48th Ward Weekly Update – February 25th

February 25, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

This week was a challenging week around the world as we watched Russian tanks advance into the sovereign country of Ukraine. All of us stand together with the Ukrainian people as they fight this violent aggression. Our thoughts are with them for their safety. I’ll provide updates on humanitarian aid efforts to support the people of Ukraine and ways we can help.

This week at City Council, we recognized Black History month and the many contributions made to our City and Country by our Black neighbors. Later today, President Joe Biden will nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Her nomination will be historic and long overdue as she will be the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court. We applaud the nomination of this accomplished jurist and look forward to her confirmation and seat on the Supreme Court.

Yesterday, I met with several business owners from the Argyle street area to discuss safety and a number of recent burglaries of businesses. Commander Brendan McCrudden from the 20th District joined us to discuss these safety issues. CPD has increased patrols in this area and is actively investigating these crimes and potential suspects. My office is working closely with business owners, Uptown United, and Chinese Mutual Aid Association on supporting businesses and adding security cameras. My office is working with the City to add additional lighting along Argyle Street, as well as working to restore the CPD foot patrol.

Yesterday on Glenwood near Thorndale around 11am, a woman was assaulted and her purse was taken by a male and female offender. The victim is recovering from this incident, and CPD and the interagency task force on carjackings is investigating this case. I will provide additional details on this case as they become available. Please be aware of your surroundings when you are out in the community and call 911 when you witness criminal or suspicious activity. If you would like to safely and anonymously report crimes, you can text CPD directly at 274637 (crimes) and send your message. 

Close to two years ago, the COVID-19 virus began to spread across our country and impact us all. We have worked together as a community to support each other and get through this pandemic. Beginning on Monday, February 28th, Chicago will lift the city-based mask and vaccination requirement. This aligns with the decision by Governor Pritzker to end the statewide mask mandate. Mayor Lightfoot made this decision to lift the vaccination and mask requirement because of the decreasing test positivity and hospitalization numbers that have reached the “lower risk” category. If you would like to read Mayor Lightfoot’s full news release, click here.
While mask and vaccination requirements will no longer be required in some spaces, they are still required on public transportation and in health care and congregate settings, and some businesses will continue with these requirements independently. Please be respectful of these spaces that continue requiring these measures. Chicago Public Schools, for the time being, will still require students to wear masks in schools. We will provide an update if and when this changes.

I am hopeful this will be a positive change as we work to return to normalcy. Please still take precautions to protect yourself and others, like social distancing and getting vaccinated.

Tomorrow will be a bit warmer with less snow, making it a great day to stop by the open house for Steep Theatre! Their open house will take place from 12pm-3pm at 1044 W. Berwyn, their planned location at the former Christian Science Reading Room. Please join to visit the space and learn more about the proposal. To register in advance, please click here.

Steep will also be hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, March 16th, at 6pm on Zoom. The development requires changes to zoning, as well as new licenses. Community member votes will be collected at this meeting and for the 7 days following via email. For more information on this meeting, visit the Steep website

It is the second weekend of Andersonville restaurant week, so be sure to stop by to enjoy some of the outstanding restaurants in Andersonville through Sunday. To see the special menus at participating restaurants, click here.

More Andersonville restaurant news: Paul Fehribach, a chef at Big Jones, is a semifinalist for the 2022 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Great Lakes region! Congratulations, Paul! Be sure to stop by Big Jones as they kick off the start of Mardi Gras with a special menu boasting king cakes and more!

This week I toured the Austin community on the West side with 37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts and community residents looking at critical housing and economic development projects under way in their community. As the Chairman of the Housing and Real Estate committee, I have worked to support these important developments on the South and West sides that bring housing and jobs for residents in these Chicago communities.

Over the last few years, the Chicago Park District has conducted investigations into abuse in the lifeguard program, with the findings uncovering the tragic impact on many young people. Under Rosa Escareno – Interim General Superintendent and CEO of Parks – the Park District is launching the Office of Prevention and Accountability to protect patrons as well as staff at the Park District. This is critical for the safety and accountability of those that engage with the Park District. Click here to read the press release.

This week the CTA announced it is seeking artists to commission artwork for stations and structures that are being rebuilt for the Red Purple Modernization project. With the RPM project in full swing, I invite all local artists to participate in the proposal as this will contribute to our neighborhood’s identity. If you are interested and want to learn more the CTA will hold a virtual pre-proposal meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6 pm, click here to register.  In the coming months, the CTA will hold community meetings for neighbors to learn more about the next phase of the RPM project. We will update you on this process as it moves forward. 
Today, Rewired Cafe & Bar on Thorndale is donating 10% of all sales to Friends of Swift, to benefit Swift Elementary School in our community. Before you settle in for the weekend, grab some lunch, order some pizza, or head over for a special Kids Night from 5 to 7, and a portion of what you spend will go to support enrichment for students and teachers at Swift. Click here for more information.

Stay safe and have a peaceful weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
COVID-19 Information and Resources 

If you require assistance in verifying your COVID-19 vaccination, please click this link for helpful resources and answers to commonly asked questions, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Broadway Visioning Meetings

Join me this spring for a series of community visioning meetings focused on the future of the Broadway corridor in the 48th Ward.

