48th Ward Weekly Update – June 17, 2022

June 17th, 2022

Dear Neighbors, 

This week saw record-breaking temperatures, and I want to thank the neighbors who worked to check in on neighbors and keep each other safe. The weather will be cooling down this weekend, so try to take time and enjoy the nicer weather.On Wednesday night, we held our final meeting of the Broadway Visioning process. We had over 1,000 neighbors share their feedback throughout this community visioning process, and I want to thank everyone who took the time to share their ideas and input for the future of Broadway. Attached is the document with a Vision Statement and more information that will act as a guideline for the future of Broadway. I am committing $1 million for near term infrastructure improvements to the Broadway corridor in the 48th Ward, as well as moving forward the Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation’s 90+ affordable unit building at 5853 N Broadway and the construction of a pool by the Broadway Armory. Please see this document for details.Construction is going to start in the coming weeks on a new astroturf play area at Hayt Elementary School. This project is made possible by funding from both the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. The astroturf will replace a concrete playground used by students, and will add basketball and volleyball courts, alongside a new green garden area. 
The Argyle Night Market is back starting July 7th from 5-9! Every Thursday in July and August, visit Argyle for global street food, unique goods, cultural performances, and music! If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, click here. Thank you to the Uptown Chamber of Commerce for their hard work to bring back this market for another year!Stop by Steep Theatre for their first play in their new location at 1044 W Berwyn Ave! The Midwest premiere of ‘Paris’ starts today and runs through July 23. For more information and tickets, click here.Early voting is open at the Broadway Armory (5917 N Broadway) for the June 28th primary election. You can stop by every day until June 28th for early voting to exercise your right to vote. Click here for more information on where and how to vote in the upcoming election.Sunday is Juneteenth, marking the anniversary of when news of emancipation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, coming two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This is the first year that Juneteenth will be celebrated as a holiday in the City of Chicago, and thank you to Alderwoman Maria Hadden for her leadership in making this happen. If you are able, please take time to support Black-owned businesses in our Ward (click here to see a list). There will be many events happening throughout the city to celebrate this holiday. To see more information about these celebrations, click hereTomorrow afternoon, join my office, Alderman Vasquez, and the Chicago Department of Transportation at Raven Theatre to talk about new infrastructure on North Clark St. including more permanent delineators to improve the street for bike commuters. This is a priority as we have seen 3 people – including two young children – killed in tragic accidents on the North Side in recent weeks. Additionally, between Granville and Devon, there will be crosswalks installed and more parking to help buffer between the traffic lane and bike lane. Please see below for more information. 
My office also invites you to come out next Saturday at 10 am for a community ride on the Glenwood Greenway. We will depart from Devon and Glenwood to make our way toward Foster and Glenwood, as we finish with a route to Bryn Mawrket, at Bryn & Kenmore. This bike ride will look for ways to improve safety and infrastructure along the Glenwood Greenway. Alderman Osterman will stay at the market for a while to answer any questions and talk with neighbors. 

I want to wish everyone participating in this weekend’s TPAN Ride for Life event a safe and fun ride. TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network) has been a strong anchor in our community for decades. Their annual Ride for Life event raises funds for their critical work serving Chicagoans affected by HIV/AIDS. If you’re interested in learning more and getting involved with TPAN’s work, click here.This morning, I joined the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and State Representative Kelly Cassidy to welcome Marais Home & Garden to Edgewater! Stop by the new home goods store at 1206 W. Victoria for an array of vintage and homemade goods including greeting cards, jewelry, soaps, and gifts. Marais Home & Garden showcases many locally sourced gifts, with an emphasis on sustainability and showcasing the diversity of local artisans in Edgewater. If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day, stop by Marais Home & Garden!Happy Fathers Day to all who are celebrating this Sunday! Looking for a haircut for you or your dad ahead of sunday? Stop by Father + Son Barber Shop at 5806 N Broadway! Have a safe and peaceful weekend, and enjoy the cooler weather tomorrow!Sincerely, Harry Osterman, 
Alderman, 48th Ward
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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.
More At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available

Every home is eligible to receive 4 additional at-home COVID-19 testing kits. If you already ordered tests, you can get 4 more, and if you have not ordered testing kits, you are able to order 8. Place your order here.

