48th Ward Weekly Update – June 18, 2021

Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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June 18, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

Congratulations to our local graduates, teachers, principals, and other school staff. This morning Goudy Elementary School held their graduation ceremony on their soccer field and our new State Senator Mike Simmons gave a moving keynote speech. Peirce Elementary 8th graders also graduated today. As the father of three school-aged children, I know intimately what a challenging school year this has been for all involved, no matter where your student learns. Our youth have demonstrated great resilience and have made it through an historic event with remote and hybrid learning. Here’s to a healthy, safe, and fun summer, and well-deserved rest and recovery.

I am disappointed to share that this morning the Committee on Public Safety failed to hold a vote on the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance. This ordinance is the culmination of more than four years of work by myself, many of my colleagues, and community organizations and activists from the GAPA and CPAC coalitions. The ECPS ordinance would create community-driven civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. Mayor Lightfoot and some of my colleagues have continued to derail our efforts to strengthen civilian oversight of police, a critical need as dictated by the 2018 US Consent Decree, that becomes more urgent with every day that passes. I will continue to work to pass the ECPS ordinance and will keep you updated.

This has been an historic week in our country, state, and city, with the recognition of Juneteenth as a Federal, State, and by next year a City holiday. Tomorrow, June 19, is known as Juneteenth, marking the anniversary of emancipation of enslaved Africans and African-Americans on June 19, 1865.
I want to recognize the efforts of my colleague 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden and others in the City to make Juneteenth an observed City of Chicago holiday. There are many events taking place over the weekend to celebrate Juneteenth, click here to view a list of Juneteenth celebrations across Chicago.

This week Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady declared systemic racism a public health crisis. With sharp disparities in life expectancy according to zip codes and demographics, and the many inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, we as a City must face systemic racism head on and do all we can to reverse its impacts and to empower those who have been marginalized over decades and centuries. Click here to read more about initiatives CDPH will be leading in response to this declaration, including the establishment of Healthy Chicago Equity Zones across the Chicago. 

In my role as Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, I’ve been working with my colleagues, the Department of Housing, and community organizations to address the impacts of systemic racism on home ownership and the generational wealth it provides. We hosted a subject matter hearing on the matter of equitable lending practices earlier this year and will continue to forge forward with passing legislation that will put an end to modern day “redlining”. Click here to read more about our subject matter hearing. I will continue to share the work of our Committee in coming weeks.

Community Updates

Thank you to the nearly 50 neighbors who joined us last weekend for our first in-person community meeting since before the pandemic. 
My staff and I gathered with neighbors from the Berwyn Ave. area to discuss a proposed development at 1101-15 W. Berwyn Ave. We will hold a final Community Review Meeting on this development on Wednesday, June 23, 6pm, via Zoom. Click here to register. See below for list of additional upcoming community meetings regarding proposed developments. My team is working on finding a way to effectively host hybrid in-person and virtual meetings this summer, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility while we navigate this transitional time.

Congratulations to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for a successful State of Edgewater event yesterday at the Colvin House. 
I was joined by other elected leaders who represent our community to share legislative and local updates on collective efforts to support the small business community. It was a beautiful morning and refreshing to see so many stakeholders in person.

Last night I joined with Citywide leaders on affordable housing and many Edgewater residents to congratulate our own Jack Markowski on his retirement as CEO and President of the Community Investment Corporation (CIC). Jack’s efforts as the former Commissioner of the Chicago Department Of Housing and leader of CIC have had a huge impact on every corner of our city on providing affordable housing for Chicagoans. Jack got his start as the Executive Director of the Edgewater Community Council and worked on efforts to stabilize housing on Kenmore and Winthrop. We wish Jack, his wife Pat, and their daughters happiness and good health in the next chapter of their lives.

This weekend, in addition to Juneteenth, is Father’s Day. Please consider shopping, dining, and celebrating locally. Thank you to the fathers and father figures in our community who serve as positive role models and moral support to our neighbors.

Longtime 48th Ward community member Joyce Dugan shared news with our office this week of a daring duckling rescue on Marine Drive. We were thrilled to see this feel-good story picked up by local news. Start your weekend with a smile by watching emergency responders rescue baby ducks from a sewer.

