|Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserJuly 23, 2021 |
On Wednesday, the City Council passed the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance, a long overdue and historic ordinance that creates a civilian oversight board of the Chicago Police Department with the establishment of the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. ECPS is now the strongest civilian-empowered police accountability legislation in the country, and includes a democratic process to elect representatives to sit on District Councils and a seven-person City-wide commission that will have policy authority over the Chicago Police Department. Click here to view the full language of the ECPS ordinance.
It has been a long road to get to this point. Following the release of the video footage in 2015 of the brutal shooting death of Laquan McDonald, the US Department of Justice investigated the Chicago Police Department and issued a report in 2017 that found a “pattern and practice” of unnecessary and avoidable uses of force that endangered themselves and the public. This DOJ investigation and report led to the current Federal Consent Decree that mandates reforms of the Chicago Police Department. Passage of the ECPS ordinance follows recommendations of the Police Accountability Task Force, and a series of reforms including the creation of a Deputy Inspector General of Public Safety and the establishment of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA).
During this time, community members and organizations across the City began building coalitions around strengthening civilian oversight of CPD. I joined with my friend and colleague 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer in introducing the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) ordinance in 2017. My colleagues 5th Ward Alderwoman Leslie Hairston and 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and community organizations were also working on the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) ordinance around this time. The ECPS ordinance was pushed forward by the voices of Chicagoans from every community that demanded a role and a strong voice for the community in the direction of policing and safety in our city.
True safety for all in our city requires trust. The passage of ECPS presents our City with a moment of hope and a framework to move forward and continue building progress toward a more accountable Police Department and the building of trust with all Chicago communities, specifically communities of color on the South and West sides of Chicago.
Countless people have played a role in getting us to this point, and I want to thank and highlight the work of 48th Ward residents, thousands of Chicagoans, community organizations including ONE Northside and the GAPA coalition and CAARPR and the CPAC coalition. Additionally, my colleagues who worked tirelessly in recent weeks and months to secure the votes needed for final passage of the ordinance: 47th Ward Ald. Matt Martin, 40th Ward Ald. Andre Vasquez, 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden, 50th Ward Ald. Debra Silverstein, 43rd Ward Ald. Michelle Smith, 4th Ward Ald. Sophia King, members of the Black, Latino, and Progressive Caucuses, and all 36 members who voted yes on the ordinance. I want to thank Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration for helping see that this historic legislation was passed. We spent many hours together last weekend negotiating the ordinance. I would also like to thank my staff who have worked with me on the issue, especially Alan Oviedo, who has been by my side throughout this process to see that this legislation get passed.
ECPS is an important step toward providing a critical role for the community in policing in Chicago, however it will not solve all of the public safety issues facing our City. As we were passing the ordinance on Wednesday, two shootings occurred in the North Lawndale community, during which a 15 year-old boy was killed and nine other neighbors were injured. It is incumbent upon my colleagues and I, and all Chicagoans, to focus on the many ways we can build a safer city together and individually. As we deal with violence across the City, it is important to recognize and thank the officers of the 20th and 24th Police Districts in our community, and those across the City, who sacrifice daily to keep us safe. I believe ECPS will support their efforts to improve safety across our city.
My focus now is to get the interim Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability up and running before the end of the year. I’ll provide more information in the near future about how interested neighbors can get involved in running for District Council in the February 2023 election. I have been deeply committed to this issue, and will not let up on the fight now that the ordinance is passed. I will continue to see it through. Thank you to everyone in our community who has shared their ideas, questions, and concerns around public safety and police accountability.
Another important measure passed at this week’s City Council meeting was an ordinance that reduces the time for most sign, sidewalk cafe, and public way use permits by a month. The final piece of the Chi Biz Strong package, most public way permits will no longer have to move through a legislative process, meaning business and property owners no longer have to wait for their applications to move through the City Council process. Thank you to Mayor Lightfoot and BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareno for putting together a package of reforms that are making it easier for small businesses to start up, operate, and succeed in Chicago. Click here for more information on Chi Biz Strong.