This will be a three-part proactive community planning process where we will work together to consider opportunities for affordable housing, economic development, roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, public art, place making, environmental sustainability and public transit. See below for event information.
Helix Update

There are some big changes happening over at Helix on Clark Street. The daily cafe will be closing on February 27th, but Helix isn’t going anywhere! We are shifting the space to a fully functioning lab for our growing high school program, with a focus on consistent community events open to the whole neighborhood. In 2021 Helix completed its transition to a 501c3 Non-Profit, expanded to serve 2,535 K-8 students nationwide, 452 Chicago High School students, and 330 educators! Helix’s mission is to develop transferable skills for students’ futures through real world learning in partnership with communities.

Come by this weekend for the last weekend of a full service cafe. Sean and Caitlin will be working behind the bar so come say hi! Our online store will stay open with individual coffee bags, tea boxes, candles, and coffee subscriptions! Our current high school interns are working hard to develop our first month of new events for April! Check out our annual report, sign up for our newsletter, and keep up with the latest for the new Helix HQ at our website helixeducation.org.
Emergency Heating Repair Program 

The Chicago Department of Housing will accept applications through April 1st for the Emergency Heating Repair Program, providing grants to low-moderate income, owner-occupied residential building of one to four units to repair or replace service of a heating system. Eligible residential buildings will be asserted one time for one-service (furnace or boiler) only and for the life of the property. Funding is limited and available on a first-come first-service basis. Click here for more information.
Free Smoke Detectors

As winter approaches, please make sure to check all of your smoke detectors and install new batteries to those that need it. Currently, our office has smoke detectors available for neighbors who do not have one in their home. Please email us at harry@48thward.org to claim a smoke detector.
The Chicago Department of Family Support Services shared an update on their Rental Assistance Program (RAP), a fund for all Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless due to loss of income or other eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent. The RAP deadline has now been extended and can be applied for on the DFSS website at  http://chicago.gov/fss/RAP  . Click here for FAQs on the eligibility for the RAP program. DFSS is processing applications on an ongoing basis and working to process applications to help connect people with their RAP services. You can also visit the DFSS North Area Community Center, 845 W Wilson Ave, open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, to file your application in person. 

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CTA Red Purple Modernization Project UpdatesSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:1/1-4/30: Extended Street Closure –W. Ardmore Ave between CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Ave1/3-1/29: Daily Alley Closures – Alley behind 4700 – 4748 N. Winthrop Ave2/5-2/26: Intermittent Alley Closure – The alley behind 5700 – 5758 N. Winthrop Avenue2/7-3/4: Extended Closure –W. Catalpa Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop AvenueThe alley behind 5450 N. Winthrop Avenue2/7-3/5: Extended Alley Closure – The alley behind 5500 – 5558 N. Winthrop Avenue
2/11-2/14: Weekend Closure – W. Bryn Mawr Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop AvenueSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
People’s Gas Construction Update1/25-July: Single lane closures – Ridge, from Broadway to Victoria 9am-4pmThrough 3/2: Parking restrictions along 5600 block of North Glenwood Avenue as crews continue installing the main. Crews will be working from south to North up to Hollywood and then likely east towards Ridge & west along Olive to Clark. Be sure to schedule appointments with PGL for new service markings.
Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Event
For more information, visit this site.
Illinois State Police Trooper Applications
Local School Council Applications Now Open
CPS’ Local School Councils are elected every two years by parents, community members, and school staff to:Monitor the school improvement plan—also known as their school’s CIWPMonitor the school’s budget and expendituresEvaluate their school’s principal annually, as well as selecting a new contract principal for their school or renewing the contract of their current principalApply by March 4th at 3pm CST for an opportunity to serve on your Local School Council. Click here for more information.
People’s Gas Winter Heating Reminder

Peoples Gas is reminding customers that this winter’s elevated heating bills are due to a sharp nationwide increase in natural gas prices. The price increase is being driven by tight global supply and an increase in demand as economies reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Peoples Gas does not profit from the cost of natural gas. It charges customers the same amount it pays for the gas.

For anyone who needs help managing their bills, assistance is available.

General winter assistance and resources:
Assistance is available to help Peoples Gas customers pay and manage heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to cedaorg.net or call the Community Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332. To set up payment plans and budget billing, and learn about ways to reduce energy use go to peoplesgasdelivery.com.

Bill pay assistance:
Financial assistance is available to help Peoples Gas customers with heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to cedarorg.net or call the Community Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332.

For those who don’t qualify for energy assistance

Winter energy-saving tips:
Manage energy use by turning down your thermostat, using a programmable thermostat, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultations. For more information, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/savings/.

Budget Billing:
Pay the same amount each month with Budget Billing. The billing program spreads out seasonal variations in your Peoples Gas bill over 12 months. While you still pay for all of the natural gas you actually use, Budget Billing provides consistent bills throughout the year. For more information and to enroll, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/payment-bill/budget.
A New Resource for Affordable Housing Owners

Voice of the People has been designated by the City of Chicago as a Technical Assistance Community Center (TACOM) to serve property owners, managers and sponsors of affordable and mixed income housing in Uptown. 

