48th Ward Weekly Update – March 25, 2022

March 25th, 2022
Dear Neighbors,

This Wednesday morning after 10am, there was a robbery and carjacking on the 1400 block of West Balmoral. The victim was not physically injured and the offender fled in the stolen car south bound on DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Area North Detectives are investigating this crime, and if you have any information call 312-744-8263. The City of Chicago is in the process of installing several additional security cameras and license plate reader cameras in our community. I will be meeting with the CPD carjacking task force to address ways to prevent further crimes like this in our neighborhood.

On Wednesday March 16th, we held a community meeting via zoom to consider a zoning change and request for a public place of amusement license and liquor license for the new location of Steep Theatre at 1044 West Berwyn. This meeting followed a community open house and previous zoom community meeting. Following the feedback I have received, which overwhelmingly supported Steep’s request, I will be supporting the zoning change, PPA license, and liquor license. Steep Theatre’s adaptive reuse of this building and along with the dynamic theatre and community partnership they bring is a big win for our community. I appreciate all the neighbors who shared their thoughts and opinions on this proposal. 

Next Saturday, April 2nd at 10am, we will hold a Broadway Visioning meeting at Senn High School, 5900 N Glenwood. Broadway, as our Main Street, has seen much progress over the years, with an increase in restaurants and businesses, new housing developments, and improvements to support a better, safer pedestrian experience. This meeting – along with 2 that will follow – is an important opportunity for you and your neighbors to share your ideas on what you want Broadway to be for our community moving forward. I hope you can join us next Saturday, and please register in advance here.
 
Yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot nominated Nicole Lee to fill the vacancy as Alderman of the 11th Ward. Ms. Lee would be the 1st Asian American woman serving on the Chicago City Council. Ms. Lee is a resident of Chinatown and has a long history of community and civic experience, including work with Chinese Mutual Aid Association. I applaud this appointment, and on Monday I will be proud to support Ms. Lee as the new Alderman of the 11th Ward. Her historic appointment will create opportunities for more collaboration between our Argyle Street community and Chinatown to better support our city’s Asian American community.

This week at City Council, a new committee was formed that will review the final 3 proposals for a new casino in Chicago. As the Chairman of the Housing and Real Estate Committee, I will be a part of this review Committee. As we review these proposals, I welcome your feedback. The City will be hosting virtual meetings on all 3 proposals on the following dates.April 5, 6-8pm,  Hard Rock Chicago: Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street) April 6, 6-8pm, Bally’s Tribune: Tribune Publishing Plant (700 W Chicago Ave)April 7, 6-8pm, Rivers 78: UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (725 W. Forum) 
Our community mourns the loss of Elise Malary, a community leader who worked tirelessly for the LGBTQ+ community on the North Side. Ms. Malary was a tireless advocate and leader in the LGBTQ+ community. As a founding member of the Chicago Therapy Collective, she helped lead the #HireTransNow initiative, while being a citywide leader for Black trans women. Many individuals have been impacted in a positive way by Elise Malary’s work and advocacy, and that work must continue on in her memory. The Chicago Therapy Collective is collecting donations to support her family. 

On April 3rd, the Association of Sheridan Condominium/Co-Op Owners will be holding a fundraiser at Marty’s Martini Bar. This fundraiser will support the upkeep and planning for the planters on Sheridan Road. Stop by to say hi and support the ASCO.

Have a peaceful weekend!

Sincerely, 

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
Stay connected with us on social media!
Stand with Ukraine Benefit at Bark Bark Club
Sunday, April 3, 12pm-3pm

Bark Bark Club has always been committed to helping people and their pets and it’s crucial that this commitment extends to our friends in Ukraine right now. We will be holding a benefit right here at Bark Bark Club to generate funds for the UNICEF Child Relief Fund in Ukraine.

