48th Ward Weekly Update- July 16, 2021

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserJuly 16, 2021 
Dear Neighbor,



Crews on the CTA Red Purple Modernization project began demolition of the 100+ year-old viaducts this week at Ardmore. 
This weekend Hollywood Ave. will be closed between Broadway and Winthrop to allow crews to begin demolition on the viaduct. This will be an around-the-clock closure beginning tonight at 8pm, through 5am Monday, July 19. Sidewalks will also be closed during this time, as a safety measure. Please plan your travels accordingly. Click here to sign up to receive alerts about community impacts due to RPM construction.



This week my office welcomed five groups of Senn High School freshmen and sophomores as part of their Freshman and Sophomore Connection programs. 
My staff shared insights about the work our office does and ways that they can connect with us. We are thrilled to have Senn students back in the community after nearly a year of remote learning. 



My office will continue to bring neighbors, community organizations, and business leaders together around creating a community vision for areas in our community that are expected to see an uptick in development requests alongside the CTA Red Purple Modernization project. On Saturday, July 17, 10am-noon, we will host a Community Visioning session for the Argyle area, with partners from Uptown United/Uptown Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, and Haibayo. Neighbors who live east of Broadway between Foster and Ainslie are invited to join us. Click here for more information and to register to attend.

Last week my office hosted a Community Review Meeting regarding a zoning change request for XFun E-sports Gaming Cafe’s proposal at 5214 N. Sheridan. I have received many letters of support for this project from neighbors, including official support from the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Goudy Elementary School. Following the community’s input, I will support XFun’s request. Last night we hosted a Community Review Meeting regarding a zoning change request at 1101-09 W. Granville that would allow for the ground floor commercial space to be renovated to eight residential units. For more information on this project and to weigh in with your thoughts, please email dan@48thward.org.

On Wednesday, July 14 the Committee on Housing and Real Estate passed sixteen legislative items including community garden land sales, affordable housing loan restructurings and critical protections for tenants from evictions. Click here to watch the meeting. One of the items passed with unanimous support was a ground lease with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago for a new youth center in the 37th Ward as part of the joint public safety campus. Extensive youth outreach was conducted in the 37th Ward and with BGCC Clubs throughout the city prior to finalizing this plan. Mimi LeClair, CEO and President of BGCC, shared about their efforts to engage youth in this decision and to continue to hear the youth voice as the center becomes a reality. I want to thank Mimi, Alderwoman Emma Mitts and Department of Planning & Development for their thoughtful and thorough approach to this project. Click here for the full presentation.
 
Also passed were two important eviction protection measures: the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO) and the COVID Eviction Protection Ordinance (CEPO). The KCRO creates protections for tenants in foreclosed rental buildings and earlier this year, a court ruled the entire ordinance unenforceable due to rent increase restrictions. The amended version maintains the protections, as well as allows tenants to choose to accept a banks’ offer of a lease renewal or relocation assistance in the event of a foreclosure. Click here to view the ordinance.
 
The CEPO creates protections for a transition period once the state eviction moratorium ends by requiring a negotiation period for landlords and tenants to reach an agreement to avoid eviction. The ordinance amendment also creates a registry for landlords filing evictions which will allow the City to follow up with tenants to connect them with resources and support, particularly future Emergency Rental Assistance. Click here to view the ordinance.
 
At 1 hour and 26 minutes of the Committee meeting, you can hear an update from Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara on the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Click here to view.

The Committee on Public Safety is holding a meeting today that began at 10am. Last night Mayor Lightfoot’s administration sent the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) coalition a draft compromise ordinance on civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. This compromise will be negotiated this weekend with coalition members who have worked for years to provide critical civilian oversight of CPD and add strong community voice to the process. It is expected that a civilian oversight ordinance will be voted on next Tuesday in the recessed Public Safety Committee meeting and will have a full Council vote at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. I’ll provide an update on the compromise after negotiations and before the vote.

