48th Ward Weekly Update- June 4, 2021

Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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June 4, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

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!

This week I joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CTA President Dorval Carter, US Senator Dick Durbin, US Congressman Mike Quigley, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman, and other leaders for the official groundbreaking of the CTA Red Purple Modernization project.
 It was a symbolic day for our community – the culmination of more than a decade of advocacy and organizing to get these sorely needed and transformative improvements to an essential asset in our community and city, the Red Line.

I brought with me an artifact from my days as a State Representative, a brochure from 2007 proposing improvements to the Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations. This brochure from 14 years ago is symbolic of our community’s dedication to this project, and I am confident that in 14 years we will look back on the challenges posed by intensive construction in our community as worth it. And as we emerge from the pandemic, please do your best to support the businesses who are facing a massive construction project as they recover from COVID-19 impacts.  Please click here to learn more about how you can find and receive information about community impacts from the CTA RPM project.

After a 2020 hiatus, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce has shifted from Saturday morning to Monday evening Farmers Markets this summer. The Edgewater Monday Market will run every Monday, 3-7pm, through the month of June, in the Broadway Armory Parking Lot, 5917 N. Broadway. This year’s market boasts a full lineup of vendors, including fresh produce, local honey, coffee, and more. I hope to see you one of these Monday nights at the Armory. See below for a roundup of all of the farmers markets in our community this summer.

As I have mentioned in a previous newsletter, following a “quiet” year in terms of development and zoning change requests, my office is beginning to receive inquiries and interest in new developments. We will have a busy summer of community meetings providing information and opportunities for neighbors to weigh in on development proposals. See below for a schedule of upcoming meetings. Neighbors who live near to proposed developments will also receive flyers inviting them to participate in these meetings.

In addition to meetings tied to our 48th Ward Community Process, I will also host a series of hyper-local Community Visioning sessions in the areas of Berwyn, Argyle, and Bryn Mawr. These will be opportunities for neighbors to come together to build a shared vision for what new development and infrastructure can look like on their blocks. With expected investment and development to come to these areas on the heels of the RPM project, and with a few proposals currently on the table in these areas, this is the perfect time to come together and build a vision for our community’s future sustainability. See below for more information.

Yesterday Mayor Lightfoot announced that, in line with the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago will move to Phase 5 of reopening on Friday, June 11. In Phase 5, business operations will be very similar to pre-pandemic conditions. In most cases, vaccinated Chicagoans will not be required to wear masks, and most business capacity restrictions will be lifted. While this is a very encouraging sign, we have to remember that we are not 100% out of the woods and new COVID-19 cases and deaths are still being reported daily in Chicago. Please continue to follow guidelines and check signs in windows before entering our local businesses, as many of them are still requiring customers wear masks. If you or someone you know has not received a vaccine yet, I encourage you to consider it. Appointments are very easy to come by now, see below for more information.

My staff is fully vaccinated and will return to serving constituents from our ward office at 5533 N. Broadway beginning Monday, June 7. 
We will require that all visitors wear a mask in our office. Appointments are encouraged, and can be made by calling our front desk at 773-784-5277, but we will also accept walk-ins between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. We will continue to assist neighbors virtually, as we have throughout the last 15 months, providing electronic signatures and documents as needed, but we also look forward to seeing you in person! Click here to view an updated staff listing on our website.

Please join me in congratulating Senn High School students on making it through a truly challenging school year. See below about upcoming events that the school is hosting on the Senn Lawn in the coming weeks, and please respect the students and give them space for these events. Additionally, neighbors can attend an Open House and meet Senn Arts students who created artwork that is currently on display in storefront windows at the Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5555 N. Sheridan. This exhibit, called “You are the year that has gone by. You are the change” is a collaboration with the Chicago Public Art Group. Stop by tomorrow from 1-3pm to meet the artists. Click here for more information.

The City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) closes for applications on Tuesday, June 8. This is a program open to tenants and landlords to help make up missed rent payments due to COVID-19 related financial hardship. See below for details.

Have a peaceful weekend, and stay cool.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Upcoming Community Meetings 

Clark St. Streetscape Public Meeting (Devon to Arthur)
Thursday, June 10, 6pm
Via Zoom – Click here to register
See flyer for more information: English | Spanish

Information Meeting: XFun E-sports Gaming Cafe (5214 N. Sheridan)
Thursday, June 10, 6pm
Via Zoom – Email Tim Barton at tbarton@traalaw.com to register
See flyer for more information

TimeLine Theatre Open House
Saturday, June 12, 1:30-3:30pm
Third Space, 4956 N. Sheridan
TimeLine Theatre is seeking a zoning change and PPA license to build a theatre at 5033-35 N. Broadway. They will host an in-person Open House to share plans with the community, followed by an informational meeting and a community review meeting.