Please stop by Bark Bark Club on Sunday, April 3 anytime between 12pm and 3pm to help us collect funds for this desperately needed cause. Click here to donate.
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.
Broadway Visioning Meetings

Join me this spring for a series of community visioning meetings focused on the future of the Broadway corridor in the 48th Ward.

This will be a three-part proactive community planning process where we will work together to consider opportunities for affordable housing, economic development, roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, public art, place making, environmental sustainability and public transit. See below for event information. 

For the April 2nd meeting, Alderman Osterman will be giving a presentation at 10am, and the rest of the event will be open house format.
Register for April 2nd
Emergency Heating Repair Program 

The Chicago Department of Housing will accept applications through April 1st for the Emergency Heating Repair Program, providing grants to low-moderate income, owner-occupied residential building of one to four units to repair or replace service of a heating system. Eligible residential buildings will be asserted one time for one-service (furnace or boiler) only and for the life of the property. Funding is limited and available on a first-come first-service basis. Click here for more information.
Free Smoke Detectors

As winter approaches, please make sure to check all of your smoke detectors and install new batteries to those that need it. Currently, our office has smoke detectors available for neighbors who do not have one in their home. Please email us at harry@48thward.org to claim a smoke detector.
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.
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 UpdatesHollywood between Glenwood & Ridge along the west side of Ridge in the next couple weeks: Services where the main has been completed should be available at the end of April and parking should be available in these areas.
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:1/1-4/30: Extended Street Closure –W. Ardmore Ave between CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Ave2/28-4/2: Extended Alley Closure – The alley behind 5400 – 5450 N. Winthrop Avenue 3/14-4/30: Intermittent Alley Closure – The alley behind 5600 – 5658 N. Winthrop Avenue3/23-4/9: Alley and Street Closure – W. Balmoral Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue, and the alley behind 5352 – 5358 N. Winthrop Avenue & 1109 – 1111 W. Balmoral AvenueSee 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.
North/Northwest Side Community Safety Town Hall
Tuesday, April 5
6pm-8pm
Harry S Truman College Gymnasium

The City of Chicago will host a community safety town hall to provide Chicagoans with the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the City’s efforts to reduce and prevent violence. Five of the town halls will be focused on community safety efforts in specific regions and one of the town halls will be focused entirely on efforts to reduce and prevent violence among youth. 

Representatives from the Mayor’s Office, City’s Community Safety Coordination Center, Chicago Police Department, and other City Departments will participate in roundtable discussions, getting input and ideas from residents. All town halls will be held in person, allowing for more interaction between community members and City Officials.

To register and to find additional information about the town hall, please visit bit.ly/CommunitySafetyTownHalls.
2022 Street Sweeping Schedule

Click here to view the 2022 Street Sweeping schedule! 

To view a map version, click here.
Grants available for Condo Owners

Condo owners can apply for grants if they are behind in mortgages AND HOA assessments (and taxes and utilities).  This involves getting substantiation from the HOA and reaching out to a housing counseling agency.  Most importantly, owners need to sign-up at ILHAF (illinoishousinghelp.org) in order to be notified when the program opens in April. Residents can find workshops and other application resources there.

Owners should:
1) Sign Up for information at https://www.illinoishousinghelp.org/ilhaf#idhs-section-ID
2) Register for a workshop or watch video.
3) Contact a housing counseling agency – this is required
4) Gather documentation as listed.
People’s Gas Winter Heating Reminder

Peoples Gas is reminding customers that this winter’s elevated heating bills are due to a sharp nationwide increase in natural gas prices. The price increase is being driven by tight global supply and an increase in demand as economies reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Peoples Gas does not profit from the cost of natural gas. It charges customers the same amount it pays for the gas.

For anyone who needs help managing their bills, assistance is available.

General winter assistance and resources:
Assistance is available to help Peoples Gas customers pay and manage heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to cedaorg.net or call the Community Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332. To set up payment plans and budget billing, and learn about ways to reduce energy use go to peoplesgasdelivery.com.

