|May 13th, 2022|
Last night at 3:30 am, a shooting incident occurred on Glenlake and Broadway, where an individual in a white SUV fired several shots into a small gray car. Both cars fled southbound on Broadway heading to DuSable Lake Shore Drive and ended in a car accident on Wilson Avenue in Uptown. One individual was shot in torso, was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. Police are investigating the shooting incident and are reviewing available video footage. If anyone has any information related to this incident, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263. I will have a further update on Monday.
On Monday evening, I held a public safety meeting with 20th Police District Commissioner Brendan McCrudden to discuss community safety issues. Thank you to the nearly 50 residents who joined us for this important conversation on safety and to learn general safety tips. We will be scheduling more safety meetings in the weeks to come.
Thank you to the neighbors who were able to join us for the second Broadway Visioning Meeting. It was great to hear from you about what you want to see along the Broadway corridor. We understand that some neighbors were unable to join us, so we created a survey you can take to make sure your ideas are heard. If you were unable to join us, please click here to take the survey.
Today, the City Council has subject matter hearing on Redistricting in the Committee on Committees and Rules. This new map establishes a citywide map that increases Latinx representation, creates the first Asian-American ward and respects keeping many African-American communities and wards on the South and West sides intact. Our ward map would stay the same with the addition of gaining a block of Uptown that includes the Bezazian Library.
Earlier this week, the Chicago Park District Board approved interim Rosa Escareno in a permanent capacity. During her time as Commissioner of Business Affair and Consumer Protection, she was an outstanding leader. I look forward to working with her to improve the parks in our ward including working on bringing a pool to the Broadway Armory.
Last Friday, Chicago moved from a low Covid-19 Risk level to a Medium Covid-19 Risk level based on the daily case rate. The Chicago Department of Public Health is strongly recommending the wearing of masks in all indoor public spaces. Stop by our office to pick up a COVID-19 home self test kit, until supplies last.
I hope you have been enjoying this week’s warm weather. This is a sign of the exciting summer ahead of us, with a number of festivals, markets, and block parties being organized across our neighborhood for the months to come.
The Annual Edgewater Yard Sale has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 5pm. If you would like to participate, make sure to register before May 28th to be included in a print map. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to Care For Real. To learn more, click here.
Next week, May 16th – 27th, is Chicago Bike Week! If you’ve wanted to bike the lakefront or enjoy the Glenwood Greenway, there is no better time than National Bike Month (May) to enjoy the opportunities for cycling in our neighborhood.
I want to congratulate Olivia Simon from my staff on her graduation from Loyola today with a Political Science degree. Olivia has been working with our office since January as our communications liaison, helping to write the weekly Friday newsletter.
Please have a safe and peaceful weekend, and take some time this weekend to enjoy this wonderful weather!
Alderman, 48th Ward
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|COVID-19 Information and Resources |
If you require assistance in verifying your COVID-19 vaccination, please click this link for helpful resources and answers to commonly asked questions, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
|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.
|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. |
|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:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses|
|Attend a local beat meeting!|
To find your local beat, click here.
Beat 20133rd Wednesday of every even month (Feb, Apr, etc)Philadelphia Church, 5437 N Clark St.Beat 2022 & Beat 2023This year 20th district has consolidated BEAT 2022 and BEAT 2023 meeting to the second Thursday of every odd month. They will both take place simultaneously.2nd Thursday of every odd month (Jan, March, etc)Kenmore Plaza, 5225 N Kenmore Ave.Beat 20243rd Thursday of even months (Feb, Apr, etc)Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N Marine Dr.Beat 24333rd Tuesday of every monthChicago Fire Department, 6030 N Clark St.
|2022 Street Sweeping Schedule|
Click here to view the 2022 Street Sweeping schedule!
To view a map version, click here.
|Citizen’s Utility Board Webinars|
Before a May 31 deadline for energy assistance, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is holding two free webinars this week on how to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.
The presentations, by CUB and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), will be held in English and Spanish and will be followed by a live Q&A with experts from both organizations.Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6 p.m. (in English). Register here or watch live on CUB’s Facebook page.Thursday, May 12, 2022 6 p.m. (in Spanish). Register here or watch live on CUB Espanol’s Facebook page.LIHEAP funding is available to help income-qualified customers pay for their utility bills, but there is a May 31 application deadline. Eligible consumers can apply through their Local Administering Agency or Community Action Agency (visit the DCEO website to find yours).
|Peoples Gas Wants You to Stay Connected|
Additional relief available to help residential customers stay connected.
Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $150 million in utility bill assistance through the Help Illinois Families Program.
Customers who receive utility bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) will automatically receive additional benefits. We will apply the assistance after we receive the funds from the program.
If you have not applied for LIHEAP or PIPP, but qualify (see below chart), you have until May 31, 2022, to apply. Low-income households can receive utility bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Customers should go to helpillinoisfamilies.com or call 833-711-0374 for more information or to apply.
Reconnection fees waived
Reconnection fees for qualifying low-income customers will be waived through June 30, 2022. However, any balance due must be repaid before reconnection.