At-home tests, or “self tests,” give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms. Visit CDC.gov to learn when to test yourself, how to use an at-home test, and what your test results mean.
Thresholds Services

Thresholds provides a comprehensive array of clinical services for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use conditions. We have specialized services for young people experiencing psychosis, young adults, deaf adults, veterans, and those experiencing homelessness. We also offer a wide array of supported housing services. All clients have access to support networks that include social workers, case managers, psychiatrists, therapists, and nurse practitioners, creating a holistic approach to recovery. 

Thresholds serves all clients regardless of ability to pay. For more information about eligibility for services, contact our Intake and Access Department at 773-572-5500 or email intake@thresholds.org. Information about Thresholds programs at www.thresholds.org/programs-services. Our programs are occasionally at full capacity; please call for the most current information available.
The Chicago Department of Family Support Services shared an update on their Rental Assistance Program (RAP), a fund for all Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless due to loss of income or other eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent. The RAP deadline has now been extended and can be applied for on the DFSS website at  http://chicago.gov/fss/RAP  . Click here for FAQs on the eligibility for the RAP program. DFSS is processing applications on an ongoing basis and working to process applications to help connect people with their RAP services. You can also visit the DFSS North Area Community Center, 845 W Wilson Ave, open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, to file your application in person. 

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People’s Gas Construction UpdatesRIDGE PHASE 02 – Sidewalk restoration began on June 1st starting at Wayne (Ridge to Ardmore) & Early (Glenwood to Magnolia).  Once that is completed the crew will move over to Ardmore (Clark to Ridge) & Ridge (Clark to Victoria).  They expect sidewalk restoration to take approximately 4-5 weeks total.  Sod restoration will follow the sidewalk restoration.  Residents can still expect a sporadic opening left within the areas noted above for final retirement. RIDGE PHASE 01 – The main installation crew will continue to work along the east side of Ridge from Victoria to Bryn Mawr.  Main install should be completed by about 5/27 and then that crew will start service installations. The first crew will likely begin near Glenwood & Olive working towards Clark. The 2nd crew will tackle the Ridge services from Victoria to Bryn Mawr.  Total service installation time for both crews should be approximately 4-6 weeks.

Restoration of Phase 01 will follow the People’s Gas meter transfers and take place in the Fall.  As meter transfers are completed, they will do their best to restore whatever is available.
2022 Infrastructure Improvements Update

Crews will be working across the Ward over the next couple weeks working on a number of infrastructure improvements. The following streets are scheduled for repaving this coming week, pending any weather related emergencies, equipment failure or asphalt availability:Winthrop, Catalpa to BalmoralWinthrop, Thorndale to ArdmoreWinthrop, Glenlake to ThorndaleWinthrop, Granville to GlenlakeKenmore, Rosemont to GranvilleLakewood, Thorndale to ElmdaleThe following alleys are scheduled for completion this coming week, pending any weather related emergencies, equipment failure or asphalt availability:Sheridan, Hollywood, Kenmore & Bryn MawrKenmore, Berwyn, Winthrop & FosterHollywood, Ardmore, Kenmore & SheridanGranville, Rosemont, Broadway & MagnoliaMagnolia, Hollywood & Ridge
Development Updates5909 N. Clark St. – 18 condo units w/ 29 parking spacesWithin right development – see photo 5356 N. Sheridan Rd. – In for permitsScheduled to break ground later this Fall5253 N. Kenmore (Epworth Church) – Landmarking process continues1101 – 05 W. Berwyn Ave. – In for permits Scheduled to break ground later this Fall
CTA Red Purple Modernization Project UpdatesSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
Attend a local beat meeting!

To find your local beat, click here.
Beat 20133rd Wednesday of every even month (Feb, Apr, etc)Philadelphia Church, 5437 N Clark St.Beat 2022 & Beat 2023This year 20th district has consolidated BEAT 2022 and BEAT 2023 meeting to the second Thursday of every odd month. They will both take place simultaneously.2nd Thursday of every odd month (Jan, March, etc)Kenmore Plaza, 5225 N Kenmore Ave.Beat 20243rd Thursday of even months (Feb, Apr, etc)Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N Marine Dr.Beat 24333rd Tuesday of every monthChicago Fire Department, 6030 N Clark St.
2022 Street Sweeping Schedule

Click here to view the 2022 Street Sweeping schedule! 

To view a map version, click here.
Apply for Your Free Transit Card Today!

The Chicago Moves Program is providing relief to Chicago residents struggling with transportation expenses. Chicago Moves aims to help combat the spiking costs of gas and rising inflation by providing 100,000 Chicago transit riders with a $50 prepaid transit card.