Bill pay assistance:
Financial assistance is available to help Peoples Gas customers with heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to cedarorg.net or call the Community Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332.

For those who don’t qualify for energy assistance

Winter energy-saving tips:
Manage energy use by turning down your thermostat, using a programmable thermostat, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultations. For more information, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/savings/.

Budget Billing:
Pay the same amount each month with Budget Billing. The billing program spreads out seasonal variations in your Peoples Gas bill over 12 months. While you still pay for all of the natural gas you actually use, Budget Billing provides consistent bills throughout the year. For more information and to enroll, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/payment-bill/budget.
A New Resource for Affordable Housing Owners

Voice of the People has been designated by the City of Chicago as a Technical Assistance Community Center (TACOM) to serve property owners, managers and sponsors of affordable and mixed income housing in Uptown. 

The non-profit organization, located at 4611 N Sheridan Road, is starting up an owners’ network dedicated to helping raise revenue, decrease expenses (including property taxes), and access resources as well as credit. Additionally, the network intends to collectively address property management, compliance and safety challenges – all vital to maintaining the viability of affordable housing over time.

Read more online, register your interest or call us us at 773.769.2442 to schedule a short informational interview.
Tutoring at the Loyola Literacy Center
Monday-Thursday evenings, 7:20pm-9pm when school is in session

We offer assistance in English with conversation and listening skills, writing, reading, and with the GED, citizenship exam, TOEFL, or IELTS.

We are now accepting applications from adult learners who would like to join us.  If you know of any adult who may be interested in doing so, please ask them to send an email to literacy@luc.edu, mentioning your organization and giving us the following information: 

1) Your Name, Address, and Phone Number  
2) Your E-mail address  
3) Your Goals – what you want to learn 
4) If you have been tutored at the Literacy Center before and when 
5) When you are free and can be tutored this Fall: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.
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


ComEd Financial Assistance – PIPP and LIHEAP 

PIPP funds through the state of Illinois are now available on a first-come-first-serve basis while available to eligible customers. Apply now through March 31, 2022. Apply Today.

Federally-funded LIHEAP provides eligible customers energy bill assistance. Applications will be accepted now through March 31, 2022 on a first-come-first-serve basis while funds are available. Apply Today.
Casino Site Public Engagement

The City of Chicago is eager to hear from the community about the selected bidders for a casino. Three community meetings are scheduled, where you will learn more about each site and have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments or concerns. To learn more about these finalists for the casino proposals visit: www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/chicago-casino/home/rfp.html

Information and registration for each community engagement session can be found below.

April 5, 6-8pm, Hard Rock Chicago at ONE Central
Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street)
Register:  https://chicagcasinohardrock.eventbrite.com

April 6, 6-8pm, Bally’s Tribune
Tribune Publishing Plant (700 W Chicago Ave)
Register: https://chicagocasinoballys.eventbrite.com
 
April 7, 6-8pm, Rivers 78
UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road)
6-8pm
Register: https://chicagocasinorivers78.eventbrite.com

ASL interpretation will be provided. Additional accessibility needs or Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and other language interpretation requests should be sent to chicagocasino@chicago.org by April 1.  All events will also be livestreamed at: Chicago.gov/live.  
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


We Will Chicago
Click here for more information

We Will Chicago pillar research teams are seeking the public’s input on a series of questions drafted over the past several weeks. These questions are being developed for every pillar to help the We Will Chicago teams frame the issues, direct their research, and provide the basis for objectives and recommendations. This will provide the objectives and recommendations for the citywide plan.
The EDW Senior Satellite Center is open for seniors to pick up their to-go dining of box lunches
Monday – Friday
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
2022 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame

Is there an older adult in your life who has a history of helping and inspiring others? Nominate them for induction into the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame! The Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame was established by the General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults’ accomplishments and contributions to their communities. Each year, four Illinoisans age 65 or older are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their work in community service, education, arts or the labor force.
Nominees must be:At least 65 years old.A current Illinois resident or a former resident who lived in Illinois for the majority of their life.Posthumous nominees will also be considered.