The next big task before the City Council is the City Budget and allocation of Federal relief funds. I will share more information on this in coming weeks. I will continue to fight for funding that addresses the critical needs facing out City, including investing in our youth, investing in mental health services, ensuring families and neighbors have access to safe and secure housing, and much more. I look forward to spending August connecting with neighbors and working with my staff to address Ward issues.
I am excited to announce that later this summer CDOT is going to install protected bike lanes on North Clark Street, between Hollywood and Devon. These new bike lanes will help provide a safe connecting route for cyclists between Andersonville and Rogers Park through Edgewater. This is a project my office has been working on with the 40th Ward, neighbors and businesses on and near North Clark Street, and the bike team at CDOT for many years. This project is expected to calm automobile traffic through our community, creating a safer experience for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. Additionally, between Granville and Devon, northbound automobile traffic will be reduced to one lane, with two lanes remaining for southbound traffic. We will share more information as the installation is scheduled. Please reach out to Ally Brisbin in my office at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this project. Click here for more information.
Last Saturday more than 60 neighbors in the Argyle area of our community came out to join my staff and I at Buttercup Park in Uptown for a Community Visioning session. With the CTA Red Purple Modernization underway and large properties in the area on the market, I expect my office to receive proposals for new housing and commercial developments in this area in the coming years. Our Community Visioning process will allow us to proactively develop guiding values and priorities for new developments. If you live east of Broadway between Foster and Ainslie and would like to be kept in loop on this process, please email email@example.com to be added to our email list.
Next weekend Bryn Mawr Ave. between Broadway and Winthrop will be closed from Friday, July 30, 8pm, through Monday, August 2, 5am, while CTA RPM crews take down the northbound bridge over Bryn Mawr. Please be aware and plan your travels accordingly. Click here for more information on the CTA RPM project.
In addition to being named Coach of the Year for basketball, my friend and DePaul College Prep Head Basketball Coach, Tom Kleinschmidt was recognized as National Coach of the Year by USA Today. From the North Side of Chicago to nationwide, Tom makes a positive impact on kids everyday. Please join me in congratulating him on his accomplishments.
Our local Chambers of Commerce are hosting events this weekend, making it unnecessary to leave the neighborhood if you’re looking for something to do:Enjoy free outdoor performances throughout Edgewater during Bands on Broadway and Beyond. This event runs all weekend, featuring four scheduled performances and pop-up performances across the neighborhood. Click here for details and to reserve your spot.The Andersonville Vintage Market returns this Sunday, July 25, 10am-3pm, on Catalpa between Clark and Ashland. Shop from your favorite Clark St. retailers and pop-up vendors from across the region. Click here for more information.
Have a peaceful weekend.
Alderman, 48th WardThe Ward Office is Open Monday Through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm!
We ask that all constituents regardless of vaccination status wear a mask when visiting the office. No appointment is required to visit. Please be advised that some staff members are still working remotely, but most services are available in person. You are always welcome to call our office instead of stopping in. We look forward to seeing you again!
48th Ward Office
5533 N Broadway
773-784-5277New 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.
N. Sheridan Rd. Resurfacing
W Bryn Mawr north to W Sheridan Rd, W Sheridan Rd west to N Winthrop AveWeek of 7/26/2021Removing & pouring concrete sidewalks ADA ramp, curb & gutter on the west side from Bryn Mawr to Devon. Estimated completion date of Wednesday 7/28/21.Grinding of the existing street beginning, tentatively, on Thursday 7/29/21. We will have more information on this next week.N Clark St Resurfacing Project
W Lawrence Ave to W Edgewater Ave
Crews will continue with concrete work, pouring new crosswalks and curb & gutters, on the east side of Clark St into early next week, and will start concrete work on the west side of Clark by the middle of next week.
