48th Ward Weekly Update – January 15, 2021

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January 15, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

Chicago Public Schools began their reopening this weeks, as some Pre-K and cluster students returned to in-person learning. I remain in contact with our local principals to hear how things are going at our schools in the Ward. On Monday the City Council Committee on Education and Child Development hosted a lengthy Subject Matter Hearing about the CPS Reopening Plan. I joined with many of my colleagues in requesting another Subject Matter Hearing before all K-8 students and educators will be returning to in-person learning in early February. I welcome the continued feedback from parents and educators about your experiences with the reopening. This process must involve ongoing dialogue, and I thank everyone who has reached out to my office. Please continue to do so.

This was another historic week for our country, with Congress’s vote to impeach President Trump, making him the first president to be impeached twice. This Wednesday, January 20, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated into office. National security and public safety officials across the country are monitoring plans for protests and demonstrations and I am in communication with the 20th and 24th Police District Commanders to ensure our community is secure next week. 

President-elect Biden shared a $2 Trillion pandemic relief proposal this week, which includes:$1,400 stimulus payments $20 billion to speed up vaccinations $50 billion in expanded COVID-19 testing $130 billion to schools districts to ensure safe reopening Increased funding to support small businessesThe City of Chicago, in partnership with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, invites you to take part in the Brighter Together National COVID-19 Memorial Service on the evening of Tuesday, January 19, a virtual event to remember the lives lost to COVID-19. This is an opportunity for individuals, community groups and businesses across the country to join together for a national moment of unity and remembrance. Click here to view an invitation, and see below for details on how your household can participate.

This week the Committee on Health and Human Relations held a Subject Matter Hearing about the City’s COVID-19 response and vaccination plans. CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady provided updates on how vaccinations are going and what the outlook is for the future, click here to view her presentation slides. Chicago is still working to fully vaccinate all who fall into Group 1a, which consists of health care workers and residents of nursing homes. As early as next week, CDPH may move to start vaccinating Group 1b, which includes everyone aged 65 and older and frontline essential workers, the vaccine will first be available through one’s healthcare provider, who will prioritize their patients by risk/underlying conditions and notify their patients of their eligibility. I strongly recommend that you are in contact with your primary healthcare provider to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccine, and that you make sure they have your most up-to-date contact information. Dr. Arwady emphasized that the whole process is very fluid and can change from day to day, as it depends on so many factors, including how many doses the Federal government releases to Chicago each week. We will continue to provide up to date information throughout this vaccination process.

It is critical that we all opt in to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine when the opportunity is presented to us. The Chicago Department of Public Health has plenty of information on chicago.gov/covidvax that can help to educate you and your loved ones about the vaccine, as well as dispel myths about its safety. It is also critical that we all continue to actively protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors now and in the months to come. It will take some time before everyone is vaccinated, and in the meantime we are susceptible to contracting and spreading Coronavirus. Please continue to wear masks, stay socially distanced when out in public, and stay home except for essential trips.

Here are some helpful links about the COVID-19 vaccine:COVID-19 Vaccination information for older adultsCDPH Latest COVID-19 Vaccine UpdatesCDPH COVID-19 Vaccine FAQCDPH COVID-19 Vaccination Data This week I hosted a Zoom call with 48th Ward businesses owners and was joined by Bo Steiner from the SBA Illinois District Office, who shared information about new Federal funding available to small businesses. If you missed the call, click here to view a recording of the meeting. More information about new Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) and Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funding rounds can be found at sba.gov/ppp. Technical questions can be directed to the SBA Illinois District office at illinois.do@sba.gov.

While this has been an incredibly challenging time for small businesses locally and across our country, the 48th Ward has seen some new businesses open recently. Please join me in welcoming these businesses to our community and show your support for them however you’re able:Andy’s Art, Antiques, & Oddities – 1253 W. Devon
LGBTQ-owned shop in Chicago specializing in items for home or office. Antique’s, artwork (some by local artists), and other unique decor.
Website | Facebook | Instagram The Studio at the Center for Women’s Fitness – 6054 N. Broadway
A fitness studio following the teaching method of The Center for Women’s Fitness. Classes reflect this method of teaching by concentrating on the pelvis and pelvic floor and building programs from a strong and stable foundation. Click here for a video tour
Website | FacebookThe Pack Nutrition – 6206 N. Broadway
Healthy, delicious smoothies, energy refreshers, protein infused coffee & tasty snacks! Committed to serve Edgewater with all the positive vibes!
Facebook | InstagramSimilan Thai & Sushi, 1123 W. Granville
A new Thai and sushi concept located next to the Granville Red Line Station (formerly Summer Noodles & Rice). Offering curbside pickup and delivery!
Website | FacebookMy office will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Click here to view a list of recommended reading from Chicago Public Library about Rev. King’s life. Let us all take time on Monday to reflect on how we can take individual action in our daily lives to uphold the values that Dr. King stood for and is still very much needed today.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend. 