Nominations must be submitted by June 1, 2022 to be considered. The online submission form is accessible here, or you can submit a completed nomination form via email to Purnell.Bordersiii@Illinois.gov.
 
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.
Muslim Women Resource Center seeking housing for new residents

In February, 100 Afghan adults and children arrived in Chicago. They were welcomed by the Muslim Women Resource Center which is coordinating the Afghan settlement in Chicago.

Twenty of those Afghans have been living nearby in temporary housing. Like any other family, they are anxious to find a permanent place to call home. The adults are also in need of jobs so they can be self-supporting.

A tall order? Yes, but one with which you may be able to help. If you know of any low-income rental apartments for a single man or a family or of job vacancies, please contact Ayesha Quraishi, Director of Muslim Women Resource Center at 773-764-1686. 
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/
Donate supplies to Berger Park’s Nature Club!

Berger Park is starting up an afterschool Nature Club this spring and looking to expand sustainability practices. We are looking to collect a few things from the community:

1) Paper – we are going to make recycled paper projects so we would love your used paper scraps! Please make sure there are no staples, tape, or plastic. We’ll accept fully intact paper and/or shredded!
2) Plastic bags – we’ll be making ropes and mats out of single use plastic bags, the kind you would get from the grocery store. Any color is fine! Please make sure bags are empty and clean.
3) Art supplies – we are always looking for gently used markers, crayons, paints, canvases, paper, etc. We have a lot of creative kids who would definitely put these things to good use!

All items can be dropped off at Berger Park (6205 N Sheridan) in the front entryway or with staff. Please call the park with any questions – 773-761-0376.
North Side Community Mask Drive
Drop off supplies at Dice Dojo, Edgewater of Sweetness, and Church of Atonement.

The North Side Community Mask Drive is a parent and community driven effort to ensure that PPE needs of the schools and communities are met. They are accepting donations of child sized N95/KN95/KF94, child sized surgical masks, wipes, and hand sanitizers. Click here for more information.
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.
Design Director at Territory NFP

Territory NFP is seeking a Design Director to support the Executive Director and Program Manager in creating a design rich environment for teens to thrive, and cultivating a design practice model that reflects Territory’s values. This position includes the creation of program content, execution of design thinking processes, and collaborative engagement with program teens and community partners. For more information, click here.
Parking Lot Attendant at Church of Atonement

The parking attendant oversees the parking lot on Sunday mornings during worship. They are in charge of monitoring the lot, making sure that only people who are attending worship are parking there, and holding the keys of cars that have double-parked in the lot. They are also responsible for contacting the tow company upon arrival if there are cars parked in the lot illegally. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, energetic, courteous, competent, and efficient; they should be someone who performs well under stress, enjoys serving others, and has outstanding customer service and language skills. The role requires great driving abilities and the capacity to drive a variety of vehicles. A valid driver’s license is necessary.

For more information and how to apply, click here.
EMR Opportunities with Superior Ambulance Service
Pace Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at our facilities across the suburbs to ensure that we can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. We seek your help in passing these opportunities along to your constituents who might be interested in a rewarding career in public service with great benefits.
Playground Supervisor at Senn

Under direction, a playground supervisor plans, coordinates and supervises a recreation and leisure program at a Park District playground or park facility. They serve as an administrative supervisor for instructional and maintenance staff. A supervisor at this park, would be walking into a community of dedicated volunteers, lucrative businesses that patron the playlot several times a day, and many parents looking for programming. For more information, view this job posting.
Alternatives is Hiring! 