This week two dedicated public servants announced their upcoming retirements at the end of this year. I want to thank DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly and BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareno for their service to our City over the years. Commissioner Kelly helped to increase public art installations across the City and instituted the ability for wards to use Aldermanic Menu funds to pay for public art. Commissioner Escareno has been a fierce advocate for our small business community in Chicago, and she and her team worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to help keep businesses, staff, and customers safe and to help businesses recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.



Mark your calendars for two events happening in our community next weekend:Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will host Bands on Broadway and Beyond all weekend, from Friday, July 23 through Sunday, July 25. The event will include four shows in private parking lots throughout the business district, as well as buskers playing on the sidewalks throughout Edgewater. Come out to enjoy the arts and support a local restaurant or two while you’re at it! Click here for details.Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting their second Vintage Market on Catalpa between Clark and Ashland on Sunday, July 25, 10am-3pm. Shop from your favorite Andersonville retailers as well as other vendors from across the city. Click here for details.Have a peaceful weekend.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardNew Murals Near the 48th Ward
Various murals have popped up around the 48th Ward! Check them out during your next walk around the Ward!

1345 W Foster Ave – #Dreamscape
This was funded by Chicago Methodist Senior Services. This mural was created by Marina Ross. In her words, “The design uses elements of nature such as the sun, flowers, a tree, moon, rain, snow and stars…I spent several months creating the design in Photoshop and referenced both historical and contemporary Japanese, Russian and American artists. Several areas are directly inspired by Russian folk art. Having immigrated to the US from the USSR in 1993, I was looking to make a connection back to my cultural roots through the visual motifs.”  Click here to learn more about the new mural. 

New Mural by Chicago Artist Molly Costello Celebrates Diversity in Andersonville
Residents and visitors of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood are enjoying a colorful new mural by Chicago artist Molly Costello, which celebrates the diverse lives that overlap on the bustling streets of the community. The large-scale installation titled “Life at the Intersections” graces the south wall of The Clark at 5346 N. Clark Street. Costello interviewed 77 local residents and business owners as inspiration for the piece, which also includes highlights of the neighborhood’s LGBTQIA+ and activist legacies, in hopes of inspiring reflection on alternative community safety, wellness, mutual support and care. The mural was funded by the Chicago Association of Realtors®, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and SSA #22. A formal dedication of the mural is planned for Friday, September 23, 2021.
 Each Monday, my office sends a newsletter with construction updates to constituents. This newsletter covers construction events more in-depth, but some key updates will be posted here.North Sheridan Rd. Resurfacing
W Bryn Mawr North to W Sheridan Rd, W Sheridan Rd West to N Winthrop Ave

Week of 7/19/2021

Pouring concrete sidewalks ADA ramp, curb & gutter on the east side from Bryn Mawr to Devon (if not completed tomorrow; pour may be canceled due to rain)
Remove and pour concrete sidewalks ADA ramp, curb & gutter on the west side from Devon to Bryn Mawr (removal will begin when east side is complete)
Repair of city electric vault roof at NE corner of Bryn Mawr. (Potentially Friday, may be the following week).

This schedule is subject to change based on the weather. Our office will try to make this process as smooth as possible by giving you updates on upcoming phases of the project, but please note that there may be emergency situations that we cannot predict ahead of time, and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions, please email harry@48thward.org. 

N Clark St. Resurfacing Project
From W Lawrence Ave to W Edgewater Ave


N Clark St will be resurfaced from W Lawrence Ave to where N Clark St meets N Ashland Ave at W Edgewater Ave. Because N Clark St was resurfaced, from W Foster Ave to W Bryn Mawr Ave back in 2019 for a water main project, this section of N Clark will not be resurfaced, but this section of N Clark will be getting new ADA ramps at the crosswalks, sidewalk work, and, if needed, new curb & gutters to address any drainage issues on the street. Resurfacing will then pick up at W Bryn Mawr and continue north to W Edgewater Ave. 

Crews have started saw cutting on the east side of N Clark St near W Edgewater Ave, but because of the weather forecast, they will not be doing anymore concrete work this week. Crews are expected to continue sawcutting and concrete work next week on the east side of Clark and will make their way south. We will continue to keep you updated on this project.