The non-profit organization, located at 4611 N Sheridan Road, is starting up an owners’ network dedicated to helping raise revenue, decrease expenses (including property taxes), and access resources as well as credit. Additionally, the network intends to collectively address property management, compliance and safety challenges – all vital to maintaining the viability of affordable housing over time.

Read more online, register your interest or call us us at 773.769.2442 to schedule a short informational interview.
Tutoring at the Loyola Literacy Center
Monday-Thursday evenings, 7:20pm-9pm when school is in session

We offer assistance in English with conversation and listening skills, writing, reading, and with the GED, citizenship exam, TOEFL, or IELTS.

We are now accepting applications from adult learners who would like to join us.  If you know of any adult who may be interested in doing so, please ask them to send an email to literacy@luc.edu, mentioning your organization and giving us the following information: 

1) Your Name, Address, and Phone Number  
2) Your E-mail address  
3) Your Goals – what you want to learn 
4) If you have been tutored at the Literacy Center before and when 
5) When you are free and can be tutored this Fall: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.
Resource for Immigrants

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is beginning its winter term of classes geared towards adults seeking English education and skills for the citizenship naturalization interview. See the flyer below for more information and to sign up for classes.
At Home Vaccination Program

Natural Gas Prices Expected to Spike this Winter

For details or to learn about available heating assistance and budget billing, please view the document linked here.
ComEd Financial Assistance – PIPP and LIHEAP 

PIPP funds through the state of Illinois are now available on a first-come-first-serve basis while available to eligible customers. Apply now through March 31, 2022. Apply Today.

Federally-funded LIHEAP provides eligible customers energy bill assistance. Applications will be accepted now through March 31, 2022 on a first-come-first-serve basis while funds are available. Apply Today.
Utility Bill Assistance by CEDA

The ongoing pandemic has made the need for financial assistance even more prevalent and with CEDA’s numerous offered services, the financial burden on so many can be lessened. Here is a recent webinar covering the Utility Assistance Programs offered at CEDA in addition to the flyer included below.
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing Rental Assistance Information

Eviction Assistance Resources from the Chinese Mutual Aid Association

We Will Chicago
Click here for more information

We Will Chicago pillar research teams are seeking the public’s input on a series of questions drafted over the past several weeks. These questions are being developed for every pillar to help the We Will Chicago teams frame the issues, direct their research, and provide the basis for objectives and recommendations. This will provide the objectives and recommendations for the citywide plan.
The EDW Senior Satellite Center is open for seniors to pick up their to-go dining of box lunches
Monday – Friday
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
In-Home Appointments for Covid Booster Vaccines Available 

The Protect Chicago at Home program is reaching out to homebound Chicagoans and seniors who received their in-home vaccines earliest to schedule their booster shot appointment. To make an appointment for a visit, call 312-746-4835 or register at Protect Chicago at Home.
For more information, visit the Chicago Booster Shot Program’s website here.
North Side Community Mask Drive
Drop off supplies at Dice Dojo, Edgewater of Sweetness, and Church of Atonement.

The North Side Community Mask Drive is a parent and community driven effort to ensure that PPE needs of the schools and communities are met. They are accepting donations of child sized N95/KN95/KF94, child sized surgical masks, wipes, and hand sanitizers. Click here for more information.
Volunteer with the Chicago Department of Aviation

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in two different volunteer opportunities at O’Hare.Travelers Aid Chicago volunteers staff terminal information desks or walk the terminals at O’Hare, assisting more than 1,000,000 passengers each year. Volunteers are needed to fill shifts on weekday evenings, weekends, and weekdays.  The USO of Illinois staffs two USO Centers at O’Hare Airport. Volunteers are needed to serve on regular and recurring shifts to keep all USO of Illinois Centers open for business during their center-specific hours of operation. All volunteers must submit to and pass a TSA background check. Volunteers receive free parking during volunteer shifts and discounts at many airport concessions. To learn more or to apply, please visit www.flychicago.com/volunteer
Volunteer as a Judge for Chicago Debates
Academic Debate is life changing for the debaters, but you can benefit too! Why Judge Debate?Empower a young personServe as a conscientious educatorUse your professional skills to support future leadersImprove your professional network working with other judgesAcademic service learning opportunityGive back to your community Debate tournaments will take place virtually this season. To volunteer you will need access to a camera and stable internet connection. Before judging volunteers will receive a 75 minute introduction training on policy debate to ensure they are comfortable with this new opportunity. Volunteers will also need to pass a background check.

Scheduling is flexible and opportunities are hosted most weekends during the school year.  A volunteer who judges a full day of debate impacts 16 students who wouldn’t have had the chance to be heard otherwise. A half-day of your time impacts 8 students, and just two hours of your time helps four ambitious and courageous students! 