The schedules for the projects above are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.CTA RPM Construction
Location: The alley behind 4900 – 5062 N. Winthrop Avenue (W. Winona Street to W. Ainslie Street)Dates: Monday, July 26 to Friday, September 24, 2021Work Hours: 7am to 7pm weekdays and SaturdaysWork Activity: Embankment Demolition and Track-Level Barrier InstallationPeople’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 the coming 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 older than 12 years old should not ride their bikes on the sidewalk. Our community has a fantastic network of bike lanes on Kenmore, Winthrop, Glenwood, and Clark St. Our office receives many reports of cyclists riding on the sidewalks on busy streets like Broadway and Sheridan — please note that this is dangerous! Please walk your bike 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. 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 RemindersSips & Session Discussion with State Representative Kelly Cassidy
Moody’s Pub, 5910 N Broadway
Monday, July 26
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Representative Kelly Cassidy is hosting a Sips & Session Discussion at Moody’s Pub on July 26 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts on this past legislative session and participate in discussion on the topics that are important to you. Drink tickets and admission will be available to those who RSVP for the event. Be sure to reserve your spot here.Town 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
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 email@example.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.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 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.BMO Harris Bank Virtual Panel: Roadmap to Economic Prosperity
Wednesday, July 28
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Please click here to find out more information.
BMO Harris Bank will be hosting a virtual panel of dynamic perspectives on July 27 at 1:00 pm to bring forward a conversation centered around improving corporate culture and supporting efforts to close the racial wealth gap through job creation, business development, and economic revitalization initiatives. The event will also feature Dana Guthrie, who will share her inspirational journey in launching Gateway Capital. The event is free to attend and you can RSVP here.CMAA’s Dim Sum & Then Some 5k/10k!
Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is pleased to announce that our annual Dim Sum & Then Some: Uptown 5K & 10K race will take place on August 7th at 8:00 am CDT. This scenic run/walk will take participants along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and through the historic Uptown neighborhood – ending on Chicago’s “Asia on Argyle” corridor. Additionally, for the first year ever, participants have the option to complete the race as a 10K!
CMAA’s Dim Sum & Then Some race offers participants a unique experience, with all proceeds reinvested back into the community through the hard work of our staff and their programming. Runners are treated to cultural experiences such as our lion head dancers performing a traditional Chinese dance signifying good fortune to kick off the race. Finishers will receive delicious dim sum and bubble tea while enjoying performances by CMAA’s youth dance troupes. With our race CMAA endeavors for people from all over Chicago to experience the rich heritage and diversity that Uptown and its residents have to offer.
This year’s race proceeds will support our COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. CMAA has been supporting clients in combating the economic effects of the crisis, including launching new emergency services. Proceeds from the race will help us to expand our efforts in providing direct financial assistance to low-income families affected by the crisis, assisting them with housing payments, utility costs, food, and any other immediate needs.
Please register here.
Block Parties in the 48th Ward
We’ll be posting 48th Ward block parties in our Friday newsletters throughout the summer.
Saturday July 24
5400 Block of Wayne
5432 Block of Glenwood
5300 Block of Magnolia
1200 Block of Glenlake
1400 Block of Norwood
Thursday evening July 29
5400 Block of Lakewood
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
Before sending your forms, please be sure your neighbors are on board to join your party.Farmers Markets in our Community
Andersonville Farmers Market
Catalpa, between Ashland and Clark
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, through October 20
Click here for details
Uptown Farmers Market
Wilson & Broadway
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm, through November
Click here for details
Edgewater Farmers Market
Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway
Mondays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, through August 30
Click here for detailsDepartment 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 here. Chicagoland 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:Monday, 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 websiteThresholds’ Living Room – Forever Hope
Forever Hope is part of the Peer Success Program and is based off of the Living Room model of crisis recovery. As the name suggests, Living Rooms are homey, quiet, safe spaces for those experiencing a mental health crisis to get relief. The Living Room model is unique in that it is staffed entirely by peers – people in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use. Living Rooms are meant as alternatives to traditional psychiatric hospitalization.