Extended deferred payment arrangements
For low-income households that participate in LIHEAP, PIPP or have applied for assistance, deferred payment arrangements are available for 18 months with a 0% down payment.
For all other residential customers, deferred payment arrangements are available for 18 months with a 25% down payment. Customers can apply online, with the Peoples Gas app, or by calling 866-556-6001, through July 31, 2022.
Peoples Gas offers energy-saving tips and free programs that will help you reduce your energy use. For more information, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/savings/.
Please act now to stay connected while these assistance options are available!
|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 email@example.com, 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|
|Utility Bill Assistance by CEDA|
The ongoing pandemic has made the need for financial assistance even more prevalent and with CEDA’s numerous offered services, the financial burden on so many can be lessened. Here is a recent webinar covering the Utility Assistance Programs offered at CEDA in addition to the flyer included below.
|Lawyers Committee for Better Housing Rental Assistance Information|
|Eviction Assistance Resources from the Chinese Mutual Aid Association|
|The EDW Senior Satellite Center is open for seniors to pick up their to-go dining of box lunches|
Monday – Friday
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
|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.
|Volunteer at Midsommarfest!|
If you are interested in volunteering, click the link for the role!
MIDSOMMARFEST GATE VOLUNTEERS: Portion of proceeds benefit a non-profit organization.
MIDSOMMARFEST GATE CAPTAINS: Paid position if you know reliable people looking to work the weekend (21+)
MIDSOMMARFEST GATE AND BEER MANAGERS: Paid position if you know reliable people looking to work the weekend (21+)
|Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring|
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is looking for adults to help match local youth with caring, committed mentors! You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by inspiring positive change and empowering them to achieve what they never dreamed possible. And the best part is, it’s a lot of fun! Help start one of our waiting Little’s on their path to Big things at: https://bbbschgo.org/volunteer/
|Senior Connections with Chicago Methodist Senior Service|
We are currently looking for more seniors and volunteers to participate in Senior Connections, a program that matches vetted volunteers with older adults who are experiencing isolation and loneliness. The volunteers visit (or call) the seniors weekly, providing companionship and a connection to community. For more information, click here.
|The Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies |
Women of all ages and religions volunteer their time and knitting and crocheting skills to craft handmade gifts for those in need or ill. The Stitching Ladies meet Tuesdays at Emanual Congregation (5959 N Sheridan Rd) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, except for the first Tuesday of each month where meetings are held over Zoom. All are welcome to join when able. Also, donations of fabric and yarn are always appreciated. To request or suggest items or for more information, contact Sandy Pakin, the Stitching Ladies coordinator, at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
|Andersonville is Hiring!|
Work at one of the many locally owned and operated small businesses along Clark Street. See what fits your vibe or come walk the District to see how Andersonville is different.
|Andersonville Residential Membership|
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce strives to build and maintain a vibrant, locally-focused economy in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood and beyond. Resident members are advocates of Andersonville and receive an array of membership benefits.
Fill out this form if you are interested in becoming a resident member.
|Andersonville Wine Walk|
The Andersonville Wine Walk, now in its 16th year, turns businesses throughout the district into wine tasting destinations to service 600 attendees! Thank you to our event sponsors and partners: In Fine Spirits, Foursided, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy.
Click here to register.
|Job Opportunities, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)|
Program Director – Cultural Affairs
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.
Cultural Affair Coordinator II, Chicago Film Office, Permits, Production
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.
For more information, click here.
To apply, click 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.
|CPS Now Hiring Crossing Guards!|
|Be a Lifeguard with the Chicago Parks District!|
As the Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join the aquatics team. The Chicago Park District employs 300 lifeguards yearly to offer aquatics programming, and hires an additional 500 lifeguards to safeguard beaches and pools during our busiest season, the summer. The benefits of becoming a Chicago lifeguard are bountiful. Lifeguards are part of a talented workforce that is essential in providing vital services to Chicago’s residents and visitors. Candidates for Seasonal Lifeguard positions must be 16 years old and over, a resident of Chicago and fully vaccinated. Future lifeguards must also pass the swim skills test and become American Red Cross certified. Pay for entry level lifeguards starts at $15.88. To apply today, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards.
|Exelon/ComEd Internships Available for College Students |
College students pursuing either engineering or non-engineering career paths are encouraged to apply for an internship offering life skills and industry experience. Those interested, click here for more details or to apply.
|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.
|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:
5625 N. Ridge
5440 N. Clark
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.
|Free Day at the Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier|
Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier are excited to host a FREE fun-filled day of family activities and performances for children up to ten years old on Thursday May 19. Admission to Chicago Children’s Museum will be free. $10 discounted parking at Navy Pier with validation.
|Helix Artist Market|
May 21st, 10am-3pm
Save the date! The Helix Artist Market will be held May 21st from 10 am – 3 pm at Helix HQ, 6237 N Clark St. The Helix Artist Market is a sidewalk sale that celebrates our diverse community and highlights local vendors, nonprofits, and performers. The market will provide the neighborhood (and beyond!) with a day of family-friendly excitement. Come to meet your neighbors, discover a new favorite artist, and celebrate community! Learn more and hear first who will be in attendance on Helix Education’s Facebook or Instagram.
|Visible Mending Workshop|
Chicago Mosaic School
Saturday, May 21st
In this mending workshop, learn the basics of visible mending to take sustainability into your own hands and make your clothes last longer! You’ll get hands-on skills for mending your clothes. This workshop combines hand embroidery and sashiko techniques to mend your clothes.