Interested in serving as a volunteer? Complete our volunteer application to get started. 
Senior Connections with Chicago Methodist Senior Service

We are currently looking for more seniors and volunteers to participate in Senior Connections, a program that matches vetted volunteers with older adults who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  The volunteers visit (or call) the seniors weekly, providing companionship and a connection to community. For more information, click here.
The Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies 

Women of all ages and religions volunteer their time and knitting and crocheting skills to craft handmade gifts for those in need or ill. The Stitching Ladies meet Tuesdays at Emanual Congregation (5959 N Sheridan Rd) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, except for the first Tuesday of each month where meetings are held over Zoom. All are welcome to join when able. Also, donations of fabric and yarn are always appreciated. To request or suggest items or for more information, contact Sandy Pakin, the Stitching Ladies coordinator, at rsvp5959@gmail.com
Volunteer or Donate Food to Care for Real 

With a surge in need for food assistance, Care for Real is calling for the community to provide aid in any way possible. You can get involved by signing up to volunteer, hosting a collection drive for high-need items, or by making a financial contribution. To learn more, click here or email info@careforreal.org.
Donate Your Used Cooking Oil

After use, vegetable, canola, peanut, or whatever other cooking oils you may use are poured down the sink or into the trash can. Instead of disposing of it, you can recycle your used cooking oil to be made into biofuel, via Loyola University’s recycling program. To learn more, click here.
Volunteer to be an English Tutor

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is looking for volunteers to give individualized tutoring sessions to students learning English as a second language. If interested, please contact CMAA’s Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org.
Part time Personal Assistant at Tasting India

Tasting India, a woman-owned small business based in Chicago, is looking to hire a professional assistant to provide admin support for the founder. We are seeking someone proactive, highly organized and detail-oriented, with great verbal and written communication skills. Must have a roll up your sleeves, team-player, go with the flow attitude! This position requires about 20 hours a month, and candidates must be local to Chicago and have a car. 

Responsibilities include:managing social media, answering emails, calendar managementtaking videos and photos of current work (We cook from a commercial kitchen and social media is a big part of our sales strategy)Pick up/drop off suppliesHelp load/unload at kitchen and catering jobsAssist with ad/hoc responsibilities as needed1+ years of hospitality experience and/or social media and content creation experience is a plus.

Please send your details with relevant experience to tastingindiainfo@gmail.com.
Unable to attend the Job Fair?Please reach out to SafetyandSecurity@cps.edu and provide your information and the position(s) you are interested in.
Pace Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at our facilities across the suburbs to ensure that we can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. We seek your help in passing these opportunities along to your constituents who might be interested in a rewarding career in public service with great benefits.
Career Opportunities with Northwestern Medicine
For information regarding employment opportunities at Northwestern Medicine, visit this site.

Northwestern Medicine is currently accepting applications for their 10-month Medical Assistant Training Program. This 10-month certificate program prepares students to work alongside physicians in a variety of medical settings, including medical offices and clinics. For more information, click here.
Alternatives is Hiring! 

Alternatives has been a leader and innovator among Chicago’s youth-serving organizations since it was founded in 1971. Alternatives supports and empowers thousands of Chicago youth each year, working to build safer and more vibrant communities. Our staff work throughout Chicago to deliver these programs, both in schools and within the communities. Alternatives has two youth centers, one in Uptown and one in Washington Park.
Please see our open positions and ways to get involved here.
CTA Senior Manager – Service Planning

The Senior Manager manages and directs transit planning, development, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of bus and rail service and equipment. They will use a data-driven approach to make recommendations and service plans. Additionally, this role requires research to ascertain where operating efficiencies and service improvements can be implemented, and evaluates major route(s) changes and conducts a triennial system review for Title VI and Environmental Justice implications. The manager oversees contracted services, proposals, contract administration, and reports and participates in the development and administration of the section’s programs, policies, goals, and objectives. Identifies needs within the section and recommends new staff hires.

For more information and to access the application, click here.

For more career opportunities with the Chicago Transit Authority, view this document.
Medical Assistant Career Accelerator Program

AMITA Health Medical Group and Oak Point University are investing in you and your community with a Medical Assistant Career Accelerator Program. This unique program provides a fully paid fast track to educate, certify, and employ medical assistants (MAs). The best part? Once accepted, an immediate job is waiting for you in a high-demand and high-growth industry.
Learn more by visiting this link.
Verve College Nursing Programs
For information on their program, click here.
For class schedules, click here.
Greencorps Chicago Job Training Program

Greencorps seeks to train those with barriers to employment in green industry, that is environmentally conscious or sustainable industry. Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Employment & Training Program. During the nine-month program, Greencorps Chicago trainees earn Chicago minimum wage (currently $15). Greencorps Chicago trainees receive practical experience, professional development, and classroom & field training in a variety of environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries.  Trainees are offered a number of professional certifications including Defensive Driving, First Aid/CPR, HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-Hour Safety, Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class, and the Illinois Pesticide license.  Throughout the program, trainees are supported with wrap-around social services, a stable income, and assistance finding full-time employment upon completion of the program. For more information, view the flyer below or visit Greencorps’ website here.
Home Care Director Vacancy 

Chicago Methodist Senior Services is seeking applicants to a vacancy for a home care director. In this position one can expect to be responsible for the oversight of the operations of the home service program, including the development of policies and procedures, quality assurance, and performance improvement plans, ensuring the program is fiscally viable and following all regulatory standards are while maintaining a quality program through person-centered care and effective hiring, training, scheduling, assessing, and monitoring.