Berwyn Community Visioning Kick-Off 
Saturday, June 12, 10am-noon
Cedar Playlot, 5311 N. Winthrop
Click here for details and to register

TimeLine Theatre Information Meeting
Monday, June 14, 6pm
Via Zoom – Click here to register
See flyer for more information

Senn High School End of Year Celebrations 

Senn HS Prom – Sat. June 5, 2021
On the front campus lawn
5:00pm – 10:00pm (music from 6pm – 9pm)
“No Parking” restrictions have been requested for the west side of Glenwood, from Ardmore to Thorndale, from 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Due to set up requirements, Senn has requested that the front of the school’s campus be closed to the public and the dog walkers from 9:00am – 10:00pm.

Senn HS Graduation – Friday, June 11, 2021
On the front campus lawn
The graduation begins at 10:00am
“No Parking” restrictions have been requested for both sides of Glenwood, from Ardmore to Thorndale, from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Do to set up requirements, Senn has requested that the front of the school’s campus be closed to the public and the dog walkers from 8:00am – 5:00pm

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.Berwyn Community Visioning Kick-Off Meeting
Neighbors east of Broadway, Foster to Catalpa
Saturday, June 12, 10am-noon
Cedar Playlot, 5311 N. Winthrop
Click here to register
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

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 

Tenants and landlords can apply to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) at Chicago.gov/RentHelp. The window to apply will close 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Click here for the program FAQ’s.
ERAP provides grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords. To be eligible, tenants must: live in Chicago; have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced hours, or illness within the household; be at risk of housing instability; and have earned less than the maximum household income listed on this website during 2020 or at the time of application (for example, the income limit for a family of four is $74,550).
Landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of a tenant. Landlords may also register their properties using the online application and be notified if a tenant has started the application process for rental assistance.

The Department of Housing is working with community organizations and has set up a call center to assist applicants. If you or someone you know needs assistance applying, you can contact our office and we will connect you to those assisting.

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

Care for Real wants to hear from you!

Care for Real has provided food, clothing, pet pantry, and other services. 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 will be kept in the strictest of confidence to aid us in our planning.

Please follow this link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95LNJJ2

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
Sunday, June 6th @ 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 12th @ 11:15 am
Foster Beach, 5200 N. Lakeshore Dr.Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 5th @ 11:15 am
Sunday, June 20th @ 11:15 am

Senn Arts Exhibit at Edgewater Beach Apartments 

The Edgewater Beach Apartments Corporation (EBAC) presents a public art exhibit featuring a collaborative photography and poetry project created by first year visual art students in the Senn Arts program at Senn High School in partnership with the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG). The exhibit “You are the year that has gone by. You are the change” opens on May 22 and features artwork that documents the people, objects and spaces that have been part of daily life for the Senn students during the pandemic year. Through poem and photographic collage printed on fabric panels, the exhibit speaks to their experiences of what has given them comfort, and what has been lost and found throughout this year, and what gives them hope for the future.

An Open House to meet the artists is planned for Saturday, June 5th from 1:00-3:00 pm. The exhibit is one of ten Chicago Public Art Croup Community Windows projects taking place across Chicago with CPAG artists creating public artworks throughout the city in response to current issues and themes relevant to our times. Lead artists for the exhibit include Miriam Dolnick, art teacher at Senn Arts and Chicago Public Art Group artist, Cynthia Weiss, with additional project consultation from Krista Wortendyke, Arts Coordinator, Senn Arts. 

Farmers Markets in our Community 

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

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

Uptown Farmers Market
Wednesdays 2:30-7pm, through November
Wilson & Broadway
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

State of Uptown
Wednesday, June 9, Noon – 1:30pm
Online – Register here

The annual State of Uptown event convenes Uptown’s business, development, and non-profit communities to hear from our local elected officials.  Join us again virtually this year! 

Scheduled to appear:  
Illinois State Representative Greg Harris
40th Ward: Alderman Andre Vasquez
46th Ward: Alderman James Cappleman
47th Ward: Alderman Matt Martin
48th Ward: Alderman Harry Osterman

TICKETS:   $10.00 (plus fees)*
*All Members of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce are eligible for $5.00 tickets.  The discount code has been sent via email.  Contact Greg Carroll for more details – greg@exploreuptown.org.   

ComEd Financial Assistance Programs
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 at ComEd.com/CHAMP.
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. Visit ComEd.com/SmallBizAssistance.
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 at ComEd.com/ResidentialHardship.
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 at ComEd.com/CARE.

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

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 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. 

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

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.

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.

Calling all dancers entering Kindergarten to 12th grade! 
Do you love to dance?
Audition for GUS Company Saturday, June 5 @ GUS / 5230 N Clark Street / Chicago!
GUS Company dancers train in all dance styles, perform all around Chicago, form lifelong friendships & much more!
Click here to watch GUS Company highlights from ’20-’21 season
Visit guslegacy.org/gus-co-auditions for complete audition details

Scholarships for Camp Invention – 1st through 6th graders
Senn 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!