This schedule is subject to change based on the weather. Our office will try to make this process as smooth as possible by giving you updates on upcoming phases of the project, but please note that there may be emergency situations that we cannot predict ahead of time, and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions, please email harry@48thward.orgPeople’s Gas Construction Update
Service transfers and restoration continues on the 6300 block of Highland and 6300 block of Magnolia. Lakewood and Wayne scheduled to begin in two weeks. Parking restrictions will be in place. We appreciate your patience on this project. Biking Reminders 
With the weather starting to warm up, we want to take this time to remind everyone that anyone 12 or older must walk their bikes on the sidewalk. We encourage residents to plan their bike rides in advance, using online map services, to see where bike lanes are located in the city. Chicago’s SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Program is a fantastic resource to learn more about biking in the city. Happy riding!

Additionally, please click here to learn more information about bike theft prevention tips.Basement Flooding Tips

Water in your basement? Take these steps
As the weather continues to change and more intense storms occur in Chicago, residents should take precautions as increased downpours could lead to basement flooding. 

Here are some steps homeowners can take to help prevent water from backing up into their basements:Disconnect downspout connections from the sewer system. Make sure to direct downspout flow to areas with permeable surfaces that can properly absorb the stormwater or use rain barrels to collect the water directly from the downspouts. Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.Clear the area around downspouts to allow water to flow freely away from your foundation.  Clear drains and sewers of debris to allow for drainage.Do not dump fats/oils/greases in private drains or public catch basins.For better resistance to flooding in the future, it can be helpful to install rain gardens, green landscaping, or stormwater trees in your yard to help retain rainwater.In Chicago, the sewer system also handles rainwater removal. The Chicago Department of Water Management is working closely with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to increase the capacity of our drainage systems. 
 
For more information, visit www.chicago.gov/waterReminder: Watering Trees 
It is getting hot out! As much as we need water to be healthy, so do our trees. Please remember to water your trees and other outdoor plants this summer as the weather begins to warm up and we experience drier days.Clean your Sewer Drains! 
Please make sure your sewer drain covers are clean after this week’s weather. This ensures proper drainage during storms to prevent water from sitting in the street.Please Pick Up After Your Dog! 
We all, pets and humans alike, deserve to walk on clean sidewalks and enjoy clean parks. Please remember to bring bags with you on your walks to pick up after your dog. Thank you!Safety Infographics
How to Prevent a Car Jacking
Preventing catalytic converter thefts
Lakefront/Beach Safety RemindersSafety Infographics
How to Prevent a Car Jacking
Preventing Catalytic Converter Thefts
Lakefront/Beach Safety RemindersTown Hall with State Senator Mike Simmons and State Representative Greg Harris 
Clarendon Park, 4501 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Rain location: Inside the gym
Thursday, July 29
6:00 pm

Topics of conversation include the Spring legislative session, the state budget, and resources for residents. Masks will be required. Please reach out to Izzy at izzy@senatormikesimmons.com for more information. 48th Ward Community Visioning Meetings 

This summer 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman will host a series of hyper-local Community Visioning Meetings. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, our office is beginning to receive inquiries and proposals regarding new developments. Our Community Visioning Meetings will be opportunities to connect with neighbors to collaborate on a shared vision for the future of our community.

Along with proposals currently coming to the 48th Ward office, our community is seeing the largest investment in public infrastructure in a lifetime with the Red Purple Modernization Project. With the completion of this project — including new stations, embankments, and tracks between Bryn Mawr and Lawrence — we expect to see additional private investments with the renovation and redevelopment of properties along the Red Line.

We encourage neighbors in the following areas to join us at our meetings this summer. We will hold multiple engagements for each region: Berwyn, Argyle, Bryn Mawr.Argyle Community Visioning Kick-Off Meeting
Neighbors east of Broadway, Foster to Ainslie
Saturday, July 17, 10am-noon
Outdoor location TBD
 Bryn Mawr Community Visioning Kick-Off Meeting
Neighbors east of Broadway, Hollywood to Balmoral
Saturday, August 21, 10am-noon
Outdoor location TBDChicago Works Community Challenge Applications are Open!
Mayor Lightfoot calls on residents and community experts to give the city their biggest and best infrastructure ideas. 