Forever Hope is available to adults 18 and older who are in a mental health crisis. Our center is ideal for anyone experiencing extreme anxiety, severe depression, distressing voices, thoughts of harm, etc. There is a capacity to serve 3 – 4 guests at any one time, depending on the number of staff on shift. · Living Room address: 4423 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL, 60640· Hours: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, with our last guest accepted at 8:00 pm· Living Room phone #: (773)-537-3601· Open Monday-Friday including holidays that fall during the week· The Living Room is free, no insurance or income requirements· Supervisor email: email@example.com
Please click here for more information.
Please click here to visit Thresholds’ website.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.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, Monday – Friday, for two seatings:
The first is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. The second seating is from noon to 1:00 pm
Maximum of 16 at each seating. It is anticipated that the Center will return to full programming in September. No other programs have resumed at this point. Please click here to view the July menu.
If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey, or assistant Madeleine Brenner
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 LobbyWhite Crane Wellness Center Programming
White Crane Wellness Center has various programs for seniors in the community including health talks, Zoom tutorials, and a social support group. Please click here to find out more. Monthly AARP Community Group
Tuesday, August 3
Please click here to view the event’s flyer!
Learn from Paula Basta, the Director of the Illinois Department of Aging, to learn what resources have changed since the pandemic.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Audience Services Manager at Raven Theatre
Raven Theatre is searching for an Audience Services Manager who will connect with their patrons and box office staff to ensure a pleasant experience at Raven. Click here for the job description and application information. 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!Wheelchairs 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, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Ministry Center, 6214 N. Glenwood Avenue. (Please call 773-973-5464 to schedule a drop off). When necessary, if 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 yearsESL 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 email@example.com.The 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 available. Take Flight Summer Camp at Raven Theatre – Ages 8-14
August 2-13 and August 16-27
Please click here for more information.
Raven Theatre’s Take Flight Summer 2021 Camp will feature two virtual sessions (conducted of Zoom), centered around the wondrous works of Roald Dahl, as we learn about the mysterious ways of The Witches and take to the sky with James and the Giant Peach! Kids from any part of the country can join in on the fun with this year’s virtual camp setup!A 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.
Uptown Women’s Networking Mixer
July 30, 2021
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Join us on Friday, July 30 for our first in-person Uptown Women’s Networking Mixer hosted by HackHaus! Meet and connect with other women leaders from local businesses and non-profit organizations across Uptown while enjoying light bites and a cup of coffee. Online ticket sales close at 4pm on Thursday, July 29. Tickets will be available at the door, but we encourage all attendees to register prior to the event for planning purposes. Admission: $10 for Uptown Chamber Members, $15 for non-members. To RSVP, please click here.Friends of the Edgewater Library: What are Friends for?
Saturday, July 24
10:00 am – 11:00 am
You’ve invited to listen in on the monthly meeting of Friends of the Edgewater Library. Hear what we’re doing to support the Edgewater Branch and our upcoming plans for the year, which includes enhancements to the Early Childhood area and free programs for the community. Register; the meeting will be held on Zoom. You’re also welcome to join our Friend-ly group for as little as $10 a year. Read more about us and find a world of Friends.The No Book Club
Monday, July 26
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
What are you reading? Join us for an informal meeting to share your thoughts about a book (any genre) you recently read, a favorite you’d like to recommend or you’re welcome to just listen in. Become acquainted with other readers — in Edgewater, other areas of Chicago, and elsewhere — and find out what they’re reading. You’ll probably hear suggestions for books you’d like to read. Here’s the list of books that participants discussed last month.
Register for this program on Zoom. This program is a partnership with Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village Chicago, Edgewater Reads and the Edgewater Branch.
Chicago Filmmakers Events and Courses
Chicago Filmmakers hosts numerous courses and events each month. Please click here to view their myriad of opportunities.Save the Date: Uptown Art Week!
August 6 – August 15
Please click here for more information.