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!
$300 – Early Bird Registration (Ends June 1st)
$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.

20th District Chicago Pet Health Fair
Click here for flyer

The 20th District Chicago Police Department is hosting their Chicago Pet Health Fair this Saturday, June 5th at Margate Park, 5921 N Marine Drive from 11 am to 3 pm. The Pet Health Fair involves free vaccines and free microchips while supplies last. The ticket distribution and lineup will begin at 10:30 am. Come join the 20th CAPS team for some pet-friendly fun!

Swedish American Museum Programming

Maypole dancing, freshly baked goods, cooking classes, and more! Click here to read all about what the Swedish American Museum has going on this month.

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

6/12 Monterey Pop
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 History Book Club 
The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream By Thomas Dyja
Meeting: Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. Via Zoom
Click here to register

In addition to being one of the Great Migration cities, Chicago was also known as a center for transportation, architecture, financial markets, and innovation. Celebrated for its unique literary character, but also reviled for failing to protect its vulnerable citizens, and a tendency towards corruption, the city has always been a mix of high and low.

Join us for a discussion on the city’s influence on U.S. history by reading Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream. This title will be available at the Circulation Desk or can be sent to other branches for pick-up.

This program is a partnership with the Chicago Public Library.

2021 Pivot Arts Festival: Reclaiming Utopia
Safely returns to live events
May 21–June 6 Combines

World Premieres of Theatre, Dance, Video, Music, Puppetry

Pivot Arts, a hub for adventurous, multidisciplinary performance, announces “Reimagining Utopia,” the ninth annual Pivot Arts Festival featuring almost entirely world premieres, May 21–June 6, 2021 at several indoor and outdoor performance spaces. Following the all-virtual 2020 Festival, Pivot Arts this year plans to bring together audiences and artists safely and in observance of public health protocols. Tickets are on sale April 30 at pivotarts.org/festival.
Pivot Arts selected 12 artists and companies to create small, live works of theatre, dance and/or music, as well as video installations, inspired by this year’s theme, “Reimagining Utopia.” Pivot asked the artists to think about a better world post-pandemic and respond to the global health crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020. Audience members will also have the opportunity to respond with their visions of a brighter future and more just and equitable society.
To observe safety precautions due to the pandemic, most in-person festival works are video installations, and live performers and audience members must wear masks. Audiences engage in events by proceeding through a space featuring video and small live works, similar to a walking tour through a gallery, rather than sitting and watching longer performances. There are also outdoor events and videos on the Pivot Arts website.

Northside Catholic Academy (NCA) Upcoming EventsNCA’s 1st Annual Golfing for Greater Tournament
Friday, June 11, Noon
Robert A. Black Golf Course, 2045 W Pratt Blvd.
Birdie, Bogey, Hole-in-one, it’s Northside Catholic Academy’s 1st Annual Golfing for Greater Tournament, so swing by for some fun!
Join us for a round of golf at Robert A. Black Golf Course on Friday, June 11, 2021, at noon. There will be food and drinks for all participants. There will also be prizes for our hole and putting contests, and the winning 4-some will receive a championship belt!
Tickets are $100 per person. Please click the link below to register today!

Chicago Uptown Lions Club 100th Year Charter Anniversary Virtual Celebration and Dueling Pianos Fundraising Show
Sunday, June 6th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Our local Chicago Uptown Lions Club is one of the oldest chartered clubs in the Lions International service organization. Its members have been serving the Edgewater and Uptown communities for 100 years, with numerous programs and support for other organizations, and for sight-impaired residents, including providing free hearing and eye disease testing programs and used eyeglasses drop-off boxes and redistribution services.
The 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser will be virtual on Zoom and will include a fun one-hour Dueling Pianos Show, featuring Edgewater’s native son, renowned pianist Steven Solomon, dueling at the piano with another popular Chicago pianist, Cassandra Kaczor.
Proceeds raised will benefit the national organization, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the local community organization, Refugee One.
For more information and to purchase a ticket or to make a donation please visit: https://www.GiveButter.com/ChicagoUptownLions100years

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 2, 2021; TIME 6:30 p.m.
DATE: June 27, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.
Edgewater’s Broadway – Catalpa to Rosedale: 
DATE: June 5, 2021; TIME: 11 a.m.
Lakewood Balmoral Historic District: 
DATE: June 8, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.
DATE: June 22, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.
Discover the Art Underfoot: 
DATE: June 12, 2021; TIME: 11 a.m.
Edgewater’s North End: 
DATE: June 17, 2021; TIME: 6:30 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.

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

Copyright © 2021 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.