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that applications are now open for the Chicago Works Community Challenge, an unprecedented $10 million competition to find the best public works projects in each of Chicago’s seven planning regions. 
 
“The Chicago Works Community Challenge provides an opportunity for all of our residents to tell us what infrastructure projects they want to see in their neighborhoods,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “While seven projects will ultimately be selected, every idea we receive through this initiative will be forwarded to City agencies for future consideration as a part of our overarching five-year capital plan. I encourage residents from all walks of life to participate in this challenge, which makes neighborhood investment a collaborative effort.” 
 
Projects eligible for funding through the Community Challenge include new investments in public parks, schools, libraries, City-run community centers and City-owned vacant lots. 

Applications are open to all City of Chicago residents and are due by Monday, Aug. 30. Community groups and nonprofits based in Chicago are also invited to submit proposals to the challenge. 

Please click here for more information.Make Summer Yours at the Chicago Public Library 
June 28 – August 22

Summer is finally here! Chicago Public Library’s 2021 Summer Program  #MakeSummerYours encour-ages you to explore art all summer long. Kids 0-13 can #StartWithArt and get passes to see the Obama Presidential Portraits at The Art Institute of Chicago. Teens can #MakeSpaceTakeAction by engaging with social justice and environmentalism through art. Start with a Pick 4 Board and choose how you want to shape your world! We have programs for all ages, all summer long, and you can pick up materials at your local branch or register online. Sign up now at chipublib.org/summer.Block Parties in the 48th Ward
We’ll be posting 48th Ward block parties in our Friday newsletters throughout the summer.  

Block Parties for Saturday, July 17th:
1400 Block of Highland
1400 Block of Glenlake
1200 Block of Hood
5300 Block of Wayne

Block Parties are permitted by the City and issued to organizers for closure of one block, first approved by the Alderman, then officially permitted by CDOT (Chicago Department of Transportation). Typically, a block will be closed to traffic and parking from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

If you want to host a block party, complete the two forms at these links and return them to jerry@48thward.org:
Permit Request  
COVID Agreement
Before sending your forms, please be sure your neighbors are on board to join your party.Justice Ride: A Transformative Justice Community Bike Ride
Saturday, July 17
8:00 am

HERE’s the facebook event, explaining all. Please register in advance as they are providing a FREE catered lunch and bikes to anyone in need (12 and up).  Also, youth 12-16 may earn-a-bike through participation. This will be a long event, 15 miles, with stops along the way.Andersonville Dog Days of Summer
July 14 – 18

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is paws-itively thrilled to present Andersonville Dog Days of Summer, a celebration of our four-legged friends featuring pet-friendly activities, vendors, treats and more. Come sniff out the fun on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 9 am – 2 pm on Catalpa Ave. between Clark St. & Ashland Ave. $5 suggested donation. We are celebrating all four-legged friends July 14-18 as well as highlighting all the wonderful businesses that support them. Please click here for more information.Farmers Markets in our Community 

Andersonville Farmers Market 
Catalpa, between Ashland and Clark
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, through Oct. 20
Click here for details

Uptown Farmers Market 
Wilson & Broadway
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm, through November
Click here for details

Extension of the Edgewater Farmer’s Market 
Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway 
Mondays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
June 7 – August 30Programs and Resources for Older Adults

Edgewater Village
You’re invited to participate virtually in a wide variety of informational, social, and cultural programs offered by Edgewater Village Chicago. Upcoming programs include movie chats, discussions about current events, and Greek dancing every Saturday afternoon using the Zoom platform. Meet new people and stay active and engaged with your community. Check out these and many other programs, and sign up for the biweekly newsletter to learn about more activities.

Edgewater Village Chicago is a volunteer, non-profit organization. It offers programs, social activities and resources geared toward older adults to enable them to age well in community. There are no membership dues; its programs are free and open to everyone.