Alternatives has been a leader and innovator among Chicago’s youth-serving organizations since it was founded in 1971. Alternatives supports and empowers thousands of Chicago youth each year, working to build safer and more vibrant communities. Our staff work throughout Chicago to deliver these programs, both in schools and within the communities. Alternatives has two youth centers, one in Uptown and one in Washington Park.
Please see our open positions and ways to get involved here.
Medical Assistant Career Accelerator Program

AMITA Health Medical Group and Oak Point University are investing in you and your community with a Medical Assistant Career Accelerator Program. This unique program provides a fully paid fast track to educate, certify, and employ medical assistants (MAs). The best part? Once accepted, an immediate job is waiting for you in a high-demand and high-growth industry.
Learn more by visiting this link.
Verve College Nursing Programs
For information on their program, click here.
For class schedules, click here.
Greencorps Chicago Job Training Program

Greencorps seeks to train those with barriers to employment in green industry, that is environmentally conscious or sustainable industry. Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Employment & Training Program. During the nine-month program, Greencorps Chicago trainees earn Chicago minimum wage (currently $15). Greencorps Chicago trainees receive practical experience, professional development, and classroom & field training in a variety of environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries.  Trainees are offered a number of professional certifications including Defensive Driving, First Aid/CPR, HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-Hour Safety, Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class, and the Illinois Pesticide license.  Throughout the program, trainees are supported with wrap-around social services, a stable income, and assistance finding full-time employment upon completion of the program. For more information, view the flyer below or visit Greencorps’ website here.
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.
Space Sharing & Office Manager at Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center

The Space Sharing & Office Manager is responsible for overseeing various space operations and office tasks. For a complete job description, click here.
CPS Now Hiring Crossing Guards!

CPS Hiring in the Food/Nutritional Department

CPS is hiring associate manager, cook, porter, and lunchroom attendant positions.
Please apply here

A Food Handlers Card is required to work in a cafeteria. To obtain this certification, visit any of the following links:https://www.servsafe.com/ServSafe-Food-Handlerhttps://www.statefoodsafety.com/food-handler/illinois/state-of-illinoishttps://www.premierfoodsafety.com
CTA Second Chance Program 

The Second Chance Program is an opportunity for those facing challenges in reentering the workforce. Along with a career opportunity, Chicago residents may be provided with valuable job skills, training, education, and mentoring. Click here to learn more and how to apply.
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.
Per Scholas Free Tech Career Training

Per Scholas provides rigorous tech skills training, professional development, IT industry certifications, and job placement with reputable tech employers all at NO COST to learners. Free courses begin in March. See link below for more information.

IT Support Course
End User Desktop Support Course
General Information
Serve as an Election Judge!

The application to serve as an election judge is OPEN NOW! Students (and adults) can apply at pollworker.chicagoelections.gov before the application closes on May 1st. Election Judges earn $230 for completing training and working on election day. This is a great way for young people to get involved in the electoral process even if they are too young to vote. Current Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply (seniors must apply as adult judges since the election takes place after the school year).
 
Fiesta del Sol Scholarship

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Fiesta del Sol, and the University Round Table announce the application process for the Guadalupe A. Reyes Fiesta del Sol Scholarship is officially open until May 13th.

We are happy to announce that starting today, Latino students from Chicago’s South-West side are welcome to start their application process, to become one of the Guadalupe. A Reyes Fiesta del Sol Scholarship 2022 recipients!

If you are a student interested in applying for this scholarship, you can start your application or find the complete information in the following link.
Apply for The Odyssey Project are now open!

Applications are now open for The Odyssey Project, an annual academic program that offers free college courses in the humanities (literature, philosophy, art, history). Illinois Humanities provides this opportunity through UIC and in partnership with Rebuild Foundation, The University of Chicago’s Civic Knowledge Project, the Seabury Foundation, and Northwestern University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn college credits in the humanities (4 credits each in HUM 110 and HUM 111) from the University of Illinois Chicago. All credits earned are fully transferable to accredited colleges and universities. Courses are available in English and Spanish. 