Prepaid transit cards can be used to add transit value to your Ventra account or purchase an unlimited ride pass through the Ventra app, Ventra website or Ventra Vending Machine.

If you are a Chicago resident and are at least 18 years old, you may be eligible to receive a $50 transit card.

The City of Chicago will distribute prepaid transit cards to each winner via the mail.

Click here to apply.
Care For Friends is moving to Church of the Atonement and their first meal will be served on July 18th!
Upcoming Zoning Meetings

Randall’s Pub – 6341 N. Clark
An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 6:00pm, via Zoom, please see the attached flyer.
The new owners are requesting a zoning change from the current B3-2 zoning to the proposed C1-2 zoning, to allow for a new tavern to go into the existing former tavern space located at 6314 N. Clark.
There will also be an open house, scheduled for the following Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, on site of the new proposed tavern space.
Please try and make it to these very important meetings and if you have any questions, please reach out to Michael Ezgur at 312/327-3350.
You can send any feedback, comments or thoughts to dan@48thward.org

Sir Spa – 6228 N. Broadway
The new owner of this property is seeking a zoning change to establish a new salon at this location. Because the business plan includes massages, this “use” would require a change from the current B1-2 zoning to the proposed C1-2 zoning.
No date & time has been set yet for this informational community meeting and more info will be available in the near future.
You can send any feedback, comments or thoughts to dan@48thward.org
Peoples Gas works with federal and state officials to pay off heating bills for customers who have low incomesPeoples Gas announced that its customers who applied and qualified for heating assistance over the winter and spring will have all remaining past-due balances cleared and they will not be subject to disconnection. This marks the second straight heating season Peoples Gas customers with low-incomes have had their balances taken care of.In addition to financial assistance, Peoples Gas works closely with customers on flexible payment plans and energy efficiency programs.Any customer having trouble paying their bills is urged to contact Peoples Gas so they can access all help available to them. Specific information is available on the Peoples Gas mobile app, at peoplesgasdelivery.com, and by calling 866-556-6001.
Do you get health insurance through Medicaid?Don’t risk losing your health insurance. To keep your insurance, Illinois Medicaid needs to be able to send you paperwork. Give them an address where mail can always reach you.Updating your address is easy, fast, and free:Call 877-805-5312 for from 7:45am – 4:30pm. If you use a TTY, call 1-877-204-1012.Visit www2.illinois.gov/hfs/address
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.
At Home Vaccination Program


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


The EDW Senior Satellite Center is open for seniors to pick up their to-go dining of box lunches
Monday – Friday
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
I Can’t Hear You
Wednesday, June 22
6:30-7:30 p.m.

If you or someone you know is experiencing hearing loss or ringing in one or both ears, you’ll want to attend this informative session with Dr. Kim Cavitt, a licensed audiologist. She will present the basics of hearing loss and outline evaluation and treatment options as well as hearing aid and funding options. A Q&A will follow. The program is free via Zoom. Register.
Look what’s happening in Edgewater Village!

What’s your thing? If it’s movies, dancing, discussing books, or conversation about current events, then check out and register for these and other upcoming programs offered by Edgewater Village Chicago. Some programs are in-person and others are via Zoom; all are free. Sign up for the newsletter to stay in the know.
Edgewater Senior Center Activities
June 2022

Stop by the Edgewater Senior Center at 5917 N. Broadway to enjoy their programming and lunches! For a calendar of events throughout June, click here. For the lunch menus, click here.
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.
50 Lockers in 50 Days at McCutcheon Elementary

Let’s cut to the chase. The Middle School at McCutcheon Elementary located in the branch building on Kenmore has never had lockers. Students are required to carry all of their belongings from classroom to classroom all day. Let’s fix this. In collaboration with the Assistant Principal Kahinde Longmire and the Local School Council, we are looking to raise $15,000 in the next 50 days to provide the needed funds to order and install the lockers that will bless the students for decades. Let’s work together to make this long-lasting change and support the growth of executive functioning for the students as they progress towards high school.

I’m sure you can do the math, but this equates to $300 per locker. Will you give $300 today and be a part of supporting these amazing students?