The EDW Senior Satellite Center is now open for in-person, socially distanced, dining of enhanced box lunches, Mon- Fri , for 2 seatings:
The first at 10:30 to 11:30 am then closed 11:30 to noon for cleaning, and the second seating noon to 1pm.  
Maximum of 16 at each seating. It is anticipated that the Center will return to full programming in September. Please click here to view the July menu. 

No other programs have resumed at this point.

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey, or assistant Madeleine Brenner
at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 LobbyHealthy Chicago Seed Grants 2021 
CDPH is pleased to announce a capacity building seed grant opportunity with a share learning component included. Individual organizations can apply for a seed grant for up to $20,000 to use to strengthen their internal capacity. The coordinating agency, The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence, is currently accepting applications from Chicago organizations that are committed to racial and health equity as outlined in CDPH’s Healthy Chicago 2025 report and:Are not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)3 statusHave an office physically located in the City of Chicago qualifying community areas per the applicationHave an operating budget not to exceed $500,000, not including in-kind expenseHave completed a 990-tax return or audit for the previous fiscal yearEach organization selected will also join a learning collaborative for additional capacity building knowledge sharing.For more information on the grant opportunity and how to apply, please see the application here. Applications are due by midnight July 16th, 2021. NOTE: Organizations DO NOT have to be domestic violence organizations to apply.Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection: Outreach and Education for Vulnerable Workers 
The Office of Labor Standards has issued an RFP for Education and Outreach pilot. This project seeks to fund an organization to conduct outreach and education to workers and help workers’ whose rights have been violated to bring cases forward to the Office of Labor Standards.  The link can be found here.  To learn more information about the program, please click hereChicagoland Vaccine Partnership Grant 
The Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership is excited to announce at least $1,000,000 in new, open grant funds to support ongoing community mobilization efforts around the COVID-19 vaccine.They’re accepting grant proposals from organizations that demonstrate deep community relationships in the geographic areas most impacted by COVID-19. These vaccine outreach grants are meant to be flexible so they can support whatever activities you believe will be most effective in reaching the communities you serve.Dedicated funding is available for Chicago specific projects focused on supporting vaccine education and access for (a) employees within early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education organizations within Chicago and (b) children and youth, including college students, within Chicago.Individual organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in grant funding, and multiple collaborating organizations can apply for up to $75,000. Grants for individual organizations are designed to support organizations with annual operating budgets up to $500,000.Key Dates:July 16 at 2pm – Information sessions. Email abalasubrahmanyan@pih.org to register for information sessionsMonday, July 26 – Application closes at 5:00 pmWeek of August 9 – Notification of grant awards/recipientsLearn more about the grant and how to apply on the Vaccine Partnership’s websiteDisability and Immigration Taskforce of Illinois 
The Disability and Immigration Taskforce of Illinois (DITI) works to increase understanding of the various issues facing immigrants with disabilities in Illinois. 

DITI has created a survey for immigrants with disabilities who live in Illinois, which can be filled out until July 26th (the 31st anniversary of the ADA). While there is information available about immigrant groups and disability groups, it’s very hard to find data about immigrants who are also people with disabilities. The information collected will ONLY be utilized by DITI to determine the needs of immigrants with disabilities and their support persons. The survey is available in five languages, as follows:

