, on his retirement today from the US Navy. Captain Sauve grew up on Wayne Ave. in Lakewood Balmoral and graduated from St. Ita’s, Loyola Academy, and the University of Notre Dame before serving more than 25 distinguished years for our country. The Sauve family has been part of our community since 1937, spanning five generations. We wish him peace and good health in his retirement and will look forward to seeing him at Calo Restaurant in better times this summer.

Have a peaceful weekend and stay safe. 


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardShared Cost Sidewalk Program

We are collecting locations for the 2021 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Please email the following information to harry@48thward.org:  NameAddressA description, with as much detail as possible, of the problem with the sidewalkPhone number/email addressPlease indicate if resident is a senior or a person with disabilities for further discounted rate purposes Requests need to be in by Thursday, January 7, at the latest. Peoples Gas Project Update (ENN and NEON Block Club areas)Magnolia 
All signs are down

All signs are down

Work is winding down and most signs have been removed. The work in the intersection of Wayne & Devon continues thru Monday.

Crews are on Highland now and will be on Greenview early next week. All work on Highland & Greenview is scheduled to be done by Christmas Eve.

Crews are planning on returning shortly after the New Year to begin individual service transfers. The plan is to start on Magnolia and work west. No Parking signs will be posted in advance of this work.

Please note this schedule is weather dependent. If there are any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Field Coordinator Norma Acevdo at 773/ 574-6060.Snowflake “Yarnbombing” on Sheridan Road

Residents of the Edgewater Beach Apartments (EBA)
looking to spread holiday cheer with Edgewater neighbors installed 39 hand-crafted snowflakes on the property fence along Sheridan Road.

Yarnbombing is also known as Fiber Graffiti. Intrepid crocheters and knitters cover (or bomb) permanent structures with yarn. The artwork softens the urban landscape and presents an element of surprise in what would normally be an unyielding environment.  The EBA’s snowflakes are a nudge to Mother Nature to bring some of the real white stuff.

Take a selfie in front of the snowflakes and post them to social media with the #ebayarnboming.Letter from Care for Real

To our neighbors of the 48th Ward,
Thank you for your continued generosity and support of the mission of Care for Real. If you’ve been by our location on Sheridan, you’ve seen the lines of people, which reflect the increased food insecurity in our community. This need has only grown as a result of the pandemic. It is only through your support that we have been able to meet the increased need this year. Items on this Wish List are ones that clients are especially asking for right now.

And please know that if you or your neighbors need food assistance, we are here for you. Please don’t be intimidated by the line; we have made changes that have enabled us to serve you even quicker. If you come later in the morning, there is only a very short wait.
Thank you again for your tremendous support as we care for our community together.

Gregory Gross
Care for Real Executive DirectorPublic Safety Update

Earlier this week, we provided a public safety update on our newsletter about armed robberies that happened in the 20th and 24th district. The Chicago Police Department has released a community alert explaining these incidents more in detail. Please click on this alert to read more details on the crime and action steps you can take. We will continue to keep you updated as we get more information.Chicago Police Department Use of Force Policies

As part of the Department’s latest community engagement effort, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has launched 10 draft use of force policies, and is asking all residents to review these policies. 

Members of the public have until December 19, 2020, to comment and review on the following policies:De-escalation, Response to Resistance, and Use of Force  Response to Resistance and Force Options Incidents Requiring Completion of a Tactical Response Report Firearm Discharge Incidents – Authorized Use and Post-Discharge Administrative Procedures Taser Use Incidents  Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Devices and Other Chemical Agent Use Incidents  Canine Use Incidents  Baton Use Incidents  Department Review Use of Force  Firearm Discharge and Officer-Involved Death Incident Response Small Business Support from Com Ed

Com Ed has created a new program to help small businesses, offering $1.5 million in financial assistance for one-time grants to cover 30 percent of past-due balances – up to $1,000 – and, for eligible small-business customers, a new flexible-payment option.  These programs are available for a limited time, so any small business customer experiencing a financial hardship should contact ComEd immediately at 1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON-1), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to learn more about their assistance options and enroll in these or any of ComEd’s bill-assistance programs.