Qualifications to apply:Be 18 years of age or older.Read at an adult level. (We do a lot of reading in the program, so being able to read a newspaper in English — or in Spanish for the Spanish-language course — is a good measure of reading readiness for this course.)Live at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. (See the application for income guidelines, or refer to this  link: https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines.)Interested applicants can learn more at ILHumanities.org/Odyssey.
Summer Camp with Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club

Summer camp will be packed full of events, crafts, games, theme days, sports, and field trips. Each age group will have fun activities specifically geared towards entertaining them and their peers! Programs are available on a weekly or seasonal basis, with camp beginning June 15th and going through August 19th.

For more information and to register, click here.
Chicago Builds Application Open

If you are an 11th or 12th grade student, you can apply for the Chicago Builds program. While providing challenging and intentional programming, Chicago Builds’ mission is to provide students pathways to the building trades after high school. Our passion is to inspire students to do incredible things. Chicago Builds serves as a model for specialized trade schools for high school students interested in working in the building trades as a post-secondary career.

For more information, please visit www.chicagobuilds.org.
Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago Resources
SUFEO is a group of law students at Loyola University Chicago who provide free legal information and services to K-12 students in a variety of areas. Under attorney supervision, SUFEO offers support and representation to students experiencing:Inadequate special education servicesBullying, harassment, or discriminationSuspension, expulsion, or other disciplineBarriers related to COVID-19 and remote learningContact the SUFEO helpline at 773-800-0338 or email sufeo-chicago@luc.edu.
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.
What Ideas Do You Have to Improve Devon Avenue between Ravenswood Avenue and Sheridan Road?
Share ideas + learn more at ElevateDevon.org What can be done to enliven this corridor and enhance its sense of place?Is it easy to get around? Ride your bike? Cross the street?How can we support local businesses and attract new ones?What ways can we strengthen corridor identity and celebrate diversity?Have thoughts on public art, landscaping, lighting, and events?Elevate Devon is a pivotal corridor study focused on improving and enhancing Devon Avenue, between Ravenswood Avenue and Sheridan Road. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Loyola University Chicago came together to make this project possible – now we are asking our community members to do the same. Join us in helping shape Devon’s future. 

Visit ElevateDevon.org today to add ideas to the interactive comment map!
2022 African Youth Forum
Saturday March 26, 2022; 10am-2pm

The African Youth Forum brings together young people to dialogue around key issues in their communities. Discussions center around issues related to Immigration, Incarceration, Civic Engagement, Education and more.

The African Youth Forum raises awareness and support for young people of color to build an understanding of each others’ points of view through dialogue, and in the process find common ground, strengthens ties, and promote cultural, educational, and leadership development.

Register in advance here.

For MORE information, please check out our Facebook event page.
Chicago Audubon Society’s annual Native Plant Sale

If you are interested in picking up a native perennial, consider ordering from the Chicago Audubon Society’s Native Plant Sale! Plants must be ordered by 4/15 and picked up by 5/22. 

Click here to order a plant!
A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
March 6-27, 2022
Sundays at 1PM

Tickets now available: Celebrate Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first bona fide Black leading man, at our new series. From March 6-27, FACETS presents a retrospective of four Sidney Poitier films spotlighting his extraordinary career and achievements.

As an actor, director, activist, and humanitarian, Mr. Poitier was a pioneer on many fronts, and in 1963 was Hollywood’s first Black leading man to win an Academy Award. He emerged as an iconic movie star during the civil rights era, a volatile time when there were few opportunities for Black actors or directors in Hollywood and was the first black actor who could get a film produced on his own name.
Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar

Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. They have a Colvin Concert Series and Wednesday night date night specials all in one place! View their website here for a look at the menu and other deals and dining experiences.
Hooked on Fish Opening this Spring

The watchwords of Hooked on Fish are fresh, simple, and sustainable. We are excited to be opening in a landmark Bryn Mawr building at the corner of Bryn Mawr and Kenmore! A woman-owned business that has been operating since 2014, we have worked out of shared kitchens with others since opening. At last we have our own space!