The 2nd Annual Uptown Art Week will feature over 150 pieces of public art including more than 40 new works going up on walls around the neighborhood, art exhibits being hosted by local businesses, live paintings, and interactive art activities for all ages.
Uptown Art Fair
Sunday, August 8
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hosted by the Chicago Market, 4620 N Broadway
Please click here for more information.
Join Uptown United & Chicago Market on Sunday, August 8 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for the one-day Uptown Art Fair as part of this year’s week-long event! Local artists will set-up booths to display and sell their artwork. The fair will take place inside the Chicago Market at 4620 N Broadway (corner of Wilson & Broadway).
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Apply online now to be a vendor at the Uptown Art Fair.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.
Exhibit Opening: “Reality Check”
Join us in the main gallery to meet Anna U Davis for the opening of her exhibit “Reality Check.” Reality Check investigates the concept of diffusion of responsibility with pressing global issues. In Reality Check, Davis juxtaposes mixed media paintings depicting diffusion of responsibility with works investigating gender equality, racial discrimination, and climate change. Please click here to learn more. Taste of Andersonville
Wednesday, August 11
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please click here for more information.
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is excited to bring back a fan favorite to our events roster with Taste of Andersonville. We have cultivated two routes, the Fork Route and a Spoon Route, that allow you to meander your way up and down Clark tasting some of the best restaurants that Andersonville has to offer. You may also have a chance to discover a new spot or a hidden gem. Click here to purchase tickets!Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale: Featuring 40+ Businesses, Music & Entertainment
July 29 – August 1
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The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce the return of the annual Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale from Thursday, July 29 – Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (hours vary by business). More than 40 businesses from 4800 to 5900 N. Clark St. and the adjacent side streets will expand their storefronts to line the sidewalks with summer sales, bargain antiques, one-of-a-kind merchandise, fashion apparel and local treasures. Once again this year, independent musicians and other artists will perform throughout the district, entertaining shoppers and families as they explore the one-mile district.
We are looking for artists, entertainers, and performers to help bring the Andersonville Sidewalk Sale to life from July 29 – August 1. If you know of any artists who are looking for a street that is sure to be bustling with foot traffic, feel free to share the link here!The Neighborhood Yard Sale is Back!
Vintage homewares, clothing, kid stuff, art, and more! Sell your old stuff and buy new stuff on August 7 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Check out tables lining the parkways on Winona, Marine Drive, Carmen, and along Sheridan (near the lake between Foster and Argyle).What: Yard Sale Extravaganza! Come join us—shoppers AND sellers!—for the 2021 Carmen Winona Block Club Yard Sale.When: Saturday, August 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (rain date Sunday, August 8)Where: Uptown | Edgewater | Margate Park around 5100 Marine Drive.Seller registration: bit.ly/carmenwinona2021Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/12qeYQHWYFor more info contact the block club at CarmenWinonaBC@gmail.com. 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.Join the Edgewater Historical Society for the Release of the Arcadia Book: Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel
Edgewater Historical Society Museum, 5358 N Ashland
Sunday, August 8
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The museum will be open, and the Edgewater Beach Hotel exhibit is still available for viewing. Books will be sold at this time by the authors, John Holden and Kathy Gemperle. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Friday 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
Lot opens at 7:30 pm, event begins at 8:00 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.
“Inherit the Wind” Screening
Friday, August 6
Lot opens at 7:30 pm, event begins at 8:00 pm, movie begins at sunset.
A screening of Stanley Kramer’s classic 1960 film adaptation of the classic play, which Raven had planned to produce in the fall of 2020. The event includes a pre-show discussion with Chicago director Ian Frank, who was slated to direct Raven’s production.
Outdoor Movies at Buttercup Park
Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan
Movies start at dusk
8/21 TBD – animated kids film
All films take place at Buttercup Playlot Park in Uptown. More info is available 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!
Movies in the Parks at Senn: Onward by Pixar
Senn High School, 5887 N Ridge Ave
Wednesday, August 4th
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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
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 7:00 pm 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.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 email@example.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 OstermanWard Office City Hall Office
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