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

National COVID-19 Memorial Service in Chicago 
Tuesday, January 19 at 6:00 PM
Participate remotely/virtually 

At 6:00 PM, join residents and businesses across Chicago in turning off your lights and electronics and stepping outside to your driveway or balcony, or outside of your workplace, to light a candle and observe a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The City will be dark during this moment as we reflect on the pandemic and its impact on our city and country. 

Participating faith institutions and businesses are asked to ring bells or other instruments to commemorate this memorial service. 

At 6:10 PM, following ten minutes of reflection, please turn your lights back on, symbolizing moving from darkness to light. 

At this time, businesses, cultural centers, organizations, and individual homes across the city will turn on their lights effectively “lighting up” the city. Participating institutions will light their buildings an amber color or display an image of a candle in solidarity with the national memorial and cities and towns across the country. 

Please also consider supporting this memorial by posting on social media using #brightertogether and sharing the memorial invitation with your friends, family, and network. 

Holiday Tree Recycling with Chicago Park District

The City of Chicago’s annual holiday tree recycling program will run from Saturday, January 9 through Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 25 locations city wide. Live holiday trees can be dropped off inside tree corrals set up at any one of the 25 designated Chicago Park District locations. The holiday tree recycling program is not able to accept wreaths or garlands. Ornaments, lights, tinsels, and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off and trees should be removed from any bags when placed in the tree recycling corrals. Trees recycled through the program are turned into mulch, wood chips for use at Chicago Park Districts and materials for use by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

The 48th Ward tree recycling site is located at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive. Click here for more information and other participating locations.

Public Safety Update

On Tuesday, January 12, around 8:40 pm, three offenders approached an individual on the 1000 block of Hollywood and displayed a weapon. The offenders took the victim’s vehicle and left the scene in an unknown direction. The Chicago Police Department continues to investigate the incident. If you have any information related to this case, please call Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263.

Motor Vehicle Thefts Crime Alert
The Chicago Police Department has released an alert giving notice to its residents in the 20th district of multiple motor vehicle thefts. The offender or offenders notice a running motor vehicle and take it before fleeing in an unknown direction. For more information on what you can do and incident information, please read the community alert and safety tips.  

Bicycle Theft Prevention
The Chicago Police Department and neighbors alerted us of recent bicycle thefts specifically targeting garages. We ask that you take these precautionary steps. First, record the serial number and take a picture of your bicycle. Second, always lock your bike’s frame and wheels with a lock. Third, remove all detachable items on the bicycle and if possible lock the bike to a bike rack. Please click on this link to learn about more bicycle theft prevention tips. Please reach to Alan Oviedo from my office via email at alan@48thward.org for more safety information and guidance. 

2021 CAPS Beat Meetings 
Click here to view the schedule of your CAPS Beat meeting.
Beat 2433: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 pm via Zoom. In order to get more information on the meeting, please contact Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org or call our office at (773) 784-5277. 
Not sure which beat you live in? Click here to find out.Traffic Court Cases Update

All Traffic Court cases will be scheduled for Zoom appearances unless a case is specially set for an in person Trial or Hearing. Please look for the date, time and room number on the citation so you will know the correct Zoom information. Please click on this link to see Zoom information for the Traffic Court Rooms in the Daley Center.  Construct Infrastructure Academy
Click here to register for an info session

11 week program offering technical and success skills development, access to 40+ partner companies in construction and engineering, and an opportunity to get an up-close look at entry level career paths in construction and engineeringCTA Job Opportunities

Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. Annual Women’s Toiletry Drive
Jan 4 – March 15
Click here for donation drop-off sites and more information

Join Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer in collecting personal care items to support incarcerated women. Items needed, travel sized only:Shampoo/ConditionerDeodorantSoapShower GelBody LotionSwift School Solidarity Fund 
Click here to donate

As our community comes together during the pandemic and its related impacts on the economy, the Swift School (5900 N. Winthrop) community is banding together and forming a Swift Solidarity Fund. 100% of funds donated will be distributed to Swift families in need, and they will be able to use the money however best suits their family. Donations can be made via Venmo. Click here for the flyer with details on how to donate. If you have any questions or need help donating, please email swiftsolidarityfund@gmail.com.48th Ward Youth CouncilThis year our youth council will go virtual and have a lot of projects planned for this school year! The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community initiatives and projects that others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you are a youth in middle school or high school and want to learn more or have any questions contact Alan at alan@48thward.org.Cirques Experience ProgrammingLooking for child care? Look no further, Cirques Experience has you covered.
Following all local, and state COVID regulations and guidelines, we are a safe environment to be active in.
Offering socially distant activities for kids in the circus arts. 