Have a peaceful weekend, and stay cool.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Upcoming Community Meetings 

1101-09 W. Granville Information Meeting 
Monday, June 21, 6pm
Via Zoom
See flyer for more information

1101-15 W. Berwyn Community Review Meeting
Wednesday, June 23, 6pm
Via Zoom
Click here to register

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 TBD

Interim CPD Foot Pursuit Policy 
Last week, the Chicago Police Department announced the interim foot pursuit policy which is open to public comment until July 15. The community process will provide residents and stakeholders an opportunity to review the interim foot pursuit policy and provide feedback, which will inform the revisions to the policy in early September 2021. The Chicago Police Department also has launched a public input form and is setting up deliberative dialogues for community groups interested in discussing the foot pursuit policy with members of CPD.Public Comment on Policy
CPD invites you to review the interim policy and make comments and recommendations on it. To read the policy and provide your feedback, click here. Public comments will be open until July 15, 2021.
Public Input Form
CPD has launched an anonymous input form that asks various questions around foot pursuits. These questions will allow you to provide feedback on specific components of the foot pursuit policy. Responses to this form are entirely anonymous.
Click here to complete the input form
Deliberative Dialogues
CPD is inviting community groups and organizations interested in providing feedback on the foot pursuit policy to meet with members of CPD. This deliberative dialogue is aimed at allowing participants to discuss multiple views and perspectives on the topic. While the discussions may not produce consensus, they will produce collective insight and feedback around ways to improve CPD’s foot pursuit policy. CPD has partnered with the Center for Conflict Resolution to provide neutral facilitation and note taking for the meetings.
Click here to sign up for a deliberative dialogue
If you have additional questions, please contact Community@chicagopolice.org

The Property Tax System Information
The Cook County Treasurer’s Office’s brochure, “The Property Tax System,” contains useful information for property owners. The brochure is offered in English and 26 other languages. Please click here to find out more information. 

Chicago 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.

Care for Real wants to hear from you!
Care for Real provides food, clothing, a pet pantry, and other services to our community. This year we are celebrating 50 years of caring and service to our community.

In order to help us plan for the future, we have begun a strategic planning process. The first step in this is a survey. We aspire to bring the broadest range of voices and perspectives into our process and this is one of the ways we are doing that. We love to hear from you as well! Your responses are anonymous, and will be kept in the strictest of confidence to aid us in our planning.

Please click here to take the survey. 

American Bar Study on COVID-Impacted Small Landlords The American Bar Foundation is conducting an interview-based study on the impacts of COVID-19 on Chicago landlords, particularly smaller-building landlords. They are particularly interested in learning about landlords’ experiences navigating Emergency Rental Assistance programs.

Please click here to learn more information about the study and how you can participate.

Chicago Park District Water Safety Training
Click here for flyer

Join us for a free safety orientation to your Chicago Lakefront! Learn how to keep yourself and others safe at the beach, recognize a swimmer in distress, and respond in an emergency.

Regular Season Trainings – Memorial Day Weekend to June 25th
Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Lakeshore Dr.
Mondays at 6:00 pm

Foster Beach, 5200 N. Lakeshore Dr.
Tuesdays at 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 20th at 11:15 am

Farmers Markets in our Community 

Edgewater Farmers Market 
Broadway Armory Parking Lot, 5917 N Broadway
Mondays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Throughout the month of June
Click here for details

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

Programs 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.

June Programming with DFSS / Levy CenterAsk A Nurse Conference Call – weekdays
Free Zoom Tutorials for Seniors
Bingocize: Exercise with a Twist! English flyer // Spanish flyer
Virtual Social Support Groups
Health & Wellness Talks

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.

Computer Hardware Recycling Event
20th District Police Station, 5400 N. Lincoln
Saturday, June 19
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The 20th Police District, in partnership with Free Geek, is hosting an e-waste recycling event. Click here to view the list of items that will be accepted.

COVID-19 Updates

Last Friday, June 11th, Chicago moved into Phase 5 of reopening, marking a lift on all COVID-related restrictions on most businesses. While this is an exciting and encouraging development, please remember that this is a transitional time and some businesses may decide to keep stricter regulations. Please respect guidelines set by businesses, in order to keep everyone in our community safe. Likewise, please respect that our neighbors may have different comfort levels regarding masking and social distancing. While this will be a joyful summer, it will also require patience and understanding, as COVID-19 is still a threat, however reduced. Masks will continue to be required, per Federal guidelines, in healthcare, public transit, correctional facilities, shelters, and school settings. Our local Chambers of Commerce continue to work hard to support businesses through this transition to Phase 5, and we look forward to upcoming events in our business districts this summer. If you or a loved one have not received a vaccine yet, please see below for details on how to access an appointment, which are very easy to get right now.

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. 

Reminder: 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.