Our business model was inspired by CSAs (community-supported agriculture) and coastal CSFs (community-supported fisheries), which deal directly with fisherfolk. Though our retail store will have frozen fish, fish burgers, and a variety of seafood-related items, we will continue our emphasis on fresh (never refreshed) fish.

Initially we also will continue to operate as an order-online business (www.hookedonfishchicago.com), so that no cash passes hands. In the coming weeks we will be open to the public for a few hours one or two days a week. Once we get our stride, we expect to take our place as a small business in a thriving commercial area, to help strengthen the culture of our community.
The Luckiest at Raven Theatre
May 4 – June 19, 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.
 
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. 
“Redeeming Justice: An Inside Look at Wrongful Conviction”
Wednesday, March 30, 7 p.m.
Register for this free program at https://bit.ly/FOELmar302022.

Jarrett Adams, author of Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System, shares his fight toward exoneration and rebuilding his life after a wrongful conviction. Hear how Jarrett’s 10-year wrongful incarceration led him to discover a higher purpose: to become an attorney; he earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He and his wife, attorney Joi Thomas, established Life After Justice in support of those who are wrongly convicted.   

This program is a partnership between Friends of the Edgewater Library and the Edgewater Branch of Chicago Public Library.  
‘Solaris’ Premiere at Griffin Theatre Company
February 19th – March 27th
6157 N. Clark Street
Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to welcome back live audiences this winter with the North American premiere of David Greig’s sci-fi thriller Solaris, adapted from the novel by Stanisław Lem.

On a space station in the far reaches of the galaxy, a small group of scientists study the isolated ocean planet of Solaris. Sent from earth to investigate reports of abnormal activity on-board, a new scientist arrives to find one crew member dead and two who are seeing things that cannot be explained. Has the prolonged isolation in space caused those on board to hallucinate? Or is it something else? A vivid exploration of loneliness, isolation and how we deal with loss, this science fiction thriller asks if we can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within our hearts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Raven Theatre’s TAKE FLIGHT SUMMER CAMP Returns to In-Person Classes for 2022

Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its Take Flight Summer Camp will return to in-person classes this summer, featuring two training sessions in theatre arts for kids ages 6 – 14. Great for beginners looking to learn the basics of performance or more advanced actors looking to hone their skills, Raven’s team of professional teaching artists will help kids feel the confidence to contribute to the artistic process and the courage to try something new. Over the course of two weeks, campers will create their own theatrical adaptations inspired by classic and popular children’s stories. Their original work will be performed for family and friends on the final day of camp.

The two-week sessions are held Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3 pm, with an option of extended daycare from 3 – 4 pm, at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. To register for these courses, click here.
This Month at the Swedish American Museum 

Visit a virtual cooking class, attend an art talk, or enjoy a pop-up cafe. There’s something for everyone at the Swedish American Museum. Please click here for more information on upcoming activities.
Homework Help at Edgewater Library
Teacher in the Library homework help is available (excluding holidays and CPS breaks):
Monday: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Get homework help from a certified teacher and learn about library resources with our expert librarians. Teacher in the Library Jeffrey will be able to help children with homework in all subject areas and even caregivers can get help with focus, learning strategies, and resources for their child. To contact the Edgewater Branch Library for more information, please visit our website.
Enrollment for Classes at Chicago Filmmakers 

Chicago Filmmakers’ winter classes will soon begin. Classes range in skill level and offer a variety of dates for these short, crash-course-style classes. To view a list of courses or to enroll, visit their site here. For younger creatives, a variety of summer classes will run anywhere from June to August. Click here for a head start on registration.
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. 

Earlybird Deadline: March 31, 2022
Regular Deadline: May 5, 2022
Late Deadline: June 9, 2022

We look forward to receiving a wide variety of talented and material!