While on-the-job training is provided, candidates should meet the following education and training expectations:Master’s Degree preferred or Bachelor’s Degree Licenses in nursing, social work, health care management, certified nursing assistant a plus5-7 years related experience Experience managing, supervising and scheduling staff within the health care arena, assessing clients and case management.Experience working with older adults and family systems.Essential job functions:Responsible for the daily oversight of the program’s operations and partaking in all operational tasks including managing administrative and front-line staff, intake, assessments, supervisory visits, writing policies and procedures, managing incidents, concerns and complaints.Involved with recruiting, hiring and training administrative and direct care staff.Works with Bookkeeper on payroll, billing.Develops and implements a system for maintaining key operating and performance indicators for the program.Involved with overseeing the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement plan.Involved with business development functions, including marketing and outreach initiatives, as needed.Assists with preparing annual budget.   Involved in CMSS committees as deemed necessary.Back-up for on-call schedule.Regular, punctual attendance.Provide service to clients as deemed necessary.Other duties as assigned.If interested in applying, send your resume to mullin@cmsschicago.org
Job Opportunities at Misericordia

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have a 31 acre campus where we provide ‘round the clock care and support to our residents. We strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join our team.  We offer competitive pay rates and great employee benefits. You can find out more information about our organization by clicking this link: https://www.misericordia.com/

Available positions include:The Direct Support Professional position. Experience in this field is not a requirement for this position and we provide paid training for employees hired.C.N.As and we provide paid training for Certified Nursing Assistants who have passed their state boards.LPN/RN/BSN positions and would be delighted to welcome your new graduates that have an interest in working in our field.  More information can be found at: https://www.misericordia.com/employment/career-opportunities/ 

We are also currently hiring for a number of auxiliary positions. These are positions within departments that have specialized functions to operate in support of our overall mission. Examples of these positions include, but are not limited to, opportunities within our Kitchen, Bakery, Laundry, and Housekeeping departments. For more information, click here.
CPS Now Hiring Crossing Guards!

CPS Hiring in the Food/Nutritional Department

CPS is hiring associate manager, cook, porter, and lunchroom attendant positions.
Please apply here

A Food Handlers Card is required to work in a cafeteria. To obtain this certification, visit any of the following links:https://www.servsafe.com/ServSafe-Food-Handlerhttps://www.statefoodsafety.com/food-handler/illinois/state-of-illinoishttps://www.premierfoodsafety.com
CTA Second Chance Program 

The Second Chance Program is an opportunity for those facing challenges in reentering the workforce. Along with a career opportunity, Chicago residents may be provided with valuable job skills, training, education, and mentoring. Click here to learn more and how to apply.
Exelon/ComEd Internships Available for College Students 

College students pursuing either engineering or non-engineering career paths are encouraged to apply for an internship offering life skills and industry experience. Those interested, click here for more details or to apply.
Per Scholas Free Tech Career Training

Per Scholas provides rigorous tech skills training, professional development, IT industry certifications, and job placement with reputable tech employers all at NO COST to learners. Free courses begin in March. See link below for more information.

IT Support Course
End User Desktop Support Course
General Information
CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund” Is Now Accepting Applications from CPS High School Students

The Elevating Futures Scholarship program provides aid to students who plan to pursue four-year degrees in construction management, civil engineering, industrial engineering or systems engineering.

For more information about this program, visit ­CTA’s website at transitchicago.com/rpm/workforce-opportunities or Chicago Scholars’ web site at chicagoscholars.org/elevatingfutures.
Chicago Public Schools Seniors: Apply To Join Innovative Teaching Prep ProgramTeach Chicago Tomorrow, established in 2020, is a partnership between CPS, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and Illinois State University (ISU). It offers two structured pathway programs for aspiring CPS teachers, each a roadmap that makes becoming a teacher more accessible, predictable, and affordable.The Teach Chicago Tomorrow Pathways Partnership track combines the resources of the three partner institutions, who have created a structure to guide CPS graduates in enrolling in college and completing their degree program; earning a teaching credential in specific teaching specialties; and starting their CPS career. The full-time coursework takes place in Chicago, at CCC and at ISU satellite facilities. Scholars first earn an associate degree at City Colleges of Chicago and then earn their bachelor’s degree by completing the second two years of college as an Illinois State University student. After undertaking a year-long student teaching experience within CPS schools and earning their Illinois teaching license, students will have priority for job placement at CPS schools.The Emerging Educators Program is an alternative option for students needing more time to complete college. Students take classes at CCC, part-time or full-time, to complete their associate degree and then transfer to Illinois State University or any other four-year institution of their choosing to complete their education degree program. Students eligible for the program must:Have a passion for education and teachingBe a CPS graduate from the class of 2021 or 2022Minimum of 2.5 GPA for admission (and must maintain 3.0 throughout college enrollment) andMinimum score of 21 on the ACT or SAT of 540 in English and 530 in MathAlternatively students may enroll in a summer bootcamp to achieve college-readiness.Interested students can apply by submitting an interest form (Click “Get Started”): teach.cps.edu/teach-chicago-tomorrow
Chicago Builds Application Open

If you are an 11th or 12th grade student, you can apply for the Chicago Builds program. While providing challenging and intentional programming, Chicago Builds’ mission is to provide students pathways to the building trades after high school. Our passion is to inspire students to do incredible things. Chicago Builds serves as a model for specialized trade schools for high school students interested in working in the building trades as a post-secondary career.

