48th Ward Weekly Update – February 4, 2022

February 4, 2022
Dear Neighbors,

Hope you are staying warm. This week we got hit with significant snow. The Streets and Sanitation crew worked hard to clear main and side streets, and will continue to do so in the coming days. Garbage collection for some may be delayed into tomorrow. Thanks to all the neighbors who helped out clearing snow for their fellow neighbors. For information on warming centers across our city, click hereIt’ll be cold this weekend, so stay warm and safe.

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year and the Year of the Tiger starting at 1pm with a parade on Argyle Street. This is our first parade in two years due to the pandemic, and I hope you are able to join us for this celebration. There will be family-friendly activities, pop-ups, and an art walk. Uptown United created this guide on Lunar New Year traditions and the ways you can celebrate tomorrow! While it’ll be cold this weekend, this will be a great celebration of Argyle Street. 

State Representative Greg Harris will be the Grand Marshall of the Parade. Thank you to all of our community partners for making this celebration a success, including Uptown United, Hip Sing Association, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, South-East Asia Center, Vietnamese Association of Illinois, and many more organizations.

It’s going to be cold this weekend. If you need to warm up after the Lunar New year parade, be sure to visit Andersonville for their annual Hygge Fest. This is a celebration of Scandinavian “hygge”: the embracing of all that is cozy, comfortable, and the simple pleasures of life. You can support your favorite local businesses, donate to a community mask drive, and enjoy live music. Click here to learn more about programming for Hygge Fest.

Despite the cold weather, CTA continues to work on the RPM construction project. The planned work and street closure on Bryn Mawr has been rescheduled for next week. Next Tuesday, February 8th, Catalpa Street from Winthrop to Broadway will be closed until March 4th to allow for drill rig shaft installation. Also this weekend, on the west side of Sheridan Road from Hollywood to Catalpa, CTA will be staging equipment. This will cause a shift in the traffic lanes, and CTA staff will be on site to direct traffic. Please incorporate these changes into your travel plans. We will have a further update next week about the Bryn Mawr closure.

Jesse Sharkey, President of CTU and former Senn High School teacher, announced he will not run again for President of the Chicago Teachers Union. I appreciated working with him on issues affecting Chicago teachers and improving our Chicago Public Schools, and want to wish him all the best on his future endeavors.

Earlier this week, we announced – alongside Steep Theatre – their plans to purchase the old Christian Science Reading Room to continue their work bringing great live theatre to our community. The space will allow for an outstanding theatre experience and flexibility in programming as Steep looks at bringing back events like their food truck nights. I look forward to their reopening.

To read our full announcement, click here. For information on upcoming community meetings about zoning changes and these changes, click here.

Please stay warm this weekend, and I look forward to seeing you at our celebrations around our community.

Sincerely, 

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.
Lunar New Year Celebration on Argyle
February 5, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join Uptown United and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman on Argyle Street as Uptown continues its annual tradition (dating back over 40 years!) of celebrating the Lunar New Year! To welcome the Year of the Tiger, local organizations are planning several pop-ups with family-friendly activities, as well as the Lunar New Year Parade at 1:00 pm sharp at Argyle & Winthrop. Featuring 30 local community groups, cultural institutions, dancers, and performers, you will not want to miss it as we welcome the Lunar New Year on Argyle. Please click here for more information. 

Parade and Celebration Information below, including any street closures:

There will be parking restrictions on the following streets on Saturday, February 5th, from 8:00am – 2:00pm

No Parking
West Argyle Street, from Broadway to Sheridan – both sides of the street
North Sheridan Road, from Argyle to Ainslie – west side of the street only
West Ainslie Street, from Sheridan to Broadway – both sides of the street
North Broadway, from Ainslie to Winona – east side of the street

Parade Route
The parade kicks off at 1:00pm sharp from Winthrop & Argyle and proceeds east.
Sheridan south to Ainslie
Ainslie west to Broadway
Broadway north to Argyle
Disband at Argyle and marchers walk back to Winthrop for a short cultural program

Statement of Support for Jewish Neighbors

Last weekend, our neighbors in West Ridge were targeted with multiple acts of Anti-Semitic vandalism. Here in our community, we must always stand together with our neighbors of every background and faith, and advocate, teach and represent tolerance, diversity, understanding, and peace. Please read the attached statement written by faith leaders in our communities as I stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors and faith leaders. 
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.
CTA Red Purple Modernization Project UpdatesOther Construction Activity and Community Impacts1/3-1/29: Daily Alley Closures – Alley behind 4700 – 4748 N. Winthrop Ave1/10-2/5: Intermittent Alley Closures – Alley behind 5700 – 5758 N. Winthrop AveSee 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 impactsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
Bryn Mawr Closure
Next weekend, Bryn Mawr Avenue between Broadway and N. Winthrop Ave will be closed from Friday, February 4th at 8pm through Monday, February 7th at 5am. Crews will be working on drilled shaft installation. Please be aware and plan your trips accordingly. Click here to view the full construction activity notice and local impact of the closure.
People’s Gas Construction Update1/25-July: Single lane closures – Ridge, from Broadway to Victoria 9am-4pm
CPD Policy Feedback Requested