Click here for eligibility
Find more information here
 Doctors Test Centers – hiringThe Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. Our commitment to the workforce goes well beyond our 400,000 employees and extends to the City’s 77 communities and the thousands of Chicagoans employed by contractors and concessionaires. Our recent announcement to begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports builds upon our legacy of job creation.    The program will require manpower to fill the more than 100 positions that are available. For more information, please click HERE.CTA Job Opportunities

Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. Winter Walk: A Mile in Her Shoes

This walk highlights the harsh reality of women’s homelessness during the deadly cold of Chicago’s winters. Your support can make the difference between a woman struggling to survive alone on the street and a woman who is safe and warm in her own bed.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on society, especially those most vulnerable. We are anticipating a greater demand for our services as evictions and lay-offs continue. Funds raised through Winter Walk are critical in meeting the demand of Sarah’s Circle’s services.  You can help by signing up to fundraise or by making a donation at this link: bit.ly/WelcomeHomeWalk 

Learn more about Sarah’s Circle and Winter Walk: A Mile in Her Shoes here.Swift 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.20th Police District Toys for Tots Drive

Drop off new and unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to the 20th District located at 5400 N Lincoln in the drop off box. Drop off any donations by December 20Make 2021 Yours!During a year of unprecedented challenges, Chicago’s youth have remained resilient. They have responded to challenge after challenge and made adjustments to the “new normal.” As we look to 2021, we have heard directly from Chicago’s young people that they want to end 2020 on a high note by preparing for what 2021 can be. Click here for details to participate.

The Make 2021 Yourscampaign is designed to:Ensure youth have enriching and engaging opportunities during winter breakProvide youth and their families with mental health supportsUtilize City assets to create events to provide access for engagements during winter break (in-person and virtual)Rally all youth-serving organizations and caring adults around supporting our youth during in preparing for and getting excited about 2021During Winter Break (December 19- January 3), we will partner with City Departments, Sister Agencies, Corporate and Non-Profit partners to provide a host of experiences, opportunities and activity kits to help Chicago’s youth prepare for 2021. Content areas of focus include:CulinarySports/WellnessArt/Music/DanceSTEMAcademic/College ReadinessVirtual content from more than 150 partners will be featured on MyCHIMyFuture.org. In addition, we will partner with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, and the Chicago Police Department to distribute Grab & Go activity kits to engage youth in hands-on learning and provide a break from screen time. Berger Park Holiday Story WritingHey kids! Write a holiday story and share with the folks at Berger Park, and they will share them with our community! Submissions are due December 18, and should be sent to kristen.rezny@chicagoparkdistrict.com. Stories will be shared on our social media pages.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.Let There Be Light: Windy City Gay Chorus & Windy City Treble Quire 2020 Virtual Concert
Saturday, December 19, 7pm

Let There Be Light will air free to all viewers over Facebook and YouTube. The concert will include a blend of freshly recorded songs featuring both choruses and soloists, digitally mastered and visually edited to lift spirits and embrace the warmth of the holiday season without the traffic or parking hassle. Find a sneak peak of the concert here.

Donations to help WCPA continue to offer outstanding choral singing in the Chicagoland community are always welcome and may be made by visiting WCPA online at http://windycitysings.org.Socially-Distanced Pictures With Santa
December 20, 2 – 4pm

Chicago Dance Supply is offering socially-distanced pictures with Santa. Photos will be taken outside at the corner of Clark and Berwyn. Masks are required. Find more information here