For more information, please visit www.chicagobuilds.org.
Apply for Future Founders Program Opportunities 

Future Founders is offering a virtual program for youths in Chicago. It is free to apply, and the benefits are numerous. More information is listed below.

Startup Spring Break 
Run in partnership with Google, the Startup Spring Break virtual camp joins middle school girls across Chicago. Through this program on April 11-15, girls will learn about entrepreneurship, meet female founders making an impact, and collaborate to create business ideas. 
Applications are due by Monday, March 7th. Visit here to apply.

Any questions may be directed towards Future Founders’ Senior Program Manager, Jane Castro, by either phone or email: (913) 645-7393 or jane@futurefounders.com
Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago Resources
SUFEO is a group of law students at Loyola University Chicago who provide free legal information and services to K-12 students in a variety of areas. Under attorney supervision, SUFEO offers support and representation to students experiencing:Inadequate special education servicesBullying, harassment, or discriminationSuspension, expulsion, or other disciplineBarriers related to COVID-19 and remote learningContact the SUFEO helpline at 773-800-0338 or email sufeo-chicago@luc.edu.
Virtual Open Houses For Chicago Friends School

Open houses will be held for the 2022-2023 school year at Chicago Friends School in the coming weeks and months. There are multiple dates to fit your schedule, so we hope to see many faces at these virtual meet and greets. Details are listed below.

Virtual Open House:  
February 26
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Virtual Admissions Coffee:
March 14, 16
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Click here for more information 
or call (773) 442-2371
Vaccine Options for Children

The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends getting vaccinated through your normal healthcare provider or pediatrician. However, here are more options in our local community:

5625 N. Ridge

5440 N. Clark

Swedish Hospital 
2751 W Winona, Anderson Pavilion Auditorium
7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri
Walk-ins accepted, or
Register for appt  online or call 773-907-7700

Senn HS: School Health Center
5900 N Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60660
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon-Fri
 Appointments required. Pfizer (12+)
Open to Heartland Patients Only
Call 773-751-1860 to make an appointment
Youth GED Program 

The Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) offers free GED training and testing for youth aged 16-24. For more information, call 312-575-3285.
What Ideas Do You Have to Improve Devon Avenue between Ravenswood Avenue and Sheridan Road?
Share ideas + learn more at ElevateDevon.org What can be done to enliven this corridor and enhance its sense of place?Is it easy to get around? Ride your bike? Cross the street?How can we support local businesses and attract new ones?What ways can we strengthen corridor identity and celebrate diversity?Have thoughts on public art, landscaping, lighting, and events?Elevate Devon is a pivotal corridor study focused on improving and enhancing Devon Avenue, between Ravenswood Avenue and Sheridan Road. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Loyola University Chicago came together to make this project possible – now we are asking our community members to do the same. Join us in helping shape Devon’s future. 

Visit ElevateDevon.org today to add ideas to the interactive comment map!
The No Book Club
Monday, February 28, 1-2pm

Are you a hIstory buff? Or are biographies, mysteries, or science fiction what you enjoy reading? Tell us about it. You’re invited to participate in our lively group to share the latest book you’ve read — any genre — or just listen in. This informal, virtual meeting is a fun way to meet people and get ideas for books you may want to read. Register.

This program is a partnership with Edgewater Village Chicago, Edgewater Reads, Friends of the Edgewater Library, and the Edgewater Branch Library.
A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
March 6-27, 2022
Sundays at 1PM

Tickets now available: Celebrate Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first bona fide Black leading man, at our new series. From March 6-27, FACETS presents a retrospective of four Sidney Poitier films spotlighting his extraordinary career and achievements.

As an actor, director, activist, and humanitarian, Mr. Poitier was a pioneer on many fronts, and in 1963 was Hollywood’s first Black leading man to win an Academy Award. He emerged as an iconic movie star during the civil rights era, a volatile time when there were few opportunities for Black actors or directors in Hollywood and was the first black actor who could get a film produced on his own name.
AstonRep Theatre Company Presents 13th Annual WRITER’S SERIES: Three One-Acts by Lindsey Brown
February 26 & 27, 2022
AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to present its 13th annual Writer’s Series, featuring free virtual readings of A Lovely Day for a Boating Trip, a triptych of one-act plays by Lindsey Brown. The performances will stream live via Zoom on February 26 & 27, 2022, each followed by a short post-show discussion. To access the free readings, visit www.astonrep.com.
Upcoming Events at the Chicago Public Library

Law at the Library Virtual EventsJoin us as a legal professional lectures on a particular area of law with an open question and answer session at conclusion.Health EventsHelp Understanding and Navigating Women’s Health Issues and COVID with Equal HopeImmigration EventNaturalization and Green Card Virtual Events with USCIS
Visible Mending Workshop
March 5th, 4pm
Chicago Mosaic School
Register here.

