48th Ward Weekly Update – May 20, 2022

May 20th, 2022

Dear Neighbors, 

Epworth Methodist Church has been in our community for 132 years and has always been an important gathering place in the Edgewater Beach area. The Epworth congregation, like many places of worship in our community, has seen decreasing participation in recent years. Last year, the Epworth Congregation and the Methodist Church made the decision to sell the church building. 

I have been in conversation with representatives from the group that bought this property. They had indicated that their goal is an adaptive reuse of this building. Last week, however, they filed a demolition permit to demolish the building, going against what they had previously told me. I have initiated the process to landmark Epworth Church, with the Department of Planning and Development Landmark Division, to ensure that it will never be demolished. The ownership group has withdrawn their demolition permit.

For the last 10-15 years, Epworth has housed Cornerstone Shelter, a shelter for men experiencing homelessness. Cornerstone has been a vital service to men in need in our community and has done an outstanding job supporting men transitioning into permanent housing. I have been working with Cornerstone Shelter to find a new home in the 48th Ward to continue the shelter program. The new owners of Epworth have told Cornerstone that they will be able to continue working at Epworth for the next few months, which allows time to find them a new home.

Regardless of the group’s withdrawal of the permit, I am still going to pursue and push through the landmarking process to preserve the Epworth Church Building. I will continue to update the community on a landmarking process that will occur over the summer, and there will be a public meeting where I will welcome your feedback. 

I want to thank the many neighbors, Preservation Illinois, and the Edgewater Historical Society for their work in advocating for the preservation of Epworth.

This weekend, we will have our first neighborhood event in a while when the Renegade Craft Fair is held on Clark Street in Andersonville! Renegade Craft Fair is a celebration of artisans that will have dozens of booths selling eclectic wares. On Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm, you can visit Clark St. between Bryn Mawr and Edgewater to support artisans at the fair. During the fair, Clark will be closed from Bryn Mawr to Edgewater, as will parts of Olive, Hollywood, and Edgewater. If the weather permits, please stop out and support the fair at the first of many community events which will be held this summer.

Last night, I participated in a meeting with the owner of the Bryn Mawr and Belle Shore buildings and around 100 residents of these buildings. Recently, there was a murder-suicide in the Belle Shore building and many residents have since reached out about the safety and security of the building. The owner will be hiring security that will ensure safety in both buildings. In addition to working with local police, the management company will be providing additional staff to make certain the buildings are safe and secure. These buildings are critical anchors of the Bryn Mawr area and residents deserve to live in safe and secure buildings. 

Today, I, along with State Representative Kelly Cassidy, welcomed Hooked on Fish to our neighborhood as they opened up their shop at 1036 W Bryn Mawr. Hooked on Fish is a great new business that sells fish and other products. Please stop by and welcome them to the area! We are optimistic about reeling in a number of new businesses to open on Bryn Mawr throughout the summer.

Last Saturday, May 14th, a tragedy occurred at the James Sneider Apartments, located on the 7400 block of N. Rogers Ave. in Rogers Park, due to the lack of air conditioning in the building. As Chairman of the Housing and Real Estate Committee, I am committed to working with the Chicago Department of Housing, the Chicago Department of Buildings, and my colleagues on the City Council to make sure that housing regulations are in place for a preventable tragedy like this to never happen again. Alderwoman Hadden is currently working on an ordinance to amend the building code that would require buildings to have cooled gathering spaces, and I will be co-sponsoring this ordinance. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.