The clock is ticking. Our 50 days ends on June 30. We need to order these lockers as soon as possible so they arrive in time for the new school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at friendsofmccutcheon@gmail.com
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is looking for adults to help match local youth with caring, committed mentors! You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by inspiring positive change and empowering them to achieve what they never dreamed possible. And the best part is, it’s a lot of fun! Help start one of our waiting Little’s on their path to Big things at: https://bbbschgo.org/volunteer/
Senior Connections with Chicago Methodist Senior Service

We are currently looking for more seniors and volunteers to participate in Senior Connections, a program that matches vetted volunteers with older adults who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  The volunteers visit (or call) the seniors weekly, providing companionship and a connection to community. For more information, click here.
The Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies 

Women of all ages and religions volunteer their time and knitting and crocheting skills to craft handmade gifts for those in need or ill. The Stitching Ladies meet Tuesdays at Emanual Congregation (5959 N Sheridan Rd) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, except for the first Tuesday of each month where meetings are held over Zoom. All are welcome to join when able. Also, donations of fabric and yarn are always appreciated. To request or suggest items or for more information, contact Sandy Pakin, the Stitching Ladies coordinator, at rsvp5959@gmail.com
Volunteer or Donate Food to Care for Real 

With a surge in need for food assistance, Care for Real is calling for the community to provide aid in any way possible. You can get involved by signing up to volunteer, hosting a collection drive for high-need items, or by making a financial contribution. To learn more, click here or email info@careforreal.org.
Donate Your Used Cooking Oil

After use, vegetable, canola, peanut, or whatever other cooking oils you may use are poured down the sink or into the trash can. Instead of disposing of it, you can recycle your used cooking oil to be made into biofuel, via Loyola University’s recycling program. To learn more, click here.
Volunteer to be an English Tutor

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is looking for volunteers to give individualized tutoring sessions to students learning English as a second language. If interested, please contact CMAA’s Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org.
Andersonville is Hiring!

Work at one of the many locally owned and operated small businesses along Clark Street. See what fits your vibe or come walk the District to see how Andersonville is different. 
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!

Be a Lifeguard with the Chicago Parks District!

As the Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join the aquatics team. The Chicago Park District employs 300 lifeguards yearly to offer aquatics programming, and hires an additional 500 lifeguards to safeguard beaches and pools during our busiest season, the summer.  The benefits of becoming a Chicago lifeguard are bountiful. Lifeguards are part of a talented workforce that is essential in providing vital services to Chicago’s residents and visitors. Candidates for Seasonal Lifeguard positions must be 16 years old and over, a resident of Chicago and fully vaccinated. Future lifeguards must also pass the swim skills test and become American Red Cross certified. Pay for entry level lifeguards starts at $15.88. To apply today, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards.
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.
Summer Camp at the Swedish American Museum

Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Jelena is back this year to teach children about different cultures through art (not the same countries as last year). This camp is for ages 6 – 12.
 
Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. – noon
New for this year! Explore what it was like for the children who immigrated to Chicago in the early 1900s through improvisation and games. We will also learn about Swedish culture. This camp is for ages 10 – 12.

For more information, click here.
Vaccine Options for Children

The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends getting vaccinated through your normal healthcare provider or pediatrician. However, here are more options in our local community:

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

Walgreen’s
5440 N. Clark
773-596-5022

Swedish Hospital 
2751 W Winona, Anderson Pavilion Auditorium
7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri
Walk-ins accepted, or
Register for appt  online or call 773-907-7700

Senn HS: School Health Center
5900 N Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60660
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon-Fri
 Appointments required. Pfizer (12+)
Open to Heartland Patients Only
Call 773-751-1860 to make an appointment
Youth GED Program 

The Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) offers free GED training and testing for youth aged 16-24. For more information, call 312-575-3285.
SAVE THE DATE: Argyle Night Market Returns July 7th!

The Argyle Night Market returns on Thursday, July 7th from 5-9pm!  Join us for global street food, unique goods, cultural performances, and music each Thursday night in July and August on Argyle Street! We’re looking for vendors! If interested, click here to learn more, and contact Greg Carroll with any questions at greg@exploreuptown.org
Take Me to Edgewater Facebook Live

Tune in to “Take Me to Edgewater” on June 22, 2022 at 12 PM, to virtually meet local restaurant owner Ruben Knight from the Edgewater Mexican Cafe! During the pre- recorded Facebook Live, you will hear the owner's story, learn how the café makes its signature homemade guacamole, and gaze at the sizzling fajitas and a tempting array
of fresh house salsas. You will also learn how to eat langostinos and about the café’s limited-time dinner specials. ¡Delicioso!