In this mending workshop, learn the basics of visible mending to take sustainability into your own hands and make your clothes last longer! You’ll get hands-on skills for mending your clothes. This workshop combines hand embroidery and sashiko techniques to mend your clothes.

This is an introductory class and you’ll learn skills to mend your clothes. Even if you’ve never sewn before this class is an introduction to hand sewing. Mending materials will be provided.
Apply to the Millennium Park Residency Program
Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022

DCASE invites Chicago-based organizations and cultural producers that share our commitment to providing high-quality, free programs to participate in a new Millennium Park Residency Program. This residency opportunity will open Jay Pritzker Pavilion and other Park cultural amenities for organizations to curate, develop and produce free public programs and performances in 2023. With leadership support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Pritzker Foundation, DCASE will provide four grants up to $150,000 to nonprofit cultural organizations. For more information and apply by March 4, visit the DCASE Opportunities website.
Small Business Finance Webinar for BIPOC, Women, and LGBTQIA+ owned Businesses
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Register Here

Founders First Capital was formed to support businesses led by women, people of color, LGBTQ+, military veterans, as well as inclusive teams and businesses located in low to moderate income areas. We provide revenue-based funding and business acceleration advisory support to small businesses. We are excited to welcome Song Chae of Founders to help provide assistance to folks that might need the assistance in getting to the next level.
Peterson Garden Project

Even though the gardens are buried in snow, it’s not hard to imagine those fresh veggies and herbs we’ll soon harvest. This is a fine time to renew or become a new member of PGP, and to plan for gardening season!

Four of the gardens still have garden memberships available and we are taking names for the waitlists for the other two gardens. We’d love it if you spread the word and told your friends and neighbors about this opportunity – even if you aren’t able to garden with us yourself this year. Register and see more information about our gardens including their locations at our website: https://www.petersongarden.org/.

For those who have registered, thank you and please look for our email on March 1 that will have information about signing up for one of our mandatory Zoom orientations.

Have a question about registration? Email registration@petersongarden.org.
Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes
February 27th
Truman College

Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes 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.
Heartland Alliance Free ESL Courses

Heartland Alliance will offer free online English as a Second Language courses, citizenship prep classes, vocational courses, and GED prep courses. They have classes available at different English language levels and at various times, including Saturdays. 
ANY GIVEN DAY, In-Person Screening
Saturday, February 19th at 7pm
Chicago Filmmakers, 1326 W Hollywood Ave

Following the widespread defunding of community mental health care programs across the country in 2015, the Cook County Jail has become a default treatment center for people living with mental illness in Chicago. While sharing the rarely seen struggles of three detainees in a specialized mental health probation program, director Margaret Byrne (of the critically acclaimed award-winning documentary RAISING BERTIE) faces her own challenges, making clear just how precarious the ties between people with mental illness, their families, and society can be. Click here to purchase tickets.
‘Solaris’ Premiere at Griffin Theatre Company
February 19th – March 27th
6157 N. Clark Street
Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to welcome back live audiences this winter with the North American premiere of David Greig’s sci-fi thriller Solaris, adapted from the novel by Stanisław Lem.

On a space station in the far reaches of the galaxy, a small group of scientists study the isolated ocean planet of Solaris. Sent from earth to investigate reports of abnormal activity on-board, a new scientist arrives to find one crew member dead and two who are seeing things that cannot be explained. Has the prolonged isolation in space caused those on board to hallucinate? Or is it something else? A vivid exploration of loneliness, isolation and how we deal with loss, this science fiction thriller asks if we can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within our hearts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Tasting India Orders

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. Chef Jasmine Sheth is a James Beard Foundation grant winner. 

A person with the arms crossedDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceIndia is a melting pot of different cultures, traditions and cuisines, each telling us a unique story about the history of the communities and the traditions passed down from generations. Chef Jasmine focuses on drawing from these different cultures and tapping into its versatility to bring you gorgeous blends of small batch ground spices, a mouthwatering array that can be used as spice rubs for meat, seafood and various preparations! Her website contains links to recipe suggestions, from warming soups to delicious BBQ!

Visit Tasting India’s online shop over Instagram or our website, to get some cardamom coffee, masala chai blends, or a gorgeous rubbing spice! Perfect to spice up your life or makes as a great gift (gift cards available).

Tasting India has been featured in The Chicago Reader, Eater Chicago and many more publications. You can read all about it here
Raven Theatre’s TAKE FLIGHT SUMMER CAMP Returns to In-Person Classes for 2022

Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its Take Flight Summer Camp will return to in-person classes this summer, featuring two training sessions in theatre arts for kids ages 6 – 14. Great for beginners looking to learn the basics of performance or more advanced actors looking to hone their skills, Raven’s team of professional teaching artists will help kids feel the confidence to contribute to the artistic process and the courage to try something new. Over the course of two weeks, campers will create their own theatrical adaptations inspired by classic and popular children’s stories. Their original work will be performed for family and friends on the final day of camp.