Last May, the City of Chicago implemented the Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance. The ADU pilot program expands housing options for both renters and home-owners by allowing units and coach houses to be added to existing buildings. Some of the benefits of ADUs include bringing existing apartments into safety compliance, multigenerational living arrangements, aging in place, and adding affordable housing to support local residents. Since going into effect, the Department of Housing has received 297 preapprovals for 335 units, and there has been widespread interest both in the pilot zones and outside of the pilot zones. For more information, please visit chicago.gov/adu, or email Emily Volini at emily.volini@cityofchicago.org

There’s a planned open house for the development located at 5841-5905 N. Clark Street on Saturday, May 21st from 12pm-2pm at 5909 N. Clark St. The developer is not seeking a zoning change but is requesting some zoning relief via a “special use” and a “variance” to move this project forward. Please note that since a zoning change is not requested for this project, the (ARO) affordable housing requirement does not apply to this project. After the open house, if you have any feedback on this proposed development, please send me your thoughts to harry@48thward.org and put 5841-5905 N. Clark in the subject heading.

The summer construction period has begun. The CTA construction continues with gantry work and drilled shaft installation. There is an extended closure for Catalpa between CTA tracks and Winthrop Avenue starting Tuesday, May 31st. Crews will need a full closure to vehicular traffic similar to Ardmore Ave as they work on track support structure installation & staging. 

The construction on Ridge will also continue this month. There will continue to be work on the east side of Ridge Avenue from Victoria to Bryn Mawr for the People’s Gas main installation. This construction will be completed around May 27th before service installations begin. Sidewalk restoration will happen in the next week, with work on Wayne (Ridge to Ardmore), Early (Glenwood to Magnolia), and Ridge (Clark to Victoria). This will take 4-5 weeks, and there will still be a sporadic opening within the areas noted here. I will provide updated information on this construction as it is available.

There is still time to apply for a number of seasonal jobs throughout the city. The Chicago Parks District will be hiring lifeguards for this summer, and there is currently a signing bonus for lifeguards and other seasonal staff who are hired for the summer. For more information, you can click here. The One Summer Chicago program is also still hiring! There are over 15,000 paid opportunities available for interested young people aged 14-24 who want to explore career opportunities. Visit this website before June 10th to apply!

With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to plan a block party with your neighbors! If you would like to host a block party, please contact pc@48thward.org to fill out the application.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend.

Sincerely, 
 
Harry Osterman, 
Alderman, 48th Ward
Stay connected with us on social media!
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. 

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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:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
Attend a local beat meeting!

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

Click here to view the 2022 Street Sweeping schedule! 

To view a map version, click here.
Do you get health insurance through Medicaid?Don’t risk losing your health insurance. To keep your insurance, Illinois Medicaid needs to be able to send you paperwork. Give them an address where mail can always reach you.Updating your address is easy, fast, and free:Call 877-805-5312 for from 7:45am – 4:30pm. If you use a TTY, call 1-877-204-1012.Visit www2.illinois.gov/hfs/address
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 LIHEAPPIPP 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.

Energy-saving programs
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 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


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 dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
Edgewater Village Chicago Programming

Look what’s happening next week:Magazine Donation Drive through June 9Avoiding Online Scams – 12:30-1:30 p.m. on May 23 (in person)Coffee and Conversation – 10-11:30 a.m. on May 24 (Zoom)Avoiding Online Scams – 11 a.m.-noon on May 25 (Zoom)Take the Dread Out of Downsizing and Decluttering – 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 26 (in person)Movie Chat Series (“Mash” and “The Best Years of our Lives”) – 7-8:30 p.m. on May 29 (Zoom)More details and registration information: https://www.evchicago.org/programs
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 rsvp5959@gmail.com
Volunteer or Donate Food to Care for Real 

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

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

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

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

image.pngThe 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
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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 SpiritsFoursided, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy.

Click here to register.
Lateral Entry Training Program – Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police is now offering a Lateral Entry Training Program!  In this new Lateral Entry Training Program, Cadets will NOT have to relocate upon graduation and District assignments.  Cadets will still report to the Illinois State Police Academy for the first three weeks of the Cadet Class, receiving an introduction into Illinois State Police Cadet life.  Cadets will then return home, where they will report to a regional location daily for continued instruction, returning to their residence at the end of the day. Cadets will return to the Academy during specific phases of their training, such as Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, however, they will not be required to attend the Academy for more than three weeks in a row (home for the weekends) and for no more than 5-6 weeks total throughout the entirety of the Cadet Class.