Join us for after school care or day off camps! Space is limited so sign up early!
http://www.cirquesexperience.org/day-off-campsChinese Mutual Aid Association Winter ProgrammingAll CMAA winter term classes will start January 11th and finish March 27th. Offerings include a wide range of ESL classes, a healthcare literacy class, and citizenship classes, all online. Prospective students can contact our Senior Coordinator of Adult Literacy at christinaj@chinesemutualaid.org or (312) 380-0647. In addition, we are always looking for volunteer tutors who can offer adult learners individualized ESL instruction. Prospective tutors can contact our Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org.

Click below for flyers about CMAA Winter Programming:Online English TutoringCitizenship ClassVolunteer Opportunity — English TutoringFree English ClassesHealthcare & English Job Readiness Class GET FIT! GET YOUR WORKOUT IN @ HOME WITH GUS! 

TUESDAY’S @ 5:30pm
January 5, 12, 19, 26

Fun & easy follow along!
THURSDAY’S @ 6:30pm
January 7, 14, 21, 28

Visit guslegacy.org
Use code “GETFIT” to pay only $5!Blood Drive
Sunday, January 17, 9am-2pm
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. SheridanOne blood donation can save up to three lives! Emanuel Congregation is hosting the Vitalant Blood Mobile Coach on Sunday, January 17th. If you are interested in donating blood, please make an appointment at www.vitalant.org, click “Donate” and search by group code J221. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins are welcome!The mobile coach will be parked at the Thorndale extension (at the corner of Thorndale and Sheridan). To check-in, donors should go to the Emanuel entrance at Thorndale Ave. Temperatures will be taken before you enter the building. Wear a mask and bring your id. Normal check-in procedures will be practiced on the mobile coach.Edgewater Village Chicago launches programs

New year, new programs. Movie chats, an Inauguration Day virtual meetup, exercise and a valentine card activity are just some of Edgewater Village’s free, upcoming programs. Other programs are onboard: Armchair Travel, Coffee & Conversation, Greek dancing and The No Book Club. Visit Edgewater Village’s website, EVChicago.org, to read more about its programs and sign up for the weekly newsletter.
 Edgewater Village Movie Chat: Shawshank Redemption
Saturday, Jan. 16, 6:30pm
Click here to register

Edgewater Village Chicago is starting a series of gatherings to chat about movies. Participants will view each film on their own and then join a group discussion via Zoom. We will meet the third Saturday evening each month.The first film is “Shawshank Redemption.” This 1994 movie starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman is based on a novella by Stephen King.It chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man’s unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. The two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Copies of this movie are available on DVD at the Edgewater Branch library for checkout with your library card or you can watch this movie online through YouTube or other streaming services of your choice.  Please register here: Movie Chat Series — Edgewater Village Chicago (evchicago.org)Swedish American Museum Events

Cooking Class Online

Register hereOur popular cooking and baking classes are back this spring. We are now meeting online so it doesn’t matter where you live, you can join us from anywhere.Feel free to either join in with a notepad and your questions or we will send you the list of ingredients before the class so you can cook and bake along if you want. Note that there are times when we have to shorten actual cooking time to fit the class into one hour.Here is what is cooking:Jan. 11, 4 p.m. & Jan. 27, 6 p.m. – Yellow Pea Soup and Pancake MuffinsFeb. 8, 4 p.m. & Feb. 24, 6 p.m. – Spinach Soup and SemlaMarch 8, 4 p.m. & March 24, 6 p.m. –  Potato Soup and Quick BreadGenealogy Session Online
Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. – noon
“Lesser Known Records in ArkivDigital” by Kathy MeadeResearching further in ArkivDigital. Discover the value of researching in lesser known record collections!ArkivDigital is an online site that provides access to Swedish historical records. While many people are familiar with the Swedish church books, there are many additional types of historical records in ArkivDigital. This presentation will point out some of these records such as the seamen records (similar to merchant marines), prison records, orphanage records, internal passports and other lesser known records and how they can help you gain a deeper understanding of your Swedish heritage.Cost is free for the Swedish American Museum’s Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations required, click here.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

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman*We are operating remotely*

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