English     Spanish     Polish     Arabic    Mandarin ChineseChicago Public Library Online Immigration Seminars
The Chicago Public Library currently has 7 free online sessions hosted by USCIS and JCFS for anyone to participate in covering Green Card, Naturalization and DACA. There are programs scheduled for English and Spanish. Participants can register by clicking here2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program 
The Illinois Rental Payment Program is still live! Below is more information. The deadline is Sunday, July 18th at 11:59pm 
Start your application now at https://ilrpp.ihda.org. LRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tenant-led application period for the Illinois Rental Payment Program is now open!  You may start your application at https://ilrpp.ihda.org.  Tenants have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 to complete their portion of the application. Tenants will also be provided a pathway to complete their application should they have unresponsive landlords.ComEd Financial Assistance ProgramsCHAMP
ComEd offers help to military families who are past due on their energy bills. The CHAMP programprovides grants to activated or honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves and veterans. Learn more here.Small Business Assistance
Eligible businesses can take advantage of the Small Business Assistance program that offers a grant, once every 12 months, up to $1,000 towards a past-due balance. Enrolled businesses may also place a remaining balance on a payment plan of up to 6 months. Click here for more information.Residential Special Hardship
Customers who demonstrate a financial hardship may be eligible for ComEd’s Residential Special Hardship program, which provides a grant of up to $500 to help pay past-due energy bills. Learn more here.Nonprofit Special Hardship
Financial assistance is available for eligible nonprofit organizations through ComEd’s Nonprofit Special Hardship program. Grants up to $2000 are offered to help pay past-due energy bills. Learn about program eligibility here.List of Businesses Hiring in the 48th Ward 
My office has put together a spreadsheet of local businesses hiring in our Ward. This list will be updated periodically. Please click here to view the spreadsheet. If you have any job opportunities you would like included on this list, please email maggie48thward@gmail.com.Audience Services Manager at Raven Theatre 
Raven Theatre is searching for an Audience Services Manager who will connect with our patrons and box office staff to ensure a pleasant experience at Raven. Click here for the job description and application informationONE Northside Police Accountability Organizer Position Available  
ONE Northside is seeking an energetic and highly organized Police Accountability Organizer to join a
staff team organizing young people, people affected by police misconduct, people who regularly
interact with the police and others who deeply care about police accountability.Please click here to learn moreBus and Rail Positions
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently seeking ambitious individuals looking to launch a career in public transportation. The nation’s second largest transit agency has a variety of available positions across the agency, including machinists, mechanics, warehouse workers, rail system flaggers and track workers, as well as more than 400 part-time bus operator positions. Please click here for more information.City Colleges of Chicago: District Director of Adult Education Operations
Please see the posted position for District Director of Adult Education Operations.  They have a dynamic team at City Colleges and look forward to welcoming another new team member. Census Bureau Opportunities
Please click here to view opportunities available through the US Census Bureau.Many Businesses in Andersonville are Hiring!
Please click here to view the various businesses that are hiring in Andersonville. Additionally, take a walk down Clark Street to see which businesses are hiring!Submit your film for The Spirit of Chicago!
Chicago Filmmakers is looking for films to be featured in The Spirit of Chicago, a monthly virtual screening series celebrating the diverse talent of Chicago’s film community. Films of all genres are accepted and are welcome to submit for FREE! Submit by August 2 to be considered for fall programming. Click here for more information

Beyond these opportunities, the Chicago Filmmakers has great resources for any aspiring filmmakers. Please click here for more informationWheelchairs Needed! 
The Heart2Heart medical equipment lending closet has been meeting an increased demand for wheelchairs. Donations of used wheelchairs in good working condition are needed.

Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Ministry Center, 6214 N. Glenwood Avenue. (Please call 773-973-5464 to schedule a drop off). When necessary, Heart2Heart is not open, donations can also be dropped off at the rectory. (PLEASE call first if you must schedule a rectory drop-off — 773-764-3621.)Care for Real Update 
Fifty years ago, in 1971, the Edgewater Clerical & Rabbinical Association Episcopal (precursor to today’s ECRA) and member congregations such as the Episcopal Church of the Atonement and Emanuel Congregation came together to organize emergency assistance to residents of Edgewater whose homes had been destroyed by a series of fires. Meant to be a short-term solution to an urgent crisis, it soon became clear that food insecurity went far deeper into the community. Our neighbors needed a safety net, and that safety net evolved into Care for Real.Fifty years later, the number of clients Care for Real serves is only increasing, in both Edgewater and at the new Rogers Park pantry. At this pivotal moment, they need your support to realize their vision for a thriving community where all have access to healthy food and feel supported, respected, and deserving of care. To honor their anniversary and build resources to serve our neighbors in new and better ways, Care for Real is launching a campaign to raise $50,000 in 50 Days, starting July 12 and running through August 31. Please consider supporting this effort!

Listen to Care for Real’s clients, volunteers, and donors share what Care for Real has meant to them over the past fifty yearsBe a Host Family for an International Student! 
Bring international awareness into your home this year. AFS Intercultural Programs is looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your family, and your community by hosting a student from another culture. More information is available at 1-800-AFS-INFO or here.