The Chicago Police Department invites you to review the draft policies and make comments and recommendations on it. To read the policies and provide your feedback, click here. Public comments will be open until January 28th, 2022.CPD has launched anonymous input forms that asks various questions around human rights and prohibitions of profiling. These questions will allow you to provide feedback on specific components of the policies. Responses to this form are entirely anonymous.Human Rights PolicyProhibition of Profiling Policy
Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Event
For more information, visit this site.
Bowl with a Cop
February 22, 5pm-7:30pm
Diversey Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey Pkwy.
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 cedarorg.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.
Clark Street Crossroads
February 15th, 6pm
Register via Zoom

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is launching engagement efforts for “Clark Street Crossroads,” a corridor study in Uptown that will produce a series of land use recommendations to enhance the street’s mixed-use vitality and walkability.

DPD initiated the one-mile-long study last month to examine residential and commercial market conditions between Montrose and Foster avenues, also to identify opportunities for new development, zoning enhancements and public realm improvements.

A virtual workshop for area residents, businesses and interested parties is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Workshop registration is available on Zoom or through the study’s website, ClarkStreetCrossroads.com.
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.
Unity Chicago’s New Space

Unity Chicago is now sharing the space at Emanuel Congregation (5959 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660). Services will be held Sundays at 11:15 AM. To contact Unity Chicago, call 773.973.0007 or visit their website here.
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.
Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration Seeking Volunteers 

Volunteers are needed to help Argyle’s celebration of this year’s Lunar New Year. Roles include:
Parade Marshals (12:00pm – 2:30pm)  – serve as safety monitors along the parade route to keep the general pubic from straying into the street.

If interested in volunteering for the Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration, please fill out the application linked here. 
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. 
Have a Heart … and Give Valentines 

Now through Feb 8, the Edgewater Village is sponsoring a program to write store-bought valentine cards or create handmade ones for older adults in senior residences and nursing homes in Edgewater, Andersonville, Rogers Park, and Uptown. A limited supply of cards and crafting materials may be reserved and picked up at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Read details and instructions to reserve craft kits. Do you have envelopes for handmade cards? Please drop off any size (except business envelopes) to the Edgewater Branch.
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.
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.
Greater West Town Vocational Training

Looking to find love in a new career this February? Greater West Town’s Training Partnership is still accepting applications for their no-cost vocational training and employment placement assistance. The training facility at GWTP provides a true state of the art educational experience with hands-on industry standard equipment training in the industries of either Woodworking or Shipping & Receiving. Classes for this month’s Shipping & Receiving program will begin February 14th and the Woodworkers program follows on February 28th, so spread the word and get your application in today! 

Call (312)563-9570 and set up your orientation now or visit online at apply.gwtp.edu.
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.
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
Chicago Urban League Construct Infrastructure Academy
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 November. See link below for more information.

IT Support Course
End User Desktop Support Course
General Information
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
Families Together Coop Nursery School Enrollment Open
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:

Walgreen’s 
5625 N. Ridge
773-989-7546

Walgreen’s
5440 N. Clark
773-596-5022

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.
Annual Andersonville Hygge Fest
February 4 – 6, 2022

Visit Andersonville between February 4th and 6th for “hygge-themed” festivities, including clothing pop-up shops, treats from your favorite restaurants, and more! The Danish concept of “hygge” refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy, and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community, and fire all encompass the idea of Hygge. For information and updates, visit the Andersonville Hygge Fest page.
Lunar New Year Celebration 2022
February 5th, 10am
Furama – 4936 N Broadway, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60640

Enjoy a Lion Dance by CMAA youth, lunch, stories from CMAA, and remarks from dignitaries and elected officials. Children will be presented with Lucky Red Envelopes.

Attendance will be limited to 100 guests. RSVP is required for this free event. Vaccination status will be checked upon entrance as required by City of Chicago for anyone ages 5 years and older.

Parking is located in the lot south of the building. Restaurant is accessible with an elevator.

Visit www.chinesemutualaid.org to register
Shop Where Your Heart Is

This winter season put your money where your heart is. Support our local business community by shopping small during this very difficult time. Rogers Park Business Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of SHOP WHERE YOUR HEART IS to support local independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park during the month of February. The program will offer drawings for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants and stores. Visit this page to learn more.
Attend “The Loyola Project” Premiere
February 11, 7pm
Gentile Arena

The Loyola Project is an independent documentary film about the 1963 Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team who not only won the national championship, but also broke racial barriers and changed basketball forever. Produced by award-winning O’Malley Creadon Productions, the filmmakers’ vision—“See the Film, Start the Conversation”—is to reexamine that legendary team through commentary and narration by Loyola basketball player and captain Lucas Williamson and to foster thoughtful discussions of racial justice in our time.