Free Gift Wrapping 
Drop off your presents that need wrapping curbside to Chicago Dance Supply, 5301 N Clark Street by December 20. Schedule your appointment for pick-up when you drop off. Call Chicago Dance Supply at 773-728-5344 for more information, or find more information hereJoin Butter Cup Park Advisory  Council for caroling around the Buttercup Park Plaza, at 4921 N Sheridan Road. Song sheets will be available and COVID guidelines will be enforced. Masks are required and will be provided to those who don't have one, and social distancing will take place. All are welcome. Studio 64 Hair gift card bonus buy. Through December 19, purchase any gift card and receive the following bonus: $10 for a gift card of $50 and under, and $25 free for a gift card for $51 to $100Edgewater Village Chicago invites you to three virtual parties

Put on your favorite holiday gear, pour yourself some holiday cheer and join Edgewater Village Chicago for fun parties to end the year!  All events are via Zoom; everyone is welcome.The Edgewater Village
Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 23
7 p.m.
We’ll be sharing holiday memories, poetry, song and lots of merriment!
RSVP Trivia for the Holidays  
Monday, December 28
7 p.m.Whadaya know? Let’s get together for some serious fun — maybe even win a prize!
RSVP New Year’s Eve Party
Thursday, December 31
7 p.m.
Toast in the new year; make some new acquaintances. We’ll be sharing our funniest 2020 stories and kissing the year goodbye.
Get ready to share some of your 2021 resolutions — or the ones you’re going to renew. 
RSVP  Three Unity Lutheran Church Christmas Services
The Longest Night/Blue Christmas, Evening Prayer Service
Monday December 21, 6:00pm
While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas a season of joy, the complexity of our lived experience does not always make us feel hopeful or like celebrating. On this longest night of the year, we come with our honest yearnings, seeking the return of new life and the promise of God’s advent among us.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Vigil: A Time For Prayer, Meditation & Reflection
December 24, 3 – 5pm

The vigil will take place in 15 minute segments, at Unity Lutheran Church, at 1212 W Balmoral Avenue. To ensure everyone’s safety, please sign-up here.  Sign-ups will have preference over walk-ups.

Traditional Christmas Service
December 25, 6pm
A traditional Christmas service will be broadcast live from Immanuel with Christmas Proclamation, Youth Christmas Pageant, string quartet, and Candlelit Silent Night. Join us for this most holy night!  Links to online services on Zoom will be posted here.GUS Giordano Dance School Holiday Dance Show 

Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a free dance show perfect for all ages right from the comfort of your own home! Plan a family movie night and see hip hop, jazz, musical theater dances and more. Email lauren@guslegacy.org for the free show link. Donations will be accepted. Happy holidays from GUS Legacy!

Winter Warmth in Uptown 
December 4th – 31st
Click here for full details!
WINTER WARMTH IN UPTOWN starts this Friday, December 4th!  Throughout December, the Uptown Chamber of Commerce is giving Uptown the gift of warmth in 2 ways:

1) Wilson Avenue will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland featuring sparkle and shine hanging from trees and motivational messages popping up along the street—all to keep visitors and local businesses glowing throughout the holiday season.

2) Help us spread the warmth each week throughout December by shopping locally, carrying out, and giving back. Share and tag your photos on social media and/or submit receipts of ANY local Uptown business for your chance to win weekly prize packages valued at $100 per week from local businesses and our Grand Prize Package worth over $250!   Full details at exploreuptown.org/winterwarmth

Together we can warm our hearts while keeping Uptown diverse, vibrant, and thriving. Swedish American Museum EventsPrata Svenska Online
Saturday, December 19, 12pmWould 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. Each session we will decide on a topic for conversation for the following session. Find the Zoom code here.
Swedish Christmas Cookie Class
Sunday, December 21, 10am – 12pm
Register hereJoin a Swedish Christmas cookie baking class to help you get started with holiday food preparations. The class will be held online and you can either get the ingredients beforehand and bake along or watch and learn.The list of ingredients and recipes will be sent to once you register. The class is $10 and will be held via Zoom.

One of the participants of the Swedish Christmas Cookie Class will receive a gingerbread house decoration kit. The drawing will be held during this event. 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*

Ward Office                                                          City Hall Office
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Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
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