AFS is a non-profit organization that has been facilitating high school exchange programs for over 70 years with the mission of creating a more just and peaceful world. They have 17 high school students coming to the Greater Chicago area this fall for the 2021-2022 school year and are actively looking for host families for them. Click here to view a flyer for the organization.ESL Tutors Needed at Chinese Mutual Aid Association 
The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is looking for volunteer tutors who can offer adult learners individualized ESL instruction. Prospective tutors can contact our Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org.Save the Date! Volunteer Registration is Open for the Fifth Third Bike the Drive! 
There are plenty of opportunities from pre-event, day-of-event and post-event volunteer positions. Choose the best job for you, whether it is fueling participants at rest stops, helping at a pre-event packet pickup event or keeping the event fun & safe. Volunteer slots fill up on a first-come first-served basis, so sign up today! The actual race is to be held September 5.Summer Teen Programming at Chinese Mutual Aid Association 
All CMAA summer term online classes will start July 19th. Offerings include a wide range of ESL classes, a healthcare literacy class, and citizenship classes. Prospective students can contact our Senior Coordinator of Adult Literacy at christinaj@chinesemutualaid.org or (312) 380-0647. Please visit their website for more informationThe Viola Project: Virtual Shakespeare for Girls and Gender-Nonconforming Youth 
There are various summer programs through the Viola Project. Please click here to learn more about what is availableA Very Jackalope Gala 
Edgewater’s historic Colvin House, 5940 N Sheridan
Saturday, July 31
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please click here for more information. 
 Swedish American Museum Programming
Freshly baked goods, a summer café with Swedish coffee, cooking classes, and more! Click here to read all about what the Swedish American Museum has going on this summer.Gear & Beats Weekend 
July 16 – July 18
1055 W Bryn Mawr, Suite H (Winthrop Entrance)
Please click here for more information.

Come celebrate summer with Chicago-based streetwear brand, SOUNDOFF.

Come for the giveaways and summer-style discounts, stay for drinks and beats by DJ WVRLY – who will be spinning all weekend long.

July 16-18 at the SOUNDOFF studio in Edgewater 
July 16 / 4:00-8:00 pm
July 17 / 1:00-6:00 pm
July 18 / 1:00-6:00 pm
1055 W Bryn Mawr Ave Ste H (entrance on Winthrop)
Off-Street Parking Lot in Back

RSVP to jasmine@jetblackpr.comNew Offerings at NonNative Cafe and Market 
NonNative is a neighborhood cafe and market where local food is the center of all we do. As we begin this journey, we are starting with a few curated Farm Bundles filled with our favorite seasonal produce as well as cafe items such as sandwiches, bhel puri, samosas, ice cream and more. The goal is to provide our Edgewater neighborhood with locally sourced grass-fed and finished meat, produce, dairy, and a variety of preserved goods made in house, the way we would in our own kitchen. NonNative is a project brought to you by the team at Mango Pickle.Celebrate First Sip’s 3.5-Year Anniversary! 
“First Sip Cafe turns 3.5. Let’s be real, they really just wanted an excuse to throw a come back dance party! Their favorite Chicago DJ, Charlie Glitch will be providing the best dancing music. If you’ve been to one of their parties , you know what’s up If you have not, then we hope to see you there on July 22nd at 8PM! For more information, please check out their Facebook page here!”The Andersonville Vintage Market
1500 W Block of Catalpa
July 25 and August 22
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come treasure hunt for vintage finds that can update a new space or add to your favorite space with vintage furniture, accessories, home goods, clothing, and music from special collections of our top Vintage-forward stores. Join us for bric a brac, what nots, clothing, and more!
Find out more information by clicking here.Applications for the Edgewater Arts Festival are Still Open! 
Last call to apply to the 2021 Edgewater Arts Festival. Still some spots left. Booth price will be $275 with no application fee. Chicago is currently in Phase 5, which means fests and outdoor activities, along with indoor dining and entertainment are back to being fully normalized, see details here. Here is the link to the Zapplication. If there are any parties interested in having a sponsorship booth, please inquire at the email below with “Sponsor” in the subject line. Also, anyone interested in volunteering, please email: eaimcallforartists@gmail.comFriday Nights at Raven: Free Outdoor Summer Events 
Raven Theatre is pleased to present “Friday Nights at Raven,” a series of free, safely-hosted outdoor events throughout the summer months in Raven’s parking lot at 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