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 specifically want to remind residents to not ride their bikes on the sidewalks of Sheridan road. 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!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting in Andersonville
Online via Zoom
Friday, June 25
9:00 am

We are excited to share an invitation to join the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of Andersonville on June 25 at 9:00 am to learn about the history, purpose, mission, and vision of the committee along with opportunities to get involved. The meeting is open to businesses, employees, community members, and visitors, and you can RSVP with the link here!  

Resources at the Uptown Business Center 
The Uptown Business Center provides resources to local businesses in our community. Please click here to find out more information about their opportunities for small businesses.

Chicago Public Library is Hiring 
With the expansion at many Chicago Public Library branches, including Edgewater, CPL is hiring additional pages to support operations at branches across the city. For the first time, CPL will be filling these positions by providing preferences for candidates who live in the areas where the libraries are located. There will be postings for six different districts across the entire City and each posting will note a preference for candidates who live in the zip codes represented by each district. Finally, bilingual and multilingual candidates will also be provided a preference in hiring.

See the flyer for more information: English // Spanish

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!

The Midway Concessions are Hiring!

Midway Career Fair
Midway International Airport, 5700 South Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638, 2nd floor mezzanine on the far South side
June 23rd and 30th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Midway Partnership & SSP America currently has full-time job openings at Chicago Midway Airport for positions including cashiers, cooks, and utility.

Please click here to find out more information about the opportunities available. 

Film & TV Crew Training at Chicago Filmmakers

Film & TV Production Assistant Course
Learn what it takes to become a Production Assistant in Jean Young’s Film & TV Production Assistant (P.A.) Training course! There’s plenty to learn in this class, including proper set etiquette and important safety concerns, walkie-talkie operation, and film and TV set conventions. This class is great for those looking to build their filmmaker and PA presence through an online résumé and portfolio. Learn more about this course here.

Starts Sunday, June 20, and runs weekly through July 25 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM CST.    

Audio Production Course
Learn how to achieve great sound for film in Drew Durepos‘ Audio Production course! This introductory course will explore the basics of film sound recording while empowering students to 1) achieve professional-level sound on their own projects; and, 2) elevate their creative rapport with future crew members and collaborators.
Starts Wednesday, June 30, and runs weekly through July 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM CST

Blood Drive at Emanuel Congregation
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N Sheridan
Sunday, June 20, 2021
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can be a life saver! Emanuel Congregation is hosting the Vitalant Blood Mobile Coach on Sunday, June 20. If you are interested in donating blood, please make an appointment at www.vitalant.org, click “Donate” and search by group code J221. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins are welcome!

The mobile coach will be parked at the Thorndale extension (at the corner of Thorndale and Sheridan). To check-in, donors should go to the Emanuel entrance at Thorndale Ave. Temperatures will be taken before you enter the building. Wear a mask and bring your ID. Normal check-in procedures will be practiced on the mobile coach.

Be 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 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.

Supplies Drive – LakeShore Schools
LakeShore Schools is asking our community to offer a helping hand to the families within our organization by donating clothes in various sizes, diapers, pull ups, and wipes, non-perishable food items,  personal care items such as toothpaste and brushes, paper goods such as toilet paper and paper towels, or other basic essentials. We are accepting all donations at our Rogers Park Campus (6759 N. Greenview) or our Andersonville Campus (5611 N. Clark) from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.  We are grateful to Andersonville for past donations!

Please email avoffice@lakeshoreschoolschicago.com with questions about the supply drive.

Peirce Solidarity Fund
The Peirce Solidarity Fund has been in operation since this past summer, collecting and distributing funds to families economically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been a true community initiative that has benefited all involved. We are continuing to welcome financial contributions as well as accept requests from families in need. One hundred per cent of funds are distributed directly to Peirce families. To contribute, please Venmo @PeirceSolidarityFund or PayPal PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com. For further information, please contact PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com. Solidarity! 

See the flyer in English
See the flyer in Spanish

Swift School Solidarity Fund 
Click here to donate

As our community comes together during the pandemic and its related impacts on the economy, the Swift School (5900 N. Winthrop) community is banding together and forming a Swift Solidarity Fund. 100% of funds donated will be distributed to Swift families in need, and they will be able to use the money however best suits their family. Donations can be made via Venmo. Click here for the flyer with details on how to donate. If you have any questions or need help donating, please email swiftsolidarityfund@gmail.com.