To be eligible for the Lateral Entry Training Program, an applicant must still meet the requirements for pre-employment as well as the Fast Track Program.  Applicants will still be required to go through the entire Merit Board and Illinois State Police hiring process, however, we will streamline the Illinois State Police Academy training process.

If you have questions please contact ISP.Recruitment.Events@illinois.gov

Apply today at www.illinoistrooper.com

There is still time to apply for our October class but don’t wait, the application deadline is June 1!
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.

Student Intern
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.
Summer Camp at the Swedish American Museum

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

For more information, click here.
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:

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.
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
Uptown Art Week
June 1st – 5th

The 3rd Annual Uptown Art Week will feature over 150 pieces of existing public art as well as more than 50 new works painted live around the neighborhood, art exhibits being hosted by local businesses, and interactive art activities for all ages. Activities include:UPTOWN ART FAIR:  June 4-5 | 10am-4pmCLIFTON AVENUE BLOCK PARTY – June 4 | 10am-4pmMAJESTIC WALLS PROJECT – June 4-5 | all dayUPTOWN SIDEWALK SOCIAL – June 4-5 | 12-6pmGRACELAND WALLS – June 4-5 | all dayYARD WALLS PROJECT – June 4-5 | all day
Downsizing & Decluttering Seminar
May 26 from 5:30 – 7:30
Edgewater Library

Do you dread downsizing and selling your home? Join us for this free seminar! Expert advice from Anna Glielmi, Professional Organizer and owner of Fresh Look Home, LLC, and Lisa Blume, Realtor® with Keller Willams ONEChicago.

Register Now at bit.ly/BlumeDownsizing.
 
Visible Mending Workshop
Chicago Mosaic School
Saturday, May 21st
4pm-6pm

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

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

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

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

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

Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. They have an art sale this Sunday and the Colvin Concert Series! View their website here for a look at the menu and other deals and dining experiences.
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 26, 2022

Raven Theatre closes their 39th season with a Chicago premiere that will make you laugh your ass off, cry your heart out, and immediately call your loved ones. Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out-of-nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette’s world, Peter and Lisette’s mom are left trying to pick up the pieces. This modern story follows the highs and lows of friendship, family, and life. Save $5 off full price, non-preview tickets with the code EDGE5. For tickets, click here.
Friends of the Edgewater Library meeting
Saturday, May 21
10-11 a.m. (virtual)

Do you take out books or use the library’s other resources? What are they worth to you?  Do you know how Friends of the Edgewater Library supports the library? 

You’re invited to the next member meeting to listen in and meet some Friends. We’ll share updates, hold our officer election and answer your questions. Register. We hope you’ll be motivated to join us (dues start at $10/year) in supporting the Edgewater Branch.
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.
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. 
Summer Learning Challenge at the Chicago Public Library

Helping Cats Near You 

4th Sunday of every month
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Zoom Link Here
Password: feralcats

With temperatures dropping, stray and feral cats need more assistance than ever. Cats in Action has begun hosting monthly community workshops over Zoom to educate the community on how best to help stray cats. If interested, please join us every 4th Sunday of the month via the Zoom link above.
Enter the Reeling: 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

The 40th LGBTQ+ film festival, produced by the Chicago Filmmakers, will take place from September 22 – October 2, 2022. If interested in submitting your cinematic work to the festival, click here. The submission dates are listed below with those who enter by the early bird deadline receiving a discount on their submission. 

Late Deadline: June 9, 2022

We look forward to receiving a wide variety of talented and material!
COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking 
Cook County Health Transit Guide
Chicago Public Schools Permanent Vaccine Sites
CPS Mobile Vaccination Events
CPS School-Based Health Centers