“James and The Giant Peach” Screening
Friday, July 23
8:00 pm

Lot opens at 7:30, event begins at 8 pm, movie begins at sunset. A screening of the 1996 classic children’s film based on the novel by Roald Dahl, whose works are celebrated in this year’s Take Flight Summer Camp. The event includes a pre-show discussion with this year’s summer camp teaching artists. All events are free and open to the general public. Please RSVP in advance here. Outdoor Movies at Buttercup Park
Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan
Movies start at dusk

7/31 Crooklyn
8/21 TBD – animated kids film

All films take place at Buttercup Playlot Park in Uptown.  More info at vics-pix.comNight Out in the Parks! 
The Chicago Parks District is hosting numerous events during the summertime all over the city. Please click here to view a list of events happening near you!Bands on Broadway and Beyond 
Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25

Edgewater, Chicago, IL – The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is excited to host this annual event on a larger scale this year with a weekend-long mini concert series that activates business lots around the neighborhood. There will be Blues, Jazz, Soul, and a children’s show to offer some much needed joy after a year without live music. Join us for a celebration of the rich music history of Chicago in true Edgewater style. All four concert events will be free of charge, but tickets are limited and registration is required. Our goal is to bring music to every corner of the community and well Beyond Broadway! This event is supported by Chicago Presents, a program of Mayor Lightfoot’s Arts77, a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas. Special thanks to our sponsors Thorek Memorial Hospital, Great Lakes Clinical Trials, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Physicians Immediate Care, Walsh-Fluor and Michael Peterson of Dreamtown as well as our Elite Members Salon Echo, Loyola University, Byline Bank, Caramagno+Associates, Dave Frederickson State Farm and Green Element Resale. Tickets may be reserved on Eventbrite.Windy City Winds Summer Celebration Concert 
Buttercup Park, 4901 N Sheridan Rd
Thursday, July 29
7:00 pm

Celebrate Summer with the Windy City Winds!  Join Chicago’s Community Band as they celebrate the joy of music and warmer temperatures with their first concert of 2021 on July 29th at 7 p.m. in Buttercup Park, located at 4913 N Sheridan Rd. The band will perform a mix of marches, popular music and wind band classics featuring The Entertainer, Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E Flat, a Duke Ellington medley and much more! Bring a blanket and a chair! 

About Windy City Winds:
Windy City Winds, “Chicago’s Community Band,” is a 60-member concert ensemble dedicated to performing music that is inspiring and engaging. The band’s talented woodwind, brass, and percussion players rehearse weekly and each season they give a series of indoor and outdoor concerts. As a welcoming and inclusive organization, Windy City Winds celebrates the diversity of its members, audiences, and music. Summer Nights at the Edgewater Historical Society Garden 
5358 N Ashland
Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 14 – August 25

Join your neighbors for free, family and pet-friendly performances every Wednesday evening in the garden behind the museum.. Featuring July 14: The Watsons and Friends Guitar. Please click here for more information.COVID-19 Vaccine Updates 
Chicago is now in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Click here for more information on phases.

Visit 48thward.org/coronavirus for information on where to get a vaccine appointment in our community.If you or a loved one are having trouble accessing an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccine, my office is working with volunteers who can assist in this process. Please call our 48th Ward COVID Line at 224-698-7507 or email 48thwardcovid@gmail.com and leave the name, phone number, and address of the person in need of assistance. We will have a volunteer follow up to see how they can assist. Please note, emailing/calling does not guarantee a vaccine appointment, but we will do all we can to help make this process easier for you or your loved one. COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking 
Cook County Health Transit Guide48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman*We are operating remotely*

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Evening hours available by appointment
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