Scholarships for Camp Invention – 1st through 6th gradersSenn High School will be hosting a virtual Camp Invention this summer during the week of June 28.  
This year, our local camp will be an at-home program, so activity kits will be delivered directly to families and a certified local educator will lead optional virtual sessions. Campers will have everything they need for an amazing week of STEM fun from home!
During this energizing program, young innovators (aka campers) will:
Design morphing vehicles to travel across land, then find inspiration in nature to add prototype elements for moving through air and water.
Experiment with fun physics concepts like trajectory and velocity as they build, test and modify a device to launch rubber ducks to reach international landmarks.
Make and adopt their own robotic crickets and apply empathy to build customized habitats and protective gear for their solar-powered bots.
Reverse engineer their own wireless microphone to discover sound waves, and then use their unique voice to create and promote an extraordinary invention.
A limited number of $250 scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families interested in the $250 scholarship should return a completed registration form found HERE with $20 parent payment to me, Jennie Medellin, at jalittle@cps.edu. Scholarships are limited and spots will fill fast, so don’t delay!
Visit invent.org/mylocalcamp for more information or contact Jennie Medellin at jalittle@cps.edu. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

The Mayor’s Youth Commission Application is OPEN for the Next Cohort!  
The Mayor’s Youth Commission is a group of high school and college-aged students (14-19) that serve as a liaison between the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Chicago’s youth. The Commission meets on a monthly basis to foster youth-driven civic engagement and amplify youth voices to impact the city’s critical policy conversations. The application can be found here and will be open until Saturday, June 26 at 11:59pm. 

Youth Commissioners attend monthly meetings beginning this fall and will receive up to $500 for their participation. MYC members are selected through a process which includes application and a group interview with other candidates and current commissioners. The selection process also prioritizes representation & equity to ensure a diverse cohort of MYC. 

Zine Release Party 
Wednesday, June 30
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 
Territory Invasion
 is a 56-page magazine designed by Chicago teens to capture and share their experiences as members of youth-led urban design team. Part manifesto, part guidebook, part toolkit, the zine is a multi-layered answer to the question: What if we designed the city to be welcoming for teens? Please click here to RSVP.

Enrollment Opportunities at the Edgewater Early Learning Center
The Edgewater Early Learning Center is now taking applications for their in-person summer camp for children ages 6-12. The program will begin June 28. The program is supervised by qualified, adult staff who are planning a variety of activities including arts & crafts, science, outdoor activities, and field trips. Learning activities with a focus on FUN will also be provided to help your child avoid the “summer slide”.  Please click here for more information. 

They also have openings for preschoolers ages 2-5 for now and the new school year which beings August 30. Please contact them today at 773-907-0278 to arrange a tour. Please click here for more information. 

Summer Sports Camp at Senn
Senn is hosting various sports camps this July for students from 5th-8th grade. Registration for the camps is due June 30th. Please click here for more information. 

Raven Theatre – Take Flight Summer Camp
Click here for more informationWe are so excited for another summer of fun, silly, and safe adventures! Our 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!

$325 – Regular Registration

Chicago Filmmakers – In Person Youth Summer Camps 
Click here for more information & registration info

We’re excited to announce a second camp option for the budding filmmakers among us. In addition to our virtual camps, we are now offering in-person camps for students ages 9-17! Hands-on and collaborative, this all-encompassing camp gives budding filmmakers a crash-course in filmmaking that teaches a wide range of skills including creating shot-lists, scouting locations, setting up camera angles and green screen shots, post-production editing, and sound design. Camp sessions run for two weeks and are offered in July and August. Space is limited, register today!

YOUTH CAMP (ages 9-13): July 19 to 30 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
TEEN CAMP (ages 14-17): August 2 to 13 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The health and safety of our campers are our #1 priority. Most camp activities and film shooting will take place outdoors with limited time indoors for editing. Indoor editing will take place in Chicago Filmmakers’ theatre for maximum social distance spacing.

ComEd STEM Home Labs Program 
ComEd is launching a STEM Home Labs program! This session will feature a storyline around a Mars rover, and students will build a solar-powered rover of their own while solving many challenges along the way. The program will be three virtual build sessions with a final in-person event. The build nights will take place July 22, 27, and 29 from 7:00 pm  – 9:00 pm. with the final event on Saturday, July 31 from 12:00 pm. Location is TBD.
ComEd mentors will be working with the students to complete the projects. They have also brought back Dr. Kate Biberdorf from the University of Texas, who is working with ComEd engineers to develop the curriculum. Each student who participates in at least three of the four sessions will receive an iPad for the work.

The application deadline is June 30.  Click here to apply. This is a wonderful opportunity and we want Chicago students to participate! Click here for more information. 