“Take Me to Edgewater” is presented by the CTA Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. Tune in on June 22, 2022 at 12 PM. More info here: bit.ly/3mRHyKJ

Enjoy local! Visit the Edgewater Mexican Cafe located at 1055 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago.
The Uptown Branch of the Chicago Public Library is reopening!
Edgewater Historical Society Walking Tours
 Enjoy views of the historic buildings of Edgewater in our own unique outdoor museum. Edgewater has three historic districts, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many blocks filled with historic homes. Tours will be led by knowledgeable guides.
 There is a limit of 20 in each tour. Our tour guides, who will have microphones, will lead you through the tour, and share with you our researched brochure. Face masks are recommended, but optional. The fee for each tour is $15, which supports the Edgewater Historical Society Museum. To register, click here.
Summer Solstice Reflection & Nature ID Walk
Tuesday, Jun 21
Meditation Point at Osterman Beach

Meeting at Meditation Point, organizers will lead the group in a brief summer solstice reflection exercise, and then native plant & tree stewards will lead an ID walk. Our walk around the lakefront will feature identification, appreciation, and storytelling.
Steep Theater Summer Shows

Paris
By Eboni Booth 
Directed by Jonathan Berry 
June 17 – July 23, 2022 
Steep Theatre, 1044 West Berwyn, Chicago, Illinois, 60640

Returning home to the small town of Paris, Vermont, Emmie tries to make ends meet while navigating the challenges of being Black in a predominantly white community. After finally landing a second job at a retail giant, her search for connection and identity leads her to a stark realization. Eboni Booth’s Paris, an off-beat workplace comedy, explores the impacts of race and economics on the wage-earners of rural America.

Light Falls
By Simon Stephens 
Directed by Robin Witt 
July 8 – August 14, 2022 
Theater Wit, 1229 West Belmont, Chicago, Illinois, 60657 

For one clear moment, rain and light fall from a cloudless sky. For one clear moment, Christine sees the lives of her family, her town, her world stretched before her, beyond her. Simon Stephens’ Light Falls is a haunting tale of resilience, hope, and the impossibly strong bonds of family. 
Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar

Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. View their website here for a look at the menu and other deals and dining experiences.
Colvin Comedy Night
June 20th, 2022
7pm-9pm

A night of comedy and laughter hosted in one of Chicago’s historic landmarks! Colvin Comedy Nights features Chicago’s best stand-up comedians performing an intimate show in the beautiful, vintage parlor of Colvin House. You’ll get to see four unique comedians, up close and personal, who have performed across the country. Arrive early for a tour of the house!

Register here.
The Luckiest at Raven Theatre
May 4 – June 26, 2022

Raven Theatre closes their 39th season with a Chicago premiere that will make you laugh your ass off, cry your heart out, and immediately call your loved ones. Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out-of-nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette’s world, Peter and Lisette’s mom are left trying to pick up the pieces. This modern story follows the highs and lows of friendship, family, and life. Save $5 off full price, non-preview tickets with the code EDGE5. For tickets, click here.
The Mary, Mother of God International Fashion Show and Featured Designer Fundraiser
June 18th, 2022

The Mary, Mother of God International Fashion Show and Featured Designer Fundraiser showcases the community and diversity of Mary, Mother of God parish. Models include parishioners from all three churches of the parish – St. Ita church in Edgewater, St. Thomas of Canterbury church in Uptown and St. Gregory the Great church in Andersonville – and people from all the neighborhoods the parish serves. The show will also feature local designers, with fashions from around the world.

There will be a cocktail reception after the show. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30PM; the show starts at 7PM.

Buy tickets here: https://www.givecentral.org/location/37/event/33951
Pivot Arts Festival
June 10-18

The 2022 Pivot Arts Festival runs from June 10-18 at the Edge Theater 5451 N. Broadway. The festival is a celebration of contemporary performance and also film. Join us Opening Night, June 10 to kick-off the festival and Gay Pride Month with the hilarious film screening of grelley and close out the festival on June 18 with the joyful hip h’opera, Rosina: Remixed! There’s something for everyone, Info + Tickets go to pivotarts.org/festival.
Heartland Alliance Free ESL Courses

Heartland Alliance will offer free online English as a Second Language courses, citizenship prep classes, vocational courses, and GED prep courses. They have classes available at different English language levels and at various times, including Saturdays. 
This Month at the Swedish American Museum 

Enjoy Nordic cuisine, decorate a Dala Horse, or attend a cooking class. There’s something for everyone at the Swedish American Museum. Please click here for more information on upcoming activities.
Summer Learning Challenge at the Chicago Public Library

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.
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. 

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
48th Ward Alderman Harry OstermanWard Office                                                          City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-5277                                                         312-744-6860
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
www.48thward.org