This is an introductory class and you’ll learn skills to mend your clothes. Even if you’ve never sewn before, this class is an introduction to hand sewing. Mending materials will be provided.
|Steep Theater Summer Shows|
By Eboni Booth
Directed by Jonathan Berry
June 17 – July 23, 2022
Steep Theatre, 1044 West Berwyn, Chicago, Illinois, 60640
Returning home to the small town of Paris, Vermont, Emmie tries to make ends meet while navigating the challenges of being Black in a predominantly white community. After finally landing a second job at a retail giant, her search for connection and identity leads her to a stark realization. Eboni Booth’s Paris, an off-beat workplace comedy, explores the impacts of race and economics on the wage-earners of rural America.
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Robin Witt
July 8 – August 14, 2022
Theater Wit, 1229 West Belmont, Chicago, Illinois, 60657
For one clear moment, rain and light fall from a cloudless sky. For one clear moment, Christine sees the lives of her family, her town, her world stretched before her, beyond her. Simon Stephens’ Light Falls is a haunting tale of resilience, hope, and the impossibly strong bonds of family.
|Edgewater Glen’s Spring Plant Swap|
May 14th, 10am-12pm
Edgewater Glen’s Spring Plant Swap will be held Saturday May 14, 2022 from 10am til noon in the back yard at 1420 W. Glenlake, weather permitting. The alternate rain date is Sunday May 15, same time & place. Spring is a great time to thin & share hostas, ferns, and any other plants or gardening paraphernalia that you’d like to find a home for.
Even if you don’t have anything to share, come and meet your gardening neighbors. We usually have leftovers that need a home. For more info see www.edgeglen.com or contact Kim Kaulas at firstname.lastname@example.org 773-368-3949.
|Brunch at Ann Sather|
Tuesday, May 17
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
1147 W. Granville Ave. (at Broadway)You’re invited to meet new friends and become acquainted with Edgewater Village Chicago at Ann Sather’s, a favorite Swedish comfort-food restaurant. While famous for its hot cinnamon buns, Swedish pancakes, and meatballs, Ann Sather has many other delectable breakfast, lunch, and entree specialties.Register by Sunday, May 15, by sending an email to email@example.com. Please bring cash and, after arrival, arrange to have 2-4 people on each bill to make payment easier for the server.
|Pop Up Art Show- “Ukrainian conflict” by Edgewater Artist |
Sunday, May 22
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
1100 W Thorndale, Rewired Cafe
Click here for more information
The collection of poster art gathers its inspiration and gives a nod to Banksy and early 20th century constructivist propaganda posters. The art uses materials and symbols shown in the media to express the absurdity of the Russian invasion on Ukraine.
|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.
|WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID|
May 13 – June 12, 2022
The Edge Off-Broadway Theater
AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its 2020-21 season with the Chicago premiere of Sarah Treem’s courageous drama When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire, playing May 13 – June 12, 2022 at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129.
About the show: In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.
|Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar|
Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. They have Easter Brunch this Sunday, trivia on Monday, and a Colvin Concert Series all in one place! View their website here for a look at the menu and other deals and dining experiences.
|Heartland Alliance Free ESL Courses|
Heartland Alliance will offer free online English as a Second Language courses, citizenship prep classes, vocational courses, and GED prep courses. They have classes available at different English language levels and at various times, including Saturdays.
|This Month at the Swedish American Museum |
Enjoy Nordic cuisine, decorate a Dala Horse, or attend a cooking class. There’s something for everyone at the Swedish American Museum. Please click here for more information on upcoming activities.
|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.
The last day of Homework Help at the Library will be May 26th.
|Helping Cats Near You |
4th Sunday of every month
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Zoom Link Here
With temperatures dropping, stray and feral cats need more assistance than ever. Cats in Action has begun hosting monthly community workshops over Zoom to educate the community on how best to help stray cats. If interested, please join us every 4th Sunday of the month via the Zoom link above.
|Enter the Reeling: 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival|
The 40th LGBTQ+ film festival, produced by the Chicago Filmmakers, will take place from September 22 – October 2, 2022. If interested in submitting your cinematic work to the festival, click here. The submission dates are listed below with those who enter by the early bird deadline receiving a discount on their submission.
Late Deadline: June 9, 2022
We look forward to receiving a wide variety of talented and material!
|COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)|
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking
Cook County Health Transit Guide
Chicago Public Schools Permanent Vaccine Sites
CPS Mobile Vaccination Events
CPS School-Based Health Centers