48th Ward Weekly Update – January 28, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

It’s going to be a snowy and cold weekend. Be sure to help your neighbors out and shovel your sidewalks, and Streets and Sanitation will be out today and over the weekend clearing the streets. 

This afternoon my office will be co-hosting a youth vaccine event alongside at the Broadway Armory (5917 N Broadway) from 3pm-6pm. This is sponsored alongside State Senator Mike Simmons and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, in addition to Heartland Health Centers and Genoa Healthcare. This is an opportunity for children to get their second vaccination dose if they attended the first drive, and boosters and first doses are also available. If your child is 5 or older, please use this opportunity to protect them from the Coronavirus.

This week, Goudy Elementary School needed to shift to remote learning until next week, due to rising covid cases among students. We appreciate the leadership of Principal Pam Brandt, her staff and teachers, and parents who made this transition as smooth as possible for Goudy students.

This week we opened a satellite office at 1040 W Bryn Mawr. Thank you to the neighbors who stopped by to say hello! On Tuesday we’re opening another satellite office off of Argyle, located at 4956 N Sheridan. We look forward to hearing your ideas to help our community.

Chicago Police have increased their patrols in our community, specifically on the streets next to Red Line stations in our community. It’s important to remain alert, and if you see something, say something.

Yesterday, I joined Representatives Schakowsky, Senator Durbin, and Alderwoman Hadden to announce a federal grant to study the Chicago lakefront. Recent winters have done damage to our shoreline, and this is the first step towards securing federal resources to reinforce our lakefront.

A week from tomorrow, I am partnering with Uptown United to welcome in the Year of the Tiger in their Lunar New Year Celebration. This is their first celebration since the pandemic, and we are excited to see our community as this event returns.

Last week, I toured the Emmett Street Apartments in Logan Square, which were developed by Bickerdike Redevelopment. Bickerdike is working with my office and the City of Chicago on a negotiated sale process that will lead to 90+ units – which will all be affordable – in our community at 5853 N Broadway. The building on Broadway will be similar to the Bickerdike development in Logan Square. I’m excited at this opportunity and look forward to your active participation as we look to bring more affordable housing to our neighborhood.

We will be scheduling Broadway visioning meetings, which will include discussions about the Bickerdike proposal, later this spring. These meetings have been postponed due to the Omicon variant. We look forward to your active participation on the Bickerdike proposal and the future of Broadway, and will include meeting dates in next Friday’s newsletter.

We now have two new members of our team: Olivia Simon and Adam Glueckert. Olivia is a Loyola student who will be overseeing office communications (such as this newsletter and our social media). For any inquiries related to communications, you can reach Olivia at olivia@48thward.org. Adam will be working on community outreach and public safety, and will be working out of our satellite offices off of Bryn Mawr and Argyle. Adam, a Loyola graduate, previously interned in our office. For public safety concerns or community ideas, contact Adam at adam@48thward.org. We are happy to have Ramblers on our team helping us serve our community!

Stay safe and healthy,

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.

Covid-19 Vaccination and Booster Clinic 
January 28, 2022
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Broadway Armory,
5917 Broadway

Following up from the January 7 event, Senator Mike Simmons is spearheading another vaccine clinic focused on administering childrens’ second doses, although first doses and boosters will be available. This will be the last clinic of this kind, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. Vaccines and boosters are limited, so please make an appointment here.

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

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.

Filming on Bryn Mawr and Broadway

CTA Red Purple Modernization Project Updates
Other Construction Activity and Community Impacts
1/3-1/29: Daily Alley Closures – Alley behind 4700 – 4748 N. Winthrop Ave
1/10-2/5: Intermittent Alley Closures – Alley behind 5700 – 5758 N. Winthrop Ave
See 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 alerts
Follow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram
Bookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impacts
Visit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the project
Check 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 Policy
Prohibition 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.

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.

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.

The No Book Club 
Monday, January 31
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Are you a history buff? Or are biographies, mysteries, or science fiction what you enjoy reading? Tell us about it. In partnership with Edgewater Village Chicago, Edgewater Reads, Friends of the Edgewater Library, and the Edgewater Branch Library, you’re invited to participate in our lively group to share the latest book you’ve read — any genre. Just don’t give away the ending! This informal, virtual meeting is a fun way to meet people and get ideas for books you may want to read. Register 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:
1) Parade Marshals (12:00pm – 2:30pm)  – serve as safety monitors along the parade route to keep the general pubic from straying into the street.
2)  Greeters (12:00pm – 4:00pm)  – a few different groups will be offering interactive art activities in the 3rd Space (4956 N. Sheridan) and greeters are needed to welcome guests and remind them to wear a mask once inside the space.  
3)  Mounted Unit/Clean-up crew (12:00pm – 2:30pm) – the Chicago Police Department are expected to bring their Mounted Unit to walk at the start of the parade and volunteers are needed to march behind this unit and assist with any horse-related clean-up (i.e. poop patrol).  You will receive a complimentary Uptown t-shirt for this glamours volunteer role. 

If interested in volunteering for the Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration, please fill out the application linked here. 

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.

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

Recycle Your Non-Working Holiday Lights

Now through January 31, non-working holiday lights can be dropped off at any of the participating locations below to be properly recycled.  Stop by our office to recycle your holiday lights!

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.

Custodial Fair at Lane Tech High School

January 28th
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Chicago Public Schools will be hosting an Aramark Custodial fair.

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 plus
5-7 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-Handler

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 two virtual programs for youths in Chicago. It is free to apply, and the benefits are numerous. More information on each program is listed below.

Be Your Own Boss 
This three-week virtual internship, running February 14 through March 3, offers a crash course in entrepreneurship for youths interested in business. Work with fellow high school students from across the city and build a business of your very own! Interns are paid up to $250 based on their attendance and participation in the program and have the opportunity to double their stipend through our Pitch Day competition. 
Applications are due by Monday, January 31st. Apply here.

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:

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.

Annual Andersonville Hygge Fest
February 4-6

Visit Andersonville February 4-6 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.

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 Week at the Swedish American Museum 

Visit the newest art exhibit, take a guided tour, or join a book club. 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.

Just Help! How to Build a Better World with Sonia Sotomayor 
February 2, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Chicago Public Library welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to celebrate the release of her new children’s book, Just Help! To attend this very special event, please register here.

Cryptocurrency 101
February 3, 2022
1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Terms like bitcoin, blockchain, and mining are entering the mainstream — but to the unacquainted, it is hard to know where to start. What is a blockchain, after all? How are cryptocurrencies acquired and traded? How does it all work? Join us as crypto expert, John Denza, from ErisX will explain how blockchains and cryptocurrencies work and how you might benefit from them. Please register for this free program at the Edgewater branch reference desk or on the Edgewater Village Chicago website. This program is in partnership with Edgewater Village Chicago.

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.

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 

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!

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