Loyola will host a special on-campus premiere of the film on Friday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at Gentile Arena for members of our community, and including alumni and parents. Tickets are required and can be reserved online. Loyola’s COVID-19 Game Day guidelines will be followed. 
Raising Your Credit Score: Steps to Cleaning Up Your Credit
January 25 at 6:00pm
Loyola Welcomes Pope Francis in Conversation with Students
February 24 at 12pm CT

“Building Bridges: A Synodal Encounter Between Pope Francis and University Students” is a direct conversation between the Pope and university students from North, Central, and South America, including some from Loyola. The Pope and the students will address salient issues facing the Church and the world in our times—communion and participation, migration, and care for the planet. Hosted by the Institute of Pastoral Studies, the Department of Theology, and the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, the real-time virtual conversation will take place Thursday, February 24 at 12 p.m. Central time. Learn more.
Beyond the India-America Dichotomy: Global Dynamism in Contemporary Art
Sunday, February 13, 10:30 AM

Join a virtual discussion of via zoom, with a Panel of Artists, Curators, Writers and Creators, as they share their compelling stories and the magic behind creating contemporary art. Register in advance for the Zoom here.
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.
Parents Night Out

Enjoy a Friday night on your terms; dinner, a movie, shopping, or quiet time. Drop off the kids at Cirquesexperience Better than a babysitter is an evening packed with fun and activities. There is also programming on Valentine’s Day. Click here for additional information.

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.
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Saturday, February  12, 2022 @ 7:30PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022 @ 3:00PM

After 100+ international tours in 60 countries and 300 cities, Mexico City’s must-see attraction comes to Chicago! Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández journeys from the ancient Aztec era to modern day through dances inspired by rituals, revolutions, and festivals. Experience the culture, music, dance, and costumes of Mexico with “whirling, kaleidoscopic splendor” (Boston Globe) this February.
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.
Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition has moved

The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition has moved out of the Literacenter and will be moving to 1016 W. Jackson Blvd., Unit 205, to continue their work to advance career pathways and digital literacy, while maintaining their presence at the ten American Job Centers across Cook County.
Homework Help at Edgewater
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.
HAYDEN & HER FAMILY: In-Person Screening
Saturday, February 5th at 7pm

A documentary of adoption, family love, transformation and making a difference. What drives the Currys to adopt five special-needs children from overseas while having seven biological children already? This film gives an intimate and nuanced look into the adoption journey of the Curry family, making a case for their humanity.

By exploring themes of alternative parenting, ambitious altruism, the power of family love, and the challenges of special needs adoption, it empowers and gives an honest voice to the adoptive parents who are rarely represented. In this time of increasing racial diversity and growth of the unconventional family, the Currys’ story inspires us to introspect on social justice and making a difference in others’ lives.
Chicago History Book Discussion Group 
February 19, 2022
10:00 AM
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
Betty A. Barclay Community Room
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago 60660

Come join fellow lovers of history and reading as we discuss Black Boy by Richard Wright at the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Chicago Public Library. The once-controversial autobiography has become a celebrated and brutally honest description of life in the Jim Crow South. Wright endured struggles to survive and exist, eventually coming to Chicago and creating a new life for himself as a writer. For the discussion, copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.
This program will be held in-person but socially distanced, and with limited participants. Please go to the library’s event calendar (bit.ly/ehsbook3) to register, or call the library’s reference desk to secure your spot.
Midwest Grows Green Hosts the Hounds & Grounds Fundraiser 
February 20, 2022
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Canine Therapy Corps

You and your tail-waggin’ friend are invited to Hounds & Grounds, an indoor fundraiser at Canine Therapy Corps featuring an introductory dog agility course experience led by Hawk City K9, plus expert insights on natural lawn care methods for reducing pesticide exposure risks to your dog. This paw-some event is powered by generous support from Athletic Brewing Company. All proceeds support the non-profit organizations Midwest Grows Green and The Pet Fund. Review the details and register today!
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.
Black Button Eyes Productions Presents World Premiere of 
MARY ROSE

Book & Lyrics by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bouthiette
Adapted from the Play by J.M. Barrie
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford
Music Direction by Nick Sula
Choreography by Derek Van Barham
January 7 – February 12, 2022
The Edge Theater

 Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to conclude its 2021-22 season this winter with the world premiere musical Mary Rose. The musical spins the tale of a haunted young woman named Mary Rose, and the mysterious supernatural connection between her, a manor house in Sussex and a misty island in the Scottish Highlands. Performances will run Thursday, January 13 – Saturday, February 12, 2022 with curtain times Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are now available for $30. Purchase your tickets here. 
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!
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