June is Pride Month, which is always been a special time in our community.
The Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown communities have a great tradition of being inclusive neighborhoods for our LGBTQIA+ neighbors. Our community boasts dozens of queer-owned and operated independent businesses, including organizations like Chicago Therapy Collective who leads the way in helping organizations with equity and inclusion practices through trainings and programs like Trans Inclusive Chicago. I am proud to live in and serve a community that uplifts their neighbors all year long, not just in June. Please enjoy any Pride-related celebrations you participate in this weekend, and consider doing so locally at our bars, restaurants, and shops in the neighborhood!

Celebrate Pride Month in Uptown!  
Uptown is home to many businesses who area part of their LGBTQ+ Chamber Member businesses.  

Uptown Pride Networking at the Baton
The Baton Show Lounge, 4713 N Broadway
Tuesday, June 22
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please click here for more information

Celebrate Pride Month with Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival! 
Watch ‘With Love, Reeling’— a special edition of The Spirit of Chicago presented by Chicago Filmmakers in partnership with Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. From first loves to self-love, delight in this collection of past festival selections made by local Reeling filmmakers. Streaming online from Monday, June 21, to Sunday, June 27. Please click here for more information

Drag Brunch at Fat Cat
Fat Cat, 4840 N Broadway
Sunday, June 27
12:00 pm – 3:00 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 month.

Applications for the Edgewater Arts Festival are Still Open! 
Edgewater Arts Festival still has some booths available for artists and sponsors. The Fest will be Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29, 2021 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Artists can apply in the Zapp software link here. There is no application fee, and the $275.00 booth fee includes the City of Chicago $25 vendor fee. Contact Kevin Flynn with any artist or sponsorship questions at eaimcallforartists@gmail.com

Outdoor Movies at Buttercup Park
Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan
Movies start at dusk

7/10 Be Kind Rewind
7/31 Crooklyn
8/21 TBD – animated kids film

All films take place at Buttercup Playlot Park in Uptown.  More info at vics-pix.com

Edgewater Environmental Coalition Sustainability Awareness Events 
The Edgewater Environmental Coalition (EEC) is pleased to announce three programs: Edgewater composting with Collective Resource Compost; Dig In, a monthly gardening conversation series about native plants, soil, water, and cultural ties to locally grown plants; and a Commons Experiment with a number of Vedgewater garden plots. Please click here to find out more about the events they are hosting this summer.

Dig In Coversation: #1 Conversation with artist and grower Melissa H. Potter
Saturday, June 19 
1:00 pm
FLAX Feminism: Observational Drawing and Recording Project

Night 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!

The Andersonville Vintage Market
1500 W Block of Catalpa
June 27, 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.

Yard Sale at Giveaway Prices!
5430 N Kenmore
Saturday, June 19
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Save The Date: Chipotle Fundraiser for McCutcheon Elementary School
June 22, 5-9pm
Chipotle, 5224 N. Broadway 
Click here for flyer in English
Cilck here for flyer in Spanish

People just need to say McCutcheon Elementary or use the code 96VZEJE when purchasing through the Chipotle App for pickup.

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 15 in each tour. Our tour guides, who will have microphones, will lead you through the tour, and share with you our researched brochure. Everyone must wear a face mask and keep social distancing. The fee for each tour is $15, which supports the Edgewater Historical Society Museum. For registration follow this link: bit.ly/ehswalk6 

Note: There are ten tours available. Sign up before they sell out. The available tours are: Edgewater Glen:
DATE: June 27, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.
Lakewood Balmoral Historic District: 
DATE: June 22, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.
Magnolia Glen: 
DATE: June 26, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.
Bryn Mawr Historic District: 
DATE: July 7, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.
Andersonville Historic District:
DATE: July 17, 2021; TIME: 9:30 a.m.

Make Music Chicago at Buttercup Park
Every June 21st, Make Music Chicago brings together Chicagoans to celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability, or preferred musical style. The Buttercup Park Advisory Council and Stomping Grounds Literary Arts Initiative will be hosting this event in Buttercup on June 21st, 2021. Stop by for a diverse range of talented musicians! Click here for the flyer.

Live Music at Rewired Cafe!
Rewired Cafe in Edgewater will be hosting numerous events this summer! Join them for great food, drinks, and live music on the patio, including Blue and Americana music. Please click here to see their listings for the month of June. 

Live Music at the Sanctuary Coffeehouse
Friday, June 25
7:00 pm
5447 N Clark St

Join your neighbors for live music at the Sanctuary Coffeehouse. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served. Please click here for more information. 

COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking 
Cook County Health Transit Guide

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

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

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