The two-week sessions are held Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3 pm, with an option of extended daycare from 3 – 4 pm, at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. To register for these courses, click here.

Calling all dancers 4th grade and up! Audition for GUS® Summer ‘22 Intensives!
Incredible summer dance intensives include College/Pro Intensive, Pre/Pro Intensive, and the only ALL Jazz Intensive.
Audition in-person @ GUS® on February 20 (pre-registration required). Video auditions also accepted until Intensives fill.
Visit guslegacy.org for full details and to register for the in-person audition on 2/20/22.
Watch Short Video Clip!

Enroll today for GUS® Summer Dance Camps, Tiny Tots Dance Camps, Ballet Intensive, Hip Hop Intensive and more!
GUS® has summer dance programs for ages 2 & up! Watch Camp Video Clip!
Tour the Historic Former Wabash YMCA: The Birthplace of Black History Month
February 12 & 26, 10:30am

The Historic Former Wabash YMCA will be open to the public for two in-person guided tours in February. This national landmark was the heart of cultural and economic progress for African Americans in Chicago for over half a century and is hailed as the birthplace of Black History Month.

Visitors will be led through a guided tour of the building augmented with a collection of newly compiled vintage photos and archived newspaper articles so that attendees can fully see and experience the impact this building had in the lives of several thousand black Chicago residents in the 20th Century.

Tours will be held on the 2nd Saturday of every month of 2022, with a bonus tour in February held on the 4th Saturday. Each tour starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The tour is free for all but a donation of $20 to TRC is suggested to support future tours and upkeep of the building.
Andersonville Restaurant Week
February 18th-27th

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to host its sixth annual Restaurant Week, a ten-day long salute to Andersonville’s diverse and dynamic dining scene from February 18 – 27, 2022. The event returns for dine-in service this year with more than 15 restaurants and bars offering a variety of brunch, lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus, drinks specials and desserts ranging from $10 – $30. Restaurant Week is not a ticketed event and reservations, where accepted, are welcome and encouraged. Vegetarian, vegan and carry out options are available. For a current list of participating restaurants, visit the ACC website.
This Month at the Swedish American Museum 

View a film, attend a cooking class, or visit a pop-up cafe. There’s something for everyone at the Swedish American Museum. Please click here for more information on upcoming activities.
Participate in a study at Northwestern Medicine
Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar 

Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. Monday night trivia, kids night on Tuesday, and Wednesday night date night all in one place! View their website here for a look at the menu and other deal and dining experiences.
Homework Help at Edgewater Library
Teacher in the Library homework help is available (excluding holidays and CPS breaks):
Monday: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Get homework help from a certified teacher and learn about library resources with our expert librarians. Teacher in the Library Jeffrey will be able to help children with homework in all subject areas and even caregivers can get help with focus, learning strategies, and resources for their child. To contact the Edgewater Branch Library for more information, please visit our website.
Enrollment for Classes at Chicago Filmmakers 

Chicago Filmmakers’ winter classes will soon begin. Classes range in skill level and offer a variety of dates for these short, crash-course-style classes. To view a list of courses or to enroll, visit their site here. For younger creatives, a variety of summer classes will run anywhere from June to August. Click here for a head start on registration.
2022 CYSO Gala: Listen to the Future!
Saturday, March 12
6:00 PM

As we celebrate CYSO’s 75th anniversary season, you are invited to an evening of glamour and music honoring our past, present, and future. Join us to hear the sparkling young talent that will shape the future of music. As our largest fundraising event of the year, your support helps ensure a bold and innovative future for CYSO. Proceeds raised at the Gala support our world-class music education for dedicated young players from across the Chicago region. 

The event includes cocktails, dinner, live auction, and performances from CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra, Kaiso Steel Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and members of Preparatory Strings.

To purchase tickets, visit this link.
Jewish Learning Institute Spirituality Course 
Every Sunday, February 6 – March 13, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Jewish Learning Institute is offering a course on spirituality and meditation hosted at the Chabad of Uptown. Instruction will take place through both traditional lecturing and meditation exercises to create an experiential process that is easy to absorb and retain. Please join Rabbi Levi Notik for Meditation from Sinai and gain relatable and usable tools to live an even more purposeful life. To learn more and sign up for the course, please click here.
Helping Cats Near You 

4th Sunday of every month
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Zoom Link Here
Password: feralcats

With temperatures dropping, stray and feral cats need more assistance than ever. Cats in Action has begun hosting monthly community workshops over Zoom to educate the community on how best to help stray cats. If interested, please join us every 4th Sunday of the month via the Zoom link above.
Enter the Reeling: 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

The 40th LGBTQ+ film festival, produced by the Chicago Filmmakers, will take place from September 22 – October 2, 2022. If interested in submitting your cinematic work to the festival, click here. The submission dates are listed below with those who enter by the early bird deadline receiving a discount on their submission. 

Earlybird Deadline: March 31, 2022
Regular Deadline: May 5, 2022
Late Deadline: June 9, 2022

We look forward to receiving a wide variety of talented and material!
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 Guide
Chicago Public Schools Permanent Vaccine Sites
CPS Mobile Vaccination Events
CPS School-Based Health Centers